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World Juniors A Challenge: 12-11-17

World Junior A Challenge

USA U19 2 @ Czech Republic U19 4

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: Did Not Play
Tournament Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The USA U19 kicked off Group A preliminary play against the Czech Republic U19 team with Nick Perbix playing the 2nd defensive pair with his future St. Cloud fellow blueliner Brendan Bushy. Bushy is the current Dubuque Fighting Saint teammate of Cole Guttman, who sat out of the first preliminary game as a scratch. The Czech Republic opened their tournament Sunday with a 5-2 win against the Canada West U19 squad, and opened the scoring of this game at 9:55 of the 1st period with a shorthanded goal by Blainville-Boisbriand pivot Jan Hladonik (undrafted). Fifteen seconds later, Sam Hentges, another St. Cloud commit, would even the score with a power play marker for the Americans.

With forty seconds remaining in the 2nd period, the lethal Czech penalty kill would strike again as Ondrej Chrtek (undrafted) scored shorthanded to give the Czechs a 2-1 lead, but USA would once again knot the game midway through the 3rd with a Jack Dugan (VGK, 2017 5th round pick, Providence commit) tally. About five minutes later Chrtek scored his 2nd of the contest and would prove to be the game-winner, although the Czechs would add an empty netter from Matyas Zelingr (undrafted) with a minute remaining.

In Group B action, the Russia U18 team defeated Canada East U19 on Sunday 5-1, and then Canada East U19 defeated the Swiss U18 squad on Monday 4-3. On Tuesday, USA will square off against Canada West U19 to conclude their preliminary play, and Russia U18 with match up against the Swiss U18. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Wednesday, the semifinals on Thursday, the consolations games will be played Friday, and the tournament championship game on Saturday.

Juniors Game Night: 12-10-17

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 30 GP, 27-18-45, +32, 12 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk scored twice en route to First Star honors as the Greyhounds doubled up the Spitfires at Essar Centre in front of 3600+ fans. Katchouk opened the scoring with a power play tally just 3:45 into the game, and then added another goal late in the 2nd period to put Sault Ste. Marie up 3-2. Twenty-four seconds later, Hayden Verbeek (undrafted), the nephew of Lighting Director of Player Personnel Pat Verbeek, would score the eventual game-winner for the Greyhounds.

Barrie Colts 2 @ North Bay Battlion 5

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/17 FO
Season Totals: 28 GP, 11-14-25, +7, 6 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Justin Brazeau (undrafted) piled on four point, hat trick performance for the Battalion as they stung the Colts 5-2 in front 2300+ fans at North Bay Memorial Gardens.

Erie Otters 2 @ London Knights 6

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh assisted on both Otters’ goals, both of which came on the power play in back and forth 2nd period that saw a combined five goals scored. The Knights’ Max Jones (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) led the London effort with a two-goal, four-point performance.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 8-15-23, -13, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Blades 16 year old rookie netminder Nolan Maier stopped 34 Raiders shots and Hajek notched an assist as Saskatoon twice staved off rallies by Prince Albert to get the big home win over the Raiders.

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Calgary Hitmen 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, +2, 6 PIM, 1 SOG, 7/16 FO
Season Totals: 20 GP, 13-18-31, +14, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 6-9-15, +24, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden notched a 3rd period insurance marker, his 13th of the season, to help put away the Hitmen. Calgary jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the 2nd, but the Warriors would rally with a 6-1 goal run the rest of the way. Both Howden and Sonunov assisted each on one of Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) two goals.

NCAA Game Night: 12-9-17

Brown Bears 2 @ Vermont Catamounts 2

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 10-2-12, -11, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Vermont needed a third period goal to salvage a tie against visiting Brown Saturday. The Catamounts are now 4-10-3 on the season.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Boston University Terriers 9

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-1-1, E, 8 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 5-9-14, -1, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

MacLeod earned his way back to even in the season’s plus/minus column with a plus-4 night against Ryan Lohin and UML. Jordan Greenway (Wild) had a hat trick and four points for BU.

No. 17 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 6 @ No. 20 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, 3.45 GAA, .882 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 @ No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 0-8-8, -1, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

OSU completed its weekend sweep of the Gophers with a 4-1 win, though two goals were scored into an empty net. Friday’s game was an overtime win, so a close sweep – but a sweep nonetheless.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 12-9-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 12/27 FO
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-20-31, +22, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Huskies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st period before the Mooseheads attempted a rally early in the 3rd. Somppi assisted on Filip Zadina’s (2018 draft eligible) power play marker and then Jared McIssac (2018 draft eligible) scored about a minute later to draw the score to 3-2. Rouyn-Noranda then tallied four unanswered 3rd period goals to pull away with the 7-2 victory. Both Zadina and McIsaac are headed to Team Canada’s WJC camp later in the month.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 0 @ Barrie Colts 5

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 4/13 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-14-25, +6, 6 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov (pictured) scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season en route to First Star honors as the Colts blanked the Generals 5-0. Consensus #2 ranked 2018 draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov assisted on both of Lipanov’s goals. Jason Willms (undrafted) also tallied twice for the Colts. Both Svechnikov and Lipanov are expected to be added to Team Russia’s WJC team when the team arrives in Buffalo for the tournament.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Sarnia Sting 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 10-3-13, -13, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette assisted on the Petes’ lone goal, scored by Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible). Peterborough goalie Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016 5th round pick) turned aside 48 of 50 Sting shots, but it wasn’t enough. Sarnia was paced by a goal and assist from Ryan McGregor (TOR, 2017 6th round pick).

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 7

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-3-3, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 6-24-30, +12, 27 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote assisted on three of the Rockets’ four goals, including twice on the power play, but the Wheat Kings rallied from a 3-2 deficit at the midpoint with three goals in the second half of the 2nd period to put the game away. Foote was named to Team Canada's WJC camp roster later this month.

Kamloops Blazers 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 1

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 30 GP, 8-14-22, -14, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek scored the lone Blades goal and was awarded the hometown Third Star, but the Blazers’ 3-0 lead was too big to overcome. Hajek is among ten Czech defenders for preliminary consideration for the Czech Republic squad at the WJC tournament later this month.

AHL Game Night: 12-9-17 Crunch at Senators

New Crunchning Death Star vaporizes Sens to run streak to nine.

SYR-6
BEL-0

Connor Ingram stopped all 18 shots he faced for the shutout victory, his first shutout as a pro.

First Period
9:01 SYR Volkov (5), (Lynch, Thomas)
14:37 SYR Stephens (4), (Volkov, Verhaeghe)

Second Period
7:35 SYR McBain (4), (Volkov, Peca)(PP)
15:05 SYR Stephens (5), (Masin)(SH)

Third Period
10:37 SYR Cirelli (6), (Erne, Joseph)(PP)
16:09 SYR Volkov (6), (Peca, Masin)

Alexander Volkov, Mitchell Stephens, and Ingram were the game's three stars.

Tonight you started to see the quality of the depth the Crunch have, prospect-wise, start to show. This isn't a team that has top scoring line NHL caliber skill on it, but everywhere you look there's a really high energy player who is a strong 200 foot player and plays a strong possession game. Cirelli and Joseph, in particular, had their way in the previous two games. Tonight was Volkov and Stephens' turn.

I'll also throw some love Dominik Masin's way tonight, as he had two assists and has been really good since joining the Crunch after some injuries nagged him in camp. He's formed a very solid pair with rookie Erik Cernak, and the mind wanders to thoughts of whether that may be a pair in the NHL in a couple of years time.

Syracuse is now 4 games over .500 and sits just 3 points back of Rochester for second in the North Division after the Americans dropped their game a shootout tonight.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-9-17 Jets at Lightning

Lightning play really well and eventually get the payoff.

WPG-3
TB-4 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the win. He had long stretches of inactivity so it was hard to stay sharp, but I'm sure he's thanking his stars his guys bailed him out after that soft third goal.

First Period
1:21 WPG Copp (4), (Lowry, Tanev)
18:57 TB Gourde (9), (Point, Johnson)(PP)

Second Period
16:39 TB Sergachev (7), (Johnson, Palat)
18:02 Connor (10), (Morrissey, Wheeler)

Third Period
7:02 WPH Ehlers (13), (Trouba, Laine)
8:51 TB Kucherov (20), (Dotchin, Stamkos)

Overtime
0:36 TB Point (12), (Stralman)

Brayden Point and Mikhail Sergachev were the game's first and third stars.

I think both teams treated this one like a measuring stick, and if that's what it was then I'd say the Lightning have to feel pretty good about it. That's not just because of the result, but because this was a game where the Lightning were able to nullify Winnipeg's size and speed and really controlled the balance of the play. The Lightning held Winnipeg to just 11 shots through 40 minutes and just 20 shots on the entire evening. That's a pretty astonishing stat given Winnipeg's firepower and lends credence to the view that Amalie Arena has become one of the real fortresses in the NHL this season. Still, the Lightning had some adversity in this game falling behind on a bad early shift, giving up a goal late in the Second Period on a pretty wicked deflection, and then giving up the lead in the Third Period on a pretty soft goal. And, again, this team showed its resiliency.

What a novel concept winning an offensive zone faceoff to manufacture Kucherov's tying goal in the Third Period. Lather, rinse, repeat. Please.

Tampa Bay's win gives them 12 points in this 10-game segment, making it 3 for 3 successful segments on the year. The Lightning get one more game in this segment to try to build up their cache of bonus points from 8 points to a possible 10.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 11:36. It was a mixed bag. I thought he made some decent plays in the offensive zone but got caught flat footed once or twice defensively. He can fly, but I don't think he adjusted to Winnipeg's speed as quickly as his teammates did.

Yanni Gourde had the power play goal and was -1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot. He was also 50% on 10 draws. He played a really strong game. He's arguably the team's best forechecker and when he can get some shots on goal like he did tonight, I think he's such a valuable player.

Jake Dotchin had a helper and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 18:05. Coming off the injury you might've expected them to bring him into the lineup slowly, but 18 minutes is a fairly big number. He makes a difference for the Lightning because when he can fill this much time he helps regulate Girardi and Stralman's ice time and gives them a chance to play roles they can help the team the most in.

Sergachev had a goal, 3 shots, and 1 blocked shot in 19:23. He obviously scored a filthy turnaround goal. Just to go on a skate like that in the offensive zone and try that took some chutzpah for a rookie. But, on top of that, 19:23 of ice time is a really nice number. If he and Dotchin are giving this team 18+ quality minutes moving forward, it makes Yzerman's deadline shopping list a lot less pricey.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 12-8-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 (SO)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 12/25 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 23 GP, 11-19-30, +23, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Jocktan Chainey (NJ, 2017 7th round pick) scored for the Mooseheads just 66 seconds into the game, and then Foreurs netminder Etienne Montpetit (undrafted) slammed the door shut for the next 63:54, stopping 44 Halifax shots and forcing a shootout to steal a point for Val-d’Or. Somppi and Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible) both scored in the shootout to claim the 2nd point and the victory for the Mooseheads, with Somppi earning Third Star honors.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 25-18-43, +29, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk scored what would be the game winning goal with less than two minutes left in the 1st. Battalion goalie Julian Sime (undrafted) stopped 37 Sault Ste. Marie shots. Katchouk is 5th in the OHL in points, 2nd in goals, and 1st in shorthanded and game wining goals, and 2nd in plus-minus.

Barrie Colts 3 @ Mississauga Steelheads 2

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 7/18 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 9-14-23, +4, 6 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov fired a game-high 6 shots, but failed to point in the Colts 3-2 road win over the Steelheads. Barrie jumped to the 2-0 lead before Jason Willms (undrafted) netted the game winner with 2:35 remaining in the game after Mississauga rallied to knot the score.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ London Knights 4 (OT)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 1/6 FO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 10-2-12, -13, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes thrice tied the game, including a goal by Matthew Timms (undrafted) with just six seconds left in regulation. But Evan Bouchard (undrafted) scored the game winner for the Knights just 50 seconds into overtime.

Erie Otters 4 @ Sarnia Sting 7

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 15-27-42, +10, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh capped a 3-2 1st period for the Otters, scoring his 15th of the season, but the 2nd and 3rd would belong to the Sting. Sarnia would pour on a 5-1 scoring run in front of 2700+ at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. The Sting was paced by a three point performance by OHL points and assist leader Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) and two goals from Adam Ruzicka (CGY, 2017 4th round pick). Raddysh’s 27 assists are good for 5th in the OHL.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 7 @ Regina Pats 5

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, +2, 5 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 6-21-27, +13, 27 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cal Foote assisted on a Dillon Dube shorthanded goal in the 2nd period that would be the 5-4 go ahead goal for the Rockets. Kelowna would go on to a 7-5 win behind two goals from both Leif Mattson (undrafted) and Nolan Foote (2019 draft eligible). The 3rd period would turn ugly starting at 17:27 with fighting majors to Cal Foote and Braydon Buziak (undrafted). 52 minutes in penalties would be handed out to both teams in the closing two-and-half minutes of the game..

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Red Deer Rebels 0

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 13/29 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 19 GP, 12-18-30, +12, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 6-8-14, +23, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden (pictured) returned to action for the Warriors after missing several games, as Moose Jaw blanked Red Deer 3-0. Howden opened the scoring with his 12th of the season, a power play marker that would be the eventual game winner. He also assisted on a Tanner Jeannot tally 14 seconds before the end of the 2nd. Howden fired off a game-high 6 shots en route to 2nd Star honors.

World Junior A Challenge U19

Canada East 0 @ USA 7 (Pre-tournament exhibition)

D Nick Perbix , USA: No boxscore available
Tournament Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: No boxscore available
Tournament Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

Jack Dugan (VGK, 2017 5th round pick, Providence commit) paced the USA Under-19 team with two goals in a pre-tournament exhibition against the Canada East Under-19 team. The Americans blanked Canada’s East team while putting up a touchdown on the scoreboard. Ryan Bischel (undrafted, Clarkson commit) and Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit) split the netminding duties and combined for the 20-save shutout. Team USA kicks off their tournament Monday afternoon, December 11 at the tournament site in Truro, Nova Scotia against the Czech Republic U19 team.

NCAA Game Night: 12-8-17

Boston University Terriers 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 4 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 5-9-14, E, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

MacLeod was back in the BU lineup after a couple weeks, but the Terriers fell to Lohin and Lowell, 3-2.

No. 17 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 @ No. 20 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 7

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, 3.45 GAA, .882 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham watched as UNO topped JT Brown’s alma mater Friday.

No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 @ No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes 2 (OT)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 0-8-8, -1, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

OSU grabbed the overtime win over the Gophers, dropping Minnesota to 4-6-1 in conference play.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

AHL Game Night: 12-8-17 Crunch at Devils

Crunch score five unanswered to extend winning streak to eight games.

SYR-5
BNG-2

Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
0:57 BNG Bastian (5), (Kennedy, Quenneville)
16:46 BNG Bastian (6), (Kapla, Jacobs)
19:52 SYR Joseph (4), (Thomas, Bodie)

Second Period
3:09 SYR Verhaeghe (6), (Erne, Bodie)(PP)
4:45 SYR Gallant (1), (Masin, Cirelli)
7:35 SYR Cirelli (4), (Joseph, McBain)
17:19 SYR Cirelli (5), (Joseph)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Anthony Cirelli and Mathieu Joseph were the game's first and second stars. For Cirelli, if you're scoring at home, that's 2 goals and 6 points in the last 2 games. I'd call that an outburst.

Syracuse was sporting to spot Bingo a pair of goals, and then proceeded to blow the Devils straight off the rink, including a 4-0 Second Period that had to have been soul destroying for the home club. Syracuse started the season playing fairly tight defense, more or less, but couldn't find the goals en route to losing a slew of one goal games. Now they've got two lines rolling, and they're starting to take on the appearance of Crunchning Death Star II.

The Crunch are now in sole possession of third place in the North Division, 4 points back of second place Rochester, who are next in the crosshairs.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 12-7-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5 (OT)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 5/7 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 10-2-12, -13, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes returned from what seemed like a mini-break and Christopher Paquette was a man possessed for Peterborough as they rallied from a 4-2 2nd intermission deficit to claim the 5-4 overtime win against the Wolves. Paquette broke a really long pointless streak when he opened the scoring with a power play marker a little over seven minutes in the contest. He then scored his 10th goal of the season midway in the 3rd to knot the game at 4-4 before Jonathan Ang (FLA, 2016 4th round pick) potted a power play goal in OT for the Petes win. Paquette paced all players with 7 shots on goal en route to First Star honors.

Erie Otters 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals: 28 GP, 14-27-41, +11, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh celebrated being named to Team Canada’s WJC camp by scoring a goal and an assist in the Otters road loss to the Spitfires. Erie got out to a 3-0 advantage by the 2nd period as Raddysh garnered the primary assist on the opening goal by Kyle Maksimovich (undrafted) and then scored Erie’s second marker just 34 seconds into the middle frame. Raddysh notched a game-high 6 shots, but the Otters couldn’t hold off the Spitfire rally as Windsor reeled off four unanswered goals in the last half of the game.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did Not Play
Season Totals: 18 GP, 11-17-28, +11, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 6-8-14, +23, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden remained out of the lineup for the Warriors, but Moose Jaw won a tough road contest in Edmonton against the Oil Kings in overtime. The Warriors were paced by Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted), who scored his 28th and 29th goals of the season, including the OT game-winner just 26 seconds into the extra session.

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