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CHL Game Night: 10-16-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 7 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits, 6/15 FO
Season Totals: 9 GP, 4-5-9, -3, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi is back at a point-per-game pace for the season have putting two points on the scoresheet Sunday vs the Tigres. His goal was into an empty net Sunday.

Moncton Wildcats 1 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 6 GP, 7-2-9, E, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan (pictured) extended his goal streak to three games with a goal Sunday. He has six goals in those three games.

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 5 @ Oshawa Generals 3

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 19/26 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 6-7-13, +9, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli’s goal late in the first period tied the score at 2, but Sudbury pulled ahead for good in the second and third periods. Cirelli factored in all three of the Gens’ goals.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Ottawa 67’s 1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season: 8 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

Katchouk’s second goal of the year, scored midway through the third period, provided a 2-goal cushion for the Soo. They’d add one more goal into an empty net to give the game its final score.

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 2

D Matt Spencer, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 4 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

Both Lightning prospects remain out with injuries.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Calgary Hitmen 3 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 8 GP, 6-5-11, -1, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Likely 2017 first rounder Nikita Popugaev had a hat trick, with the third goal the Warriors an overtime win in Calgary.

MHL Game Day: 10-16-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 2 vs. Krylya Sovetov Jr. 1 (OT)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 20 PIM

Oleg Sosunov was out of the lineup for Loko Jr.'s 2-1 OT win over the Soviet Wings. Loko dressed their usual 7 defensemen for the match.

KHL Game Day: 10-16-16

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Podolsk 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-16-25, +17, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a rare off night, posting a minor for hooking in 14:33 of ice time in SKA's 5-1 win over Podolsk. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk led the way for SKA with 2 goals and 1 assist while living legend Pavel Datsyuk chipped in a pair of helpers in the win.

AHL Game Day: 10-16-16 Crunch at Americans

Goals! Goals! Goals!

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 21 shots for the win, and then thanked Jobu for the sweet elixir of goal support.

First Period
5:31 RCH Rodrigues (1), (unassisted)
16:11 SYR Gourde (1), (Richard, Halmo)
19:14 SYR Peca (1), (Conacher)

Second Period
0:39 SYR Bournival (2), (Dotchin, Walcott)
10:26 SYR Peca (2), (Conacher, Erne)(PP)
13:31 RCH Strachan (1), (Bennett, Nylander)
15:14 SYR Conacher (1), (Vermin, Taormina)

Third Period
9:34 RCH Nylander (1), (O'Reilly)
16:06 SYR Vermin (2), (Condra, Richard)(PP)

Cory Conacher and Matthew Peca were the game's first and second star.

It's hard to lose when you're averaging 5 goals a game. Benoit Groulx must feel like he won the lottery after being tapped to coach this team.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-15-16 Americans at Crunch

The new AHL website is bad, and they should feel bad.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. Life is good when you have low shot totals to face and sweet, sweet goal support.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
3:55 SYR Erne (1), (Blujus, Peca)(PP)
13:01 SYR McGinn (1), (Erne, Witkowski)
17:05 SYR Vermin (1), (Conacher, Dumont)
17:27 SYR Bournival, (Dumont, Dotchin)

Third Period
6:55 RCH Bailey (1), (Fedun)

Adam Erne, Gabriel Dumont, and Cory Conacher were the game's three stars.

Syracuse's depth at forward this season is obscene, on paper, and it will only get better when Ryan Callahan gets healthy and (possibly/probably) pushes young Brayden Point down to the Crunch to learn to play center as a pro. With that in mind, Syracuse's ceiling this year may be defined by if/when the Lightning resolve their goaltending situation up top, and if/when Gudlevskis moves up because of it. Syracuse is likely to have everything else, so they just need the goaltending to potentially make an epic run this year.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 10-15-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hits
Season Totals: 8 GP, 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 8 GP, 9-4-13, +7, 11 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph added another two goals to his season’s point total, giving him nine in eight games.

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits, 4/10 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 3-4-7, -5, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Yvon Mongo (2017) had two goals for Cedric Paquette’s former team Saturday in the Armada’s 4-2 win over the Mooseheads.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 1

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 16/24 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 5-5-10, +8, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/2 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, -6, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

The Gens built a 2-0 lead in the second period and held on for a one-goal win.

London Knights 1 @ Erie Otters 7

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-4-4, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 5-12-17, +14, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh and Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrindicat continued their magic together Saturday, combining for eight points as Erie put a touchdown on the board against the high-powered Knights, 7-1. Raddysh is currently tied for second in the OHL in points.

Mississauga Steelheads 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 2 (OT)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 13/29 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Nathan Bastian (Devils second rounder) scored in overtime to lift the Steelheads to a 3-2 win in Saginaw.

NCAA Game Night: 10-15-16

No. 7 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 @ Colorado College 0

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

The River Hawks got a shutout win in Colorado Springs Saturday, 4-0.

No. 2 Boston University Terriers 1 @ No. 10 Denver Pioneers 3

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

MacLeod was out of the lineup Saturday as Denver completed the 2-game sweep of BU. MacLeod had a hard time staying in the lineup last season and the Terriers brought in a highly regarded freshman class this year that will command ice time.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 3 (OT)

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham was not in the lineup Saturday after starting Friday in his hometown of Anchorage.

ECHL Game Night: 10-15-16

Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Norfolk Admirals 0

No Lightning prospects currently assigned to Kalamazoo

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 59:50 MINS, 20/20, Shutout, *1ST STAR*
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%, 1 SO

It was a tall order to follow behind Joel Martin's 32-save season-opener win Friday night, but Nic Riopel pitched a 20-save shutout against his former team Saturday night as the K-Wings go up 2-0 on the road to start the 2016-17 ECHL season. Riopel, on a two-way AHL/ECHL deal with the Syracuse Crunch, was both a Lightning and a Crunch camper and essentially serves as the organization's #5 goalie. Riopel earned First Star honors for his performance. Fellow Lightning campers Lane Scheidl and Ben Wilson scored for Kalamazoo. The K-Wings play a home-and-home against the Fort Wayne Komets next Friday and Saturday night.

ECHL Game Night: 10-15-16

Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Norfolk Admirals 0

No Lightning prospects currently assigned to Kalamazoo

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 59:50 MINS, 20/20, Shutout, *1ST STAR*
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%, 1 SO

It was a tall order to follow behind Joel Martin's 32-save season-opener win Friday night, but Nic Riopel pitched a 20-save shutout against his former team Saturday night as the K-Wings go up 2-0 on the road to start the 2016-17 ECHL season. Riopel, on a two-way AHL/ECHL deal with the Syracuse Crunch, and was both a Lightning and a Crunch camper and essentially serves as the organization's #5 goalie. Riopel earned First Star honors for his performance. Fellow Lightning campers Lane Scheidl and Ben Wilson scored for Kalamazoo. The K-Wings play a home-and-home against the Fort Wayne Komets next Friday and Saturday night.

Crunch Defeat Americans in Season Opener


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch dominated in the second period and cruised to a win on opening night.

The Crunch scored four times and held the Americans to four shots on goal in the middle frame, as Syracuse defeated Rochester, 4-1, in the season opener at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I’m happy for them,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought they played the way they wanted to play. We had energy and we had some legs tonight. We made some plays tonight. It was a good start.”

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