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AHL Game Night: 1-26-13 IceCaps at Crunch



Dustin Tokarski (pictured) allowed 3 goals on 18 shots before being kicked out of the game for leaving his crease to beat Eddie Pasquale like a drum. Key point: Eddie Pasquale is 6'3" 220 lbs. Tic is 6'0" 194 lbs. Didn't matter. Tic was like a rabid wolverine on its prey. He became a folk legend tonight. Oh, yeah, and Riku Helenius stopped all 15 shots he faced the rest of the way for the win (yawn).

First Period
SYR Killorn, (14) (Panik, Barberio), 14:50 (PP)
SYR Wyman, (4) , 17:37 (SH)

Second Period
STJ Arsene, (1) (Mouillierat), 1:46
STJ Mouillierat, (4) (O'Dell, Melchiori), 2:35
STJ Cormier, (3) (Klingberg), 4:46 (PP)
SYR Wilson, (1) (Oberg, Panik), 9:16

Third Period
SYR Killorn, (15) (Johnson, Barberio), 3:40 (PP)
SYR Cote, (1) (Angelidis, Killorn), 15:58
SYR Panik, (19) (Johnson, Korobov), 19:44

Alex Killorn and Richard Panik were the game's first and second stars. Panik's game was his first back from a 3 game suspension, and he came out like an animal that's been caged up too long with 1 goal and 3 points to show for his night. The Panik attack has equalled his goal total from a season ago and the sky is the limit if he keeps playing like that. Killorn snapped a personal three game scoreless streak in style with 2 goals and 3 points, as the entire Syracuse team had a breakthrough.

This was a huge win for this team, after suffering through the post-lockout malaise. They're still not at full strength with Taormina still out, but getting Panik tonight and winning an emotional, brawl-filled game by blowing a team off the rink in the Third Period goes a long way toward rekindling the club's confidence. They've been slowly recalibrating the bomb sites despite the setbacks and frustrations of the past few games, and tonight St. John's (and Eddie Pasquale's face, for that matter) was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Springfield is next on Friday.

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NCAA Game Night: 1-26-13

Brown Bears 3 @ No. 18 Cornell Big Red 0

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 12 PIM

Cornell dropped under .500 (8-9-2) after being shut out by unranked Brown at home.

St. Lawrence Saints 4 @ Harvard Crimson 3 (OT)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-7-11, -2, 8 PIM

Harvard came close to getting an elusive win, but fell in overtime to the visiting Saints. Brian Hart had two helpers for Harvard.

Bowling Green State Falcons 1 @ No. 6 Miami RedHawks 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 23 GP, 4-6-10, -3, 10 PIM

Jimmy Mullin (pictured) doubled his season goal totals with a two-goal night on Saturday as Miami swept their weekend series with BGSU.

No. 16 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ No. 5 North Dakota 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

North Dakota tied WCHA-leading SCSU, 2-2, Saturday at home.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 14 Minnesota State Mavericks 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 26 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 25 GP, 17-3-4, 1.70 GAA, .926 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox was seven minutes away from his fourth shutout when he was beat by Zach Lehrke on a rebound. Wilcox had made the initial save off the rush with his right pad, but the rebound went into the slot where Lehrke was standing alone. Wilcox was beaten just seconds later, but the goal was rightly waived off as it was deflected in with a glove.

Michigan Wolverines 1 @ No. 9 Western Michigan Broncos 5

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG,
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 26 PIM

WMU completed their weekend sweep of Michigan with a 5-1 win on Saturday. All of the Broncos’ goals were scored in the second and third periods. WMU improved to 16-6-4 overall, and 12-4-2 in the CCHA.

*USCHO poll used

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-26-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
Season totals: 16 GP, 12-17-29, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 10 GP, 9-10-19, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov had at least two points for the third consecutive game since returning from injury, helping the Huskies snap their four-game losing streak. Kucherov is approaching a two point-per-game average since moving to Rouyn-Noranda.

Shawinigan Cataractes 0 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 9

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 45 GP, 18-44-62, +24, 77 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) has points in seven consecutive games after producing a goal and two assists in a blowout win over the defending Memorial Cup champs on Saturday. The last place Cataractes managed only 16 shots. Paquette has at least three points in three of his last four games. He has 14 points in his seven-game point streak.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Barrie Colts 4

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 4-12-16, -3, 51 PIM
With Barrie: 9 GP, 2-0-2, -4, 12 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Barrie had 53 shots on goal in their 4-1 win over visiting Peterborough.

Guelph Storm 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 0

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 6-44-50, +18, 80 PIM

Guelph completed a two-game, home-and-home sweep over their division rivals with a big 5-0 win on Saturday. Tanner Richard assisted on three of the five Storm goals. He hit 50 points for the year, which is a new career high. He had 48 last year in 43 games. Guelph is now within three points of second-place Owen Sound, and one point behind third place Kitchener, who they face on Sunday.

KHL Game Day: 1-26-13

KHL (Russia):
Khabarovsk 4 vs. Dynamo Riga 2
Nikita Gusev, Khabarovsk, DNP
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 19 GP, 3-8-11, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 25 GP, 3-9-12, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev did not dress for Khabarovsk's 4-2 win over Riga. Riga is now captained by former Lightning forward Martins Karsums, who was scoreless in the defeat. Khabarovsk plays Spartak Moscow on Monday.

Ufa 4 vs. Astana 6
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, No Decision, 1/1, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 6 GP, 2-1-0, 1 SO, 1.68 GAA, .935 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy came played 13:17 and stopped the only shot he faced in Ufa's 6-4 loss to Astana. Astana got 2 goals and 3 points from former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski in the win. Ufa plays Khanty-Mansiysk on Monday.

Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. Chelyabinsk 0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +6, 14 PIM

Nikita Nesterov took a minor for tripping in 15:31 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 2-0 shutout loss to Dynamo Moscow. Dynamo was led by ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil's game winning goal. Traktor plays St. Petersburg on Monday.

Bratislava 0 vs. Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, SO, 21/21, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 46 GP, 26-17-3, 7 SO, 2.05 GAA, .925 sv%

Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 28/31, 3.00 GAA, .903 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 24-14-4, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .932 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin (pictured) posted his league leading 7th shutout of the season for Cherepovets to best Bratislava and fellow Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus 3-0. The big netminder got 1 goal and 3 points from ex-Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov in the win. The younger Kazionov now has 13 goals and 19 points in 40 games this season. Red hot Cherepovets plays Praha on Monday. Bratislava faces Dinamo Minsk.

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