Dmitry Korobov got the call he had been waiting for -- from teammate Vlad Namestnikov.
Korobov, the hard-hitting Belarusian on the Syracuse Crunch blueline, was having phone troubles, so the message from Crunch coach Rob Zettler about Korobov's first National Hockey League call-up arrived through Namestnikov.
"I was a little shocked, happy, and nervous at the same time," Korobov said through Namestnikov, who helped translate. "Mostly happy."
After playing one game with the Tampa Bay Lightning, being sent back to the Crunch, and making the round trip again, Korobov got a taste of what he came to North America for. Now he’s working to earn more of those calls -- no matter who they’re from -- and eventually a permanent role in the NHL.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Remparts 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6
C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, 10/18 FO
Season totals: 27 GP, 11-23-34, E, 35 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
Erne extended his point streak to eight games. He has at least two points in his last four games. Erne was named to Team USA’s selection camp roster for the upcoming World Junior Championships.
Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Omsk 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Loss, 39/41, 1.85 GAA, .951 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 16-8-5, 4 SO, 2.07 GAA, .932 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was beaten by both Omsk shooters in the penalty shot session as Metallurg fell 3-2. Ex-NHLer Sergei Kostitsyn scored the shootout winner and had an assist in the match. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov failed to convert in his shootout attempt for Magnitogorsk.
Ufa 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2 (OT)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 9-6-3, 1 SO, 2.25 GAA, .923 sv%
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 8 PIM
Ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov scored the overtime game winning goal in Ufa's 3-2 victory over Yugra. Yugra got a helper from ex-Lightning prospect Radek Smolenak in defeat. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup in the match for Ufa. Nikita Gusev did not dress for Khanty-Mansisysk.
Bratislava 2 vs. St. Petersburg 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 36/38, 1.85 GAA, .947 sv%
Season totals: 21 GP, 8-10-3, 2 SO, 2.94 GAA, .891 sv%
Jaroslav Janus surrendered goals on 1 of 2 shootout attempts as Slovan fell 3-2 to SKA St. Petersburg. Janus did turn away ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk in the penalty shot session.
Jonathan Drouin, François Brassard and Guillaume Gélinas were named the TELUS three stars for the month of November on Monday.
Drouin is the first star of the month of November in the QMJHL. The Halifax Mooseheads forward had 12 goals and 19 assists in just 10 games. According to the league, his 31 points tied the team record for most points in a month, also held by two other players during the 1999-2000 season, Brandon Reid and Ramzi Abid. The 1st round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning maintained a +14 rating, and scored at least one point in each of his 10 games. In seven games, he scored at least three points, and matched his career-high five points in a game against Acadie-Bathurst on November 22. The average of 3.1 points per game maintained by Drouin in November allowed him to climb to second in scoring in the QMJHL. His 47 points place him 12 points behind the leader of the QMJHL, Anthony Mantha (59). Drouin's performances helped his team get 9 wins in 10 games for the month of November.
BP Notes: Reid and Abid were rivals of Brad Richards' Rimouski squad that year. Drouin was also named to Team Canada's WJC Selection Camp roster. He played for Canada last year and has a good chance to have the honor of being Canada's captain. Andrey Vasilevskiy was named to Russia's roster and Adam Erne to Team USA's. Noted omissions were Slater Koekkoek (Canada) and Dylan Blujus (USA), both of whom were in their country's summer camps.
For Rob Zettler, it all comes down to being in the right position.
With the offensive lines lacking their normal scoring punch, the Syracuse Crunch coach knows the margin for error is slim. But his defense has keyed in on limiting the opposition’s offensive opportunities, and Syracuse grinded out wins last weekend by holding St. John’s to a pair of goals Friday and shutting out Adirondack Saturday.
"We really limited both teams' chances because we were in good position," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler. "We didn't have the high-end skill we've had in the past, but we made up for it in position and hard work."