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AHL Game Night: 1-27-18 Marlies at Crunch

Johnsson's natural hat trick sinks Crunch.

TOR-4
SYR-2

Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
2:57 TOR Mueller (9), (Moore, Rychel)(PP)
16:05 SYR Cirelli (9), (Joseph, Archambault)

Second Period
6:23 TOR Johnsson (18), (Valiev)
10:14 TOR Johnsson (19), (Kapanen, Holl)
13:44 TOR Johnsson (20), (Kapanen, Holl)

Third Period
19:04 SYR Volkov (12), (Stephens, McBain)

If you're looking for silver linings, Anthony Cirelli maintained a five game point streak since returning to the lineup from injury.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Overwhelmed in Loss to Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch were overwhelmed by the top team in the AHL.

The Crunch evened the score late in the first period but the Marlies’ Andreas Johnsson netted a natural hat trick in the second, as Syracuse fell to Toronto, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

The Marlies now have earned a point in 11 straight games.

“They were, again tonight, the best team by far,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought (goalie Louis Domingue) kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win, but obviously not good enough.”

Juniors Game Night: 1-26-18

From Friday night...

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 (Friday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 33-24-57, +34, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/1 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 6 GP, 5-6-11, +4, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 36 GP, 20-35-55, +14, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

After a rare two game losing streak on the road, the Greyhounds returned home with Katchouk and Raddysh leading the 6-4 victory over the Spitfires. Katchouk and Raddysh were instrumental in the Soo gaining a 4-0 early lead. Katchouk opened the scoring just 2:45 into the game, and then Raddysh scored his 20th of the season about 1:45 later. Early in the 2nd, Raddysh and linemate Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) earned helpers on Jack Kopacka’s (ANA, 2016 4th round pickd) goal, and Katchouk netted his 2nd of the game and 33rd of the season on the power play to give the Soo the 4-0 lead.

But the Spitfires would battle back behind the play of Jake Smith (undrafted) and Luke Kutkevicius (undrafted), as Windsor outscored the Soo 4-2 in the second half of the game. Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) scored twice for the Greyhounds in the 3rd, including the empty netter with one second left as the Spitfires were pressing for the equalizer. Frost tallied 3 assists for the Soo, setting up three of the team’s first four goals.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3 (Friday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 7 GP, 2-2-4, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 42 GP, 13-21-34, +5, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov assisted on Kirill Nizhnikov’s (2018 draft eligible) 2nd period goal that knotted the game at 1-1. But Lipanov’s former team poured it on, scoring five 2nd and 3rd period goal including two by Lucas Chiodo (undrafted) and top prospect Andrei Svechnikov’s (2018 draft eligible) 20th of the season. Blake Murray (2019 draft eligible) scored twice for the Wolves in the 3rd to draw Sudbury within one.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Mississauga 4 (OT) (Friday)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 7/17 FO
Season Totals: 42 G, 13-6-19, -23, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette fired a team-high five shots scored his 13th of the season, the 3-2 go-ahead goal in the 2nd period. But top prospect Ryan McLeod (2018 draft eligible) scored the 3rd period power play equalizer for the Steelheads and then tallied the game-winner in overtime to hand the Petes their umpteenth 3rd period meltdown heartbreaker.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 3 (OT) (Friday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 38 GP, 10-30-40, +16, 31 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring twice in the 3rd and Cal Foote (pictured) delivering the OT game-winner to scratch out a gutsy road win in the Hat. Foote was robbed of the First Star, given instead by the home town bias to the Tiger captain Mark Rassell (undrafted), who notched Medicine Hat’s first two goals.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 (OT) (Friday)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 16/26 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 18-26-44, +22, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 7-14-21, +33, 50 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors scratched out a tough OT road win in Lethbridge, behind goal and an assist efforts by both Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) and Brayden Burke (undrafted). Newly acquired Kale Clague (LA, 2016 2nd round pick) assisted on all three Moose Jaw goals.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Lincoln Stars 0 @ Omaha Lancers 6 (Friday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 1-13-14, +42, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix notched an assist and former WHL’er Ethan Price (undrafted) scored twice as the Lancers shutout the Stars 6-0.

NCAA Game Night: 1-26-18

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ Merrimack Warriors 1

C Ross Colton, UVM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-3-16, -13, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Colton helped Vermont win its fifth game of the season with a late, game-winning marker to beat Merrimack. He scored with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.

No. 16 Boston College Eagles 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 (Friday)

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 8-14-22, E, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

UML blew a 2-goal lead but recovered for the upset win. Lohin had the primary assist on the game-winning goal.

Boston University Terriers 8 @ Arizona State Sun Devils 0

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, +4, 8 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

Bobo Carpenter (undrafted) had a hat trick as BU built a snowman on the desert scoreboard. He was coming off a 2-goal game vs Merrimack. MacLeod got into the fun with an assist.

No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ No. 19 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 6

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 4.12 GAA, .867 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

UNO was beaten by a total of 9-0 last weekend in Denver, but responded this weekend with a Friday win over Luke Witkowski's alma mater.

No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 0 @ No. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 (OT)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 0-9-9, -1, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Zuhlsdorf was on the ice when Casey Mittelstadt (Sabres) scored to give the Gophers a 1-0 overtime win Friday over the top team in the nation.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Rookies Lead the Way in Crunch's Win Over Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch’s lineup was filled with rookies and call-ups.

Nine players are in their first year in the pros, and six have spent time in the ECHL this season.

Syracuse still kept rolling.

The youth led the way with rookies combining for eight of the Crunch’s 13 points, as Syracuse beat the Belleville Senators, 5-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I think a lot of the rookies have the traits you need to be successful in pro hockey,” Crunch defenseman Mat Bodie said. “We transitioned to a speed game and we have a lot of guys that can really fly, so once they start playing with confidence — which they are now — it’s paying dividends for all of us here.”

AHL Game Night: 1-26-18 Senators at Crunch

Crunch's young guns continue to roll on.

BEL-2
SYR-5

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the victory. He's 8-2-1 since taking over as Syracuse's starter with Domingue up top in Tampa Bay.

First Period
1:56 SYR Cirelli (8), (Joseph, Bodie)
15:28 SYR Tammela (3), (Bodie, Volkov)

Second Period
1:09 SYR Archambault (3), (Cirelli, Joseph)

Third Period
0:52 BEL Burgdoerfer (4), (Hogberg)(PP)
4:03 SYR Thomas (3), (Bodie, Tammela)
6:04 BEL Burgdoerfer (5), (McCormick, Doornbosch)
17:02 SYR Stephens (16), (unassisted)(EN)

Mathieu Joseph, Anthony Cirelli, and Mat Bodie were the game's three stars. Jonne Tammela (The Cobra!) chipped in his first multi-point game of the campaign, as well.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 1-25-18

All of Canadian Juniors were off tonight due to the annual Don Cherry / Bobby Orr CHL Top NHL Prospects Game at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph. Otto Somppi's Halifax linemate and Libor Hajek's WJC Czech Republic teammate, Filip Zadina led the way with two goals in Team Cherry's 7-4 victory over the Eric Lindros coached Team Orr. Owen Sound's Aidan Dudas and Flint's Ty Dellandrea both scored two goals apiece for Team Cherry and mobile righty London blueliner Evan Bouchard added four assists.

Minnesota State High School League

Minnetonka Skippers 2 @ Edina Hornets 8

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-3-5, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 18 GP, 22-25-47, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

On Boxing Day, the first day of the prestigious Schwan’s Cup holiday tournament saw the Minnetonka Skippers hand the tourney’s defending champ Hornets their only loss of the season thus far. Tonight, almost a month later, the Skippers rolled into the Braemar Ice Arena in Edina for a rematch between these top Class 2A rivals.

With that lone blemish on their record, Sammy Walker and Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit) both score twice, while Walker added three more assists for a five-point performance as the Hornets stung the Skippers and pasted a snowman on the scoreboard, and got some sweet redemption.

For Walker, he equaled his goal totals from last season and eclipses his point totals in seven fewer games. He sits 5th in the state in points, just four back from Luke Krause (uncommitted), the Lake of the Woods high school standout who has 51 points in just 14 games. The Hornets next play Saturday night against the Eden Prairie Eagles.

NHL Game Night: 1-25-18 Lightning at Flyers

The Lightning's big dogs come to eat in Philly.

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PHI-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 37 shots for the victory. It stinks it's All-Star Break time and he has to perform in that 3-on-3 exhibition, because he's in the zone right now and streaking all of a sudden.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:25 TB Point (20), (Johnson)
9:56 TB Gourde (17), (Peca, Girardi)
17:29 TB Callahan (2), (unassisted)(SH)

Third Period
13:18 PHI Konecny (10), (Voracek, Giroux)(PP)
14:05 TB Namestnikov (17), (Kucherov, Stamkos)
17:11 TB Namestnikov (18), (Stamkos, Kucherov)

Vasilevskiy, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars.

After figuring out how to win without Victor Hedman over the past couple of games the Lightning returned to kind of a tried and true formula tonight to get the big road win. Like many times this season, the team absorbed the home sides best punch in the First Period thanks to stellar goaltending by Vasilevskiy. Vasiy holds them in the game, then the skill forwards torment the opposition the remainder of the tilt. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Fun fact: thanks to the 3 game winning streak the Lightning have a chance to clinch a successful 10-game segment of the season with a win in their next game. They have 10 points through the first 9 games of this segment.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 17:12.

Jake Dotchin was a hefty +4 with 1 shot, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 20:31.

Matthew Peca had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 12:28. He was good on the forecheck and dangerous a good swath of the night teaming up with Gourde before Yanni earned a promotion to the second line in the Third Period with Cooper reuniting the top group of Namestnikov, Stamkos, and Kucherov. The biggest stat of the night though was Peca going 87% on 15 draws against the best faceoff team in the league. They won't be able to send him down if he keeps that up.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-24-18 Crunch at Rocket

Stephens continues to scorch the AHL.

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LAV-2

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory.

First Period
19:14 LAV Scherbak (7), (Taormina, Cracknell)(PP)

Second Period
7:03 SYR Yan (7), (Stephens)
16:25 SYR Cirelli (7), (Joseph, Stephens)(PP)

Third Period
2:47 SYR Stephens (15), (Joseph, Bodie)(PP)
18:50 LAV Audette (9), (unassisted)

Mathieu Joseph and Mitchell Stephens were the game's first and second stars. Since New Year's Eve, Stephens has 9 goals and 14 points in 11 games.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 1-24-18

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 9-30-39, +14, 31 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) scored twice, including the OT game-winner culminating a rally by the Rockets from a 3-2 deficit. Carsen Twarynski (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) scored the equalizer with 38 seconds left.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Regina Pats

D Libor Hajek, REG: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 5 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 38 GP, 9-20-29, -13, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek scored the 2-1 go-ahead goal in the 1st and the Pats didn’t look back. Hajek’s marker was the first of four straight by Regina, bookended by Hajek assisting on a Jared Legien (undrafted) power play marker in the 2nd that gave the Pats a 5-1 lead over the Blades. Sam Steel (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) notched five assists, Cameron Hebig (undrafted) scored twice, and Josh Mahura (ANA, 2016 3rd round pick) had a four point game inleading the Pats in putting up a touchdown against Saskatoon. Max Gerlach (undrafted) scored twice for the Blades.

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