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NCAA Game Night: November 1, 2019

Friday night NCAA highlights sees Sammy Walker with another 1st Star of the Game and Magnus Chrona with another win for his 7th. Cole Guttman 1G in that Denver win and Alex Green 1A in Cornell's season opener victory. Clarkson and New Hampshire win in OT but Kris Oldham and Ty Taylor sit backup again, Providence and Minnesota draw out, and St. Cloud loses again. Minnesota-Duluth sits idle.

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NHL Game Night: 11-1-19 Lightning at Islanders

Fragile Lightning come unglued late on the Island.

TB-2
NYI-5

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the loss, including an uber softie he cannot allow in the final frame of a game where the Lightning are trying to mount a comeback.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:58 NYI Barzal (6), (Leddy)
7:49 TB Gourde (2), (Shattenkirk)
11:33 NYI Pulock (2), (Brassard, Beauvillier)

Third Period
12:41 NYI Bailey (5), (Barzal, Lee)
14:27 NYI Lee (5), (Boychuk)
18:03 TB McDonagh (1), (Stamkos, Palat)
19:24 NYI Brassard (4), (Lee, Bailey)

What's strange is that this was a very evenly played game where the Lightning were pressing well in the Third for an equalizer and the wheels just came completely off. Poise and confidence seemed to be completely lacking tonight, and it just seems like the team is unsure of itself. That's crazy considering what they were last regular season, but that's what I saw tonight.

Alexander Volkov was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:04. I'd burn the tape of this game. He just didn't look ready for prime time. Playing on a line with Stamkos and Kucherov, if he really was ready for this level we'd have seen him flash more through two games. He hasn't.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-1-19 Sound Tigers at Crunch

Somppi and Stephens coming on strong in Crunch win.

BRI-1
SYR-5

Scott Wedgewood allowed 1 goal on just 16 shots for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:06 SYR Stephens (1), (Katchouk)
4:31 BRI St. Denis (1), (Schilkey, Pierog)
18:27 SYR Walcott (1), (Somppi, Raddysh)

Third Period
1:12 Valleau (2), (Conacher, Yan)
2:04 SYR Somppi (2), (Raddysh, Walcott)
2:09 SYR Stephens (2), (unassisted)

Mitchell Stephens, Daniel Walcott, and Otto Somppi were the game's three stars.

Somppi really played well in the AHL preseason, which often doesn't amount to a hill of beans. But, he's carried that momentum into 4 points in his first 5 games of the regular season. That's found money with a talented Finn who has had some issues with injuries that have held him back.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-30-19 Lightning at Devils

Well... I suppose it beats a stick in the eye.

TB-7
NJ-6 (OT)

Curtis McElhinney allowed 6 goals on 42 shots for the OT win.

First Period
1:10 NJ Palmieri (4), (Simmonds, Hall)(PP)
9:28 TB Palat (4), (Shattenkirk, Point)
17:15 TB Killorn (2), (Shattenkirk, Johnson)(PP)

Second Period
6:05 NJ Bratt (2), (Zacha, Hischier)
11:48 TB Point (4), (Johnson, Sergachev)
12:17 NJ Palmieri (5), (Butcher, Hall)
13:16 NJ Bratt (3), (Greene, Hischier)

Third Period
1:13 NJ Vatanen (3), (Simmonds, Greene)
2:45 TB Cirelli (1), (Rutta, Joseph)
7:45 TB Joseph (3), (Cirelli)
16:03 TB Palat (5), (Point)
19:52 NJ Palmieri (6), (Simmonds, Butcher)

Overtime
1:16 TB Johnson (4), (Palat, McDonagh)

Ondrej Palat was the game's third star. The early season resurrection he's experience along with the found money that has been Kevin Shattenkirk's play have been clear plusses in an other wise murky early campaign.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say getting outshot 42-23 and needing seven goals to get across the finish line aren't a winning formula. That said, I recognize the team was down two of its top four defensemen and that the team really struggles to adjust whenever Hedman isn't out there. I also recognize that a loss tonight would've put the Lightning behind the eight ball for this ten game segment of the season, so they managed to do what needed to in order to at least keep their head above water through this patch of adversity. It's still a long way from what you want/need, though.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 1 shot in 10:30.

Alexei Volkov was -2 with 1 hit in 12:49 in his NHL debut.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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