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AHL Game Night: 3-8-19 Comets at Crunch

Crunch edge ahead in the Galaxy Cup standings and stay ahead in the North Division standings.

UTI-0
SYR-4

Eddie Pasquale stopped all 25 shots he faced for the shutout victory.

First Period
0:52 SYR Raddysh (15), (Colton)
12:02 SYR Barre-Boulet (28), (Andreoff, Verhaeghe)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
12:19 SYR Volkov (13), (Valleau, Dumont)
17:41 SYR Dumont (9), (Valleau)(EN)(SH)

Pasquale, Gabriel Dumont, and Nolan Valleau were the game's three stars.

Syracuse maintains a 2 point lead over Rochester in the North Division, and if my memory serves me correctly, they pull one game ahead of Utica in the annual series against their derby rivals. All in a night's work.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 3-8-19 Solar Bears @ Growlers

Orlando Solar Bears 1 @ Newfoundland Growlers 5

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 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: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 16 GP, 7-16-23, +5, 14 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 15 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, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 24 GP, 6-10-16, -6, 6 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: Loss, 37 saves on 42 shots
Season Totals (ORL): 1 GP, 0-1-0, 5.00 GAA, .881 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 Otto Somppi, ORL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 9 GP, 6-5-11, +6, 2 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

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 33 GP, 2-13-15, +14, 34 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

Connor Ingram’s first ECHL game was one to forget as the AHL All-Star allowed five goals en route to a 5-1 loss in Newfoundland to the Growlers. Ingram, who hasn’t seen much playing time lately for AHL Syracuse despite leading the league in save percentage and shutouts, and being second in goals against average, was assigned to the ECHL due an “internal matter,” per a report from Lindsay Kramer of Syracuse.com.

Mitch Hults made his return to the Orlando lineup after missing several weeks.

The Solar Bears (31-21-4-0) fell into a tie with Jacksonville for second in the South Division with 66 points, though the Bears have four games in hand on the Icemen. Orlando faces North Division-leading Newfoundland two more times this weekend.

CHL Game Night: 3-8-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 0/8 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 64 GP, 32-48-80, +40, 27 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Fortier hit the 80-point mark for the season as the Drakkar topped the Cataractes in Shawinigan, 4-3. Both of Fortier’s assists were secondary.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Rimouski Oceanic 1

C Jimmy Huntington, RIM: Did not play
Season Totals: 63 GP, 39-50-89 +44, 52 PIM
17-18 Totals (Vic): 68 GP, 18-40-58, +5, 42 PIM

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 45 GP, 9-19-28, +17, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Jimmy Huntington was out of the lineup Friday as Rimouski dropped their second in a row, falling to the Foreurs, 3-1. Radim Salda dressed and was scoreless.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 8

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 9-18-27, -36, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Kitchener scored early and often against the Otters on their way to an 8-4 win Friday. Joseph Garreffa (undrafted) had two goals and two assists for the Rangers. Alexey Lipanov, who started as the left wing on Garreffa’s line, contributed an assist in the win.

NHL Game Night: 3-7-19 Wild at Lightning

Wild park the bus to stymie the Lightning.

MIN-3
TB-0

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for a rare loss. Can't win without goal support.

First Period
10:50 MIN Zucker (18), (Donato, Suter)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
6:04 MIN Zucker (19), (Donato)
18:14 MIN Zucker (20), (Staal, Fehr)(EN)

It was a very frustrating night for the Lightning, who had the uncomfortable task of trying to deal with a team that has good team speed and chose to use that team speed to completely gum up the neutral zone and sell out completely on the backcheck. They really limited the Lightning's possession and scoring chances that way and, having gotten a couple of greasy goals of their own along the way, ultimately were able to completely sell out for that strategy. Expect to see versions of that deployed against the Lightning in the postseason. Can that work to defeat the Lightning in a seven game series? I don't know. But it's a strategy that less explosive teams can use to at least give themselves a puncher's chance on any given night against Tampa Bay if the bounces go their way.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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