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CHL Game Night: 3-4-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Erie Otters 3

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 3-15-18, +29, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 11/19 FO
Season Totals: 45 GP, 21-34-55, +29, 12 PIM
With Erie: 19 GP, 8-13-21, +11, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 10 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 37-62-99, +66, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh scored his 37th goal of the season to give him 99 points for the year.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Guelph Storm 0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 59 GP, 29-25-54, +11, 44 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Matthew Villalta (2017) shut out last-place Guelph, 6-0, to improve his record to 21-2-0 for the year.

Barrie Colts 3 @ Peterborough Petes 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/23 FO
Season Totals: 60 GP, 18-28-46, E, 26 PIM
With Petes: 22 GP, 6-11-17, +9, 12 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 54 GP, 7-19-26, +10, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Spencer has goals in two of his last three games after going 24 games without one.

London Knights 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 45 GP, 22-29-51, +21, 24 PIM
With London: 23 GP, 11-12-23, +7, 10 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

London fell in Windsor, 4-1. Stephens had the Knights’ only goal.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ Saskatoon Blades 4 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP: 4-20-24, -14, 65 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Braylon Shmyr (undrafted) had a hat trick for Saskatoon, but it wasn’t enough to beat Lethbridge.

Medicine Hat Tigers 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 34-36-70, +10, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Moose Jaw snuck by the Tigers, 5-3. Howden hit the 70-point mark for the first time in his career.

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Prince George Cougars 6

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 51 saves on 57 shots
Season Totals: 41 GP, 24-13-2-2, 2.45 GAA, .927 sv%, 5 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram’s goals allowed in the last four games: 6, 4, 5, 6. This is after consecutive shutouts.

NCAA Game Night: 3-4-17

Maine Black Bears 1 @ No. 14 Vermont Catamounts 5

C Ross Colton, UVM: Did not play
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-15-26, +1, 22 PIM

Colton, UVM’s leading scorer, was out of the lineup for the third straight game with an apparent wrist injury. Vermont swept its Hockey East opening round series with Maine, 2-0. They face Boston College next.

Denver Pioneers 3 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham sat backup to Evan Weninger again. Evan Cowley (Panthers) had the shutout for Denver.

No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Michigan Wolverines 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 2-3-5, +12, 35 PIM

Minnesota launched back into first place in the Big 10 and clinched a conference playoff bye in the process.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Third Period Surge Lifts Crunch Over Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse had an emphatic answer to Binghamton’s game-tying goal early in the third period.

The Crunch surged to score three goals in a span of 2:06 and continued to push the Senators to the final horn, as Syracuse beat Binghamton, 4-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“We got scored on — a missed assignment — but we bounced back right away,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought we played a strong game tonight. We didn’t give them much. Kristers (Gudlevskis) was very solid when needed. Our (penalty kill) was strong. I thought tonight we were a structured team and we worked hard, and it showed.”

NHL Game Night: 3-4-17 Lightning at Sabres

By any means necessary.

TB-2
BUF-1 (SO)

Andrei Vasilvskiy allowed 1 goal on 32 shots before stopping 2 of 2 in the penalty shot session for the SO win. I thought Vasilevskiy fought it a little at times in this game, but got stronger as it went on and really grinded out the W. He had to, because Lehner was standing on his head part of the night at the other end of the rink. That's another quality start now that he's "the man". Encouraging.

First Period
19:48 BUF O'Reilly (15), (Ristolainen, Eichel)(PP)

Second Period
2:37 TB Johnson (19), (Hedman, Kucherov[/b]

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- Point, Kucherov
BUF- NONE

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

It was another disappointingly flat First Period for the Lightning, their 3rd in the last 4 contests, but the team got stronger as it wore on. All in all, this was a classic road win where the team really grinded out the victory. Pretty? No. Effective? Yes. Brayden Point continues to be money in the Shootout and Nikita Kucherov sent the Buffalo faithful to the exits with a gutsy fake whiff on a deke that he slid harmlessly through Lehner's five hole to secure the second point. If you make a move like that, you either score or get choked out by Jon Cooper. There's probably no in between.

68 points now for Tampa Bay puts them 3 points out of the final wild card spot and 6 points out of the final divisional spot with a game in hand on Boston. They're 28 points shy of 96 with 36 points still available. That'd be a .778 win percentage to get there. Still a tough road to go with very little margin for error.

Luke Witkowski had 3 hits in 9:51... playing forward. My scouting report on Witkowski as a forward? Well, he's definitely a north-south kind of winger, that much is for sure.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 2 shots and 3 hits in 18:18. His night's work included accidentally knocking Kulikov out of the game when the two ran into each other inadvertently behind the net. That should give you an idea how big and strong Dotchin is. His upper body strength is pretty impressive. He barely had any time to brace himself and he did that.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 shot and 4 hits in 8:03. He was also 29% on 7 draws.

Adam Erne had 1 hit in 11:32. Mixed bag tonight, but he nearly set up a key goal with some creativity behind the Buffalo cage that got Namestnikov a wide open chance that Vladislav probably should've buried.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-4-17 Senators at Crunch

Crunch redeem themselves with late whipping of Bingo.

BNG-1
SYR-4

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. Strong performance for Kristers on a night the Crunch needed it after getting collectively shelled the previous game.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
6:24 SYR Gourde (21), (McGinn, Conacher)

Third Period
1:52 BNG Bailey (16), (Sieloff, Rumble)
2:27 SYR Walcott (3), (Condra, Koekkoek)
2:53 SYR Gourde (22), (Conacher)
4:33 SYR Brodeur (3), (Condra, Walcott)

Yanni Gourde, Gudlevskis, and Daniel Walcott were the game's three stars.

Syracuse bested Binghamton 40-29 on the shot clock and by an even worse proportion on the scoreboard.

The Crunch pull 2 points ahead of Albany in the North Division with 2 games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 3-4-17

Kalamazoo Wings 0 at Toledo Walleye 3

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 19 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 4 PIMs, 32 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 6 GP, 1-5-6, +5, 2 PIMs, 14 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-9-0-1, 2.82 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

A few streaks ended tonight at the Huntington Center in Toledo. The K-Wing's 5 game win streak came to an end at the hands of the leagues best team, as the Walleye shutout Kalamazoo 3-0. Of course, Cam Darcy's 5 game point streak also ended. Joel Martin minded the nets for the K-Wings, so Nic Riopel will likely get the start Sunday afternoon back home against Adirondack.

Liiga Game Day: 3-4-17

KalPa 6 vs. SaiPa 0
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen remains out of the lineup injured, and some merciful league official just needs to put SaiPa's season out of its misery.

NCAA Game Night: 3-3-17

Maine Black Bears 0 @ No. 14 Vermont Catamounts 5

C Ross Colton, UVM: Did not play
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-15-26, +1, 22 PIM

Colton, UVM’s leading scorer, was out of the lineup for the second straight game. Vermont took Game 1 of the Hockey East Opening Round.

Denver Pioneers 4 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham sat backup to Evan Weninger.

No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Wolverines 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 2-3-5, +12, 33 PIM

Minnesota was upset on the road against Michigan, 5-3. The Gophers blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

McGinn Scores in Return, But Crunch Overwhelmed by Bears


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tye McGinn made an impact in his return, but it wasn’t enough.

The veteran forward notched his second of the season to even the score in the first period but the Bears overwhelmed the Crunch the rest of the way, as Syracuse lost to Hershey, 5-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I thought we had a horrible first period,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “When you start the game, you give the puck away like we did, our slot was open, we didn’t get involved in our zone, we were turning instead of being involved, against a team like Hershey, they make you pay cash. I don’t think we were good enough. That’s it.”

ECHL Game Night: 3-3-17

Brampton Beast 4 at Kalamazoo Wings 5

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIMS, 0 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 18 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 4 PIMs, 30 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 5 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 2 PIMs, 11 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 34/38
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-9-0-1, 2.82 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

Nic Riopel outlasted Zachary Fucale for his 9th win in his last 10 games, as the K-Wings continue their hot streak, now at five straight wins. Riopel was peppered with 38 shots, and Kalamazoo's new found offense showed up yet again and carried the day. Cam Darcy extended his point streak to five games. Kalamazoo travels to Toledo to take on the best team in the league Saturday night, before returning home Sunday for an afternoon tilt against Adirondack.

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