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AHL Game Night: 2-28-16 Crunch at Senators

Crunch steal a wild, improbable win.

SYR-5
BNG-4 (SO)

Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 32 shots before stopping 4 of 5 in the penalty shot session for the 5-4 SO win.

First Period
BNG Puempel, (14) (Varone, Kostka), 1:19 (PP)
BNG Leduc, (8) , 3:46

Second Period
BNG Puempel, (15) (Akeson), 8:53

Third Period
SYR Blunden, (17) (Richard, DeAngelo), 5:42 (PP)
SYR Blunden, (18) (DeAngelo, Richard), 9:32 (PP)
SYR Vermin, (4) (Blujus, Dotchin), 15:26
BNG Kostka, (5) (Varone, Akeson), 19:11
SYR McGinn, (17) (Richard, Tambellini), 19:51

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Blunden, Peca
BNG- Akeson

Mike Blunden and Tanner Richard were the game's first and third stars.

A 3 goals deficit in pro hockey SHOULD be a death sentence. Syracuse improbably erased a 3 goal deficit after 40 minutes only to see ex-Lightning property Mike Kostka put Bingo ahead with under a minute to go. Not to be deterred, Tye McGinn tied the game with under 10 seconds to go before Matthew Peca eventually put it away in the Shootout. When you cough up a 3 goal lead like that, it's emotionally devastating. When you come back and win a game by erasing one, it can be emotionally galvanizing. We'll see if the Crunch get a bounce off of this win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-28-16

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Ekaterinburg 3 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 1
Series Tied 2-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
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%

Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov was between the pipes for Magnitka after two straight shutouts by Vasily Koshechkin, and he allowed 3 goals on 28 shots to drop Game Four to Ekaterinburg. Ekaterinburg was paced by 2 goals from defenseman Alexei Vasilevskiy, brother of Lightning netminder Andrei.

NCAA Game Night: 2-27-16

No. 9 Boston University Terriers 0 @ No. 10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1

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 the fourth straight game. BU won Friday in South Bend, 3-2.

No. 17 Minnesota State Mavericks 2 @ Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 1

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-8-9, -2, 6 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Minnesota State completed a 2-game sweep of Alaska-Anchorage in Anchorage with a 2-1 win Saturday. Mullin had two assists in the series.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 2-27-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 39 GP, 4-11-15, -4, 70 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 54 GP, 32-36-68, +35, 55 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Saint John swept its home-and-home series with Jonathan Drouin’s former team, winning 5-1 Saturday. Mathieu Joseph earned first star for his goal and two power play assists.

Charlottetown Islanders 1 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 53 GP, 30-33-63, +6, 74 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan continued his quiet second half of the season with a scoreless performance in a win over Charlottetown. Alexis D’Aoust (undrafted) had two goals for the Cataractes to give him 40 for the season.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 0 @ Oshawa Generals 5

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 18/27 FO, *Third Star*
Season totals: 55 GP, 19-33-52, -12, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli was a game star for the second consecutive game and the Gens moved back into the 8-spot in the East for the playoffs with a 5-0 win over Kitchener. Oshawa is one point ahead of Hamilton for the final playoff spot.

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Flint Firebirds 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 16-25-41, +16, 74 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor had a 6-3 lead after the second period and coasted to a 6-4 road win.

Sudbury Wolves 6 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 8-22-30, +29, 40 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-18-22, -5, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Matt Spencer (pictured) had his first multi-point game since December 11, and Dominik Masin matched his games-played totals from last season, but the Petes fell at home to Sudbury, 6-3. Dmitry Sokolov (2016) had a hat trick for Sudbury.

Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Erie Otters 4

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 18/31 FO
Season totals: 30 GP, 15-12-27, E, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens’ goal gave the Spirit a brief 2-1 lead in the second period, but the high-powered Otters scored within a minute and eventually took the lead. Saginaw, the 8-seed in the West, pressed for the tying goal with the conference’s top seed, but couldn’t get it, giving up an empty net goal in the process.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 30-44-74, +24, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Moose Jaw pulled within four points of Prince Albert for second place in the East Division with a 5-3 win Saturday. Brayden Point had a goal and an assist. His high-scoring linemate, Dryden Hunt, signed with the Florida Panthers Saturday as an overage free agent. He reportedly had three contract options to consider, though there was never a report the Lightning were involved. The Flames were believed to be one other team.

Vancouver Giants 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 4

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 7-19-26, -28, 44 PIM
With Vancouver: 52 GP, 7-16-23, -18, 34 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

The Blazers outshot the Giants, 40-29, en route to a 4-2 win Saturday.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Muskegon Lumberjacks 4

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 19 saves on 22 shots
Season totals: 27 GP, 12-11-4, 2.74 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham got the start for the second straight night, but like Friday, ended up with a close loss. Muskegon had an empty-net goal late.

Des Moines Buccaneers 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 0-24-24, -9, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 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)

Dubuque outshot Des Moines, 36-22, but could only beat future Yale Bulldog Nick MacNab once.

Crunch Allow Five Unanswered Goals in Loss to IceCaps


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch’s early lead lasted a little more than 10 minutes.

Crunch forward Adam Erne opened the scoring but the IceCaps rattled off five unanswered goals, as St. John’s skated to a 5-1 win over Syracuse at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“In the first 10 minutes … there was a lot of O zone play, a lot of O zone time, and a lot of chances,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “Then — I don’t know — we faded. I don’t know if it was our energy. They were certainly executing better than we were and certainly more tenacious than we were.”

Anthony DeAngelo registered the lone assist on Erne’s goal, while Syracuse goalie Kristers Gudlevskis finished with 40 saves in the loss.

“He was under siege all night,” Zettler said of Gudlevskis. “They had 45 shots, 33 or 34 after two periods. There’s certainly no fault on his shoulders.”

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.

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