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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.”

NHL Game Night: 10-15-16 Devils at Lightning

Lightning overcome another sluggish start to advance to 2-0-0.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the victory. Both goals allowed were redirections, and he showed a lot of maturity after getting down on a couple of quick early goals. The really good ones shut the door the rest of the way when they get in that situation, and that's what Andrei did tonight. He was strong on his angles and wasn't giving New Jersey anything to shoot at and his rebound control was strong, as well. It was a really solid season debut.

First Period
0:52 NJ Palmieri (1), (Moore)
4:26 NJ Zajac (1), (Parenteau)

Second Period
7:53 TB Stamkos (1), (Palat, Drouin)
10:07 TB Killorn (1), (Kucherov, Johnson)

Third Period
5:43 TB Filppula (2), (Garrison, Point)

Valtteri Filppula, Steven Stamkos, and Alex Killorn were the game's three stars. I think Vasiy got a little robbed.

Glass half full: Yet another resilient effort where the Lightning stayed the course, got it together, and eventually pulled off the win. The Lightning got goals from three different lines tonight and they have nine goals from eight different goal scorers so far this season. Balance is a good thing. And, as mentioned, Vasilveskiy was solid.

Glass half empty: Spotting opponents two goal leads to start the game isn't sustainable. I think the Lightning, psychologically, come out a little too comfortable in these home games with the attitude that, because of their talent, it'll be more of a coronation than a contest. They haven't paid the price for it thus far this year, but eventually they will. Bottom line, hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.

Two games down, four points earned. The Lightning need at least eight points in the next eight games to establish postseason pace.

Brayden Point had a helper, his first NHL point, and was +1 with 5 shots and 1 hit in 15:09. He keeps putting 5 on net every night and he'll have that first NHL goal soon, too.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 10-15-16

HPK 4 vs. SaiPa 0
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, -5, 25 PIM

Saku Salminen was -2 and 50% on 10 draws in 9:33 of ice time in SaiPa's 4-0 loss to HPK. Undrafted 20 year old Emil Larmi stopped all 27 shots he faced for HPK for the shutout.

ECHL Game Night: 10-14-16

Brand-new Lightning ECHL affiliate Kalamazoo Wings opened their 2016-17 ECHL season with a win on the road in Norfolk against the Admirals. With the Syracuse Crunch training camp still ongoing, no Lightning prospects have been assigned to the K-Wings yet, however we will also keep an eye on other notable players this season that are of interest to the Tampa organization.

Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Norfolk Admirals 1

No Lightning prospects currently assigned to Kalamazoo

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 0.000 SV%, 0 SO

Lightning camper Joel Martin allowed just one goal in 33 shots for the season opener win for the K-Wings, earning First Star honors for his performance. 2600+ fans at The Scope in Norfolk witnessed former Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier assist on the Admiral's lone goal of the contest. These two teams square off again Saturday night and it is expected that Syracuse Crunch depth goalie Nic Riopel will get the start in the back-to-back against his 2015-16 team.

CHL Game Night: 10-14-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2

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

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 7-3-10, +4, 11 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph had a shorty early in the third period to give the Sea Dogs a 4-0 lead and they held on for a 2-goal win.

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 7 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, -1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hits
Season Totals: 5 GP, 6-2-8, -2, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Dennis Yan followed up his 4-goal game with a goal and an assist Friday as the Cataractes beat the visiting Mooseheads, 6-3. Otto Somppi was scoreless for Halifax.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Kingston Frontenacs 1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 7 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

The Soo built on their shootout win Thursday with a road win in Kingston. Bruins first rounder Zachary Senyshyn had a hat trick for the Greyhounds.

Erie Otters 4 @ Guelph Storm 3 (SO)

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 5-8-13, +12, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh scored his fifth goal of the season in Erie’s first road win Friday. He missed his shootout attempt. Guelph rookie Nate Schnarr had a goal and was third star.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Oshawa Generals 5

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

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 20/28 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 5 GP, 5-4-9, +7, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli (pictured) continues to produce on the young season, putting up another two points Friday. His unassisted goal in the second period turned out to be the game-winner. Matt Spencer remains out of the Peterborough lineup with an undisclosed injury. Jonne Tammela is still out from an injury sustained before Lightning camp.

Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 6

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/17 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-3-5, +4, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens has had a nice start to his season, but the Spirit are struggling with the league’s worst record at 1-6-0-1. They’re already eight points from getting out of the division cellar.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 2 @ Tri-City Americans 4

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 33 saves on 37 shots
Season Totals: 8 GP, 3-5-0-0, 2.40 GAA, .925 sv%, 0 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram’s modest 2-game winning streak was broken in Kennewick.

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP: 0-6-6, +3, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Libor Hajek had his 4-game point streak snapped, but Saskatoon got a win in BC, 4-2 over Kelowna.

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Red Deer Rebels 6

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 7 GP, 6-4-10, E, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden’s 6-game goal streak to start his season came to an end Friday in Red Deer. Austin Pratt (2017) had a hat trick for Red Deer.

NCAA Game Night: 10-14-16

No. 2 Boston University Terriers 3 @ No. 10 Denver Pioneers 4

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

MacLeod and BU opened a highly anticipated series with Denver with a road loss. This was a rematch of last season's NCAA West Regional match-up, won by the Pioneers. BU opened their season last weekend with a 6-1 win over Colgate. BU and Denver will play again Saturday.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3 @ Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 1

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Win, 23 saves on 24 shots
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham made his official collegiate debut with a 23-save performance in a win in his hometown. “Kris is from Anchorage,” UNO Coach Dean Blais told Omaha.com. “I thought that might be the only time he’d get to play against them. And he was really good, especially on their power play.”

*USCHO poll used for rankings

CHL Game Night: 10-14-16

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (SO)

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

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

Katchouk’s first goal of the year came with 1:30 left in the third period and the Soo’s goalie pulled, forcing overtime. Matt Spencer missed his second straight game for the Petes.

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Niagara IceDogs 4

C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 7 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Niagara lost a lead for the third-straight game, this time falling to visiting Sarnia, 5-4.

NHL Game Night: 10-13-16 Red Wings at Lightning

Lightning come from behind to win a game that could be defined as both "wild" and "wooly."

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Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 32 shots, but still got the win. He'll be burning the tape of that performance. He had a less than artful effort trying to handle a puck flipped at him from below the goal line on Detroit's first goal, an awful rebound allowed on a slow, change up point shot on Detroit's third goal, and a ridiculously unlucky ricochet on a center ice shot off the corner boards and into his net for Detroit's fourth goal. He owes his guys in front of him a steak dinner. Well, all but Nesterov, perhaps.

First Period
3:12 DET Vanek (1), (Zetterberg, Nielsen)(PP)
8:26 DET Vanek (2), (Nyquist)

Second Period
7:33 TB Drouin (1), (Killorn, Hedman)
8:18 DET Nielsen (1), (Green, Larkin)
13:05 TB Paquette (1), (unassisted)

Third Period
3:17 TB Boyle (1), (Paquette)
8:34 TB Johnson (1), (Stamkos, Palat)(PP)
16:50 TB Killorn (1), (Drouin, Hedman)(PP)
17:55 DET DeKeyser (1), (Green, Helm)
18:39 TB Filppula (1), (unassisted)(EN)

Tyler Johnson and Jonathan Drouin were the game's first and second stars.

Glass half empty: Ben Bishop looked unusually awful in tonight's opener while Nikita Nesterov had an embarrassing turnover that led to Detroit's second goal and took a holding call at a critical juncture in the Third Period that he's very lucky didn't jump up and bite the team. Bishop and Nesterov put the Lightning behind the eight ball and it took a horrific softie gift returned by Mrazek on Paquette's goal to give the Lightning the lifeline to turn the game around.

Glass half full: Good Lord, the Lightning may have a bona fide power play this season. Jon Cooper finally swallowed his pride and made the decision to delegate control of the PP to new assistant Todd Richards this offseason, and it yielded instant dividends in the form of 3-for-6 performance tonight. Also, while it's true to say the Lightning needed Mrazek's softie as a lifeline to climb back into the game, it's also fair to say that if you put Bishop and Nesterov's mistakes aside the Lightning controlled possession and had the better of the chances over the entire balance of the sixty minutes. They were, ultimately, the better team on the ice.

Overall, the Lightning showed some resiliency and maturity over the course of this one to eventually earn the 2 points. And so, we begin again with our trusty old 12 in 10 rule. The Lightning need to get at least 12 points in every 10 game segment of the season to be on pace to make the postseason tournament. Good win, but they know they've now got to get 10 points in the next 9 games to stay on track. You can't get too high or too low. Just mind your 12 in 10 and then do it again.

Brayden Point was -1 with 1 shot in 16:12. He looked very good in his NHL debut. He had good top end speed, looked dangerous offensively including nearly beating DeKeyser one on one on the rush for a goal, and I thought he looked surprisingly strong along the wall on the forecheck for a player his size. He certainly didn't look out of place on a very good, elite Lightning club, that's for sure.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 10-13-16

HIFK 1 vs. SaiPa 3
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 25 PIM

Saku Salminen was -1 and 17% on 6 draws in SaiPa's 3-1 win over HIFK. He played 10:36 in the match. Ex-Oilers second rounder Curtis Hamilton had a goal and an assist for SaiPa in the win.

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