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NCAA Game Night: 12-4-15

Vermont Catamounts 4 @ No. 11 Boston University Terriers 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 14 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

Martin St. Louis’ alma mater scored twice in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and beat BU in Boston, 4-2.

Minnesota State Mavericks 2 @ No. 14 Bowling Green Falcons 2 (OT)

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Bowling Green scored twice in the final quarter of the third period, including the game-tying goal with seven seconds left shorthanded with the goalie pulled. That won’t sit well with the Mavs.

*USCHO poll used

Erne Returns, Lifts Crunch to 5-1 Win Over Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

For Adam Erne, it was just another game.

After missing six weeks with an injury, the Crunch rookie forward registered a goal and an assist in his return to lead Syracuse to a 5-1 win over the Binghamton Senators at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“Obviously, you get some butterflies before the game, but it’s just another game,” Erne said. “You want to prove yourself and get goals. The goal is to play in the NHL, and you have to prove yourself to do that. It can’t be a one time thing, it’s something you have to bring every night.”

Crunch head coach Rob Zettler believed pairing Erne with veterans Mike Angelidis and Jeff Tambellini gave the line a whole new dimension.

“He was maybe the best player on the ice tonight,” Zettler said. “He was really good. He skated really well. He looked really fast out there and was making plays.”

AHL Game Night: 12-4-15 Senators at Crunch

Erne's baaaaaaaaaaaack!

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory, further pumping up his season save percentage to .938. Stylish.

First Period
SYR Erne, (1) (Angelidis, Walcott), 8:02
SYR Angelidis, (2) (Tambellini, Erne), 12:31

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (5) (DeAngelo, Peca), 1:06 (PP)
SYR Tambellini, (7) (Angelidis, Erne), 8:22
BNG Puempel, (5) (Dzingel, Carlisle), 11:49
SYR Witkowski, (1) (Peca), 19:30

Adam Erne, Gudlevskis, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars.

Top flight prospect played his first game in over a month returning from injury, and immediately dropped points in triplicate, including his first goal of the season 8:02 into the game. So it took him less than a half a period to knock of the rust, I guess. Erne's performance coupled with a pair of assists by Matthew Peca are a welcome sign for a Crunch team that needs their top rookie pro forwards to chip in like core players if they're going to reach their ceiling this year as a club.

The Crunch have a ton of games in hand relative to most of the teams in the Eastern Conference, so a winning streak moving forward could be a chance to climb very quickly in the standings.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 12-4-15

JYP 3 vs. KalPa 4 (SO)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 3-1-4, +1, 14 PIM

Jonne Tammela scored the game opening goal and had a minor for hooking in 15:43 in an uncharacteristically high scoring Liiga match where KalPa defeated JYP 4-3 in the Shootout. Ex-Flyers pick Petr Hubacek notched a goal in defeat for JYP.

KHL Game Day: 12-4-15

St. Petersburg 3 vs. Chelyabinsk 2 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 12 GP, 5-6-11, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 12-13-25, +11, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play helper in 18:39 of ice time as SKA St. Petersburg clipped Traktor Chelyabinsk 3-2 in OT. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk had a pair of helpers in the win.

Novgorod 3 vs. Novosibirsk 2 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 8-6-14, +6, 24 PIM

Carter Ashton had a power play goal and a minor for hooking (in Overtime) in Novgorod's 3-2 Shootout win over Novosibirsk. Ashton played 20:47 in the contest. Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev assisted on the Ashton goal.

Juniors Game Night: 12-4-15

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 3 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: Did not play (suspended)
Season totals: 24 GP, 11-14-25, +15, 40 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto is serving a 5-game suspension for “bullying actions.”

Kingston Frontenacs 6 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 2-7-9, +18, 28 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 3-10-13, +5, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Peterborough had their six-game win streak snapped with a 6-2 home loss Thursday. Dominik Masin had the primary assist on a third period power play goal that cut Kingston’s lead to 4-2, but the Fronts added two goals 22 seconds apart with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. Panthers first rounder Lawson Crouse had two assists and was second star for Kingston.

Bolt Prospect of the Week

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect(s) of the Week for the week ending November 30 is … Matt Spencer, D, Peterborough Petes (OHL).

Second round picks are often prized trade pieces in the NHL, especially at the deadline. Teams feel they receive good value and the dealing clubs aren’t parting with first rounders. The Lightning have two second rounders in 2016, and if they keep them, don’t be surprised if at least one is spent on a defenseman.

Juniors Game Night: 12-2-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan @ Saint John Sea Dogs (Postponed)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: --------
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-8-11, +1, 34 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: ------------
Season totals: 24 GP, 11-10-21, +7, 27 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Wednesday’s game was postponed because Titan defenseman Nicolas Dumulong was involved in a car accident.

Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 24 GP, 21-19-40, +5, 31 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan scored his 21st goal of the season, but Shawinigan gave up leads of 2-0 and 3-2 in a 4-3 home loss to Rimouski.

Western Hockey League

Medicine Hat Tigers 0 @ Vancouver Giants 6

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-9-11, -15, 19 PIM
With Vancouver: 15 GP, 2-6-8, -5, 9 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Cliff Ronning’s son, Ty (2016 draft), had a natural hat trick for the Giants, who toppled the visiting Tigers, 6-0. Ryan Kubic (2016) had 33 saves for the shut out.

NHL Game Night: 12-2-15 Lightning at Ducks

Like bullseyeing womp rats on their T-16 back home, the Lightning defeat Anaheim on Star Wars Night.

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Ben Bishop (and on a couple of occasions his horseshoe) was the difference tonight. He allowed 1 goal on 33 shots for the victory, and generally outplayed Gibson to get the 2 points.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
2:35 TB Drouin (2), (Namestnikov, Garrison)
4:15 ANA Perry (9), (Getzlaf, Rakell)
16:22 TB Marchessault (2), (Drouin, Filppula)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Bishop was the game's first star. Kudos to the homers at Honda Center for denying Drouin a richly deserved star.

Styles make the fight and stylistically the Lightning still aren't built to handle Anaheim's style, but they have some sort of voodoo power over the Ducks that allows them to pull out victories even when they get outplayed. Tonight's margin came on the strength of superior goaltending by Bishop and a couple of goals manufactured by the slick hands of Jonathans Drouin and Marchessault. I'll take it. The Lightning clearly need at least 4 points out of this California trip, so a loss tonight would've cut the margin of error to zippo. Now they just need to manufacture one more win on the trip to call it a success, and if they can get 3 or 4 points out of the remaining 2 games, all the better. It seems iffy for Tyler Johnson to come back on this roadie, but it seems like Paquette's return is imminent and Palat might not be super far off either, so if the Lightning can at least weather this 10 game segment there's reason for hope. If they actually can get 13-14 points out of it, there's reason to be ecstatic.

For the record, on the two goals the Lightning had waved off: I thought the call on the Kucherov goal was appropriate and the goaltender interference call against Callahan on Killorn's waved off goal was pure baloney. It's not Callahan's fault Lindholm decided to be a clumsy oaf and bowl over his own goaltender. Fortunately it became a moot point with Marchessault scoring the eventual GWG just a few moments later, so despite their best attempts the refs didn't actually influence the score. It ended up being right at 2-1 where it rightfully should have been.

Jonathan Marchessault had a power play goal and 2 shots in 8:56. He clearly lost IT to Drouin's return, but he showed off his sniper's touch to get the GWG. He can shoot. That much has never been in doubt. With players coming back in the next couple of weeks and the Lightning possibly getting to their full deck of cards, it'll be interesting to see what they do with Marchessault. In my opinion, he's played well enough to stick on this recall, but the roster math is daunting for him. If the Lightning didn't play so much better with 7 d-men in the lineup, I might suggest sending one down to make more permanent room for Marchessault, but I doubt that's in the cards.

Nikita Nesterov played 7:18. Considering where his game was when he was sent down to Syracuse, a quiet night at the rink is an improvement.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 12-2-15

Ufa 6 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 11/14, 7.48 GAA, .786 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 13-10-6, 0 SO, 2.28 GAA, .918 sv%

Ex-Oilers pick Linus Omark had a pair of helpers as Ufa tripled up Magnitogorsk 6-2. Ex-Wings first rounder Igor Grigorenko also had a goal in the match for Ufa.

Novgorod 2 vs. Novokuznetsk 4
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 7-6-13, +6, 22 PIM

Carter Ashton notched a goal in 19:04 of ice time in Novgorod's 4-2 loss to Novokuznetsk. Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev had a pair of helpers in the loss for Novgorod.

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Spartak Moscow 0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 11 GP, 5-5-10, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals: (Khanty-Mansiysl): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 12-12-24, +11, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and a helper in 16:09 of ice time as SKA St. Petersburg crushed Spartak Moscow 5-0. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk also had a goal in the win for St. Petersburg.

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