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NCAA Game Night: 3-14-15

No. 18 Harvard Crimson 0 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 2
ECAC Quarterfinals
Best-of-3 series tied, 1-1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Yale evened its series with the Crimson, forcing a deciding Game 3 on Sunday.

Merrimack Warriors 0 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 5
Hockey East Quarterfinals
BU wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-6-8, +13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod was a game-time decision for this game after missing the previous two with an injury. He sat again Saturday but all indications are he could be available for the Hockey East semifinals next weekend. Matt O’Conner, a free agent goaltender, stopped 27 shots for the shutout.

Colorado College Tigers 2 @ No. 1 North Dakota 3
NCHC Quarterfinals
UND wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 13-6-19, +12, 35 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

O’Donnell scored for the second straight night, setting a new career high for points in a season and helping UND to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff next weekend.

Union Dutchmen 3 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2
ECAC Quarterfinals
Best-of-3 series tied, 1-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 6-27-33, E, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Union came back from a 2-1 deficit, scoring the game-winner with about four minutes left in regulation. This game less than 24 hours after QU won in triple overtime Friday. The two teams meet again on Sunday.

Penn State Nittany Lions 2 @ No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 27 saves on 29 shots
Season totals: 35 GP, 20-11-3, 2.46 GAA, .909 sv%, 5 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox won his 20th game of the season, helping the Gophers to their fourth-straight conference title (2 Big 10, 2 WCHA). According to the Gophers’ website, the win was the 71st of Wilcox’s career, which is the most among all active college goaltenders. Minnesota will play the winner of Ohio State-Penn State next Friday in the Big 10 tournament.

*USCHO poll used

NHL Game Night: 3-14-15 Jets at Lightning

Flat Lightning done in by late mistakes.

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TB-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the loss. He deserved better. He was the only reason the team had a chance in this game at all.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
4:13 TB Kucherov (26), (Drouin, Carle)
10:00 WPG Stafford (14), (Stempniak, Tlusty)(PP)
12:44 WPG Wheeler (20), (unassisted)

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

This was a trap game, and the Lightning fell right into it. You look at the opposition over this 4 game stretch: Montreal, Boston, Winnipeg, Montreal. Yep, one of those things is not like the others, and the Lightning didn't have their intensity tonight. They worked themselves into pretty strong position to get 1-2 points, though, thanks to Vasilevskiy's goaltending and Kucherov's Third Period snipe. Even with the Jets tying it after Kucherov got kicked out of the game for face planting Enstron they were in ok shape. Riiight before Hedman decided to essentially hand Wheeler the GWG. A worse turnover you will not see in this league, and it's completely unacceptable from your franchise cornerstone defenseman.

Through 70 games the Lightning have 91 points, having once again met the 12-in-10 threshold in segment 7 of the season. They actually got 13 points, meaning they've got 7 insurance points in hand heading into the final segment of the year. 5 points should tie up playoff position comfortably, but it's the banner the Lightning are looking for, and they did themselves no favors tonight with that endeavor.

Mike Angelidis had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 7:05. He was also 17% on 6 draws.

Vladislav Namestnikov was -1 with 1 shot and 4 hits in 15:09.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 3-14-15 Crunch at Devils

Almost a shutout.

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ALB-1

Allen York allowed 1 goal on 34 shots for the very near shutout. The only shot that got him was a long seeing eye point shot through two layers of traffic from the point with 4 seconds left in the game. Oof.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR Marchessault, (17) (Martindale, Vermin), 15:55 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Ashton, (7) (Marchessault), 19:42 (EN)
ALB Hrabarenka, (5) (Wohlberg, Thomson), 19:56

Allen York and Jonathan Marchessault were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse was outshot by about a 3:2 margin in the contest, but they rode York's performance and Marchessault's scoring to the finish line. Ultimately, that may be the style the Crunch have to adopt if Namestnikov stays in Tampa Bay. They'll have to play closer to the vest because they won't have the same level of game breaking skill, and Marchessault will be counted on heavily because he's the one member of the Crunch that still has that game breaking ability.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-14-15

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Novosibirsk 3 vs. (3)Magnitogorsk 2
Novosibirsk Leads the Series 2-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 29/32, 3.06 GAA, .906 sv%
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 4-3-0, 1 SO, 1.88 GAA, .938 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Ex-Kings 5th rounder Patrik Hersley had the eventual game winning goal for Sibir in their 3-2 win over Magnitogorsk. Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for Magnitka.

Juniors Game Night: 3-13-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 3

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 8/17 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 34 GP, 19-23-42, -8, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 20-36-56, -13, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

It took longer than expected, but Darcy hit the 20-goal mark for the season.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 3/8 FO, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 57 GP, 39-44-83, +23, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne is now within one goal of 40 for the season. He had a goal and two assists Friday to lead the Remparts to a home win over Nikita Kucherov’s former junior club (of course, he played a little for Quebec, too).

Ontario Hockey League

Plymouth Whalers 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: Did not play
With SSM: 24 GP, 13-35-48, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-63-86, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo and his 23-game point streak were not in the lineup Friday. According to the Sault Star, speculation was he was being rested. The Soo has already clinched the conference's top seed.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 34-45-79, +10, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

This loss will sting Moose Jaw as the Warriors held a 3-0 lead before giving up the game’s final four goals. The game-winner was scored shorthanded with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Point had a beauty of a goal, scored on the power play when he took a pass below the left wing circle, stepped into the slot and roofed a forehand into the far top-corner. The Pats did a nice job of collapsing on him whenever he got the puck to eliminate any time or space. He was clearly a marked man.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Red Deer Rebels 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 7-24-31, +14, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas match last year’s goal total of seven, scoring in the first period to give the Hitmen a 2-0 lead. Red Deer scored three times in the second period. Calgary has one game left on its month-long road trip.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

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