Hajek, Libor

Juniors Game Night: 2-24-18

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Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/27 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-51-78, +37, 22 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi earns Second Star for scoring twice and notching an assist on an empty netter at the end of the game. For those of you keeping score, that’s two 1st Stars and a 2nd Star in his last three games. Alexis Gravel (2018 draft eligible) made 29 saves for the Mooseheads.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 3-0-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 49 GP, 39-35-74, +43, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/8 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 18 GP, 14-13-27, +13, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 29-42-71, +23, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk potted a hat trick against the Spitfires, earning First Star honors, include the game-winner and empty netter to seal the win. Igor Larionov (undrafted), son of the legendary Soviet and Red Wings forward, paced Windsor with a goal and an assist.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 5

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov missed his third consecutive game as Sudbury let a 3-2 lead in the 2nd period slip away. Blake Murray (2019 draft eligible) scored twice for the Wolves in the losing effort.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 14/24 FO
Season Totals: 53 G, 15-11-26, -36, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Petes to knot the score at 2-2, but the Attack punched back behind two goals from Kevin Hancock (2018 draft eligible) and a goal and two assists from Nick Suzuki (VGK, 2017 1st round pick).

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Kelowna Rockets 6

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, +1, 14 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 16-43-59, +22, 54 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Leif Mattson (undrafted) notched a hat trick and Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) scored twice to pace the Rockets over the Blazers. Foote assisted on Dube’s game-opening goal midway through the 1st and then was assessed a double minor for roughing and a game misconduct after the match in which a total of 120 minutes of penalties were handed out to both teams.

Regina Pats 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 19 GP, 3-7-10, +3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP, 11-24-35, -7, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 11/18 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 37 GP, 22-36-58, +25, 36 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 7-17-24, +36, 56 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden earned Third Star honors in Moose Jaws defeat of Hajek and the Pats. Howden and Sosunov combined to assist on Jayden Halbgewachs (SJS, FA ELC) game winner. Howden fired a game-high 5 shots and was 61% on faceoffs.

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.

Omaha Lancers 4 @ Youngstown Phantoms 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +16, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

After yielding the first goal to the Phantoms, the Lancers scored four unanswered goals to commandeer the win..

Minnesota State High School League

St. Louis Park Orioles 1 @ Edina Hornets 6

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 3-1-4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 27 GP, 32-32-64, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker led the Hornets to a semi-final win over the Orioles, notching a hat trick and adding an assist on Lewis Crosby’s (uncommitted) power play marker. Edina advances to the Minnesota State 6AA high school championship game Wednesday night at Mariucci Arena, home of the Minnesota Gophers men’s college hockey team, in Minneapolis against the Wayzata Trojans. Edina has defeated the Trojans twice during regular season play. It seems fitting that Walker’s last game for the Edina Hornets will be on the ice surface for the team he’ll be playing next fall as a Golden Gopher.

Juniors Game Night: 2-23-18

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 3 (OT)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Almost carbon copy of the 3-2 OT road loss in North Bay a couple of nights ago, but this time the Wolves letting a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd slip away. Like the North Bay match, Lipanov didn’t dress against the Rangers. Connor Bunnaman (PHI, 2016 4th round pick) tallied his 22nd of the season in the 3rd to knot the score and force overtime, and then the Ranger captain assisted on Joseph Garreffa’s (undrafted) OT game winner just 38 seconds into the extra frame. Kole Sherwood (CLB, FA ELC) also had a goal and an assist for Kitchener. Sudbury’s newest winless streak now sits at six games.

Western Hockey League

Seattle Thunderbirds 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 51 GP, 16-42-58, +21, 40 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

After falling behind 2-0 at the 1st intermission, Foote opens the Rockets scoring just 19 seconds into the 2nd period and sparks a four-goal rally by Kelowna. But the visiting T-birds would push back, knotting the score at 4-4 with two goals of their own before the Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) potted the game-winner for the Rockets with just 80 seconds remaining in regulation. Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) paced Kelowna with a goal and an assist.

Regina Pats 7 @ Saskatoon Blades 5

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 18 GP, 3-7-10, +4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 11-24-35, -6, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

The Pats and Blades combined for 12 goals in a barn burner SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. The Blade jumped out to a 4-0 lead in front of almost 4,000 faithful, but Cameron Hebig (undrafted) and former Canadiens prospect Matt Bradley would lead a four-goal rally by the Pats to tie the score at 4-4 early in the 3rd. After a go-ahead goal by Saskatoon, Regina goals by Sam Steel (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) and Jared Leglen (undrafted) would pull the Pats back ahead, and Hebig and Bradley would combine for an empty netter to seal the Regina win.

Juniors Game Night: 2-19-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 20/31 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 49 GP, 23-50-731, +35, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on both of Filip Zadina’s (2018 draft eligible) goals, one shorthanded, and failed on a near-highlight reel trick on a penalty shot. Somppi and Zadina were part of the Mooseheads building a 5-1 lead in the 1st period goal, and Somppi earned First Stars honors for his efforts, which included taking 31 faceoffs and winning 65% of them. But L’Oceanic stormed back, scoring four straight and paced by two from 16-year-old phenom Alexis Lafreniere (2020 draft eligible), and sending the game to overtime. Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible) scored the OT game-winner for Halifax to salvage two points for the home team. These two assists give Somppi 50 on the season, over twice what he accumulated last season and just four off the Armada’s Alex Barre-Boulet (undrafted) for the league lead.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (OT)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 16/20 FO
Season Totals: 52 G, 15-11-26, -33, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes jumped out to a 3-1 lead behind a couple of goals from Zach Gallant (DET, 2017 3rd rounder) and a couple of assists from former Maple Leaf prospect Nikita Korostelev. The IceDogs fought back in the 2nd and 3rd with top prospect Akil Thomas (2018 draft eligible) scoring his 2nd of the game and forcing overtime. Brady Hinz (2018 draft eligible) scored his 2nd of the game for the OT game-winner for Peterborough, salvaging the win and 2nd point for the home team. Paquette took 20 faceoffs and won 80% of them.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 15/20 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 22-35-57, +26, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 7-16-23, +35, 54 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden scored the game’s opening goal and the Warriors built a 5-1 lead by the end of the 2nd period behind two goals from Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible), including what would become the shorthanded game-winner.

Regina Pats 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 1

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 17 GP, 3-7-10, +3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 50 GP, 11-24-35, -7, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Former Canadiens prospect Matt Bradley potted the empty netter, his 35th of the season, with 34 seconds remaining to preserve a road win for the Pats. Hajek was on the ice for all three Regina scores.

Minnesota State High School League

Wayzata Trojans 0 @ Edina Hornets 4 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 25 GP, 28-30-58, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Information about Saturday’s 4-0 Edina win over Wayzata was finally posted. Walker assisted on the game's opening goal by Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit). Jungels, Mason Nevers (uncommitted), and Demetrios Koumontzis (2018 draft eligible, Arizona State commit) all had a goal and an assist to pace the Hornets to victory in their final game of the regular season.

The Minnesota State 6AA high school championships begin on Tuesday with Hopkins taking on Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper in a play-in match to draw #1 seed Edina in the quarterfinals on Thursday night at the Braemar Ice Arena in Edina. The semifinals will be on February 24th in Bloomington and the finals on February 28th in Minneapolis.

Juniors Game Night: 2-18-18

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Regina Pats 4

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 16 GP, 3-7-10, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 49 GP, 11-24-35, -10, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 10/24 FO
Season Totals: 34 GP, 21-35-56, +24, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 56 GP, 7-16-23, +33, 54 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden assisted on Jayden Halbgewach’s (SJS, FA ELC) power player marker in the 1st to open the scoring for the Warriors in the third straight match between Moose Jaw and Regina. He then scored 16 seconds before the end of the 2nd to knot the game 2-2 going into 2nd intermission. But Hajek would setup Cale Fleury (MTL, 2017 3rd round pick) on the game-winner for the Pats in the 3rd, with Regina taking two straight off Moose Jaw, whetting everyone’s appetite for the WHL playoffs.

Minnesota State High School League

Wayzata Trojans 0 @ Edina Hornets 4 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: Data Not Available
Season Totals (HS): 24 GP, 28-29-57, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

No information was available on Edina’s 4-0 shutout of Wayzata on Saturday night. However, the finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey was announced and Bolt prospect and Edina High School senior Sammy Walker was named as one of the 10 finalists. The Mr. Hockey Award is given annually to Minnesota's most outstanding senior, and the winner is selected by a group of National Hockey League scouts, junior scouts and coaches, and media members from the state. This award, as well as others, are presented by the Minnesota Minute Men, and the awards winners will be named at the Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet on Sunday, March 11 in the St. Paul River Centre Grand Ballroom, located at 175 Kellogg Blvd. Walker’s teammate Demetrios Koumontzis was also named as one of the ten finalists. Past winners of the Mr. Hockey Award include Casey Mittelstadt, Nick Bjugstad, Nick Leddy, Ryan McDonagh, and Paul Martin.

This match against the Trojans concluded the regular season for the Hornets. The Minnesota State 6AA high school championships begin on Tuesday with Hopkins taking on Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper in a play-in match to draw #1 seed Edina in the quarterfinals on Thursday night at the Braemar Ice Arena in Edina. The semifinals will be on February 24th in Bloomington and the finals on February 28th in Minneapolis.

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