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AHL Game Night: 10-14-17 Comets at Crunch

Crunch drop another tightly fought battle.

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Michael Leighton allowed 3 goals on 19 shots as the Comets overcame a 26-19 shot disparity to pull out the win.

First Period
7:57 UTI Goldobin (3), (Boucher, Holm)
19:14 SYR Conacher (2), (Bodie, Cirelli)

Second Period
12:41 UTI Holm (1), (Bancks, Goldobin)(PP)

Third Period
3:22 SYR Cernak (1), (Stephens, Walcott)
6:38 UTI Chaput (1), (McEneny, Holm)(PP)

Mitchell Stephens was the game's second star. He assisted on Erik Cernak's first professional goal in the defeat.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-14-17 Blues at Lightning

Lightning kick ice in honor of Inaugural Team Night.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. His lone blemish was a quick release seeing eye shot through a double screen. We'll forgive him.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
8:20 TB Johnson (2), (Sergachev, Point)(PP)

Third Period
6:27 TB Kucherov (5), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)
16:37 STL Tarasenko (4), (Schwartz, Schenn)

Vasilevskiy, Nikita Kucherov, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

Different kind of game against a different kind of team. The shot totals were fairly even but I still felt like the Lightning carried the balance of play throughout this one and deserved the 2 points. Three quality wins in a row put the Lightning at 4-1-0-0 to start the campaign, including an unblemished record on home ice as they try to re-establish Amalie Arena as a fortress for the club. That puts them at 8 points halfway through the opening segment of the season. They just need 4 in the next 5 games to stay on minimum playoff pace, which means they have an opportunity over the next 5 games to potentially build a nice little cushion of points right out of the gate this year.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 8:42.

Yanni Gourde had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 17:38. More shots, Yanni.

Jake Dotchin had 2 hits and 2 blocked shots in 16:26.

Mikhail Sergachev had a helper and 2 shots and 3 hits in 10:27. It was a calmer performance tonight and he earned his second NHL point after getting awarded a helper after the fact in the Lightning's opener.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 10-13-17

Minnesota State Mavericks 6 @ No. 2 Boston University Terriers 3

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

MacLeod was back in the BU lineup for their upset loss to visiting Minnesota State. He took a roughing penalty.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ No. 12 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play (backup)
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

Unranked UNO scored a road win over the River Hawks Friday, winning 4-2. Ryan Lohin had another point for UML, who fell to 0-3. Kris Oldham did not dress for the Mavs. The sophomore is playing behind two junior goaltenders. He got in 10 games behind them last year as a freshman.

No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions 3 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Zuhlsdorf registered the first point of his sophomore season, albeit in a home loss to Penn State in their conference opener. The Gophers are 1-2 on the young season.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 10-13-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/18 FO
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi made his season debut after missing a couple weeks due to injury. It was his first game since the playoffs last April. Somppi wore an alternate captain’s A for the game.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 9-4-13, +9, 2 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk had his goal streak end at five games, but the Soo still won, 3-2, over Kitchener.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 2-6-8, +3, 4 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Hitmen took it to the Rockets in Kelowna, 4-2, Friday. Cal’s brother, Nolan, had a goal for Kelowna.
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Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 61 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 86 PIM

Defenseman David Quenneville had a goal and three assists on nine shots to lead Medicine Hat to a win over Saskatoon.

United States Hockey League

Waterloo Black Hawks 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 0

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Waterloo shut out Dubuque on the back of goaltender Jared Moe (undrafted, uncommitted), who stopped 30 shots in his first USHL game.

Sioux Falls Stampede 7 @ Omaha Lancers 2

D Nicklaus Perbix, OMA: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (High School): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix had the first two points of his USHL career, but his Lancers fell to the visiting Stampede, 7-2. Both of Perbix’s points came on the power play.

HIGH SCHOOL: Sam Walker, a Minnesota commit, is playing high school hockey this season for Team Southwest. He has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in 12 games.

Yan Scores First Pro Goals, Crunch Beat Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dennis Yan hit a career milestone, but was more concerned with the final result.

The Crunch rookie netted his first professional goal in the second period and added the eventual game-winner early in the third, as Syracuse beat the Belleville Senators, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“Of course it feels good, but I’m really happy we got the first win of the season because we started with two losses,” Yan said. “So I’m happy for the guys. The first win is important and we still have two games this weekend, so it’s pretty good to have the first win this weekend.”

AHL Game Night: 10-13-17 Senators at Crunch

Yan can cook.

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Michael Leighton allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
2:04 SYR McGinn (1), (McBain, Conacher)(PP)

Second Period
9:17 SYR Yan (1), (Cirelli, Akeson)
11:12 BEL DiDomenico (2), (Murray, Blunden)
18:58 BEL McCormick (1), (unassisted)(SH)

Third Period
3:53 SYR Yan (2), (Akeson, Stephens)
19:05 SYR Cirelli (1), (Conacher, Bournival)(EN)

Dennis Yan and Jason Akeson were the game's first and second stars.

Although less hyped and arguably less well-rounded than some of his fellow rookies, Yan does one thing really well. And, if you're going to be good at just one thing, scoring goals might be the one you'd want to pick. He potted the first two goals of his pro career. Fellow rookie Anthony Cirelli also got his first pro goal on the insurance empty netter.

Syracuse grabbed their first win of the campaign to even their record at 1-1-1-0.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 10-12-17

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 2

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette returned for his first game since September 28. He had been out with an apparent head injury.

Erie Otters 5 @ Barrie Colts 7

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 1-9-10, +2, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 9 GP, 3-10-13, +7, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The two No. 17’s – both Lightning prospects – combined for a goal and four assists as Lipanov’s Colts beat Raddysh’s Otters, 7-5, in Barrie. Raddysh’s goalless streak hit seven games. Lipanov managed to get to .500 in the faceoff circle, which is major progress for the first-time North American player.

Western Hockey League

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 12/22 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-0-4, +8, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Sosunov! The combined DNA result of Bobby Orr and Zdeno Chara scored his fourth goal of the season as Moose Jaw defeated visiting Edmonton, 3-2. Brett Howden was scoreless in the game for the Warriors. (Discover Moose Jaw photo)

NHL Game Night: 10-12-17 Penguins at Lightning

Bow down to your new blueline overlord.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 40 shots for the victory. It's been like watching a new age Grant Fuhr early in this season. The stats don't part your hair when you read them, but he makes the big saves to help the team get W's.

First Period
6:07 TB Koekkoek (1), (Kunitz, Stralman)
13:46 PIT Guentzel (2), (Letang, Rust)
19:59 TB Hedman (1), (Killorn, Kucherov)(PP)

Second Period
3:59 TB Stamkos (1), (Namestnikov, Killorn)(PP)
8:58 PUT Sheary (3), (Ruhwedel, Niemi)
9:49 TB Kucherov (4), (Coburn, Killorn)
14:24 PIT Rust (1), (Guentzel, Maatta)(PP)
17:55 TB Koekkoek (2), (Killorn, Johnson)

Third Period
10:01 PIT Hunwick (1), (McKegg, Kessel)

Slater Koekkoek, Alex Killorn, and Kikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

It wasn't the same tour de force performance that the Lightning put together against Washington, but the Lightning looked the better team 5 v 5 all night long against Pittsburgh and deserved the result tonight. Had they stayed out of the box consistently, they surely would've made this a lot easier on themselves, and even with some lapses of discipline there were several moments in the game it looked like it was teetering on the edge of the Lightning getting a 3 goal lead and making it a laugher. Against that team, that's impressive. Back-to-back wins against Washington and Pittsburgh are absolutely impressive, and leave little doubt the Lightning are legit early in this campaign.

4 games into the season, the Lightning have 6 points. 6 more points to collect in the next 6 games to make this a successful segment of the season.

Koekkoek had his first 2 NHL goals and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 9:44. The first goal, which was deflected by the Pens and a bit of puck luck, looked like it took a 200 pound gorilla off of Slater's back. The second goal looked like sheer exuberance as Koekkoek emerged from the box to patiently deposit a 3-on-1 chance on his backhand. Might be time to give him a game or two with a little more IT to see how he handles it.

Yanni Gourde had 3 shots and was 50% on 4 draws in 15:45. I liked that he was shooting the puck more. That will pay dividends in the long run.

Gabriel Dumont was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 8:59. He was also 33% on 9 draws. Skating's an issue. It just needs to be said.

Jake Dotchin was -1 with 2 blocked shots in 16:45. Little by little, he keeps rounding into form.

Mikhail Sergachev was -1 in just 5:22 of ice time. Sheary snuck behind him off the bench to steal a goal, and it seemed like Sergachev didn't see the ice much after that. With Koekkoek playing a nice little game, I wouldn't be shocked in the Lightning gave Mikhail a game off to watch and re-center before throwing him back into the fire.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 10-11-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Did not play
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi has not played this season. He is still recovering from a shoulder injury.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 9-4-13, +7, 2 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk extended his goal streak to five games with a goal Wednesday against Mitchell Stephens’ former team.

Erie Otters 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 5

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-7-8, +3, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh has now gone six games without a goal. Last year his longest goalless streak was four games, in December.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 6 @ Regina Pats 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, -9, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 61 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 86 PIM

Last-place Saskatoon scored a huge road win against Memorial Cup host Regina Wednesday, winning, 6-4. Hajek’s first goal of the season opened the game’s scoring. It was his first goal since February 24.

NCAA Game Night: 10-4-17

No. 2 Boston University Terriers 3 @ No. 17 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (OT)

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

MacLeod, a senior, sat for the Terriers matchup in Connecticut vs Matt Peca’s alma mater. He had played in BU’s first game of the season. MacLeod has been an occasional scratch the past two seasons for one of the NCAA’s best sides.

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