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Juniors Game Night: 3-11-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 @ Victoriaville Tigres 7

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 4/14 FO
Season Totals: 62 GP, 51-62-113, +27, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Tigres put up a touchdown on the Armada behind a 16-save performance by goalie Etienne Montpetit (University of Moncton commit) and two goals from Vitalii Abramov (CLB, 2016 3rd round pick).

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 6 (SO)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals: 56 GP, 41-42-83, +52, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, -3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/5 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 25 GP, 16-20-36, +15, 12 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 31-49-80, +25, 28 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh and Katchouk teamed up twice in the 3rd to help spur a Soo rally from a 5-2 deficit to tie the game and eventually force overtime and the shootout. The duo first setup Conor Timmins (COL, 2017 2nd round pick) on a power play marker, and then again on Morgan Frost’s (PHI, 2016 1st round pick) 5-5 equalizer and second goal of the game. Raddysh failed to convert in the shootout, but Owen Sound’s Maksim Sushko (PHI, 2017 4th round pick) beat Matthew Villalta (LAK, 2017 3rd round pick) to give the Attack the victory. Brett McKenzie (VAN, 2016 7th round pick) paced Owen Sound with two goals.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 17 GP, 3-3-6, -11, 8 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP, 14-22-36, -2, 18 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

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

Lipanov assisted on a 1st period Blake Murray (2019 draft eligible) shorthanded goal and Liam Ross (undrafted) scored twice as the Wolves shutout the Petes behind Marshall Frappier’s (undrafted) 27-save effort. Paquette missed his second consecutive games for the Petes.

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 68 GP, 7-18-25, +39, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors broke open a 3-3 tied game with two late goals in the 3rd period as Wheat Kings fell to the Warriors on the road. Vince Loschiavo (undrafted) paced Moose Jaw with two 1st period goals.

Minnesota State High School League

Lightning prospect Sammy Walker was named the 34th recipient of the annual Mr. Hockey Award as the State of Minnesota’s top outstanding senior high boy’s hockey player. The Edina High School captain led the Hornets to a 3rd place finish in the 2018 Minnesota high school Class AA State tournament and earned all-tournament honors. Walker also won the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Metro Player of the Year. The Mr. Hockey Award is selected by a panel of NHL scouts, junior scouts and coaches, and selected members of the media around the state.

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: 3-9-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 0-4-4, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/17 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 62 GP, 51-62-113, +27, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet assisted on all four of the Armada’s goals, including two on the power play and all three of linemate Alexandre Alain’s (undrafted) hat trick goals. Alain scored two of his three goals in the 3rd to break open a 2-2 tie.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 55 GP, 41-40-81, +51, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/5 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 24 GP, 16-18-34, +18, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 31-47-78, +28, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk (pictured) opened and closed the scoring as the Soo opened up a 3-0 lead on the Rangers in the 1st and then allowed Kitchener to tie the game at 3-3 before Katchouk scored a league-leading 9th game-winner in the 3rd, his 41st of the season, earning First Star honors. In addition to leading the OHL in game-winners, Katchouk is third in the league in goals and second in the league in plus-minus.

North Bay Battalion 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 1

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals (SBY): 16 GP, 3-2-5, -12, 8 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 14-21-35, -3, 18 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov earned hometown Second Star honors, scoring the Wolves’ lone goal on the power play in a 4-1 loss to the Battalion. North Bay got goals from four different skaters.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Kamploops Blazers 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 17-48-65, +22, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote assisted on Dillon Dube’s (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) game-winning power play goal.

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 6

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 66 GP, 7-17-24, +39, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Kody McDonald (undrafted) scored twice early for the Raiders and the captain Curtis Miske scored twice late as Price Albert beat Moose Jaw at the Art Hauser Centre. Sharks free agent signee Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) paced the Warriors with two goals and paces the WHL with 66.

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.

Chicago Steel 2 @ Omaha Lancers 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 3-18-21, +12, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix scored the lone goal for the Lancers, a power play marker in the 2nd to knot the game at 1-1, earning Second Star honors. Finnish winger Aaro Vidgren (undrafted) scored both of Chicago’s goals.

Minnesota State High School League

#3 Duluth East Greyhounds 4 @ #2 Edina Hornets 2

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 30 GP, 33-41-74, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Hornets opened the scoring, but the Greyhounds would score the next three, and Edina couldn’t quite come back from the 3-1 deficit. Walker assisted on the 3rd period hope goal to draw within one. Duluth East leading scorer Garret Worth (uncommited) paced the Greyhounds with two goals and an assist, as Duluth East advances to the MN State Class AA championship game against Minnetonka on Saturday night. Edina draws the 3rd place consolation game Saturday afternoon against Centennial High School. Edina defeated the Cougars twice this season by scores of 5-2 and 3-2.

Juniors Game Night: 3-2-18

From Friday night...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Quebec Remparts 2 (SO)

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/17 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 50-57-107, +28, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet was held scoreless by the Remparts, but converted in the shootout to help the Armada pull out two points on the road. Luke Henman (2018 draft eligible) and Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) both had a goal and an assist in regulation, and Batherson also converted in the shootout. Sam Dunn (undrafted) scored a power play goal for Quebec in the 3rd to force overtime and eventually the shootout.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 (SO)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 39-37-76, +45, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 4/8 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 21 GP, 16-16-32, +20, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 31-45-76, +30, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk set up Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) for the game’s opening goal just 1:09 in the game, and then Raddysh set up Jack Kopecka’s (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) first of the game just four minutes later to give the Soo an early 2-0 lead. But the game swung back-and-forth with the Sting bouncing back to a 3-2 lead, and then the Greyhounds rallying for a 5-4 lead at the 2nd intermission. Drake Rymsha (LAK, 2017 5th round pick) netted a power play marker, his second goal of the game, with just 98 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and eventually the shootout. Raddysh, who set up the 5-4 go-ahead goal with 26 seconds left in the 2nd period failed to convert in the shootout for the Soo. Kopacka scored the lone goal in the shootout to go along with his two goals and an assist in regulation to pace the Greyhounds. Hayden Verbeek (undrafted) notched four assists in the contest for Sault Ste. Marie.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Everett Silvertips 4

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 54 GP, 17-45-62, +24, 44 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Silvertips rallied with three goals in the 3rd with two of them by Connor Dewar (undrafted) as Everett doubled up Kelowna.

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 63 GP, 7-17-24, +37, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Ty Lewis (COL, FA ELC) rung up a hat trick for the 3600+ fans at Westoba Place as the Wheat Kings doubled up the Warriors.

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 @ Chicago Steel 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 2-18-20, +16, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Czech WJC’er Filip Suchy (undrafted) scored two goals and two assists and Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) also had a four point game, as the Lancers defeated the Steel in a wild one in Chicago.

Minnesota State High School League

Sammy Walker and the #2 ranked Edina High Hornets (23-2-0) draw #7 ranked Lakeville North High Panthers (13-10-2) in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota Class AA State Championship Tournament at 11 AM CT on March 8, 2018 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Lakeville North won the 1AA section tournament as the #1 seed with a 4-3 win over crosstown rivals Lakeville South (whom Edina beat 4-1 during the regular season). The semi-finals will be played March 9th and the finals next Saturday night on March 10th. This will be Edina’s first game against Lakeville North this season, and the winner will play the victor of #3 Duluth East and #6 St. Michael-Albertville.

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: 2-24-18

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: 2-22-18

Ontario Hockey League

Kingstons Frontenacs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/16 FO
Season Totals: 53 G, 15-12-27, -31, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016 5th round pick) made 31 saves for the Petes to help secure a big home win against Kingston. Paquette assisted on empty net shortie by Zach Gallant (DET, 2017 3rd rounder) with 8 seconds left in the game to preserve Peterborough’s tenuous 2-1 lead with the Frontenacs pressing for the equalizer.

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 8 @ Youngstown Phantoms 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 1 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

Perbix scored his 2nd of the season and added an assist as the visiting Lancers put a snowman up on the scoreboard against the Phantoms. Perbix notched the helper on Brendan Furry’s (Niagara commit) goal as part of a five goal 1st period by Omaha. Perbix’s goal came in garbage time early in the 3rd with the Lancers having a commanding 7-0 lead on Youngstown. Perbix broke 20 points as a blueliner in his first full season post-high school, and by far and away leads all Omaha defensemen in points and assists. He’s also 7th on the team in points, 5th in assists, and 3rd on the team in power play assists.

Minnesota State High School League

Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper Wings 1 @ Edina Hornets 5

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-1-2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 26 GP, 29-31-60, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Edina advances to the Minnesota State high school 6AA championship semi-finals by virtue of a 5-1 win against the Wings of Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper high school. Walker posted a goal and an assist, netting his goals just 2:23 into the game and hot on the heels of Lewis Crosby’s (uncommitted) 1st goal of the game just 49 seconds into the match. In the 2nd period, Walker would team up with linemate Mason Nevers (uncommitted) to set up the first of Jett Jungels’ (Northern Michigan commit) two goals. Jungels and Crosby both would each score again in the 3rd.

With the win, the Hornets advance to the state semi-finals Saturday night at the Bloomington Ice Garden against the 5th seed St. Louis Park Orioles. The Orioles pulled off a minor 2-1 upset of the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights. The winner advances to the state championship finals Monday night against either #3 seed Wayzata (whom Edina beat twice during the regular season) or #2 seed Cretin-Derham Hall (whom Edina beat once during the regular season).

Juniors Game Night: 2-20-18

Western Hockey League

Prince George Cougars 5 @ Kelowna Rockets 6

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 50 GP, 15-42-57, +21, 38 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote assisted on a Carsen Twarynski (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) power play goal in the 1st period and also on what would eventually be the game-winner by Erik Gardiner (undrafted) in the 2nd. The Rockets jumped out to a 3-2 lead over the Cougars in the 1st and then extended it to 6-2 in the 2nd behind two goals by Twarynski and two goals and an assist by Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick). Prince George rallied in the 3rd, scoring three but could never muster the equalizer. For Foote, he equaled his points total (57) from last season in 21 fewer games.

Minnesota State High School League

The Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper Wings beat the Hopkins Royals Tuesday by the score of 3-2, winning the Minnesota State 6AA tournament play-in and advancing to the quarterfinals against Sammy Walker and the #1 seed Edina Hornets on Thursday night. The win broke a seven-game losing streak for the Wings.

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: 2-18-18

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Regina Pats 4

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 16 GP, 3-7-10, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 49 GP, 11-24-35, -10, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 10/24 FO
Season Totals: 34 GP, 21-35-56, +24, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 56 GP, 7-16-23, +33, 54 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden assisted on Jayden Halbgewach’s (SJS, FA ELC) power player marker in the 1st to open the scoring for the Warriors in the third straight match between Moose Jaw and Regina. He then scored 16 seconds before the end of the 2nd to knot the game 2-2 going into 2nd intermission. But Hajek would setup Cale Fleury (MTL, 2017 3rd round pick) on the game-winner for the Pats in the 3rd, with Regina taking two straight off Moose Jaw, whetting everyone’s appetite for the WHL playoffs.

Minnesota State High School League

Wayzata Trojans 0 @ Edina Hornets 4 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: Data Not Available
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

No information was available on Edina’s 4-0 shutout of Wayzata on Saturday night. However, the finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey was announced and Bolt prospect and Edina High School senior Sammy Walker was named as one of the 10 finalists. The Mr. Hockey Award is given annually to Minnesota's most outstanding senior, and the winner is selected by a group of National Hockey League scouts, junior scouts and coaches, and media members from the state. This award, as well as others, are presented by the Minnesota Minute Men, and the awards winners will be named at the Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet on Sunday, March 11 in the St. Paul River Centre Grand Ballroom, located at 175 Kellogg Blvd. Walker’s teammate Demetrios Koumontzis was also named as one of the ten finalists. Past winners of the Mr. Hockey Award include Casey Mittelstadt, Nick Bjugstad, Nick Leddy, Ryan McDonagh, and Paul Martin.

This match against the Trojans concluded the regular season for the Hornets. 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.

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