The Syracuse Crunch gave Andei Vasilevskiy little room for error.
Jerome Samson put the Crunch ahead 17 minutes into the game and the score remained the same until the final minute, when Vladislav Namestnikov sealed the win with an empty-netter. Vasilevskiy finished with 34 saves for his first American Hockey League shutout in a 2-0 win over the Rochester Americans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"Very hard game, because if you make a mistake, it's a tie game and it's very hard," Vasilevskiy said.
No. 9 Harvard Crimson 4 @ Princeton Tigers 3
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-4-8, +3, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Harvard improved to 8-1-2 overall with a win over rival Princeton. The Crimson jumped from 18 to 9 in the latest USCHO poll.
No. 3 Boston University Terriers 1 @ No. 18 Merrimack Warriors 1 (OT)
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 14 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-1-2, +5, 32 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
MacLeod received a minor penalty for boarding with a 10-minute misconduct tacked on. The boarding call came after he had just left the box for a tripping penalty. The freshman leads the Terriers in penalty minutes.
Lake Superior State Lakers 4 @ No. 1 North Dakota 7
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 4-2-6, E, 23 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
O’Donnell returned from missing a week due to injury and scored a goal and added an assist, helping new No. 1 UND to a blowout win over LSSU.
Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ No. 15 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (OT)
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-11-12, -2, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
QU scored 1:48 into overtime to claim a home win over Dartmouth. Matt Peca didn’t figure into the game’s scoring, though he was on the ice for both regulation goals.
No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 @ Michigan State Spartans 0
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 24 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-4-0, 2.08 GAA, .925 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
The Gophers opened Big 10 play with a road shutout over Sparty. Wilcox registered his third shutout of the season and 10th of his collegiate career. He leads all conference goaltenders in overall winning percentage, save percentage, and goals against average.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4
C Cameron Darcy, CB: Did not play (off team)
Season totals: 19 GP: 1-13-15, -6, 14 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
The Eagles decided they’d waited long enough for Darcy to try to find his game and dropped him from their roster. The Lightning’s seventh round pick this summer who flirted with a spot on Syracuse will now await a trade, provided Cape Breton can find a taker who has an open overage spot (three allowed per game). If a trade can’t be made, Darcy will reportedly return home to Boston. It is possible the Lightning could find a spot for him with ECHL Florida on a minor league contract, that is if they still believe Darcy has a professional career ahead of him. The Lightning liked his skill in the preseason, but returned him to juniors so he could add weight and strength. Darcy has struggled to produce, though he was Cape Breton's leading scorer last season. Darcy's lone goal this year was scored into an empty net.
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Quebec Remparts 6
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 5 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 20-22-42, +19, 30 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Adam Erne now has goals in 10 of his last 12 games, scoring the eventual game-winner Friday night at home vs the Armada. Erne was a threat all night, but especially on his goal-scoring shift. Playing the left point on the power play, Erne was caught back on a 2 on 1 but hit the ice to block a cross-crease pass, saving a scoring chance. He gathered the puck, rushed it up ice, then dished before taking his spot on the point. The Remparts turned the puck over, but Erne didn’t leave his spot and challenged the puck carrier, poking the puck clear and gathering it himself. He took a stride to the left wing circle and rifled a slap shot far-side for a goal, breaking a 3-3 tie. He dropped to one knee to celebrate, pumping his fist (pictured). The goal was Erne’s 20th of the season, so he’s one off last year’s total set in 23 more games.
Ontario Hockey League
North Bay Battalion 2 @ Sarnia Sting 5
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 7-22-29, +2, 52 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
Sarnia won its sixth straight game, aided by DeAngelo’s two assists. DeAngelo has at least a point in eight of his last nine games.
Peterborough Petes 3 @ Guelph Storm 5
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 5-8-13, -18, 43 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
In a game broadcast on NHL Network, Guelph rallied late to break a 3-3 tie and defeat the Petes, 5-3. Masin had an up-and-down game with a few giveaways, but some smart defensive play at other times. He is firmly in the Petes’ top-4 for defensemen and had several good breakout passes.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Red Deer Rebels 2
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 26 GP, 15-21-36, +10, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Point extended his point streak to nine games with an assist.
Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 6
D Ben Thomas, CAL: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-11-13, +4, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Thomas remains out with a lower body injury. He is getting close to a return.
Florida Everblades 7 at Indy Fuel 6
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 4-3-7, +6, 6 PIM, 19 SOG
D Kirill Gotovets, IND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-2-4, -4, 12 PIM, 22 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, INJURED
Season totals: 12 GP, 9-2-0-1, 2.13 GAA, 0.912 SV%, 2 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 11 GP, 4-0-4, +5, 16 PIM, 20 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 12 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 11 PIM, 19 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
With Allen York sidelined with an injury, Florida's first ever game in Indy against the expansion Fuel was a wild affair with 13 goals scored. The Blades were ahead 6-3 at the 2nd intermission, but surrendered three 3rd period goals on 17 Indy shots. Jeff Costello notched his 4th goal of the season about 7 minutes into the 3rd that would stand as the eventual game winner. Lightning camper Mike Aviani would get the primary assist on Costello's marker. Fuel rookie blueliner Kirill Gotovets, a former Lightning 2009 7th round pick, played his 13th game of the season tonight for Indy. Gotovets signed an AHL contract in September with Chicago Blackhawks' AHL affiliate in Rockford and was reassigned by Rockford to Indy in October. Gotovets, a graduate of Cornell, had his rights traded to Chicago by Tampa in April 2012 for current BP Prospect-of-the-Week Philippe Paradis. Florida returns to Estero for a Wednesday home tilt against Elmira before Indy rolls into South Florida for back-to-back games next weekend.
Wichita Thunder 1 at Brampton Beast 3
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 19 GP, 8-10-18, +3, 12 PIM, 61 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 34 PIM, 21 SOG
Not the homecoming Daniel Milan was looking for as the Thunder rolled into Brampton for Milan's first game against his old team. He did put up a season-high 5 shots, but Beast goalie Trevor Cann turned away 45 Thunder shots, upstaging Wichita netminder and Edmonton Oiler prospect Tyler Bunz who currently sports the ECHL's 2nd stingiest goals-against-average (Allen York is 4th). Followers of the Florida Everblades will recall that Cann was acquired last season by the Blades when Lightning prospect Kristers Gudlevskis was recalled to the Syracuse Crunch after parting ways with Riku Helenius. Cann appeared in 29 games for Florida last season posting a 15-10-1 record. The Beast also managed to do what few Central Division teams have been able to accomplish and that is keeping the Wichita Wizard Danick Gauthier off the scoreboard. The road trip for the Thunder continues Sunday in upstate NY against the Elmira Jackals.
Vladislav Namestnikov made an impact on his first shift.
The Crunch forward, sent to Syracuse to get more ice time earlier this week, chipped in a rebound 59 seconds into the game and was a catalyst in the Crunch getting out to a five-goal lead in the first period. But Syracuse saw its lead dwindle to one early in the third and barely hung on to top the Hartford Wolf Pack, 6-5, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"We actually came out great, kind of against what we've done all year," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "We came out great and finished flat."