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Liiga Game Day: 3-13-17

Tappara 4 vs. SaiPa 1
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

It was the end of the line for SaiPa, which concluded its regular season by getting beat 40-11 on the shot clock and 4-1 on the scoreboard by Tappara. SaiPa finished 15th in the 15 team Liiga, a full 9 points back of 14th place Sport. Saku Salminen remained out of the lineup for SaiPa with an injury.

ECHL Game Night: 3-10-17 & 3-11-17

MAR 10: Toledo Walleye 1 at Kalamazoo Wings 3
MAR 11: Toledo Walleye 6 at Kalamazoo Wings 1

F Brian Hart, KAL, 2gp, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 22 GP, 2-2-4, -2, 4 PIMs, 38 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 2gp, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIMS, 5 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 4 PIMs, 21 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, 1gp, W, 60:00 MINS, 30/31, *2nd Star*
Season Totals: 26 GP, 15-9-0-1, 2.75 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

Back-to-back games against the best team in the league was a tall order for the surging K-Wings, and a chance to measure themselves against a team they will likely have to go through for a deep run in the Kelly Cup playoffs. Big props to the red hot Nic Riopel, who allowed just one Walleye goal on 31 shots Friday night, and enabled Kalamazoo to hold serve this weekend after Toledo put up 6 on the scoreboard Saturday night against Joel Martin. Riopel, winner of 11 in his last 12 starts, earned 2nd Star honors for his performance Friday. The K-Wings remain 3 points behind Quad Cities in the Central Division standings, looking to avoid a 1st round meeting against these Walleye. Speaking of Quad Cities, Kalamazoo travels to the Wireless Center in Moline, IL Wednesday for a big road game against the Mallards, before a home-and-home Friday and Saturday nights against the lowly Indy Fuel.

CHL Game Night: 3-11-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 62 GP, 43-28-71, +21, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan responded to an early 2-0 deficit by tying the game by the end of the first period. They got down 4-2 late in the second period and couldn’t find another response.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season: 63 GP, 33-28-61, +17, 46 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk has two seconds and a first star in his last three games.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Erie Otters 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/16 FO
Season Totals: 63 GP, 19-28-47, +1, 28 PIM
With Petes: 24 GP, 7-11-18, +9, 14 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 7-20-27, +9, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 3-18-21, +32, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/11 FO
Season Totals: 49 GP, 23-37-60, +35, 12 PIM
With Erie: 22 GP, 10-14-24, +15, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 56 GP, 40-66-106, +69, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

All three Lightning prospects for Erie recorded two points, with Cirelli setting a new career high for points in a season and Raddysh hitting the 40-goal mark. This was a match-up of conference leaders, though it didn’t seem to be much of a contest.

London Knights 6 @ Guelph Storm 2

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 22-30-52, +22, 24 PIM
With London: 26 GP, 11-12-23, +9, 10 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

London continues to try to keep pace with Erie at the top of the Western Conference.

MHL Playoff Game Day: 3-12-17

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(3) Yaroslavl Jr. 2 vs. (6)Cherepovets Jr. 4
Cherepovets Jr. Leads the Series 2-0
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not dress for Loko Jr.'s 4-2 Game Two loss to Cherepovets Jr.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-12-17

KHL Western Conference Semifinal
(3)Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 4
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 3-6-9, +2, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a pair of Third Period power play helpers to help SKA overcome a 2-1 deficit and defeat Dynamo Moscow 4-2. He played 13:30 in the victory. Gusev's linemates Vadim Shiapchyov and Evgeny Dadonov both scored on Gusev's assists.

AHL Game Night: 3-12-17 IceCaps at Crunch

Syracuse rallies for a point.

STJ-3
SYR-2 (OT)

Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the OT loss and is still looking for his first win with the Crunch since his acquisition.

First Period
12:49 SYR Froese (26), (Ikonen, Vermin)
16:31 STJ Terry (23), (Hudon, Scherbak)

Second Period
14:29 STJ de la Rose (9), (Didier)(SH)

Third Period
2:30 SYR McGinn (5), (Taormina, Vermin)(PP)

Overtime
1:40 STJ Hudon (22), (Audette)

Byron Froese was the game's second star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 3-11-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 12/23 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 63 GP, 38-14-52, +11, 99 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hit
Season Totals: 53 GP, 35-43-78, +36, 57 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Somppi gave the Mooseheads leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but Halifax lost its seventh in a row. Imama fought fellow overager Keigan Getz (undrafted).

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/16 FO
Season Totals: 62 GP, 19-28-47, +2, 28 PIM
With Petes: 23 GP, 7-11-18, +10, 14 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 56 GP, 7-20-27, +12, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Matt Luff had a hat trick and two assists to lead Hamilton over the Petes. He’s a free agent signing of the LA Kings.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP: 4-22-26, -15, 68 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Swift Current completed a weekend sweep of the Blades with a 3-2 win Saturday.

Regina Pats 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 35-40-75, +11, 58 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden’s goal with about five minutes remaining in regulation brought the Warriors within a goal, but they couldn’t find an equalizer.

Vancouver Giants 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 4

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 43 GP, 26-13-2-2, 2.43 GAA, .927 sv%, 5 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Dylan Ferguson made 42 saves and was named first star in Ingram’s absence.

NCAA Game Night: 3-11-17

No. 13 Vermont Catamounts 4 @ No. 17 Boston College Eagles 7

C Ross Colton, UVM: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

BC eliminated Vermont from the Hockey East tournament, scoring 14 goals in two games against the Catamounts. Ross Colton had missed the last couple weeks with a wrist injury. He finishes his freshman season tied for second on UVM in scoring with 27 points in 33 games – a great start to his NCAA career.

New Hampshire Wildcats 1 @ No. 4 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 14 PIM

UML staved off elimination with a 3-1 win over 12-seeded New Hampshire Saturday. The two teams play again Sunday.

Northeastern Huskies 2 @ No. 8 Boston University Terriers 3

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 33 GP, 2-5-7, +9, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

John MacLeod was out of the lineup Saturday as BU squeaked by Northeastern, 3-2, for a second straight day. They advance to the Hockey East Semifinals vs either Boston College or New Hampshire. There hasn’t been an injury reported for MacLeod, so the junior may have been a healthy scratch. He played in the first game against Northeastern.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 5

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Western Michigan tied its quarterfinal series with UNO, 1-1, with a 5-2 win Saturday. They will play again Sunday.

Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-3-5, +12, 35 PIM

Michigan State won the fake shootout, 2-1, though the game will go in the books as a tie. Minnesota has already clinched the Big 10 regular season title.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Depleted Crunch Fall to IceCaps in Overtime


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It wasn’t the result he hoped for, but Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx liked his team’s effort.

The Crunch — depleted by injuries and call-ups — tied the score early in the third period but fell to the St. John’s IceCaps, 3-2, in overtime at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“You know what? Hat’s off to our players,” Groulx said. “It was a great effort. You’re losing Matt Peca last night. We’re losing (Cory) Conacher tonight — couldn’t play. We had a few more guys banged up and we came up with that great effort. It’s a well deserved point.”

NHL Game Night: 3-11-17 Panthers at Lightning

No centers? No problem.

FLA-2
TB-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the victory. The good ones respond to giving up a couple of early goals by shutting the door the rest of the way. This is about the 3rd or 4th time I can recall this season that Vasiy showed that kind of resiliency and mettle.

First Period
16:32 FLA Jagr (14), (Barkov, Marchessault)
19:13 FLA Pysyk (4), (Smith, Barkov)

Second Period
3:43 TB Kucherov (31), (Hedman, Drouin)(PP)
10:11 TB Gourde (1), (unassisted)(SH)

Third Period
17:37 TB Palat (14), (Sustr)

Ondrej Palay, Vasilevskiy, and Yanni Gourde were the game's three stars.

Tampa Bay responded to bad luck and adversity with gutty brilliance tonight in a fashion that should make every Lightning fan proud of their team. They played a great First Period but found themselves on the unlucky end of a couple of greasy goals by the Panthers and some hot goaltending by Reimer (who actually played a whale of a game despite the loss). The Lightning didn't sag in the Second Period, as a lesser team would, and quickly cut the lead in half with the ubiquitous Nikita Kucherov power play goal. about 6 minutes later Gourde made one of the more fantastic individual plays you'll ever see to get the shorthanded goal with a defender draped all over him. Things got hairy almost immediately thereafter, though, when Andrey Sustr took a high sticking call that put the Lightning down 2 men and in danger of immediately surrendering the momentum. Remember, this is a team that dealt off two of its supposedly best PK'ers in Boyle and Filppula and has others like Paquette sitting on the shelf injured at the moment. To not allow a goal there set the tone for the rest of the game, and the Espo Rule victory pre-saged the eventual Lightning win in the Third Period, which was partially made possible by an amazing post to post save by Vasilevskiy on Sceviour late in the frame.

Tampa Bay sits at 73 points with 15 games left to go in the campaign. To reach a magic 96 points, they'll need 23 of a remaining 30 points or a .767 winning percentage. It may take a few less points than that to actually make the postseason, but you get the point about how steep the hill is. They've still got to play about .750 hockey the rest of the way to give themselves a chance.

Luke Witkowski had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 7:40.

Gregg McKegg was 63% on 8 draws in 7:38.

Jake Dotchin had 2 penalty minutes, 4 shots, and 2 hits in 19:30.

Gabriel Dumont had 5 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 9:24. He and Stralman lowered the boom to knock a couple of Panthers out of the game and set a physical tone tonight.

Matthew Peca was 0% on 7 draws in 10:39. Yikes.

Gourde had his first NHL goal and 2 shots in 17:09. He's been a completely different player in this callup. You wouldn't have known he was even in the lineup in his previous cups of coffee, but he's been a difference maker the past couple of outings.

Adam Erne had a clean sheet in 13:01. Might be hitting a wall in terms of his effectiveness on this recall.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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