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CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-7-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Second Round

No. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ No. 5 Rimouski Oceanic 2
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

C Jimmy Huntington, RIM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, 20/34 FO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 5-5-10, +5, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 66 GP, 40-52-92 +41, 52 PIM
17-18 Totals (Vic): 68 GP, 18-40-58, +5, 42 PIM

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Cape Breton stole home ice advantage away from Rimouski with a 2-1 win Sunday to tie the second round series at one game apiece. Lightning prospect Radim Salda wore the goat horns on the Eagles’ first goal, standing alone in front and trying to clear a rolling puck only to have it jump over his stick. A Cape Breton attacker pounced on the puck and slid it behind Colten Ellis to make it 1-0. Salda was in the penalty box serving a tripping penalty in the third period when the Eagles made it 2-0. Rimouski got one back when Huntington found Alexis Lafreniere (2020) in front while Huntington was behind the net. The two teams will battle again - Rimouski coming off their first loss of the post-season - on Tuesday in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

ECHL Game Night: 1-7-19 Icemen @ Solar Bears

Jacksonville Icemen 2 @ Orlando Solar Bears 5

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 5 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 30 GP, 11-33-44, +11, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 39 GP, 6-19-25, -4, 30 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Connor Ingram, ORL: Win, 30 saves on 32 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 13 GP, 8-2-0, 2.41 GAA, .914 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Alexey Lipanov, ORL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 3 GP 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals (KIT): 4 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals (KIT): 62 GP, 12-18-30, -36, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

The Solar Bears concluded their regular season with a 5-2 win over Jacksonville Sunday, knocking the Icemen from the No. 3 seed in the division to No. 4. Jacksonville had been in second or third in the division nearly all of 2019, but was leapfrogged by South Carolina. The Stingrays will face Orlando in the divisional semi-finals starting Wednesday.

Connor Ingram improved his save percentage to .914 in the win and has won eight of his 10 decisions in the ECHL. Alexey Lipanov had two assists to finish his brief regular season stint in Orlando with three points in three games. Dylan Fitze, who was a teammate of Slater Koekkoek in Peterborough for one year, had two goals in the finale for Orlando (41-25-5-1).

AHL Game Night: 4-6-19 Americans at Crunch

Syracuse loses golden opportunity to put division away.

ROC-5
SYR-2

Atte Tolvanen allowed 5 goals on 35 shots for the loss. With Pasquale up with the Lightning, the Crunch asked for a lot from the ATO this weekend.

First Period
0:33 ROC Simpson (20), (Porter)
17:12 ROC MacWilliam (3), (Smith, Randell)

Second Period
2:05 ROC Veilleux (5), (Leier, Asplund)(PP)
4:03 ROC Smith (28), (Redmond)
11:22 ROC Simpson (21), (Hickey, Asplund)
19:30 SYR Barre-Boulet (33), (Andreoff, Verhaeghe)

Third Period
5:54 SYR Yan (11), (Barre-Boulet, Foote)

Alex Barre-Boulet was the game's third star.

Syracuse could've cut their magic number to clinch the North Division down to one point with a win. Now, Rochester has cut Syracuse's division lead to three points and the Americans hold a game in hand. Syracuse finishes with Laval, Rochester, and Utica in a three games in three days scenario with very little margin for error.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 4-6-19 Lightning at Bruins

Lightning post record-tying win in regular season finale.

TB-6
BOS-3

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the win in the record-tier.

First Period
14:38 BOS Krejci (20), (McAvoy, Pastrnak)
19:40 BOS Heinen (11), (Kampfer)

Second Period
4:41 TB Cernak (5), (Miller, Gourde)(PP)
12:52 TB Stamkos (45), (unassisted)(SH)
16:59 TB Cirelli (19), (Miller, Coburn)

Third Period
0:53 TB Kucherov (41), (McDonagh)
14:03 BOS Grzelcyk (3), (Pastrnak, Krejci)
14:16 TB Coburn (4), (Cirelli, Girardi)
18:34 TB Johnson (29), (Palat, Kucherov)(EN)

Eddie Pasquale was the game's first star. Typical Boston arrogance to award two of three stars to the B's in a 6-3 loss.

I would say this game had all the intensity of a preseason game, but preseason games do have bubble guys fighting for roster spots and a higher incidence rate of fighting. Still, for the Lightning to respond to a little early adversity and pull out the win always feels good, and to tie the record of 62 regular season wins could be quite the resume bullet point. I say "could" because if the Lightning follow through and claim the Stanley Cup this season, they'll have a strong argument to be included in the discussion for greatest single-season team of all time and certainly greatest single-season team of the salary cap era. All that said, it's meaningless without accomplishing the task at hand that begins in the playoffs come Wednesday, and there's A LOT of work yet to be done.

Danick Martel was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 13:20.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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