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Juniors Game Night: 3-3-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Dummondville Voltigeurs 4 (SO)

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 9/17 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 60 GP, 51-58-109, +29, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet and linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) combined for each a goal and an assist to rally the Armada from a 3-0 deficit in the 1st period to force overtime and the eventual shootout. All three Armada shooters, including Barre-Boulet, failed to convert in the shootout, and lost to the Voltigeurs when Nicolas Guay (2018 draft eligible) beat Blainville-Boisbriand goalie Mikhail Denisov (2018 draft eligible). Drummondville was paced by a pair of goals from Cedric Desruisseaux (2018 draft eligible).

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIMs, 2 SOG, 16/27 FO
Season Totals: 53 GP, 28-51-79, +34, 26 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi returned to the lineup after missing a game, but Chicoutimi doubled up the Mooseheads behind two goals by Kevin Klima (undrafted), son of Lightning legend Petr Klima, and three assists by Samual Houde. Haifax jumped to a 2-0 lead but the Saguenees scored four straight, sparked by Klima’s First Star worthy two goals in the 2nd period.

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Flint Firebirds 3 (OT)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Maurizio Colella scored in overtime to give Flint the win in a battle of the basement game. Lipanov remains sidelined for the Wolves.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Erie Otters 9

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 14/23 FO
Season Totals: 56 G, 15-13-28, -33, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Third period breakdowns have been a theme for the Petes far too often this season, and this one was just painful. Cole Fraser (DET, 2017 5th round pick) knotted the score at 3-3 just 2:44 into the 3rd period for Peterborough, but then the Otters reeled off six 3rd period goals as Erie put up nine goals on the hapless Petes. Eight Otters lit the lamp, including two by Maxim Golod (2018 draft eligible).

Western Hockey League

Spokane Chiefs 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 55 GP, 17-46-63, +22, 44 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote notched a power play assist on the Rockets’ first score of the game. Hudson Elynuik (CAR, 2016 3rd round pick) potted a hat trick for the Chiefs, including two 3rd period goals in the final 74 seconds of the game to break open a 2-2 game.

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 64 GP, 7-17-24, +38, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) paced the Warriors with three points, and that Howden guy nabs a First Star as Moose Jaw had no trouble with the Blades.

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 @ Team USA 7

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 42 GP, 2-18-20, +14, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

A pair of Boston College bound mates each scored twice, Danny Weight (2019 draft eligible), son of NHL’er Doug Weight, and Matthew Boldy (2019 draft eligible) led the US National Development Team in putting up a touchdown on the scoreboard against the Lancers.

Juniors Game Night: 3-1-18

The first juniors update since the NHL trade deadline...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 5/9 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 58 GP, 50-57-107, +28, 63 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet celebrated signing an Entry Level Contract with the Lightning earlier in the day with First Star performance at home against the Cataractes. Barre-Boulet and linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) combined to set up Armada blueliner Pascal Corbeil (undrafted) for the game’s opening marker. The three would combine again just 56 seconds to give the Armada a 3-0 lead with Alain potting his 39th of the season and what would be the game-winning goal. Shawinigan would go to work, scoring twice and drawing within one, but the Armada would score thrice to put the game away, including Alain setting up Barre-Boulet for his 50th of the season.

Victoriaville Tigres 8 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2 (Wednesday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Did not play
Season Totals: 52 GP, 28-51-79, +35, 22 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi didn’t dress for Victoriaville’s thumping of the Mooseheads, as the Tigres put up a snowman on the road against Halifax. Simon Lafrance (undrafted), Chase Harwell (undrafted), and Maxime Comtois (ANA, 2017 2nd round pick) all scored twice for Victoriaville, with Comtois pacing the Tigres with a four-point night.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1 (Wednesday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 51 GP, 39-36-75, +45, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/4 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 20 GP, 16-14-30, +18, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 50 GP, 31-43-74, +28, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh netted his 31st of the season in the 3rd period to give the Soo a little breathing room with a 3-1 lead. The Greyhounds were paced with a goal and an assist from big Joe Carroll (undrafted), the seventeen year old from Carp, Ontario.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov remained out of the Sudbury lineup as Drake Pilon (undrafted) scored twice to lead the Wolves in a win over the Spitfires.

London Knights 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 18/25 FO
Season Totals: 55 G, 15-13-28, -31, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Petes captain Logan DeNoble (undrafted) scored his second of the game midway through the 3rd to give Peterborough a 3-2 lead. Paquette earned an assist on DeNoble’s first goal, a 2-1 go ahead marker near the midpoint of the 2nd. But the Knights would knot the score before Alex Formenton (OTT, 2017 2nd round pick) potted the game-winner for London with three-and-half minutes remaining in regulation.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 6 @ Prince George Cougars 7 (Wednesday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 53 GP, 17-45-62, +22, 44 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets and Cougars combined for 13 goals in a shootout at the CN Centre. Canucks 2017 2nd rounder Kole Lind celebrated signing his Entry Level Contract with Vancouver by netting a natural hat trick and a four-point game to pace the Rockets. Lind scored the first three goals of the game, all in the 1st period to give Kelowna the early 3-0 lead. Foote chalked up a power play assist on Lind’s third marker. The Cougars would then rally, scoring five of the next six goals to take a 6-5 lead, but Foote would pot his 17th of the season to knot the game at 6-6, before Ilijah Collins (2018 draft eligible) scored his 2nd of the game with 18 seconds left in regulation to secure the win for Prince George.

Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Prince George Cougars 4 (Tuesday)
D Cal Foote, KEL: Did not play

Foote was absent from the lineup as the Cougars handled the Warriors in the first of back-to-back games at the CN Centre.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Kootenay Ice 2 (Wednesday)

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 62 GP, 7-17-24, +37, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (ARI, FA ELC) nets two power play assists as he celebrates signing an Entry Level Contract with the Arizona Coyotes as an overage free agent. The Warriors got goals from five different players.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 (Tuesday)
D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, 0, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Lethbridge rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the 3rd on Tuesday night to hand the road-weary Warriors a loss.

Minnesota State High School League

Wayzata Trojans 1 @ Edina Hornets 8 (Wednesday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-4-4, 0 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 28 GP, 32-36-68, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker racked up four assists as the Hornets put up a snowman on the scoreboard to win the Minnesota State 6AA section championship. After being ousted from the section playoffs in two consecutive years at the hands of Wayzata, Edina threw that monkey off their backs, defeating the Trojans handily at the Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The first of Walker’s four assists was on a 1st period power play goal by Ben Brinkman (2019 draft eligible, Minnesota commit) to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead early in the game. After Wayzata scored their lone goal in the 2nd to trail 4-1, Walker went to work, assisting on three straight Edina goals, including two power play markers by Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit).

The Hornets move on to the Minnesota Class AA state tournament, which will be played at the Xcel Energy Center on March 8-10. Edina, ranked #2 in the state rankings with a 23-2-0 record looks to play against a random draw opponent at 11 AM on March 8. The #1 ranked Minnetonka Skippers (21-2-2) is the only team that defeated the Hornets this season, handing Edina both of their losses. The bracket of eight will also include #3 ranked Duluth East Greyhounds (20-2-3), #4 ranked St. Thomas Academy Cadets (22-2-1), and Ryan McDonagh’s alma mater, the #5 ranked Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders (20-3-2).

Juniors Game Night: 2-25-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Drummondville Voltigeurs 7 @ Halifax Mooseheads 1

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/21 FO
Season Totals: 52 GP, 28-51-79, +35, 22 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi scored the lone goal for Halifax in Drummondville’s rout of the Mooseheads, putting a touchdown up on the scoreboard. Somppi scored the rare unassisted power play marker late in the 1st to knot the score 1-1 going into the first intermission. But it all Voltigeurs after that, with defenseman Jarrett Baker (undrafted) pacing Drummondville with two goals.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ London Knights 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 50 GP, 39-36-75, +44, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals (SSM): 19 GP, 15-14-29, +15, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 49 GP, 30-43-73, +25, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh assisted on the game opening goal by Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th rounder) and then scored one of his own later in the 3rd. Katchouk managed an assist on one of Morgan Frost’s (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) two goals, as the Soo broke open a 2-2 tied game in the 2nd with four unanswered.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 7/16 FO
Season Totals: 38 GP, 22-36-58, +25, 36 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-17-24, +38, 56 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (undrafted) scored twice in the 2nd period and the Warriors pulled away from the Blades for the win.

Juniors Game Night: 2-24-18

From Saturday Night...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/27 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-51-78, +37, 22 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi earns Second Star for scoring twice and notching an assist on an empty netter at the end of the game. For those of you keeping score, that’s two 1st Stars and a 2nd Star in his last three games. Alexis Gravel (2018 draft eligible) made 29 saves for the Mooseheads.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 3-0-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 49 GP, 39-35-74, +43, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/8 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 18 GP, 14-13-27, +13, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 29-42-71, +23, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk potted a hat trick against the Spitfires, earning First Star honors, include the game-winner and empty netter to seal the win. Igor Larionov (undrafted), son of the legendary Soviet and Red Wings forward, paced Windsor with a goal and an assist.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 5

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov missed his third consecutive game as Sudbury let a 3-2 lead in the 2nd period slip away. Blake Murray (2019 draft eligible) scored twice for the Wolves in the losing effort.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 14/24 FO
Season Totals: 53 G, 15-11-26, -36, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Petes to knot the score at 2-2, but the Attack punched back behind two goals from Kevin Hancock (2018 draft eligible) and a goal and two assists from Nick Suzuki (VGK, 2017 1st round pick).

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Kelowna Rockets 6

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, +1, 14 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 16-43-59, +22, 54 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Leif Mattson (undrafted) notched a hat trick and Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) scored twice to pace the Rockets over the Blazers. Foote assisted on Dube’s game-opening goal midway through the 1st and then was assessed a double minor for roughing and a game misconduct after the match in which a total of 120 minutes of penalties were handed out to both teams.

Regina Pats 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 19 GP, 3-7-10, +3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP, 11-24-35, -7, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 11/18 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 37 GP, 22-36-58, +25, 36 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 7-17-24, +36, 56 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden earned Third Star honors in Moose Jaws defeat of Hajek and the Pats. Howden and Sosunov combined to assist on Jayden Halbgewachs (SJS, FA ELC) game winner. Howden fired a game-high 5 shots and was 61% on faceoffs.

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 4 @ Youngstown Phantoms 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +16, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

After yielding the first goal to the Phantoms, the Lancers scored four unanswered goals to commandeer the win..

Minnesota State High School League

St. Louis Park Orioles 1 @ Edina Hornets 6

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 3-1-4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 27 GP, 32-32-64, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker led the Hornets to a semi-final win over the Orioles, notching a hat trick and adding an assist on Lewis Crosby’s (uncommitted) power play marker. Edina advances to the Minnesota State 6AA high school championship game Wednesday night at Mariucci Arena, home of the Minnesota Gophers men’s college hockey team, in Minneapolis against the Wayzata Trojans. Edina has defeated the Trojans twice during regular season play. It seems fitting that Walker’s last game for the Edina Hornets will be on the ice surface for the team he’ll be playing next fall as a Golden Gopher.

Juniors Game Night: 2-21-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Charlottetown Islanders 2 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 18/36 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 50 GP, 25-50-75, +36, 22 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi (pictured) earns First Star for his second game in a row after he scored two goals to knot the game at 2-2 and force overtime. Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible) scored his second OT game-winner in as many games as the Mooseheads gutted out a tough two points on the road. With about 10 games left in the Halifax regular season and Somppi averaging 1.5 points/game, a 30-60-90 season is within reach for the Finn.

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ North Bay Battalion 3 (OT)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

After a couple games back in the lineup, Lipanov didn’t dress for Sudbury’s trip to North Bay, where the Wolves let a 2-0 lead in the 1st slip away. North Bay scored in both the 2nd and 3rd to force overtime, and then Jake Henderson (undrafted) buried the game-winner for the Battalion just 31 seconds into the extra session.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/25 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 22-35-57, +25, 36 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: 58 GP, 7-16-23, +34, 54 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Broncos handled their business at home against the Warriors, with four different players scoring for Swift Current and righty-D Artyom Minulin (2018 draft eligible) racking up three assists including the game-winning shortie by Beck Malenstyn (WAS, 2016 5th round pick).

Juniors Game Night: 2-19-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 20/31 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 49 GP, 23-50-731, +35, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on both of Filip Zadina’s (2018 draft eligible) goals, one shorthanded, and failed on a near-highlight reel trick on a penalty shot. Somppi and Zadina were part of the Mooseheads building a 5-1 lead in the 1st period goal, and Somppi earned First Stars honors for his efforts, which included taking 31 faceoffs and winning 65% of them. But L’Oceanic stormed back, scoring four straight and paced by two from 16-year-old phenom Alexis Lafreniere (2020 draft eligible), and sending the game to overtime. Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible) scored the OT game-winner for Halifax to salvage two points for the home team. These two assists give Somppi 50 on the season, over twice what he accumulated last season and just four off the Armada’s Alex Barre-Boulet (undrafted) for the league lead.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (OT)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 16/20 FO
Season Totals: 52 G, 15-11-26, -33, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes jumped out to a 3-1 lead behind a couple of goals from Zach Gallant (DET, 2017 3rd rounder) and a couple of assists from former Maple Leaf prospect Nikita Korostelev. The IceDogs fought back in the 2nd and 3rd with top prospect Akil Thomas (2018 draft eligible) scoring his 2nd of the game and forcing overtime. Brady Hinz (2018 draft eligible) scored his 2nd of the game for the OT game-winner for Peterborough, salvaging the win and 2nd point for the home team. Paquette took 20 faceoffs and won 80% of them.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 15/20 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 22-35-57, +26, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 7-16-23, +35, 54 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden scored the game’s opening goal and the Warriors built a 5-1 lead by the end of the 2nd period behind two goals from Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible), including what would become the shorthanded game-winner.

Regina Pats 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 1

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 17 GP, 3-7-10, +3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 50 GP, 11-24-35, -7, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Former Canadiens prospect Matt Bradley potted the empty netter, his 35th of the season, with 34 seconds remaining to preserve a road win for the Pats. Hajek was on the ice for all three Regina scores.

Minnesota State High School League

Wayzata Trojans 0 @ Edina Hornets 4 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 25 GP, 28-30-58, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Information about Saturday’s 4-0 Edina win over Wayzata was finally posted. Walker assisted on the game's opening goal by Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit). Jungels, Mason Nevers (uncommitted), and Demetrios Koumontzis (2018 draft eligible, Arizona State commit) all had a goal and an assist to pace the Hornets to victory in their final game of the regular season.

The Minnesota State 6AA high school championships begin on Tuesday with Hopkins taking on Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper in a play-in match to draw #1 seed Edina in the quarterfinals on Thursday night at the Braemar Ice Arena in Edina. The semifinals will be on February 24th in Bloomington and the finals on February 28th in Minneapolis.

Juniors Game Night: 2-17-18

Updates all the way back to Wednesday...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 12 (Friday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 16/21 FO
Season Totals: 48 GP, 23-48-71, +35, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on a Jared McIsaac (2018 draft eligible) 1st period goal, and add goals of his own in the 2nd and 3rd periods as part of the Mooseheads unleashing a dozen goals on the Wildcats. After Halifax opened the scoring just 1:26 into the 1st, Moncton pushed back with three goals in just over four minutes to take a 4-1 lead early. But the McIsaac goal started a three-goal run by Halifax to finish off a seven-goal 1st period and take a 4-3 lead into the 1st intermission. The Mooseheads reeled off five 2nd period goals and then led off the 3rd with a goal as part of nine straight goals dating back the first. Moncton, down 10-3, scored twice more in the third before Halifax finished off the 3rd with two more. Besides Somppi’s two goals, the Mooseheads got two goals from Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible), Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018 draft eligible), and Connor Moynihan (undrafted). Groulx had a five-point game and Zadina had a four-point game to pace the Halifax attack. Somppi was also 76% on draws on the night... and... has the same amount of points as Katchouk and Raddysh. Think about it.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 36-35-71, +40, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-2-3, +3, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/4 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 17 GP, 14-13-27, +12, 8 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 47 GP, 29-42-71, +22, 24 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh scored once and added two assists, and Katchouk assisted on a Rasmus Sandin (2018 draft eligible) power play goal as the Soo put a touchdown on the scoreboard, capping off 22 goals scored in their last 3 games. Sandin, a Swede, had two goals to pace the Greyhounds.

Hamilton Bulldogs 0 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 10 (Friday)
W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0/1 FO
W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/2 FO

The Soo unleashed a barrage on the visiting Bulldogs Friday night, blanking Hamilton 10-zip behind a hat trick by Hayden Verbeek (undrafted) and two goals from Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick). Katchouk assisted on both of Frost’s goals and Raddysh also assisted on Frost’s 3rd period power play marker. Raddysh netted his 28th of the season with 31 seconds left in the 1st to give the Soo an early 4-0 lead.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 6 (SO) (Wednesday)
W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1/1 FO
W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

Soo goalie Tyler Johnson (undrafted) allowed 5 goals on 25 shots and the allowed both Spirit shooters to convert in the shootout, as a Greyhound rally fell short Wednesday night. Both Katchouk and Raddysh scored and added an assist in a losing effort. Raddysh failed to convert in the shootout.

Hamilton Bulldogs 8 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Bulldogs were obviously angry after getting beat by the Soo 10-0 last night and took it out on the Wolves, putting up a snowman on the scoreboard. Benjamin Gleason (undrafted) led the Bulldogs with two goals, and Macauley Carson (2018 draft eligible) led Sudbury with two goals and an assist. Carson’s 3rd period marker drew the Wolves within one at 4-3, but then Hamilton ripped off four straight, as Sudbury head coach Corey Stillman watched his son Riley Stillman (FLA, 2016 4th round pick) lead the Bulldogs’ 3rd period door slam with a goal and an assist.

Oshawa Generals 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 0 (Friday)
W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 5/13 FO

Lipanov returned to action Friday night, but Serron Noel (2018 draft eligible) and Danil Antropov (2019 draft eligible) both scored twice for the Generals as Oshawa blanked the Wolves at the Sudbury Community Arena.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2 (Friday)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/15 FO
Season Totals: 51 G, 15-11-26, -30, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Kingston scored shorthanded in the 1st and carried the 1-0 lead into the 3rd before Brady Hinz (2018 draft eligible) potted his 16th of the season to knot the score. But diminuative Finn Linus Nyman (2018 draft eligible) netted his 32nd of the season to give the Frontenacs a hard-fought home win against the Petes.

Mississauga 1 @ Peterborough Petes 6 (Thursday)
W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 7/16 FO

Paquette fired a game-high eight shots Thursday night, scoring once and assisting on Nick Robertson (2020 draft eligible) marker as the Petes parked a half dozen on the scoreboard. Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) netted a hat trick to pace Peteborough past the Steelheads.

Western Hockey League

Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 2 (SO)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 15-40-55, +21, 38 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote assisted on two power play goas including the eventual game-winner by Gordie Ballhorn (undrafted) that gave the Rockets a 5-2 lead. Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) paced Kelowna with two goals and an assist.

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 1 (Friday)
D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*

Foote opened the scoring early in the 1st to give the Rockets an early 1-0 lead, but the Blazers twice tied the game, eventually forcing overtime and then a shootout. Kamloops goalie Scott Todd (2018 draft eligible) turned away 29 Kelowna shots and stopped all three Rockets shooters in the shootout, and Trey Fix-Wolansky (undrafted) scored for the Blazers in the skills competition to give Kamloops the extra point.

Red Deer Rebels 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 1 (Wednesday)
D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*

After a scoreless 1st and 2nd period, the Rebels struck for four goals behind Brandon Hagel’s (BUF, 2016 6th round pick) goal and assist to put the game away for Red Deer. Foote earned Third Star honors in the losing effort.

Regina Pats 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (Friday)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 15 GP, 3-6-9, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 11-23-34, -12, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/25 FO
Season Totals: 33 GP, 20-34-54, +25, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 55 GP, 7-16-23, +33, 52 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden assisted on all three Moose Jaw goals Friday night in the 2nd half of the home-and-home, but the Warriors surrendered three Regina goals in the 3rd as the Pats broke open a 2-2 tie at the 2nd intermission. Josh Mahura (ANA, 2016 3rd round pick) paced the Pats with two goals in what is surely a precursor to the WHL playoffs.

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Regina Pats 3 (Wednesday)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 15/30 FO
D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Wednesday night, the first of a home-and-home between Moose Jaw and Regina, ended with the Warriors getting two goals each from Tanner Jeannot (undrafted), Jayden Halbgewachs (SJS, FA ELC) and Brandon Schuldhaus (undrafted). Howden notched a pair of assists, and Sosunov and Hajek both got assists for their respective teams as well.

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 4 @ Omaha Lancers 2

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 38 GP, 1-18-19, +15, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix assisted on both of Filip Suchy’s (undrafted) 1st period goals, but the Lancers allowed Lincoln goals in the 2nd and 3rd to lose the 2nd leg of the home-and-home series. Logan Jenuwine (Western Michigan commit) and Ashton Calder (Lake Superior State commit) led the Stars each with a goal and an assist.

Omaha Lancers 4 @ Lincoln Stars 3 (Friday)
D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Filip Suchy (undrafted) scored a pair of goals for the Lancers to lead Omaha in a victory in the first leg of a home-and-home series with Lincoln.

Omaha Lancers 1 @ Tri-City Storm 0 (Wednesday)
D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Zach Driscoll (Bemidji State commit) stopped 39 Storm shots to shutout Tri-City and Michael Maloney (Brown commit) scored the lone goal in the game for the Lancers.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 6 @ Eden Prairie Eagles 3 (Thursday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 24 GP, 28-29-57, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker notched a goal and an assist in the Hornets’ comeback road win over the Eagles Thursday night. Demetrios Koumontzis (2018 draft eligible, Arizona State commit) opened the scoring for Edina just 1:18 in the game, but the Eagles scored three times in the space of 1:17, including two by Jack Jensen (2018 draft eligible, Minnesota commit), to give Eden Prairie a 3-1 lead early. Koumontzis would assist on a Ben Brinkman (2019 draft eligible, Minnesota commit) power play marker later in the 1st and then score his 2nd of the game later in the 2nd period to knot the score 3-3 at the 2nd intermission. The 3rd period would be owned by Walker, Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit), and Mason Nevers (uncommitted), as the three would combine for 3 goals and 4 assists between the three of them. Wayzata rolls into the Braemar Ice Arena on Saturday night to face the Hornets.

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.

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