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McGinn Scores in Return, But Crunch Overwhelmed by Bears


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tye McGinn made an impact in his return, but it wasn’t enough.

The veteran forward notched his second of the season to even the score in the first period but the Bears overwhelmed the Crunch the rest of the way, as Syracuse lost to Hershey, 5-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I thought we had a horrible first period,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “When you start the game, you give the puck away like we did, our slot was open, we didn’t get involved in our zone, we were turning instead of being involved, against a team like Hershey, they make you pay cash. I don’t think we were good enough. That’s it.”

ECHL Game Night: 3-3-17

Brampton Beast 4 at Kalamazoo Wings 5

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIMS, 0 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 18 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 4 PIMs, 30 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 5 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 2 PIMs, 11 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 34/38
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-9-0-1, 2.82 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

Nic Riopel outlasted Zachary Fucale for his 9th win in his last 10 games, as the K-Wings continue their hot streak, now at five straight wins. Riopel was peppered with 38 shots, and Kalamazoo's new found offense showed up yet again and carried the day. Cam Darcy extended his point streak to five games. Kalamazoo travels to Toledo to take on the best team in the league Saturday night, before returning home Sunday for an afternoon tilt against Adirondack.

NHL Game Night: 3-3-17 Lightning at Penguins

Reasonable Lightning road effort falls apart in the end.

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PIT-5

Peter Budaj allowed 4 goals on 34 shots for the loss in his Lightning debut. He was very good, and probably deserved a better fate than he got on this night.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
6:18 TB Erne (1), Namestnikov, Paquette)
8:39 PIT Malkin (27), (Kessel, Schultz)(PP)
16:49 PIT Malkin (28), (Kessel, Cole)

Third Period
1:10 TB Kucherov (28), (Drouin, Hedman)(PP)
2:38 PIT Streit (6), (Crosby, Malkin)
16:37 PIT Schultz (10), (Crosby, Streit)(PP)
19:00 PIT Kuhnhackl (4), (Bonino)(EN)

Tampa Bay played pretty well up until they got the Erne goal in the Second Period. They showed they could hang with the defending champs, but took their foot off the gas once they got a lead and eventually found themselves down heading into the final frame. Kucherov got the game even on the power play early in the Third Period, but the team again sagged after scoring the goal and Pittsburgh quickly regained the lead. Drouin set up Kucherov for point blank chances on two different sequences in the middle of the period, but he couldn't capitalize and that ultimately was the game. The game was a lot closer and better played than the score indicated. Unfortunately, the Lightning's standings position means moral victories are worth less than nothing. Only points matter right now.

Greg McKegg was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 8:25. He was also 60% on 5 draws.

Jake Dotchin was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 18:56.

Gabriel Dumont had 4 hits in 7:59.

Adam Erne had his first NHL goal and point and was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:35. His like on Paquette/Namestnikov/Erne faded in the Third Period, but they looked pretty strong for much of the first two periods and may merit keeping an eye on over the next few games. They were quite good.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-3-17 Bears at Crunch

Inauspicious debut with the Crunch for McKenna.

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SYR-1

Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 9 shots for the loss before giving way to Kristers Gudlevskis, who allowed 1 goal on 9 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
1:37 HER Gilbert (1), (Barber, Boyd)
3:27 SYR McGinn (2), (Taormina, Gourde)
11:49 HER Barber (8), (O'Brien, Bourque)(PP)
13:05 HER Thomas (20), (Stephenson)(PP)

Second Period
7:54 HER Djoos (10), (Mitchell, Zajac)
13:33 HER Thomas (21), (Williams)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Tye McGinn was the game's third star, scoring Syracuse's lone goal after returning from an injury suffered in mid-October. Other than that, it was a dismal night.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

MHL Game Day: 3-3-17

Khabarovsk Jr. 1 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Oleg Sosunov had a minor for roughing in Loko Jr.'s 3-1 win over Khabarovsk Jr.

CHL Game Night: 3-2-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season: 58 GP, 29-24-53, +10, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

The Hounds scored three times in the third period to tie the game, but Windsor got a goal early in overtime to take the second point.

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5 (OT)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/17 FO
Season Totals: 58 GP, 17-26-43, -1, 26 PIM
With Petes: 20 GP, 5-9-14, +8, 12 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 52 GP, 6-19-25, +8, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Peterborough blew a 3-0 lead before Spencer rescued them in overtime, scoring his sixth goal of the season. Projected 2017 first rounder Nick Suzuki had two goals (36) for Owen Sound.

MHL Game Day: 3-2-17

Khabarovsk Jr. 2 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3 (OT)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 31 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 77 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not dress for Loko Jr.'s 3-2 OT win over Khabarovsk Jr. Sosunov, of course, was kicked out of his club's last match after participating in a line brawl near the end of the Third Period. Loko Jr. currently sits in third on the MHL Western Conference table, and look like a safe bet to get one of the top three seeds heading into the playoffs.

CHL Game Night: 3-1-17

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Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 12/23 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 55 GP, 15-24-39, -7, 26 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 5 Hits
Season Totals: 58 GP, 37-14-51, +7, 84 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 48 GP, 32-36-68, +31, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Imama’s point total for the season now matches his jersey number after he scored his 37th goal Wednesday against Somppi and the Mooseheads.

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 41-26-67, +27, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

The Drakkar scored with nine seconds left in regulation to steal a win over the Cataractes.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 50 GP, 34-35-69, +8, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden scored his 34th goal of the season to open the game and the Warriors built a 3-0 lead before losing it completely in the third period. They were rescued by Yan Khomenko (2017), who scored his 14th of the season mid-way through the third.

Seattle Thunderbirds 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 5 (OT)

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 31 saves on 35 shots
Season Totals: 40 GP, 24-11-2-2, 2.26 GAA, .930 sv%, 5 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Devan Sideroff (Ducks) scored twice, including once in overtime to lead the Blazers over the T-Birds. Sideroff is up to 35 goals on the year. It was revealed by Lightning GM Steve Yzerman at his post-trade deadline press conference that the plan for next year is to have Ingram in AHL Syracuse with a veteran netminder. Ingram, who has yet to be signed, is similar in style and upside to Adam Wilcox, whom the Lightning traded to Florida for Mike McKenna Wednesday.

ECHL Game Night: 3-1-17

Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Quad City Mallards 2 OT

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 17 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 0 PIMs, 30 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 4 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 0 PIMs, 9 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 61:10 MINS, 34/36, *1st Star*
Season Totals: 23 GP, 12-9-0-1, 2.76 GAA, 0.905 SV%, 1 SO

En fuego. Nic Riopel backstopped the K-Wings to their fourth straight win with a 34 save performance and a gritty twice-come-from-behind 3-2 OT road victory against the rival Mallards. It was Riopel's 8th win in his last 9 starts, earning 1st Star honors on the night. Cam Darcy extended his point streak to four games, setting up two goals including the OT game-winner. Kalamazoo has a big-time 3-in-3 this weekend, with powerhouses Brampton, Toledo, and Adirondack all on the schedule.

NHL Game Night: 3-1-17 Hurricanes at Lightning

Lightning weather awful performance to pull out a win.

CAR-3
TB-4 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the victory. Another performance where he held the team in the game with his performance in the First Period. All three goals came on deflections, so altogether another quality start.

First Period
7:58 TB Hedman (11), (Kucherov, Palat)(PP)
11:51 CAR Hanifin (3), (Lindholm, Aho)
14:54 CAR Ryan (9), (Hanifin, Rask)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
10:51 TB Johnson (18), (Dotchin, Palat)
15:18 TB Kucherov (27), (Johnson, Garrison)
17:23 CAR McClement (5), (Slavin, Lindholm)(SH)

Overtime
0:46 TB Hedman (12), (Kucherov, Johnson)

Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars.

Garbage performance by the Lightning and they got away with it. They came out flat as a pancake again after more trade drama with the departure of Valtteri Filppula earlier in the day. As bad as those 4 shots on goal were in the First Period, they actually managed only 3 in the Third Period. Just a really mentally soft, really emotionally bankrupt effort that they stole 2 points out of.

So, how high is the hill now? Well, the Lightning have pulled within 30 points of magic number 96. The math's actually simple at this hour with 20 games left to go: get 30 of a remaining 40 possible points. Playing .750 remains a pretty tough ask, but they've been playing at that clip for the past couple of weeks, and if Stamkos can return in mid to late March... look, it's nice to dream.

New addition Greg McKegg had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 8:14.

Jake Dotchin had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 20:07. The key goal to knot the game at 2-2 came on a Dotchin bomb from the point that deflected down and in off Tyler Johnson's skate. Big goal from a big shot. Dotchin's strong as an ox and it shows in his slapper.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 hit in 8:32.

Adam Erne had 4 hits in 15:12. 4 shots attempted on goal, but couldn't get any on frame.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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