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AHL Game Night: 11-5-16 Crunch at Comets

Crunch get back on track with 2-0-0 weekend.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 1 goal on 24 shots for the victory. Very solid win for young Wilcox with only 2 goals of support to work with. Very impressive.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
6:16 SYR Condra (2), (Conacher, Taormina)(PP)
18:27 UTI Grenier (4), (Chaput, Subban)(PP)

Third Period
1:56 SYR Halmo (3), (Gourde, Conacher)

Mike Halmo, Cory Conacher, and Wilcox were the game's three stars.

This weekend ended up being about Syracuse proving they could win low scoring games with defense and goaltending. We know they have the forward depth and firepower to win a track meet, at least on paper. But, to be a really good team they must learn to keep the puck out of the back of their own net, and they went a few steps ahead in proving they can accomplish that this weekend.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-5-16 Devils at Lightning

Lightning get some get back. Payback.

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Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 38 shots for the victory.

First Period
14:39 NJ Severson (2), (Hall, Zajac)

Second Period
2:25 TB Boyle (3), (Hedman, Brown)
8:27 TB Hedman (3), (unassisted)

Third Period
5:01 TB Point (1), (Kucherov, Filppula)(PP)
14:14 TB Kucherov (4), (Stamkos, Stralman)

Brayden Point, Victor Hedman, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

The first twenty minutes of this game had the same unfortunate tinge as far too many contests against the Devils often do. The Devils stifled the Lightning attack in a boring frame and eventually took the lead on an opportunistic rebound goal off a shot generated from a turnover. There was much hand wringing. Fortunately, the Lightning took control of the final forty minutes of this game an ultimately made it a laugher. The method of the final forty should be instructive for the Lightning, as they manufactured their second and third goals off of, gasp, offensive zone faceoff wins. Recall, the Lightning may have lost the Stanley Cup against Chicago two years ago when the Blackhawks were able to create possession and chances against the run of play in order to manufacture wins and eventually take control of the series. Last year, the Lightning found themselves within an eyelash returning to the Stanley Cup Final when they ran out of gas and were unable to win offensive zone faceoffs to generate some cheap possession and chances like the Blackhawks did against them the year prior. Let me make this very clear: the Lightning's ability to win offensive zone faceoffs when they're a little stagnant at 5 on 5 and keep the other team from winning them when they have control of a game from a possession standpoint is one of the last pieces to the Lightning's championship puzzle. If they keep showing me faceoff wins and chances manufactured off of them, I'll eventually show you a Stanley Cup Champion some time in roughly June of 2017. Dead serious.

Point had his first NHL goal, 3 shots, and 1 hit in 14:38.

Slater Koekkoek had 1 shot and 4 hits in 14:48. What, no helper?

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Karjala Tournament Game Day: 11-5-16

Sweden 2 vs. Russia 3
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on an Alexander Barbanov goal in Russia's 3-2 win over Sweden. He also took a minor for hooking in the contest. Russia concludes the tournament tomorrow against Czech Republic, which is also 2-0-0 in the tournament thus far.

CHL Game Night: 11-4-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 6

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 16 GP, 5-5-10, -3, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 16 GP, 14-9-23, +7, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph and Imama both scored for the second straight game, but the Dogs fell to the Titan, 6-5. Joseph’s goal at 16:49 of the third period pulled Saint John to within one, but they couldn’t find the tying marker. Jeffrey Truchon-Viel (undrafted) had a natural hat trick for the Titan.

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits, 12/27 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 5-6-11, -4, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

This was a 2-1 game after the first period before the Huskies ran away with it.

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 13-6-19, +3, 24 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Dennis Yan’s 13th goal of the year tied the game 3-3 early in the third period, but the Volts prevailed in the end.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Oshawa Generals 2

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 14/17 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 9-12-21, +13, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

The Gens got two second period goals from Kenny Huether (undrafted) to beat the Attack, 2-1.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Sarnia Sting 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season: 15 GP, 6-6-12, +2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

The Soo had a 2-0 lead before giving up five unanswered goals.

North Bay Battalion 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 5 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-4-14, -6, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

The Lightning’s belief that Paquette was buried on the depth chart last year for Niagara and would have a breakout season this year is proving to be accurate as Paquette hit the 10-goal mark with two goals Friday. He was one of five IceDog shooters to miss their shootout opportunity, however.

Erie Otters 7 @ Mississauga Steelheads 4

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-3-4, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 13-22-35, +24, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Taylor Raddysh had four points to extend his league-leading point total to 35, five more than teammate Alex DeBrincat. Taylor’s brother, Darren (undrafted), also had a goal and three assists, but was named first star to Taylor’s third.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 2 (OT)

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 8 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play (injured)
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Matt Spencer’s first goal of the season was scored in overtime to give the Petes a 3-2 win over Hamilton. (Spencer pictured)

Western Hockey League

Medicine Hat Tigers 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 5

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 36 saves on 38 shots, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 15 GP, 8-6-1-0, 2.01 GAA, .937 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Hockey Canada goalie consultant Fred Brathwaite was in attendance, according to WHL reporter Gregg Drinnan. Ingram was one of just four goalies brought to Team Canada’s WJC Development Camp in the summer. He had another 1-GAA game going until the Tigers poked home a loose puck with 30 seconds remaining.

Saskatoon Blades 6 @ Regina Pats 9

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP: 0-8-8, +2, 18 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Regina won the all-Saskatchewan battle by a CFL score of 9-6. No word if rouges were scored.

Edmonton Oil Kings 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 11 GP, 9-5-14, -2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden has now missed four games with an injury.

ECHL Game Night: 11-4-16

Kalamazoo Wings 5 at Brampton Beast 3

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIMs, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs, 3 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0-0, 3.00 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

D Mike Vernace, BRA, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIMs, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, E, 4 PIMs, 2 SOG

Lightning camper Joel Martin withstood a barrage of 28 Beast shots in the first two periods and the K-wings power play chalked up two markers as Kalamazoo handed Brampton and former Lightning defenseman Mike Vernace their first regulation loss of the season. Martin snagged yet another first star honor and maintains Top-10 in the league in SV%, and forward Anthony Camara scored two goals after being signed by Kalamazoo earlier in the day. Camara, a former 2011 3rd round pick by the Bruins, spent the last three seasons in the AHL with Providence and Charlotte. Brampton backliner Mike Vernace played 10 games with Tampa and parts of two seasons with the Norfolk Admirals before being traded with James Wright to the Panthers organization for now legendary Lightning blueliners Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg. That trade for Kostka and Oberg was key to that historic 2011-12 Admirals win streak and Calder Cup championship.

The K-Wings get a travel day Saturday before an afternoon tilt Sunday against the Nailers in Wheeling. Last weekend goalie Nic Riopel gave up 8 goals against the Nailers, so it will be interesting to see he gets a shot at redemption despite no back-to-back.

NCAA Game Night: 11-4-16

No. 19 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No. 7 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-4-4, +3, 0 PIM

Both Lightning freshmen registered an assist Friday as Ryan Lohin and UML defeated Ross Colton and the Catamounts, 3-1. Vermont entered the Top-20 this week at No. 19.

No. 4 Boston University Terriers 4 @ No. 16 Northeastern Huskies 4

AHL Game Night: 11-4-16 Crunch at Americans

Crunch and Gudlevskis stage a massive comeback win.

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Kristers Gudlevskis peeled himself off the mat to allow 2 goals on 18 shots for his second win of the season.

First Period
13:41 RCH Schneider (5), (Fedun)

Second Period
4:47 RCH Nylander (2), (Rodrigues)

Third Period
1:36 SYR Conacher (3), (Gourde, Halmo)
15:30 SYR Condra (1), (Peca)
18:44 SYR Gourde (3), (Taormina, Thomas)

Yanni Gourde and Erik Condra were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse came from 2 goals down in the Third Period for an emotional win that could be an early season turning point. Syracuse improved to 5-3-0 on the campaign with the victory.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Karjala Tournament Game Day: 11-3-16

Russia 5 vs. Finland 1
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev potted an empty net goal in Russia's 5-1 win over Finland. Russia scored 4 goals in the game's final frame to pull away from the host nation. Ex-Stars first rounder Valery Nichushkin had 3 helpers in the win for the Russians.

CHL Game Night: 11-3-16

Ontario Hockey League

Hamilton Bulldogs 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 1

C/W Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 8-4-12, -7, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Stephen Dhillon (undrafted) was strong in net again for the IceDogs (31/33), but Niagara fell at home to Hamilton, 2-1.

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

The Petes had a 2-0 lead before allowing the Fronts to tie the game. Logan DeNoble (undrafted) scored the game-winner midway through the third period. Jonne Tammela continues to miss time for the Petes with a lower-body injury, but there's a possibility he could return to the lineup next week.

Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 10/19 FO
Season Totals: 11 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Aaron Luchuk (undrafted) had a goal and an assist for the Spits in their defeat of Saginaw. Former Bolt prospect Cristiano DiGiacinto had a helper for Windsor.

NHL Game Night: 11-3-16 Bruins at Lightning

Lightning manufacture a point in their first game back from a long road trip.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 31 shots before allowing 2 of 10 to convert in the penalty shot session for the Shootout loss.

First Period
4:01 BOS Carlo (2), (Bergeron)
10:47 BOS Spooner (2), (Krug, Krejci)(PP)
15:09 TB Hedman (2), (Kucherov, Filppula)(PP)

Second Period
4:38 BOS Pastrnak (6), (Bergeron, Marchand)
8:30 TB Johnson (3), (Stralman, Stamkos)(PP)

Third Period
10:04 Johnson (4), (Coburn, Koekkoek)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
BOS- Nash, Hayes
TB- Point

Tyler Johnson and Victor Hedman were the game's first and third stars.

The Lightning were unsurprisingly a little flat in their first game back from a long road trip. Using the power play to overcome that flatness, along with decent goaltending, is a pretty textbook way to weather the storm. The inability to score on a 4-on-3 power play in OT to steal the second point was regrettable, but under the circumstances there are some silver linings to take out of the contest.

Brayden Point was +1 with 4 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 17:05. He also had Tampa Bay's lone goal in the penalty shot session, where he's been money so far this season.

Slater Koekkoek had a helper, 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:20. That's three assists in his first two games up with the team this year, for those keeping score at home. Keep raising his minutes up.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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