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AHL Game Night: 1-18-13 Crunch at Americans

Syracuse meets the post-lockout bump in the road.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
RCH Mancari, (11) (Porter, Sundher), 14:17

Second Period
RCH Flynn, (13) (Adam, Crawford), 4:41
RCH Rankin, (9) (Schofield, Varone), 7:05
SYR Nightingale, (1) (Johnson, Palat), 16:31

Third Period
RCH Varone, (4) (Biega, Schofield), 14:14

Chemistry in hockey can be a weird thing. There are plenty of examples of teams that weather losing a key player and continue to play well. But, in the case of the Crunch, they're dealing with losing Keith Aulie, Cory Conacher, and P.C. Labrie to Tampa Bay, Taormina being down with an injury right now, and Richard Panik on a three game suspension. Clearly it was too much to overcome tonight as the team struggles to develop continuity. Even once Panik and Taormina return, it's a tall task to try to replace a defenseman with NHL experience, the reigning AHL MVP, and an emotional and physical leader like Nacho. Fans of the Lightning farm team have been a little spoiled over the last year plus and these next few weeks are going to be a little tough as Syracuse works through the changes. It'll settle down eventually. Jon Cooper's too good a coach not to get it settled down and back on track. However, be aware, this isn't going to be quite the same juggernaut it was moving forward.

Syracuse plays Lake Erie tomorrow while the big boys get going against Washington.

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KHL Game Day: 1-18-13

KHL (Russia)
Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 31/33, 2.02 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 22-13-4, 4 SO, 2.11 GAA, .931 sv%

Ex-Predators draft pick Konstantin Glazachev had a pair of helpers to help lead Yugra to a 3-1 win over Bratislava. Bratislava plays Omsk on Sunday.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-17-13

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Barrie Colts 3 (SO)

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 42 GP, 3-12-15, E, 45 PIM
With Barrie: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 6 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Jake Dotchin (pictured) had his first point in a Barrie uniform, a power play goal that gave the Colts a 2-1 lead early in the second period. The Gens fought back to force overtime and a shootout before Barrie took the win. Dotchin’s goal was his first power play goal of the year. He didn’t receive a lot of man-advantage ice time with the Attack.

Guelph Storm 5 @ Peterborough Petes 3

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-39-42, +13, 72 PIM

Tanner Richard had a shorthanded assist in Guelph’s 5-3 road win over the Petes. He has three assists in two games since his one-game suspension for slew-footing.

Mississauga Steelheads 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek skated this week despite an injured shoulder, but The Windsor Star reported the Lightning flew him to Florida to have the shoulder examined before both Tampa Bay and Windsor clear him to play.

KHL Game Day: 1-17-13

KHL (Russia)
Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Kazan 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 28 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 10 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov took a minor for hooking in 12:13 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 3-2 win over Kazan. Caps first rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov had a pair of helpers in the win for Traktor. They face Ufa next on Saturday.

Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Ufa 4
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 4 GP, 1-1-0, 1 SO, 2.29 GAA, .925 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to Iito Tarkki in Ufa's 4-1 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-Lightning draft picks Alexei Glukhov and Alex Svitov each had goals in the win for Ufa. They face Chelyabinsk on Saturday.

Cherepovets 2 vs. Novokuznetsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 23/24, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 43 GP, 23-17-3, 6 SO, 2.15 GAA, .922 sv%

Ex-NHLer Niklas Bergfors had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Cherepovets to a 2-1 win over Novokuznetsk. Draft eligible defenseman Zakhar Arzamastsev had the lone goal in defeat for Novokuznetsk. Cherepovets plays Novosibirsk on Saturday.

Chekhov 2 vs. Khabarovsk 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 17 GP, 3-7-10, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 23 GP, 3-8-11, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a minor for tripping in 12:31 of ice time in Khabarovsk's 3-2 shootout win over Chekhov. The forward also failed to convert in his lone attempt in the penalty shot session. Ex-NHLer Timofei Shishkanov had a pair of assists for Khabarovsk in the win. Khabarovsk plays Dynamo Minsk on Saturday.

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