Walker, Sammy

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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