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NCAA Game Night: 3-9-13

Cornell Big Red 4 @ Princeton Tigers 2
(ECAC Tournament: Cornell wins best-of-3 series, 2-0)

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

Gotovets was in the lineup on Friday night, but sat on Saturday as Cornell eliminated Princeton.

Harvard Crimson 1 @ Dartmouth Big Green 4
(ECAC Tournament: Best-of-3 series tied, 1-1)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-13-17, +2, 10 PIM

Hart was scoreless a game after scoring the winning goal on Friday. The teams play a series-deciding game on Sunday afternoon.

No. 5 North Dakota 1 @ No. 10 Minnesota State Mavericks 2 (OT)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, E, 0 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-6-7, -3, 16 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell was back in the UND lineup and had an assist, but his team lost in overtime to the Mavericks, 2-1. UND will fall one point shy of a shared conference regular season title (SCSU, Minnesota).

No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 @ Bemidji State Beavers 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 23 saves on 24 shots
Season totals: 35 GP, 23-6-5, 1.85 GAA, .924 sv%, 3 SO

Just a freshman, Wilcox backstopped the Gophers to a share of the WCHA regular season title as Minnesota beat Bemidji State, 5-1, on Saturday. The Gophers’ win, combined with a St. Cloud State loss in Wisconsin, made Minnesota co-champions.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-9-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League s

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 8 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 3-2-5, +4, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 30 GP, 26-32-58, +16, 12 PIM
With R-N: 24 GP, 23-25-48, +17, 10 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Kucherov (pictured) scored three times on three shots and added two assists to lead the Huskies over the Oceanic, 8-2. His centerman, Jean-Sebastien Dea (undrafted), also had a hat trick and was named first star. Kucherov’s five-point night was his fourth of the season. It was his eighth game with at least three points.

Ontario Hockey League

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Barrie Colts 3 (OT)

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 4-18-22, +2, 68 PIM
With Barrie: 24 GP, 2-6-8, +1, 29 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Barrie got an overtime goal from former London Knight Andreas Athanasiou (Red Wings), giving the Colts a win over the Bulls.

Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Guelph Storm 3

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 10-50-60, +17, 92 PIM

Richard scored his 10th goal and 60th point of the season in a loss to Saginaw, who clinched the league’s last playoff spot.

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

NHL Game Night: 3-9-13 Canadiens at Lightning

Let the Nichushkin watch begin!

MTL-4
TB-3

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the victory. You hate to judge a guy on one start, but there's a reason the guy has bounced around the AHL, mostly.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
05:30 TB Stamkos (19), (St. Louis, Hedman)
07:38 MTL Plekanec (11), (Markov)
08:15 TB Salo (2), (Crombeen, Thompson)
12:20 TB Malone (5), (Stamkos, St. Louis)(PP)

Third Period
03:48 MTL Gionta (8), (Ryder, Boullion)(PP)
07:33 MTL Emelin (2), (Gionta, Ryder)
12:03 MTL Gallagher (7), (Pacioretty)

Sami Salo was the game's third star.

No way the team should have lost that game heading into the Third with a 2 goal lead, and Montreal's comeback looked really easy. Way too easy. This is a really, really bad Lightning team right now and you can't help but wonder what fundamental changes are on the horizon. Specifically, I wonder how much longer Martin St. Louis is willing to devote to a team that will likely miss the playoffs two straight years in the twilight of his career. He's only got a few more productive years, and I don't know that he'll want to wet nurse another top-10 pick next year (possibly top-5 the way this is going) along with the likes of Connolly and all the kids from Syracuse. There's some sad days potentially coming, I'm afraid to say.

Alex Killorn was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 19:26. One of his three hits helped create a goal. He's a very good all-around player.

Ondrej Palat was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 9:24.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 3 hits in 6:26.

Cory Conacher had 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:34. Less ice time than Palat? My eyebrow is raised.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-9-13 Crunch at IceCaps

Kings of the comeback trail.

SYR-4
STJ-2

Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the victory.

First Period
STJ Gagnon, (4) (Mouillierat, Sawada), 4:57
STJ Gagnon, (5) (Cormier, O'Dell), 16:01 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Taormina, (4) (Brown), 2:23 (PP)
SYR Wyman, (11) (Panik, Korobov), 11:44

Third Period
SYR Connolly, (24) (Gudas, Nightingale), 9:15
SYR Johnson, (31) (Panik, Wyman), 10:44

J.T. Wyman and Radko Gudas were the game's first and third stars.

Syracuse again staked the IceCaps to a 2-0 lead and again came back to snatch victory away from them. Richard Panik has 5 points, all assists, in 5 games since being returned from Tampa. Panik attack, y'all.

With Sprigfield stubbing their toe twice against Albany, Syracuse has opened up a 4 point lead in the East with the Falcons holding 3 games in hand. The Crunch are off until Friday when they face Norfolk.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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