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NHL Game Night: 1-18-18 Golden Knights at Lightning

Hedman-less Lightning see Vegas manufacture a laugher.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss. He hasn't been making the big situational saves necessary to help the team climb into games lately like he was earlier in the season. Case in point: tonight Vegas' second goal on the knuckler that handcuffed him from the point. That's a save he's got to make for his team in that spot.

First Period
0:56 LV Neal (19), (Engelland, Perron)
16:03 LV Schmidt (3), (McNabb, Haula)

Second Period
10:18 TB Palat (8), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
17:43 LV Perron (10), (Engelland, Theodore)

Third Period
0:18 LV Karlsson (24), (Marchessault)

Credit to Las Vegas, they manufactured an easy road win tonight in workmanlike fashion. The first goal of the game by Neal and the final goal of the game by Karlsson that salted it away both came in the opening minute of a period and both came off faceoff losses by Vladislav Namestnikov. So, they built two goals and that and one Vasiy might want back on the Schmidt goal turned this from a pretty even game (shots were 30-29, although the broader possession stats were uglier for Tampa Bay) into a laugher.

Slater Koekkoek was -2 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:31. Throw the minuses out, because they both came on the goals off the faceoff losses. I thought Slater played a decent game.

Jake Dotchin had 4 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 5 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 20:24. The big test is obviously Koekkoek's to take with Hedman out, but Dotchin's got a little something to prove with Hedman out, too, and I don't think he did anything to hurt his stock tonight.

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Juniors Game Night: 1-17-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/17 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 36 GP, 13-38-51, +32, 18 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi opened the scoring with an assist and a goal to give the Mooseheads a 2-0 1st period lead on his way to earning Second Star honors. But the Wildcats scored three goals to take a 3-2 lead in the 3rd before Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018 draft eligible) scored the equalizer, sending the game into overtime. Mika Cyr (undrafted) netted the OT game-winner for Moncton just 36 second into the extra frame.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 4 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 8-27-35, +12, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cal Foote (pictured) scored the OT game-winner for the Rockets, holding off a second half rally by the Hurricanes. Jordy Bellerive (PIT, FA ELC) scored for Lethbridge just 42 seconds into the game, but the Rockets responded with three straight by Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick), Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick), and a shortie by Conner Bruggen-Cate (undrafted). Dube paced Kelowna with a goal and an assist, and rookie Dylan Cozens (2019 draft eligible) notched two assists for the Hurricanes.

Regina Pats 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 3

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 8-18-26, -11, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek notched his first point as a Pat, a power play assist on a 3rd period goal by former Montreal prospect Matt Bradley. It was Hajek’s 26th point of the season, equaling his point total from all last season in 30 fewer games. Regina rebounded from a 2-1 deficit, scoring three straight, including two by Bradley, stretching out a 4-2 lead and hanging on for the win.

AHL Game Night: 1-17-18 Crunch at Senators

Crunch winning streak snapped in goaltending duel.

BNG-2 (OT)

Connor Ingram re-entered the nets for the Crunch after Louis Domingue's return to Tampa Bay and stopped 23 of 25 shots for the OT loss. That snapped a personal six game winning streak for Ingram.

First Period
3:22 SYR Stephens (13), (Joseph, Bodie)(PP)

Second Period[b]
18:55 BEL O'Brien (10), (McCormick, Chlapik)

[b]Third Period

2:13 BEL McCormick (6), (O'Brien, Burgdoerfer)

The Crunch offense may have been a little off kilter tonight with Adam Erne, Anthony Cirelli, and Dennis Yan all nicked up with injuries and out of the lineup. The club did get Mitchell Stephens' 13th goal of the season, Stephens has quickly and quietly ascended to the top of Syracuse's goalscoring list on the back of seven goals in his last eight games. His roughly three week rampage surely makes him yet another prime recall option for the Lightning's vacant roster spot, whenever they should choose to fill it.

With the point tonight, the Crunch are within three points of Rochester for second in the North Division with a game in hand on the Americans and five points back of first place Toronto with the Marlies holding a game in hand. The team's 9-1-0 run in their last ten games has put them within whisper's distance of catching the division's lead pack, which seemed nearly impossible just a couple of months ago when the team was languishing around last place.

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Tammela scores first AHL goal, Crunch beat Devils

By Jeremy Houghtaling

It’s been a long road back for Jonne Tammela.

The Finnish rookie has been rehabbing in Syracuse since December 2016 as he recovered from three knee surgeries. Although there were some tough times, Tammela worked his way back into the Crunch lineup last week.

Now he’s starting to contribute on the scoresheet.

Tammela jammed in a rebound for his first North American pro goal Monday, as the Crunch shut out the Binghamton Devils, 3-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial for their ninth straight victory.

“My first thing was I was really happy,” Tammela said of the goal. “I didn’t realize it went in. Everything was so fast. … It felt good and obviously it helped the team win, so I think that was the most important thing.”

AHL Game Day: 1-15-18 Devils at Crunch

Dominguenator keeps his conditioning stint perfect.


Louis Domingue stopped all 17 shots he faced for the shutout victory in light work to keep his perfect goose egg in this conditioning stint. Domingue runs his season save percentage in the AHL up to a stylish .921.

First Period

Second Period
1:43 SYR Stephens (12), (Volkov, McBain)(PP)
7:32 SYR Tammela (1), (Masin, Bournival)

Third Period
1:12 SYR Masin (6), (Peca)

Dominik Masin, Matthew Peca, and Jonne Tammela were the game's three stars.

With 16 points on his campaign, Masin has now more than doubled his points output from last season in 32 less games. He's also gone from -4 a season ago to a hefty +16 rating thus far this year. Peca, who may be the quiet favorite to be the next callup from the Crunch, is now riding a seven game points streak and has been brutally consistent most of the campaign. At the other end of the spectrum of great stories, Jonne Tammela (The Cobra!) comes off of three knee surgeries and pots his first AHL goal in his third game back.

Syracuse moves to within three points of second place Rochester with a game in hand and within five points, straight up, of North Division leader Toronto.

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Juniors Game Night: 1-14-18

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 5/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 3 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 36 GP, 11-18-29, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 12-18-30, +6, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Pilon twins (undrafted), Darian and Drake, combined for both Wolves goals to get Sudbury’s first win since the Lipanov trade.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ North Bay Battalion 4 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 10/15 FO
Season Totals: 37 GP, 12-4-16, -23, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Nikita Korostelev (free agent) notched his 2nd assist of the game on a Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (2018 draft eligible) power play goal just shy of the midpoint of the 3rd to give the Petes a 3-1 lead over the Battalion. But North Bay battled back and tied the game with just 11 seconds remaining in regulation. Korostelev converted in the shootout, but Adam McMaster (2018 draft eligible) and Justin Brazeau (undrafted) converted for the Battalion.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Libor Hajek has yet to join the Regina Pats after being traded by Saskatoon on Monday.

Medicine Hat Tigers 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/24 FO
Season Totals: 23 GP, 17-24-41, +23, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 45 GP, 7-11-18, +33, 48 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden scored the OT game-winner after the Warriors blew a 4-1 third period lead, allowing three Medicine Hat goals including the equalizer with 39 seconds left in regulation. Brandon Schuldhaus opened the scoring for Moose Jaw with his first two goals of the season, and Howden notched two assists to go along with his game-winner.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 5

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 25 GP, 1-11-12, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix (pictured) scored his first goal of the season, a power play marker early in the 3rd to draw the Lancers within one of the Black Hawks, but Harvard-bound Jack Drury (2018 draft eligible) would score later in the 3rd for Waterloo to put the game out of reach. Drury also assisted on both Garrett Wait goals for the Black Hawks. Wait, a former teammate of Sammy Walker at Edina High School will be reunited with Walker at Minnesota next season. Cole Gallant (Western Michigan commit) and Filip Suchy (undrafted) assisted on both of Omaha’s goals.

NCAA Game Night: 1-13-18

UMass Minutemen 6 @ Vermont Catamounts 3

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 11-2-13, -16, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Vermont fell to 4-14-4 overall and 1-8-3 in conference after their 6-3 loss to UMass. Avs first rounder Cale Makar (first round 2017) had a goal and assist for UMass.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 0 @ Arizona State Sun Devils 4

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 7-13-20, +2, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

Arizona State and UML traded 4-0 wins over the weekend with the River Hawks winning Friday night and ASU Saturday.

No. 11 Providence Friars 2 @ Boston University Terriers 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 8 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

MacLeod notched his second assist of the season on Bobo Carpenter's (undrafted) first goal of the game, helping BU to tie the Friars, 2-2.

No. 20 Miami Redhawks 3 @ No. 17 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 4.12 GAA, .867 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

UNO swept Miami with a 4-3 win Saturday after winning 11-7 Friday. Evan Weninger started again for the Mavs, but didn't score this time - ending his goaltender goal streak at one game.

Michigan Wolverines 3 @ No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-8-8, -1, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Unranked Michigan completed a 2-game road sweep of the ninth-ranked Gophers, winning both Friday and Saturday.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 1-13-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/32 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 12-37-49, +31, 18 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi notched an assist on Raphael Lavoie’s (2019 draft eligible) 2nd OT game-winner in as many games. The Wildcats led 3-2 at the 2nd intermission behind two goals by James Phelan (undrafted), but Patrick Kyte (undrafted) knotted the game with about three minutes left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Ben Higgins (undrafted) had a goal and two assists for Halifax.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 30-24-54, +36, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 2-3-5, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/2 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 3 GP, 4-5-9, +5, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 21-32-53, +15, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Wonder Twins combined for First and Second Star honors as the Greyhounds put up a touchdown on the Steelheads. Raddysh scored twice and added three assists, and Katchouk notched three helpers of his own to lead the most potent offense in OHL. Linemate Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) tacked on two scores of his own. The teams were tied 2-2 at the 2nd intermission, but a six-goal 3rd period outburst would blow the game wide open for Sault Ste. Marie, who have just a single shootout loss as a blemish in their last 29 games. Raddysh assisted on both of Frost’s goals, and Katchouk assisted on both of Raddysh’s goals. Owen Tippett (FLA, 2017 1st round pick) scored two of Mississauga’s four goals. Since the trade from Erie after the WJCs, Raddysh has nine points in three games, and Katchouk has six points.

Ottawa 67’s 2 @ Peterborough Petes 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 10/14 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 12-4-16, -23, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette scored twice on the power play and former Maple Leaf prospect Nikita Korostelev (free agent) also scored twice as the Petes won for the second straight game to climb over the 67’s and out of the East Division cellar. Paquette won 10 of 14 faceoffs and, along with Korostelev, led all skaters with seven shots. Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016 5th round pick) stopped 37 Ottawa shots. Paquette was robbed of a star.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Libor Hajek has been given time off by the Regina Pats after being traded from Saskatoon on Monday.

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Vancouver Giants 3

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 7-27-34, +13, 20 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

After a scoreless 1st period, Conner Bruggen-Cate (undrafted) opened the scoring for the Rockets, but Owen Hardy (undrafted) and #2 WHL goal-scorer Ty Ronning (NYR, 2016 7th round draft pick) answered to give the Giants a 2-1 lead at the 2nd intermission. Leif Mattson (undrafted) scored the equalizer for Kelowna early in the 3rd, but Vancouver would not be denied as Giants goalie David Tendeck (2018 draft eligible) shut the door after the go-ahead goal by James Malm (undrafted). It was Malm’s 9th game-winner, good for best in the WHL.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 10/21 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 16-22-38, +20, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 7-11-18, +32, 48 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Raiders did what no other team has done in the last 10 games and that’s beat the Warriors in regulation. Howden notched a couple of assists, one on the power play that tied the game at 2-2 in the 2nd period. But Prince Albert scored twice behind Jordy Stellard’s (WGP, 2016 5th round pick) two goals and one assist to stretch out to a 4-2 lead that the Warriors couldn’t make up.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Lincoln Stars 3 @ Omaha Lancers 4 (SO)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 0-11-11, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Cole Gallant (Western Michigan commit) scored on the power play in regulation and converted the only goal in the shootout to lift the Lancers over the Stars amd take both games in the home-and-home series. Filip Suchy (undrafted) scored and added two assists, and Brendan Furry (Niagara commit) tallied a couple of assists to help Omaha overcome a 2-1 first period deficit.

Minnesota State High School League

Blaine Bengals 0 @ Edina Hornets 9

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-1-3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 14 GP, 18-20-38, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 5 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The line of Sammy Walker, Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit), and Mason Nevers (uncommitted) dominated the Bengals as the trio scored a combined 4 goals and 11 points against Blaine high school. Walker had two of those goals, Jungel had two goals, and Nevers notched four assists. Garrett Mackay (uncommitted) turned aside 12 shots for the shutout. The Hornets take on the Lakeville South Cougars next Friday night, January 19th.

Crunch End First Half with Shutout Win Over Americans

By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch put an exclamation point on the first half of the season.

The Crunch scored three times in the second period and Louis Domingue made 27 saves for the shutout, as Syracuse beat the Rochester Americans, 4-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

The Crunch, who have won eight straight games, started the season 4-9-1-3, but are now 23-12-1-2 at the exact midway point of the season.

“I think we turned our season around. No doubt about it. That was two months ago,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “Now I think we’re 18 wins in our last 21 or 19 in the last 22. Something like that.

“We played well. Credit to our players. I thought we had a strong game here tonight.”

AHL Game Night: 1-13-18 Americans at Crunch

Dominguenator helps Crunch run winning streak to eight.


Louis Domingue stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout win. That's how you work a conditioning start with style and flair.

First Period
7:20 SYR Joseph (8), (Stephens)(PP)

Second Period
2:11 SYR Erne (12), (Joseph, Peca)
14:21 SYR Stephens (11), (Joseph, Domingue)
14:59 SYR Volkov (11), (Verhaeghe, Stephens)

Third Period

Domingue, Mathieu Joseph, and Mitchell Stephens were the game's three stars. With news of J.T. Brown's impending assignment to Syracuse, there's a forward spot open in Tampa and darned near every single guy you'd hope to step up and throw their resume across Yzerman's desk found the scoresheet tonight.

Tonight's big win moves Syracuse to within spitting distance of the Americans for the second spot in the North Division. They're now 4 points behind Rochester and seven points back of first place Toronto with a game in hand on each club.

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