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The Golden Knights successfully evened-up the series – and took home-ice advantage – against San Jose with a 5-3 victory on Friday night. Vegas broke out offensively right away, scoring three goals in the game’s first 6:11, before San Jose stormed back with three goals in the final 3:01 of the first period to even the score, 3-3.
Vegas would take the lead for good in the second period, when Mark Stone scored in a scramble by the slot at the 1:31 mark to go up, 4-3. Syracuse Jr. Stars (Now – Utica Jr. Comets) alum Alex Tuch was credited with an assist on the goal, deflecting the puck near the crease to Stone for the score.
San Jose’s Kevin Labanc had multiple offensive chances from the blue line, tallying three shots in 18:34 of ice-time.
ALUMNI STATISTICS - SAN JOSE
Kevin Labanc (SJ) - 0G | 0A | 0P | 1 | 3 SOG | 18:34 TOI
ALUMNI STATISTICS - VEGAS
Alex Tuch (VGS) - 0G | 1A | 1P | 1 | 2 SOG | 13:35 TOI
In what continues to be a shocking development, the Blue Jackets continued from where they left off on Wednesday and dominated the Lightning, 5-1, on Friday in Tampa Bay. Since the first period of Game 1, Columbus has vastly outscored Tampa Bay, 9-1.
The Lightning will need to regroup quickly if they wish to extend the first-round series.
Once again, all three USPHL alums in this series, Ryan Callahan (TB), Keith Kinkaid (CBJ), Andrew Peeke (CBJ), were scratched from the active rosters.
ALUMNI STATISTICS - COLUMBUS
Keith Kinkaid (CBJ) - DNP (Scratched)
Andrew Peeke (CBJ) - DNP (Scratched)
ALUMNI STATISTICS - TAMPA BAY
Ryan Callahan (TB) - DNP (Scratched)
The Coliseum was rocking once again on Friday night, as the Islanders defeated Pittsburgh, 3-1, to take a 2-0 series lead for the first time since the 1983 Stanley Cup Finals.
After each team traded goals in the second period, New York took control of the game – and the series – with two more scores from Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey in the third period.
Alums Brian Dumoulin (23:24 TOI) and Zach Aston-Reese (12:33) saw increased playing time for Pittsburgh, but only combined for two shots on a quiet night for the Penguins' offense.
ALUMNI STATISTICS - PITTSBURGH
Brian Dumoulin (PIT) - 0G | 0A | 0P | +/- 0 | 1 SOG | 23:24 TOI
Zach Aston-Reese (PIT) - 0G | 0A | 0P | +/- 0 | 1 SOG | 12:33 TOI
The Blues took full control of their series following a 4-3 victory over the Jets in Winnipeg.
Game 2 was a back-and-forth affair between both teams, but a third-period goal by the Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly would put away the game for good.
The Blues now head back to St. Louis with the chance to sweep the series at home.
ALUMNI STATISTICS - ST. LOUIS
Zach Sanford (STL) - 0G | 0A | 0P | +/- 0 | 0 SOG | 10:03 TOI
ALUMNI STATISTICS - WINNIPEG
Kevin Hayes (WPG) - 0G | 0A | 0P | -1 | 0 SOG | 8:32 TOI