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CHL Game Night: 1-12-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 5/13 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 42 GP, 21-35-56, +31, 21 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Fortier scored the first of two Drakkar goals in the middle of the second period and Baie-Comeau made them stand up for a 2-1 home win Saturday. Yaroslav Alexeyev (undrafted) had the game-winner, his 23rd goal of the season. The Drakkar improved to 30-9-2-1 and move two points ahead of Halifax for first overall on the league table.

Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 0

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 22 GP, 4-13-17, +5, 22 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Tristan Côté-Cazenave (undrafted) stopped 42 of 42 shots to steal a road win for the Tigres, 2-0 over Rimouski. The Oceanic outshot Victoriaville 42-15 for the game. Radim Salda had four of those shots. Côté-Cazenave was a prospect camp invitee of the Pittsburgh Penguins last summer. He improved to 9-10 for the season. This was his first shutout of the year.

NHL Game Night: 1-12-19 Lightning at Sabres

Kucherov takes over Third Period and buries Buffalo.

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BUF-3

Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the win. He was overpushing pretty badly against odd man rush attempts and it burned him a couple of times, but goal support is a beautiful thing. I will give him credit, though, he made a couple of key ten bell saves in the Second Period to allow the Lightning to stay fully in the game.

First Period
0:26 TB Point (29), (Kucherov, Johnson)
5:47 BUF Reinhart (10), (Skinner, Dahlin)
19:50 BUF Thompson (6), (Girgensons, Sobotka)

Second Period
7:50 TB Palat (6), (Sergachev, Hedman)

Third Period
5:54 BUF Scandella (3), (Pominville, Sheary)
6:17 TB Kucherov (22), (Stamkos)
14:44 TB Stamkos (24), (Kucherov, Hedman)
18:41 TB Callahan (5), (Cirelli, Killorn)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars.

Lightning games have gotten somewhat formulaic at this point. They haven't really played a First Period of note in a while, and tonight's flat start was nothing new. They hang around in a tied game or even trailing by a goal here or there. And then they either flip the switch and blow a team off the ice or simply wear a team out in the final frame. Tonight's game had the extra feature of Nikita Kucherov absolutely taking over the game in the Third Period. He's a very good player, but I could make an argument this was Kucherov going to another gear tonight to help put the Sabres, who are now outside the playoffs looking in, away.

A word of note about the controversial Third Period officiating. First, Buffalo fans crying about the officiating need to recognize they outpaced the Lightning in power plays awarded 4-1. Call me crazy, but I know Buffalo isn't as pure as the driven snow and I know there were several missed calls Buffalo got away with. Second, on the Sergachev and Larsson dust up in the Third Period, recognize there was an uncalled slew foot moments before Sergachev snapped a hit Larsson in the mush. Yes, the Larsson call was a phantom cross check, but again, don't tell me Buffalo was as pure as the driven snow. Finally, the Eichel elbowing call to the back of McDonagh's head. He makes the argument that his elbow was tucked into his body and that McDonagh had his head down. Fine. Doesn't matter. It was a head shot. Period. Whatever you choose to call it, be it "elbowing" or whatever, the point is the league is trying to legislate head shots out of the game. It has to be a call. That was far more of a clear cut head shot than the Martel hit in Vancouver ever was, certainly.

Adam Erne had 2 hits in 10:08. Felt like he was stapled to the bench most of the night.

Erik Cernak was -2 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 22:08.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-12-19 Crunch at Comets

Third Period comeback falls short in Utica.

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UTI-3

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss. It sure would be nice to get Ingram back soon.

First Period
2:28 UTI Dahlen (9), (Kero, MacEwen)(PP)

Second Period
18:52 UTI Kero (16), (Boucher, Pyatt)

Third Period
4:01 SYR Katchouk (6), (Gaunce, Andreoff)
17:49 UTI Gaunce (12), (Hamilton, Bancks)
19:31 SYR Conacher (15), (Valleau, Gaunce)

Syracuse continues to struggle of late with starting slowly and then, also, getting goaltending that doesn't stop at least 9 of 10 shots. It's a frustrating sport when it's so much easier for the other team to score than yours.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 1-11-19

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 1 vs #5 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 1-9-10, +14, 6 PIM

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 2-8-10, +6, 8 PIM

One of the biggest games on the college hockey slate Friday night was #5 Minnesota-Duluth hosting #1 St. Cloud State. It was a big challenge for the Bulldogs, winners of only one game in their last five (six if you count the exhibition loss last weekend to the US NTDP U18 team). UMD goalie Hunter Shepard (undrafted) made 25 saves in the first two period to keep the score knotted at 1-1 until his Bulldog teammates scored a pair of unassisted markers in the 3rd to knock off the top-ranked Huskies and hand them their first conference loss on the season. Suddenly, St. Cloud has loss three of their last four, including the exhibition game against the US NTDP U18 team.

UMD improves to 12-5-2 (5-3-1 NCHC) while St. Cloud State drops to 14-3-2 (6-1-2) on the season with these two teams squaring off for a rematch on Saturday night.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0 @ #3 Denver Pioneers 1

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 9-7-16, +12, 10 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman assisted on the Pioneers’ lone goal and Denver goalie Filip Larsson (DET, 2016 6th round pick) pitched a 21-save shutout as #3 ranked Denver squeaked out a 1-0 conference win at home. Mavericks netminder Evan Weninger (undrafted) allowed just one goal on 34 shots in the loss. Denver improves to 13-4-2 (5-4 NCHC) and looks to complete the weekend sweep of UNO Saturday night.

#13 Arizona State Sun Devils 1 @ #17 Cornell Big Red 6

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Cornell unleashed a barrage of 52 shots against ASU Friday night, dismantling the #13 ranked Sun Devils behind a two-goal performance by Blackhawks prospect Beau Starrett (CHI, 2014 3rd round pick) and 24 saves from netminder Austin McGrath (undrafted). Lightning blueline prospect Alex Green missed his 11th game on the season due to injury.

The #13 ranked Big Red improves to 8-5-1 (5-2-1 ECAC) and takes on these same Sun Devils Saturday night looking for the series sweep.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Colgate Raiders 0

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 6-8-14, +2, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Connor Sodergren (undrafted) scores twice for UML and netminder Chris Hernberg (undrafted) staked a 25-save shutout in the River Hawks 3-0 road win over the Raiders. Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin set up a 2nd period power play marker by Kenny Hausinger (undrafted).

UML improves to 10-8-1 (5-4-1 HEAST) and squares off against Colgate again on Saturday night.

Minnesota Gophers 5 @ #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1/5 FO
Season Totals: 20 GP, 5-7-12, +8, 10 PIM

A week after knocking off then #9 Penn State, the Golden Gophers rolled into South Bend and upended the new #9 Fighting Irish in front of a national televised audience on NBCSN. Bolt prospect Sammy Walker scored his 5th goal of the season and fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf helped set up a Rem Pitlick’s (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) short-handed empty netter with 11 seconds remaining. Minnesota’s freshmen line of Walker, Nathan Burke (undrafted) and Blake McLaughlin (ANA, 2018 3rd round pick) scored what would be the eventual game winner early in the 3rd to give the UMN a 2-0 lead. Walker was originally given the primary assist for his re-direct on the play, but that was later taken away. The the star of the game was Mat Robson (undrafted), who made 42 saves for the win. Minnesota improves to 8-8-4 (5-3-3 B1G) and tangles with Notre Dame again on Saturday night.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ Boston University Terriers 5

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

The Terriers broke open a 2-2 deadlock with three unanswered goals in the 3rd to hand the Wildcats their 8th loss of the season. Dante Fabbro (NAS, 2016 1st round pick) and Joel Farabee (PHI, 2018 1st round pick) each scored a goal and added two assists to lead BU to victory. New Hampshire’s record falls to 6-8-6 (2-5-3 HEAST) and returns home Saturday night to take on Boston College.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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