Koekkoek, Slater

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-8-12

Ontario Hockey League

Belleville Bulls 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 2

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-7-9, +2, 35 PIM

Owen Sound gave up two third period goals to lose for the second straight night. The Attack outshot Belleville, 42-28, but were stymied by Charlie Graham (2013), who was filling in for Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban.

Guelph Storm 8 @ Erie Otters 0

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-4-4, +3, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 29 GP, 3-36-39, +14, 65 PIM

Tanner Richard (pictured) had four assists in his last game before leaving for the World Junior Championships. His 36 assists this year are second in the league to Islander prospect Ryan Strome’s 40. Richard has had three or more points four times in his last 10 games.

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Sudbury Wolves 4 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 4-19-23, -20, 26 PIM

Peterborough won for the second-straight game, topping Sudbury in a shootout. Slater Koekkoek was plus-2 again for the Petes, making him plus-4 in his last two games.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-6-12

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 4 @ Brampton Battalion 3

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-12-14, -5, 26 PIM

Brampton held a 2-0 lead on the highly favored Knights halfway through the game, but gave up four unanswered goals in the next 20 minutes of game action. Brampton cut the lead to 4-3 late in the game, but couldn’t get a game-tying goal. Dylan Blujus (pictured) broke a personal 5-game scoreless streak with two assists. He is on pace to finish just shy of his career high in points of 34, set last year.

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (OT)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 4-18-22, -22, 24 PIM

In a game that featured 96 total shots, the last one went in off a Peterborough stick to give the Petes a 3-2 overtime win. Slater Koekkoek was the only Pete on the ice to not figure in on the scoring for the game-winning goal, but it’s hard to see him caring about something as trivial as that. With the win, the Petes climbed out of the cellar above Ottawa in the East Division. The 67’s lost to Niagara on Thursday, 9-0.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-1-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 11 GP, 5-11-16, +3, 2 PIM
With R-N: 5 GP, 2-4-6, +4, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Kucherov (pictured) snapped his mini scoreless streak at two games with two helpers on Saturday night against the defending Memorial Cup champs. Fellow import player Sven Andrightetto (undrafted) had a goal (19) and an assist for first star honors.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 8

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 0 SOG, 3 Hit
Season totals: 28 GP, 5-17-22, +8, 24 PIM

Artem Sergeev’s point streak rose to seven games with an assist, but the Foreurs were doubled up by the Phoenix, 8-4.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 5

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-10-12, -5, 24 PIM

Dylan Blujus was a season-high plus-3 as Brampton won a big road game against Niagara, 6-5. The Battalion are now seven points behind Niagara in the Central Division.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 1

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-5-7, +2, 29 PIM

Owen Sound scored the game’s final two goals to top the Soo, 2-1. Jake Dotchin was on the plus side of the only even strength goal scored in the game – a second period marker by Daniel Catenacci (Sabres).

Guelph Storm 1 @ London Knights 3

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-31-33, +9, 58 PIM

Guelph dropped a key game on the road against a division rival, falling 3-1 to London. Guelph is now nine points behind the Knights in the Midwest Division.

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-18-22, -23, 20 PIM

Habs first rounder Alex Galchenyuk had a hat trick and an assist to lead Sarnia to a 5-2 win over Peterborough. Slater Koekkoek extended his point streak to four games in the loss.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-29-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 7

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +2, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 27 GP, 5-16-21, +7, 20 PIM

Artem Sergeev’s point streak rose to six games with an assist against the defending QMJHL champs. Saint John, who defeated Rouyn-Noranda on Wednesday night, fought back from 4-1 and 5-3 deficits to tie the game in the third period. Val-d’Or scored the game’s last two goals for the victory.

Ontario Hockey League

Belleville Bulls 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 4-17-21, -21, 20 PIM

The Petes snapped their 5-game losing streak and Slater Koekkoek (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) set a new career high for assists in a season as Peterborough beat Belleville in a shootout, 4-3. Koekkoek’s second period assist gave him 17 for the year, one more than he accumulated in his rookie season.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-27-12

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 4-16-20, -21, 20 PIM

Slater Koekkoek scored his fourth goal of the season late in the game to cut Oshawa’s lead to 3-2, but the Petes couldn’t complete the comeback. With his 20th point of the season, Koekkoek is approaching his career high of 23, set two years ago in 65 games. He has already matched his career high for assists at 16, also set two years ago. Unfortunately, he is also approaching his career “low” of minus-29, which was also set in his rookie season. Koekkoek’s minus-21 rating is the lowest its been all season. He is two ratings points ahead of Belleville’s Jake Cardwell for last in the league. The closest player to him on the Petes is Francis Menard at minus-15. Peterborough has lost five games in a row and nine of their last 10.

As team captain and arguably its top player, Koekkoek plays a ton of minutes on a team that’s last in the league in points and second-last in goals scored. That’s a recipe for a plus/minus disaster. It's highly unlikely that Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is even remotely worried about his top pick in 2012.

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