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Juniors Game Night: 11-1-15

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Oshawa Generals 6

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-10-15, -4, 7 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli now has a four-game point streak after two assists Sunday. The Gens alternate captain was named first star for his efforts.

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 12-18-30, +8, 4 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Brandon sent Moose Jaw to its second straight loss. Point continues to plug along at a two-point-per-game pace.

Tri-City Americans 4 @ Vancouver Giants 1

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 10 PIM
With Vancouver: 3 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 2 PIM
With Calgary: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas’ three-game point streak came to an end with a scoreless Sunday. He had points in both of his first two Vancouver games after coming over from Calgary.

ECHL Game Night: 11-01-15

Florida Everblades 7 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 0

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-0-3, E, 0 PIM, 15 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, Loss, stopped 14 of 18 shots; pulled in 2nd period
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0-0, 4.97 GAA, 0.868 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -5, 12 PIM, 4 SOG

Not much good to say about the Swamp Rabbits tilt Sunday afternoon against the Florida Everblades. Allen York got the start but was pulled in the 2nd period after allowing 4 goals on 18 shots. York is still looking for his first win of the season and he's sporting almost 5 goals against in his 3 games thus far. For Syracuse Crunch fans and Lightning prospect followers, the Everblade trio of Mike Aviani, Kevin Lynch, and Gabriel Desjardins all contributed to the Greenville shellacking. Lightning camper Mike Aviani scored the first two goals of the game as part of a 4-point effort. Lynch also scored and added an assist as well, while Desjardins also added an assist. Greenville dropped all three games of their weekend home stand, falling to the cellar in the South Division at 3-4-0-0. The Swamp Rabbits hit the road next weekend for a Friday night game against Norfolk, followed by Saturday and Sunday games in Reading.

NHL Game Night: 11-1-15 Lightning at Hurricanes

Young Carolina defense proves the elixir for the Lightning's offensive woes.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the victory in his season debut with the Lightning. He wasn't as sharp as he can be, particularly with the trapper. I think he spent the bulk of the game getting up to speed with the NHL level again. But he's so big, so athletic, and so technically sound. There's just not a lot of holes there and you feel like you have a big Russian mountain in net behind the team times. It's a great luxury for the Lightning to know they probably have two of the best goaltenders in the game on their roster, and they're both still young and hungry.

First Period
15:07 CAR E. Staal (4), (Versteeg, Rask)(PP)

Second Period
0:38 TB Callahan (4), (Palat)
18:54 TB Stamkos (6), (Kucherov, Stralman)(PP)

Third Period
4:07 TB Brown (2), (Filppula)
9:16 TB Johnson (1), (Kucherov, Hedman)
15:25 CAR Versteeg (2), (Rask)
19:59 CAR J. Staal (1), (Rask)

Carolina's young defense is a traveling PSA for the dangers of NHL GM's rushing their blueliners to the NHL. They've got some talented young players on the depth chart at that position, but mercy are they generous with the turnovers. Noah Hanifin, holy cow, he was a dumpster fire tonight, and the generosity of that D corps as a whole showed was just what the Lightning needed to get out of their offensive funk. That, and the decision by Jon Cooper to flip Killorn and Palat from the Stamkos and Johnson lines, respectively, and the dividends that payed in the form of a couple of even strength goals. The lines are going to be up in the air so long as Paquette and Drouin remain injured, so whatever shuffling needs to happen in the near term to manufacture goals, I'm all for it. Tampa Bay eventually built a three goal lead in the Third Period and I'm not terribly concerned about the couple of garbage time goals Carolina got to try to make it look respectable.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-31-15

Evansville IceMen 3 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 2

F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-0-3, +2, 0 PIM, 14 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0-0, 4.04 GAA, 0.890 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 12 PIM, 4 SOG

Brian Hart opened the scoring Halloween night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, his second goal in as many nights and third of his last four games. Hart once again scored from his greasy office on the goalies front porch. All three of Hart's goals this season have come in and around the blue paint. After building a 2-0 lead in the 1st period, the Swamp Rabbits would surrender three third period goals to the IceMen in a heartbreaker loss in front of their home crowd. Greenville threw 44 shots at Evansville netminder Scott Greenham, but Ottawa native shut the door after the first period to give his team a chance to rally. In net for the Swamp Rabbits was Adam Morrison, who was signed on October 23rd when Allen York was recalled to Syracuse following the recall of Kristers Gudlevskis to Tampa. Now with Kevin Poulin and Gudlevskis bot in Syracuse, it remains to be seen if Greenville might soon have Tampa prospect goalie Adam Wilcox supplant Morrison as York's partner in the crease. Greenville concludes their three game weekend homestand Sunday afternoon against the Florida Everblades.

Juniors Game Night: 10-31-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-3-6, -2, 23 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 13 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Saint John had five different scorers in a 5-3 win.

Shawinigan Cataractes 7 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 13 GP, 15-11-26, +8, 19 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Shawinigan had three players score two goals in a 7-2 Saturday win over the Drakkar. Yan maintained his two-points-per-game pace for the season.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 5

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 6-9-15, +6, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto is approaching a point-per-game pace for the season.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (OT)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 12 GP, 11-17-28, +8, 2 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Regina lost to Moose Jaw, 5-1, on Friday night, but was able to win in overtime Saturday.

United States Hockey League

Lincoln Stars 2 @ Omaha Lancers 5

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-3-0, 2.35 GAA, .926 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham got the night off Saturday after winning on Friday.

Sioux City Musketeers 2 @ Fargo Force 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-11-11, E, 20 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota commit)

Zuhlsdorf stretched his point streak to five games.

NCAA Game Night: 10-31-15

Denver Pioneers 4 @ No. 8 Boston University Terriers 5 (OT)

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, +3, 6 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

John Macleod scored Friday night, but was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 1 @ Minnesota State Mavericks 2

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: Did not play
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Mullin was a scratch Saturday night for the Mavericks after taking a big hit to the head/upper body Friday night.

*USCHO poll used

NHL Game Night: 10-31-15 Bruins at Lightning

No relief for Lightning offensive woes.


Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the loss. Can the team in front of Ben please give him a break and get him a sliver of goal support?

First Period
7:51 TB Kucherov (3), (Namestnikov, Palat)(PP)
16:53 BOS Beleskey (2), (Miller, Hayes)

Second Period

Third Period
5:54 BOS Connolly (4), (Marchand, Chara)(PP)
18:50 BOS Marchand (5), (unassisted)(EN)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

I don't want to overplay this by saying the Lightning played horrible, because I thought they played a pretty honest game nose to nose with a hot Boston team tonight. But, they're still not doing enough to generate the greasy goals they need to snap out of this funk they're in. They were inconsistent tonight with what they need to do, which is to start throwing pucks from all angles into dangerous areas and having as many bodies as possible crashing those dangerous areas. There's still too much of a reliance on the rush to generate chances and too much of a willingness to pass the puck around the perimeter in search of more pristine but also unscreened looks at the net. Tonight was a little bit better, but it still wasn't good enough, and I still don't see the number of goalmouth scrums I'd expect to see from a frustrated, goal hungry team. They need to be playing to the echo of the whistle right now and they also need to be unafraid to mix it up if that's what it takes to break out of this antiseptic rut that they're in. It also wouldn't hurt if the team's power play didn't choose the biggest moments of the game to play their worst hockey. It's been an annual rite of passage to watch this power play underachieve.

Bolt Prospects Alumni Brett Connolly with the winner for Boston. Off the Christmas card list. We'll fix your little red wagon.

Jonathan Marchessault was -1 with 2 hits in 7:02.

Nikita Nesterov had 4 hits in 18:00 in his first night assuming a good chunk of minutes for the scratched Matt Carle. Those expecting Carle's absence to be the panacea for all the team's woes learned tonight the scope of their problem is larger than just their third pair left defenseman, but I do think Nesterov showed he's no worse of an option than Carle in the near term.

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Liiga Game Day: 10-31-15

KalPa 2 vs. JYP 1 (SO)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-0-2, +2, 6 PIM

Jonne Tammela missed his second straight game as KalPa slipped by JYP 2-1 in the Shootout. Ex-Stars pick Eero Kilpelainen stopped 26 shots in the SO win.

KHL Game Day: 10-31-15

Jokerit 5 vs. Dinamo Riga 6 (SO)
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius coughed up a 5-0 lead allowing 5 goals on 31 shots and 2 of 3 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session in Jokerit's 6-5 loss to Riga. Ex-Predators pick Lauris Darzins had helpers in triplicate in Riga's successful comeback bid. Ex-NHLer Niklas Hagman had 1 goal and 1 assist for Jokerit before their epic collapse. Note that Lightning prospect Saku Salminen is noted on the KHL website as being removed from Jokerit's active roster. That was also the case earlier this season when the young forward was still traveling with the team, though.

ECHL Game Night: 10-30-15

Atlanta Gladiators 3 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 2

F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 10 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, Loss, 41 saves on 44 shots
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0-0, 4.04 GAA, 0.890 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 8 PIM, 2 SOG

Brian Hart scored his second goal of the season Friday night early in the 3rd period, but the Swamp Rabbits came up short against the visiting Atlanta Gladiators. Greenville opened and closed the scoring, but Gladiator captain and long-time ECHL vet Derek Nesbitt scored two power play goals and assisted on a third power play tally. Allen York, returned from Syracuse with Vasilevskiy's conditioning assignment, got stuck with a tough loss defending against seven Atlanta power plays and 44 shots. Greenville continues their weekend three-game home stand Halloween night against Evansville.

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