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Crunch Lose Special Teams Battle to Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch lost the special teams battle.

The Crunch finished the night 0-for-5 with the man-advantage and allowed a pair of Comets power play goals, as Syracuse fell to Utica, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“They were the best team in the first period. We got better as the game went along,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “Overall, I think your best players are playing on specialty teams, and I think their best players were better than ours today.”

Juniors Game Night: 10-15-17

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 10-4-14, +9, 2 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk was back in the goal column after his five-game goal scoring streak was snapped last time out. He wasn’t able to come up with his third overtime winner of the season as the 67’s scored an upset win in the Soo. The Greyhounds are 7-1-2 this season, two points behind Sarnia (9-1) for the league’s best point total.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Portland Winterhawks 8

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 2-7-9, +1, 10 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote has one assist in his last six games. Kelowna was swept in Portland, losing in overtime in the first game and under a snowman in the second.

United States Hockey League

Tri-City Storm 0 @ Omaha Lancers 5

D Nicklaus Perbix, OMA: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-4-4, +1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (High School): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Omaha completed a strong weekend with a 5-0 home win over Adam Wilcox’s former team. They beat Cedar Rapids 5-1 earlier in the weekend. Perbix (pictured) is up to four assists in four games. Zach Driscoll (uncommitted, undrafted) had a 23-save shutout for the Lancers.

USHL Note: Sam Walker, a Minnesota commit, is playing high school hockey this season for Team Southwest. He has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in 12 games.

AHL Game Day: 10-15-17 Crunch at Penguins

Crushing road loss caps unsuccessful weekend for Syracuse.

SYR-1
WBS- 6

Connor Ingram allowed 6 goals on 31 shots for the defeat. Welcome to the AHL.

First Period
0:34 WBS Dea (2), (Bengtsson)

Second Period
1:16 WBS Wilson (2), (Sprong, Quinney)
4:16 WBS DiPauli (2), (Blueger, Sestito)
12:04 SYR Conacher (3), (McBain, Joseph)(PP)
16:59 WBS Thomas (1), (Trotman, Kostopoulos)(PP)

Third Period
9:47 WBS Sprong (4), (Quinney, Corrado)
14:42 WBS Quinney (1), (Sprong)

Well, at least Mathieu Joseph got his first pro point.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 10-14-17

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ No. 17 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 (OT)

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 4-0-4, E, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Colton was scoreless without a shot on goal – per the stat sheet – one game after having a hat trick on 13 shots. Odeen Tufto (undrafted) had two goals for QU, including the overtime winner.

Minnesota State Mavericks 3 @ No. 2 Boston University Terriers 0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

Minnesota State completed their 2-game upset sweep of second-ranked BU with a 3-0 shutout win Saturday. Junior Omaha native Jason Pawloski (undrafted) stopped all 26 shots he faced for the Mavericks. MacLeod was a scratch for the Terriers.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ No. 12 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5

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

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-4-4, E, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

UML finally recorded their first win of the season Saturday, beating UNO.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 10-14-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 9

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-2-3, +6, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 19/29 FO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-3-4, +7, 0 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi scored an empty-netter, added two assists, and was a career-high plus-6 Saturday in a romp over the Eagles. Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018), son of Syracuse Crunch Coach Benoit Groulx, had a goal and a helper for Halifax. The younger Groulx was the first overall pick in the QMJHL draft in 2016.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Barrie Colts 5

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 9/17 FO
Season Totals: 10 GP, 3-10-13, +6, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Barrie didn’t get a goal from their big Russian line, but they did top North Bay by two by scoring four times in the third period to erase a 3-1 deficit. The game-winner was scored shorthanded.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Peterborough Petes 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette led the Petes in shots Saturday with nine. He’s still looking for his first goal of the season, though right now he’s probably just happy to be off in the injured list.

Niagara IceDogs 4 @ Barrie Colts 5 (OT)

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 9 GP, 3-9-12, +3, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh snapped his seven-game goalless drought with a pair of markers Saturday, including the overtime winner in Erie’s win over Niagara. Raddysh’s extra-time goal saved the Otters after they gave up 3-0 and 4-1 leads.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Portland Winterhawks 5 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 2-7-9, +3, 10 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote has one assist in his last five games. He had eight points in his first three games of the season.

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Red Deer Rebels 1

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 2-4-6, -7, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 61 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 86 PIM

Hajek scored his second goal of the season late in the third period to seal Saskatoon’s win in Red Deer.

Vancouver Giants 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-3-3, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 12/21 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-6-8, -2, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +3, 17 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-0-4, +11, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Howden had three assists, including the primary helper on (undrafted) Jayden Halbgewachs’ overtime winner, leading the Warriors to a home win over Vancouver. Sosunov was nailed with a major penalty for boarding and a 10-minute misconduct. Moose Jaw is 7-1.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 1 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 0

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Guttman (pictured) finally solved Waterloo goaltender Jared Moe (undrafted, uncommitted), who had a 30-save shutout of Dubuque Friday. Moe was third star Saturday with 22 saves on 23 shots.

Omaha Lancers 5 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 1

D Nicklaus Perbix, OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (High School): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Omaha outshot Cedar Rapids 49-27 and scored five times. Perbix, who had the first two assists of his USHL career Friday, was scoreless Saturday.

USHL Note: Sam Walker, a Minnesota commit, is playing high school hockey this season for Team Southwest. He has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in 12 games.

AHL Game Night: 10-14-17 Comets at Crunch

Crunch drop another tightly fought battle.

UTI-3
SYR-2

Michael Leighton allowed 3 goals on 19 shots as the Comets overcame a 26-19 shot disparity to pull out the win.

First Period
7:57 UTI Goldobin (3), (Boucher, Holm)
19:14 SYR Conacher (2), (Bodie, Cirelli)

Second Period
12:41 UTI Holm (1), (Bancks, Goldobin)(PP)

Third Period
3:22 SYR Cernak (1), (Stephens, Walcott)
6:38 UTI Chaput (1), (McEneny, Holm)(PP)

Mitchell Stephens was the game's second star. He assisted on Erik Cernak's first professional goal in the defeat.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-14-17 Blues at Lightning

Lightning kick ice in honor of Inaugural Team Night.

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TB-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. His lone blemish was a quick release seeing eye shot through a double screen. We'll forgive him.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
8:20 TB Johnson (2), (Sergachev, Point)(PP)

Third Period
6:27 TB Kucherov (5), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)
16:37 STL Tarasenko (4), (Schwartz, Schenn)

Vasilevskiy, Nikita Kucherov, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

Different kind of game against a different kind of team. The shot totals were fairly even but I still felt like the Lightning carried the balance of play throughout this one and deserved the 2 points. Three quality wins in a row put the Lightning at 4-1-0-0 to start the campaign, including an unblemished record on home ice as they try to re-establish Amalie Arena as a fortress for the club. That puts them at 8 points halfway through the opening segment of the season. They just need 4 in the next 5 games to stay on minimum playoff pace, which means they have an opportunity over the next 5 games to potentially build a nice little cushion of points right out of the gate this year.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 8:42.

Yanni Gourde had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 17:38. More shots, Yanni.

Jake Dotchin had 2 hits and 2 blocked shots in 16:26.

Mikhail Sergachev had a helper and 2 shots and 3 hits in 10:27. It was a calmer performance tonight and he earned his second NHL point after getting awarded a helper after the fact in the Lightning's opener.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 10-13-17

Minnesota State Mavericks 6 @ No. 2 Boston University Terriers 3

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

MacLeod was back in the BU lineup for their upset loss to visiting Minnesota State. He took a roughing penalty.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ No. 12 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2

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

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

Unranked UNO scored a road win over the River Hawks Friday, winning 4-2. Ryan Lohin had another point for UML, who fell to 0-3. Kris Oldham did not dress for the Mavs. The sophomore is playing behind two junior goaltenders. He got in 10 games behind them last year as a freshman.

No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions 3 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

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

Zuhlsdorf registered the first point of his sophomore season, albeit in a home loss to Penn State in their conference opener. The Gophers are 1-2 on the young season.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 10-13-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/18 FO
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi made his season debut after missing a couple weeks due to injury. It was his first game since the playoffs last April. Somppi wore an alternate captain’s A for the game.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 9-4-13, +9, 2 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk had his goal streak end at five games, but the Soo still won, 3-2, over Kitchener.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 2-6-8, +3, 4 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Hitmen took it to the Rockets in Kelowna, 4-2, Friday. Cal’s brother, Nolan, had a goal for Kelowna.
nd period.

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 61 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 86 PIM

Defenseman David Quenneville had a goal and three assists on nine shots to lead Medicine Hat to a win over Saskatoon.

United States Hockey League

Waterloo Black Hawks 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 0

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Waterloo shut out Dubuque on the back of goaltender Jared Moe (undrafted, uncommitted), who stopped 30 shots in his first USHL game.

Sioux Falls Stampede 7 @ Omaha Lancers 2

D Nicklaus Perbix, OMA: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (High School): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix had the first two points of his USHL career, but his Lancers fell to the visiting Stampede, 7-2. Both of Perbix’s points came on the power play.

HIGH SCHOOL: Sam Walker, a Minnesota commit, is playing high school hockey this season for Team Southwest. He has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in 12 games.

Yan Scores First Pro Goals, Crunch Beat Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dennis Yan hit a career milestone, but was more concerned with the final result.

The Crunch rookie netted his first professional goal in the second period and added the eventual game-winner early in the third, as Syracuse beat the Belleville Senators, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“Of course it feels good, but I’m really happy we got the first win of the season because we started with two losses,” Yan said. “So I’m happy for the guys. The first win is important and we still have two games this weekend, so it’s pretty good to have the first win this weekend.”

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