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CHL Game Night: 11-29-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Rimouski Oceanic 1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-6-19, +2, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 23-15-38, +18, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Imama and Joseph had three of Saint John’s five goals as the Sea Dogs skated out to a 5-0 lead and won, 5-1. The Sea Dogs improved to 17-6-2-1, which ties Rouyn-Noranda for the top spot on the QMJHL table.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Erie Otters 9

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 3-2-5, +5, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 23-32-55, +34, 15 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh celebrated his invitation to Team Canada’s selection camp with a hat trick and two assists Tuesday. Raddysh’s linemates Dylan Strome (1-4) and Alex DeBrincat (3-2) also had five points. Strome was named to Canada’s camp and DeBrincat will be in USA’s arena. Erie is 19-5-2 and tied with London for most points in the OHL. Raddysh remains first in points, assists, plus/minus, and insurance goals (4) in the OHL.

NHL Game Night: 11-29-16 Lightning at Blue Jackets

The desperate search for rock bottom continues.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 38 shots for the loss. One soul destroying softie in garbage time. The rest weren't necessarily his fault.

First Period
5:30 CBJ Karlsson (4), (Anderson, Murray)

Second Period
3:40 CBJ Wennberg (5), (Jones)
16:00 CBJ Anderson (7), (Hartnell, Nutivaara)

Third Period
1:57 CBJ Hartnell (5), (Savard, Anderson)
12:38 CBJ Gagner (8), (unassisted)
17:10 TB Filppula (5), (Point, Sustr)

You have the intersection of two very bad factors conspiring to make the Lightning an uncompetitive team right now. First, you've got an injury to Anton Stralman forcing certain young defensemen to play above their weight class and, at the moment, they're showing they can't handle it. Second, you've got veteran players who should be your best players making mistakes they simply cannot be making. Victor Hedman's looked terrible the past few games. Jonathan Drouin's picture's been on the side of the milk carton. Even Nikita Kucherov had a horrifically bad turnover in this game that led to a key goal that put Tampa Bay down 2-0.

What's needed? A general commitment to get back to basics and play a simpler, harder working game to get a little more possession and draw a few more penalties. Also, perhaps a minor roster shake up. If the coaching staff's faith in players like Koekkoek and Witkowski is flagging, what's the harm in giving a player like Dylan Blujus a look? You'll lose games 6-1? And what's the harm in letting some of the Lightning's tired, nicked up forwards take a little rest in lieu of some speedy energy players like Joel Vermin or Michael Bournival? A little new blood and enthusiasm wouldn't be a bad thing at this moment.

I could comment on Tim Peel's ridiculous wave off of a goal where Ondrej Palat neither touched Bobrovsky nor shoved Jack Johnson into Bobrovsky. As clownish as that call was, and as damaging as it was in this game, though, the Lightning have more than the referees to be concerned about at this time.

Brayden Point had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 15:56.

Luke Witkowski had 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 9:07.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 11:55.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Night: 11-29-16 Crunch and IceCaps

Crunch veterans run wild.


Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win while swimming a lazy backstroke in the deep, deep waters of sweet, sweet goal support.

First Period
0:43 SYR Taormina (5), (Gourde, Halmo)
6:40 SYR Morin (2), (Richard)
9:20 STJ Brouillette (1), (Hanley, de la Rose)(PP)
15:48 SYR Morin (3), (Vermin, Richard)

Second Period
2:44 SYR Taormina (6), (Conacher)(PP)
19:50 STJ Friberg (4), (Hanley, de la Rose)(PP)

Third Period
11:55 SYR Vermin (6), (Conacher, Taormina)(PP)
15:51 SYR Halmo (6), (unassisted)

Matt Taormina, Jeremy Morin, and Joel Vermin were the game's three stars.

Box score from

Liiga Game Day: 11-29-16

SaiPa 0 vs. HIFK 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 39 PIM

Undrafted 21 year old netminder Kevin Lankinen stopped all 26 shots he faced for HIFK to blank SaiPa 2-0.

CHL Game Night: 11-27-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 0 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/16 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-11-17, -1, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Rookie Alexis Gravel stopped 22 shots for the shutout. Somppi has failed to register a point in 11 of his last 16 games.

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 22 GP, 16-9-25, +4, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

The Eagles got up 4-0 early and it was over from there.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8 @ Oshawa Generals 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season: 24 GP, 11-11-22, +4, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/21 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 13-17-30, +17, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Katchouk (pictured) scored one of the Soo’s eight goals Sunday as the Greyhounds whipped the Gens, 8-3. The Soo was up 8-1 at one point.

Niagara IceDogs 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: Did not play
Season Totals: 22 GP, 10-8-18, -4, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Paquette was not in the lineup Sunday.

Guelph Storm 2 @ Saginaw Spirit 4

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 12/14 FO
Season Totals: 20 GP, 10-13-23, +11, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens hit 10 goals for the season as Saginaw beat Guelph, 4-2.

NCAA Game Night: 11-27-16

No. 11 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 4 Boston College Eagles 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 8 PIM

Minnesota scored three times in the final 22 minutes to upset BC, 4-2.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NHL Game Day: 11-27-16 Lightning at Bruins

Boston continues to be a house of horrors for the Lightning.


Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss. 3 of the 4 goals Bishop allowed were not 10-bell variety opportunities. Soft? No. But, when you need a goaltender to give you a chance in a game, those are 3 stops he needs to make. Let's get real here: the Lightning should be playing the hot hand with Vasilevskiy right now. That's not to say Vasilevskiy's the starter and destined to park Bishop on the bench forever. Remember back in December of 2003-2004 when the Lightning hit a rough patch offensively and eventually dragged Khabibulin down into the rut with them? The Lightning switched to John Grahame as the starter for a little while and eventually broke out of the slump collectively. No one was saying John Grahame was better than Khabibulin at that time, but it was a needed shake up at that time. Same thing here. The Lightning need to ride Vasilevskiy for a week or two, in my honest opinion.

First Period

Second Period
2:24 BOS Moore (6), (Miller, Spooner)
12:30 BOS Backes (5), (Bergeron, Krug)(PP)
17:33 BOS Hayes (1), (Krejci, Schaller)

Third Period
9:43 BOS Patrnak (13), (Krug, Marchand)
17:21 TB Hedman (5), (Nesterov, Point)

This is where Tampa Bay's sleepy effort against Columbus really hurts. Tampa Bay has never had much success in Boston, and back-to-back losses now put the Lightning in a spot where they need to get at least 9 of the next 14 possible points just to stay on playoff pace (assuming they burn their insurance point they had coming into this 10-game segment of the year). It's an uncomfortable spot to be in when you have .643 hockey just to stay on minimum pace.

Brayden Point had a helper and 4 shots in 18:46 of ice time. He was also, unfortunately, just 33% on 9 draws in the game, as well, with Brian Boyle not taking draws because of his injury.

Slater Koekkoek was -3 with 1 shot in 13:59. Got caught in no man's land off a faceoff loss on Moore's game opening goal.

Box score and extended statistics from

MHL Game Day: 11-27-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 4 vs. Khabarovsk Jr. 3
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 36 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not dress for the second half of Loko Jr's back-to-back with Khabarovsk Jr. where they knocked off Khabarovsk Jr. 4-3.

KHL Game Day: 11-27-16

Cherepovets 3 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 15-29-44, +27, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on Vadim Shipachyov's eventual game winning goal in the Third Period of SKA's 4-3 win over Severstal Cherepovets. Gusev played 14:55 in the win. SKA also got a pair of helpers from ex-NHL'er Pavel Datsyuk in the win.

CHL Game Night: 11-26-16

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 5 @ Barrie Colts 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 10-8-18, -4, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Niagara had a 5-0 lead before Barrie broke the shutout with under two minutes to go.

North Bay Battalion 2 @ Erie Otters 4

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 20-30-50, +29, 15 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh hit 50 points for the season in Erie’s 4-2 win over the Battalion. Linemates Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks) had two goals and Dylan Strome (Coyotes) had three assists.

Kitchener Rangers 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/21 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 9-12-21, +9, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Dawson Carty (undrafted) stopped 38 of 39 shots for Kitchener.

Western Hockey League

Medicine Hat Tigers 8 @ Saskatoon Blades 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 25 GP: 0-10-10, -5, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

The Tigers put a snowman on the scoreboard in Saskatoon, 8-2.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Red Deer Rebels 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 11-9-20, +3, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden’s stat line was identical to Friday’s at 1-2-3, giving him six points in two games since missing a month due to injury.

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