Sweden 2 vs. Canada 5
Connor Ingram, Canada, No Decision, 1/3, 14.85 GAA, .333 sv%
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-1-0, 1 SO, 2.57 GAA, .833 sv%
Mathieu Joseph, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM
Taylor Raddysh, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 5-1-6, +3, 4 PIM
Anthony Cirelli, Canada 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 3-4-7, +7, 2 PIM
Mitchell Stephens, Canada, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM
Connor Ingram was lifted 8:05 into the First Period after Canada fell behind 2-1, but they responded with 4 unanswered goals to defeat Sweden 5-2. Canada advances to the Gold Medal match against USA. Centerman Anthony Cirelli helped key the comeback victory with 1 goal, 1 assist, and a handful of other scoring chances for the Canadians. Mathieu Jospeh played 13:48 in the win, Taylor Raddysh 16:32, Cirelli 15:08, and Mitchell Stephens played 14:03.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 2 (OT)
C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 15/23 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 31 GP, 8-15-23, -9, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM
Somppi has gone scoreless in 11 of his last 17 games.
Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 25-19-44, +18, 38 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM
Yan was first star Tuesday as the Cataractes defeated the Drakkar, 4-2. Yan scored his goal 40 seconds into the game.
NOTE: The QMJHL is on break until December 28.
Ontario Hockey League
Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 5-14-19, +8, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM
W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM
Newly acquired Nikita Koroselstev (Leafs) had a goal and an assist to lead the Petes to a home win over the Fronts. The Petes are 9-1 in their last 10 games and are a point behind Oshawa for the East Division lead.
Western Hockey League
Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 2
D Libor Hajek, SAS: 2-0-2, +3, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP: 3-12-15, -7, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM
Hajek had his first 2-goal game as a CHLer, leading the Blades to a win in Manitoba. Hajek was the last player cut from Team Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships. He has responded nicely since that time, posting three points in three games.
Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Prince Albert Raiders 5 (SO)
C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 25 GP, 18-20-38, +1, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM
Howden had a goal and two assists Tuesday to give him three goals and three assists in the five games since being cut from Team Canada.
Editor's Note: Apologies for the delay in daily updates during the holidays. Travel and computer issues contributed to the unintentional break.
No. 16 St. Lawrence Saints 3 @ No. 13 Vermont Catamounts 4
C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 8-7-15, +3, 18 PIM
Vermont overcame a 2-1 deficit to improve to 13-6-2 on the year. Colton was scoreless for the Catamounts.
No. 6 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ RPI Engineers 1
C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 3-8-11, +3, 6 PIM
The River Hawks improved to 13-5-3 and are up to No. 6 in the country.
Lightning crumble under Jets forecheck.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss. He made a lot of big saves on odd man rushes and breakaways, but at the end of the day his 4th goal allowed to Byfuglien, which was extremely soft, ended up being the critical margin (empty netter excluded) as soft goals often are.
7:25 WPF Scheifele (16), (Laine, Enstrom)(PP)
3:43 TB Peca (1), (Namestnikov, Killorn)
4:30 WPG Ehlers (11), (unassisted)(PS)
5:19 WPG Trouba (2), (Perrault, Wheeler)
14:44 WPG Byfuglien (5), (Morrissey, Wheeler)
3:26 TB Palat (7), (Johnson, Kucherov)
9:28 WPG Ehlers (12), (Laine, Trouba)
12:22 TB Kucherov (14), (Johnson, Hedman)(PP)
17:29 TB Kucherov (15), (Hedman, Drouin)(PP)
18:37 WPG Laine (20), (Scheifele, Ehlers)(EN)
Nikita Kucherov was the game's second star.
The Lightning were by far and away the better team in this game for the first 24 minutes of hockey before the bottom dropped out. The other 36 minutes were absolutely embarrassing as Winnipeg's forecheck ran roughshod over Tampa Bay and revealed a lot of coverage and puck moving mistakes. It's disappointing.
The Lightning now must defeat Nashville in the segment four finale to avoid digging their season playoff pace deficit of 4 points any deeper. This Winnipeg game was very winnable on paper and would've given the team a chance to trim their deficit. Now there's a very real possibility the hole will be even deeper at the season's midway point, and they have nobody to blame but themselves. I mean, I could complain about the dubious nature of the Ehlers penalty shot goal given it wasn't really a clear breakaway and more of a partial break, in my view, but I can't muster outrage against the refs considering the team allowed themselves to get run over the rest of the night.
Slater Koekkoek had 1 blocked shot in 13:57. His lack of development this season has been an unfortunate impediment for the team. They desperately could use a big, consistent, mobile puck mover. Koekkoek has all the athletic tools to be that, but it just hasn't settled down and come together for him yet.
Matthew Peca scored his first NHL goal and 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:33. He was also 50% on 10 draws. His goal showed off one of his strengths coming up from the NCAA out of Quinnipiac. He's very dangerous off the rush and his wrister coming in off the wing for the score was beautiful. I say it again: he's really helped replace a lot of what the team could have lost with the Point injury.
Adam Erne was -1 with 1 shot and 4 hits in 12:03. He had a very impressive debut despite the inauspicious stat line. Clearly, you can see the athletic gifts he brings to the game. He's a very good skater for such a big game with a surprisingly strong, swooping stride, and he's a very good offensive player from the hashmarks down. He had a chance on a rebound he overskated and nearly set up Bournival for a goal on a nice move peeling out of the corner but was a little off on his pass. He's going to be an NHL'er. There's little doubt of that. You could see that in tonight's game. The question is whether he can put all of his gifts together consistently to becoming a scoring line contributor.
SaiPa 1 vs. KalPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 39 PIM
Ex-Stars pick Eero Kilpelainen made 29 saves to pace KalPa to a narrow 2-1 win over SaiPa.
Dinamo Minsk 5 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 18-34-52, +31, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 18:44 of ice time as SKA dropped their first back-to-back games in regulation this season, falling to Minsk 5-4. Ex-NHL'ers Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Evgeny Dadonov each had goals for SKA in the loss.
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Lightning get key, clinical win.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 22 shots for the win. After stealing the point against Toronto, he might be due to go on a little hot streak here.
7:35 TB Boyle (10), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
19:50 TB Drouin (11), (Kucherov, Palat)(PP)
13:22 TB Killorn (12), (Peca, Hedman)
15:20 CAR Aho (7), (Slavin, Teravianen)
With points at a premium after lacking the gas to deal appropriately with Toronto, the Lightning made sure they took care of business against a beatable Carolina club. It may have cost them Brian Boyle as the injury bug continues his rampage unabated, but the Lightning got another key win tonight. With 2 games left to play in this 10 game segment of the season, Tampa Bay needs 2 points to clinch a successful segment with the possibility of trimming 1-2 points off their season playoff pace deficit hanging out there as a real possibility.
Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 9:47.
Matthew Peca had a helper, his first NHL point, and was +1 with 2 hits in 12:05. He was also 50% on 8 draws. His style of game is helping to alleviate some of the stress from the injury to Brayden Point
Yanni Gourde was scoreless in 8:12.
The tempers boiled over before the opening faceoff and never fully cooled down.
The Crunch's Jeremy Morin and the IceCaps’ Bobby Farnham needed to be separated before the puck dropped and Syracuse captain Luke Witkowski had a run-in with Farnham moments later. The next 60 minutes featured 12 goals, a pair of fights and 96 penalty minutes, but Syracuse emerged with a 7-5 win over St. John’s at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
“I’m very proud of our captain, our team and the way we responded today,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought we took charge of this game right off the bat. They came back — we maybe let our foot off the gas a little bit — but you have to give credit to the other team. They showed character. … For me, we were challenged physically lately, and I’m very proud of our captain and our team with the way we stood up for ourselves.”
Goals n' goals n' goals!
Adam Wilcox allowed 5 goals on 16 shots for the win. A stat line that usually gets you lifted gets the W. Gotta love goal support.
7:29 SYR Taormina (9), (Comrie, Conacher)(PP)
8:24 SYR Halmo (9), (Comrie, Darcy)
9:34 SYR Conacher (5), (Condra, Taormina)(PP)
10:16 SYR Morin (5), (Witkowski, Dumont)
13:24 STJ Eisenschmid (5), (Racine)(SH)
13:45 STJ de la Rose (2), (Friberg, Hanley)(PP)
17:27 STJ MacMillan (2), (Gregoire, Lernout)
2:34 SYR Condra (6), (Conacher, Taormina)(PP)
11:45 SYR Morin (6), (Thomas, Halmo)
12:43 STJ Audette (6), (Veilleux)
9:56 STJ de la Rose (3), (Audette, Friberg)(PP)
19:46 SYR Conacher (6), (Condra)(EN)
Box score from TheAHL.com.