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CHL Game Night: 12-8-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 7/11 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 31 GP, 14-26-40, +18, 19 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Baie-Comeau totaled 12 goals in their 2-game sweep of visiting Victoriaville this weekend. Fortier had an assist in both games. He is third on the Drakkar in scoring for the year.

Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 19 GP, 4-11-15, +3, 20 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Rimouski got a First Star effort from Alexis Lafreniere (2020) to down the Phoenix in Sherbrooke, 4-2. Lafreniere had three assists in the game and is tied for second in league scoring. Salda was scoreless from the blueline.

NCAA Game Night: 12-8-18

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 7

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 1-8-9, +12, 6 PIM

Bolt prospect Nick Perbix notched a pair of 2nd period assists as part of a 3-goal period that broke open a 1-1 game for the Huskies Saturday night. St. Cloud added three more 3rd period goals, putting the touchdown up on the scoreboard for the home fans. Kings prospect David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) made 20 saves and the #2 ranked Huskies were led by two goals from Blake Lizotte (undrafted) and a goal and an assist from Patrick Newell (undrafted). The Huskies improve to 13-1-2 (6-0-2 NCHC) and play next on Dec 27 in an exhibition against the USA U18 NTDP team.

#4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 @ Western Michigan Broncos 1 OT

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 2-7-9, +7, 4 PIM

A night after upsetting the #4 ranked Bulldogs, WMU battles UMD to a 1-1 draw at the Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo Saturday night. Blues prospect Hugh McGing (STL, 2018 5th round pick) scored for the Broncos for the second straight night, and then potted the only goal in the shootout. Trevor Gorsuch (undrafted) backstopped 38 saves, plus three more in the shootout for WMU. Lightning prospect Cole Koepke failed to convert in the shootout for UMD. The Bulldogs enter the December break with a 10-4-2 (4-3-1 NCHC) and return to action next at the Desert Hockey Classic in Glendale Dec 28-29 against #3 Minnesota State and then either #19 Arizona State or #16 Clarkson.

#6 Denver Pioneers 2 @ #14 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 1 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/8 FO
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-4-11, +10, 8 PIM

Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) scored at 4:39 of overtime as the Pioneers split the weekend series against North Dakota. Senators 1st rounder Jacob Bernard-Docker (OTT, 2018 1st round pick) scored for the Fighting Hawks with less than three minutes left in regulation to force the extra session, after Jaakko Heikkinen (undrafted) gave the Pioneers the early 1-0 lead just 1:10 into the contest. Red Wings prospect Filip Larsson (DET, 2016 6th round pick) made 32 saves for Denver for the victory. The Pioneers improve to 8-4-2 (4-4 NCHC) and hit the road after Christmas with their first stop Dec 28 in North Andover for a non-conference match against Merrimack.

Minnesota Gophers 4 @ #15 Michigan Wolverines 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0/9 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 6 PIM

The Gophers got a pair of third period goals Saturday night from Tyler Sheehy (undrafted) and Ducks prospect Brent Gates (ANA, 2015 3rd round pick) to erase a 3-2 deficit and earn their first win since Nov 23. UMN goalie Mat Robson (undrafted) made 50 saves for a total of 86 Wolverine shots over the weekend series. The Gophers improve to 5-6-4 (3-2-3 B1G) and break until Dec 28 when they return to action against Ferris State.

Boston University Terriers 5 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals: 12 GP, 6-6-12, +4, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

BU storms back Saturday night to split the home-and-home series with the River Hawks. The Terriers got a pair of goals each from Bobo Carpenter (undrafted) and Avalanche prospect Shane Bowers (OTT, 2017 1st round pick). UML drops to 8-7-1 (4-4-1 HEAST) and breaks until Dec 29th when Bolt prospects Ryan Lohin and Cole Guttman square off in a UML vs #6 Denver match at the Tsongas Center.

Dartmouth Big Green 0 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 4

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-1, 3.06 GAA, 0.886 SV%

Wildcats goalie Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) pitched a 30-save shutout of the Big Green as New Hampshire put together its first back-to-back wins of the season. UNH got a pair of goals and an assist from Senators prospect Angus Crookshank (OTT, 2018 5th round pick) and a goal and three assists from Liam Blackburn (undrafted). New Hampshire improves to 4-7-5 (1-4-3 HEAST) and break until Dec 30th when the play Bentley.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

AHL Game Night: 12-8-18 Americans at Crunch

Syracuse's points streak ends in a critical tilt against the division leader.


Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
1:18 ROC Simpson (8), (Cornel)
5:45 ROC Randell (1), (Dougherty, Hickey)
16:13 SYR Andreoff (11), (Barre-Boulet)

Second Period
6:40 ROC Redmond (14), (Smith, Simpson)

Third Period
1:03 SYR Foote (2), (Verhaeghe, Labrie)
9:49 ROC Olofsson (9), (Guhle, Asplund)(PP)
11:55 SYR Raddysh (9), (Stephens, Volkov)(PP)

Ingram was the game's second star.

Syracuse put forth a very game effort to try to pull off the Third Period comeback against the division leaders, but came up just short. They slip to third in the division with the loss, one point back of Cleveland for second place and six points trailing Rochester.

Box score from

NHL Game Night: 12-8-18 Avalanche at Lightning

No mercy.


Louis Domingue allowed 1 very soft goal on 30 shots for the victory. It didn't matter. This team in playing like a juggernaut.

First Period
3:05 TB Stamkos (11), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
13:15 TB Stamkos (12), (unassisted)
14:14 COL MacKinnon (20), (Landeskog, Rantanen)
16:26 TB Johnson (12), (Point, Girardi(

Second Period
2:00 TB Killorn (6), (Gourde, Stamkos)
7:59 TB Palat (1), (Stamkos, Sergachev)
10:01 TB Cirelli (6), (Coburn)

Third Period
3:29 TB Palat (2), (Johnson, Miller)(PP)

Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars. My goodness, just when you thought the Lightning couldn't get any more potent, Ondrej Palat jumps up and scores his first couple of goals of the campaign. Imagine if Palat starts playing vintage Palat 200-foot hockey and contributing regularly.

This year feels different. I don't want to say too much more because I don't want to jinx it. Just... this year feels different.

Mathieu Joseph had 3 shots in 15:57. If he starts routinely getting ~15 minutes a night it'll be interesting to see if his production scales up accordingly.

Anthony Cirelli had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 12:46. He was also 57% on 7 draws.

Erik Cernak had 2 shots and 6 hits in 19:36.

Box score and extended statistics from

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