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CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-9-18

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ #4 Owen Sound Attack 6 (Game 3)
Western Conference Semifinals
Attack leads series 2-1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0/1 FO
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 7-3-10, +3, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 4/8 FO
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 5-3-8, -3, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Attack blew open a 2-2 knotted game in the 2nd period, reeling off four unanswered down the stretch to take their second lead of the series. The teams traded 1st period power play goals, with Kevin Hancock (2018 draft eligible) tallying for Owen Sound and Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) for the Soo. The teams then traded goals 14 seconds apart in the first minute of the 2nd period. But after that it was all Attack. Hancock paced Owen Sound with a pair of goals and Maksim Sushko (PHI, 2017 4th round pick) racked up three assists. The teams take a night off and then resume the series with Game 4 on Wednesday night at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-8-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#14 Moncton Wildcats 3 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 9 (Game 2)
Quarterfinals
Armada leads series 2-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 3-0-3, +3, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 7/13 FO, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 7-2-9, +10, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet claimed his second straight First Star honor, following up a two-goal Game 1 outing with a hat trick in Game 2, as the Armada buried Moncton with nine goals. Barre-Boulet opened the scoring with a pair of goals in the 1st and then completed the hat trick later in the 2nd period to give the Armada a commanding 5-0 lead. Alexandre Alain (undrafted) and Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) both had four-points for the Armada with Batherson’s all coming in the form of assists while Alain had two of each. James Phelan (undrafted) scored twice, once short-handed and once on the power play, for the Wildcats. The series shifts to Monction on Tuesday night for Game 3.

#9 Charlottetown Islanders 7 @ #4 Halifax Mooseheads 4 (Game 2)
Quarterfinals
Islanders leads series 2-0

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Injury Scratch
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

A night after taking Game 1 off the hometown Mooseheads in overtime, the Islanders crushed Halifax with a seven-goal outburst to take both road games and go up 2-0 in the series. It’s beginning to look like the Mooseheads are missing their top line center Otto Somppi, who hasn’t played since the first game of the first round of the playoffs. After getting behind 6-1, Halifax reeled off three straight in the 3rd to close the deficit to 6-4, but the rally was too little too late. Charlottetown was paced with two goals each from Nikita Alexandrov (2019 draft eligible) and right-handed blueliner Hunter Drew (2018 draft eligible), with Alexandrov also adding two assists as well. The series shifts to Charlottetown home ice with the Islanders poised to take a stranglehold on the series when these two teams clash for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Western Hockey League

#2 Swift Current Broncos 4 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 0 (Game 2)
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Series tied at 1-1

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Broncos did what the needed to do in Moose Jaw, taking Game 2 in an impressive manner as Bronco goalie Stuart Skinner (EDM, 2017 3rd round pick) turned away 20-shots for the shutout. New Jersey Devil free agent signee Colby Sissons led Swift Current with three assists. The series travels to Swift Current for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Juniors Game Night: 4-7-18

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 3 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 1 (Friday)
Omaha Lancers 2 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 0 (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season Totals: 54 GP, 4-24-28, +17, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

The Lancers took both games off the Buccaneers in a back-to-back series in Des Moines. On Friday night, the Bucs scored early in the 1st, but Omaha scores three unanswered including an empty netter with five seconds left to seal the win. On Saturday night, Omaha goalie Zach Driscoll (Bemidji State commit) pitched a 25-shot shutout to lead the Lancers to the win.

Cedar Rapids Roughriders 6 @ Sioux City Musketeers 4 (Friday)
Sioux City Musketeers 0 @ Cedar Rapids Roughriders 4 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, SC: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season Totals (USHL): 14 GP, 2-6-8, -6, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Musketeers dropped both games against the Roughriders in a home-and-home series. On Friday night, Walker scored Sioux City’s fourth goal late in the 3rd period, but it was too little too late for the Musketeers, who allowed six goals. After Cedar Rapids scored first, the Musketeers scored twice to take a 2-1 lead early in the 2nd. But Graham Slaggert (Notre Dame commit) led a Roughrider rally, scoring twice to re-establish a Cedar Rapids lead, and the Roughriders would score thrice more in the 3rd period to runaway with the game. On Saturday night, Slaggert scored again and added an assist and Jiri Patera (VGK, 2017 6th round pick) backstopped a 32-shot shutout of the Musketeers.

Crunch Lose Special Teams Battle to Devils


By Jeremy Houghtaling

With the parade to the penalty box lasting throughout most of the game, special teams play proved to be the difference.

The Crunch allowed a pair of Devils goals on the man-advantage and didn’t convert on their nine power play opportunities until late in the third period, as Syracuse fell to Binghamton, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday.

“They had six or seven power plays. We had six or maybe eight power plays,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I think our power play was not good enough. I think our PK was OK. We can’t go into the playoffs taking five or six penalties a game, for sure.”

AHL Game Night: 4-8-18 Devils at Crunch

Penalty trouble costs the Crunch.

BNG-4
SYR-2

Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
14:53 BNG Bertschy (14), (MacDonald, Kapla)(PP)
16:51 SYR Bourke (1), (Lipanov, Verhaeghe)
17:03 BNG Kennedy (4), (Latta, Rooney)

Second Period
17:27 BNG Seney (2), (Bertschy, MacDonald)(PP)

Third Period
11:58 BNG Mandat (3), (Thomson, Baddock)
18:57 SYR Peca (12), (Cernak, Condra)(PP)

Matthew Peca was the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Edge Comets in Possible Playoff Preview


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets could see a lot more of each other when the postseason starts in two weeks.

Erik Condra scored the lone goal and Eddie Pasquale made 26 saves for the shutout, as the Crunch topped the Comets, 1-0, in what could be a preview of the first round of the playoffs at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

Syracuse is No. 2 in the North Division, while Utica is battling for the No. 3 spot with Rochester.

“It’s a playoff game, and they’re probably going to be our first round matchup,” Pasquale said. “It seems like every time we play them it’s a low scoring game with a lot of penalties, a lot of extra stuff after the whistle. It’s that playoff environment and that’s the way it is.”

NHL Game Night: 4-7-18 Lightning at Hurricanes

Lightning can't grind out Atlantic Division title clincher.

TB-2
CAR-3 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 42 shots for the OT loss. I feel sick for him, because he played his bag off and deserved better. He allowed the first goal on a horribly unlucky deflection, the second goal should've been disallowed on goaltender interference, and the third goal was an odd man rush off a horrible line change in OT. He was fantastic and to get that strong a performance from your backup with as much as what was on the line in this game speaks highly of Domingue, in my opinion.

First Period
0:19 CAR Staal (19), (Williams, DiGiuseppe)
17:36 CAR Williams (16), (DiGiuseppe, Hanifin)

Second Period
3:30 TB Callahan (5), (Hedman, Kunitz)

Third Period
11:11 TB Palat (11), (Miller, Johnson)

Overtime
0:49 CAR Lindholm (16), (Teravainen, Fleury)

I feel a little sick, honestly. Tonight's a perfect illustration of why you don't want things to go down to game 82 when you need points. All it takes is some horrible puck luck or questionable officiating and next thing you know you're having to count of the Florida Panthers to travel to Boston and take at least a point off the Bruins to win the division and set up a much easier road, on paper, through the postseason. The heart was there in this Lightning team, overall. But, I think the breaks coupled with their having to empty out too much of the tank against Buffalo yesterday landed them in this predicament. Once Palat got the tying goal it really did appear to me the Lightning just didn't have much left in the reserve tanks to finish the job.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 7:06.

Anthony Cirelli had 4 shots and 1 hit in 16:35, but was just 24% on 17 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-7-18 Comets at Crunch

Pasquale outlasts the Comets.

UTI-0
SYR-1

Eddie Pasquale stopped all 26 shots he faced for the SO victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
14:55 SYR Condra (9), (Peca, Stephens)(PP)

Pasquale and Erik Condra were the game's first and second stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-6-18 Crunch at Devils

Shootout loss officially locks Syracuse into the second seed in their division.

SYR-3
BNG-4 (SO)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 39 shots before allowing 3 of 5 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
10:41 SYR Foote (1), (Volkov, Bodie)
15:38 SYR Dumont (5), (Cernak, Joseph)(PP)

Second Period
2:39 BNG Pietila (11), (Lappin, Bertschy)(PP)
19:57 BNG Seney (1), (Lappin, Pietila)(PP)

Third Period
4:05 SYR Verhaeghe (16), (Peca, Volkov)
6:59 BNG Rooney (13), (Lappin)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Stephens, Verhaeghe
BNG- Pietila, McLeod, Walman

Cal Foote was the game's second star after scoring on the very first shot of his pro career. Efficient.

Toronto clinched the North Division and the best record in the AHL tonight with the outcomes of the various games of the night. Syracuse therefore will finish second in the North Division.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 4-6-18 Sabres at Lightning

Lightning move onto the cusp of clinching a division title... barely.

BUF-5
TB-7

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 32 shots for the win. Somehow.

First Period
0:30 TB Cirelli (4), (Gourde)
2:57 BUF Mittelstadt (1), (Scandella, Rodrigues)(PP)
4:35 TB Kucherov (39), (unassisted)
6:32 BUF Nylander (1), (Guhle, Ristolainen)
9:40 TB Gourde (25), (Killorn)

Second Period
1:04 TB Girardi (6), (Kucherov, Palat)
8:59 BUF Pominville (15), (Guhle, Rodrigues)
15:58 BUF Nolan (4), (Larsson)
18:45 BUF Okposo (15), (Eichel, O'Reilly)(PP)

Third Period
6:15 TB Cirelli (5), (Killorn, Sergachev)
7:02 TB Point (32), (Killorn, Gourde)
18:34 TB Hedman (17), (Vasilevskiy)(EN)

Alex Killorn, Yanni Gourde, and Anthony Cirelli were the game's three stars.

With Boston failing to keep pace in their tilt last night the Lightning came into this game just needing a regulation or OT win in each of their last two games in order to clinch the Atlantic Division and force Boston into a first round matchup against a Toronto team the Bruins have struggled mightily against in the regular season. Strategically, this was a must-win game and the Lightning seemed to bring the intensity necessary for the task... right up until they got a 4-2 lead. Then they let their foot off the gas and soon found themselves chasing the game down 5-4 heading into the Third Period. That the Lightning found a way to pull this one out is fantastic, but the unevenness of their intensity level is troubling (along with their awful penalty kill) and may be potentially costly if the energy they had to expend tonight costs them in their contest with Carolina in the regular season finale tomorrow.

Cirelli had 2 goals and was +4 with 3 shots in 13:33. He was also 63% on 16 draws including winning the draw against arguably the league's finest, Ryan O'Reilly, en route to manufacturing the critical goal that tied the game at 5-5. With Stamkos out hurt Cirelli's had to step up and you could make an argument he was Tampa Bay's best forward tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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