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.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 1
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 9 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 58 GP, 16-25-41, +14, 92 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM
DiGiacinto fought Kevin Spinozzi, then was given a misconduct for instigating. Flyers pick Travis Konecny was first star with a goal and two assists.
North Bay Battalion 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 8-29-37, +31, 42 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-19-23, -4, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM
Masin followed up his career-high 4-assist game with one helper (on the power play) in Peterborough’s win over North Bay. Masin has points in nine of his last 10 games, and has 15 points in that time span. He’s really come on in the second half, much like he started to last year before he was lost to injury. Meanwhile, Spencer has points in just three of his last 15 game, and has four points in that time span.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ Saginaw Spirit 3
W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/20 FO
Season totals: 34 GP, 16-17-33, -1, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM
Stephens continues to produce despite the team’s struggles late in the year. The Soo had a 7-1 lead midway through the third period.
KalPa 3 vs. Lukko 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM
Jonne Tammela made the most of KalPa's regular season finale, posting 1 goal and 1 assist in 12:44 in their 3-2 win over Lukko. KalPa finishes the campaign in 8th place on the 15 team Liiga table.
KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Magnitogorsk 1 vs. (3)Novosibirsk 3
Series Tied 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 16/19, 4.73 GAA, .842 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 2 SO, 1.11 GAA, .960 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was lifted late in the Second Period in Magnitogorsk's 3-1 Game Two loss to Novosibirsk. Ex-Lightning defenseman Andrej Meszaros had a pair of helpers for Novosibirsk to help key the win.
Adam Wilcox has run with the opportunity given to him.
Coming off a recent slide, the Crunch turned to the rookie netminder to take over between the pipes. With a chance to show what he can do, Wilcox has registered 117 saves and backstopped Syracuse to seven out of eight points in the last four games.
Wilcox hopes the consistent starts helps him find the groove that made him a standout at the University of Minnesota.
“I’m feeling really confident and I’m feeling really good, and now I feel like I can play well in this league on a nightly basis,” Wilcox said.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 7
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 44 GP, 5-12-17, -4, 78 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
With Joseph out of the lineup, Saint John fell in Moncton, 7-4. Joseph was injured in Saint John’s last game against Charlottetown. He is reportedly considered day-to-day.
Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 7
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 58 GP, 31-34-65, +6, 82 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM
Shawinigan had a goal party against the visiting Oceanic, but Yan couldn’t get in on the fun.
Ontario Hockey League
Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Oshawa Generals 3
C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 13/25 FO
Season totals: 57 GP, 20-33-53, -14, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM
Oshawa had 2-0 and 3-1 leads before Kingston took over late in the second period and through the third.