Raddysh, Taylor

Juniors Game Night: 1-13-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/32 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 12-37-49, +31, 18 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi notched an assist on Raphael Lavoie’s (2019 draft eligible) 2nd OT game-winner in as many games. The Wildcats led 3-2 at the 2nd intermission behind two goals by James Phelan (undrafted), but Patrick Kyte (undrafted) knotted the game with about three minutes left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Ben Higgins (undrafted) had a goal and two assists for Halifax.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 30-24-54, +36, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 2-3-5, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/2 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 3 GP, 4-5-9, +5, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 21-32-53, +15, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Wonder Twins combined for First and Second Star honors as the Greyhounds put up a touchdown on the Steelheads. Raddysh scored twice and added three assists, and Katchouk notched three helpers of his own to lead the most potent offense in OHL. Linemate Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) tacked on two scores of his own. The teams were tied 2-2 at the 2nd intermission, but a six-goal 3rd period outburst would blow the game wide open for Sault Ste. Marie, who have just a single shootout loss as a blemish in their last 29 games. Raddysh assisted on both of Frost’s goals, and Katchouk assisted on both of Raddysh’s goals. Owen Tippett (FLA, 2017 1st round pick) scored two of Mississauga’s four goals. Since the trade from Erie after the WJCs, Raddysh has nine points in three games, and Katchouk has six points.

Ottawa 67’s 2 @ Peterborough Petes 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 10/14 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 12-4-16, -23, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette scored twice on the power play and former Maple Leaf prospect Nikita Korostelev (free agent) also scored twice as the Petes won for the second straight game to climb over the 67’s and out of the East Division cellar. Paquette won 10 of 14 faceoffs and, along with Korostelev, led all skaters with seven shots. Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016 5th round pick) stopped 37 Ottawa shots. Paquette was robbed of a star.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Libor Hajek has been given time off by the Regina Pats after being traded from Saskatoon on Monday.

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Vancouver Giants 3

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 7-27-34, +13, 20 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

After a scoreless 1st period, Conner Bruggen-Cate (undrafted) opened the scoring for the Rockets, but Owen Hardy (undrafted) and #2 WHL goal-scorer Ty Ronning (NYR, 2016 7th round draft pick) answered to give the Giants a 2-1 lead at the 2nd intermission. Leif Mattson (undrafted) scored the equalizer for Kelowna early in the 3rd, but Vancouver would not be denied as Giants goalie David Tendeck (2018 draft eligible) shut the door after the go-ahead goal by James Malm (undrafted). It was Malm’s 9th game-winner, good for best in the WHL.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 10/21 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 16-22-38, +20, 28 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: 44 GP, 7-11-18, +32, 48 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Raiders did what no other team has done in the last 10 games and that’s beat the Warriors in regulation. Howden notched a couple of assists, one on the power play that tied the game at 2-2 in the 2nd period. But Prince Albert scored twice behind Jordy Stellard’s (WGP, 2016 5th round pick) two goals and one assist to stretch out to a 4-2 lead that the Warriors couldn’t make up.

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 3 @ Omaha Lancers 4 (SO)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 0-11-11, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Cole Gallant (Western Michigan commit) scored on the power play in regulation and converted the only goal in the shootout to lift the Lancers over the Stars amd take both games in the home-and-home series. Filip Suchy (undrafted) scored and added two assists, and Brendan Furry (Niagara commit) tallied a couple of assists to help Omaha overcome a 2-1 first period deficit.

Minnesota State High School League

Blaine Bengals 0 @ Edina Hornets 9

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-1-3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 14 GP, 18-20-38, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 5 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The line of Sammy Walker, Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit), and Mason Nevers (uncommitted) dominated the Bengals as the trio scored a combined 4 goals and 11 points against Blaine high school. Walker had two of those goals, Jungel had two goals, and Nevers notched four assists. Garrett Mackay (uncommitted) turned aside 12 shots for the shutout. The Hornets take on the Lakeville South Cougars next Friday night, January 19th.

Juniors Game Night: 1-12-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Charlottetown Islander 2 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 13/28 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 12-36-48, +30, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi continues sneezing out assists, as the Mooseheads win in overtime to claim both sets of the home-and-home series with Charlottetown. After 40 minutes of scoreless, hockey, Sompii assisted on Raphael Lavoie’s (2019 draft eligible) opening marker. The Islanders would strike back with two 3rd period goals of their own to take 2-1 lead. But Halifax would knot the game on a power play goal by Jake Ryczek (CHI, 2016 7th round pick) with just 39 seconds left in the game, with Somppi credited with the primary assist. Lavoie would notch his 2nd of the game with the OT game-winner 2:35 into the extra session.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 30-21-51, +34, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (SSM): 2 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 19-29-48, +12, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk scored twice, once on the power play, to pace the Greyhounds in the victory over the Attack. He opened the scoring to give the Greyhounds a modest 1-0 lead after the 1st. Sault Ste. Marie would run up three more goals, including Katchouk’s 30th of the season, a power play goal early in the 3rd and the Greyhounds’ 4th goal. Owen Sound would close the gap in the 3rd with two power play markers of their own, before Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) would score another power play goal for the Greyhounds late in the 3rd. Raddysh tallied two assists, one on Katchouk’s game opener, and the other on Frost’s power play goal at the end of the game. With this game, Katchouk is at the midpoint of the number of games he played last season, and he is on pace for a 60 goal, 100+ point season. Together Frost and Katchouk lead the OHL in six different offensive categories.

Mississauga Steelheads 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 12/23 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 2 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 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

It might be a long rest of the season for Alexey Lipanov. A night after a 10-1 thrashing at the hands of Barrie, the Wolves were doubled up by the Steelheads. Lipanov scored the game’s opening goal, a power play tally just 4:26 into the 1st, and Sudbury followed it up with Drake Pilon’s (undrafted) first of two goals of the game to give the Wolves an early 2-0 lead. But Mississauga would strike back with three straight goals, before Pilon would strike again for the Wolves. The team’s went into the 2nd intermission knotted at 3-3, but once again the Steelheads would score three straight for the 6-3 win. Cole Carter (undrafted), just traded by Kitchener, and Michael McLeod (NJD, 2016 1st round pick), WJC Canadian Gold medal winner, would pace Mississauga with two goals apiece.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Libor Hajek has been given time off by the Regina Pats after the trade from Saskatoon.

Kelowna Rockets 6 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-3-3, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, “First Star*
Season Totals: 32 GP, 7-27-34, +13, 20 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote backed up last game’s First Star with another First Star performance, notching three power play assists helping the Rockets to 6 goals on 42 shots against the Thunderbirds. Foote assisted on both of Carsen Twarynski’s (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) power play goals, and on Leif Mattson’s (undrafted) power play marker.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 8

C Brett Howden, MJ: 3-2-5, +6, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 6/13 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 16-20-36, +20, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 43 GP, 7-11-18, +32, 46 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden finally returned to the Moose Jaw lineup after strong performance winning gold for the Canadians at the WJCs, and showed why he is one of the best players in the league. Howden netted a hat trick, five points, and a +6 rating en route to First Star honors and another Warriors snowman on the scoreboard. Colten Kehler (undrafted) scored both Oil Kings goals, and WHL goal scoring leader Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) also had a hat trick and five points for the Warriors and Ryan Peckford (2018 draft eligible) had three assists. Due to injuries and the WJCs, this was just Howden’s 21st game of the season.

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 6 @ Lincoln Stars 2

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 0-11-11, +13, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

The Lancers and Stars combined for 160 minutes in penalties including 32 PIM to Christian Krygier (2018 draft eligible, Wisconsin commit), and 25 PIM each to Mason Klee (uncommited) and Jack Randl (2018 draft eligible, Michigan commit). Omaha got goals from six different players.

Juniors Game Night: 1-10-18

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 28-21-49, +33, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0/1 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 1 GP, 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 17-29-46, +11, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

In his debut with his new team, Raddysh (pictured) scores two of the three Greyhounds goals en route to Second Star honors. With 77 seconds remaining in the 1st period, Raddysh opened the scoring with a power play marker with helpers from Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) and Conor Timmins (COL, 2017 1st round pick). Raddysh added an even strength tally early in the 3rd period to seal Sault Ste. Marie’s win with assists from his Erie teammate Jordan Sambrook (DET, 2016 5th round pick) and fellow Bolt prospect Boris Katchouk.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw) remains away from his WHL team following the 2018 WJC tournament. Libor Hajek has yet to join Regina after being traded by Saskatoon on Monday.

Spokane Chiefs 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 7

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, “First Star*
Season Totals: 31 GP, 7-24-31, +14, 20 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote eclipsed last season’s goal scoring totals in 40 fewer games when he scored a power play marker in the 2nd period as part of Kelowna’s 7-goal outburst against the Chiefs. Foote was honored with the game’s First Star, but that might have been due to the captain’s first game back with the Rockets after winning Gold for Canada at the WJCs. Kelowna was paced by two goals and three points from Kyle Topping (undrafted) and by three assists from Carsen Twarynski (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick).

Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 8

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 42 GP, 7-11-18, +31, 44 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors reeled off six straight goals after the Hitmen went up 1-0 early in the 1st. Tristan Langan (undrafted) scored four goals for Moose Jaw, including a natural hat trick during the six-goal run. Sosunov notched a power play assist on the Warriors’ 7th goal, scored by Tyler Smithies (undrafted) in the 3rd. Brett Howden has yet to rejoin the Moose Jaw lineup following winning Gold for Canada at the WJCs.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 1-5-18

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Bronze Medal Game
Czech Republic 3 vs USA 9

D Libor Hajek, CZE: 0-1-1, -5, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *CZE Player of the Game*
Tournament Totals: 7 GP, 1-7-8, E, 6 PIM, 14 SOG

Hajek notched an assist on the Czech Republic’s first goal of the game, a power play marker by Martin Kaut just 43 seconds into the 3rd period. Unfortunately, by the time the Czech’s scored, the USA already had a 7-0 lead. Despite a -5 rating for the game, Hajek was named the Player of the Game for the Czech team, his second such honor of the tournament along with being named one of the Czech team’s Three Players of the Tournament. Hajek, along with Canada’s Cale Makar (COL, 2017 1st round pick) led all defensemen in the tourney in points, and he led the Czech team in ice time, after being left off last year’s WJC squad for CZE.

Wisconsin Badger Trent Fredric (BOS, 2016 1st round pick) paced the USA team on their way to Bronze with four goals, including the trifecta of shorthanded, power play, and even strength goals. Once again, the Czechs played a tight 1st period, but allowed critical let downs to balloon. The Czechs allowed the shortie from Fredric with 4 seconds remaining in the 1st to go into intermission down 1-0, and then allowed a Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick) tally just 9 seconds into the 2nd period followed by a Joey Anderson goal 4 minutes later. After a goalie change, the Czech team allowed Fredric’s 2nd goal of the game 90 seconds later, and then Hajek got called for a penalty shot on a hooking call, with Kieffer Bellows (NYI, 2016 1st round pick) converting for his first of two goals in the game. Two more goals by Fredric and Bellows before the end of the period and the USA caps off a 6-goal middle frame. The Czechs got 3 goals in the 3rd by Kaut, Radovan Pavlik (undrafted), and Daniel Kurovsky (undrafted), but by then the game was well out of reach.

Gold Medal Game
Sweden 1 @ Canada 3

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 7 GP, 2-3-5, +5, 4 PIM, 16 SOG

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 7 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 4 PIM, 12 SOG

F Brett Howden , CAN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 7 GP, 3-4-7, +9, 4 PIM, 15 SOG

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament Totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Carter Hart (PHI, 2016 2nd round pick) made 35 saves, backstopping Canada to Gold in a 3-1 win over the Sweden. Canada got goals from Dillion Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) and Tyler Steenbergen (ARI, 2017 5th round pick), with Alex Formenton (OTT, 2017 2nd round pick) adding an empty netter at the end. The game was evenly matched with the difference being the heads-up sharp laser pass by Conor Timmins (COL, 2017 2nd round pick) to Steenbergen in the slot for his first and only goal in the tournament. Sweden’s lone goal came shorthanded in the 2nd to knot the game at 1-1 by Tim Soderlund (CHI, 2017 4th round pick).

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 1-4-18

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Canada 7 vs Czech Republic 2

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament Totals: 6 GP, 2-3-5, +5, 4 PIM, 14 SOG

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament Totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 4 PIM, 10 SOG

F Brett Howden , CAN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 3-4-7, +8, 4 PIM, 13 SOG

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

D Libor Hajek, CZE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 6 GP, 1-6-7, +5, 6 PIM, 11 SOG

Katchouk scored and Raddysh and Howden added assists in the Canadians 7-2 rout of the Czech Republic. The win puts Canada into the Gold Medal game against Sweden Friday night. Meanwhile, Hajek consummated his coming out party after being named as one of the Czech’s Three Players of the Tournament. The Czechs will play USA for the Bronze Medal, also on Friday night. Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible) scored both goals for the Czechs, including the game opener just 5:55 into the game, but was snubbed by the Czech coaches as one of the team’s three best after leading the tournament in goals scored. The Canadians were let by the hat trick of Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick). After scoring the opening goal, discipline plagued the Czechs once again, taking a slew of penalties and allowing three straight power play goals and then the 3-1 deficit blossomed into a 7-1 deep trench.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 1-2-18

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Czech Republic 4 vs Finland 3 (SO)

D Libor Hajek, CZE: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 1-6-7, +5, 6 PIM, 11 SOG

Hajek played 30:46, four minutes more than any other player in the game, and notched a power play assist in the Czech Republic’s come-from-behind shootout victory over the Finnish squad 4-3. The Czechs will play in the tourney’s semifinals on Thursday against Canada, who dominated the Swiss in quarterfinal play.

Josef Korenar (undrafted), the Czech netminder and former Lincoln Stars goalie, stopped 51 of 54 Finnish shots, backstopping the Czechs in their upset of Finland and their first appearance in the WJC semifinals since 2005. Hajek, playing on the top Czech power play unit, worked with Martin Necas (CAR, 2017 1st round pick) to feed Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible) for the first of his two goals in the game. The Finns went ahead 2-1 in the 2nd with goals from Aapeli Rasanen (EDM, 2016 6th round pick) and Vancouver 2016 5th overall pick Olli Juolevi, the first on the power play with Hajek in the box for interference. Red Deer Rebel Kristian Reichel (undrafted), son of ex-NHL’er Robert Reichel, knotted the game 2-2 before the end of the 2nd period, but Kristian Vesalainen (WPG, 2017 1st round pick) put the Finns up 3-2 early in the 3rd period. With Korenar pulled for the extra skater, Halifax linemate of Otto Somppi and consensus Top 10 2018 pick Filip Zadina tied the game 3-3 with two-and-a-half minutes left in the game to send the game to OT and to the eventual shootout. Kolenar would stand strong for the Czechs in the skill competition, stopping 4 of 5 shots from Finland, while Reichel and Necar scored for the Czech Republic to seal the upset and a berth in the tournament semifinals.

Canada 8 vs Switzerland 2

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 2-3-5, +4, 4 PIM, 13 SOG

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 2-3-5, +4, 2 PIM, 9 SOG

F Brett Howden , CAN: 1-3-4, +4, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +7, 4 PIM, 12 SOG

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Brett Howden (pictured) scored the opening goal and added three more assists as Canada put up its second snowman on the scoreboard in consecutive games in an 8-2 victory over Switzerland to advance to the semifinals against the Czech Republic on Thursday. The Canadians pelted the Swiss with 60 shots, while the defense allowed just 15 shots against. Canada was paced by two goals from Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick), four points from Howden, and a goal and three points from Maxime Comtois (ANA, 2017 2nd round pick). Both Katchouk and Raddysh netted power play assists, with Katchouk collecting an assist on Batherson’s power play marker in the 1st period, and Raddysh earning his helper on Dillon Dube’s (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) power play goal midway through the 3rd period.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 12-30-17

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Czech Republic 6 vs Belarus 5

D Libor Hajek, CZE: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG

Hajek had a goal and an assist in the Czech Republic’s comeback victory against a spirited Belarus squad, and then called out his team in the post-game media for selfish and individual play.

Belarus opened the scoring in the first with a power play goal, and then just after the midpoint of the period, Daniel Kurovsky (undrafted) was given a 5-minute major and a 20-minute game misconduct for slashing defenseman Vladislav Gabrus (undrafted) in the groin. And while the Belarusians couldn’t capitalize on the resulting 5-minute power play, they did strike for the 2-0 lead just 48 seconds into the 2nd period, precipitating a goalie change in the Czech nets. The goalie change had its intended effect on the Czech skaters with Radovan Pavlik (undrafted) tallying the first of his two goals just 43 seconds after the goalie switch, followed by Hajek’s equalizer on a wrister from the high slot just 24 seconds after Pavlik’s goal.

The Czechs would put up three more goals in the 2nd period to take a 5-2 lead, the first being a power play marker from Halifax winger and top 2018 draft prospect Filip Zadina, then Hajek assisting on a Filip Chytil (NYR, 2017 1st round pick) goal, and finally Pavlik’s 2nd marker that resulted in a Belarussian goalie change.

Like the Czechs, the change in goal spurred Belarus offensively with Yegor Sharangovich (undrafted) netting his 2nd goal of the game, a power play score with just 75 seconds left in the 2nd period to cut the Czech lead to 5-3 going into the final frame. But the Czechs weren’t done with the undisciplined play, as Pavlik earned a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct when he fired a shot into the Belarus net after the whistle for an icing call. Belarus cut the lead to 5-4 on the ensuing power play, but the Czech Republic reestablished the two goal lead with strike from Sherbrooke winger Marek Zachar (undrafted). Belarus tallied the false hope goal about 90 seconds later when defenseman Gabrus came back from the 1st period slash to the groin to score for Belarus, but they would get no closer.

The Czech Republic plays their final preliminary round match on New Year’s Eve against the Swiss team, looking to undergird their quarterfinal seed with a single loss to Sweden.

Denmark 0 vs Canada 8

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 2 PIM, 10 SOG

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 2 PIM, 9 SOG

F Brett Howden , CAN: 2-0-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Player of the Game*
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-2, +3, 4 PIM, 9 SOG

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-3-3, +4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Brett Howden (pictured) scored twice in Canada’s rout of the Danish WJC squad en route to Player of the Game honors for the Canadian team. Canada fired 44 shots at Denmark netminder Emil Gransoe (undrafted), putting up the snowman on the scoreboard. Cal Foote notched assists on both of Howden’s goals, giving Lightning fans a preview of a possible Tampa Bay future, along with a third assist on Drake Batherson’s (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) third period power play marker. Raddysh and Katchouk both assisted on the game’s opening goal by Robert Thomas (STL, 2017 1st round pick). Katchouk won a battle on the half wall and shoveled the puck behind the goal to Raddysh, who fed Thomas cutting to the Danish net. The stats lines for Raddysh and Katchouk are nearly identical in four games thus far, and the pair have had obvious chemistry since the beginning of the tournament, and no doubt Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds GM Kyle Raftis is paying attention amid continued rumors that the rebuilding Erie Otters is looking to move Raddysh by the OHL trade deadline.

Canada has completed preliminary play, winning Group A with a record of 3-0-1-0 and will most likely draw the Swiss squad in the quarterfinals on January 2nd.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 12-29-17

Canada 3 vs USA 4 (SO)

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 2 PIM, 7 SOG

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 2 PIM, 8 SOG

F Brett Howden , CAN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 6 SOG

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Let’s be honest, it was a messy game, literally and metaphorically. But you have to hand it to the American, just hours after being upset by Slovakia, they fall behind 2-0 and 3-1 to the Canadians in terrible outdoor weather conditions, but manage a big rally to tie and eventually win in the shootout, throwing all kinds of chaos in the Group A standings.

Canada got out to a quick 2-0 lead with power play goals from Avalanche 2017 #4 overall pick Cale Makar and Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick), taking the two-goal lead to the 1st intermission. The weather, however, took a turn for the worse in the 2nd period, with heavy snowfall grinding the game to a crawl, and it looked like it would be tough for USA to make a run. But with just under 5 minutes left in the period, Alex Formenton (OTT, 2017 2nd round pick) took a slashing penalty for Canada, and then Howden took an undisciplined cross-check in the ensuing scrum after the whistle. The Americans broke through and scored on the 5 on 3 power play with a goal by Kieffer Bellows (NYI, 2016 1st round pick).

But the Canadians would seem to bounce back a put the game away with a beautiful play by a couple of Bolt prospects. Raddysh picked off the puck in the neutral zone and lifted it over the USA defense like a tennis lob, springing Katchouk in alone on the USA netminder Jake Oettinger (DAL, 2017 1st round pick). Oettinger stopped Katchouk, but Jake Bean (CAR, 2016 1st round pick) kept the clearing attempt in the zone, and Katchouk redirected the shot from the point for a 3-1 lead by the Canadians late in the 2nd.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 12-27-17

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Slovakia 0 vs Canada 6

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG

F Brett Howden , CAN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Jonah Gadjovich (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) scored twice for Canada and OHL points leader Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) racked up a 3-point night, while Colton Point (DAL, 2016 5th round pick) pitched a 20-save shutout against the Slovakian WJC squad. Taylor Raddysh continued his strong early tourney showing, notching a power play marker, as the Canadian offense threw 52 shots at the Slovak goalie from St. Cloud State, David Hrenak (undrafted). Cal Foote saw his ice time blossom to almost 20 minutes amid a couple of injuries to Canada’s backline. Canada gets a day off on Thursday before the highly hyped first ever outdoor WJC game pitting Group A rivals USA vs Canada at New Era Field in what the weatherman predicts to be very cold and possibly snowy game time conditions.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 12-26-17

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Czech Republic 5 vs Russia 4

D Libor Hajek, CZE: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG

A late rally by the Russian WJC squad fell short as the Czech Republic team held on for a 5-4 victory in the tournament opening match. Hajek started the game and played a whopping 9:24 in the first, leading all skaters by a wide margin. Hajek assisted on Ostap Safin’s (EDM, 2017 4th round pick) goal in the 1st to pull the Czechs ahead 2-1. Despite leading all blueliners in ice time along with Filip Kral (2018 draft eligible), Hajek’s ice time fell off as the game went along, getting just 5:32 in the 3rd. After the Czechs scored three straight, Russia scored twice in the last 2:12 of the game to pull within one, but couldn’t put the equalizer past Josef Korenar (undrafted), who stopped 34 of 38 Russian shots. The Czech Republic were paced by four skaters each with a goal and an assist, including Otto Somppi’s Halifax linemate Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible), and by three assists from Martin Kaut (2018 draft eligible). The Czech Republic next plays Thursday against the Swedish squad, who easily won their opening match 6-1 against Belarus.

In somewhat of a surprise, Bolt prospect Alexey Lipanov was among the last to be cut from the Russian WJC team, and won’t be in the lineup for the Russians for this tournament.

Canada 4 vs Finland 2

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament Totals: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG

F Brett Howden , CAN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk led the Canadian WJC team to its tournament opening 4-2 victory over Finland. Both Raddysh and Katchouk each had a goal and an assist, and Carter Hart (PHI, 2016 2nd round pick) backstopped 29 saves on 31 Finnish shots. Katchouk opened the scoring just 5:34 into the match on a controversial goal when he streaked in alone on Finnish netminder Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, with the puck trickling over the line as the net was coming unmoored after a collision between the two players. The goal was ruled good after a review by the officials. Less than 30 seconds later, with the Canadians on the power play, Raddysh took a feed in front of the net from Jordan Kyrou (2018 draft eligible) and spun to jam the puck past Luukkonen, but a pad save popped the puck to the stick of Sam Steel (ANA, 2016 1st round pick), who rifled it into the open net. Later in the 2nd period, Katchouk attempted to feed Raddysh off the rush, but the play was broken up but Raddysh was able to collect the loose puck and spun and ripped a wrist shot from the top of the circles past Luukkonen.

One might look at Cal Foote’s blank stat line and only 12:55 in ice time and think he had minimal impact, but he had most spectacular play of the game when he dove behind Hart to swipe the puck off the goal line with his hand to save a goal and keep the Canadian lead at 4-2. The Canadians play next on Wednesday in Slovakia’s opening tournament match.

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