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Juniors Game Night: 1-27-18

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Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5 (Saturday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 19/30 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 40 GP, 16-41-57, +30, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

With the score knotted at 2-2 at the 2nd intermission. Somppi (pictured) scored the game-winner for the Mooseheads early in the 3rd as part of a Halifax 3-goal third period. Maxime Fortier (CLB, FA ELC) led the way for the Mooseheads scoring twice and adding two assists.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (Saturday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 33-25-58, +34, 18 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 7 GP, 5-6-11, +4, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 20-35-55, +14, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk assisted on the game-winning 3rd period goal by Mac Hollowell (2018 draft eligible), as the Soo clipped the Colts at home. Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) led the way for the Greyhounds with a power play goal and an assist. Dmitry Solokov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) paced Barrie, leading a 3rd period rally to knot the score at 3-3, with two goals and an assist on a goal by top prospect Andrei Svechnikov (2018 draft eligible).

Niagra Ice Dogs 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 2 (Saturday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 8 GP, 2-2-4, -8, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 13-21-34, +1, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Rough night for Lipanov and the Wolves as Sudbury allowed six goals in back-to-back contests. The Ice Dogs got goals from six different players and netminder Colton Incze (undrafted) stopped 29 Sudbury shots. Right-handed rearguard Peter Stratis (2018 draft eligible) had a goal and an assist for the Wolves in a losing effort

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Red Deer Rebels 3 (OT) (Saturday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 10-31-41, +15, 31 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cale Foote set up Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) for the game-tying goal with 33 seconds left in regulation, but Kristian Reichel (2018 draft eligible), son of ex-NHL’er Robert Reichel, netted the OT game-winner for the hometown Rebels.

Regina Pats 1 @ Swift Current Broncos 3 (Saturday)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 6 GP, 2-3-5, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 10-20-30, -14, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek scored the lone Pats goal, a power play marker to open the scoring in the 1st period. It was Hajek’s 10th goal of the season and his 30th point in less than 40 games. Hajek is now 2-3-5 in six games since being traded to Regina and is really looking like that blueliner Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray touted when Tampa Bay traded Anthony DeAngelo to Arizona at the 2016 NHL Draft for the 2nd round pick. It’s been quite the breakout year for the Czech defenseman. Former Blues prospect and now Flames free agent signee Glenn Gawdin led the way for the victorious Broncos scoring twice for Swift Current, his 38th and 39th of the season, including the game-winning power play goal in the 3rd period. Speaking of breakout seasons, Gawdin sits either #3, #4, or #5 in the WHL in points, goals, assists, power play goals, and power assists, and clocks in #2 in the WHL in plus-minus at +41.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5 (Saturday)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 17/27 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 18-26-44, +20, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 7-14-21, +32, 50 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (undrafted) gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead at the first intermission, but Tigers three 2nd period goals to take a 3-2 lead into the final frame, where Medicine Hat captain Mark Rassell (undrafted) would score his 42nd of the season and the eventual game-winner. David Quenneville (NYI, 2016 7th round pick), nephew of NHL defenseman Johnny Boychuk, paced the Tigers with two goals and an assist.

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 2 @ Lincoln Stars 1 (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 1-13-14, +15, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

University of Michigan commit Jack Randl (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Lancers, as Omaha swept the home-and-home series against the Stars.

Minnesota State High School League

Eden Prairie Eagles 3 @ Edina Hornets 5 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 19 GP, 23-25-48, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker scored the opening goal just 3:26 into the game, eclipsing his goal totals from last season, as the Hornets out lasted the Eagles to improve to 18-1-0 on the season. Arizona State commit Demetrios Koumontzis (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for Edina, and Lewis Crosby (uncommitted) tallied a four-point night. For the Eagles, Chris Konin (uncommitted), collected three points including a 2nd period goal to draw Eden Prairie within one. The Hornets next play Tuesday night against the Centennial High Cougars.

Juniors Game Night: 1-24-18

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 9-30-39, +14, 31 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) scored twice, including the OT game-winner culminating a rally by the Rockets from a 3-2 deficit. Carsen Twarynski (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) scored the equalizer with 38 seconds left.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Regina Pats

D Libor Hajek, REG: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 5 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 38 GP, 9-20-29, -13, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek scored the 2-1 go-ahead goal in the 1st and the Pats didn’t look back. Hajek’s marker was the first of four straight by Regina, bookended by Hajek assisting on a Jared Legien (undrafted) power play marker in the 2nd that gave the Pats a 5-1 lead over the Blades. Sam Steel (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) notched five assists, Cameron Hebig (undrafted) scored twice, and Josh Mahura (ANA, 2016 3rd round pick) had a four point game inleading the Pats in putting up a touchdown against Saskatoon. Max Gerlach (undrafted) scored twice for the Blades.

Juniors Game Night: 1-20-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 11

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 4/16 FO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 15-40-55, +29, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Burn the tape.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Flint Firebirds 4

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 31-24-55, +33, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/3 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 5 GP, 4-5-9, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 19-34-53, +12, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

A night after their first regulation loss since October 27th, one of the worst teams in the league, the Flint Firebirds, hands the Soo their second regulation loss in a row. Katchouk scored this 31st of the season early in the 3rd to draw the Greyhounds within one, but the Soo couldn’t muster the equalizer. Ty Dellandrea (2018 draft eligible) paced the Firebirds with two goals, a power play game-winning tally, and a short-handed marker.

North Bay Battalion 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/26 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 6 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 41 GP, 13-20-33, +7, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov assisted on David Levin’s (2018 draft eligible) 2nd period equalizer and Drake Pilon (undrafted) won the game for the Wolves late in the 3rd.

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 13/18 FO
Season Totals: 40 GP, 12-5-17, -22, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette assisted on the shorthanded opening goal by Zach Gallant (DET, 2017 3rd round pick). Matt Brassard (VAN, 2017 7th round pick) scored on a shorthanded penalty shot and then converted in the shootout to lead the Generals to victory.

Western Hockey League

Victoria Royals 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 8

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-1-2, +4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 9-29-38, +12, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cal Foote and Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) worked together to score two 1st period goals and helped give the Rockets an early 3-0 lead, and Kelowna never trailed. Jack Cowell (undrafted) tallied two goals, and Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) had 4 points to pace the Rockets.

Regina Pats 3 @ Saskatoon Blade 4 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 8-19-27, -12, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek notched an assist in his first game against his old team. The Blades opened up a 2-0 lead in the 1st before former Blade Cameron Hebig (EDM, FA ELC) and Pats captain Sam Steel (ANA, 2017 1st round pick) helped the Pats score three straight for the 3-2 lead at the end of the 2nd. The Blades knotted the game in the 3rd and then Eric Florchuk (2018 draft eligible) scored the OT game-winner for Saskatoon.

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 5 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 1-12-13, +12, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix notched a power play assist on a 2nd period Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) goal and another shorthanded assist on a 3rd period Ethan Price (undrafted) goal. Cates scored twice to lead the Lancers over the Buccaneers, and split the home-and-home series.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 7 @ Hill-Murray Pioneers 1

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-2-4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 16 GP, 20-22-42, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Mason Nevers scored a natural hat trick for the Hornets and Walker added two goals and two assists in Edina’s road win over Hill-Murray. A rematch with Minnetonka awaits the Hornets Thursday night, the team that handed Edina its only loss this season.

Juniors Game Night: 1-19-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-2-4, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 9/27 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 38 GP, 15-40-55, +32, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Otto Somppi Experience dialed up a two goal, four point explosion leading the Mooseheads to an overtime victory over the Screaming Eagles, earning First Star honors in front of 8200+ at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. Somppi opened the scoring in the 1st with a helper from Rafael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible), as the Mooseheads took a 2-1 lead to the first intermission. Early in the 2nd, Somppi then setup Lavoie’s 20th of the season to extend Halifax’s lead to 3-1. But Cape Breton screamed back with three straight, before Somppi’s power play marker knotted the game at 4-4, sending the match into overtime where Somppi and Lavoie both assisted on Jocktan Chainey’s (NJD, 2017 7th round pick) overtime game-winner.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Sarnia Sting 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/2 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 30-24-54, +33, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 4 GP, 4-5-9, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 34 GP, 21-32-53, +12, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The mojo in the newly retired jersey of Steven Stamkos hanging in the rafters of the Progressive Auto Sales Arena could not be contained as Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) and Adam Ruzicka (CGY, 2017 4th round pick) led the Sarnia Sting in doing what no team in nearly thirty games has been able to do – defeat the Soo in regulation. The first game for Taylor Raddysh since being named OHL and CHL Player-of-the-Week was a disaster along with linemates Boris Katchouk and Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick), all three held pointless by the Sting and each slapped with a -3 rating. One of the few bright spots for the Greyhounds was Hayden Verbeek (undrafted), nephew of Pat Verbeek, who scored in the 3rd to tie the game at 3-3 before Kyrou and Ruzicka combined to sink the Soo’s regulation win streak.

Saginaw Spirit 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/15 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 5 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 13-19-32, +6, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Cole Coskey (undrafted) and Broward County native Mason Kohn (undrafted) paced the Spirit, scoring three of the team’s four goals, as Saginaw doubled Sudbury for the win.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 7

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 8-28-36, +8, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote was an ugly -4 as the Thunderbirds put up a touchdown at home against the visiting Rockets. Foote did tally an assist on Dillon Dube’s (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) power play marker in the 2nd. Nolan Volcan (undrafted) paced Seattle with a hat trick.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Regina Pats 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 16/28 FO
Season Totals: 24 GP, 17-25-42, +24, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 46 GP, 7-11-18, +31, 48 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 34 GP, 8-18-26, -12, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

WHL goal scoring leader Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) tallied his 49th and 50th goals of the season, and WHL assist and point leader Brayden Burke (undrafted) notched his 69th and 70th assist of the season, as the Warriors defeated the Pats for their league-leading 37th win of the season. Howden assisted on Halbgewachs second goal of the game during garbage time with Moose Jaw already up 4-1.

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.

Des Moines Buccaneers 3 @ Omaha Lancers 0

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 1-11-12, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Slovakian WJC netminder Roman Durny and WJAC U19 Silver Medalist USA goalie Jake Kucharski (Providence commit, 2018 draft eligible) combined to pitch a 24 save shutout of the Lancers at home. Czech pivot Nicolas Werbik (undrafted) and former Oceanic paced Des Moines with a goal and an assist.

Minnesota State High School League

Lakeville South Cougars 1 @ Edina Hornets 4

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 15 GP, 18-20-38, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Hornets got goals from four different players, but the Cougars held Walker pointless in the 4-1 loss to Edina. The Hornets improve to 15-1 and hit the road for a Saturday night match against the Hill-Murray Pioneers.

Juniors Game Night: 1-17-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/17 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 36 GP, 13-38-51, +32, 18 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi opened the scoring with an assist and a goal to give the Mooseheads a 2-0 1st period lead on his way to earning Second Star honors. But the Wildcats scored three goals to take a 3-2 lead in the 3rd before Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018 draft eligible) scored the equalizer, sending the game into overtime. Mika Cyr (undrafted) netted the OT game-winner for Moncton just 36 second into the extra frame.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 4 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 8-27-35, +12, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cal Foote (pictured) scored the OT game-winner for the Rockets, holding off a second half rally by the Hurricanes. Jordy Bellerive (PIT, FA ELC) scored for Lethbridge just 42 seconds into the game, but the Rockets responded with three straight by Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick), Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick), and a shortie by Conner Bruggen-Cate (undrafted). Dube paced Kelowna with a goal and an assist, and rookie Dylan Cozens (2019 draft eligible) notched two assists for the Hurricanes.

Regina Pats 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 3

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

Hajek notched his first point as a Pat, a power play assist on a 3rd period goal by former Montreal prospect Matt Bradley. It was Hajek’s 26th point of the season, equaling his point total from all last season in 30 fewer games. Regina rebounded from a 2-1 deficit, scoring three straight, including two by Bradley, stretching out a 4-2 lead and hanging on for the win.

Juniors Game Night: 1-6-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ St. John’s Sea Dogs (OT1)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 17/28 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 12-30-42, +24, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads fell behind 3-1 on the road in St. John’s in the 1st, but managed to take a 4-3 lead early in the 3rd on Brett Crossley’s (undrafted) 2nd goal of the game. St. John’s rookie Radim Salda, fresh back from the Czech Republic WJC team, knotted the score 4-4 just 48 seconds later, and the two teams would end regulation tied. Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible) would score the OT game winner for Halifax almost two minutes into the extras session. Connor Moynihan (undrafted) notched 3 assists on the night for the Mooseheads.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Sault Ste. Marie) are away from their respective OHL teams for the 2018 WJC tournament. Raddysh (pictured) was traded today by Erie to Sault Ste. Marie along with Jordan Sambrook (DET, 2016 5th round pick) in exchange for 16 year old Hayden Fowler and nine OHL draft picks.

Kingston Frontenacs 6 @ Barrie Colts 4

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/15 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 11-18-29, +9, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Aaron Luchuk (OTT, FA) scored twice in the 1st period to give the Colts a 3-2 lead at the first intermission, but it was mostly the Frontenacs the last 40 minutes of the match. Kingston got a hat trick and four points from Cliff Pu (BUF, 2016 3rd round pick), and two more goals from Linus Nyman (2018 draft eligible). Jason Robertson (DAL, 2017 2nd round pick) would notch an impressive 5 assists on the night for the Frontenacs. A night after going 50% on draw, Lipanov won just a quarter of his draws against Kingston. The Colts have now dropped three straight.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/15 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 10-4-14, -22, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) and Nick Isaacson (undrafted) both scored 2nd period goals to give the Petes a 2-1 lead, but the 67’s would score two of their own to squeak the 3-2 win, and relegate the Petes to the cellar in the East Division and 1-8-1 record in their last 10 games.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw) and Cal Foote (Kelowna) are away from their respective WHL teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 8-16-24, -10, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek returned to action with the Blades after a breakout WJCs tournament for the Czech blueliner. Gage Ramsey (undrafted) scored twice and added an assist for the Saskatoon, as the Blades doubled up the Ice.

Moose Jaw Warriors 7 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 2

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 7-10-17, +29, 44 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Oil Kings knotted the game 2-2 less than a minute left in the 1st period, but the Warriors poured on 5 goals in the 2nd and 3rd to run away with the game. Justin Almeida (undrafted) scored twice for Moose Jaw and Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) scored shorthanded and on the power play extending his WHL goal scoring lead. WHL points and assist leader Brayden Burke (undrafted) had 3 assists for the Warriors.

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 @ Tri-City Storm 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 0-11-11, +12, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Christian O’Neill (Princeton commit) scored twice for the Lancers as Omaha scored twice in the 1st and twice in the 2nd for the road win over the Storm.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 1-5-18

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Bronze Medal Game
Czech Republic 3 vs USA 9

D Libor Hajek, CZE: 0-1-1, -5, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *CZE Player of the Game*
Tournament Totals: 7 GP, 1-7-8, E, 6 PIM, 14 SOG

Hajek notched an assist on the Czech Republic’s first goal of the game, a power play marker by Martin Kaut just 43 seconds into the 3rd period. Unfortunately, by the time the Czech’s scored, the USA already had a 7-0 lead. Despite a -5 rating for the game, Hajek was named the Player of the Game for the Czech team, his second such honor of the tournament along with being named one of the Czech team’s Three Players of the Tournament. Hajek, along with Canada’s Cale Makar (COL, 2017 1st round pick) led all defensemen in the tourney in points, and he led the Czech team in ice time, after being left off last year’s WJC squad for CZE.

Wisconsin Badger Trent Fredric (BOS, 2016 1st round pick) paced the USA team on their way to Bronze with four goals, including the trifecta of shorthanded, power play, and even strength goals. Once again, the Czechs played a tight 1st period, but allowed critical let downs to balloon. The Czechs allowed the shortie from Fredric with 4 seconds remaining in the 1st to go into intermission down 1-0, and then allowed a Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick) tally just 9 seconds into the 2nd period followed by a Joey Anderson goal 4 minutes later. After a goalie change, the Czech team allowed Fredric’s 2nd goal of the game 90 seconds later, and then Hajek got called for a penalty shot on a hooking call, with Kieffer Bellows (NYI, 2016 1st round pick) converting for his first of two goals in the game. Two more goals by Fredric and Bellows before the end of the period and the USA caps off a 6-goal middle frame. The Czechs got 3 goals in the 3rd by Kaut, Radovan Pavlik (undrafted), and Daniel Kurovsky (undrafted), but by then the game was well out of reach.

Gold Medal Game
Sweden 1 @ Canada 3

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 7 GP, 2-3-5, +5, 4 PIM, 16 SOG

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 7 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 4 PIM, 12 SOG

F Brett Howden , CAN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 7 GP, 3-4-7, +9, 4 PIM, 15 SOG

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament Totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Carter Hart (PHI, 2016 2nd round pick) made 35 saves, backstopping Canada to Gold in a 3-1 win over the Sweden. Canada got goals from Dillion Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) and Tyler Steenbergen (ARI, 2017 5th round pick), with Alex Formenton (OTT, 2017 2nd round pick) adding an empty netter at the end. The game was evenly matched with the difference being the heads-up sharp laser pass by Conor Timmins (COL, 2017 2nd round pick) to Steenbergen in the slot for his first and only goal in the tournament. Sweden’s lone goal came shorthanded in the 2nd to knot the game at 1-1 by Tim Soderlund (CHI, 2017 4th round pick).

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 1-4-18

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Canada 7 vs Czech Republic 2

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament Totals: 6 GP, 2-3-5, +5, 4 PIM, 14 SOG

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament Totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 4 PIM, 10 SOG

F Brett Howden , CAN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 3-4-7, +8, 4 PIM, 13 SOG

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

D Libor Hajek, CZE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 6 GP, 1-6-7, +5, 6 PIM, 11 SOG

Katchouk scored and Raddysh and Howden added assists in the Canadians 7-2 rout of the Czech Republic. The win puts Canada into the Gold Medal game against Sweden Friday night. Meanwhile, Hajek consummated his coming out party after being named as one of the Czech’s Three Players of the Tournament. The Czechs will play USA for the Bronze Medal, also on Friday night. Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible) scored both goals for the Czechs, including the game opener just 5:55 into the game, but was snubbed by the Czech coaches as one of the team’s three best after leading the tournament in goals scored. The Canadians were let by the hat trick of Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick). After scoring the opening goal, discipline plagued the Czechs once again, taking a slew of penalties and allowing three straight power play goals and then the 3-1 deficit blossomed into a 7-1 deep trench.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 1-2-18

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Czech Republic 4 vs Finland 3 (SO)

D Libor Hajek, CZE: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 1-6-7, +5, 6 PIM, 11 SOG

Hajek played 30:46, four minutes more than any other player in the game, and notched a power play assist in the Czech Republic’s come-from-behind shootout victory over the Finnish squad 4-3. The Czechs will play in the tourney’s semifinals on Thursday against Canada, who dominated the Swiss in quarterfinal play.

Josef Korenar (undrafted), the Czech netminder and former Lincoln Stars goalie, stopped 51 of 54 Finnish shots, backstopping the Czechs in their upset of Finland and their first appearance in the WJC semifinals since 2005. Hajek, playing on the top Czech power play unit, worked with Martin Necas (CAR, 2017 1st round pick) to feed Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible) for the first of his two goals in the game. The Finns went ahead 2-1 in the 2nd with goals from Aapeli Rasanen (EDM, 2016 6th round pick) and Vancouver 2016 5th overall pick Olli Juolevi, the first on the power play with Hajek in the box for interference. Red Deer Rebel Kristian Reichel (undrafted), son of ex-NHL’er Robert Reichel, knotted the game 2-2 before the end of the 2nd period, but Kristian Vesalainen (WPG, 2017 1st round pick) put the Finns up 3-2 early in the 3rd period. With Korenar pulled for the extra skater, Halifax linemate of Otto Somppi and consensus Top 10 2018 pick Filip Zadina tied the game 3-3 with two-and-a-half minutes left in the game to send the game to OT and to the eventual shootout. Kolenar would stand strong for the Czechs in the skill competition, stopping 4 of 5 shots from Finland, while Reichel and Necar scored for the Czech Republic to seal the upset and a berth in the tournament semifinals.

Canada 8 vs Switzerland 2

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 2-3-5, +4, 4 PIM, 13 SOG

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 2-3-5, +4, 2 PIM, 9 SOG

F Brett Howden , CAN: 1-3-4, +4, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +7, 4 PIM, 12 SOG

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Brett Howden (pictured) scored the opening goal and added three more assists as Canada put up its second snowman on the scoreboard in consecutive games in an 8-2 victory over Switzerland to advance to the semifinals against the Czech Republic on Thursday. The Canadians pelted the Swiss with 60 shots, while the defense allowed just 15 shots against. Canada was paced by two goals from Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick), four points from Howden, and a goal and three points from Maxime Comtois (ANA, 2017 2nd round pick). Both Katchouk and Raddysh netted power play assists, with Katchouk collecting an assist on Batherson’s power play marker in the 1st period, and Raddysh earning his helper on Dillon Dube’s (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) power play goal midway through the 3rd period.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 12-31-17

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Switzerland 3 @ Czech Republic 6

D Libor Hajek, CZE: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 1-4-5, +4, 4 PIM, 8 SOG

Hajek had a pair of assists, one on the power play, in the Czech Republic’s domination of the Swiss, scoring 6 and putting up 60 shots. Red Deer Rebel Kristian Reichel (undrafted), son of ex-NHL’er Robert Reichel, scored twice for the Czechs. Hajek fed Jakub Lauko (2018 draft eligible) for the opening goal just 2:38 into the match, and then followed it up by working with Martin Kaut (2018 draft eligible) on a power play marker by Martin Necas (CAR, 2017 1st round pick) to put the Czechs up 2-1. After the Swiss knotted the score at 3-3 with a power play goal of their own, the Czechs locked the nets and reeled off three straight goals from Kaut, Daniel Kurovsky (undrafted), and Reichel.

The Czech Republic awaits the results of the final preliminary game of Russia vs. Sweden to see who they draw in the quarterfinals on January 2nd. The Russians can finish 2nd in Group B with a regulation win over the Swedes. Otherwise, the Czechs will finish 2nd in Group B.

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