Kucherov, Nikita

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-7-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 5-18-23, +9, 24 PIM

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 3-2-5, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov (pictured – Abitibi Express photo) was moved onto a line with fellow import Sven Andrighetto (undrafted) and center Marcus Power (undrafted) and the three combined for 12 points in the Huskies 6-4 win over the visiting Foreurs. Kucherov’s final goal was scored into an empty net. Fellow Lightning prospect Artem Sergeev did not play. It is thought he is preparing for Russia’s World Junior camp, but nothing has been confirmed. Kucherov is also on the camp roster and is obviously still playing. And playing well.

Rimouski Oceanic 6 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 (SO)

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 11 SOG, 5 Hits
Season totals: 29 GP, 13-24-37, +15, 52 PIM

Cedric Paquette extended his point streak to five games with an assist in a shootout loss to Rimouski. He led the Armada with 11 shots, 15 faceoff wins, and five hits on the night. His shootout attempt was saved. The Armada fought back from a 4-0 deficit at the first intermission to eventually tie the game, then tie it again in the last minute, 5-5.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 2-12-14, -5, 26 PIM

Brampton let three 1-goal leads get away in a road loss to the Fronts.

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Guelph Storm 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-7-9, +2, 33 PIM

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, +1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 3-32-35, +11, 65 PIM

Tanner Richard was a goal shy of the Gordie Howe Hat Trick on Friday night in a big win over Jake Dotchin and visiting Owen Sound. Richard fought the Attack’s Cameron Brace. Guelph held Owen Sound to 19 shots on goal and moved within six points of the Attack in the Midwest Division. Richard will play Saturday then leave for Switzerland to prepare for the World Junior tournament.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-4-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-11-17, +3, 2 PIM
With R-N: 6 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov scored just over 20 seconds after Moncton had taken a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Huskies gave up four goals in the final stanza to lose, 4-1. Kucherov was hurt briefly in the third period and had to be helped off the ice. He later returned to action and Moncton radio said he looked fine. Kucherov had shoulder surgery in May which delayed the start of his season this fall.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 2 (SO)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 3-31-34, +10, 60 PIM

Tanner Richard (pictured) scored at 19:03 of the third period to send the game to overtime and the Storm eventually won in a shootout, 3-2. They scored on both their shootout chances. Richard’s goal was just his third of the season. He has 34 points, however. He had 13 goals in 43 games last year.

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: 11-30-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Quebec Remparts 1

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-9-14, +3, 2 PIM
With R-N: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

After starting the year with at least a point in his first eight games, Nikita Kucherov is scoreless in his last two contests. He and his Huskies had a satisfying win on Friday when Kucherov’s new team beat his old team, 4-1. Kucherov was traded from Quebec after a decision was made to sit Kucherov as an “extra” import player. A trade was worked out to benefit both teams. On Friday, the team with Kucherov scored three times in the third period to claim victory.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 26 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 50 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) had two assists for the second-straight game as the Armada beat the Drakkar, 5-2, on Friday night. Paquette was just 3 of 15 on faceoffs in the game. He is obliterating his career high for assists in a season. His previous high was 17 in 63 games, though he did have 31 goals with those 17 assists.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 2-5-7, +1, 29 PIM

Jake Dotchin registered a point for the second-straight game when he scored his second goal of the season. The 6’3” 222-pound defensive-defenseman is within one goal of his career high of three goals set last season.

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Guelph Storm 3

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-10-12, -8, 22 PIM

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 2-31-33, +10, 56 PIM

Both Lightning prospects were scoreless on Friday night during Guelph’s 3-2 win over visiting Brampton. Guelph outshot the Battalion, 34-19.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-28-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 9 GP, 5-9-14, +3, 2 PIM
With R-N: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

It happened. For the first time in his North American hockey career, Nikita Kucherov went scoreless in a game as Saint John shut down Rouyn-Noranda, 5-1, on Wednesday night. Kucherov had gone all eight games with at least one point to start the season, his first in North America. The Huskies entered the game seven points ahead of the Sea Dogs in the QMJHL standings. Saint John has won four in a row.

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