Koekkoek, Slater

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.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-4-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 6

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: Did not play
Season totals: 18 GP, 8-11-19, +9, 45 PIM

Paquette was not in the lineup Sunday as the Armada lost to the Titan. Brandon Hynes, who attended a Lightning prospects camp in 2010, had two goals and an assist for the home side.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-9-13, +6, 10 PIM

Sergeev (pictured) scored his fourth goal of the year in his 18th game. He had seven goals in 46 games last season and five in 64 the year before that. Sergeev will suit up for Russia this week as the Subway Super Series gets underway between Team QMJHL and Russia.

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Brampton Battalion 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-7-8, -12, 18 PIM

Blujus earned his fifth point in his last six games as Brampton defeated the visiting Wolves on Sunday, 4-2.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 3 (OT)

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (roughing double minor)
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 20 PIM

Senators prospect Matt Puempel had two goals and Hurricanes pick Ryan Murphy scored the game-winner for Kitchener on Sunday as they beat the Attack, 3-2 in overtime.

London Knights 3 @ Guelph Storm 0

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 16 GP, 2-20-22, +5, 40 PIM

Richard had his point streak end at 13 games, which was the second-longest streak in the league this season behind Connor McDavid’s 15-game streak. Jake Patterson (undrafted), playing in just his 11th career game, stopped 31 shots for London. The Knights scored two empty net goals in the game. The game-winning goal was scored halfway through the third period.

Niagara IceDogs 6 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-11-13, -8, 14 PIM

Slater Koekkoek had two assists for the Petes, who were leading 4-2 midway through the final period. The IceDogs scored three times in about five minutes to take command of the game. They added an empty net goal late in the game.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-2-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 8 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit, *Third Star*
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-4-6, +2, 2 PIM

Kucherov (pictured) had a goal and two assists to give him six points in three games to start his North American hockey career. His line combined for 10 points on the night as Mikhail Grigorenko (Sabres) had four assists and Adam Erne (2013) had a hat trick. Kucherov was third star for the second-straight game. It’s his turn to sit out the next game as fellow import player Nick Sorensen sat out on Friday night. The Remparts can only dress two per game. Grigorenko is the other import on the roster.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, E, 5 PIM (fighting), 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 17 GP, 8-11-19, +11, 45 PIM

Paquette played his second game since returning from a suspension, and was issued a misconduct for “continuing or attempting to continue a fight” after squaring off with Jack Nevins. He had an assist after the misconduct. Teammate Chris Clapperton (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Armada.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 6 @ Victoriaville Tigres 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 17 GP, 3-9-12, +4, 10 PIM

Six different players scored for Val-d’Or, who defeated the Tigres in Victoriaville, 6-4. The game was 2-2 entering the third period.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-6-7, -12, 18 PIM

Blujus earned his fourth point in his last five games, but Brampton fell in Kingston, 6-3. Blujus also fell to a season-worst minus-12 rating. His career low is minus-14, set two years ago when Blujus was a rookie. He was plus-4 last season.

Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Erie Otters 3

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 14 PIM

Daniel Catenacci (Sabres) and Gemel Smith (Stars) each had two goals and two assists for Owen Sound in their win over Erie. Jake Dotchin has one point in his last 14 games and none in his last five.

Oshawa Generals 1 @ Guelph Storm 4

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-19-21, +7, 36 PIM

Richard extended his point streak to 12 games with two assists against Oshawa on Friday night. In a game broadcast on NHL Network, Richard earned his first assist when he slid a pass back to Matt Finn at the point and Finn’s shot banked off the dasher of the end boards and hit goaltender Daniel Altshuller in the shoulder before falling over the goal line. Richard’s second assist came on the power play when he executed a give-and-go with Jets pick Scott Kosmachuck. Richard fed Kosmachuck in the slot for a grade-A scoring chance.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Mississauga Steelheads 4

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 2-9-11, -7, 12 PIM

Leafs pick Stuart Percy had a goal and an assist to pace the Steelheads to a 4-1 win over Peterborough on Friday night. The Petes broke up Spencer Martin’s shutout bid with 13 seconds left in regulation. Lightning prospect goaltender Andrei Vasilevski was drafted by Mississauga, but the Steelheads were not able to bring him to the CHL this season.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-1-12

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Peterborough Petes 0

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-9-11, -6, 12 PIM

The Petes’ 2-game win streak came to a crashing halt Thursday as they lost to visiting Oshawa, 5-0. Columbus pick Boone Jenner had two goals and two assists and Leafs pick Tyler Biggs had two assists. The Gens put up 53 shots on the Petes.

Prospect Watching

There will be three Lightning prospects on television Friday night: Guelph (Tanner Richard, No. 27) on NHL Network, North Dakota (Brendan O’Donnell, No. 21) on NESN, and Minnesota (Adam Wilcox, No. 32) on Fox Sports North.

Prospect of the Week: October 30, 2012

This week we continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

This week’s winner is watched closer than any other Lightning prospect.

The Prospect of the Week for October 30 is … Slater Koekkoek, defenseman, Peterborough (OHL – Canada)

The only reaction stronger than the surprise many Lightning prospect fans felt when the Lightning chose Slater Koekkoek with the 10th overall pick in June’s draft was the concern they felt when the 2-way defenseman went down in his first preseason game.

In other words, though the pick may have surprised them, they’re behind him 100 percent.

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-28-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Quebec Remparts 2

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM (interference), 4 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 2 PIM

Kucherov (pictured, LaPresse photo) was back in the Remparts lineup and earned the primary assist on both Quebec’s goals. The Remparts came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Olympiques, 2-1. Coach Patrick Roy seems to be rotating his three import players (teams can only play two). Today, Sabres first rounder Mikhail Grigorenko sat in the press box while Kucherov and Nick Sorensen (2013) played. Roy will eventually have to trade one, unless the lockout ends and Grigorenko bolts to the NHL. Grigorenko has 24 points in 15 games this season. Sorensen has 14 in 15.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 4 @ Brampton Battalion 1

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (tripping, slashing)
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-5-6, -10, 18 PIM

Brampton scored just one goal for the second straight game – both big losses. On Sunday they outshot visiting Sarnia, 31-15, but gave up four goals. Montreal first rounder Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and two assists for Steven Stamkos’ former junior club.

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 5

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-2-3, E, 14 PIM

Chris Marchese (undrafted) had two goals for Windsor. Dotchin has one point in his last 13 games and none in his last four.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Guelph Storm 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, +1, 9 PIM (boarding, instigating, fighting)
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-17-19, +6, 36 PIM

Richard extended his point streak to 11 games with a third period assist. The game was chippy, to say the least, and Richard was in the middle of it again. He was suspended earlier this year for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of a game. Today he started a fight in the second period. Richard continues to lead the OHL in assists (tied with Nick Cousins of the Soo) and he’s seventh in penalty minutes, 10 behind Oshawa’s Scott Sabourin. You don’t see the assist-PIM combination too often.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Oshawa Generals 2 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-9-11, -6, 12 PIM

Are the Petes turning the corner? Peterborough, who has struggled for much of the season, won their second straight game after five straight one-goal defeats. They’re playing competitive hockey and were rewarded with two wins this weekend. Slater Koekkoek has points in three straight games. The Petes’ captain is second on the team in scoring.

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-27-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 7

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: Did not play
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-10-17, +11, 40 PIM

Blainville-Boisbriand bounced back from a Friday loss with a big win on Saturday. Paquette was suspended for the game. He took a roughing penalty late in Friday’s match against Moncton, hitting an unsuspecting Wildcat in the head with his shoulder after the whistle. Moncton scored on the ensuing power play to win the game, 3-2. When Paquette’s scratch was announced tonight at home, the crowd reportedly applauded.

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 3

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 14 PIM

Jordan Binnington (Rangers) stopped 34 of 35 shots to lead Owen Sound to a 3-1 home win over Sudbury.

Guelph Storm 4 @ London Knights 3 (SO)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-16-18, +5, 27 PIM

Richard extended his point streak to 10 games with a third period assist. He did not participated in the shootout, which was won by Guelph, 1-0.

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-8-10, -6, 12 PIM

The Petes had lost five consecutive one-goal games, but came out on top at home against Saginaw on Saturday. Peterborough had only one win in their last 10 games coming into Saturday’s contest. Slater Koekkoek had an assist to give him points in two straight games and six of his last seven. He has three points and a plus-4 rating in his last two games.

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-25-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 8 @ Quebec Remparts 2

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits

Kucherov (pictured) made his long-awaited North American debut and scored early in the second period to give Quebec a 2-1 lead (WATCH). He showed a good burst and slick stickwork on the goal, which was scored on the forehand to the goalie's blocker side. There will be plenty more where that came from. Kucherov had missed the first six weeks of the season recovering from May shoulder surgery. That 2-1 lead quickly evaporated and the Drakkar put a snowman on the scoreboard in Bonhomme’s backyard. Quebec came into the game ranked No. 3 in all of Canadian juniors.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 1 @ Barrie Colts 2 (OT)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-5-5, -7, 14 PIM

Blujus had a point for the second straight game – a third period power play assist. Jets first rounder (2011) Mark Scheifele had a goal for Barrie. Brampton has registered at least a point in their last five games (3-0-2-0).

London Knights 5 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-7-9, -8, 12 PIM

The Petes lost their fifth consecutive one-goal game, this time falling to London at home. Peterborough held a 4-2 lead entering the third period, but was outshot 13-6 in the final stanza. 2011 Lightning prospect camper Seth Griffith had a goal for London, his 10th of the year. He was drafted by the Bruins last summer. Peterborough has one win in their last 10 games (1-6-2-1) and is tied with Ottawa for last in the OHL with 7 points. Peterborough has the fewest wins with two in 12 games.

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