Vladivostok 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 25/27, 2.05 GAA, .926 sv%
Season totals: 47 GP, 28-11-7, 7 SO, 1.98 GAA, .937 sv%
Former Erie Otter Justin Hodgman scored the game winning goal on a penalty shot in Vladivostok's 2-1 squeaker over Magnitogorsk. Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov assisted on Metallurg's lone goal.
Novosibirsk 3 vs. Ufa 4 (SO)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, SO Win, 25/28, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP< 11-8-5, 2 SO, 2.37 GAA, .919 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy stopped 3 of 5 shooters to help Ufa overcome Novosibirsk 4-3. All 3 of Ufa's shootout goals were scored by former Senators draft pick Igor Mirnov. Defenseman Alexei Vasilevskiy, scored the game opening goal for Ufa. It was the older Vasilevskiy's first KHL goal. Ex-Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov also lit the lamp for Ufa in the win.
We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Prospect of the Week for January 27, 2014 is … Dylan Blujus, D, North Bay Battalion (OHL – Canada).
Long ago the great philosopher Hugh Anthony Cregg III stated, “If this is it, please let me know.”
Perhaps you remember him by his stage name, Huey Lewis. We aren’t sure if he was ever informed if “it” was indeed love or not, but we’re going to borrow his inquisitive statement for this week’s Prospect of the Week, Dylan Blujus.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Remparts 3 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 0
C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, +1, 6 PIM, 4 SOG, 3 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 38 GP, 19-33-52, +1, 57 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
Erne was Second Star despite not hitting the scoresheet.
Ontario Hockey League
Peterborough Petes 1 @ North Bay Battalion 3
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 3-14-17, +3, 42 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Blujus is now plus-17 over his last eight games – a remarkable run. He’s also averaging a point per game over that time. Has he finally turned the corner?
Barrie Colts 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 9-17-26, +17, 87 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Sudbury scored three times in the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win. The Wolves extended their lead over Barrie in the Central Division to nine points. North Bay is just behind Sudbury at 54 points, three ahead of Barrie.
Belleville Bulls 1 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 14-34-48, +14, 31 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Kingston scored six times in the second period and coasted to a 6-1 victory.
Windsor Spitfires 8 @ Sarnia Sting 7 (SO)
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 12-28-40, +35, 30 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Koekkoek (pictured) had a goal and two assists to reach 40 points for the first time in his career. Josh Ho-Sang (2014) had a hat trick and the shootout winner for the Spits. MyNHLDraft.com had the Lightning taking him on the site’s mock draft last week.
Was this weekend Syracuse's 2013-2014 swan song?
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 6 goals on 23 shots for the loss.
BRI Lee, (17) (Strome, Ness), 13:19 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (6) (Rankin, Tyrell), 15:44
BRI Persson, (7) (Mayfield, Bouchard), 18:15
BRI Vaughan, (3) (Wetmore, Langkow), 3:02
SYR Namestnikov, (13) (Connolly, DiSalvatore), 8:54
BRI Clark, (3) (Diamond), 9:32
SYR Angelidis, (7) (Tyrell, Rankin), 19:00
SYR Taormina, (4) (Namestnikov, Connolly), 8:00 (PP)
BRI Persson, (8) (Wetmore, Clark), 9:09
SYR Nesterov, (3) (Paquette), 13:58 (PP)
BRI Persson, (9) (Bouchard, Ness), 15:54 (PP)
Mike Angelidis was the game's second star.
Syracuse had a 3 game in 3 night scenario this weekend, and they managed to get 0 points out of the 3 games. Syracuse has fallen to second to last in the Eastern Conference, 10 points out of 8th place. At the end of the season, this may well be the weekend the Crunch point to as the moment when the season was finally beyond repair.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Miami RedHawks 6 @ Colorado College Tigers 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-6-7, +4, 21 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Jimmy Mullin was a scratch after playing Friday night’s 4-1 loss at CC.
No. 18 North Dakota 0 @ No. 16 Denver Pioneers 3
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 3-4-7, -1, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
Denver won Saturday to earn a weekend split with UND. O’Donnell’s line combined for six points on Friday night, but failed to register a point on Saturday.
Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 vs No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 38 saves on 42 shots
Season totals: 22 GP, 17-2-4, 2.05 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox and the Gophers won the inaugural North Star College Cup with a 5-4 shootout win over the Bulldogs. UMD scored with two minutes left in the third period on a lethal wrist shot that snuck under the crossbar by Wilcox. Overtime was scoreless and Wilcox stopped both shooters he faced in the shootout, including a big glove save on the second opportunity. Both Gopher shooters converted their opportunities to claim the championship.
*USCHO poll used