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Juniors Game Night: 1-13-16

Western Hockey League

Red Deer Rebels 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 0 (OT)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 19-28-47, +11, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Red Deer won an old-fashioned goalie battle Wednesday thanks to Ivan Nikolishin’s overtime-winner. Nikolishin (5-9, undrafted) is the son of former NHLer Andrei Nikolishin. Zach Sawchenko (2016) stopped 37 of 38 shots for Moose Jaw and Rylan Toth (undrafted) had 25 saves for the shutout.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 50

This week's “Kristers Gudlevskis Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 50
· Interview with Kristers Gudlevskis
· Weekend with Drouin
· Drouin’s trade value, the best options, and what could/should come back
· Stamkos is worth $10M if…
· #BPMailbag, Drouin & Stamkos Edition
· Interview with Tanner Richard

AHL Game Night: 1-13-16 Crunch at Senators

Road point for Syracuse.

BNG-4 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
SYR Angelidis, (4) (Taormina, DeAngelo), 6:46
BNG Puempel, (13) (Dzingel), 17:08

Second Period
SYR Richard, (3) (Angelidis, Dotchin), 2:04
BNG Paul, (4) (Lindberg, Mullen), 8:43 (PP)

Third Period
BNG Robinson, (8) (O'Dell), 12:16
SYR Paradis, (5) (Taormina, Richard), 15:02

BNG Dzingel, (9) (O'Dell, Kostka), 1:36

Mike Angelidis was the game's third star.

That's three consecutive nights of Drouinsanity where its namesake has failed to find the scoresheet. Tanner Richard, however, has 2 goals and 5 points in the last 3 games.

Box score from

Liiga Game Day: 1-13-16

KalPa 4 vs. SaiPa 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-6-10, +8, 14 PIM

Jonne Tammela assisted on the eventual game winner for KalPa in their 4-2 win over SaiPa. He played 17:19 in the contest. Ex-Leafs pick Chad Rau had a goal in defeat for SaiPa.

KHL Game Day: 1-13-16

Magnitogorsk 5 vs. Dinamo Minsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 20-13-7, 2 SO, 2.20 GAA, .923 sv%

Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 3 points to lead Magnitogorsk to a 5-1 pasting of Minsk. Ex-NHLer Alexander Semin also had a goal in the victory for Magnitka, which was Vasily Koshechkin's 20th of the season.

Ufa 1 vs. Novgorod 3
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 11-9-20, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton had minors for interference, roughing, and high sticking in 18:06 of ice time as Novgorod defeated Ufa 3-1. Ex-NHLer Alexander Frolov had 2 helpers in the win.

St. Petersburg 3 vs. Bratislava 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 22 GP, 9-14-23, +5, 2 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 16-21-37, +11, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev returned to the lineup after one game out and had a helper in 15:32 of ice time in SKA's 3-2 win over Bratislava. The helper puts Gusev at 37 points for the season, which matches his point production from last season (21-16-37) in 10 less games. Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen had a goal in defeat for Slovan.

Crunch's Richard Continues to Round Out Game

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard is still adding more facets to his game.

A playmaker in junior, the Syracuse Crunch center spent the past two years developing a more physical presence fit for a grinding line. In his third full pro season, Richard has become the team’s most reliable player for faceoffs and is refining his ability to be an agitator that takes the opposition off their game.

Richard’s versatility has earned him more playing time in all situations.

“He’s matured as a player, because he’s more well-rounded,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “I can use him in a number of different situations. I trust him out there and he works hard to get back as well. He’s earned his ice time and he’s certainly been a valuable player for us all year.”

NHL Game Night: 1-12-16 Lightning at Avalanche

Lightning get right against defensively terrible Avs.


Ben Bishop stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout and the issuance of some good old U of Maine Justice. He had very little work to do, but when the need came to make 2-3 10 bell saves, he made them, and therefore made the Lightning's work very easy tonight.

First Period
10:29 TB Palat (3), (Hedman, Killorn)

Second Period
1:39 TB Stamkos (19), (Namestnikov, Palat)
5:16 TB Stamkos (20), (Palat, Namestnikov)

Third Period
11:55 TB Johnson (5), (Hedman, Kucherov)

Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat, and Ben Bishop were the game's three stars.

After a clunker in Calgary to start this road trip, the Lightning successfully manufactured a couple of wins in Edmonton and Vancouver, and tonight they were finally able to put together a full 60 minute effort that looked like an elite level team ready to go on a run. I don't want to overstate it because I think Colorado is dreadful at 5-on-5 and their PP is the only thing of much value, but the Lightning made the Avs look like a glorified Junior A team tonight. They outshot the Avs 38-21, outchanced them by an even wider margin, and just generally never looked all that threatened. That was ruthlessly efficient and what just about every coach dreams about: build a 3-0 lead at the Second Intermission and cruise to the shutout victory with a detail-minded Third Period. It was impressive, and if you're an optimist, tonight would point to the logical fusion of the offensive firepower the team had last season and the more defensively responsible style they've had to learn so far this season just to stay afloat. Put together, it could be a terrifying brew.

Headlining the win was a pair of goals for Stamkos set up by Palat and Namestnikov as that line has started to gel. It's a good group, because Palat and Namestnikov have the skill to threaten a team on their own, which allows Stamkos to lay in the weeds and find open pockets of ice to snipe from. When you add in Palat's strength and puck retrieval ability, it's a good mix. It was also good to see Johnson get a goal, as he's the next one who needs to get on track if the Lightning are truly going to go on a run the second half of the year.

Through 3 games of Segment Five of the season, the Lightning have collected 6 points. They're playing themselves into a good position to dig themselves out of the hole they're in for the season. I still implore you to avoid getting too happy about the Lightning rising up the Wild Card standings because there's still a ton of work to do. But, after these past 3 games, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Nikita Nesterov was +2 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 14:39.

Box score and extended statistics from

KHL Game Day: 1-11-16

Yaroslavl 3 vs. Novgorod 0
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 11-9-20, +3, 55 PIM

Carter Ashton had a minor for tripping in 15:27 in Novgorod's 3-0 loss to Yaroslavl. Goaltender Alexei Murygin stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout.

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Zagreb 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, DNP
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 21 GP, 9-13-22, +3, 2 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 16-20-36, +9, 6 PIM

Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk had 3 assists in SKA's 5-3 victory over Zagreb. Former Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper in defeat for Zagreb.

Juniors Game Night: 1-10-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: Did not play (suspended)
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 37 GP, 20-22-42, +15, 41 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph matched last year’s point total in 12 fewer games.

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 35 GP, 26-27-53, +4, 44 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Dennis Yan had a goal and an assist as Shawinigan completed a weekend sweep of the Volts.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Oshawa Generals 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 15-20-35, +22, 53 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/23 FO
Season totals: 36 GP, 11-21-32, -10 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

DiGiacinto was scoreless, but Windsor scored a 4-2 road wins over the Gens. The Spits are six points up on Sarnia for the West Division lead. Oshawa is fourth in the East Division, ahead of just Hamilton.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Swift Current Broncos 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 19-28-47, +11, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

The WHL trade deadline came and went and Point remained a member of the Moose Jaw Warriors. He was thought to be on the block, but with a monumental return. Not many trades were made on Sunday around the league as a lot of teams are still in playoff races. Point will finish his junior career in Moose Jaw.

AHL Game Night: 1-10-16 Crunch at Americans

Drouinsanity weekend ends with Syracuse collecting 4 of 6 points.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory, and was likely the margin in the contest today. He left the game Friday after feeling ill, but evidently got enough Vitamin C in the time between then and tonight.

First Period
SYR Tambellini, (16) (Peca), 1:31

Second Period

Third Period
SYR Ikonen, (2) (Peca, Taormina), 2:27
RCH Akeson, (7) (Leduc, Pysyk), 9:44 (PP)

Gudlevskis, Henri Ikonen, and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars.

It was a quiet night for Drouin as Syracuse, in general, struggled a bit offensively. They were outshot 29-22 on the night, but still pulled out the win.

The win allowed Syracuse to move up into 4th in the North Division, leapfrogging over both Rochester and the Utica Comets.

Box score from

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