Sergeev, Artem

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-20-13 Lightning at Blues

The most impressive win of the preseason.

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Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 15 shots for the win before giving way to Anders Lindback, who allowed 2 goals on 15 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
7:31 TB Sergeev, (Filppula )(PP)
15:25 STL Steen, (Backes)

Second Period
14:10 TB Connolly, (Filppula, Killorn)
15:12 STL Shattock, (unassisted)
15:59 TB Palat, (Johnson, Panik)

Third Period
05:39 TB Labrie, (Filppula , Brewer)
07:28 STL Oshie, (Bouwmeester)

You don't want to overblow the importance of this game. It was, after all, a preseason game. But, in fairness, St. Louis pretty much iced their NHL side and the Lightning iced their third and fourth lines and a whole lot of prospect defensemen. To pull off the victory is an impressive case of a team fighting above its weight class, and at 3-0-0 so far in the preseason we're seeing, perhaps, that a different culture is rising up.

If you follow the ice time tonight, it was Mark Barberio's big showcase, garnering 22:22 in the match to lead all Lightning defensemen. Barberio was even on the night against, pretty much, the top weapons of a pretty good playoff team, so that's not a bad showing on paper for the young d-man. It's probably the minimum he needed to make sure he kept the upper hand in the fight for one of the last 2 defenseman spots on the roster. Artem Sergeev, surprisingly, also topped the 20 minute mark at 20:24, besting both of his Eastern European Soul Machine bandmates, Dmitry Korobov and the soulful Andrej Sustr.

Up front, the Lightning again got production and solid play from Brett Connolly, Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Richard Panik. These four, honestly, may be giving the Lightning the luxury of being able to take their time with young Jonathan Drouin. And, certainly, the Lightning have to be pleased with their $5M per investment, Filppula, getting helpers in triplicate against what really amounts to the Blues' opening night d-corps and goaltender.

Box score from Tampabaylightning.com.

AHL Game Day: 4-21-13 Senators at Crunch

Get away day at War Memorial.

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Pat Nagle allowed 5 goals on 37 shots for the loss. That was Nagle's second appearance of his AHL career and his first decision as the Crunch threw out a B lineup and B effort with nothing much to play for in the last regular season game.

First Period
BNG Cowick, (16) (Grant, Schneider), 14:13

Second Period
BNG Grant, (19) (Wideman), 1:56
BNG Ceci, (1) (Da Costa, Stone), 4:28

Third Period
SYR Sustr, (2) (Barberio, Sexton), 6:47 (PP)
BNG Schneider, (17) (Cowick), 12:13
BNG Robinson, (2) (Cannone), 19:17

Dan Sexton was the game's third star.

Tyler Johnson was not allowed to sniff the ice. Not surprising. Artem Sergeev made his AHL debut in the game. Again, not surprising. The kids were going to play in this one.

With Portland getting thumped by Bridgeport 4-1, Syracuse's first round opponent is now set. The third seeded Crunch will draw the sixth seeded Pirates. To be honest, if I had to pick an opponent, Portland's not the scariest one on the board. When you look at their lineup, they have some nice defensemen but lack scoring depth up front and, above all, their goaltending doesn't really terrify you. This first round series may be the toughest one for Syracuse to get past, so I am fairly relieved they didn't draw a team like Wilkes-Barre/Scranton right away.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-17-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 45 GP, 6-25-31, +18, 51 PIM

Sergeev was back after missing Saturday’s game due to a brief suspension. He was scoreless, but his teammates netted three goals in a decisive third period to win, 5-4. Former Lightning prospect camper Brandon Hynes had two goals and two assists for the Foreurs.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 3 @ Brampton Battalion 5

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 4-17-21, E, 58 PIM
With Barrie: 16 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 19 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 2-21-23, -7, 46 PIM

Two streaks ended on Sunday as Dylan Blujus (pictured) snapped his season-long (tie) six-game scoreless streak and Barrie defenseman Jake Dotchin’s career-long four-game point streak came to an end. Brampton scored four times in the second period on 16 shots. They only managed two in the third period.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-16-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 2-3-5, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 16-28-44, +11, 2 PIM
With R-N: 16 GP, 13-21-34, +12, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 53 GP, 22-49-71, +24, 87 PIM

Kucherov (pictured) extended his point streak to 12 games with his second five-point night in his last three games. He has 12 points in those three games, which raised his season points-per-game average to two. Kucherov’s linemate, Swiss native Sven Andrighetto (2013), had four goals and two assists for first star honors. For the Armada, Lightning prospect Cedric Paquette had his first three-point night of February; he had four in January.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 7

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: Did not play
Season totals: 44 GP, 6-25-31, +19, 49 PIM

Sergeev missed Saturday’s game, likely the result of a match penalty he received on Friday against the Sags.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 0 @ Barrie Colts 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 4-17-21, +2, 58 PIM
With Barrie: 15 GP, 2-5-7, +1, 19 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Dotchin extended his point streak to a career-high four games with an assist while helping the Colts shut out the visiting Steelheads, 3-0. Undrafted German overager Mathias Niederberger made 28 saves for the win.

Guelph Storm 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 7

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 8-45-53, +15, 90 PIM

Rickard Rakell, just assigned to Plymouth from the Anaheim Ducks, had a goal and two assists and Matthew Mistele (2014) had a hat trick for the Whalers in their home win over Guelph. Rakell had no points in four games with Anaheim this season.

Note: Windsor’s Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-9-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 41 GP, 6-24-30, +17, 42 PIM

Artem Sergeev (pictured) hit 30 points for the first time in his brief QMJHL career, helping Val-d’Or to a 4-2 win over the visiting Pheonix on Saturday. Sergeev’s previous career high for points in a season was 27, set in 64 games two years ago. The Foreurs are ninth of 18 clubs in the QMJHL league standings. The top 16 make the playoffs.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 5

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 4-13-17, -1, 56 PIM
With Barrie: 12 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 17 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Dotchin returned from missing a game to notch an assist in Barrie’s 5-3 loss to Saginaw. He has 17 points this season, two shy of his career high set in 64 games last year. Barrie leads the Eastern Conference by four points over Belleville.

Note: Windsor’s Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-8-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 (SO)

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 50 GP, 20-47-67, +21, 85 PIM

Paquette did not participate in the shootout, which was won by Gatineau, 2-1.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, +17, 42 PIM

Val-d’Or’s fourth one-goal lead of the game was their final lead of the game as the Foreurs topped the visiting Volts, 4-3. The game featured a full brawl at the 20:00 mark of the third period.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 1 (SO)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 2-20-22, -5, 46 PIM

Blujus’ scoreless streak is now at four games, his third longest scoreless streak of the season (6, 5).

Barrie Colts 6 @ Plymouth Whalers 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: Did not play
Season totals: 49 GP, 4-12-16, -3, 56 PIM
With Barrie: 11 GP, 2-0-2, -4, 17 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Dotchin was not in the lineup on Friday. He may have been suspended for his fight last game, which was the last time he was seen in the ice.

Guelph Storm 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 3 (SO)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 8-44-52, +17, 86 PIM

The shootout only went two rounds after Guelph scored on both their opportunities. Richard was not part of the skills competition. After the game, Guelph celebrated at center ice, which was reportedly – and understandably – not received well.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-2-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play
Season totals: 18 GP, 12-19-31, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 12 GP, 9-12-21, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Kucherov re-injured his hand in Friday night’s game and missed Saturday’s game. He missed two weeks earlier this month with the injury.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Quebec Remparts 2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 48 GP, 20-46-66, +21, 81 PIM

After points in seven straight games, Cedric Paquette is scoreless in his last two, including Saturday night’s big road win in Quebec City.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Rimouski Oceanic 3

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 39 GP, 6-23-29, +16, 38 PIM

The Oceanic completed a two-game weekend sweep of the Foreurs with a 3-1 win on Saturday. Sergeev was scoreless in both games of the series.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-27-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 5

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-0-1, +1, 6 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 36 GP, 6-23-29, +17, 32 PIM

Artem Sergeev (pictured) pulled within one goal of matching last year’s career high of seven, set in 46 games. Former Lightning prospect camper Brandon Hynes had a goal and a helper for the Foreurs.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Brampton Battalion 2

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 2-19-21, -5, 36 PIM

Brampton allowed just 20 shots in their second straight 2-1 victory, this time over Niagara.

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Guelph Storm 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 7-44-51, +18, 82 PIM

Coming off two wins this week against division-rival Owen Sound, the Storm were in prime position to leapfrog the Rangers in the Midwest Division with a win on Sunday, but it was not to be. Carolina prospect defenseman Ryan Murphy scored late in the second period to give Kitchener a 3-2 lead, which the Rangers made hold up for the duration of the game. Tanner Richard scored his seventh goal of the season on a penalty shot. He now has four goals in his last five games after starting the year with three in his first 32.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 8

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-24-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 6

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 14 GP, 10-14-24, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 8 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 35 GP, 5-23-28, +16, 26 PIM

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov (pictured) was in the Rouyn-Noranda lineup for the first time since December 7 because of his time with Team Russia at the World Junior Championships and an injury sustained in the tournament. On Thursday, he faced fellow Lightning prospect and Team Russia teammate Artem Sergeev, who was plus-3 with an assist. Kucherov is a boost for the Huskies lineup as they move toward the playoff race.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 1

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 4-12-16, -3, 51 PIM
With Barrie: 8 GP, 2-0-2, -4, 12 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin was scoreless in a low-scoring Barrie win in St. Catherine’s. Niagara is no doubt missing uber-prospect defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who is on the verge of making the Boston Bruins.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-19-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 34 GP, 5-22-27, +13, 24 PIM

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 43 GP, 17-39-56, +22, 77 PIM

Paquette extended his point streak to five games with an assist as the Armada skated to a 4-0 lead after two periods and won, 5-1.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Barrie Colts 6

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 4-12-16, -2, 49 PIM
With Barrie: 6 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 10 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Barrie scored five times in the third period to erase a 3-1 deficit and win, 6-3. Dotchin had power play goals in his previous two games.

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