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AHL Game Day: 10-16-16 Crunch at Americans

Goals! Goals! Goals!


Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 21 shots for the win, and then thanked Jobu for the sweet elixir of goal support.

First Period
5:31 RCH Rodrigues (1), (unassisted)
16:11 SYR Gourde (1), (Richard, Halmo)
19:14 SYR Peca (1), (Conacher)

Second Period
0:39 SYR Bournival (2), (Dotchin, Walcott)
10:26 SYR Peca (2), (Conacher, Erne)(PP)
13:31 RCH Strachan (1), (Bennett, Nylander)
15:14 SYR Conacher (1), (Vermin, Taormina)

Third Period
9:34 RCH Nylander (1), (O'Reilly)
16:06 SYR Vermin (2), (Condra, Richard)(PP)

Cory Conacher and Matthew Peca were the game's first and second star.

It's hard to lose when you're averaging 5 goals a game. Benoit Groulx must feel like he won the lottery after being tapped to coach this team.

Box score from

AHL Game Night: 10-15-16 Americans at Crunch

The new AHL website is bad, and they should feel bad.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. Life is good when you have low shot totals to face and sweet, sweet goal support.

First Period

Second Period
3:55 SYR Erne (1), (Blujus, Peca)(PP)
13:01 SYR McGinn (1), (Erne, Witkowski)
17:05 SYR Vermin (1), (Conacher, Dumont)
17:27 SYR Bournival, (Dumont, Dotchin)

Third Period
6:55 RCH Bailey (1), (Fedun)

Adam Erne, Gabriel Dumont, and Cory Conacher were the game's three stars.

Syracuse's depth at forward this season is obscene, on paper, and it will only get better when Ryan Callahan gets healthy and (possibly/probably) pushes young Brayden Point down to the Crunch to learn to play center as a pro. With that in mind, Syracuse's ceiling this year may be defined by if/when the Lightning resolve their goaltending situation up top, and if/when Gudlevskis moves up because of it. Syracuse is likely to have everything else, so they just need the goaltending to potentially make an epic run this year.

Box score from

CHL Game Night: 10-15-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hits
Season Totals: 8 GP, 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 8 GP, 9-4-13, +7, 11 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph added another two goals to his season’s point total, giving him nine in eight games.

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits, 4/10 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 3-4-7, -5, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Yvon Mongo (2017) had two goals for Cedric Paquette’s former team Saturday in the Armada’s 4-2 win over the Mooseheads.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 1

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 16/24 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 5-5-10, +8, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/2 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, -6, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

The Gens built a 2-0 lead in the second period and held on for a one-goal win.

London Knights 1 @ Erie Otters 7

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-4-4, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 5-12-17, +14, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh and Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrindicat continued their magic together Saturday, combining for eight points as Erie put a touchdown on the board against the high-powered Knights, 7-1. Raddysh is currently tied for second in the OHL in points.

Mississauga Steelheads 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 2 (OT)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 13/29 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Nathan Bastian (Devils second rounder) scored in overtime to lift the Steelheads to a 3-2 win in Saginaw.

NCAA Game Night: 10-15-16

No. 7 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 @ Colorado College 0

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

The River Hawks got a shutout win in Colorado Springs Saturday, 4-0.

No. 2 Boston University Terriers 1 @ No. 10 Denver Pioneers 3

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

MacLeod was out of the lineup Saturday as Denver completed the 2-game sweep of BU. MacLeod had a hard time staying in the lineup last season and the Terriers brought in a highly regarded freshman class this year that will command ice time.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 3 (OT)

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham was not in the lineup Saturday after starting Friday in his hometown of Anchorage.

ECHL Game Night: 10-15-16

Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Norfolk Admirals 0

No Lightning prospects currently assigned to Kalamazoo

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 59:50 MINS, 20/20, Shutout, *1ST STAR*
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%, 1 SO

It was a tall order to follow behind Joel Martin's 32-save season-opener win Friday night, but Nic Riopel pitched a 20-save shutout against his former team Saturday night as the K-Wings go up 2-0 on the road to start the 2016-17 ECHL season. Riopel, on a two-way AHL/ECHL deal with the Syracuse Crunch, was both a Lightning and a Crunch camper and essentially serves as the organization's #5 goalie. Riopel earned First Star honors for his performance. Fellow Lightning campers Lane Scheidl and Ben Wilson scored for Kalamazoo. The K-Wings play a home-and-home against the Fort Wayne Komets next Friday and Saturday night.

Crunch Defeat Americans in Season Opener

By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch dominated in the second period and cruised to a win on opening night.

The Crunch scored four times and held the Americans to four shots on goal in the middle frame, as Syracuse defeated Rochester, 4-1, in the season opener at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I’m happy for them,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought they played the way they wanted to play. We had energy and we had some legs tonight. We made some plays tonight. It was a good start.”

NHL Game Night: 10-15-16 Devils at Lightning

Lightning overcome another sluggish start to advance to 2-0-0.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the victory. Both goals allowed were redirections, and he showed a lot of maturity after getting down on a couple of quick early goals. The really good ones shut the door the rest of the way when they get in that situation, and that's what Andrei did tonight. He was strong on his angles and wasn't giving New Jersey anything to shoot at and his rebound control was strong, as well. It was a really solid season debut.

First Period
0:52 NJ Palmieri (1), (Moore)
4:26 NJ Zajac (1), (Parenteau)

Second Period
7:53 TB Stamkos (1), (Palat, Drouin)
10:07 TB Killorn (1), (Kucherov, Johnson)

Third Period
5:43 TB Filppula (2), (Garrison, Point)

Valtteri Filppula, Steven Stamkos, and Alex Killorn were the game's three stars. I think Vasiy got a little robbed.

Glass half full: Yet another resilient effort where the Lightning stayed the course, got it together, and eventually pulled off the win. The Lightning got goals from three different lines tonight and they have nine goals from eight different goal scorers so far this season. Balance is a good thing. And, as mentioned, Vasilveskiy was solid.

Glass half empty: Spotting opponents two goal leads to start the game isn't sustainable. I think the Lightning, psychologically, come out a little too comfortable in these home games with the attitude that, because of their talent, it'll be more of a coronation than a contest. They haven't paid the price for it thus far this year, but eventually they will. Bottom line, hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.

Two games down, four points earned. The Lightning need at least eight points in the next eight games to establish postseason pace.

Brayden Point had a helper, his first NHL point, and was +1 with 5 shots and 1 hit in 15:09. He keeps putting 5 on net every night and he'll have that first NHL goal soon, too.

Box score and extended statistics from

Liiga Game Day: 10-15-16

HPK 4 vs. SaiPa 0
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, -5, 25 PIM

Saku Salminen was -2 and 50% on 10 draws in 9:33 of ice time in SaiPa's 4-0 loss to HPK. Undrafted 20 year old Emil Larmi stopped all 27 shots he faced for HPK for the shutout.

ECHL Game Night: 10-14-16

Brand-new Lightning ECHL affiliate Kalamazoo Wings opened their 2016-17 ECHL season with a win on the road in Norfolk against the Admirals. With the Syracuse Crunch training camp still ongoing, no Lightning prospects have been assigned to the K-Wings yet, however we will also keep an eye on other notable players this season that are of interest to the Tampa organization.

Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Norfolk Admirals 1

No Lightning prospects currently assigned to Kalamazoo

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 0.000 SV%, 0 SO

Lightning camper Joel Martin allowed just one goal in 33 shots for the season opener win for the K-Wings, earning First Star honors for his performance. 2600+ fans at The Scope in Norfolk witnessed former Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier assist on the Admiral's lone goal of the contest. These two teams square off again Saturday night and it is expected that Syracuse Crunch depth goalie Nic Riopel will get the start in the back-to-back against his 2015-16 team.

CHL Game Night: 10-14-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 7-3-10, +4, 11 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph had a shorty early in the third period to give the Sea Dogs a 4-0 lead and they held on for a 2-goal win.

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 7 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, -1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hits
Season Totals: 5 GP, 6-2-8, -2, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Dennis Yan followed up his 4-goal game with a goal and an assist Friday as the Cataractes beat the visiting Mooseheads, 6-3. Otto Somppi was scoreless for Halifax.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Kingston Frontenacs 1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 7 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

The Soo built on their shootout win Thursday with a road win in Kingston. Bruins first rounder Zachary Senyshyn had a hat trick for the Greyhounds.

Erie Otters 4 @ Guelph Storm 3 (SO)

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 5-8-13, +12, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh scored his fifth goal of the season in Erie’s first road win Friday. He missed his shootout attempt. Guelph rookie Nate Schnarr had a goal and was third star.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Oshawa Generals 5

D Matt Spencer, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

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

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 20/28 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 5 GP, 5-4-9, +7, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli (pictured) continues to produce on the young season, putting up another two points Friday. His unassisted goal in the second period turned out to be the game-winner. Matt Spencer remains out of the Peterborough lineup with an undisclosed injury. Jonne Tammela is still out from an injury sustained before Lightning camp.

Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 6

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/17 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-3-5, +4, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens has had a nice start to his season, but the Spirit are struggling with the league’s worst record at 1-6-0-1. They’re already eight points from getting out of the division cellar.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 2 @ Tri-City Americans 4

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 33 saves on 37 shots
Season Totals: 8 GP, 3-5-0-0, 2.40 GAA, .925 sv%, 0 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram’s modest 2-game winning streak was broken in Kennewick.

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP: 0-6-6, +3, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Libor Hajek had his 4-game point streak snapped, but Saskatoon got a win in BC, 4-2 over Kelowna.

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Red Deer Rebels 6

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 7 GP, 6-4-10, E, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden’s 6-game goal streak to start his season came to an end Friday in Red Deer. Austin Pratt (2017) had a hat trick for Red Deer.

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