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Liiga Game Day: 3-5-16

KalPa 0 vs. KooKoo 1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM

Jonne Tammela returned to the lineup and was scoreless in 14:30 of ice time in KalPa's 1-0 loss to KooKoo. Undrafted 26 year old netminder Juha Jarvenpaa stopped all 23 shots he faced for the shutout victory.

Juniors Game Night: 3-5-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 6 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 56 GP, 31-34-65, +5, 80 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan set a new career high for points in a season with 65.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Mississauga Steelheads 2

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 14/29 FO, *Second Star*
Season totals: 56 GP, 20-33-53, -12, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli was a game star yet again for the Gens, who beat the Steelheads in Mississauga, 4-2. Oshawa has a 4-point lead on Hamilton for the final playoff spot in the East.

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Sarnia Sting 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 56 GP, 16-25-41, +15, 79 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto fought Kevin Spinozzi early in the third period.

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 3

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 15/27 FO
Season totals: 33 GP, 16-15-31, -2, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Saginaw had a 3-0 lead before allowing five unanswered goals. Panthers first rounder Lawson Crouse had two goals for Kingston, his 18th and 19th of the year.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 31-48-79, +22, 23 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Moose Jaw was outshot 57-23 by Brandon, including 20-4 in the third period, while losing 6-3. Brandon scored the final four goals of the game, all in the thid period.

Victoria Royals 5 @ Vancouver Giants 1

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 69 GP, 8-19-27, -30, 46 PIM
With Vancouver: 55 GP, 8-16-24, -20, 36 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Dante Hannoun (2016) had a hat trick for the Royals.

United States Hockey League

Tri-City Storm 4 @ Omaha Lancers 0

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 31 saves on 34 shots
Season totals: 28 GP, 12-12-4, 2.75 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham’s streak stretched to 1-7-2 since January 23.

Sioux Falls Stampede 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 3 (OT)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 0-24-24, -9, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Dubuque kept pace with first-place Cedar Rapids with an overtime win over Sioux Falls. The Saints are four points back of Cedar Rapids for first in the East, but with a game in-hand.

NCAA Game Night: 3-4-16

UMass Minutemen 1 @ No. 9 Boston University Terriers 2 (OT)
Hockey East Opening Round
BU leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod was scratched for the fifth straight game. Twelfth-seeded UMass, who entered the game 8-22-4, took the fifth-seeded Terriers to overtime before falling.

Bemidji State Beavers 1 @ No. 16 Minnesota State Mavericks 6

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 2-8-10, +1, 6 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Mullin scored his second goal of the season in the Mavs’ 6-1 pounding of the Beavers. Minnesota State outshot BSU, 46-13. With the win, MSU clinched at least a share of the WCHA championship.

*USCHO poll used

AHL Game Night: 3-4-16 Crunch at Pirates

Crunch score 3 unanswered to make Portland walk the plank.

SYR-3
POR-1

Adam Wilcox allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
POR Brickley, (5) (Weegar, Gaunce), 4:57 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (8) (Walcott, Richard), 15:28

Second Period
SYR Richard, (8) (DeAngelo, McGinn), 17:55

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (7) , 19:55 (EN)

Tanner Richard and Wilcox were the game's first and second stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 3-3-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 4 Hits
Season totals: 41 GP, 4-12-16, -4, 74 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1,+1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 56 GP, 32-38-70, +35, 55 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Imama (pictured) had his second assist in his last four games to help the Sea Dogs to a 4-1 win over the Volts. Mathieu Joseph also added a helper to give him 70 points on the season.

Shawinigan Cataractes 6 @ Victoriaville Tigres 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 55 GP, 31-33-64, +5, 76 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Shawinigan got a power play goal in the final minute to steal a 6-5 road win in Victoriaville.

Ontario Hockey League

Hamilton Bulldogs 4 @ Peterborough Petes 7

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 8-24-32, +30, 42 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 53 GP, 4-19-23, -4, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Masin and Spencer combined for three points and a plus-5 rating as the Petes beat the Bulldogs, 7-4.

NHL Game Night: 3-3-16 Lightning at Senators

Lightning overcome temporary brain deadness to run win streak to 8.

TB-4
OTT-1

Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 34 shots for the victory. He was extremely solid, and he had to be to help the Lightning weather the important moments in this game.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:14 TB Paquette(5), (Brown, Hedman)
18:33 TB Palat(8), (Johnson)

Third Period
5:24 OTT Methot(3), (Smith)
18:14 TB Kucherov(25), (unassisted)
19:46 TB Stamkos(29), (Stralman)(EN)

Bishop and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and second stars.

The Lightning made that harder than they needed to, and it's not a tape they'll be looking at for aesthetic reasons. They built the 2-0 lead through 40 minutes by playing solid, opportunistic road hockey. They really were pushing hard for the put away goal early in the Third Period, and they started getting sloppy on their breakouts, which led to about 10-15 minutes of nail biting. You simply cannot have the unforced turnovers at your own blueline, and the Lightning were just playing braindead hockey for that span of the game. Fortunately Bishop was solid and fortunately Pageau made an even worse unforced turnover to Kucherov in the OTT slot to get the put away goal and avoid the photo finish.

At the time of this posting, Colorado holds a 3-2 lead over the Panthers. If that holds up, the Lightning will again be in a tie atop the Atlantic Division. Either way, the Lightning already have 8 of the minimum 12 points they need out of this 10 game segment of the season with 6 games left in it. That means they're in excellent shape to squirrel away a lot of points heading into the very last segment of the regular season.

Nikita Nesterov was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:11. Tonight was his 41st game of the season, meaning he is now graduated from prospect status on the website. He put in a pretty good performance at both ends of the rink to celebrate the occasion, too.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-3-16

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Ekaterinburg 2 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 5
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 2 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov allowed 2 goals on 20 shots for the win on Magnitka's 5-2 Game Six, series-clinching victory over upset-minded Ekaterinburg. Undrafted 23 year old Czech forward Tomas Filippi had a pair of insurance goals in the win. Defenseman Alexei Vasilevskiy, brother of Andrei, had a helper in defeat for Ekaterinburg. He finished the series with 3 goals and 4 points in 6 games.

Meanwhile, the Western Conference Semifinals brackets are set with #1 seed CSKA facing #7 seed Novgorod and #6 seed SKA St. Petersburg drawing #5 seed Dynamo Moscow.

Juniors Game Night: 3-2-16

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Flint Firebirds 6 (OT)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/18 FO
Season totals: 32 GP, 16-14-30, E, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

With two points Wednesday, Stephens has at least a point in four straight games and 10 of his past 11. Flint pulled within nine points of Saginaw for the last playoff spot in the West, though it’s probably too little too late for the much-maligned Firebirds.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 31-46-77, +23, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Moose Jaw held a 1-0 lead after the first period, but things went downhill quickly from there. By the start of the third, the Warriors were down 4-1.

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Prince George Cougars 2

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 68 GP, 8-19-27, -29, 46 PIM
With Vancouver: 54 GP, 8-16-24, -19, 36 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

The Cougars took both games of a 2-game mid-week set with the Giants, winning in a shootout Tuesday and in regulation Wednesday. Prince George was outshooting the Giants 31-15 through two periods, but was only up, 1-0.

AHL Game Night: 3-2-16 Phantoms at Crunch

53 shots were still not enough for the Crunch.

LV-3
SYR-2 (SO)

Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 30 shots before allowing 1 of 3 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
LV Martel, (20) (Lamarche, Palushaj), 3:15
SYR Blunden, (19) (Tambellini, DeAngelo), 11:39 (PP)

Third Period
LV Bardreau, (10) (McDonald, Straka), 9:30
SYR McGinn, (18) (Erne, Blunden), 19:30

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
LV- Leier
SYR- NONE

Wilcox and Mike Blunden were the game's second and third stars.

Syracuse outshot the Phantoms 48-30 in regulation, but it still took a Tye McGinn goal with just 30 seconds to go in the Third Period just for the Crunch to salvage a point from the game. The final shot advantage was 53-31 on a frustrating night where the Crunch probably deserved better.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Phantoms' Stolarz Stymies Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch seemed to throw everything they could at the net.

The Crunch registered 53 shots on goal and controlled the play for long stretches, but needed a goal with the extra attacker on in the final minute of regulation to send the game to overtime. Led by Phantoms goalie Anthony Stolarz, Lehigh Valley prevailed over Syracuse in a shootout, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

“I wish we would have gotten the two points tonight. We sorely need them,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “I’m happy with our guys’ effort. The process was good, the details were good, but the outcome was not what we wanted.”

Syracuse’s Mike Blunden finished with a goal and an assist. Tye McGinn added one goal, and Jeff Tambellini, Anthony DeAngelo, and Adam Erne each had one assist.

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