Koekkoek, Slater

Crunch Rookie Koekkoek Eyes NHL


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Slater Koekkoek is confident about his path to the National Hockey League.

Despite a shoulder injury prematurely ending his final junior season, Koekkoek led the Windsor Spitfires' blueline in goals, assists, and points last season. But the Tampa Bay Lightning 2012 first-rounder is focused on rounding out his defensive game as he begins his professional career with the Syracuse Crunch.

"There's always pressure being a first round pick. It's a label and people are going to talk about it," Koekkoek said. "But everybody has their own road to the NHL. There's a lot of guys in the NHL that went after me, and there's some guys still not in the NHL that went before me. There's no timetable. I'll develop as fast as I can, and hopefully get called up whenever they need me."

AHL Game Night: 10-12-14 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Crunch clipped in OT.

HFD-4
SYR-3 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss in his AHL debut.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR Richard, (1) (Gourde, Marchessault), 1:35 (PP)
HFD Lindberg, (1) (Bourque, Mueller), 2:25 (PP)
SYR Paquette, (1) (Samson, Koekkoek), 4:37
HFD Mueller, (1) (Bodie, Bourque), 9:36
SYR Paquette, (2) (Vermin, Cote), 11:02

Third Period
HFD Hrivik, (1) (Kristo, Bodie), 6:35 (PP)

Overtime
HFD Lindberg, (2) (Bourque, Allen), 4:53

Cedric Paquette was the game's third star. Slater Koekkoek also made his AHL debut, chipping in an assist on Paquette's first goal.

Syracuse faces Springfield on Friday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-30-13

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 6

D Slater Koekkoek, NB: 0-2-2, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-16-22, +25, 10 PIM
2012-13 totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

Koekkoek, who is on well on pace for a career year, delivered yet another solid effort for the Spits, which rolled against Steven Stamkos' former club.

Kitchener Rangers 5 @ Barrie Colts 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-1-2, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-11-17, +17, 60 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

With a goal and an assist Saturday night, Jake Dotchin -- who's already bested his previous season-best goal total -- is quickly honing in on, in roughly half the amount of games played, the career-best 19 points he registered with Owen Sound in 2011-2012.

Kingston Frontenacs 6 @ Belleville Bulls 4

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 13-24-37, +14, 21 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Ikonen extended his point streak to eight games.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-27-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 2 vs. Chicoutimi Sagueneens

D Adam Erne, BAR: 1-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, *3rd Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 10-20-30, E, 33 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

Erne pushed his scoring streak to six games, during which he has registered multiple points three times.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Saginaw Spirit

D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-15-21, +20, 10 PIM
2012-13 totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

After going pointless his past three games, Tampa Bay's 2012 1st-rounder dished up an secondary helper and now has 11 points in as many games for November. With the game-winning goal and two apples, Kristoff Kontos -- son of former Bolt Chris Kontos (who, by the way, has a website) -- led the way for Saginaw.

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