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KHL Game Day: 11-16-15

Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Jokerit 4
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Panthers pick Topi Jaakola and ex-Stars pick Philip Larsen each had 1 goal and 1 assist from the blueline in Jokerit's 4-2 win over Khanty-Mansisysk.

Novgorod 2 vs. Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals:

Carter Ashton had a helper in 16:28 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-2 shootout loss to Dynamo Moscow. Dynamo got a goal from ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums.

Juniors Game Night: 11-16-15

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 3 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 10-13-23, +14, 23 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto continues to produce, this time notching an assist in a Windsor overtime win. DiGi had the only assist on the overtime-winner. The Spits are seven points up on Sarnia for first in the West Division.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 2 (OT)

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-3-4, +14, 22 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-7-9, -1, 23 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Coming off a huge win over Sudbury, Peterborough forced overtime with a goal with 1:04 left in regulation, but were outshot 5-0 in the extra session en route to a 2-1 loss to last-place Hamilton.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

ECHL Game Night: 11-15-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 1 at Atlanta Gladiators 4

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-0-6, -3, 2 PIM, 28 SOG

D Daniel Walcott, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 10 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

As the Greenville special teams go, so goes the Swamp Rabbits. Greenville allowed two power play goals and did not convert any of their extra man situations, dropping a 4-1 road decision to the Gladiators at the Infinite Energy Arena at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA on Sunday afternoon. Allen York sat backup all three games, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday as head coach Brian Gratz decided to ride Jeff Malcolm all weekend. The Swamp Rabbits have just two games this coming week featuring home tilts against the Orlando Solar Bears on Tuesday night and Friday night against cross-state rival the South Carolina Stingrays.

KHL Game Day: 11-15-15

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Yaroslavl 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/30, 1.01 GAA, .967 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 11-9-5, 0 SO, 2.31 GAA, .916 sv%

Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had 1 goal and 1 assist in Magnitogorsk's 4-1 win over Yaroslavl. Ex-Capitals pick Oskar Osala also chipped in a goal in the win.

ECHL Game Night: 11-14-15

Adirondack Thunder 2 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3

F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 11 GP, 6-0-6, -2, 2 PIM, 28 SOG

D Daniel Walcott, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 8 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 8 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

Lightning prospect Brian Hart earned first star honors Saturday night, scoring the game winner and his team leading sixth goal of the season. A point shot off the end board bounced into his office in the crease, and Hart pushed it past the netminder capping off a Swamp Rabbit two-goal third period rally. Greenville killed off all eight penalties and scored a power play goal of their own. The Swamp Rabbits wrap up their weekend slate with a trip down I-85 for a rematch with the Gladiators in Atlanta Sunday afternoon.

Juniors Game Night: 11-14-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2 (OT)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 20 GP, 3-6-9, E, 32 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-9-18, +4, 21 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Thomas Chabot (Senators first rounder) scored on a breakaway in overtime to beat the Mooseheads in Halifax, 3-2.

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 19 GP, 19-15-34, +10, 25 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan is approaching the 20-goal mark for the season. He has at least one goal in three of his last four games. Yan opened the scoring Saturday, but the Cataractes never scored again.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 4

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-10-15, -4, 7 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli remains out with an undisclosed injury.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Peterborough Petes 8

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-3-4, +14, 22 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-7-9, -1, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Dominik Masin (pictured) scored his first goal of the season and the Petes had a 8-2 lead before Sudbury scored twice to end the game.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

Western Hockey League

Red Deer Rebels 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 18-25-43, +11, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Brayden Point extended his point streak to eight games in a 4-1 loss to visiting Red Deer. This was Point’s first single-point game of the season. Every other game he’s either been scoreless or registered two or more points.

Portland Winterhawks 5 @ Vancouver Giants 3

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-2-2, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-7-9, -13, 10 PIM
With Vancouver: 8 GP, 2-4-6, -3, 2 PIM
With Calgary: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

United States Hockey League

Des Moines Buccaneers 2 @ Omaha Lancers 1

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 8 GP, 5-2-1, 2.41 GAA, .926 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham had the night off.

NCAA Game Night: 11-14-15

No. 1 Providence Friars 3 @ No. 11 Boston University Terriers 3 (OT)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 12 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

Providence and BU tied for the second straight night, this time 3-3. It was 1-1 Friday. The Friars had an early 2-0 lead but needed the game’s final goal to force overtime.

Minnesota State Mavericks 3 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: Did not play
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Mullin, a senior, remains out with a head injury.

*USCHO poll used

Gudlevskis, Special Teams Lift Crunch Over Comets

By Jeremy Houghtaling

The special teams play proved to be the difference in the third period.

The Crunch took the lead with a power play marker early in the frame, killed off the Comets’ two-minute 5-on-3, and Kristers Gudlevskis finished with 47 saves, as Syracuse topped Utica, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“To me, the guys tonight had a lot of guts to their game, a lot of battle to their game, and got a little dirtier,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “To me, that stuff gets rewarded when you do those things.”

NHL Game Night: 11-14-15 Panthers at Lightning

Lightning just miss a breakthrough they desperately needed.

TB-4 (SO)

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 23 shots and allowed 1 of 2 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. He was not super-sharp tonight, but I was almost willing to give him a pass after making a key desperation save with his right pad late in the Third Period that nearly was enough to preserve the win. But, he allowed a deflected floater with less than a minute to play and that ultimately cost the team a second point tonight. I'm not going to lambaste a guy for allowing goals on 2 breakaways and a penalty shot. That said, it's an obvious tell when Bishop is on/off as to whether or not he's leaving his five hole open. Tonight it was open 24 hours like a 7-Eleven, and Pirri took advantage on his PS goal and the Shootout winner. The five hole is to Ben Bishop what drink is to someone in AA: it's a demon he'll be fighting with the rest of his life. Being such a tall guy, he'll never fully correct it, but he's got to focus on keeping it under control.

First Period
4:48 FLA Jokinen (4), (Trocheck, Campbell)
15:22 TB Paquette (2), (Brown)

Second Period
1:02 TB Namestnikov (4), (Stamkos)
2:39 FLA Bjugstad (6), (Smith, Huberdeau)
4:47 FLA Pirri (3), (unassisted)(PS)
7:49 TB Stralman (1), (Killorn, Hedman)

Third Period
9:56 TB Namestnikov (5), (Brown, Stamkos)
19:22 FLA Ekblad (3), (Smith, Bolland)(PP)


FLA- Pirri

Vladislav Namestnikov and Anton Stralman were the game's first and second stars. Don't look now, but Namestnikov is on a pace for 20+ goals.

This one stings, because it had the chance to be a cathartic moment that would put the Lightning season back on track. It was not a pretty game. It was incredibly sloppy and incredibly chippy, but that emotional response by the Lightning after getting physically challenged by the downstate rival was welcome. It looked like the elixir, quite frankly, as the team battled to manufacture the 4 goals it looked like it needed to win. And then the bottom dropped out on a center point wrister than took a slight deflection off Condra and went in with under a minute to go. Deflating. Tonight's exercise was helpful because it showed them they can manufacture goals in the dirty areas off rebounds, as they did on 3 out of the 4 goals. But, they really needed to payoff of the 2 points to feel good about the night and it slipped away from them. So, the funk continues to linger a bit longer.

So, the Lightning will be at least 3 points in the hole at the end of segment 2 of the season. 2 points in the segment finale would be much appreciated, to be sure.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Night: 11-14-15 Comets at Crunch

Gudlevskis stands on his head.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 48 shots for the victory. That's darned near shades of the Lightning's affiliation with Springfield territory, when guys like Boutin were having to fend off 50-some shots a game. He gets back on track and one ups Wilcox who has had a couple of good starts in a row and now we have two goaltenders cooking in the AHL in a way that the Lightning haven't seen since the heady days of Tokarski and Janus. This is good.

First Period

Second Period
SYR Vermin, (3) (Nesterov, Mormina), 10:45
UTI Zalewski, (3) (Pedan, Fedun), 12:23

Third Period
SYR Peca, (4) (Vermin, DeAngelo), 1:01 (PP)

Gudlevskis, Joel Vermin and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars.

Syracuse punctuated their victory tonight with a feverish 5-on-3 PK toward the end of the Third Period to seal the win.

Box score from

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