USA 2 vs. Russia 3
Anthony DeAngelo, USA, 1-0-1, -1, 4 PIM, 6 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 4 PIM
Undrafted Sergei Tolchinski's Second Period goal turned out to be the winner as the experienced Russians defeated a youthful Team USA 3-2 to advance in the WJC's. Blues second rounder Ivan Barbashev also had a goal in the victory for the Russians. Anthony DeAngelo did his best to push the Americans through to the Semis with a power play goal and 6 shots on goal, but it wasn't enough. USA Hockey is left to ponder whether they'd have been better equipped to handle a team dotted with KHL-level players with one or two more experienced players like Adam Erne on the roster. DeAngelo also had a pair of minors for high sticking in the match.
Czech Republic 0 vs. Slovakia 3
Dominik Masin, Czech Republic, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 2 PIM
Dominik Masin was on for all three goals against in Czech Republic's 3-0 loss to Slovakia. He also took a minor for hooking in the match. Undrafted Denis Godla stopped all 34 shots he faced for Slovakia for the shutout.
Canada 8 vs. Denmark 0
Brayden Point, Canada, 1-0-1, +4, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +6, 2 PIM
Brayden Point help step into the void left by an injured Robby Fabbri and scored the 7th Canadian goal of their 8-0 rout of Denmark. Top 2015 prospect Connor McDavid had 1 goal and 3 points in the victory. Montreal 2nd rounder Zach Fucale had to stop just 14 for the shutout.
Florida Everblades 4 at Greenville Road Warriors 8
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-8-14, +7, 10 PIM, 36 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, Recalled to Syracuse
Season totals: 17 GP, 13-3-0-1, 2.45 GAA, 0.905 SV%, 2 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 20 GP, 6-6-12, E, 24 PIM, 45 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 21 GP, 5-8-13, +2, 11 PIM, 40 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
A two-eyebrow raiser Friday night in Greenville, SC, first with a rare Everblades loss and then a snowman to boot. Greenville broke open a 4-4 knot at the 2nd intermission with four third period goals. Lightning prospect Artem Sergeev along with Jeff Costello and Mike Aviani all notched helpers on three of Florida's four goals. The Everblades seek revenge Saturday night and it will be interesting to see if Allen York rejoins the team now that Vasilevskiy has been returned to Syracuse.
RPI Engineers 2 @ No. 4 Harvard Crimson 6 (Tuesday)
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-4-9, +2, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Harvard won again, though Hart had an empty line on the stat sheet.
No. 14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ St. Cloud State Huskies 3
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 3-12-15, -5, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
Quinnipiac held a 2-0 lead in this game before squandering the lead in the second and third periods.
No. 18 Merrimack Warriors 3 @ No. 8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 (Mariucci Classic)
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 14 saves on 17 shots
Season totals: 15 GP, 9-5-1, 2.19 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
After the long Christmas break, Minnesota put up 42 shots on Merrimack goaltender Rasmus Tirronen (undrafted), but could only beat him twice. Tirronen, 24, was 7-2-1 coming into the game with a 1.73 GAA and .929 save percentage. The ex-Topeka Roadrunner is 6’3” 200 and could see an NHL free agent contract in his future.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Quebec Remparts 6
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/16 FO, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 33 GP, 23-27-50, +20, 40 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Quebec won its fifth straight game, beating the Tigres in Quebec City. Erne scored his 100th career goal in the game and added two assists.
Vasiy en fuego.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 36 shots before stopping 10 of 10 shooters in the penalty shot session for the SO victory. His save percentage rises to .923 and I don't know how he wasn't named all three of the game's stars after helping his team to overcome a 36-26 shot deficit.
SYR Namestnikov, (7) (Marchessault, Mormina), 8:09
ALB Thomson, (4) (Burlon, Thompson), 10:40
Vasilevskiy and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's first and second stars.
Such a sloppy effort by the Crunch tonight, but Vasilevskiy was the ultimate eraser for the odd man rushes the team surrendered, helping them to snap a 3 game losing streak in the process.
The Crunch scrambled back into a tie with Springfield atop the division at 46 points heading into tomorrow's matchup with Bingo.
Box score from TheAHL.com.