One night after returning to the Crunch lineup, Jonathan Drouin found the back of the net. Twice.
The 20-year-old forward notched a pair of early goals, but Syracuse let the lead slip away in a 7-4 loss to the Rochester Americans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
“I thought we had a few turnovers in the second period that led to some goals, but I didn’t think it was anything outrageous,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “Then I thought we took some penalties in the third that hurt us. That was the difference.”
Third Period meltdown ruins Druinsanity.
SYR Drouin, (3) (Peca), 19:27
SYR Drouin, (4) (Taormina, Richard), 9:48 (PP)
RCH O'Dell, (22) (Austin), 13:49
RCH Bailey, (12) (Austin), 17:24
RCH Rodrigues, (9) (Sanguinetti, Mormina), 0:40
SYR Vermin, (5) (Peca, McGinn), 0:54
RCH Ruhwedel, (7) (Donovan, Schneider), 5:11 (PP)
RCH Carrier, (13) (Bailey, Austin), 11:51
SYR Dotchin, (1) (Blujus, Darcy), 16:46 (PP)
RCH Guptill, (2) (D'Amigo), 18:33 (EN)
RCH Baptiste, (9) (Guptill), 19:22 (EN)
Jonathan Drouin was the game's second star after opening up the game with a pair of goals. At a minimum, he's repairing his trade value with this early production for Syracuse.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Liiga First Round
(8)KalPa 3 vs. (9)Pelicans 2 (OT)
KalPa Leads the Series 1-0
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM
Jonne Tammela had a minor for high sticking in 8:31 of ice time in KalPa's 3-2 Game One win over Pelicans. 32 year old winger Sebastian Lauritzen scored the OT winner for KalPa to stake them to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three, opening play-in round. KalPa is fighting for the right to advance to the Second Round to face one of the top six seeds from the Liiga table, which earned a bye into the Second Round.
KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(3)Novosibirsk 1 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 5
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 2 SO, 1.08 GAA, .960 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%
Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 3 points for Magnitka in their 5-1 thumping of Novosibirsk. Czech national Jan Kovar led all scorers with 2 goals and 2 assists.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Charlottetown Islanders 5 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 45 GP, 6-12-18, -4, 82 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM
Imama had his second goal in the last four games. Joseph remains out of the lineup due to injury (day-to-day).
Ontario Hockey League
North Bay Battalion 1 @ Oshawa Generals 2 (OT)
C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/30 FO
Season totals: 58 GP, 20-35-55, -13, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM
Cirelli assisted on both Gens goals, including the primary assist on the overtime-winner.
Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Sarnia Sting 4 (OT)
W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 10/21 FO, *Third Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 18-17-35, +1, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM
Stephens had two goals and was named the game’s third star, but Flyers’ pick Travis Konecny scored in overtime on a penalty shot to win the game for Sarnia.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Regina Pats 5 (SO)
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 33-51-84, +25, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM
Moose Jaw blew a 3-1 lead, but fought back to force overtime with a goal in the final 30 seconds. They went 0-3 in the shootout. Point was the first shooter and had his attempt saved.
Portland Winterhawks 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2
D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 71 GP, 8-19-27, -32, 50 PIM
With Vancouver: 57 GP, 8-16-24, -22, 40 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
Portland scored four times after the game was tied 1-1 to run away with a 5-2 win in Vancouver.
United States Hockey League
Green Bay Gamblers 6 @ Omaha Lancers 1
G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 24 saves on 28 shots
Season totals: 30 GP, 12-14-4, 2.81 GAA, .906 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)
Oldham is now 1-9-2 in his last 12 games. Omaha is on an 0-7-2 streak and has fallen to sixth in the conference.
Dubuque Fighting Saints 0 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 3
D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 0-25-25, -9, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)
Waterloo got a 28-save shutout from Notre Dame commit Cale Morris (2016) to beat the visiting Saints.
No. 8 Boston University Terriers 2 @ No. 11 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 3
UML leads best-of-3 Hockey East Quarterfinals, 1-0
D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM
Fifth-seeded BU fell in Game 1 against the fourth-seeded Riverhawks despite outshooting them, 35-19. BU cut UML’s lead to 3-2 with just under five minutes left in regulation, but couldn’t get the equalizer. MacLeod was scratched for the seventh straight game.
Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 16 Minnesota State Mavericks 5
MSU leads best-of-3 WCHA Quarterfinals, 1-0
W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 2-8-10, E, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM
The second-seeded Mavs took Game 1 against the seventh-seeded Lakers, 5-2. Mullin had a tripping minor.
*USCHO poll used
In a game that featured the return of Jonathan Drouin, the offense was generated from a more unlikely source.
Luke Witkowski, a stay-at-home defenseman who had one goal in 53 previous games, registered a pair of goals to lead the Syracuse Crunch to a 5-2 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. With the win, Syracuse has points in five consecutive games.
“I’d say luck,” Witkowski said of his goals. “Most of my goals are bouncing in off guys or just gritty goals. That last one happened to be me driving the net. I’ll take them when I can get them.”
Lightning should be held in contempt for failure to appear.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss. I have a hard time complaining about a goaltender who has gotten a whopping 1 goal of support in the last 120 minutes (and 10 seconds!) of hockey.
8:57 PHI Gagner(7), (unassisted)(PP)
3:34 PHI Read(11), (MacDonald, Couturier)(PP)
7:56 PHI Schenn(23), (Simmonds, Manning)
17:18 TB Boyle(10), (Stralman, Killorn)
The Lightning just never showed up tonight. Having failed to get the payoff for such a spirited effort against Boston, they just never mentally bought into playing tonight, or at least it appeared that way, and they just were lifeless. When they're second to pucks they're a bad, bad team.
Sidebar: I have a feeling Cooper could put all 12 Lightning forwards on the power play and they'd still struggle. We'll see how that experiment goes, though. 0-for-1 is certainly a small sample size to draw conclusions from.
The scary thing is the Lightning appear to the naked eye to be playing the same brand of hockey they were in their disastrous first half of the season. In other words, disinterest mixed with mistakes and the distinct absence of goal scoring. That needs to change in a hurry if the Lightning want to win the division and if they want to make sure they don't put themselves back in a little jeopardy of missing the playoff cut.
The return of Drouinsanity overshadowed by the wizardry of Witkowski.
Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory. Zettler continues to ride the hot hand after Wilcox has gone 4-0-1 in his last 5 starts. He's got a sporty .934 save percentage thus far in his four starts in March.
SYR Witkowski, (2) , 13:15
SYR Tambellini, (19) (Vermin, Dotchin), 13:49
BRI Kearns, (22) (Halmo, Lafranchise), 19:42
SYR Witkowski, (3) (Drouin, Peca), 11:14
SYR Gourde, (9) (Richard, Taormina), 14:23
BRI Fritz, (2) (Quine, Finn), 18:17
SYR Gourde, (10) (Richard), 19:42 (EN)
Oh, and Jonathan Drouin had a helper in his return to active duty.
Syracuse is starting to put a little stretch run together, having earned points in those 5 straight games. They draw Rochester Saturday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(1)Novgorod 1 vs. (7)CSKA 3
CSKA Leads the Series 2-1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 31 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM
Carter Ashton was scoreless in 18:01 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-1 Game Three loss to top seeded CSKA. Ex-Ottawa farmhand Stephane Da Costa had a goal in the win for CSKA.
(5)St. Petersburg 0 vs. (6)Dynamo Moscow 4
Dynamo Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 3-4-7, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM
Nikita Gusev was blanked in 19:05 of ice time in SKA's 4-0 Game Three loss to Dynamo Moscow. Gusev did lead SKA in shots on goal with 6. 35 year old veteran netminder Alexander Yeryomenko stopped all 34 shots he faced for the shutout.