Florida Everblades 2 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 4
W Danick Gauthier, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-9-13, +1, 49 PIM
D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM
W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-5-8, -11, 49 PIM
Florida lost a 2-goal lead, giving up four in the final period en route to a 4-2 road loss. The only Syracuse or Tampa Bay connection in the game was PM Devos, who was on a Syracuse contract last year. He was scoreless and minus-2. No sign of Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier.
Harvard Crimson 2 @ No. 16 Colgate Raiders 1
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 6-7-13, -4, 18 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Harvard improved to 6-11-4 in conference by upsetting Colgate, who came into the game 12-5-3 in the ECAC.
Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 @ Miami RedHawks 4
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin was a scratch.
No. 10 North Dakota 5 @ No. 5 St. Cloud State Huskies 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 24 GP, 5-8-13, +3, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
O’Donnell set a new career high for points in a season with 13, topping the 10 he accumulated last year as a sophomore. UND is surging, winning five games in a row. Their win on Friday put UND one win away from winning the Penrose Cup as the first National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular season champions. O’Donnell’s team leapfrogged SCSU into first place. They can clinch the title with a win on Saturday night.
No. 8 Quinnipiac Bobcats 8 @ St. Lawrence Saints 0
F Matthew Peca, QU: 2-4-6, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 12-21-33, +5, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM
Woah. Matt Peca had six points – four more than anyone else on the Bobcats – as QU put a snowman on the scoreboard at St. Lawrence. The Saints tied the Bobcats, 2-2, just a couple weeks ago. Peca surpassed last season’s point total of 30, and is approaching his career high of 39 set in his freshman season. Peca’s six points are the most by a Lightning prospect in a game this season, topping Jonathan Drouin’s five-point game in November. Drouin has never had a six-point game (two five-pointers). No game stars were listed in the recap, but we’re going to give first star to Peca.
Penn State Nittany Lions 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 30 saves on 31 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 30 GP, 21-4-5, 1.94 GAA, .932 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox stopped 30 of 31 shots as Minnesota improved to 22-4-5 this season with a win over Penn State. Wilcox, who is a Hobey Baker Award candidate for the NCAA’s top player, was named a candidate this week for the first Mike Richter Award, given to the country’s top goaltender.
*USCHO poll used
The first tests for Anders Lindback came just moments after the puck dropped.
The Tampa Bay Lightning netminder, sent to Syracuse for a weekend conditioning assignment, made a few crucial saves in the opening minutes. Once he had time to settle in, Lindback stopped a steady stream of shots in his first game since Jan. 30.
"I got a couple of good shots early on, and they came pretty hard," Lindback said. "Then it was continuous the whole game, it was an even pace, which is what you prefer."
Lindback registered a 30-save shutout in his Crunch debut, as Syracuse won its third-straight by topping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"He's huge. He takes up a lot of the net," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler of the 6-6 Swede, who is expected to make another start Sunday. "Just him going down in the butterfly takes up a lot of net. They've got to make a great shot to beat him."
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 6 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 0
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits, 5/13 FO, *Third Star*
Season totals: 40 GP, 24-61-85, +39, 41 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Drouin is approaching his career high for assists in a season. Halifax outshot the Titan, 40-18.
Ontario Hockey League
Barrie Colts 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 1 (SO)
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 10-22-32, +21, 111 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
The second period was delayed due to a fire alarm. There’s probably a joke to be made about both goalies being on fire as Plymouth’s Alex Nedeljkovic (2015) stopped 49 of 50 shots and Barrie’s Mackenzie Blackwood (2016) saved 35 of 36.
Belleville Bulls 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 10
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 44 GP, 20-40-60, +14, 37 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen and Sam Bennett (2014) combined for seven points to lead the Fronts to a huge win over the visiting Bulls. Ikonen hit the 40-assist and 60-point marks for the season.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton gets Lindbacked!
Anders Lindback stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout victory. I guess the ankle is feeling better.
SYR Richard, (2) (Panik, Tyrell), 2:02
SYR Taormina, (5) (Panik, Richard), 19:18
SYR Taormina, (6) (Angelidis, Paradis), 5:23
SYR Olson, (3) (Rankin, Langelier-Parent), 6:50
Richard Panik extended his point streak to 3 games with 2 goals and 7 points over that span. Tanner Richard closed February with his second multi-point game of the month and third overall this season.
Box score from TheAHL.com.