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Elitserien Playoff Game Night: 3-16-13

Elitserien Playoffs (Sweden)
Quarterfinals
Brynas 1 @ Skelleftea 4
Skelleftea leads the series 3-0

Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 18-10-28, -9, 16 PIM

Brynas came into the third game of the best-of-seven series in desperate need of a win but came up well short, allowing Skelleftea to score four unanswered goals after taking the initial lead just past the midpoint of the middle period, Saturday night. Brynas only managed to get 22 of 36 attempted shots on goal while, as was the case in the first match, Skelleftea was relentless with its possession game, registering 45 shots, 19 of which came in the final frame, on 60 attempts. Former Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist was back between the pipes after being pulled in the previous match. Holmqvist, who was tested early and often, made 41 saves. Johan Harju, like so many of his teammates, continues to find himself stifled. Brynas will now host Skelleftea on Monday with their season in grave jeopardy of coming to the swiftest conclusion possible.

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NCAA Game Night: 3-16-13

Cornell Big Red 0 @ No. 1 Quinnipac Bobcats 10
Best-of-3 ECAC quarterfinals tied, 1-1

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 22 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 10-12-22, +11, 32 PIM

Matt Peca had three points and he and his linemates, twins Conner and Kellen Jones, combined for 10 points, as Quinnipiac rebounded from a Friday night loss with a crushing win on Saturday, 10-0. The game got ugly at the end of the second period and again in the late third with several roughing and misconduct calls. Fighting is not allowed in NCAA hockey.

Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 4
Best-of-3 CCHA quarterfinals tied, 1-1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Mullin (pictured) scored his sixth goal of the year and former Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik scored twice to lead the RedHawks to a big win on Saturday to even their CCHA quarterfinal series with MSU. The teams will play again on Sunday.

Michigan Tech Huskies 2 @ No. 4 North Dakota 1
Best-of-3 WCHA quarterfinals tied, 1-1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 1-7-8, -3, 18 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell had his two-game point streak snapped as Michigan Tech scored late and forced a deciding Game 3 on Sunday. Habs prospect Danny Kristo scored his 24th goal of the year for UND.

Bemidji State Beavers 3 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
Minnesota wins best-of-3 WCHA quarterfinals, 2-0

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 19 saves on 22 shots
Season totals: 37 GP, 25-6-5, 1.84 GAA, .923 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota overcame two two-goal deficits and scored with less than a minute left in regulation to advance to the WCHA Final 5. Wilcox allowed three goals, two of which were scored on rebounds and one on a deflection.

Michigan Wolverines 5 @ No. 9 Western Michigan Broncos 1
Michigan wins best-of-3 CCHA quarterfinals, 2-0

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-8-10, E, 46 PIM

The unseeded Wolverines swept out third-seeded WMU with a 5-1 win on Saturday. Witkowski and the Broncos will have to wait until next weekend to see if they earned an at large bid to the national tournament. WMU beat Michigan last year in the CCHA championship game.

*USCHO poll used

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-16-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: Did not play
Season totals: 63 GP, 27-56-83, +29, 103 PIM

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 33 GP, 29-34-63, +17, 14 PIM
With R-N: 27 GP, 26-27-53, +18, 12 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov (pictured) responded to a zero point game with four points on Saturday against Blainville-Boisbriand. Paquette was out of the lineup again for the Armada, who have already clinched their division title. The regular season is finished for both Lightning prospects. Paquette set career highs in assists, points, plus/minus, and penalty minutes. This was Kucherov’s first and last year in the QMJHL. The Lightning already signed him and he will begin his pro contract next year.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 55 GP, 6-33-39, +20, 65 PIM

Val-d’Or gave up three third period goals to fall to the Phoenix, 4-3. Sergeev finishes the regular season with career highs in assists, points, plus/minus, and penalty minutes.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 2 @ Barrie Colts 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Dotchin finishes his regular season with career highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus, and penalty minutes. Barrie will start the playoffs as the two-seed in the East as Central Division champs.

Guelph Storm 4 @ Erie Otters 5 (OT)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 11-51-62, +18, 94 PIM

Erie scored with one second left in regulation to force overtime, then won the game in the extra period. Richard finishes his regular season with career highs in assists, points, plus/minus, and penalty minutes.

Note: Windsor’s Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

Connolly, Crunch Rout Devils, 6-2


By Jeremy Houghtaling

With five of its top 10 scorers out of the lineup, the Syracuse Crunch still made due.

Brett Connolly registered a pair of goals and assists and 12 Crunch players showed up on the scoresheet -- including four with multiple points -- as Syracuse routed the Albany Devils, 6-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday night.

"It's one of those nights, everything was going well and we got a little lucky," Connolly said.

The league-leading Crunch, who had AHL points leader Tyler Johnson called up earlier in the week, have registered a point in four straight games.

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