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ECHL Game Night: 11-30-14

Tulsa Oilers 3 at Wichita Thunder 2 SO

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals (ECHL): 18 GP, 8-10-18, +5, 12 PIM, 57 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 32 PIM, 16 SOG

Another Sunday heartbreaker loss to Tulsa, once again in the shootout. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier notched the power-play equalizer in the 2nd period and racked up a game-high 6 shots, garnering Second Star honors despite not converting in the shootout. It was Gauthier's third star in as many games (two 2nd's and a 3rd). Gauthier is now T-8 in the ECHL in scoring, T-5 in goals, T-2 in power play goals, and T-4 in power-play assists. Ten of Gauthier's eighteen points have come on the power-play this season. Meanwhile, Wichita is 0-5 against the Oilers, thrice losing in a shootout, once losing in overtime, and once by a single goal in regulation. Glen Campbell or Isaac Hayes doesn't write the heartbreak any better than that, folks. The Thunder hits the road next weekend for a three-in-three with a double date against Brampton, and a Sunday affair with Elmira.

Juniors Game Night: 11-29-14

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 2

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-19-25, +2, 52 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Sarnia won its fourth game in a row to take sole possession of second place in the West Division. They are 13 points behind Sault Ste Marie.

Windsor Spitfires 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 8-5-13, -7, 34 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto (pictured, OHL photo) scored for the second consecutive game and added two assists to lead the Spits to a road win in Saginaw.

Ottawa 67’s 3 @ Peterborough Petes 7

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 5-8-13, -12, 41 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

The 67’s beat the Petes in a shootout last game, but Peterborough made sure the game would end in regulation on Saturday – in a good way. Dominik Masin didn’t get in on the scoring spree. Five of the Petes were suspended (will not be served all at once) for egging a car, causing damage. Masin was not one of them.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 15-20-35, +10, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point was named first star for scoring what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the final minute of the second period.

Vancouver Giants 6 @ Calgary Hitmen 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-11-13, +4, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas suffered a lower body injury last Sunday and is out for about a week.

NCAA Game Night: 11-29-14

No. 18 Harvard Crimson 4 @ No. 4 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-4-8, +2, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard continued its strong start to the season with a road upset win over the Riverhawks. Hart is playing a key role for the Crimson, producing on the second line.

No. 9 Colgate Raiders 2 @ No. 1 Boston University Terriers 5

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, +5, 18 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod got a penalty for hitting after the whistle. Likely 2015 top-2 pick Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist and was second star for BU.

No. 11 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ No. 2 North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-1-4, E, 23 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

O’Donnell is out indefinitely with an injury. He took a big hit in last game but returned to finish the contest. The team shut him down upon further evaluation.

No. 14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ UMass Minutemen 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-11-12, -2, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

The Bobcats got some revenge on UMass for Friday night’s loss to the Minutemen at home.

No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Northeastern Huskies 3

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 37 saves on 40 shots
Season totals: 12 GP, 8-4-0, 2.25 GAA, .919 sv%, 2 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Northeastern scored the game-winner with a little more than two minutes left in regulation. Clay Witt, a Lightning prospect camper and Brandon, Florida, native, got the win for the Huskies. He stopped 23 of 25 shots.

*USCHO poll used

ECHL Game Night: 11-29-14

Florida Everblades 2 at Wheeling Nailers 3

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 2 PIM, 13 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, L, 59:02 MIN, 3 GA, 25 SH, 22 SVS
Season totals: 11 GP, 8-2-0-1, 2.16 GAA, 0.911 SV%, 2 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 3-0-3, +3, 16 PIM, 14 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 10 GP, 3-2-5, +2, 9 PIM, 14 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

They say all good things come to an end, which includes the Everblades 6-game win streak and Allen York's personal 8-game streak. Florida's 3rd period comeback falls 1 goal short, as Wheeling's Riley Brace scored two 2nd period power-play goals to break open a scoreless 1st period. York last lost on Oct 24th, and the Everblades had reeled off wins in 11 of their last 12 contests. Florida's big road trip continues Wednesday night in Kalamazoo against the Wings.

Allen Americans 1 at Wichita Thunder 3

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, *THIRD STAR*
Season totals (ECHL): 17 GP, 7-10-17, +5, 10 PIM, 51 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, +1, 5 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 32 PIM, 16 SOG

The Thunder now on a little 3-game win streak in an important home win against the division leading Americans. Lightning forward prospect Danick Gauthier potted the insurance goal with less than four minutes to play, earning Third Star honors. Dan "Stylin" Milan fought Gary Steffes in the 2nd period when the game was knotted 1-1. Wichita has clawed their way back up to 3rd in the division behind the Americans and the Tulsa Oilers, whom they play Sunday afternoon in Wichita.

NHL Game Night: 11-29-14 Senators at Lightning

Lightning outlast Senators.


Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the victory. He made several key stops, including a denial on a shorthanded 3-on-1 by Ottawa to keep the Lightning in contact before they pulled away in the Third Period.

First Period
18:13 OTT Legwand (3), (Karlsson, Turris)(PP)

Second Period
5:13 TB Callahan (11), (Stamkos, Killorn)

Third Period
1:16 TB Killorn (7), (Stralman, Callahan)
8:09 TB Morrow (1), (Paquette)
13:53 TB Kucherov (9), (Johnson, Garrison)(PP)

Bishop, Ryan Callahan, and Alex Killorn were the game's three stars.

Just an efficient, professional, workmanlike effort by the Lightning to nullify a good goaltending effort by Robin Lehner. They leveraged the fact Ottawa was on the downside of a back-to-back and ultimately wore the Sens down with their depth, eventually getting goals from three different lines.

Of note: first, Victor Hedman returned and was a beasty, particularly in the defensive third. Second, Jon Cooper rolled out a couple of new lines, including a Drouin/Filppula/Connolly line that shows some promise. I wish Connolly was a little harder on the puck on the forecheck, but that line has a chance of doing something. I wonder what would happen, though, if Cooper elected to but speedster J.T. Brown on the right side of that line for puck retrieval and general mischief-making purposes. Hmmmmm.

Cedric Paquette had a nice helper on Morrow's first goal of the season and was +1 with 1 hit in 10:58.

Jonathan Drouin had 1 shot and 2 hits in 14:14. The ice time will continue to creep up as he continues to play a well-rounded game like he did tonight.

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