Somppi, Otto

Juniors Game Night: 3-10-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 3 SOG, 15/26 FO
Season Totals: 56 GP, 28-52-80, +36, 26 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads rallied from a 2-0 deficit behind a pair of goals from Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible) to knot the score heading into the second intermission, but the Titan would reestablish the lead just two and a half minutes in the 3rd and hold on for the home win. Jeffrey Truchon-Viel (undrafted) paced Acadie-Bathurst with a goal and an assist.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Barrie Colts 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 58 G, 15-13-28, -35, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Colts forward Dmitry Sokolov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) took over the OHL goal scoring race from his teammate and Ottawa Senators free agent signee Aaron Luchuk. Sokolov scored his 47th and 48th in the 2nd period after the Petes drew within one, to put the game out of reach. Luchuk scored his 47th of the season as part of a three-goal Barrie first period. Paquette did not dress for Peterborough.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 0 @ Kelowna Rockets 4

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 17-48-65, +24, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Leif Mattson (undrafted) scored twice for Kelowna and James Porter (undrafted) made just 18 saves as the Rockets shutout the Blazers to sweep the home-and-home series against Kamloops.

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 67 GP, 7-18-25, +40, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Sosunov setup Branden Klatt (undrafted) just five minutes into the game for the first of two scores for Klatt. Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) also scored for the Warriors and added two assists in a bounce-back win for Moose Jaw against a formidable Swift Current 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.

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Lincoln Stars 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 4-18-22, +11, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix’s goal-scoring streak hits two games, as he netted an unassisted marker early in the 2nd to knot the game at 1-1, followed shortly after by a shorthanded go-ahead by Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick). The Stars would rally behind Wyatt Aamodt (Minnesota St. Mankato commit), scoring the next three and doubling the Lancers.

Minnesota State High School League

#5 Centennial Cougars 0 @ #2 Edina Hornets 11

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-3-5, +6, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker (pictured) and the Edina High School Hornets brought a very large chip on their shoulder to the 3rd Place consolation game of the Minnesota Class AA high school championships. They used that chip to blank the Centennial Cougars 11-0, and Walker ends his high school hockey career with a game-high two-goal, five-point statement. Walker assisted on two goals from Mason Nevers to open the scoring, and then added his own goal as part of a 4-0 Hornets 1st period. Walker would go on to add a shorthanded assist in the 2nd and a shorthanded goal in the 3rd. Garrett Mackay made 22 saves to shutout the Cougars, the third win of the season over Centennial. Later, rival Minnetonka high school would defeat Duluth East 5-2 to claim the State Class AA championship. Those two teams accounted for the only three losses the Hornets had on the 2017-18 season.

The 2018 Minnesota Mr. Hockey banquet is set for noon Sunday at the St. Paul River Centre, and Walker is a finalist for this prestigious award for the most outstanding senior high school boys’ hockey player. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh was former recipient of this award.

Beyond that, it will be interesting to see when Walker will rejoin his USHL team, the Sioux City Musketeers, perhaps as early as March 17 when the Musketeers take on Sioux Falls. He’s slated to join the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for the 2018-19 season.

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.

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