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ECHL Game Night: 12-21-18 Everblades at Solar Bears

Florida Everblades 3 @ Orlando Solar Bears 4 (OT)

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 11 GP, 4-4-6, -1, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Martin Ouellette, ORL: Win, 25 saves on 28 shots
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 15 GP, 9-5-1, 3.08 GAA, .910 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 0 GP
17-18 Totals (FLA): 42 GP, 33-5-2, 2.02 GAA, .931 sv%, 4 SO

D Oleg Sosunov, ORL: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 6 GP, 0-3-3, -5, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 5 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Moose Jaw, WHL): 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, ORL: Did not play
Season Totals (ORL): 8 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 8 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 23 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM

Dylan Fitze scored his fourth goal of the year at 1:57 of overtime to break a 3-3 tie and give the Solar Bears a 4-3 win over first-place Florida. Lightning prospect Mitch Hults had two goals for Orlando while Oleg Sosunov contributed a power play assist. This was the second game of back-to-back-to-back games between the two clubs before the Christmas break. Florida won on Thursday in Orlando, 4-2. Saturday’s game is in Estero.

AHL Game Night: 12-21-18 Crunch at Phantoms

Ingram makes Phantoms vanish in SO.

SYR-3
LV-2 (SO)

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 42 shots before stopping 4 of 5 in the PS session for the SO win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:34 LV McDonald (3), (Carey, Brennan)
15:39 SYR Gaunce (6), (Masin, Verhaeghe)

Third Period
5:02 LV Carey (15), (Bunnaman, Friedman)
5:13 SYR Colton (3), (Bourke, Thomas)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Conacher, Verhaeghe
LV- Leier

Ingram and Carter Verheaghe were the game's first and second stars. Ingram helped the Crunch overcome a 42-30 shot deficit to get out of Lehigh Valley with two points.

With Rochester falling tonight, the Crunch have moved to within 4 points of first place in the division with 3 games in hand on Rochester, although they're also 1 point back of Utica with a massive 6 games in hand on the Comets.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-20-18 Lightning at Flames

Domingue shines late in Lightning comeback.

TB-5
CGY-4 (SO)

Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 37 shots before stopping 6 of 7 in the PS session for the SO win. His first goal allowed was a soft goal that trickled through and behind him for an eventual tap in and his rebound control was something he absolutely seemed to struggle with most of the night. But, with that said, he started getting stronger into the Third Period and then absolutely stood on his head in Overtime and the Shootout, including one three save sequence in OT that should be on the highlight reel he shows his grandkids someday.

First Period
3:38 TB Palat (4), (Point, Kucherov)
4:29 CGY Bennett (6), (Tkachuk, Hanifin)
7:50 CGY Monahan (21), (Lindholm, Gaudreau)
12:25 CGY Backlund (6), (Bennett)

Second Period
3:19 TB Stamkos (18), (Erne, Kucherov)
5:52 TB Killorn (9), (Gourde, McDonagh)

Third Period
15:35 TB Girardi (3), (Cirelli)
17:32 CGY Gaudreau (16), (unassisted)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- Hedman, Miller
CGY- Monahan

Nikita Kucherov was the game's second star.

Remarkable resilience from the Lightning to turn this one around and get two points with their backup netminder in and falling down 3-1 early after a flat start. I don't know if it was lack of familiarity with Calgary and what they do, the altitude, the travel, or a combination of those factors, but the Lightning just didn't look themselves in the First Period and it might've been easy for some other teams to pack it in after giving up three quick ones. The Lightning regrouped and came out storming in the Second Period to draw even and eventually got the full two points. Loved the effort and the resolve, with the same caveat as the Vancouver game: if the power play could've broken through this would've been a far less drama-filled affair.

Danick Martel had 2 shots in 9:07.

Anthony Cirelli was 50% on 16 draws in 15:02.

Adam Erne had a helper and was +1 with 3 hits in 9:00.

Erik Cernak had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 16:35. Not gonna mince words: that was an uncharacteristically rough performance by Cernak in terms of puck management.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Fortier Signing Continues Trend of Early ELCs

The Lightning signed 2018 second-round pick, center Gabriel Fortier, to a three-year, entry-level contract Wednesday, continuing a recent trend of getting picks signed before they enter their decision years.

Fortier, who was the club’s top pick last summer, has 14 goals and 42 points in 34 games this year for Baie-Comeau of the QMJHL. The Drakkar’s captain leads the team with 28 assists, is tied for first for power play assists with 10, is second among forwards with a plus-17 rating, and is third for points.

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