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CHL Game Night: 12-1-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 5 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 10/22 FO, 3 Hit
Season Totals: 28 GP, 12-22-34, +20, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Baie-Comeau got a last-minute goal at the end of the second period to pull the game to 4-2, then scored in the third to make it 4-3, but couldn’t complete the comeback. Quebec sealed it with an empty-netter. Fortier didn’t find his way onto the scoresheet.

ECHL Game Night: 12-1-18 Admirals at Solar Bears

Norfolk Admirals 5 @ Orlando Solar Bears 6 (OT)

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 9 GP, 1-3-4, +5, 10 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, ORL: 1-0-1, +2, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 4 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 8 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 23 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM

Jonne Tammela scored his second goal in as many games and Matt Spencer added a primary assist as Orlando won its second straight 6-5 overtime game. Troy Bourke (Syracuse contract) was not in the lineup for the Solar Bears. Orlando will face Tampa Bay’s former AHL affiliate Sunday to complete the weekend series.

NHL Game Night: 12-1-18 Lightning at Panthers

The Florida Panthers: always there for a good laugh.

TB-5
FLA-4 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the OT victory. My man needs a rest. He's admitted in the media he's physically fatigued, and whether he's willing to admit it or not, physical fatigue leads to mental fatigue. His First Period allowing 2 on 3 shots and letting in 3 of the first 7 just isn't defensible. I get he made some key Third Period saves and a big toe save in OT, but with replacement-level goaltending the Lightning probably win that game in regulation in a walk. He's overextended. They're asking the man to carry too much of a burden and he's cracking a bit under the weight of it. Give him a night to recharge his batteries. Please.

First Period
10:23 FLA Vatrano (8), (Dadonov, Matheson)
10:34 FLA Barkov (10), (Huberdeau)
11:18 TB Killorn (5), (Sergachev, Coburn)

Second Period
2:11 FLA Huberdeau (6), (unassisted)
8:04 FLA Dadonov (12), (Yandle, Hoffman)(PP)
13:00 TB Joseph (6), (Kucherov, Girardi)
19:00 TB Kucherov (11), (Hedman, Stamkos)(PP)

Third Period
11:41 TB Paquette (6), (unassisted)

Overtime
3:12 TB Point (19), (Kucherov, Johnson)(PP)

Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and third stars.

That was in no way, shape, or form a Picasso by the Tampa Bay Lightning, but there's still something so satisfying about still cutting the Panthers' hearts out even when the team brings its B- game to the rink. There were simply too many turnovers in the neutral zone tonight and just a horrible job of managing the puck in the center third overall. There's just no excuse gifting an opposing club odd man rushes and breakaways, especially when you know your backup goaltender behind you is sucking wind after playing ten straight games. But, against the boys from that empty rink in Sunrise, the Lightning seem to always find a way to turn a fiasco into a reaffirmation of the cosmic order that demands that the Panthers and their fan(s) must suffer. That team plays the Lightning like it's Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final seeming every time the two teams meet, and nearly every time they find a new and exciting way to wet the bed and let the Lightning escape with two points. Tonight, once Kucherov scored on the PP to further narrow the Panthers' once commanding three goal lead to just a single goal before the Second Intermission, you knew this game was going to only end in one way: heartbreak for the Florida Panthers, the handful of people who show up to their games to be surrounded by a bevy of unfilled red seats, and the propagandists Fox Sports Florida employs to pretend they're a real NHL team. And Lord, do I love it.

Mathieu Joseph had a scorcher of a goal to start the comeback and was +2 with 1 shot and 4 hits in 9:08.

Anthony Cirelli was +1 with 4 shots, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:51. He was also a stylish 73% on 11 draws.

Erik Cernak had 2 hits and 6 blocked shots in 21:10. This was the first game in the Cernak's stint up top with Tampa Bay that I thought he had some rough moments. That it happened this deep into his first run with the team, and the fact the coaching staff still entrusted him with over 21 minutes of IT anyway, speaks volumes about the quality of his play overall.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 12-1-18 Crunch at Monsters

Crunch take the two game series in Cleveland.

SYR-5
CLE-3

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 38 shots for the victory. Got a lot of work in Cleveland in this two game set and didn't make a bad accounting of himself.

First Period
1:49 SYR Yan (3), (Gaunce, Colton)
2:28 CLE Milano (5), (Letestu, MacInnis)
11:03 SYR Raddysh (8), (Volkov, Gaunce)
13:26 SYR Yan (4), (Barre-Boulet, Verhaeghe)
15:05 CLE Somerby (1), (Robinson, Sherwood)

Second Period
3:16 SYR Katchouk (3), (Thomas)(SH)

Third Period
10:19 CLE Abramov (3), (Carlsson, Vigneault)
19:31 SYR Conacher (10), (Gaunce)(EN)

Dennis Yan and Cameron Gaunce were the game's first and second stars. Yan snaps a 10 game scoreless streak in dramatic fashion.

For the moment, with tonight's Americans game in progress, the Crunch move to two points behind first place Rochester with a game in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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