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Liiga Game Day: 2-27-16

KalPa 3 vs. Ilves 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM

31 year old Sami Mutanen had 2 goals for KalPa in their 3-2 win over Ilves. Undrafted 24 year old defenseman Santeri Lukka had KalPa's other goal, and a helper in the contest.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-27-16

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Novogorod 3 vs. (2)Jokerit 2 (OT)
Novgorod Leads the Series 3-1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 25 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 25 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton took a game misconduct for spearing late in the Second Period of Novgorod's 3-2 Game Four win over Jokerit. He played 5:51 in ice time before his ejection. Ex-Senators pick Kaspars Daugavins had the OT winner and a helper in the match.

(6)St. Petersburg 1 vs. (3)Yaroslavl 0
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev had the only goal of the game, a power play marker, in SKA's 1-0 Game Four win over Yaroslavl. Gusev played 16:17 in the contest. Ex-Isles pick Mikko Koskinen turned aside all 25 shots he faced for the shutout victory. SKA coach Sergei Zubov, the ex-NHL'er, looks like a genius so far, as St. Petersburg has gone 3-0 since his decision to send star forward Ilya Kovalchuk home for poor performance.

Juniors Game Night: 2-26-16

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Vancouver Giants 3

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 65 GP, 7-19-26, -27, 44 PIM
With Vancouver: 51 GP, 7-16-23, -17, 34 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas had an assist on a second period goal by the Giants, who fell at home to Kelowna, 4-3. Vancouver is in the Western Conference cellar with no realistic shot at the playoffs. Kelowna is in first.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Muskegon Lumberjacks 3 (OT)

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 23 saves on 31 shots
Season totals: 26 GP, 12-10-4, 2.72 GAA, .909 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham has played reasonably well in the last month, but is in a 1-5-2 slump for a team that is 4-4-2 in its last 10 games.

Green Bay Gamblers 0 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 0-24-24, -7, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf, Sioux City’s captain, was part of a major trade within the USHL when he was dealt to East-leading Dubuque. The Saints are tied for the league’s highest point total with conference rival Cedar Rapids. Zuhlsdorf will give them a top-pair puck-moving defenseman for the stretch run. He got an assist in his Saints debut, a commanding win over Jon Cooper's former team.

NCAA Game Night: 2-26-16

No. 9 Boston University Terriers 3 @ No. 10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod was scratched for BU’s road win over the Irish. He’s sat three straight games.

No. 18 Minnesota State Mavericks 3 @ Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 0

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-7-8, -3, 6 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

The Mavs traveled to Alaska and took Game 1 of the weekend series from the Seawolves, 3-0. Mullin was listed as being on the second line by collegehockeystats.com. He’s usually listed on the third or fourth lines. (Not an official placement)

*USCHO poll used

AHL Game Night: 2-26-16 Senators at Crunch

Peca and hope return.

BNG-2
SYR-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory, in a one game cameo performance before heading back to Tampa Bay.

First Period
SYR Peca, (5) (McGinn, Tambellini), 1:04
BNG Hobbs, (2) (McCormick, Robinson), 5:39
SYR Koekkoek, (5) (Peca), 9:58
SYR Angelidis, (6) (DeAngelo, McGinn), 13:13

Second Period
BNG Robinson, (13) (Kostka, Fraser), 9:28

Third Period
NO SCORING

Matthew Peca, Vasilevskiy, and Tye McGinn were the game's three stars. Peca, playing in his first game in a little over a month due to injury, had 1 goal and 1 assist in the First Period alone. I don't want to overplay Peca like he's the second coming, but he's the type of player that Syracuse doesn't have much of: a skilled playmaking centerman. They've got lots of grit, but not guys that are creators who put pressure on the opposing defense. That's why Peca's so important to Syracuse and why I have a sneaking suspicion their nosedive over the last month and Peca's injury were highly related.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Returning Players Spark Crunch in Win Over Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

During his first shift back from injury, Matthew Peca found the back of the net.

Peca was one of multiple players who contributed in their return to the Syracuse lineup, as the Crunch netted three first-period goals and hung on for a 3-2 win over the Binghamton Senators at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I think any time you get a guy that’s a regular in the lineup back, it’s a spark and brings some energy,” said Crunch defenseman Slater Koekkoek. “I thought we had that tonight.”

NHL Game Night: 2-26-16 Lightning at Devils

Making it look easy.

TB-4
NJ-0

Ben Bishop stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout victory. He made a strong handful of situational saves in the Second Period when it was still a 1 goal game that allowed the Lightning to eventually pull away and make it a laugher. U of Maine Justice was served.

First Period
15:36 TB Killorn(11), (Stamkos, Callahan)

Second Period
13:02 TB Palat(7), (Johnson)
18:54 TB Stamkos(27), (Stralman, Callahan)

Third Period
11:12 TB Carle(2), (Palat, Sustr)

Bishop, Steven Stamkos, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars.

If the win against Arizona was workmanlike, this win was almost like a walk in the park. New Jersey had a little fight in them for about 30 minutes, but once they made that miscue with Henrique picking off his own d-man to produce the Palat goal to make it 2-0, it was over. From that point on the Lightning just put it in cruise control. Looked smooth and comfortable all the way to the finish line. Rarely has Bishop had to do so little in the last half of a game to keep a clean sheet. And, the Lightning did it with balance, with 2 goals a piece from the Stamkos and Palat lines.

The Stamkos line is such an interesting case. The TV guys have been throwing roses at Cooper for putting that line together, but it's the same trio that was the dog's breakfast most of the first half of the season. Their recent successes, to me, come down to Stamkos and Callahan simply playing a lot better. Stamkos, in this game, was as good as I've seen him in a long, long time. His goal on the long deflection was the kind of goal that's been notoriously absent from his repertoire this season, and I was really pleased to see it tonight. He used to get a ton of those long deflection goals with his hand eye coordination flashing through the edges of the high traffic areas.

I'm admittedly a little unsure and scared of living in a world where Matt Carle is both scoring and racking up pluses. It'd be an unmitigated positive thing if I didn't have a nagging voice in the back of my head telling me it was a sign of a coming apocalypse.

It wasn't all positives in the game, but close. The road power play continues to be quite stinky and Victor Hedman got dinged up in the Third Period with what appeared to be a hand/wrist injury. That bears watching because with Garrison already out, the Lightning really can't afford to lose another regular.

Jonathan Marchessault had 4 shots and 2 hits in 16:17. My feeling is tonight was right around the sweet spot for Jonathan, minutes-wise, to be effective.

Nikita Nesterov had 2 shots in 15:28. A quiet game is a good thing for Nikita right now. He's now 3 games from graduation from prospect status on the site. Marchessault is 8 games out, if anyone is counting.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-26-16

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Ekaterinburg 0 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 6
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 29/29, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 2 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin posted his second straight shutout of the playoffs to lead Magnitka to a 6-0 drubbing of underdog Ekateriburg. Koshechkin has yet to allow a goal in these playoffs. Ex-Caps pick Oskar Osala had 2 goals and 3 points to help pace Magnitogorsk.

Juniors Game Night: 2-25-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 0 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 5 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 36 GP, 4-11-15, -3, 59 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 53 GP, 31-34-65, +32, 51 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Alex Bishop (undrafted) stopped all 32 shots he faced and Mathieu Joseph scored the eventual game-winning goal in the first period as the Sea Dogs beat the visiting Mooseheads, 2-0. Boko Imama earned second star honors.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 53 GP, 16-24-40, +19, 72 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor got goals from four different players in their 4-2 win over Barrie.

London Knights 7 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 8-21-29, +28, 42 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 3-17-20, -4, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Leafs first rounder Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists to lead the Knights to a 7-4 shellacking of Peterborough Thursday. The game was 2-2 early in the second period before London exploded for the game’s next five goals.

Liiga Game Day: 2-25-16

Sport 4 vs. KalPa 0
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM

Undrafted 24 year old Teemu Tallberg had 2 goals and 4 points as Sport crushed KalPa 4-0. Netminder Mika Jarvinen stopped all 29 shots he faced for the shutout.

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