Namestnikov, Vladislav

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-22-12

2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

London Knights 3 vs Edmonton Oil Kings 1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM, 1 Hit
MemCup Totals: 3 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 2 PIM
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 4-14-18, +10, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London put themselves in position for a possible automatic bid to the Memorial Cup’s championship game with a 3-1 win over WHL champion Edmonton on Tuesday night. Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov was scoreless for the second straight game, though he was 6/8 on faceoffs to help the effort. Ryan Rupert (2012), Bo Horvat (2013), and Greg McKegg (Leafs) scored for London. Rupert’s goal came off a bad turnover by possible Lightning 2012 first round draft pick Griffin Reinhart, arguably Edmonton’s top defensive defenseman. The game was not broadcast on NHL Network in the U.S., but will be shown tomorrow morning on the network. If Saint John beats Shawinigan on Wednesday, London will receive an automatic bid to the finals. If Shawinigan wins, the Cataractes get the automatic bid as they defeated London. The Knights beat Saint John in their first game. At the least, London has a spot in the semifinals. They’ll play the winner of a game between Edmonton and the loser of Saint John and Shawinigan.

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-20-12

2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

London Knights 2 vs Shawinigan Cataractes 6

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-0-0, -2, 3 SOG, 0 PIM, 4 Hits
MemCup Totals: 2 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 2 PIM
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 4-14-18, +10, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Desperate for a win after their loss to Edmonton on Friday, Shawinigan came out flying and peppered London goalie Michael Houser with 32 shots, beating him with five. A 33rd shot was scored into an empty net. Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov created several chances for his Knights and nearly scored on a partial breakaway while shorthanded and being hit from both sides in the first period. He remains fearless around the net, throwing his body into traffic if it means it gives his team a better chance of scoring. He led London with 4 hits and was 8 of 11 on faceoffs. The slender-built Russian got caught back on defense while on a power play and was unable to block a Shawinigan shot which ended up in the back of the net for a shorthanded goal. He drew more praise for his skills from the TSN play-by-play crew and dazzled with a few stickhandling moves to get himself in position for a shot. He and former Lightning camper Seth Griffith are showing the chemistry they’ve had all season this week at the Memorial Cup. London plays next on Wednesday against WHL champion Edmonton.

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.

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