Ontario Hockey League
Windsor Spitfires 8 @ Plymouth Whalers 4
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 11-9-20, -12, 53 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
Windsor won their second straight game, putting up a snowman in Plymouth. DiGiacinto had a goal and an assist in both wins.
Western Hockey League
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 8
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 3-12-15, -1, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Calgary also put up a snowman, 8-2 over Lethbridge. Ben Thomas was a team-worst minus-2 despite the plus-4 even-strength goal disparity. He and one other Hitman were on the minus side of even.
Notes: The following players remain out of their respective lineups:
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw), with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships
Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia), with Team USA
Dominik Masin (Peterborough),with Team Czech Republic
Florida Everblades 3 at Gwinnett Gladiators 1
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 6-7-13, +7, 8 PIM, 34 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, Recalled to Syracuse
Season totals: 17 GP, 13-3-0-1, 2.45 GAA, 0.905 SV%, 2 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 18 GP, 5-5-10, +2, 24 PIM, 38 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 19 GP, 5-6-11, -1, 11 PIM, 36 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
With Allen York recalled to Syracuse as a ripple effect of Vasilevskiy's recall to Tampa, Andy Iles stopped 27 Gladiator shots for his 2nd victory since being claimed off waivers on December 2nd from Alaska. Jeff Costello notched the primary assist on Florida's first goal late in the 2nd period, a power play marker that knotted the game at one apiece. The Everblades take on the Stingrays in Charleston New Year's Eve.
Missouri Mavericks 2 at Wichita Thunder 3 OT
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 29 GP, 14-13-27, +1, 37 PIM, 96 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 0-5-5, -8, 64 PIM, 30 SOG
The Thunder extended their win streak with an OT win over the Mavericks in Central Division play Tuesday night. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier broke open a scoreless game late in the 2nd period with Wichita's first goal. Wichita completes the home-and-home with the Mavericks in Missouri New Year's Eve.
HPK 1 vs. SaiPa 4
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-3-5, +1, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen was -1 in 9:49 of ice time in HPK's 4-1 loss to SaiPa. HPK now sits at 8th on the 14 team Liiga table. The top 10 teams in the league make the postseason.
Kazan 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 14-7-21, +3, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev was -2 in 19:36 of ice time in Yugra's 3-2 loss to Kazan. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had a pair of helpers in defeat for Yugra.
USA 3 vs. Slovakia 0
Anthony DeAngelo, USA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Wings first rounder Dylan Larkin again led the way for Team USA with 1 goal and 1 assist in their 3-0 blanking of Slovakia. Canucks second rounder Thatcher Demko stopped all 17 shots he faced for USA's second consecutive shutout. Aside: don't read too much into Anthony DeAngelo's offensive production in the tournament. He's not playing the same role in the WJC's he does in the OHL, playing more of a defensive role and only seeing time on USA's second PP unit.
Finland 1 vs. Canada 4
Brayden Point, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
Czech Republic 4 vs. Denmark 3 (OT)
Dominik Masin, Czech Republic, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
It took an overtime marker by Bruins first rounder David Pastrnak for the Czech Republic to finally dispose of pesky Denmark 4-3. A pair of helpers by Jets first rounder Nikolaj Ehlers allowed the Danes to extend the game past regulation despite a steep shot disparity that reached 48 to 14 for the Czechs by the game's end. Note that Dominik Masin has been playing the net front role on the Czech power play in the tournament, setting screens and looking for deflections.