Koekkoek, Slater

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.

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.

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