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Crunch Allow Two Shorthanded Goals in Loss to Senators

By Jeremy Houghtaling

For Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, it was a little bit of everything going wrong.

The Crunch struggled to finish on their offensive chances — including a pair of breakaways in the first period — and allowed two shorthanded goals from the Senators, as Syracuse fell to Binghamton, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I thought it was one of those nights. Nothing worked for us tonight,” Groulx said. “Our centermen got killed in the faceoff circle. Our power play didn’t do the job. Our defensemen tonight struggled to move the puck. We didn’t have much speed.”

Liiga Game Day: 1-20-17

Lukko 3 vs. SaiPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 2-4-6, -6, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 10:03 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 loss to Lukko. Salminen was also 57% on 7 draws. Last place Lukko moved to within 2 points of SaiPa on the Liiga table with the victory.

MHL Game Day: 1-20-17

Krylya Sovetov Jr. 1 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 6
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 28 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 52 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not dress as Loko Jr. again easily disposed of Krylya Sovetov Jr., today by a score of 6-1.

NHL Game Night: 1-19-17 Lightning at Sharks

Soft goal and lack of finishing doom promising Lightning performance.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the loss. His soft goal to start the Third Period ultimately became the margin of losing, which soft goals often do. Ben Bishop got away with it against the Kings and managed to salvage a point against the Ducks with questionable mistakes, but it's not sustainable for any team to regularly be spotting teams a free goal.

First Period

Second Period
5:01 SJ Carpenter (2), (Martin, Burns)
6:51 TB Drouin (14), (Boyle, Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period
0:22 SJ Couture (15), (Labanc, Donskoi)

Jonathan Drouin was the game's second star. His highlight reel goal was the lone bright spot in another frustrating night at the office for the Lightning's finishers. They had some chances, but ultimately 25 shots and a correspondingly low number of overall scoring chances isn't enough. Better play is needed from the likes of Nikita Kucherov and the team's other big guns even as they start to get the defensive side of their game right.

The loss means Tampa Bay will again lose ground on playoff pacing in this 10-game segment of the season. How much? That remains to be seen. The team will be at least 7 points off pace by the end of the segment.

Luke Witkowski had 2 shots, 2 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:58.

Gabriel Dumont had 5 hits in 10:17.

Joel Vermin was -2 with 2 hits in 5:17.

Box score and extended statistics from

CHL Game Night: 1-19-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 8 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 40 GP, 29-24-53, +18, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

The Sags got a goal early in the third period to tie the game, then won it in the skills competition. Somppi did not participate in the shootout. Canes prospect Nicolas Roy had two goals for Chicoutimi and Flyers first rounder German Rubstov had two assists in his first QMJHL game. Rubstov got out of his KHL contract to come to North America.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 14/22 FO
Season Totals: 41 GP, 12-19-31, -7, 18 PIM
With Petes: 4 GP, 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 5-16-21, +3, 39 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

The Petes blew a 2-0 lead but recovered in the tiebreaker to take the extra point.

MHL Game Day: 1-19-17

Krylya Sovetov Jr. 2 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 6
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 52 PIM

28 games into his regular season, Oleg Sosunov remained scoreless for his campaign as he was held off the scoresheet in Loko Jr.'s 6-2 victory over Krylya Sovetov Jr. Loko Jr. now sits in third in the MHL Western Conference standings.

KHL Game Day: 1-19-17

St. Petersburg 3 vs. Jokerit 5
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 21-41-62, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a helper on Ilya Kovalchuk's game opening power play goal in SKA's 5-3 loss to Jokerit Helsinki. The forward played 15:35 in the extremely rare regulation loss for his club. Kovalchuk finished with a pair of goals in the defeat.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 85

This is this week’s “Petr Klima” edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The Klima defection story
· Drouinsanity 2.0
· Hedman-less Lightning
· Mid-season philosophical change?

(Note: The #BPMailbag will be a blog post later this week.)

Click here to listen

To listen on Lightning Power Play, go to Lightning Power Play. It airs Thursdays.

CHL Game Night: 1-18-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 8 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 40 GP, 29-24-53, +18, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan’s scoreless streak ended at a season-long four games when he scored midway through the second period to tie the game at one goal apiece. The Cataractes went out to score seven more times in two periods to win, 8-1, over the Volts.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (SO)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 42 GP, 20-17-37, +5, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Sault Ste. Marie had a 4-1 lead entering the third period and lost in a shootout. Flint scored all three of their third period goals in a little over four minutes. The shootout went five players deep before Flint won, 2-1. Katchouk did not participate in the tie-breaker.

Sarnia Sting 3 @ London Knights 2 (SO)

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 3/4 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 11-17-28, +16, 14 PIM
With London: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens had an assist and a few scoring chances as London suffered a rare home loss Wednesday. Sarnia improved to 6-1 in the shootout for the year by winning the skills competition, 1-0.

Western Hockey League

Medicine Hat Tigers 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP: 3-18-21, -4, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek has six points in seven games in 2017. He’s also plus-5 in his last three games.

Moose Jaw Warriors @ Kelowna Rockets (late)

C Brett Howden, MJ-------
Season Totals: 32 GP, 22-26-48, +4, 35 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Game will be updated Thursday. Moose Jaw was winning 2-1 after two periods. Howden had one of the goals.

AHL Game Night: 1-18-17 Crunch at Devils

All square atop the North Division.

ALB-3 (OT)

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
6:04 ALB Kujawinski (2), (Camper, Sexton)

Second Period

Third Period
7:12 ALB Mozik (4), (Scarlett, Gibbons)(PP)
10:47 SYR Gourde (13), (Thomas, Conacher)
13:17 SYR Richard (9), (Morin, Brodeur)

1:17 ALB Rooney (8), (MacDonald, Sexton)

Tanner Richard was the game's third star.

The OT loss creates a tie in points atop the North Division with Syracuse and Albany each sitting at 42 points. Syracuse still holds 2 games in hand, however.

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