Bratislava 5 vs. Yaroslavl 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 20/23, 3.00 GAA, .870 sv%
Season totals: 22 GP, 9-10-3, 2 SO, 2.94 GAA, .890 sv%
Playing in just his second game of the season, ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan had 2 goals to help lead Bratislava to a 5-3 win over Yaroslavl. Ex-Lightning first rounder Vladimir Mihalik also had a helper in the win for Slovan and ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen added 2 apples in the victory.
Harvard Crimson 2 @ Yale Bulldogs 2
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-7-8, -3, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Harvard was outshot 54-27 by their rivals from Yale.
Denver Pioneers 2 @ No. 12 Miami RedHawks 4
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Miami earned a weekend split with Denver with a win on Saturday. Denver scored their second goal with five seconds left in the game. Miami is listed as scoring an empty net goal two seconds later.
No. 15 North Dakota 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-2-5, -3, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
North Dakota completed a 2-game sweep over WMU, winning both games 3-2.
No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Union Dutchmen 6
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 5-8-13, +3, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM
Peca had two goals this weekend. He’s starting to heat up. On Saturday he is listed as scoring an unassisted goal into an empty net – in the second period. QU had a penalty at the same time so Peca may have been credited with an extra-attacker own goal by Union.
No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan State Spartans 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 19 saves on 21 shots
Season totals: 14 GP, 11-2-2, 2.17 GAA, .923 sv%, 1 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
The Gophers will leave Lansing with a win and a tie after winning on Saturday night. Wilcox (pictured) allowed Sparty’s second goal with one second left on the clock.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Remparts 6 @ Charlottetown Islanders 3
C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit, 15/26 FO
Season totals: 30 GP, 12-26-38, +1, 45 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
Erne avoided a suspension for his match-penalty earning hit against fellow Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin on Friday night and responded with three assists on PEI against the Islanders. Drouin will not play on Sunday as he is reportedly still experiencing headaches associated with the hit. While his symptoms are considered minor, all head injuries are considered serious. He’s out indefinitely.
Ontario Hockey League
North Bay Battalion 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 3
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-6-7, -13, 22 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
North Bay got a much-needed win, beating Niagara 6-3. The Battalion stayed within five points of Sudbury for first in the Central Division.
Barrie Colts 5 @ Belleville Bulls 1
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 6-12-18, +18, 62 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Barrie remains in second place in the Central Division, just ahead of North Bay.
Kitchener Rangers 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 2
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 7-17-24, +29, 18 PIM
2012-13 totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Koekkoek was on the ice for both of the Spits’ goals on Saturday in an important win over the Rangers. Windsor has earned a point in five straight games.
Jesse Blacker broke a tie with less than nine minutes remaining, lifting the Norfolk Admirals over the Syracuse Crunch for a second-straight night, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
The Crunch, who fell in the shootout to the Admirals Friday, spent most of the game rotating through five defensemen, after Jean-Philippe Cote was ejected for an illegal hit to the head at the 11:41 mark of the first period.
"Cote is a valuable guy," said Syracuse coach Rob Zettler. "One, just having him out of the lineup period is just tough. But playing five D is tough too, especially in back-to-back games."
Lightning keep letting shaky goaltenders off the hook.
Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the OT loss. He played great and really deserved better than he got from the team in front of him. Did he have one lucky save on a point blank rebound chance by Jokinen that was off one of his own rebounds? Sure. But he gave the Lightning every opportunity to win this game.
5:25 WPG Wheeler (7), (Trouba, Clitsome)
19:58 TB Thompson (2), (Gudas, St Louis)
1:04 WPG Scheifele (3), (Wheeler)
Lindback and Radko Gudas were the game's second and third stars.
Someone needs to have a very serious discussion with this team about letting backup/shaky goaltenders off the hook. Al Montoya looked like hot trash in net tonight. He was giving up rebounds. He was barely squeezing off chances that nearly went though him. He did not look confident or poised between the pipes. 5 shots in the First Period. 12 in the Second Period, but mostly from the perimeter. Not much zone time. Nothing that really created the conditions to get some greasy goals. It's always important to do that, mind you, but when you play a goaltender like Montoya I have no idea why the team isn't on it like a cat on catnip. They sleepwalked through the first 40 minutes and ended up losing in OT of a game they could've easily won in regulation if they hadn't completely let Montoya off the hook. They did the same thing in Columbus sleepwalking through so much of that game, and I just don't get it.
Gudas had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 5 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 21:38. He was a stud tonight and he was all over Andrew Ladd like a bad holiday sweater throughout the game.
Mark Barberio was -2 in 12:59. A lot of people ask me why I am hard on Barberio. He's lived a charmed life so far this year if you look at his overall plus/minus so people don't think he's a bad defensive liability. Please refer to the OT winner the next time you feel the need to ask me why I am hard on Mark Barberio. Scheifele manhandled Barberio on what should have been a very easy tie-up for an NHL defenseman to make. That's why he terrifies me in his own third of the rink. Even small forwards can rag doll him.
Tyler Johnson was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits and he was 39% on draws in 19:05.
Alex Killorn had 3 shots and 3 hits in 16:31. He almost did his Chris Drury impression again working himself into a breakaway in Overtime only to ring his shot off the goalpost after a nice move. One note on that play, looking back at the replay: I am absolutely positive Al Montoya threw his stick after getting faked out of his shorts by Killorn on the play. That probably should've been called a PS for Killorn (mind you, Killorn faked him out so bad he probably should've finished off the goal). Instead, the Jets came down the other way and the waste receptacle conflagration occurred on Scheifele's winning goal.
Ondrej Palat was -1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot. As he was in the AHL, I thought he was the straw that stirred the drink tonight on his line as a lot of chances were running through Palat's play.
J.T. Brown had 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:27.
Matt Taormina had 1 shot in 10:54. He had one really cringe-worthy shift in the Third Period where he looked physically overmatched a la Barberio.
Nikita Kucherov had 2 penalty minutes and 3 shots in 13:50. He's mesmerizing with the puck and I think Lightning players need to learn to have their sticks on the ice ready to shoot whenever Kucherov's in the offensive third.
Andrej Sustr had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 14:42. He had a glorious chance jumping up into the high slot on one play in the First Period and made another in the opening frame where he made a beautiful cross ice feed to Thompson for a near tip-in goal. He was also pretty responsible defensively, as usual. If you're going to get shifts like Taormina and Barberio had tonight, I'd rather Cooper just dress 6 d-men and play Sustr more, to be blunt.