Gwinnett Gladiators 3 @ Florida Everblades 2
W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 5-11-16, +2, 51 PIM
D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM
W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 4-5-9, -11, 49 PIM
Florida dropped two of three games at division cellar-dwelling Gwinnett last weekend, then dropped a home game to the Gladiators on Friday night. That’s not good when you’re falling out of playoff position. The ‘Blades are clinging to the eighth spot in the East.
Ontario Hockey League
North Bay Battalion 4 @ Mississauga Steelheads 0
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-23-27, +4, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Blujus helped the Battalion to a shutout win in Mississauga. Jake Smith (2014) had 19 saves for North Bay.
Oshawa Generals 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-1-1, E, 5 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 21-44-65, +16, 44 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen fought Canucks draft pick Cole Cassels in the first period.
Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Erie Otters 6
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: Did not play
Season totals: 62 GP, 15-38-53, +44, 51 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Koekkoek is out for the season with a dislocated right shoulder. He previously had surgery twice on his left shoulder. He already has a pro contract, so his junior career is finished.
Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler will look at the tape, but he already knows what it will show.
The Crunch allowed three first period goals and struggled to get sustained pressure, as they fell to the Americans, 4-1, at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester Friday.
"All of our chances came from getting it deep and then going from there," Zettler said. "We have some good size and we have some guys that can grind it out down low, but we weren't committed to doing that."
Thin Crunch defense ad rusty goaltending exposed.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss. After the game, Head Coach Rob Zettler said Gudlevsis might've wanted a couple of those goals back. That's perhaps unsurprising considering tonight was Kristers' first game action in a couple of weeks since standing on his head against Canada in the Olympics. Rust and readjustment were perhaps to be expected.
RCH Larsson, (12) (Catenacci, Armia), 11:29
RCH Tardif, (18) (Varone, Ruhwedel), 14:41 (PP)
RCH Schaller, (4) (Pysyk, Lieuwen), 17:51
RCH Armia, (6) (Gillies, Ruhwedel), 14:05
SYR Angelidis, (10) (Namestnikov, Nesterov), 8:56
With injuries and the recent trade of Matt Taormina leaving the Crunch thin on the backline, they had to press some of their more fringe prospects into service. The result was Rochester swiftly racing out to a 4-0 lead. Follow the minuses and you'll see exactly who Rochester was picking on. Couple a green D with shaky goaltending, and that's the end result.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Dinamo Minsk 1 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Regular season totals: 41 GP, 15-18-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%
Nadezhda Cup totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Jaroslav Janus sat backup today for Bratislava's 1-0 Nadezhda Cup opening loss to Minsk. The Nadezhda Cup is sort of a mini "best of the worst" tournament for KHL clubs that don't make the postseason. Slovan managed just 16 shots on goal in the tight-checking defeat.
The day also saw the start of the KHL Eastern Conference playoffs with 4 games, none of which featured Lightning prospects. Magnitogorsk (Koshechkin) and Ufa (Vasilevskiy) will begin their KHL Western Conference playoff runs tomorrow while Khanty-Mansiysk (Gusev) will get their first kick at the can in the Nadezhda Cup.