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AHL Game Night: 4-3-19 Crunch at Senators

Atte Tolvanen.


Atte Tolvanen stopped all 34 shots he faced for his first professional shutout.

First Period

Second Period
8:32 SYR Andreoff (25), (Volkov, Conacher)

Third Period

Tolvanen and Andy Andreoff were the game’s first and second stars.

Syracuse holds a 3 point lead on Rochester for the division lead with the Americans holding a game in hand. The Crunch have five games remaining in their regular season.

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Training Camp Numbers: Podcast Episode 6

The podcast is back after a 2-week spring break for a sixth episode and full of Lightning player and prospect talk ... as well as some mini-soapboxes.

For first-timers, Training Camp Numbers looks at Lightning prospects (who get and are often stuck with the obscure training camp numbers), Lightning talking points, and the NHL news of the week.

This week: Nacho Average Hockey Podcast

    Other arenas
    Available college prospects
    Week in review
    Prospect update (Fortier finished)
    Kucherov's "slump"
    Steven F. Stamkos
    Cernak a steal
    It's A Numbers Game
    TCN Draft: Lightning wingmen

Thanks to Andrew Weiss for leading and hosting the show. Enjoy the Lightning talk on iTunes, Spotify, and a bunch of other platforms.

Click here to listen.


ECHL Game Night: 4-2-19 Icemen @ Solar Bears

Jacksonville Icemen 0 @ Orlando Solar Bears 2

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 4 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: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 29 GP, 11-31-42, +9, 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, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 37 GP, 6-18-24, -5, 28 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 30 shots, Shutout, *First Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 11 GP, 6-2-0, 3.52 GAA, .898 sv%, 0 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: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 1 GP 1-0-1, E, 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

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: Did not play (AHL recall)
Season Totals (ORL): 20 GP, 11-11-22, +9, 8 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

Orlando clinched home ice for the first round of the South Division semi-finals with a 2-0 shutout win over upcoming playoff opponent Jacksonville. Alexey Lipanov, making his ECHL debut after his Kitchener Rangers were eliminated from the OHL playoffs, had a goal for the Solar Bears, as did Syracuse property Troy Bourke.

Connor Ingram had his first ECHL shutout, stopping all 30 shots he faced to earn first star honors. Ingram was passed over for a promotion by Syracuse, who recalled Ingram’s backup, Corbin Boes, after Crunch starter Eddie Pasquale was promoted to Tampa. Ingram certainly responded will to the snub, which is part of the organization’s disciplinary action against Ingram for an unannounced internal matter. Orlando will take the AHL all-star for its playoff run, and could soon receive the Lightning’s top pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, Gabriel Fortier, whose Baie-Comeau Drakkar were upset in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs Tuesday.

The Solar Bears (39-25-4-1) were playing without skilled forward Otto Somppi, who was also recalled to Syracuse. They will finish out the regular season with games Thursday (vs Atlanta), Friday (at Florida), and Sunday (vs Jacksonville).

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-2-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

First Round

No. 13 Moncton Wildcats 3 @ No. 4 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2
Moncton wins best-of-7 series, 4-3

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 14/23 FO, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Moncton completed the comeback-upset of Baie-Comeau Tuesday, winning Game 7 after being down 3-2 in the series heading back to the Drakkar’s rink for two games. The Wildcats were the 13th seed of 16 teams in the league and the Drakkar were expected to make the semi-finals. As it was, the Drakkar couldn’t consistently solve Moncton goaltender Francis Leclerc (undrafted), who was first star again Tuesday, stopping 36 of 38 shots. Moncton got on the board with two goals before the Drakkar made it 2-1 on a screened shot from the point that was re-directed in, but had to continue chasing the game as Moncton quickly went up 3-1 when Drakkar forwards failed to keep up on the backcheck. The Drakkar peppered Leclerc throughout the third period, putting 16 shots on the goaltender before Lightning prospect Gabriel Fortier scored his first of the series with 36 seconds remaining in regulation. Stationed in front, Fortier deflected a low point shot into the upper corner over Leclerc’s shoulder. They were unable to complete the comeback in the final seconds, however, and their season is over.

Fortier finished with just three points in the series, and no doubt the captain is not happy with his production, but especially his team’s inability to find a way to the fourth win -- especially with Games 6 and 7 at home. Running into a hot goaltender is a high-seed fear in the playoffs and Leclerc propelled Moncton to the second round.

In all probability, Fortier will join AHL Syracuse like recent signee Ryan Lohin, or ECHL Orlando like Alexey Lipanov, whose Kitchener Rangers were ousted in the first round of the OHL playoffs. Fortier will return to juniors next season for his final year in the CHL.

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