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CHL Game Night: 9-20-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Maxim Cajkovic, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
18-19 Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM

Cajkovic and the Sea Dogs started their season on the right … paw? … with a 4-3 win over the QMJHL and Memorial Cup runners-up from last season. The Sea Dogs won only 13 games last year. Cajkovic has the skill and role - and hopefully teammates - to have a big season this year.

Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 (SO)

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 9/17 FO, 0 Hits
18-19 Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM

Drakkar captain Gabe Fortier opened his 2019-2020 season with a primary helper on B-C’s only goal in a 1-1 tie against Rimouski. The Drakkar were able to keep likely 2020 No. 1 overall pick Alexis Lafreniere off the scoresheet - at least in “normal” hockey. He scored in the shootout. So did Fortier, though, as B-C’s first shooter. They’d add another to win the shootout 2-1, too.

Rimouski is without Lightning prospect Radim Salda, who finished last season with the Oceanic and can still play in juniors. The 2018 seventh-rounder went home to the Czech Republic this season after spending the previous two in the Q (Saint John, Rimouski). He’s with HC Stadion Litomerice in the Czech second league and has an assist in four games played.

Western Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads @ Kamloops Blazers

D Quinn Schmiemann, KAM: 0-0-0, -1, 20 PIM, 2 SOG
19-20 Totals: 58 GP, 5-23-28, -7, 30 PIM

Schmiemann’s season-opener went a bit awry when he was charged with a major for cross-checking, subsequently got in a fight, then was ejected. The Lightning 2019 sixth-rounder has a chance to hit 40 points this season if he can maintain a prominent role on the backline. Spokane was leading the game 3-2 early in the third period. Eli Zummack, fresh off playing for the Lightning in the Nashville prospect showcase and in the early days of NHL camp, has an assist for the Chiefs.

Note: Nolan Foote (Kelowna) remains with the Lightning though he’s expected to be assigned to the Rockets as soon as next week.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-20-19 Predators at Lightning

Lightning offense breaks its slumber in Third Period comeback win.

NSH-1
TB-3

Curtis McElhinney allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the win.

First Period
15:32 NSH Jarnkrok (1), (Bonino, Turris)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
9:30 TB Volkov (1), (Verhaeghe, Yan)(PP)
19:21 TB Kucherov (1), (Palat, Johnson)
19:44 TB Kucherov (2), (Palat)(EN)

Nikita Kucherov, Alexander Volkov and McElhinney were the game's three stars.

Shots were even at 32-32 for the game. Note the significant ice time for Volkov (again) and Carter Verhaeghe as well as a lot of ice time for righty defenseman prospect Ben Thomas (20:30). In all three cases, chronologically older prospects that should be among the next in line for spots in Tampa Bay, if in the cards.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-18-19 Lightning at Hurricanes

Lightning still looking to light the lamp in preseason.

TB-0
CAR-2

Martin Spencer allowed 1 goal on 13 shots for the loss before giving way to Zach Fucale who allowed 1 goal on 11 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:53 CAR Lorentz (1), (Gauthier, Forsling)

Third Period
5:06 CAR Bishop (1), (unassisted)

The Lightning actually led shots on goal in the contest 24-21, so it wasn't the squash last night's game was.

Nolan Foote drew good reviews for his NHL preseason debut, but for readers of the tea leaves, take a look at Dominik Masin and his hefty 20:23 of ice time and Alexander Volkov and his 18:15. Two players clearly getting looked at.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-17-19 Hurricanes at Lightning

Prospect-heavy lineup drops preseason opener.

CAR-3
TB-0

Scott Wedgewood allowed 3 goals on 37 shots for the loss.

First Period
1:19 CAR McCormick (1), (Gibbons)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
5:53 CAR Wallmark (1), (McGinn, Martinook)(PP)
9:55 CAR Markison (1), (Geekie)

Ugly performance for the young Lightning, who were thoroughly outplayed and outshot 37-15.

If you're trying to read tea leaves though about who's getting an extended look in camp, Cal Foote got a team high 21:12 of ice time.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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