Koekkoek, Slater

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-23-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 0 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-8-12, +1, 2 PIM
With R-N: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov (pictured – RN Huskies photo) made his debut for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies after being traded on Wednesday by Quebec. Kucherov had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to seven games. He played on the Huskies’ second line with Maxime St-Cyr (undrafted) and Mathieu Lemay (2013). St-Cyr has 14 goals (14-6-20) in 23 games this year; Lemay has six (6-10-16). After averaging two shots per game for Quebec, Kucherov tied for the team lead with six shots on goal on Friday night. Alexandre Belanger (2013) had a 25-save shutout for Rouyn-Noranda.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 0

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 24 GP, 10-17-27, +8, 50 PIM

Cedric Paquette has been making news lately for the right reasons. Earlier this year he was suspended by the team for one game for taking an ill-advised retaliation penalty late in a game that cost the Armada a win. He was stripped of his alternate captain’s A and told to control his emotions. He has responded nicely, reportedly, and told the local papers that he is still a leader on the club without a letter. On Friday, he had an assist in Etienne Marcoux’s 16-save shutout of the Olympiques.

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5 Hits
Season totals: 25 GP, 5-13-18, +5, 16 PIM

Artem Sergeev’s point streak increased to four games with an assist Friday night in a home loss to the Titan. He led the team in hits with five.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-10-12, -8, 20 PIM

Kristoff Kontos, son of Lightning record-holder Chris Kontos, had a goal and an assist and was named first star as the Steelheads topped the Battalion, 5-2. Brampton was coming off a big road win over Barrie on Thursday night. Chris Kontos holds the record for most goals in a game by a Lightning player with four, set in the franchise’s inaugural game against Chicago, won 7-4 by the Bolts. Kristoff Kontos went undrafted this past summer. He has five goals and 15 points in 25 games this year for Mississauga.

Erie Otters 2 @ Guelph Storm 3

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-28-30, +7, 54 PIM

Tanner Richard was on the ice for both of Erie’s goals, but Guelph pulled off a comeback win at home on Friday night, 3-2. Scott Kosmachuk (Jets) had two goals for the Storm.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ London Knights 2

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-15-18, -15, 20 PIM

Peterborough kept it close, but lost to London at the Labatt’s Center, 2-0. Illinois-native Alex Broadhurst (Blackhawks) scored both goals for London.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-17-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 6 @ PEI Rocket 3

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 23 GP, 5-10-15, +6, 14 PIM

The Foreurs won their third game in a row, defeating the Rocket on Prince Edward Island, 6-3. The Rocket are coached by former Bolt Gordie Dwyer.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 2-8-10, -6, 20 PIM

After a slow start to the season, Dylan Blujus (pictured) is plus-6 in his last six games. After a stretch in which he scored six points in seven games, he has just one point in his last five contests.

Kitchener Rangers 0 @ Owen Sound Attack 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-4-5, E, 24 PIM

Jordan Binnington (Blues) stopped all 35 shots he faced as Owen Sound shut out the Rangers, 4-0.

Guelph Storm 2 @ Erie Otters 3 (SO)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-25-27, +6, 50 PIM

One night after a big win over Mississauga, Guelph lost in Erie in a shootout, 3-2. Tanner Richard was the final shooter for Guelph, but failed to convert his chance. Blue Jackets pick Oscar Dansk made 47 saves and was 3 of 4 in the shootout to earn First Star honors. Guelph is second-last in the Midwest Division, 12 points ahead of Erie.

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Peterborough Petes 1

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-15-18, -14, 18 PIM

Peterborough lost a close contest to visiting Mississauga, 2-1. The game-winning goal was scored late in the second period, less than a minute after the Petes had tied the game at one. Peterborough outshot the Steelheads, 33-21.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-16-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2 (OT)

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov sat for the second straight game, then after the game reports began to surface that Kucherov was on the QMJHL trading block. One reporter said Kucherov had been playing “lazy.” Quebec has three import players and one has to move, though it was assumed Kucherov and his good friend Mikhail Grigorenko would be the ones staying. Nick Sorensen is the other import player. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Kucherov was a surprise Import Draft selection because few expected him to be interested in coming to North America. Quebec’s Patrick Roy knew something others didn’t, and having Grigorenko on the Remparts was no doubt a big help in getting that talented Kucherov to North America. Kucherov could choose to return to Russia if he’s not happy with his next playing situation. Stay tuned.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 22 GP, 10-16-26, +7, 45 PIM

Marc-Olivier Roy (undrafted) had two goals and an assist for the Armada in their win over the visiting Volts.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 22 GP, 5-9-14, +6, 14 PIM

Artem Sergeev (pictured) snapped a 3-game scoreless streak with a goal in New Brunswick. He is within two goals of his career high of seven goals, scored last year in 46 games. Moncton outshot the Foreurs, 42-21, on Friday.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 4 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-8-10, -9, 20 PIM

Dylan Blujus scored his second goal of the year in a 4-3 win in Wayne Gretzky’s old stomping grounds. The Soo had a 2-0 lead entering the second period before the Battalion scored three times in the middle frame. Blujus had seven goals in 66 games last year.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ London Knights 5

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-4-5, E, 22 PIM

Former Lightning camper Seth Griffith (Bruins) had a goal and two assists for London and was given First Star honors. Griffith and Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov were linemates last year in London. With the win, the Knights leapfrogged the Attack for first in the Midwest Division. They also took over the OHL lead in points by one over Barrie and Owen Sound.

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Guelph Storm 7

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-25-27, +6, 44 PIM

Tanner Richard had three helpers to regain the OHL assist lead from Islanders first rounder Ryan Strome (Niagara) at 25. Richard has played in two fewer games than Strome, who leads the league with 39 points. Former Lightning prospect Brock Beukeboom scored his first of the year for Guelph.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 3-15-18, -14, 18 PIM

This was a 3-2 game halfway through the game until the Fronts exploded for a 7-3 win.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-15-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 10-15-25, +8, 45 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) broke out of his 4-game goalless drought in a big way with two goals, an assist, and a First Star award in a 4-2 win over Sherbrooke. Paquette now has six points in his last three games.

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 2 @ Peterborough Petes 5

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 3-15-18, -14, 18 PIM

Koekkoek earned the game’s Third Star for a 1+1 night as the Petes halted their 7-game losing streak with a win over Ottawa. Koekkoek has tied last year’s point total of 18, but in four fewer games. As has been well documented, Koekkoek’s season ended last year after a shoulder injury at the end of November. With the win, the Petes pulled within one point of the 67’s for second-last place in the league.

Subway Super Series Game Night: 11-12-12

Russia 1 @ Team OHL 2

D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Series totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

D Artem Sergeev, RUS: Did not play
Series totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM

G Andrei Vasilevskiy, RUS: Loss, 26 saves on 28 shots, Player of the Game (Russia)
Series totals: 1-2-0, 3.01 GAA, .903 sv%

D Slater Koekkoek, OHL: Did not play
Series totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Team OHL avenged their first-ever loss to the Russians in the Subway Super Series with a 2-1 win on Monday night in Sarnia. Russia beat the OHL, 2-1, last week. The OHL outshot Russia 28-16 in the match, including 13-5 while holding a 1-0 lead entering the third period. Russia managed a goal with just over 30 seconds left in the game. The game-winning goal was scored when Vasilevskiy (pictured) deflected a hard low shot from his right to the weak side, where an unmarked Frankie Corrado (Canucks) had crept in from the point and deposited the puck into an empty net. Vasilevskiy made several remarkable saves to keep his team in the game and was named Player of the Game for the Russian side for the second time in three starts. Fellow Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov wore an alternate captain's A for Russia and played in all game situations.

Russia (2-2) will play the WHL starting on Wednesday in Vancouver.

Box Score | Highlights

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-11-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Quebec Remparts 5 (SO)

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to six games to start his North American career. He was the only Rempart to convert his shootout chance, which gave Quebec the victory. Sabres first rounder Mikhail Grigorenko (pictured), Kucherov’s friend and linemate, had four goals for Quebec.

Saint John Sea Dogs 1 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 8

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 20 GP, 8-14-22, +7, 45 PIM

The Armada scored 17 goals on Saturday and Sunday, though Cedric Paquette only managed three assists. On Sunday, Danick Martel (2013) had a hat trick for the Armada.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 20 GP, 4-9-13, +5, 10 PIM

The Foreurs dropped their second in a row to the Drakkar this weekend. Columbus second rounder Petr Straka had two goals for visitors.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 1 @ Brampton Battalion 5

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-21-23, +4, 42 PIM

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (interference)
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-8-9, -10, 20 PIM

Tanner Richard was back in the lineup for Guelph after sitting out their last game. The Storm has lost two in a row and they’ve fallen to fourth in the Midwest Division a week after being within reach of first-place Owen Sound. Brampton won their second consecutive game. They are fourth in the Central Division.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Mississauga Steelheads 2

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-14-16, -16, 18 PIM

Koekkoek had a power play assist, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Petes from losing their seventh game in a row. At 11 points (4-14-2-1), the Petes are three points behind Ottawa in the OHL basement.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-10-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 19 GP, 4-9-13, +5, 10 PIM

Sergeev was scoreless in his first game since suiting up for Russia in the Subway Super Series. Steve Lebel (undrafted) had two goals for the Drakkar.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 7

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 22 PIM

The Attack got goals from seven different players to defeat visiting Sault Ste Marie, 7-5. Owen Sound is one point behind Barrie for tops in the league.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 5

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -4, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-13-15, -16, 18 PIM

The Petes spent part of the day at Niagara Falls, then fell to the IceDogs, 5-2. It was Peterborough’s fourth-straight loss. Koekkoek was a team-worst minus-4 on the night. Islanders first rounder Ryan Strome and Anthony DiFruscia (2013) each had two goals for Niagara. Strome leads the league in plus/minus at plus-27. Koekkoek is 554th, four ahead of Jake Cardwell of Ottawa for last and four behind the next closest players.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-9-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

PEI Rocket 3 @ Quebec Remparts 5

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-5-8, E, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to five games to start his North American career, scoring his third goal of the season. His goal broke a 2-2 tie for Quebec.

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 9

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 Hit
Season totals: 19 GP, 8-12-20, +7, 45 PIM

Coming off two games against the Russians this week, Paquette earned an assist on Friday night against visiting Moncton. Tommy Giroux (undrafted) had two goals and four points for the Armada.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Brampton Battalion 3

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, E, 22 PIM

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-8-9, -10, 18 PIM

Blujus (pictured) earned his sixth point in his last seven games, but fellow Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin and the Owen Sound Attack won the game, 5-3. Dotchin, who has two points in his last four games, matched Blujus with an assist.

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-20-22, +5, 40 PIM

Richard was not in the lineup for Sarnia’s 4-2 road win over Guelph. Habs first rounder Alex Galchenyuk had the game-winning goal for the Sting.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Erie Otters 6

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-13-15, -12, 16 PIM

The Petes lost their third in a row after two-straight wins, falling to Erie, 6-3. Slater Koekkoek had two helpers in the game and continues to approach a point-per-game pace on the season. Koekkoek was scoreless and minus-2 on Thursday night for Team OHL against Team Russia.

Subway Super Series Game Night: 11-8-12

Russia 2 @ Team OHL 1

D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Series totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

D Artem Sergeev, RUS: Did not play
Series totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM

G Andrei Vasilevskiy, RUS: Did not play
Series totals: 1-1-0, 3.50 GAA, 58/65 (.892 SV%)

D Slater Koekkoek, OHL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (holding)
Series totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Playing their third game in four nights and with much of the same roster from last night's 5-2 loss in Val d'Or to the QMJHL squad, Russia found a way to dig deep late in the game and pull off a gritty comeback win, its first ever win over the OHL in 19 total series matches, by scoring two goals in 24 seconds with under ten minutes remaining Thursday night in Guelph.

With Andrei Vasilevskiy in need of rest after starting the first two games, it was Igor Ustinskiy who got the start and, with a team that looked on the ropes though much of the first two periods of play, earned some honors by stopping all but one of the 24 shots he faced. Boston's Malcolm Subban, selected in the first round of the 2012 draft just like Vasilevskiy, started in net for the OHL but was pulled in favor of Jordan Binnington (Blues) after seeing little action--just seven shots--in what amounted to a little more than the first half of the game. It was Binnington who allowed the late back-to-back goals to Anton Shenfeld and Blackhawks 2011 4th rounder Maxim Shulanov for Russia.

With Sergeev scratched, that left Nesterov and Koekkoek as the only Lightning prospects in action in tonight's game. Nesterov was on the ice helping man the power play for Russia when Tyler Graovac scored Canada's lone goal of the game short-handed, but was steady on the Russian back end and seemed right at home in a game that was characterized by its physicality and board play. Koekkoek flashed his two-way ability on multiple occasions tonight, even joining the rush and, during prolonged stretches of offensive zone time, driving the net or pinching deep. However, he was also on the ice, as was his defensive partner Ryan Murphy (Hurricanes), for both Russian goals at the tail end of the game which left the OHL team and the roughly 5,000-strong home crowd stunned.

Koekkoek was caught out out of position when Shenfeld pulled a subtle outside-in deke to move in between the two Canadian defenders and snapped a shot untouched from the mid-slot that sped past Binnington's right blocker shoulder and tucked in under or off the crossbar. On the second Russian goal, Shalunov sped away from Murphy just outside the Russian blueline to create a 2-on-1 that Koekkoek defended properly by taking away the pass and giving his goaltender an opportunity to make the save. Binnington didn't, letting Shalunov's ice-level wrister beat him five-hole as he dropped into the butterfly.

The series will continue when both teams meet again in Sarnia on Monday night.

Box Score | Highlights

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-6-12

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 5 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-11-13, -11, 14 PIM

For the second straight game the Petes couldn’t hold on to a third period lead. The Colts scored three times in the third period, including an empty net goal. Koekkoek was not on the ice for the empty net goal.

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