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NA Juniors Game Night: 3-15-13

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Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 (SO)

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 32 GP, 27-32-59, +16, 14 PIM
With R-N: 26 GP, 24-25-49, +15, 12 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Kucherov had a rare game without a point, but the Huskies picked up two points with a shootout win. Rouyn-Noranda only needed two shooters to win the shootout, 2-0.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 1

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

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 54 GP, 6-33-39, +21, 61 PIM

Paquette was out of the lineup again for the Armada, who has already clinched their division title. Sergeev was scoreless for the Foreurs, who look locked into the 10-seed of the 16-team playoff tournament.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 5 @ Niagara IceDogs 2

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 7 PIM
Season totals: 65 GP, 4-18-22, E, 77 PIM
With Barrie: 27 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 38 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 67 GP, 2-25-27, -10, 57 PIM

Blujus’ Battalion topped Dotchin’s Colts on Friday night, though neither prospect registered a point. Dotchin fought Barclay Goodrow of the Colts. Brampton is locked into the East’s four-seed for the playoffs, while Barrie is No. 2 in the East.

Erie Otters 1 @ Guelph Storm 2 (OT)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 11-51-62, +18, 92 PIM

Former Lightning prospect Brock Beukeboom had an assist and was named second star for Guelph in their 2-1 overtime win over Erie on Friday. Beukeboom was traded to St. Louis by the Lightning in the Eric Brewer deal. The Blues passed on signing him.

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

AHL Game Night: 3-15-13 Admirals at Crunch

Shootout in Syracuse.

SYR-3 (SO)

Cedrick Desjardins was back with the Crunch tonight and stopped 34 of 37 before allowing 1 of 4 to convert in the shootout session to take the SO Loss.

First Period

Second Period
SYR Namestnikov, (4) (Devos, Barberio), 1:43
NOR Wilson, (6) (Brittain, Guenin), 5:55
NOR Wagner, (5) , 11:14

Third Period
NOR Brittain, (10) (Clark, Lindholm), 6:23
SYR Nightingale, (2) (Angelidis, Namestnikov), 7:19
SYR Angelidis, (10) (Taormina, Barberio), 19:40


NOR- Brittain

Mike Angelidis and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's first and second stars.

I guess tonight was the first time you could honestly say this Syracuse roster was nearly unrecognizable compared to the team the organization has iced much of the last 2 years. No more Conacher or Johnson or Palat. No more Gudas on the backline. Tokarski traded.

All that said, it's a hopeful sign the team was competitive tonight and that one of the next wave, Vlad Namestnikov, stepped up in an expanded role. That's the way it's going to have to be the rest of the way with the Lightning floundering and so many of the veteran prospects getting their chance in Tampa Bay.

The Crunch face Albany tomorrow. Syracuse holds a 3 point edge in the Eastern Conference with the Crunch holding a 2 point edge of Binghamton and a 3 point edge on Springfield and Providence.

Box score from

Elitserien Playoff Game Night: 3-14-13

Elitserien Playoffs (Sweden)
Brynas 3 vs. Skelleftea 7
Skelleftea leads the series 2-0

Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, -3, 5 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 18-10-28, -9, 16 PIM

Brynas found itself down 5-0 early in the third period before it managed to notch a couple goals of its own but Skelleftea, the league's top team in the standings during regular season, responded in kind to complete its second-straight rout of the 8th-place seed. After being heavily outshot in the first game of the series, Brynas managed to finish the second match with a virtually balanced short-margin although that was due in large part to the lopsided after the midway point of the middle frame. Brynas has been outscored 12-3 in the series so far. Johan Harju, one of the key offensive pieces for Brynas, has yet to find the net, nor register an assist, after finishing the season as the club's leading goal-scorer and one of the top overall producers. After getting the start, former Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist was pulled in favor of Robin Rahm after allowing 4 goals on 26 shots. Rahm didn't fare much better, surrendering 3 goals on 6 shots, but Holmqvist was still charged with the loss. Brynas heads back to Skelleftea's barn on Saturday to try and stave off a third-consecutive loss that would put the club's season on the brink in the best-of-seven series.

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NHL Game Night: 3-14-13 Islanders at Lightning

Lindback deserved a better fate.


Anders Lindback allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the loss. He's starting to play his best hockey of the season now. If the Lightning salvage anything from this awful campaign, it might be Lindback surfacing as a more legitimate number one with work in the second half of the shortened season.

First Period

Second Period
10:22 NYI Tavares (17), (Moulsen, Boyes)(PP)

Third Period
19:20 NYI Boyes (7), (Macdonald)(EN)

Lindback was the game's third star.

The Lightning slowly started to get their feet under them as the game progressed and didn't play all that poorly, but couldn't get pucks through a collapsing Islanders d, and when they did Nabokov was there. The only point of emphasis for improvement needs to be actually hitting the net when the Lightning shoot, particularly the big guy wearing #77.

Alex Killorn was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 18:10.

Tyler Johnson was 33% on draws in 11:39. He was a bit of a non-factor.

Ondrej Palat had 2 hits in 9:05. Also a bit of a non-factor.

Radko Gudas had 2 shots, 6 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:56. Stud. He played like a flat out bona fide stud. He was sawing people in half and showing off some of those offensive abilities that he occasionally brings to bear, like his puck lugging skills, for instance. He looked darn good, which is reflected in the fact he got 50% more ice time than Keith Aulie. Two games and he already zipped by him on the depth chart. Not the first time Aulie has been pylonized, I reckon.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie had 1 shot and 3 hits in 8:37.

Cory Conacher had 1 hit in 14:45. He's become a chronic non-factor at this point in the season. Sad but true.

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