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Yan's OT Goal Lifts Crunch Over Americans

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dennis Yan saw the opportunity and took advantage,

The Crunch rookie gathered the puck behind his own net, rushed up the right side of the ice, charged past the last defender and beat Americans goalie Linus Ullmark blocker side to lift Syracuse to a 6-5 overtime win over Rochester in a back-and-forth battle at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

“I didn’t plan to go all the way to the net, but once I took the puck I saw a huge space and I put the jets on,” Yan said. “I had space there and tried to get to the net as fast as I could.”

NHL Game Night: 11-22-17 Blackhawks at Lightning

Lightning defies odds/adversity for impressive comeback win.

TB-3 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the win. It was a rough start for Andrei allowing a semi-soft goal to Kane where he was off his angle and deep in his net. When the good ones give up a couple early, though, they tend to dig their heels in and shut the door the rest of the way. That happened tonight as Vasilevskiy made about 4-5 unbelievable stops to give the Lightning the chance to eventually pull out the win.

First Period
3:49 CHI Kane (7), (Anisimov, Rutta)
15:54 CHI Kane (8), (Franson, Keith)(PP)

Second Period
4:27 TB Palat (6), (Callahan, Hedman)(SH)

Third Period
0:31 TB Kunitz (3), (Coburn, Callahan)

3:25 TB Point (9), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)(PP)

Brayden Point and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and third stars.

That's not exactly how you'd draw up a win against a NHL power like Chicago, but it's impressive nonetheless. The Lightning looked a little disjointed in the First Period while dealing with Dotchin being out of the lineup, Paquette being back in the lineup, and a Chicago team that's well coached and has a lot of speed. Adding to their peril was a semi-soft goal allowed by Vasilevskiy and a failed 5-on-3 bid that put them on the downside of Espo's Rule. Things looked bleak after 20 minutes, but they fought hard the rest of the way to eventually equalize and win it in Overtime.

One of the biggest elements of that comeback was the surprising play of the fourth line of Kunitz/Paquette/Callahan. Playing with a regular, natural centerman seemed to free the whole line up to just buzz around and grind, with Paquette throwing a tone-setting hit on Toews that seemed to propel that line's who game from there on out. Callahan, in particular, turned in one of those performances that reminds you of what he was at the prime of his career.

I think the most impressive thing about tonight was it was a different way of winning. The Lightning were forced to manufacture a couple of goals to get level rather than simply winning a track meet. These kind of victories can help build a valuable foundation for when the calendar gets into late March and April and games get tighter and more meaningful.

One downside from tonight that I'll mention after watching it for the past three or so games: Kucherov's got to stop trying to make the cute play and simplify his approach. He's making one more move and one more pass than he needs to. When he's in a scoring area, he needs to just rip it. And, when a play's not there, put it in spots in the corners and trust your bloodhounds Namestnikov and Stamkos will get in there, sniff out those loose pucks, and keep the attack alive in the offensive zone.

Tampa Bay starts off their third 10-game segment of the season with 2 big points. They need 10 in their next 9 to clinch a successful segment.

Yanni Gourde was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 blocked shot, and he was 40% on 5 draws.

Mikhail Sergachev had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 17:54. He was impressive tonight against a high caliber foe. Yes, there were a couple of plays that were a little riskier than I may have liked from a rookie blueliner, but he made them stick.

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AHL Game Night: 11-22-17 Americans at Crunch

Syracuse finally gets a break through.

SYR-6 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 5 goals on 35 shots, but got a drink from the cool, refreshing fountain of goal support.

First Period
1:18 SYR Volkov (3), (Peca, McNeill)
14:34 RCH Redmond (2), (Baptiste, Blackwell)
17:00 RCH Porter (5), (Moses, Rodrigues)(PP)

Second Period
7:39 SYR Peca (1), (unassisted)(SH)
11:10 RCH Malone (1), (unassisted)
14:43 SYR McBain (2), (Conacher, Walcott)
18:16 SYR Masin (3), (Peca, Bournival)(SH)
19:50 RCH Baptiste (4), (Percy, Fasching)(PP)

Third Period
10:14 SYR Bodie (1), (Lynch)
13:11 RCH Allen (1), (Blackwell, Smith)

1:48 SYR Yan (3), (Masin, Cirelli)

Dennis Yan and Matthew Peca were the game's first and second stars. Yan's quietly got points in 4 of his last 5 outings and has had decent production for his rookie campaign.

This team has been so painfully close so many times this season that you just have to hope getting an emotional OT win is the elixir that slingshots them back into the playoff hunt.

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Juniors Game Night: 11-21-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/17 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 7-14-21, +19, 12 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi scored the opening goal, a power play marker just 2:38 into the contest, and the Mooseheads would squeeze out the 6-5 win. But not before the Darren Rumble coached Wildcats fought them tooth and nail every minute of the game. Halifax was paced by Islanders 2016 6th round pick Arnaud Durandeau and Blue Jackets signee Maxime Fortier.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 6-13-19, -12, 20 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 16 GP, 10-14-24, +7, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 6-5-11, +20, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brett Howden finally returned to the lineup after being injured in the WHL vs. Russia series, and everyone in Mosaic Place was so happy, they awarded him the game’s Third Star. Howden assisted on a 1st period power play goal that was part of a 4-0 run by the Warriors that extended to 5-2 lead by the second intermission. After Moose Jaw went up 6-2 three minutes into the 3rd, the game looked like a full on stinker. Then the Blades went on their own 4-0 tear, sending it to OT before Brayden Burke scored the OT game winner for the Warriors. Hajek notched a couple of assists for Saskatoon in the loss, and Jason Halbgewachs scored twice to pace Moose Jaw.

NCAA Game Night: 11-18-17

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 @ UConn Huskies 0

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 5-9-14, +1, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

Christoffer Hernberg stopped 33 shots to earn a road shutout in Connecticut. UML was outshot, 33-15.

No. 18 Boston University Terriers 7 @ Maine Black Bears 0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 4 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

MacLeod was scratched.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ No. 15 Western Michigan Broncos 5

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Loss, 30 saves on 34 shots
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, 3.45 GAA, .882 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham got a rare start for the Mavs, but lost on the road in Kalamazoo.

No. 13 Harvard Crimson 1 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 (OT)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 0-6-6, +6, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

The Gophers completed a 2-game weekend sweep of visiting Harvard with an overtime win Saturday.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

AHL Game Day: 11-19-17 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch drop another close heartbreaker.


Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Another hard luck loss in a quality start for the freshly acquired Syracuse starter.

First Period
4:56 TOR Holl (1), (Marincin, Bracco)(SH)
10:02 SYR Lynch (3), (Conacher)(SH)
Second Period

Third Period
7:45 TOR Aaltonen (2), (Johnsson, Kapanen)
18:44 TOR Smith (9), (Greening)(EN)

Another, effectively, one goal loss for the Crunch as their close-but-no-cigar frustrations continue to mount on the campaign.

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Juniors Game Night: 11-19-17

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 5 @ Oshawa Generals 3

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: Did Not Play
Season Totals: 19 GP, 7-10-17, +6, 2 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Generals scored three 2nd period goals to knot the game at 3-3, but the Colts iced the game with two goals in the 3rd. Lipanov missed his second straight game, but overage Lucas Chiodo (undrafted) lead Barrie with a goal and three points.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Kitchener Rangers 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 1/2 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 8-2-10, -12, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Once again the Petes scored first, but the OHL Midwest leading Rangers mustered three unanswered and added the empty netter. Kitchener was paced by Slovakian Adam Liska (undrafted) and overage St. Louis native Jake Henderson (undrafted). Peterborough's winless streaks sits at three.

Erie Otters 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 3

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 10-21-31, +13, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Spirit scored two 2nd period goals and then Devils 2016 4th round pick Evan Cormier shut the door, stopping 33 Erie shots.

Juniors Game Night: 11-18-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6 (SO)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 20/29 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 6-14-20, +20, 12 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

You won’t see it on the stat line, but Somppi scores the shootout game winner as the fifth Mooseheads shooter, securing the Halifax victory by virtue of a skills contest. The Mooseheads were paced by highly ranked blueline prospect Jared McIsaac’s two-goal, three-point performance. McIsaac is currently ranked in the Top 15 by a number of scouting agencies ahead of next summer's 2018 NHL Entry draft.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Barrie Colts 1

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: Did Not Play
Season Totals: 19 GP, 7-10-17, +6, 2 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Colts scored first, but allowed a shortie and power play goal in the 3rd. Lipanov surprisingly didn’t dress for Barrie.

Erie Otters 5 @ Flint Firebirds 2

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/2 FO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 10-21-31, +13, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Taylor Raddysh potted the empty netter and rang up a power play assist to help the Otters earn a road victory in Flint.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Vancouver Giants 6

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 5-16-21, +10, 18 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cal Foote and the Rockets gave up four 1st period goals and it was downhill from there for the Giants. Oilers 2016 2nd round pick and Giants captain Tyler Benson led the charge for Vancouver with two goals and an assist.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 1-2-3, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-12-18, -13, 20 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did Not Play, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 6-5-11, +22, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Blades held leads of 2-1 and 3-2 early, behind a goal and two power play assists from Hajek. But then Tanner Jeannot’s hat trick happened and the Warriors didn’t look back. Remember early in the season when Sosunov was shaking heads with all the goal scoring? Well, he’s just sneezing out power play assists these days. Still no Howden sighting in Mosaic Place as he remains out of the Warriors lineup with an injury.

United States Hockey League

Madison Capitols 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 3

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 4-5-9, -1, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The Capitols knotted the game twice, but a 3rd period marker by Arizona State commit Josh Maniscalco (undrafted) sealed the win for the Fighting Saints. Guttman was credited with a helper on Dubuque’s opening goal.

Fargo Force 5 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1

RW Sammy Walker, SC: Did Not Play
Season Totals (SC): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 20 GP, 16-25-41, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

It’s the second straight game Walker didn’t dress, and the score looks like the Musketeers might could have used him in the lineup. Uncommitted and undrafted Fargo goalie Strauss Mann out of the Connecticut prep school system stopped 33 Sioux City shots.

NHL Game Night: 11-18-17 Islanders at Lightning

Lightning rally gives false hope after flat start.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the rare loss. I think he might want the second goal back, which appeared to go through him, but in fairness to him the defense was pretty rancid tonight.

First Period
0:51 NYI Ladd (4), (Tavares, Ho-Sang)
10:25 NYI Lee (10), (Tavares, Bailey)

Second Period
7:09 NYI Nelson (6), (Chimera, Pelech)

Third Period
1:05 NYI Lee (11), (Bailey, Barzal)(PP)
3:13 TB Gourde (5), (Point, Koekkoek)
3:26 TB Palat (5), (Point, Vasilevskiy)
16:24 TB Gourde (6), (Palat, Girardi)
19:38 NYI Tavares (14), (Cizikas, Bailey)(EN)

Yanni Gourde was the game's second star.

The Lightning were flat and looked unprepared for the game and the Islanders jumped on them and got the goal on the opening shift. The Lightning responded by opening up too much to try to get goals and ended up surrendering too many odd man rushes and found themselves behind the eight ball. They eventually got down 3 goals after 40 minutes, and as I've said many a time, it feels like 99 times out of 100 that's a death sentence for the team trailing in pro hockey. You may get within one, but you eventually lose and it happened again tonight.

The Lightning finish the second 10-game segment of the season 8 points ahead of playoff pace. Good news is, ending on a loss, I don't think anyone's got to warn the Lightning to get complacent. Segment three starts tomorrow with a record of 0-0-0. Twelve in ten: do it again.

Slater Koekkoek had a helper and was +2 with 1 hit in 9:01.

Gourde had a pair of goals and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:23.

Jake Dotchin was -3 with 2 shots in 12:18. Not going to sugar coat it: he stunk tonight. Getting beat like a dog out of the corner by Nelson on the third goal ultimately was the kill shot goal for the Islanders. He didn't cloak himself in glory with his play in this one.

Mikhail Sergachev was -1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 18:37. Had a lot of scoring chances in this game and was dynamic offensively.

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AHL Game Day: 11-18-17 Crunch at Marlies

Breakthrough for Crunch remains close, but out of reach.


Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the loss. It was a quality start in his Syracuse debut, at least.

First Period
3:05 SYR Erne (1), (Thomas, Yan)(PP)
13:54 TOR Johnsson (7), (Mueller, Kapanen)(PP)
18:56 TOR Kapanen (5), (Rosen, Johnsson)(PP)

Second Period

Third Period

Dennis Yan was the game's third star.

Good to see Adam Erne rebound with a goal after his... inartful... breakaway attempt last time out made Sportcenter bloopers.

Syracuse outshot the division-leading Marlies, but couldn't crack Garret Sparks for the equalizer. The team remains tantalizingly close to a breakthrough but is still struggling to figure out how to finish off and win games.

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