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Dotchin Working To Be More Than Stay-At-Home Defenseman

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jake Dotchin is adding more facets to his game in his third pro season.

Despite being known more as a physical people-mover than a flashy puck-mover, the Crunch blueliner is coming off a career week statistically. Dotchin registered five points and was a plus-five on Syracuse’s three-game homestand last week.

Dotchin is working to become more than a traditional stay-at-home defenseman.

“I think I’ve come a long way in the defensive zone, and I’m just bringing more aspects to my game now,” Dotchin said. “Bringing more offense will not only help me, but help the team win as well.”

MHL Game Day: 12-13-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 7 vs. Dynamo Moscow Jr. 4
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 50 PIM

Loko Jr. flipped the results of yesterday's match by defeating Dynamo Jr. by a score of 7-4.

MHL Game Day: 12-12-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 4 vs. Dynamo Moscow Jr. 7
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 50 PIM

Undrafted 18 year old Anton Nazarevich had a hat trick for Dynamo Moscow Jr. in their 7-4 win over Yaroslavl Jr.

CHL Game Night: 12-11-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 3-0-3, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season Totals: 30 GP, 19-6-25, +4, 36 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

Saint John was playing without stars Mathieu Joseph and Thomas Chabot, but Boko Imama was still in the lineup, and that’s all the Dogs needed Sunday. Boko had his second hat trick of the season, leading Saint John to a 4-1 win over the Armada. Boko’s 19 goals are six more than his previous career high, in about 30 fewer games.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 29 GP, 13-11-24, +5, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk is scoreless in his last four games.

Peterborough Petes 6 @ Ottawa 67’s 2

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 3-9-12, +6, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Peterborough had a 4-0 lead by the early second period and coasted to a 6-2 win.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP: 1-11-12, -7, 43 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Saskatoon has won two in a row and is 4-5-1 in its last 10 games to pull within two points of a wild card spot in the East.

NOTE: The following players have left their junior teams to join Team Canada in preparation for the World Junior Championships: Anthony Cirelli, Taylor Raddysh, Mitchell Stephens, Brett Howden, Connor Ingram, Mathieu Joseph.

CHL Game Night: 12-10-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 (OT)

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 18/25 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 26 GP, 6-13-19, -4, 18 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Halifax scored twice late in the third period, but fell in overtime to the Eagles.

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 26 GP, 18-10-28, +1, 30 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan scored twice Friday and added two more to go with two assists Saturday.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Erie Otters 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season: 28 GP, 13-11-24, +5, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk created multiple chances, but didn't find the scoresheet.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Regina Pats 1 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP: 1-11-12, -6, 43 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek had the primary assist on the overtime winner as Saskatoon upset the CHL’s top-ranked team, 2-1, in Regina. Hajek was named to Team Czech Republic’s WJC selection camp roster earlier this week.

NOTE: The following players have left their junior teams to join Team Canada in preparation for the World Junior Championships: Anthony Cirelli, Taylor Raddysh, Mitchell Stephens, Brett Howden, Connor Ingram, Mathieu Joseph.

NCAA Game Night: 12-10-16

No. 9 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ Merrimack Warriors 1

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 3-7-10, +3, 4 PIM

The River Hawks improved to 10-5-3, beating the Warriors, 5-1.

No. 5 Boston University Terriers 4 @ No. 12 Vermont Catamounts 0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-4-4, +4, 16 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 7-6-13, +4, 14 PIM

Johnathan MacLeod sat as BU avenged a Friday night loss to Vermont with a shutout win Saturday. Jake Oettinger (2017) stopped 25 shots for the shutout. There were reports this week out of Moncton, New Brunswick, that the Wildcats, who own the rights to MacLeod, would try to convince him to leave school and go to the Q. Speculation in the reports said Moncton – who is rebuilding – would flip MacLeod to powerhouse Rouyn-Noranda. MacLeod has been in and out of a stacked BU lineup the last two years. He’s a junior at BU and would be an overager as a 20-year-old with Moncton/R-N.

No. 20 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ No. 17 St. Cloud State Huskies 4

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 3-2-1, 2.97 GAA, .901 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham sat for the second straight night as the Mavs lost in St. Cloud, 4-2.

No. 11 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Michigan State Spartans 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 2-2-4, +5, 12 PIM

Minnesota completed a weekend sweep of MSU with another 4-2 Saturday night. The Gophers won by the same score Friday.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Crunch Top Comets in Shootout, Earn All Six Points on Homestand

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard moved left and right as he slowly approached the net, and then quickly flicked a backhander that beat Michael Garteig’s glove.

The goal — followed by a save by Kristers Gudlevskis at the other end — sealed a 4-3 shootout win for the Syracuse Crunch over the Utica Comets at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The Crunch captured all six points on the three-game homestand, including two wins against divisional opponents.

“It’s a very good week for us, obviously,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “Tonight we battled hard. It was our fifth game in eight days with some previous travel in St. John’s, so we had to battle hard last night and battle hard again against a very competitive Utica team. My hat’s off to our players.”

AHL Game Night: 12-10-16 Comets at Crunch

Crunch clip their rivals.

SYR-4 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 34 shots before stopping 2 of 3 in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
7:45 UTI Pelletier (1), (Kunyk, Subban)(PP)
13:20 SYR Ikonen (1), (Bournival, Gourde)

Second Period
5:03 UTI Virtanen (4), (Billins, Robak)(PP)
7:01 SYR Thomas (1), (Richard, Hart)

Third Period
0:12 SYR Taormina (8), (Dotchin, Peca)(SH)
15:21 UTI Cassels (3), (Kunyk, Grenier)


UTI- Valk
SYR- Conacher, Richard

Tanner Richard, Henri Ikonen, and Michael Bournival were the game's three stars.

Syracuse, for the moment, moves 6 points clear of second place atop the North Division. They're starting to make up some ground on Lehigh Valley for tops in the conference if they can stay on track.

Box score from

NHL Game Night: 12-10-16 Penguins at Lightning

Despite valiant effort, the hole gets deeper for Tampa Bay.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 37 shots for the loss. A lot of bang-bang plays from prime scoring areas a big gunners. Can't blame Vasilevskiy for those.

First Period
12:03 PIT Crosby (19), (Dumoulin, Letang)
17:57 TB Drouin (5), (Stralman, Kucherov)(PP)

Second Period
3:38 TB Filppula (6), (Nesterov)
10:19 TB Drouin (6), (Garrison, Namestnikov)
17:25 PIT Malkin (11), (Kessel, Letang)(PP)

Third Period
5:08 PIT Crosby (20), (Kessel, Letang)(PP)
8:36 PIT Malkin (12), (Daley, Kessel)(PP)

Jonathan Drouin as the game's second star after leaving the game for stitches with a cut on his cheek in the First Period and coming back to score two goals. His performance is something to build on moving forward.

Tampa Bay got outshot 37-23, so I cannot sit here with a straight face and tell you the Lightning were the better team in the run of play tonight. But, 5 on 5, I do think they competed hard and defended fairly well, and it hurts that this is the result they got. Pittsburgh got the benefit of their usual officiating advantage and they rode it to the win on the power play, and even still Val Filppula had a wide open cage on a chance he shot back into Murray that should've allowed Tampa Bay to get at least a point out of the night. The problem is there are no moral victories at this point, and after the Lightning close out this 10-game segment of the season they will be at least 4 points behind a comfortable playoff pace. Those are hard points to be chasing down the rest of the season.

Brayden Point was 64% on draws in 15:33. Impressive work.

Luke Witkowski was +1 with 3 hits in 7:46.

Joel Vermin was +1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 13:57.

Box score and extended statistics from

Liiga Game Day: 12-10-16

Sport 2 vs. SaiPa 3 (SO)
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-3-5, -5, 39 PIM

Saku Salminen assisted on a Second Period goal in SaiPa's 3-2 SO win over Sport. He played 10:37 in the victory.

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