Erik Condra darted to the front of the net knowing time was almost up.
The Crunch forward calmly slid the puck to his backhand and scored with 1.9 seconds remaining, as Syracuse topped the Albany Devils, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
“I knew there wasn’t a lot of time left, so they kind of backed up when I was getting to the neutral zone,” Condra said. “Joel (Vermin) cut to the middle, I gave it to him, and I don’t know how he kept the puck moving through three or four guys, but he did. I snuck around the pile and put it in.”
Gudlevskis makes good.
Fresh off of last night's shelling, Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory.
2:34 SYR Taormina (2), (Peca, Gourde)
4:06 SYR Richard (5), (Gourde, Taormina)
8:44 ALB Gormley (1), (Novak, Straka)(PP)
14:34 ALB Quenneville (5), (Blandisi, Jacobs)(PP)
19:58 SYR Condra (3), (Vermin, Walcott)
Tanner Richard now has a 3 game goal scoring streak and a 4 game point streak.
Syracuse is now just 2 points back of St. John's for first place in the North Division with a whopping 4 games in hand.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
There will be kittens on Graduation Day.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots he faced for the shutout in a commanding performance that allowed the Lightning to overcome a 32-18 shot deficit. Vasilevskiy's win was his 41st NHL decision, officially graduating him from prospect status on Bolt Prospects. And, given how well he's played over the past couple of games, we can't help but feel like Andrei's doing a lot to validate our graduation methodology at the moment. He's clearly all grown up now.
14:25 TB Johnson (6), (Killorn, Filppula)(PP)
7:40 TB Palat (3), (Namestnikov)
4:26 TB Drouin (3), (Palat)
It's very heartening to see the Lightning make such a seamless readjustment to their game in light of the injuries to Stralman and Stamkos. They needed to adopt a more low-scoring game that relies in part on goaltending and attention to defensive detail. This road trip has seen a return to a lot of the basics that have made the Lightning successful over the past three years, along with some slump-busting by the likes of Tyler Johnson and Palat and the return of Jonathan Drouin from injury. In other words, a lot of the pieces that would have been prerequisites I would have named off for weathering the storm and being met.
Today's victory clinches a successful second 10-game segment of the season, and the Lightning have already secured 1 insurance point with 1 more game left in the segment. This is good. Without Stamkos, the Lightning likely won't be as consistent in the goal scoring department. So, having insurance points socked away will be important for when the team hits speed bumps along the way to March/April.
Brayden Point had 1 hit in 4:16. The low ice time came from a very nasty cut he took on his lip that required a significant amount of stitches. If women do indeed dig scars, Brayden Point is about to become a stinking matinee idol.
Luke Witkowski had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 9:06.
Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 2 hits in 10:45.
Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.
SaiPa 1 vs. Pelicans 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-2-3, -6, 39 PIM
Saku Salminen was 75% on 4 draws in 5:39 of ice time in SaiPa's 2-1 loss to Lahti Pelicans. Undrafted 23 year old Aleksi Rekonen scored 1 goal and 1 assist, including the game winner, for Pelicans.
St. Petersburg Jr. 2 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3 (SO)
Oleg Sosunov, St. Petersburg Jr., DNP
Season totals: 17 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 36 PIM
Oleg Sosunov did not dress for Loko Jr.'s 3-2 SO win over St. Petersburg Jr. Loko Jr. currently sits in 7th on the 15 team Western Conference MHL table.
Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Toledo Walleye 4 SO
W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs, 15 SOG
G Nic Riopel, KAL, SOL, 65:00 MINS, 25/28 and 2/4
Season Totals: 7 GP, 3-3-0-1, 2.27 GAA, 0.920 SV%, 1 SO
Consecutive starts for Nic Riopel for the first time this season ends in a 4-3 shootout home victory for Toledo Friday night at the Huntington Center in front of 5300. The K-Wings appeared to have matters well in hand entering the third period with a 3-0 lead. But Kalamazoo allowed three third period goals, and the Walleye eventually garnered the extra point in the shootout. The K-Wings have earned three points so far on this 5-game road trip, with the third game being a rematch Saturday night against Toledo.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 20 GP, 11-5-16, -1, 16 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +3, 6 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 20 GP, 20-12-32, +15, 19 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
Joseph and Imama failed to both score for the first time in five games, though Joseph kept his personal goal streak going to reach six games. With his goal Friday he became the first QMJHL player to reach 20 goals on the season. Boko’s goal streak ended at five games. He was coming off a 4-goal game last weekend.
Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 1
W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/12 FO
Season Totals: 17 GP, 5-6-11, -3, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM
Somppi was back in the lineup after missing two weeks for the Mooseheads.
Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 17 GP, 15-7-22, +4, 24 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM
Alexis D’Aoust (undrafted) scored five times to give Shawinigan the win. He came into the game with five total goals on the year.
Ontario Hockey League
Oshawa Generals 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 3
C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 15/27 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 11-15-26, +15, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM
Kitchener knocked off Oshawa, 3-2. Panthers prospect Adam Mascherin scored twice for the Rangers.
Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season: 20 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM
Boris Katchouk opened the game’s scoring and the Soo never looked back, winning 4-1.
Ottawa 67’s 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 5
W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 10-7-17, -3, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM
Rookie Matthew Philip scored twice for Niagara.
Erie Otters 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 8
W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 2-0-2, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 20-27-47, +29, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM
W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 10/18 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 16 GP, 8-9-17, +7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM
League No. 1 Erie was demolished by the suddenly hot Spirit, 8-3, Friday. Saginaw remains last in the league in points, however. Taylor Raddysh matched Mathieu Joseph with 20 goals in 20 games.
Western Hockey League
Kamloops Blazers 6 @ Tri-City Americans 5
G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-7-1-0, 2.10 GAA, .934 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO
Ingram got the night off. Kamloops broke a 4-4 tie with two goals late in the third period. Tri-City added one with four seconds left.
Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 8
D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP: 0-9-9, -4, 33 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM
Brandon put a snowman on the board against the visiting Blades. Reid Duke (Wild) had four goals for the Wheat Kings.
Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Swift Current Broncos 2
C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 11 GP, 9-5-14, -2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM
Howden remains out of the Moose Jaw lineup with an undisclosed injury.
Maine Black Bears 2 @ Vermont Catamounts 6
C Ross Colton, UVM: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 11 GP, 4-4-8, +3, 4 PIM
Colton was a game star for the second straight game, notching a goal and a helper Friday against rival Maine. Vermont is sitting just outside the USCHO Top-20 at No. 22.
No. 6 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 @ No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4
C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 3-6-9, +2, 4 PIM
Notre Dame scored a 4-1 win over UML Friday after the River Hawks won by the same score against the Irish Thursday. Lohin’s third goal of the year turned out to be the game-winner for the River Hawks Thursday.
No. 5 Boston University Terriers 2 @ Connecticut Huskies 1
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM
Connor LaCouvee (undrafted) won his first start of the season in BU’s net.
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 6 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4
D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 3.02 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO
UMD improved to 9-2-2 on the year with a big win over UNO.
No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 @ No. 15 Minnesota State Mavericks 4
D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 6 PIM
Brad McClure (undrafted) scored twice for the Mavericks in their win over the Gophers, 4-1.
*USCHO poll used for rankings
Crunch strafed in Hershey.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the loss before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 2 goals on 4 shots the rest of the way. Simply a dreadful night for the entire team, but particularly for the netminders.
8:03 HER Vrana (8), (Bourque, Djoos)
12:34 HER Thomas (5), (Djoos, Stephenson)(PP)
14:36 HER Bourque (3), (Stephenson, Mitchell)
0:33 SYR Richard (4), (Conacher, Taormina)
15:49 HER Thomas (6), (O'Brien, Stephenson)(PP)
19:29 HER Bourque (4), (Djoos, Carey)(PP)
With injuries up top in Tampa Bay, there are opportunities to earn call ups on the line. So, it's disappointing to see the team start flat and get run out of the game early. It's frankly not acceptable.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
St. Petersburg Jr. 0 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 36 PIM
Oleg Sosunov took a minor for tripping in Loko Jr.'s 3-0 shutout win over St. Petersburg Jr. Netminder Daniel Yakovlev stopped all 30 shots he faced for Loko Jr. for the win.