Foote, Cal

Foote Impresses at First Crunch Practice

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Cal Foote got the full experience during his first day as a pro.

The new Syracuse Crunch defenseman was a part of the team's picture day before practice, and after he needed signed a slew of jerseys, sticks and other promotional items.

On the ice, he went through a full team practice and then was a part of a small group held afterward for extra conditioning drills.

Although it's not set when Foote will make his pro debut, Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx was impressed with the 19-year-old on day one.

"I like his calm out there. He seems to me that he looks like an old pro," Groulx said. "I like that."

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-29-18

Western Hockey League

#3 Kelowna Rockets 3 @ #7 Tri-City Americans 5 (Game 4)
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Americans win series 4-0

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoffs Totals: 4 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 60 GP, 19-51-70, +31, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Morgan Geekie (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick) notched his second hat trick of the series, leading the Americans in a shocking sweep of Kelowna and advancing to the WHL Western Conference semifinals. Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) scored twice for the Rockets, once on the power play in which Foote tallied his fourth assist of the series and his fifth point. Kelowna fought hard to keep the series alive, knotting the game three times at 1-1, 2-2, and 3-3, before Geekie scored two of this three goals in the last minute of the game to give Tri-City the dramatic series sweep in front of 3,000+ fans at the Toyota Center.

The loss all but draws a close to the junior career of the WHL Western Conference Defenseman of the Year and Bolt prospect Cal Foote. He will surely join the Lightning’s AHL affiliate in Syracuse as that team finishes up their regular season and prepares for what would hope to be a deep Calder Cup playoff run. Foote brings the potential of a big minute eater for that team's Top 4 and player that can be the motor to an offense in transition. And with Foote turning 20 on December 13, 2018, he will be eligible to begin AHL play for the 2018-19 season out of camp this fall, so there is really no reason for Foote to return to juniors for an overage season after racking up 70 points and goal shy of 20.

In addition to an ATO contract with Syracuse for the remainder of this season, I’m sure a three-year entry level contract will happen rather quickly now that Foote and the Rockets have been eliminated from Memorial Cup contention. And with the organization lean on right-handed defensemen, Andrej Sustr as a pending UFA at season’s end, and Jake Dotchin perhaps hitting a ceiling in his own development, a spectacular NHL camp this fall could even see Foote make the Lightning squad, especially if Braydon Coburn is dealt at the NHL draft in June. But surely by 2019, with the contracts of Coburn, Girardi, Stralman, and McDonagh expiring, Foote’s time in Syracuse will likely be a short one.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-22-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#16 Val-d’Or Foreurs 2 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 (OT)
Round of 16
Armada leads series 1-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 10/13 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The 2018 QMJHL playoffs kicked off Thursday night with Game #1 of the series between #16 seed Val-d’Or Foreurs against #1 seed Blanville-Boisbriand Armada. The Armada set a franchise record 50-win season, going 50-11-4-3 and winning their first ever Jean-Rougeau Trophy as the QMJHL best regular season team.

Bolt prospect Alex Barre-Boulet and linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) shared a couple of 1st period short-handed goals, each scoring one and each getting the lone assist on the other, to give the Armada an early 2-0 lead. But the Foreurs battled back after a scoreless 2nd period, lighting the lamp twice in the 3rd to send the game to the extra session, where Alain notched the game-winner, his second of the game and the playoffs. Val-d’Or netminder Mathieu Marquis (undrafted) stopped 43 of 46 Armada shots but came up one save short. Game #2 is Friday night right back at Centre d'excellence Sports Rousseau.

Western Hockey League

#7 Tri-City Americans 5 @ #3 Kelowna Rockets 0
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Americans lead series 1-0

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 60 GP, 19-51-70, +31, 46 PIM
Playoffs Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The 2018 WHL playoffs also kicked off Thursday with Game #1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals series between #7 seed Tri-City Americans against #3 seed and B.C. Division champs Kelowna Rockets.

Tri-City rolled into Prospera Place in Kelowna, serving notice to the Rockets with a 5-0 shutout behind 39 saves by Americans goalie Patrick Dea (undrafted), and two goals each from Morgan Geekie (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick) and 2017 #9 overall Red Wings pick Michael Rasmussen. The two teams get a night off with Game 2 on Saturday in Kelowna.

Juniors Game Night: 3-20-18

Juniors update from the weekend; no games on Monday and Tuesday.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 0 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 7 (Friday)
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1 (Saturday)
Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 (SO) (Sunday)

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 2 PIM, 11 SOG, 12/20 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-63-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

On Friday, Barre-Boulet scored twice and assisted on Alexandre Alain’s (undrafted) game opening goal, good for a Second Star, as the Armada put up the touchdown on scoreboard against the Foreurs. Emile Samson (undrafted) made 17 saves for the shutout.

On Saturday, Barre-Boulet didn’t dress as the Armada handled the Olympiques in Gatineau. After scoring twice the night before against Val-d’Or, Alexander Katerinakis (undrafted) paced a depleted Armada lineup with a goal and three points against Gatineau.

On Sunday, Barre-Boulet was back in the lineup but held pointless by Rimouski in a make-up game from the one cancelled back on March 14th due to a winter storm. Barre-Boulet failed to convert in the shootout, but linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) did convert and won the game for the Armada. Goaltenders Emile Samson (undrafted) and Gabriel Waked (undrafted) split time in net, with Samson going 17 of 17 in the first half of the game and Waked allowing just 1 on 14 shots, but stopping all three Rimouski shots in the shootout.

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7 (Friday)
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4 (Saturday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIMs, 5 SOG, 25/49 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

On Friday, Moncton jumped out to a 2-0, but the Mooseheads reeled off five straight to blow open the game. Somppi assisted on a goal by Columbus prospect Maxime Fortier. Halifax was paced by a pair of goals each from Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible) and Connor Moynihan (undrafted). James Phelan (undrafted) had a pair of power play markers for the Wildcats..

On Saturday, Mitchell Balmas (undrafted) racked up a hat trick for the Titan, outlasting the Mooseheads for a hard fought road win. Somppi assisted on a Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018 draft eligible) goal with 69 seconds left in regulation to draw the score to 5-4, but Halifax couldn’t manage the equalizer.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (OT) (Friday)
London Knights 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 (Sunday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 7/14 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

On Friday, the lowly Firebirds shocked the high-flying Soo with an overtime win behind a pair of goals by Jack Phibbs (undrafted) and three assists from Jake Durham (undrafted). Fedor Gordeev (TOR, 2017 5th round pick) scored the OT game-winner for Flint. Raddysh scored a power player marker in the 3rd to give the Soo a 3-2 lead, but the Greyhounds couldn’t close the door and let the game slip away for a rare home loss.

On Sunday, the Soo bounced back from their shocker Friday against the Firebirds, getting goals from six different skaters, and doubling up the Knights. Raddysh played his 58th game of the season, equally his games played from last season, but statistically 9 goals and 17 assists off last season’s 109-point output.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 4 (Friday)
Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Barrie Colts 10 (Saturday)
Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (Sunday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 3 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 32/69 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 20 GP, 3-6-9, -14, 10 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 14-25-39, -5, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

On Friday, the Colts jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Wolves behind the play of Dmitry Sokolov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) and Andrei Svechnikov (2018 draft eligible). Sudbury battled back to knot the score 4-4 midway through the 3rd period, before Svechnikov and Sokolov went back to work on the power play to secure the win for Barrie.

On Saturday, the second night of the home-and-home series, the Colts jumped out to another 4-0 lead behind a couple of goals and an assist from Zachary Magwood (undrafted). He’d later score again early in the 3rd for the hat trick. Lipanov assisted on both of Blake Murray’s (2019 draft eligible) goals at the end of the 1st to close the gap to 4-2, but Barrie blew the game open with a four-goal 2nd period en route to putting up double digits on the scoreboard. Both Lucas Chiodo (undrafted) and Ryan Suzuki (2019 draft eligible) would both notch five-point games for the Colts.

On Sunday, Lipanov assisted on the 2-1 go-ahead goal by Shane Bulitka (undrafted) early in the 2nd, but the Generals reeled off three straight to blow out the game.

Peterborough Petes 8 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (Friday)
Hamilton Bulldogs 5 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (Saturday)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 19/52 FO
Season Totals: 61 G, 16-13-29, -36, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

On Friday, Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) notched a hat trick for the Petes as they pasted a snowman up on the Oshawa scoreboard. Paquette scored the 4-3 go ahead goal right at the end of the 2nd period and Peterborough stomped on the gas in the 3rd to put the game away. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (2018 draft eligible) peeled off a six-point game with a goal and five assists for the Petes.

On Saturday, Der-Arguchintsev continued his hot play, opening the scoring early in the 1st period, but the Bulldogs roared back behind a hat trick and four points from Marian Studenic (NJD, 2017 5th round pick).

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2 (Friday)
Vancouver Giants 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 8 (Saturday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-2-2, +4, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 60 GP, 19-51-70, +31, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

On Friday, Foote sat out of the Rockets lineup, but teammates Carsen Twarynski and Kyle Topping notched two goals each to pace Kelowna to a road victory over the Giants.

On Saturday, Foote returned to the line-up for the home-half of the home-and-home series with the Giants and notched a pair of assists. The Rockets were paced with two goal, four-point nights from both Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) and Leif Mattson (undrafted). Foote reached the 70-point plateau and equalized his assist output from last season in 11 fewer games.

Brandon Wheat Kings 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5 (OT) (Friday)
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 5 (SO) (Saturday)

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

On Friday, The Warriors played catch up the whole game, equalizing 3-1, 4-3, and 5-4 deficits, but never holding a lead. Stelio Mattheos (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick) paced the Wheat Kings with two goals and an assist, including the OT game-winner. Former Lightning prospect Brett Howden had four assists in a losing effort for Moose Jaw.

On Saturday, the second half of the home-and-home back-to-back, Sosunov assisted on Branden Klatt’s (undrafted) second goal as part of a 4-0 jump by the Warriors with a couple of goals from Tanner Jeannot (undrafted) to go along with Klatt’s. The Wheat Kings would battle back behind a pair of markers by Luka Burzan (2018 draft eligible). Burzan would go on to win the game for Brandon converting as the sixth shooter to break a 1-1 tie in the shootout.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Lincoln Stars 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2 (SO) (Friday)
Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (SO) (Sunday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 46 GP, 4-19-23, +9, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

On Friday, the Stars converted on their first two shots in the shootout to defeat the Lancers. Perbix assisted on Filip Suchy’s (undrafted) power-play goal just 40 seconds into the 3rd to knot the score at 1-1.

On Sunday, the Lancers lose their 2nd straight in the shootout. Walker notched the primary assist for the Muskateers on Cole Koepke’s (Minnesota-Duluth commit) goal just 50 seconds into the game. Both Perbix and Walker failed to convert in the shootout.

Sioux Falls Stampede 6 @ Sioux City Muskateers 3 (Saturday)
Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (SO) (Sunday)

F Sammy Walker, SC: 2 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (USHL): 6 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

On Saturday, Walker re-joined Sioux City, his USHL team, after the conclusion of his high school hockey career and assisted on Dylan Mills (Niagara commit) second goal of the game. The Stampede, however, doubled the Musketeers behind a goal and two assists from Adam Dawe (Maine commit).

On Sunday, the Lancers lose their 2nd straight in the shootout. Walker notched the primary assist for the Muskateers on Cole Koepke’s (Minnesota-Duluth commit) goal just 50 seconds into the game. Both Perbix and Walker failed to convert in the shootout.

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