Namestnikov, Vladislav

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-19-12

2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 vs London Knights 5

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, -2, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing), 4 Hits
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-8-21, +12, 28 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM
C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 2-0-2, E, 4 SOG, 2 PIM (holding the stick), 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 4-14-18, +10, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London defeated Saint John 5-3 Saturday night in the Memorial Cup opener for both teams. The loss was the Sea Dogs’ first in regulation in the post-season. London got two goals from Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov (pictured), who showed off his speed throughout the game. He led the team in shots as well. Predators prospect Austin Watson, the OHL playoff MVP, was first star for his goal and two assists for London. Danick Gauthier, also a Bolt prospect, led Saint John in faceoffs taken and tied for the team lead in hits with four. London will face tournament host Shawinigan on Sunday. (Note: We will have thoughts on the performances of both Namestnikov and Gauthier tomorrow due to DVR difficulties this evening.)

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-11-12

OHL

(E1) Niagara IceDogs 1 @ (W1) London Knights 2
OHL Finals – London wins best of 7 series 4-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 4-14-18, +10, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

The London Knights won the 2011-2012 J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions Friday night with a 2-1 win over Niagara in Game 4 of the Ontario Hockey League finals. Namestnikov stretched his point streak to six games when he flipped the puck to former Lightning camper Seth Griffith while on a 2 on 1. Griffith one-timed the puck into the net for what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Namestnikov finished the playoffs at just under a point-per-game. Predators prospect Austin Watson, who scored the game's first goal, won the Wayne Gretzky 99 Trophy as playoff MVP. Namestnikov will face off against fellow Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier and the QMJHL champion Saint John Sea Dogs on May 19th in the first game of the Memorial Cup for both teams. Shawinigan is in the tournament as hosts, and Edmonton leads Portland 3-2 in the WHL Finals to determine the final participant. Congratulations to Vladdy and Danick on their championships.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-9-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ (7) Rimouski Oceanic 4
QMJHL Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 3-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-0-2, E, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing), 2 Hits, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 12-7-19, +10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Danick Gauthier earned first star honors for scoring twice and Saint John moved within one win of the QMJHL championship Wednesday night with a 6-4 win in Rimouski. Gauthier’s goals gave the Sea Dogs leads of 3-1 and 5-2. Game 4 is Thursday night in Rimouski. If Saint John wins, they will claim their second-straight league championship and second-straight invitation to the Memorial Cup tournament. They won the Cup last season. This year the tournament is in Shawinigan, Quebec.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 4 @ (E1) Niagara IceDogs 1
OHL Finals – London leads best of 7 series 3-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM (closing hand on puck)
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 4-13-17, +9, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Namestnikov stretched his point streak to five games with what turned out to be the game-winning goal as London topped Niagara in St. Catherines 4-1 on Wednesday night. Undrafted yet draft eligible goaltender Michael Houser was first star for the Knights, stopping 36 of 37 shots. London was outshot 37-21 in the game. The Knights can win the OHL championship on Friday night at home. If they are successful, they will earn an invitation to the Memorial Cup.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-7-12

OHL

(E1) Niagara IceDogs 2 @ (W1) London Knights 3
OHL Finals – London leads best of 7 series 2-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross checking)
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 3-13-16, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Namestnikov earned the primary assist on Predators prospect Austin Watson’s game-tying power play goal late in the second period, and Chris Tierney (2012) scored the game-winner in the third period to lift London to a 3-2 Game 3 win Monday night. London now leads the series 2-1. Namestnikov has a four-game point streak and has at least a point in nine of his last 10 playoff games. Game 4 is Wednesday in St. Catherines.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-5-12

QMJHL

Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 3
QMJHL Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, E, 4 SOG, 0 PIM, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 10-7-17, +10, 22 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Danick Gauthier scored the game’s opening goal and Saint John made an eventual 3-0 lead stand up to defeat Rimouski 3-2 and take Game 2 of the President Cup Final series. Gauthier, who scored his 10th goal of the postseason, extended his point streak to 7 games. He has at least a point in 12 of his last 13 playoff games and in 13 of 15 overall. He is tied for seventh in the league in goals scored during the playoffs. The Sea Dogs, who outshot the visitors 32-16, are now up two games to none on the Oceanic. Game 3 is Wednesday in Rimouski.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 5 @ (E1) Niagara IceDogs 3
OHL Finals – Best of 7 series tied 1-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross checking)
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 3-12-15, +9, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London earned a huge win on Saturday to take back home ice advantage in the OHL Finals. The Knights had lost to the IceDogs in double overtime at home on Thursday. Lightning 2011 first rounder Vladislav Namestnikov had an assist in Game 2 to give him points in three straight games and eight of his last nine games. London overcame a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals in Game 2. London was outshot 42-24 in the game. Andrew Agozzino (undrafted), a 40-goal scorer in the regular season for the second-straight year, had a hat trick for Niagara. He has 11 goals in the postseason. Game 3 is back in London on Monday night.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-3-12

OHL

(E1) Niagara IceDogs 3 @ (W1) London Knights 2 (2OT)
OHL Finals – Niagara leads best of 7 series 1-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (holding)
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 3-11-14, +8, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Coyotes prospect and 2010-11 OHL Goaltender of the Year Mark Visentin made 41 saves and Bruins’ 2011 first rounder Dougie Hamilton (pictured) scored in double overtime as Niagara took Game 1 of the OHL Finals, 3-2 on Thursday night. Lightning prospect Vlad Namestnikov had an assist on Lightning camper Seth Griffith’s third period goal, which tied the game at two three minutes in to the final period of regulation. This year’s OHL Goaltender of the Year, Michael Houser (undrafted), made 51 saves for London. Niagara had all six shots in the second overtime. Game 2 is Saturday in St. Catherines.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-25-12

OHL

(W1) London Knights 4 @ (W3) Kitchener Rangers 2
Western Conference Finals – London wins best of 7 series 4-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM (
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 3-10-13, +8, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Vladislav Namestnikov had two assists and former Lightning camper Seth Griffith scored the Knights’ final two goals to lead London to a 4-2 Game 4 win and a sweep of the Kitchener Rangers. London will now await the winner of Niagara and Ottawa to find out their opponent for the OHL Finals. Niagara is currently up 3-1 in games. London defenseman Olli Maata had a goal and two helpers tonight and he could be seeing his stock rising in the upcoming draft. Maatta is expected to go in the 10-20 range. At least one mock draft had him at eight. Maatta has five goals and 19 points in 14 games for London in the post-season. He had 32 points in 58 regular season games.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-24-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ (8) Chicoutimi Sagueneens 5 (OT)
Semifinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-1

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, -1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing), 2 Hits
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 9-4-13, +8, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Shocker! Etienne Brodeur (undrafted) scroed at 7:26 of overtime for the Sags, handing Saint John their first loss of the playoffs. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier scored his ninth goal of the playoffs in the game, a go-ahead score with just over three minutes to play. Chicoutimi tied the game under a minute later to force overtime. Game 4 is Thursday in Chicoutimi. Saint John leads the series, 2-1.

OHL

(W3) Kitchener Rangers 2 @ (W1) London Knights 5
Western Conference Finals – London leads best of 7 series 3-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM (
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 3-8-11, +8, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Likely 2012 first round defenseman Olli Maata had two goals for London, leading the Knights to a 5-2 home win and a commanding 3-0 series lead over division-rival Kitchener. Maata could be a target of the Lightning this summer. Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov had his five game point streak come to an end. London chased Ducks second rounder John Gibson from the Kitchener nets by scoring four goals in just over a period of play. London can close out the series at The Aud in Kitchener on Wednesday.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-22-12

QMJHL

(8) Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 5
Semifinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM, 2 Hits
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 8-4-12, +9, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist to lead Saint John to their 10th straight playoff win, 5-2 over Chicoutimi. Gauthier tied for the team lead in shots. He has at least one point in seven of his last eight games and eight of 10 overall. Game 3 is Tuesday in Quebec. In the other QMJHL semifinal, Rimouski leads Halifax, 2-0.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 6 @ (W3) Kitchener Rangers 4
Western Conference Finals – London leads best of 7 series 2-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (check to the head)
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 3-8-11, +7, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London scored four times in the third period to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 win. The Knights’ final goal was scored into an empty net. Namestnikov teamed with former Lightning camper Seth Griffith to score the game-tying goal while shorthanded. The assist extended Namestnikov's point streak to five games. Griffith was named the game’s first star. The teams will drive an hour west to London for Game 3 on Tuesday. In the series opposite this one, Ottawa and potential Lightning draft pick Cody Ceci won Game 2 to tie their sereis with Niagara, 1-1.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-19-12

OHL

(W3) Kitchener Rangers 2 @ (W1) London Knights 3 (OT)
Western Conference Finals – London leads best of 7 series 1-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 3-7-10, +6, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Defenseman Tyler Ferry (undrafted) scored his first of the playoffs on the first shot of overtime as London topped division rival Kitchener 3-2 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov had the secondary assist on the overtime winner. Ducks pick and former University of Michigan commit John Gibson had 45 saves for Kitchener, including 23 of 24 in the third period when the Knights were pushing for the equalizing goal. London outshot Kitchener 48-22 overall. With his assist, Namestnikov extended his point streak to five games. He has seven points during the streak. Game 2 is Saturday at The Aud in Kitchener.

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