Lipanov, Alexey

Juniors Game Night: 2-11-18

Sunday night results...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/23 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 47 GP, 21-47-68, +35, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi (pictured) scored twice in the span of 18 seconds, opening the scoring with a power play goal just 5:09 in the game, and then following it with what would be the eventual game-winner. Maxime Fortier (CLB, FA ELC) scored twice and blueliner Jared McIssac (2018 draft eligible) had four assists. It’s was Somppi’s 20th and 21st of the season, blowing by the 20-goal mark for the first time in his North American career. Somppi is still 3rd in the QMJHL in points and assists, and 2nd in the league in plus-minus. It is interesting to note that Ondrej Palat’s 19 y.o. season saw him total 17-23-40 in 59 games, which is eerily close to Somppi’s numbers last season. In Palat’s 20 y.o. season, he skyrocketed to 39-57-96 and +37 in 61 games. Halifax has 13 regular season game remaining, which should give Somppi 60 total games played. He won’t come close to Palat’s 39 goals (projecting Somppi at ~27), but he should eclipse Palat’s assist numbers (projecting Somppi at ~60) for total projected points of around 87. A little off Palat’s numbers, but definitely in the ballpark. Palat was an incredible 2-way forward find as a 7th rounder, and we may very well be seeing Somppi developing as that next late round 2-way gem from Al Murray & Company.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/4 FO
Season Totals: 45 GP, 35-31-66, +37, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/6 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 14 GP, 11-9-20, +7, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 26-38-64, +17, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Hamilton, the OHL Eastern Conference’s best team, broke open an 1-1 tie after the 1st intermission with four 2nd period goals led by Matthew Strome (PHI, 2017 4th round pick) and MacKenzie Entwistle (ARI, 2017 3rd round pick) who each had a goal and two assists in that period. Both players also assisted on Benjamin Gleason’s (undrafted) opening goal in the first period, giving both players 4 points on the night. Katchouk scored on the power play in the 1st to knot the score at one-all.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Sarnia Sting 5

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 11 GP, 2-2-4, -9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 13-21-34, E, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov was out of the lineup for the third straight game, as Sarnia rallied from a 4-2 first period deficit, getting goals from Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) and Jonathan Ang (FLA, 2016 4th round pick) down the stretch to squeak the victory. The Sting were paced by Ang and Connor Schlichting (undrafted) who both had a goal and two assists in the contest. No word yet on whether Lipanov has been a healthy scratch getting off to a slow start with the Cory Stillman coached Wolves since the deadline trade from Barrie, or if he is injured.

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Oshawa Generals 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/21 FO
Season Totals: 49 G, 14-10-24, -31, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette had a pair of assists on both Nick Robertson (2020 draft eligible) goals early as part of a 3-0 lead built by the Petes. But the Generals pushed back with five 2nd period goals led by Danil Antropov (2019 draft eligible) and Jack Studnicka (BOS, 2017 2nd round pick). Former Maple Leafs prospect Nikita Korostelev and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (2018 draft eligible) twice drew the Petes back within a goal, but Allan McShane (2018 draft eligible) sealed the Oshawa victory with his 2nd goal of the game late in the 3rd period.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 2 (SO)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 13 GP, 3-4-7, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 12-21-32, -10, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Nolan Maier (undrafted) stopped 38 Regina shots and then turned aside five shooters to almost single-handedly squeak out the two points for the Hajek’s old team.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Des Moines Buccaneers 1 @ Omaha Lancers 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 1-16-17, +16, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Michigan commit Jack Randl (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Lancers as Omaha cruised to victory against the Bucs from Des Moines.

Juniors Game Night: 2-10-18

Saturday night results...

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Erie Otters 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 34-31-65, +40, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/4 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 13 GP, 11-9-20, +10, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 26-38-64, +20, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh scored just 10 seconds into the game to serve notice that this game wouldn’t be like the last time the Otters tangled with the Soo. But it was Hayden Verbeek (undrafted) and Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) that delivered the notice. Verbeek notched his 19th and 20th goals of the season, and Gettinger tallying his 29th of the season. Both players racked up three points and were +4 in the Greyhounds victory.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ London Knights 5

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 11 GP, 2-2-4, -9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 13-21-34, E, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov was out of the lineup for the second straight game, as Sudbury’s one game win streak was short-lived after blowing a 3-2 lead late in the 2nd period. The Knights got goals from five different players, including the 3-3 equalizer from Billy Moskal (2018 draft eligible) with 43 seconds left in the 2nd period. David Levin (2018 draft eligible) scored again and Kirill Nizhnikov (2018 draft eligible) had a goal and an assist to lead the Wolves to that 3-2 lead.

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 15/23 FO
Season Totals: 48 G, 14-8-22, -31, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes finally broke a 10-game winless streak on the back of goaltender Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016 5th rounder), who made 47 saves on 50 North Bay shots and turned aside both Battalion shooters in the shootout. Former Maple Leafs prospect Nikita Korostelev paced Peterborough with a goal and an assist and scored in the shootout. Matthew Struthers (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for North Bay.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 3 @ Victoria Royals 4 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 45 GP, 14-36-50, +20, 38 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Royals rallied from a 3-2 third period deficit behind Noah Gregor’s (SJS, 2016 4th rounder) equalizer on the power play, and Tanner Kaspick’s (STL, 2016 4th round pick) power play OT game-winner. Gregor and Kaspick had two goals each for Victoria as they swept the back-to-back series against Kelowna at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria. Cal Foote assisted on a Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) 1st period power play goal, and added a goal of his own later in the 1st to help give the Rockets a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Regina Pats 4
D Libor Hajek, REG: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals (REG): 12 GP, 3-4-7, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 12-21-32, -10, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek opened the scoring just four minutes into the game, and then notched the primary assist on Sam Steel’s (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) game winning power play marker in the 2nd period. Max Paddock (undrafted) made 33 saves to pace the Pats to victory.

Kootenay Ice 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

C Brett Howden, MJ: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/15 FO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 20-29-49, +21, 30 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 53 GP, 7-15-22, +33, 52 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brody Willms (undrafted) pitched his second shutout in as many games, following up a 20-save shutout of Lethbridge with a 15-save shutout against Kootenay. Howden scored his 19th and 20th of the season and added an assist to pace the Warriors along with Brayden Burke’s (undrafted) two goal, three-point performance. Sosunov notched the primary assist on Burke’s 2nd period tally.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 3 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 2

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 1-16-17, +17, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix (pictured) assisted on one of Brendan Furry’s two goals in regulation, and then scored the shootout game winner to give the Lancers a gutsy road win.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 3 @ Minnetonka Skippers 5

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-0-2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 23 GP, 27-28-55, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Edina-Minnetonka Lake Conference rivalry hit another level in this 3rd meeting between the two teams. The Skippers won the first meeting on Boxing Day when the Hornets fell in the first round of the prestigious Schwann’s Cup holiday tournament on campus of the University of Minnesota. Two weeks ago, Edina exacted revenge when they put a snowman on the board at home at the Braemar Ice Arena. This third match took place at the Pagel Activity Center in Minnetonka with both team’s trading power play markers in the first period from the mitts of Jack Bayless (uncommitted) and Sammy Walker. After a scoreless 2nd period, Bayless scored his 2nd of the game for the Skippers and opened a three-goal run in space of about two-and-half minutes. But Walker responded with a short-handed score for his 27th of the season and his 2nd of the game, followed by the hope goal from Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit) to draw the Hornets within one at 16:47. Edina coach Curt Giles immediately pulled the goalie, but captain Joe Molenaar (uncommitted) potted the empty netter, his 2nd goal of the game, just 11 seconds later to seal the Minnetonka win. Edina's only two losses this season have come at the hands of the Skippers. The Hornets next play Thursday night on the road against the Eden Prairie Eagles.

Juniors Game Night: 2-9-18

Friday night results...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/18 FO
Season Totals: 46 GP, 19-47-66, +33, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi scored the Mooseheads’ first goal early in the 2nd period to knot the score at 1-1, but Ostap Safin (EDM, 2017 4th round pick) and Robbie Burt (undrafted) both scored twice and added an assist to pace the Sea Dogs to a big win at home over Halifax.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 6

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 11 GP, 2-2-4, -9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 13-21-34, E, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov didn’t dress for Sudbury’s big win against the Firebirds, as David Levin (2018 draft eligible) led the Wolves with a hat trick. Levin opened the scoring, and then scored back-to-back goals just a minute apart after Flint drew within one to blow the game open for Sudbury.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Victoria Royals 6

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 13-35-48, +19, 38 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote and Sharks 2016 4th rounder Noah Gregor tangled in the 3rd period with both getting a fighting major in garbage time with the Royals up 5-1. Gregor was traded at the CHL deadline from Moose Jaw. The Royals were paced by two goals from Matthew Phillips (CGY, 2016 6th round pick) and a goal and four points from Tyler Soy (ANA, 2016 7th round pick). Those were Phillips’ 40th and 41st goals of the season, and he’s Top 5 in the WHL in both goals and points.

Kootenay Ice 4 @ Regina Pats 2
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 11 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 11-20-30, -11, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

The Ice scored three times in the 2nd period to put the tied 1-1 game out of reach of the Pats. Ducks 2016 1st rounder Sam Steel assisted on both Regina goals.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/17 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-28-46, +19, 30 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 7-14-21, +32, 52 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brody Willms (undrafted) pitched a 20-save shutout as the Warriors got 1st period goals from Vince Loschiavo (undrafted) and Brayden Burke (undrafted).

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Dubuque Fighting Saints 2 @ Omaha Lancers 3

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-15-16, +18, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Omaha gets goals from three players as the Lancers clipped Dubuque at home.

Juniors Game Night: 2-3-18

Plus a catch-up from last week...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 16/26 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 18-44-62, +33, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on the game’s first two goals, both markers by Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible), including what would be the game-winner in the 2nd period. Somppi earned Third Star honors. Sompii now sits tied for 3rd in the Q for total points, 3rd in league in assists, and continues to lead the Q in plus-minus.

Friday:: Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 5
Sunday:: Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 8

Last Sunday afternoon, Sompii earned First Star honors scoring two goals and assisting on another, leading the team in putting up a snowman on the Sea Dogs.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (OT) (Friday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 33-27-60, +39, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/5 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 10 GP, 8-9-17, +9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 23-38-61, +19, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh scored and assisted on two 2nd period goals that gave the Soo a 3-0 lead at the 2nd intermission, but the Spirit scored thrice in the 3rd to send the game to overtime where Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) netted the game-winner for the Greyhounds. Since dropping two straight, the Soo have won five consecutive games as they lead the OHL as the best team.

Wedneday:: Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
Sunday:: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 2

Last Sunday, both Raddysh and Katchouk assisted on Hayden Verbeek’s (undrafted) game-winning goal in the Soo’s road win 5-2 over the Spirit. Raddysh potted an empty netter and assisted on another goal in that game. On Wednesday night, Raddysh scored on the power play and Katchouk assisted on a Morgan Frost tally as the Greyhounds blanked Sudbury.

Erie Otters 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2 (Friday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0/6 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 11 GP, 2-2-4, -9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 13-21-34, E, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Former Sudbury winger Troy Lajeunesse scored twice for the Otters as Erie doubled the hapless Wolves. The Sudbury winless streak stands at five games, as the Wolves are by far and away the worst team in the league.

Wedneday:: Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
Sunday:: Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Mississauga Steelheads 4

Oshawa Generals 8 @ Peterborough Petes 2

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/20 FO
Season Totals: 45 G, 13-7-20, -26, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Sixteen year-old Nick Robertson (2020 draft eligible) scored both Petes goals, but the Generals got goals from eight different players as Oshawa put up a snowman Peterborough in front of 3800+ of their fans. The Petes winless streak now reaches eight games.

Thursday:: Hamilton Bulldogs 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3
Sunday:: Peterborough Petes 0 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2

On Thursday night, Paquette assisted on Pavel Gogolev’s (2018 draft eligible) 2-1 go-ahead power play marker in the 2nd period. But the Bulldogs would reel off three straight and steal two points on road.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Everett Silvertips 8

D Cal Foote, KEL: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 42 GP, 13-34-47, +19, 33 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cale Foote scored both of the Rockets goals, but the Silvertips put up the snowman on the scoreboard to sweep the home-and-home series between Everett and Kelowna. Getting a Third Star from hometown Everett press on a eight-goal night speaks volumes to Foote’s play, along with that +1 rating. Patrick Bajkov (undrafted) netted a hat trick and five points for the Silvertips and Garrett Pilon (WAS, 2016 3rd round pick) scored twice and tallied four points of his own.

Friday:: Everett Silvertips 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 2
Tuesday:: Medicine Hat Tigers 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

Last Tuesday, Foote earned First Star for his goal and two assists against the Tigers, leading the Rockets to a 5-2 victory. Foote opened the scoring late in the first and then assisted on a pair of 2nd period power play goals by Carsen Twarynski (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) and Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick).

Prince Albert Raiders 4 @ Regina Pats 5 (OT)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 9 GP, 2-3-5, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 42 GP, 10-20-30, -14, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Sam Steel (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) scored twice and added a couple of assists for a four-point night to lead the Pats to the OT win against the visiting Raiders. Prince Albert rallied from a 4-1 deficit at the 2nd intermission, scoring thrice in the 3rd to force overtime. Cameron Hebig (undrafted) fired a game-high eight shots, finally converted in overtime to give Regina the win.

Wednesday:: Prince George Cougars 1 @ Regina Pats 4
Sunday:: Swift Current Broncos 4 @ Regina Pats 1

Hajek fired a team-high seven shots last Sunday as part of a Regina 42-shot effort against the Broncos in a losing effort. On Wednesday night, Hajek racked up five more shots in a winning effort against the Cougars.

Prince George Cougars 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 17/31 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 29 GP, 18-28-46, +19, 30 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 51 GP, 7-14-21, +32, 50 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden earned Second Stars honors, assisting on Justin Almeida’s (2018 draft eligible) 30th goal of the season, a power play marker in the 2nd as the Warrior built up a 4-0 lead before Josh Maser (undrafted) finally solved Adam Evanoff (undrafted) late in the 3rd for Cougars lone goal.

Friday:: Red Deer Rebels 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

Friday night, Howden assisted on Moose Jaw’s lone goal by Josh Brook (MTL, 2017 2nd round pick) in a losing effort at home to the visiting Rebels from Red Deer.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Central Illinois Flying Aces 2 @ Omaha Lancers 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 32 GP, 1-15-16, +17, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix assisted on both of Omaha’s 1st period goals, including a shortie by Filip Suchy (undrafted) and earned Second Star honors. The Lancers added two more goals in the 3rd period to earn the victory over the Flying Aces to sweep the back-to-back series.

Friday:: Central Illinois Flying Aces 1 @ Omaha Lancers 8
Sunday:: Tri-City Storm 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2 (SO)

Minnesota State High School League

Hopkins Royals 0 @ Edina Hornets 20

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-3-4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 22 GP, 25-28-53, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker scored a goal and added three assists as the Hornets scored twenty against the outmatched Royals. Mason Nevers notched four goals and seven points, and Liam Malmquist (uncommitted) and Evan Shoemaker (uncommitted) both netted hat tricks in the win. The Hornets next play the Minnetonka Skippers next Saturday night.

Thursday: Edina Hornets 3 @ Wayzata Trojans 1
Tuesday: Centennial Cougars 2 @ Edina Hornets 3

Last Tuesday, Walker scored a power play goal in Edina’s three-goal rally to beat Centennial and was held scoreless in the Hornets tough road win against Wayzata on Thursday night.

Juniors Game Night: 1-27-18

From Saturday night...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5 (Saturday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 19/30 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 40 GP, 16-41-57, +30, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

With the score knotted at 2-2 at the 2nd intermission. Somppi (pictured) scored the game-winner for the Mooseheads early in the 3rd as part of a Halifax 3-goal third period. Maxime Fortier (CLB, FA ELC) led the way for the Mooseheads scoring twice and adding two assists.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (Saturday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 33-25-58, +34, 18 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 7 GP, 5-6-11, +4, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 20-35-55, +14, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk assisted on the game-winning 3rd period goal by Mac Hollowell (2018 draft eligible), as the Soo clipped the Colts at home. Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) led the way for the Greyhounds with a power play goal and an assist. Dmitry Solokov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) paced Barrie, leading a 3rd period rally to knot the score at 3-3, with two goals and an assist on a goal by top prospect Andrei Svechnikov (2018 draft eligible).

Niagra Ice Dogs 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 2 (Saturday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 8 GP, 2-2-4, -8, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 13-21-34, +1, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Rough night for Lipanov and the Wolves as Sudbury allowed six goals in back-to-back contests. The Ice Dogs got goals from six different players and netminder Colton Incze (undrafted) stopped 29 Sudbury shots. Right-handed rearguard Peter Stratis (2018 draft eligible) had a goal and an assist for the Wolves in a losing effort

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Red Deer Rebels 3 (OT) (Saturday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 10-31-41, +15, 31 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cale Foote set up Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) for the game-tying goal with 33 seconds left in regulation, but Kristian Reichel (2018 draft eligible), son of ex-NHL’er Robert Reichel, netted the OT game-winner for the hometown Rebels.

Regina Pats 1 @ Swift Current Broncos 3 (Saturday)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 6 GP, 2-3-5, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 10-20-30, -14, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek scored the lone Pats goal, a power play marker to open the scoring in the 1st period. It was Hajek’s 10th goal of the season and his 30th point in less than 40 games. Hajek is now 2-3-5 in six games since being traded to Regina and is really looking like that blueliner Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray touted when Tampa Bay traded Anthony DeAngelo to Arizona at the 2016 NHL Draft for the 2nd round pick. It’s been quite the breakout year for the Czech defenseman. Former Blues prospect and now Flames free agent signee Glenn Gawdin led the way for the victorious Broncos scoring twice for Swift Current, his 38th and 39th of the season, including the game-winning power play goal in the 3rd period. Speaking of breakout seasons, Gawdin sits either #3, #4, or #5 in the WHL in points, goals, assists, power play goals, and power assists, and clocks in #2 in the WHL in plus-minus at +41.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5 (Saturday)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 17/27 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 18-26-44, +20, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 7-14-21, +32, 50 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (undrafted) gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead at the first intermission, but Tigers three 2nd period goals to take a 3-2 lead into the final frame, where Medicine Hat captain Mark Rassell (undrafted) would score his 42nd of the season and the eventual game-winner. David Quenneville (NYI, 2016 7th round pick), nephew of NHL defenseman Johnny Boychuk, paced the Tigers with two goals and an assist.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Lincoln Stars 1 (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 1-13-14, +15, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

University of Michigan commit Jack Randl (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Lancers, as Omaha swept the home-and-home series against the Stars.

Minnesota State High School League

Eden Prairie Eagles 3 @ Edina Hornets 5 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 19 GP, 23-25-48, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker scored the opening goal just 3:26 into the game, eclipsing his goal totals from last season, as the Hornets out lasted the Eagles to improve to 18-1-0 on the season. Arizona State commit Demetrios Koumontzis (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for Edina, and Lewis Crosby (uncommitted) tallied a four-point night. For the Eagles, Chris Konin (uncommitted), collected three points including a 2nd period goal to draw Eden Prairie within one. The Hornets next play Tuesday night against the Centennial High Cougars.

Juniors Game Night: 1-26-18

From Friday night...

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 (Friday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 33-24-57, +34, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/1 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 6 GP, 5-6-11, +4, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 36 GP, 20-35-55, +14, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

After a rare two game losing streak on the road, the Greyhounds returned home with Katchouk and Raddysh leading the 6-4 victory over the Spitfires. Katchouk and Raddysh were instrumental in the Soo gaining a 4-0 early lead. Katchouk opened the scoring just 2:45 into the game, and then Raddysh scored his 20th of the season about 1:45 later. Early in the 2nd, Raddysh and linemate Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) earned helpers on Jack Kopacka’s (ANA, 2016 4th round pickd) goal, and Katchouk netted his 2nd of the game and 33rd of the season on the power play to give the Soo the 4-0 lead.

But the Spitfires would battle back behind the play of Jake Smith (undrafted) and Luke Kutkevicius (undrafted), as Windsor outscored the Soo 4-2 in the second half of the game. Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) scored twice for the Greyhounds in the 3rd, including the empty netter with one second left as the Spitfires were pressing for the equalizer. Frost tallied 3 assists for the Soo, setting up three of the team’s first four goals.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3 (Friday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 7 GP, 2-2-4, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 42 GP, 13-21-34, +5, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov assisted on Kirill Nizhnikov’s (2018 draft eligible) 2nd period goal that knotted the game at 1-1. But Lipanov’s former team poured it on, scoring five 2nd and 3rd period goal including two by Lucas Chiodo (undrafted) and top prospect Andrei Svechnikov’s (2018 draft eligible) 20th of the season. Blake Murray (2019 draft eligible) scored twice for the Wolves in the 3rd to draw Sudbury within one.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Mississauga 4 (OT) (Friday)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 7/17 FO
Season Totals: 42 G, 13-6-19, -23, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette fired a team-high five shots scored his 13th of the season, the 3-2 go-ahead goal in the 2nd period. But top prospect Ryan McLeod (2018 draft eligible) scored the 3rd period power play equalizer for the Steelheads and then tallied the game-winner in overtime to hand the Petes their umpteenth 3rd period meltdown heartbreaker.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 3 (OT) (Friday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 38 GP, 10-30-40, +16, 31 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring twice in the 3rd and Cal Foote (pictured) delivering the OT game-winner to scratch out a gutsy road win in the Hat. Foote was robbed of the First Star, given instead by the home town bias to the Tiger captain Mark Rassell (undrafted), who notched Medicine Hat’s first two goals.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 (OT) (Friday)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 16/26 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 18-26-44, +22, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 7-14-21, +33, 50 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors scratched out a tough OT road win in Lethbridge, behind goal and an assist efforts by both Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) and Brayden Burke (undrafted). Newly acquired Kale Clague (LA, 2016 2nd round pick) assisted on all three Moose Jaw goals.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Lincoln Stars 0 @ Omaha Lancers 6 (Friday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 1-13-14, +42, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix notched an assist and former WHL’er Ethan Price (undrafted) scored twice as the Lancers shutout the Stars 6-0.

Juniors Game Night: 1-20-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 11

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 4/16 FO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 15-40-55, +29, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Burn the tape.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Flint Firebirds 4

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 31-24-55, +33, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/3 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 5 GP, 4-5-9, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 19-34-53, +12, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

A night after their first regulation loss since October 27th, one of the worst teams in the league, the Flint Firebirds, hands the Soo their second regulation loss in a row. Katchouk scored this 31st of the season early in the 3rd to draw the Greyhounds within one, but the Soo couldn’t muster the equalizer. Ty Dellandrea (2018 draft eligible) paced the Firebirds with two goals, a power play game-winning tally, and a short-handed marker.

North Bay Battalion 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/26 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 6 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 41 GP, 13-20-33, +7, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov assisted on David Levin’s (2018 draft eligible) 2nd period equalizer and Drake Pilon (undrafted) won the game for the Wolves late in the 3rd.

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 13/18 FO
Season Totals: 40 GP, 12-5-17, -22, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette assisted on the shorthanded opening goal by Zach Gallant (DET, 2017 3rd round pick). Matt Brassard (VAN, 2017 7th round pick) scored on a shorthanded penalty shot and then converted in the shootout to lead the Generals to victory.

Western Hockey League

Victoria Royals 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 8

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-1-2, +4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 9-29-38, +12, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cal Foote and Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) worked together to score two 1st period goals and helped give the Rockets an early 3-0 lead, and Kelowna never trailed. Jack Cowell (undrafted) tallied two goals, and Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) had 4 points to pace the Rockets.

Regina Pats 3 @ Saskatoon Blade 4 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 8-19-27, -12, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek notched an assist in his first game against his old team. The Blades opened up a 2-0 lead in the 1st before former Blade Cameron Hebig (EDM, FA ELC) and Pats captain Sam Steel (ANA, 2017 1st round pick) helped the Pats score three straight for the 3-2 lead at the end of the 2nd. The Blades knotted the game in the 3rd and then Eric Florchuk (2018 draft eligible) scored the OT game-winner for Saskatoon.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 5 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 1-12-13, +12, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix notched a power play assist on a 2nd period Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) goal and another shorthanded assist on a 3rd period Ethan Price (undrafted) goal. Cates scored twice to lead the Lancers over the Buccaneers, and split the home-and-home series.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 7 @ Hill-Murray Pioneers 1

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-2-4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 16 GP, 20-22-42, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Mason Nevers scored a natural hat trick for the Hornets and Walker added two goals and two assists in Edina’s road win over Hill-Murray. A rematch with Minnetonka awaits the Hornets Thursday night, the team that handed Edina its only loss this season.

Juniors Game Night: 1-19-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-2-4, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 9/27 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 38 GP, 15-40-55, +32, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Otto Somppi Experience dialed up a two goal, four point explosion leading the Mooseheads to an overtime victory over the Screaming Eagles, earning First Star honors in front of 8200+ at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. Somppi opened the scoring in the 1st with a helper from Rafael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible), as the Mooseheads took a 2-1 lead to the first intermission. Early in the 2nd, Somppi then setup Lavoie’s 20th of the season to extend Halifax’s lead to 3-1. But Cape Breton screamed back with three straight, before Somppi’s power play marker knotted the game at 4-4, sending the match into overtime where Somppi and Lavoie both assisted on Jocktan Chainey’s (NJD, 2017 7th round pick) overtime game-winner.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Sarnia Sting 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/2 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 30-24-54, +33, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 4 GP, 4-5-9, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 34 GP, 21-32-53, +12, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The mojo in the newly retired jersey of Steven Stamkos hanging in the rafters of the Progressive Auto Sales Arena could not be contained as Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) and Adam Ruzicka (CGY, 2017 4th round pick) led the Sarnia Sting in doing what no team in nearly thirty games has been able to do – defeat the Soo in regulation. The first game for Taylor Raddysh since being named OHL and CHL Player-of-the-Week was a disaster along with linemates Boris Katchouk and Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick), all three held pointless by the Sting and each slapped with a -3 rating. One of the few bright spots for the Greyhounds was Hayden Verbeek (undrafted), nephew of Pat Verbeek, who scored in the 3rd to tie the game at 3-3 before Kyrou and Ruzicka combined to sink the Soo’s regulation win streak.

Saginaw Spirit 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/15 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 5 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 13-19-32, +6, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Cole Coskey (undrafted) and Broward County native Mason Kohn (undrafted) paced the Spirit, scoring three of the team’s four goals, as Saginaw doubled Sudbury for the win.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 7

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 8-28-36, +8, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote was an ugly -4 as the Thunderbirds put up a touchdown at home against the visiting Rockets. Foote did tally an assist on Dillon Dube’s (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) power play marker in the 2nd. Nolan Volcan (undrafted) paced Seattle with a hat trick.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Regina Pats 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 16/28 FO
Season Totals: 24 GP, 17-25-42, +24, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 46 GP, 7-11-18, +31, 48 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 34 GP, 8-18-26, -12, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

WHL goal scoring leader Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) tallied his 49th and 50th goals of the season, and WHL assist and point leader Brayden Burke (undrafted) notched his 69th and 70th assist of the season, as the Warriors defeated the Pats for their league-leading 37th win of the season. Howden assisted on Halbgewachs second goal of the game during garbage time with Moose Jaw already up 4-1.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Des Moines Buccaneers 3 @ Omaha Lancers 0

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 1-11-12, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Slovakian WJC netminder Roman Durny and WJAC U19 Silver Medalist USA goalie Jake Kucharski (Providence commit, 2018 draft eligible) combined to pitch a 24 save shutout of the Lancers at home. Czech pivot Nicolas Werbik (undrafted) and former Oceanic paced Des Moines with a goal and an assist.

Minnesota State High School League

Lakeville South Cougars 1 @ Edina Hornets 4

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 15 GP, 18-20-38, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Hornets got goals from four different players, but the Cougars held Walker pointless in the 4-1 loss to Edina. The Hornets improve to 15-1 and hit the road for a Saturday night match against the Hill-Murray Pioneers.

Juniors Game Night: 1-18-18

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ North Bay Battalion 5

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 10/18 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 4 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 13-19-32, +7, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Wolves scored three 1st period goals, including Lipanov’s 13th goal of the season and his 2nd with Sudbury. But the 2nd and 3rd periods belonged to the Battalion, scoring five unanswered. Swedish blueliner Adam Thilander (undrafted) scored the game-winner for North Bay and added a couple of assists to pace the Battalion’s rally.

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Peterborough Petes 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 10/17 FO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 12-4-16, -23, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Brett Neumann (undrafted) scored twice and Gabriel Vilardi (LA, 2017 1st round pick) notched a goal and two assists to pace Kingston over the outmatched Petes, who fell back in to the East Division cellar.

Juniors Game Night: 1-14-18

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 5/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 3 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 36 GP, 11-18-29, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 12-18-30, +6, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Pilon twins (undrafted), Darian and Drake, combined for both Wolves goals to get Sudbury’s first win since the Lipanov trade.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ North Bay Battalion 4 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 10/15 FO
Season Totals: 37 GP, 12-4-16, -23, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Nikita Korostelev (free agent) notched his 2nd assist of the game on a Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (2018 draft eligible) power play goal just shy of the midpoint of the 3rd to give the Petes a 3-1 lead over the Battalion. But North Bay battled back and tied the game with just 11 seconds remaining in regulation. Korostelev converted in the shootout, but Adam McMaster (2018 draft eligible) and Justin Brazeau (undrafted) converted for the Battalion.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Libor Hajek has yet to join the Regina Pats after being traded by Saskatoon on Monday.

Medicine Hat Tigers 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/24 FO
Season Totals: 23 GP, 17-24-41, +23, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 45 GP, 7-11-18, +33, 48 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden scored the OT game-winner after the Warriors blew a 4-1 third period lead, allowing three Medicine Hat goals including the equalizer with 39 seconds left in regulation. Brandon Schuldhaus opened the scoring for Moose Jaw with his first two goals of the season, and Howden notched two assists to go along with his game-winner.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 5

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 25 GP, 1-11-12, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix (pictured) scored his first goal of the season, a power play marker early in the 3rd to draw the Lancers within one of the Black Hawks, but Harvard-bound Jack Drury (2018 draft eligible) would score later in the 3rd for Waterloo to put the game out of reach. Drury also assisted on both Garrett Wait goals for the Black Hawks. Wait, a former teammate of Sammy Walker at Edina High School will be reunited with Walker at Minnesota next season. Cole Gallant (Western Michigan commit) and Filip Suchy (undrafted) assisted on both of Omaha’s goals.

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