Koekkoek, Slater

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-9-13 (Koekkoek Traded)

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Erie Otters 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

A late delay of game penalty by the Attack resulted in an Otter power play goal with 35 seconds left in regulation that gave Erie a 4-3 home win. Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin was scoreless in the game, but the story here is that he was still with the Attack. He was rumored to be involved in trade talks this week as the OHL trade deadline approached. Senators first round defenseman Cody Ceci was acquired by Owen Sound and had an assist in his Attack debut.

TRADE

According to multiple reports, Lightning 2012 first rounder Slater Koekkoek was traded late Wednesday night from the Peterborough Petes to the Windsor Spitfires for Avalanche prospect Michael Clark and two second round picks. Koekkoek was rumored to be on the trade block as the Petes are tied for last in the league in points and continue to undergo changes on and off the ice. They’ve replaced their coach and general manager already this year.

Windsor is not much better in the standings than Peterborough (seven points), but their GM, former NHLer Warren Rychel, heads a strong major junior program with the resources to put a winner on the ice. Koekkoek will be back in juniors again next year and Rychel likely had next year in mind when he made this deal. The hope for Koekkoek, who was the Petes captain, is he receives the proper discipline and development to make the jump to the AHL a little smoother in two years while returning Windsor to OHL prominence.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-4-13

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 2-16-18, -8, 30 PIM

Brampton spotted Sudbury a 4-0 lead through two periods before chipping at the lead to pull within one goal with seven minutes to play in regulation. The Battalion couldn’t get the equalizer and lost, 4-3. Blujus’ assist came on the power play. He has registered at least a point in only six of his last 22 games (9 points total in that time).

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Plymouth Whalers 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-12-14, +2, 39 PIM

Owen Sound crossed the border into Michigan and found themselves down 3-0 after two periods. The Attack scored three times in just over two minutes mid-way through the third period, but a power play goal by the Whalers with 13 seconds remaining made the comeback all for not in the standings.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 4 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

New coach Jody Hull has the Petes playing at a high level, and the league’s last place team went toe-to-toe with Kitchener before falling in a shootout. Koekkoek’s 5-game point streak came to an end in the loss. The teams combined for 97 shots on goal, with the Rangers winning that statistical battle, 49-48.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-3-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 36 GP, 15-32-47, +18, 71 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) had the primary assist on Samuel Carrier’s game-winning goal scored at 6:41 of the third period as the Armada came from behind to top the visiting Phoenix, 3-2. Paquette is within one point of his career high for points in a season, set last year in 63 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Brampton Battalion 1

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 2-15-17, -7, 30 PIM

Oshawa limited Brampton to just 17 shots while defeating the Battalion, 4-1.

Belleville Bulls 0 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 6-22-28, -25, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek extended his point streak to five games with an assist in Peterborough’s 3-0 win over the Bulls. His power play assist gave him 22 for the year, six more than his previous career high of 16 set in his rookie season.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-29-12

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 6 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 6-21-27, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek extended his point streak to four games with a late assist in Saturday night’s loss to Ottawa. The game was not as close as the final score indicates as Ottawa held a 5-1 lead early in the second period. The Petes were able to put 51 shots on net, however. Koekkoek was on the ice for four of the 67’s goals, but only had a direct effect in two of the goals against. His play in his own end was active, but sporadic. The commentators during the game mentioned how the d-corps of the Petes had trouble executing the game plan and had several bouts of miscommunication. Offensively, Koekkoek was solid and efficient, making several deep rushes and long passes to set up teammates. He looks to rush the puck a lot and has the skill and wheels to do so. It seems obvious he has the green light to rush it whenever he wants. He plays like a player who is expected to provide most of the offense for the club. The OHL trade deadline is coming up and Koekkoek’s name has been in rumors, though with another year of junior in his future, it’s unlikely that a player of his skill and age would be dealt. London is always looking to deal and playing in London with the Hunters would do wonders for Koekkoek’s development.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-28-12

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Sarnia Sting 2

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-13-15, -10, 28 PIM

Blake Clarke (2014) scored twice to lead Brampton to a 3-1 road win over Sarnia.

Erie Otters 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 6

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 2-11-13, +4, 37 PIM

Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin (pictured) had a career-high three assists in one game as the Attack earned two points by beating visiting Erie, 6-1. This was Dotchin’s second 3-point game in his career – he had a goal and two assists against Peterborough last February. He now has 13 points in 33 games and is on pace to set a new career high for goals, assists, and points in a season (3-16-19 in 2011-12).

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 6-20-26, -23, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek scored his sixth goal of the season late in the third on the power play to put the game away for Peterborough, who beat Kingston on the road, 5-2. Koekkoek, who hit the post minutes before he scored, slid into the high slot from the right point and one-timed a pass from Steven Trojanovic (undrafted) through Kingston goalie Mike Morrison (undrafted), who played for the Petes last year. The puck trickled over the line before being swept back into play, but the referee ruled it a goal. The OHL offices in Toronto took more than eight minutes to confirm it was a goal.

Note: Prospects Nikita Kucherov (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL), Artem Sergeev (Val-d'Or, QMJHL), and Tanner Richard (Guelph, OHL) are participating in the 2013 World Junior Championships and are therefore not with their respective club teams.

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