We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Bolt Prospect of the Week for December 15, 2014 is … Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).
Who are we to argue with the American Hockey League?
The league named Lightning goaltender prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy the CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday before we even had a chance to vote on our Prospect of the Week. The early bird gets the proverbial worm, so we’ll just go ahead and agree with the AHL on this one.
Not that we would’ve disagreed.
Ontario Hockey League
Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 6
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 9-6-15, -11, 43 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
The Soo continued its strong play, knocking off visiting Windsor 6-4 on Sunday. DiGiacinto (5’11” 196) fought Tyler Gandy (6’2” 196). Both players got several punches in, with Gandy getting the victory nod. He declared victory himself after the fight, actually. It was DiGiacinto’s third fight this season, per hockeyfights.com.
No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ No. 11 Denver Pioneers 1
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-2-7, E, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
No. 1 North Dakota salvaged a weekend split with Denver on Saturday, though it knocked them down to No. 2 in the rankings on Monday.
Khabarovsk 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 12-7-19, +5, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev was +1 in 17:34 with a team high 5 shots in Yugra's 3-1 win over Khabarovsk. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had a helper in the win for Yugra.
Mytischi 3 vs. Omsk 1
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 25 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-4-5, -1, 45 PIM
Dmitry Korobov got kicked out of Mytischi's 3-1 win over Omsk for checking to the head. He ended up playing just 3:22 in the match. Ex-NHLer Slava Kozlov had a helper in the win for Mytischi.
Indy Fuel 4 at Florida Everblades 5 SO
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 6 PIM, 25 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, W, 64:10 MIN, 4 GA, 32 SH, 28 SV, *THIRD STAR*
Season totals: 15 GP, 12-2-0-1, 2.23 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 2 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 13 GP, 4-1-5, +5, 18 PIM, 26 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 4-3-7, +1, 11 PIM, 25 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
The Blades bent but didn't break in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win against visiting Indy, preserving a 5-game win streak behind Adam Brace's hat trick on teddy bear toss night. A roller coaster affair with Florida charging out of the gate with three 1st period goals and then the Fuel responding with three 2nd period goals. The Everblades peppered Indy with 48 shots, and Allen York was tested in the 2nd and 3rd periods giving up 4 goals before making 28 saves for his 12th win. York made three saves in OT and then stuffed all four Fuel shooters in the skills match to earn 3rd Star honors. Lightning camper Mike Aviano scored Florida's 2nd goal with Jeff Costello drawing an assist. The Gwinnett Gladiators roll into Estero for a pair of games this week.
Quad City Mallards 0 at Wichita Thunder 5
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 24 GP, 12-13-25, -1, 31 PIM, 81 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 0-5-5, -5, 53 PIM, 27 SOG
Feels good to get the funk out. Wichita pasted the Mallards in a 5-zip shutout and Danick Gauthier notched two assist, one on the power play. Wichita returns to Tulsa Wednesday night to play Oilers.