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ECHL Game Night: 3-29-17

Kalamazoo Wings 2 at Florida Everblades 6

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 29 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 4 PIMs, 53 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 16 GP, 5-14-19, +10, 8 PIMs, 44 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-10-0-1, 2.89 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

F Brendan O'Donnell, FLA, 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG, *2nd Star*
Season Totals (ECHL): 56 GP, 37-34-71, +26, 35 PIMs, 221 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 6 GP, 0-0-0, -6, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG

F Dalton Smith, FLA, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 56 GP, 10-10-20, -4, 126 PIMs, 89 SOG

The K-Wings rolled into Estero Wednesday night for the first of three games against the former Lightning affiliate Florida Everblades, but quickly discovered there was no welcome mat out at the Germain Center for the visiting team. The Everblades peppered Joel Martin with 37 shots and 6 goals, en route to clinching the South Division title, guaranteeing home ice for Florida through the first two rounds of the Kelly Cup playoffs. Former Bolt prospect Brendan O'Donnell, the ECHL's current goal scoring leader, scored the game's opening marker less than 2 minutes into the contest, and then added a couple more assists as he earned 2nd star honors on the night. For Cam Darcy, it was just his 2nd game in 16 for the K-Wings in which he did not register a point. Kalamazoo now sits 6 points back of Quad Cities for 3rd in the Central Division, with this road series against the Everblades continuing Friday and Saturday nights.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-29-17

KHL Western Conference Final
(4)Yaroslavl 1 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 2
St. Petersburg Wins the Series 4-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 6-8-14, +2, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Ex-NHL'er Evgeny Dadonov had a pair of helpers to lead SKA to a 2-1 Game Four win over Yaroslavl to sweep the KHL Western Conference Final. Forward Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:48 in the match. They look likely to face the East's top seed Magnitogorsk, which currently holds a 3-0 series lead over Ak Bars Kazan.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-28-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2
QMJHL Playoffs, Round 1
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 2-1-3, +3, 7 PIM, 3 SOG, 4 Hits, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 3-2-5, +5, 7 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 40-14-54, +10, 103 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 3-3-6, +6, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 36-44-80, +37, 57 PIM

Mathieu Joseph was first star with three helpers and Boko Imama scored twice for the Dogs in their Game 3 win in Rimouski. Top-seeded Saint John can eliminate the Oceanic with a win Wednesday. Boko fought Alex-Olivier Voyer at the end of the second period. Both of Boko’s goals were assisted by Joseph. #fam

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 0
QMJHL Playoffs, Round 1
Rouyn-Noranda leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Did not play (shoulder injury)
Season Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi, who was considered week-to-week with a shoulder injury, must’ve got the Miyagi treatment because he was back for Game 3 at home in Nova Scotia. He was held off the scoresheet and took a minus-2 as the heavily favored Huskies took the series lead.

Shawinigan Cataractes 6 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3
QMJHL Playoffs, Round 1
Shawinigan leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 3-0-3, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 3 GP: 3-1-4, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 64 GP, 46-29-75, +23, 52 PIM

Yan scored his first goal of the playoffs, then added two more to give himself a road hat trick and propel the Cataractes to a 6-3 Game 3 win over the Foreurs. Yan scored on a first period power play, then again in the mid-second with Shawinigan down 3-1. He tied the game with another power play goal late in the second period. Alexis D’Aoust (undrafted) scored twice in the third period before an empty-netter sealed the deal.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 3 (OT)
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Peterborough leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 8/19 FO
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +6, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-22-29, +9, 58 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

The Petes took a commanding 3-0 series lead, beating the IceDogs in St. Catherines, 4-3 in OT on a Josh Coyle (undrafted) goal. Peterborough can close out the series Thursday.

London Knights 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 3
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Windsor leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 22-32-54, +19, 26 PIM

The Spits broke a 1-1 tie in the second period, then former Bolt prospect Cristiano DiGiacinto scored his first of the playoffs a few minutes later to provide some insurance. The defending champion Knights are in need of a road win Thursday.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Swift Current Broncos 3
Eastern Conference First Round
Moose Jaw leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Moose Jaw took a 2-1 lead in their tightly contested series with Swift Current, hanging on for a 4-3 win. The Warriors had a 4-2 lead before the Broncos scored on the power play with 29 seconds left in regulation. Swift Current has been able to keep Howden off the scoresheet through three games this series.

Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Kamloops Blazers 4
Western Conference First Round
Kelowna leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 37 saves on 38 shots, *Second Star*
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0-0, 2.68 GAA, .935 sv %, 0 SO
Season Totals: 45 GP, 26-14-2-2, 2.44 GAA, .927 sv%, 5 SO

Ingram backstopped the Blazers to a must-win Game 3 victory, getting Kamloops back in the series. Kamloops looks to hold serve at home in Game 4 Wednesday night.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-27-17

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 5 @ Sarnia Sting 3
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, +7, 0 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 16/26 FO
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 3-2-5, +3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 2-4-6, +7, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Erie pushed the Sting to the brink of elimination with a 5-3 road win Monday. Darren Raddysh, free agent right-handed defenseman and brother of Taylor, was named first star with two goals. The series shifts back to Pennsylvania for two games as a part of a 1-2-2-1-1 format.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Flint Firebirds 1
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 3-2-5, +1, 2 PIM
Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Bruins pick Zach Senyshyn scored a tie-breaking goal at 13:37 of the third period and Katchouk added an empty-netter as the Soo took back home ice advantage in their series with Flint by beating the Firebirds 3-1 Monday.

NHL Game Night: 3-27-17 Blackhawks at Lightning

Vampire Lightning again rise from the dead to keep their season alive.

TB-5 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 29 goals for the win. He was actually pulled toward the end of the opening frame for Petr Budaj, who stopped the 3 shots he faced, but Cooper re-inserted Vasilevskiy and eventually got the payoff in the form of two key breakaway saves including the save of the game denying Kane on a breakaway move that he scores on 99 out of 100 goaltenders on the planet. Not Vasilarceniy tonight, however.

First Period
1:23 CHI Panarin (25), (Kero)
9:29 TB Palat (16), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
10:17 CHI Kane (34), (Hjalmarsson, Keith)
13:41 CHI Jurco (1), (Schmaltz)

Second Period
8:47 CHI Panik (21), (VanRiemsdyk, Schmaltz)
11:45 TB Drouin (19), (Killorn, Stralman)
12:47 TB Stralman (4), (McKegg, Palat)
16:24 TB Drouin (20), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period

4:25 TB Gourde (2), (Hedman)

Yanni Gourde, Jonathan Drouin, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars.

My God. What did we just witness? Every once in a while something happens in sports that you think can't happen, but by shear force of will a player or a team makes it happen. When Richard Panik put the Lightning down 4-1 around the middle of the Second Period of this game, the Lightning season looked completely dead and over. It's not just that the Lightning had fallen behind an opponent by three goals with about half the game to make up the deficit, but it was against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was against a defensive corps we all watched strangle this Lightning team to death in the Stanley Cup Final just a couple of years ago. There should have been no way they would surrender a 3 goal lead, and especially so to a Tampa Bay club that looked sloppy and disorganized for most of the first 30 minutes and couldn't get out of its own way.

I give a lot of credit to Jon Cooper and, more importantly, to the character of this team. They could've flat given up right there and I might not have blamed them. Instead, the team resolved to turn the remaining ~35 minutes of hockey in this game into a breathtaking demonstration of the brand of Lightning hockey we've rarely seen this season but know these players are capable. Speed? Yes. Skill? Yes. But, more importantly, a suffocating dedication to puck pursuit and denying the opposition time, space, and passing lanes. The Lightning started to crawl all over the Blackhawks like a troop of extremely pissed off fire ants in all three zones and eventually made the breaks they needed to get 2 points that looked impossible just an hour and a half or so ago. That forecheck tonight, in particular... my goodness. When they forecheck like that there's not a team on earth that can stand up to the pressure.

The Lightning move to just 1 point behind Boston for the final Wild Card spot, and they've got another game against Jack Edwards and The Spoked Satan left on the schedule. The dream of a Lightning playoff berth refuses to die.

Luke Witkowski had 4 penalty minutes, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:56. He had a hit on Hossa tonight that you rarely see do that much damage against a guy as sturdy on his skates as Hossa is.

Gregg McKegg had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:20. A comeback like this rarely comes without some secondary scoring help from the lower lines, and McKegg supplied the key play around the net that led to Stralman's goal.

Jake Dotchin was -1 with 5 shots and 3 hits in 20:40.

Gabriel Dumont was +1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:41.

Gourde, the man of the hour, had the OT GWG shooting forehand on a breakaway. He also had 1 shot in his 16:30 of ice time and was 27% on 15 draws.

Adam Erne was -1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:19.

Joel Vermin was -1 with 2 hits in 11:15. Even without gaudy stat lines, I can't underscore enough how important the minutes and work Dumont, Erne, and Vermin put in tonight. They were active, tenacious, and they didn't let up on Chicago as the Lightning comeback continued to sweep over Chicago. You would think a team like Chicago's depth would be able to take advantage of some of these Lightning callups, and it was the other way around tonight. Guys like Erne were looking to take their lunch money.

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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-27-17

KHL Western Conference Finals
(4) Yaroslavl 1 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 2 (OT)
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 6-8-14, +3, 2 PIM
Regular season: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had an early Third Period power play marker to force OT as SKA came from behind to defeat Yaroslavl 2-1 in OT. Gusev played 18:08 in the match. Undrafted 22 year old forward Alexander Barabanov scored the OT winner for SKA that has now put them one win shy of the KHL Gagarin Cup Final. In the East, top seeded Magnitogorsk holds a 2-0 series lead on Ak Bars Kazan.

AHL Game Night: 3-27-17 Crunch at Marlies

Roller coaster goes down.

TOR- 4

Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
1:13 TOR Greening (10), (Kapanen, Valiev)

Second Period

Third Period
6:22 TOR Oleksy (3), (Greening, Sislo)
8:53 TOR Kalinin (1), (Johnsson, Oleksy)
17:39 TOR Leipsic (13), (Greening)(EN)

Syracuse slipped 2 points behind Toronto for the top spot in the North Division with the loss, although they still hold a game in hand on the Marlies.

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CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-26-17

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ London Knights 5
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 22-32-54, +19, 26 PIM

NCAA Game Night: 3-26-17

No. 12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3 vs No. 4 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 (OT)
NCAA Northeast Regional Final (Manchester, NH)

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

Notre Dame got a goal from Andrew Oglevie (undrafted), his 21st of the season, to propel the Irish to the Frozen Four. UML had a 2-1 earlier in the game. The season is over for Ryan Lohin, who surged late in the season production-wise. He should carry that over into his sophomore season next year and be among team leaders on the stat sheet.

AHL Game Night: 3-25-17 Comets at Crunch

Crunch make good on the previous night's defeat.


Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. I think that might be his first quality start in a Crunch uniform.

First Period
10:27 UTI Zalewski (5), (Billins, Pelletier)
11:56 SYR Conacher (15), (Bournival, Peca)

Second Period
12:30 SYR Ikonen (4), (Comrie, Thomas)(PP)

Third Period
4:57 SYR Kurtz (3), (Peca, Condra)
8:44 SYR Froese (27), (Taormina, Conacher)(PP)
13:26 SYR Conacher (16), (McGinn)

Cory Conacher, Matthew Peca, and Henri Ikonen were the game's three stars. A rare Henri Ikonen sighting.

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