Vasya rising up.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. That's 2 quality starts out of his last 3, including the command performance in the Frozen Dome game. Now, if I'm Zettler, I declare Vasilevskiy the hot hand and see if I can ride him a little while. Time to see if that talent can translate to more results. Even without superior centermen, I feel Syracuse should score plenty of goals. They'll go as far as the goaltending takes them, though.
SYR Paradis, (6) (Gourde, Mormina), 6:06
HER Galiev, (3) (Carrick, Kennedy), 16:41 (PP)
SYR Kunyk, (3) (Vermin), 1:58
SYR Kunyk, (4) (Mormina), 14:51 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (8) (Gourde), 19:04
Cody Kunyk, Philippe Paradis, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars. Kunyk pots the GWG and the insurance goal in a good night's work. Paradis has 5 goals and 6 points in 3 games this week, essentially daring Bolt Prospects not to select him Player of the Week. With 2 helpers, Yanni Gourde now has 9 goals and 18 points in 13 November contests. He and Jonathan Marchessault are now tied for 8th in the AHL in scoring (at the moment of this posting) with several others, 4 points back of the leader.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Sport 0 vs. HPK 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen was scoreless in 8:38 in HPK's 3-0 victory over Sport. Preds 4th round pick Juuse Saros stopped all 39 shots he faced for the shutout.
Chelyabinsk 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 3 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Win, 16/18, 1.90 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 19-3-4, 3 SO, 1.58 GAA, .940 sv%
Ex-NHLer Jan Bulis had a goal in defeat for Chelyabinsk in their 3-2 OT loss to Magnitka.
Khanty-Mansiysk 4 vs. Ekaterinburg 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 9-7-16, +1, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev had the eventual GWG in 13:32 of ice time as Yugra smashed Ekatinburg 4-0. The goal was Gusev's 9th of the campaign, setting a new career high. Yugra also got a goal from ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar.
Bratislava 2 vs. Mytischi 1 (SO)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-2-3, E, 16 PIM
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-7-3, 1 SO, 2.41 GAA, .909 sv%
Undrafted Rok Ticar laid the smack down on Mytischi with a goal and the shootout winner in Slovan's 2-1 victory. Dmitry Korobov played 23:43 in the defeat.
Florida Everblades 5 at Wheeling Nailers 1
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 2 PIM, 10 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, DNP
Season totals: 10 GP, 8-1-0-1, 2.07 GAA, 0.914 SV%, 2 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 8 GP, 3-0-3, +3, 16 PIM, 13 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 3-2-5, +2, 9 PIM, 12 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
With four Everblade standouts recalled to the American League (Lynch, Trivino, Cornell, and Desjardins), Lightning notables shone in Florida's 5-1 road blowout against the Nailers in Wheeling. Bolt camper Mike Aviani notched a goal and an assist, Jeff Costello tallied a power play marker, and Lightning prospect Artem Sergeev scored his 2nd goal of the season. Florida plays the Nailers again Saturday night.
Wichita Thunder 4 at Missouri Mavericks 1
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *SECOND STAR*
Season totals (ECHL): 16 GP, 6-10-16, +4, 8 PIM, 48 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 27 PIM, 15 SOG
The Thunder follows up their 6-0 drubbing of the Mavericks last weekend with a 4-1 road victory Friday night against the same Mavericks. Like last weekend, Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier played a starring role with two primary assists, one on the power play, and garnering Second Star honors. The Thunder returns home Saturday and Sunday for games against Allen and Tulsa.
No. 11 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ No. 2 North Dakota 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-1-4, E, 23 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
O’Donnell is out indefinitely with an injury. He took a big hit last game but returned to finish the contest. The team shut him down after further evaluation.
UMass Minutemen 3 @ No. 14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-11-12, -2, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
Peca assisted on QU’s second goal, coming at 18:26 of the third period, but the Bobcats couldn’t complete the comeback. Henry Dill (undrafted) made 37 saves for UMass.
No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6 @ No. 12 Boston College Eagles 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots
Season totals: 11 GP, 8-3-0, 2.18 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
Wilcox won a match-up against Canucks second rounder Thatcher Demko and Boston College, 6-2. The Gophers had a 3-0 lead entering the third period before the Eagles cut the lead to 3-2 six minutes in. Minnesota responded with two 5-on-5 goals and an empty-netter.
*USCHO poll used