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2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 12-29-17

Canada 3 vs USA 4 (SO)

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 2 PIM, 7 SOG

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 2 PIM, 8 SOG

F Brett Howden , CAN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 6 SOG

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Let’s be honest, it was a messy game, literally and metaphorically. But you have to hand it to the American, just hours after being upset by Slovakia, they fall behind 2-0 and 3-1 to the Canadians in terrible outdoor weather conditions, but manage a big rally to tie and eventually win in the shootout, throwing all kinds of chaos in the Group A standings.

Canada got out to a quick 2-0 lead with power play goals from Avalanche 2017 #4 overall pick Cale Makar and Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick), taking the two-goal lead to the 1st intermission. The weather, however, took a turn for the worse in the 2nd period, with heavy snowfall grinding the game to a crawl, and it looked like it would be tough for USA to make a run. But with just under 5 minutes left in the period, Alex Formenton (OTT, 2017 2nd round pick) took a slashing penalty for Canada, and then Howden took an undisciplined cross-check in the ensuing scrum after the whistle. The Americans broke through and scored on the 5 on 3 power play with a goal by Kieffer Bellows (NYI, 2016 1st round pick).

But the Canadians would seem to bounce back a put the game away with a beautiful play by a couple of Bolt prospects. Raddysh picked off the puck in the neutral zone and lifted it over the USA defense like a tennis lob, springing Katchouk in alone on the USA netminder Jake Oettinger (DAL, 2017 1st round pick). Oettinger stopped Katchouk, but Jake Bean (CAR, 2016 1st round pick) kept the clearing attempt in the zone, and Katchouk redirected the shot from the point for a 3-1 lead by the Canadians late in the 2nd.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 12-28-17

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Sweden 3 vs Czech Republic 1

D Libor Hajek, CZE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG

Hajek led all Czech blueliners in ice time with 21:28, and assisted on the team’s only goal against the Swedes, a power-play tally by Otto Somppi’s linemate at Halifax, Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible). The goal drew the Czechs within one, but the Swedes scored two power-play goals of their own. Hajek’s ice time was eclipsed only by Zadina and the Hurricanes 2017 12th overall pick Martin Necas. The Czech Republic next plays Belarus on Saturday.

Juniors Game Night: 12-28-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 0 @ Halifax Mooseheads 9

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/15 FO
Season Totals: 28 GP, 11-25-36, +24, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Q and Otto Somppi resumed play after the break for the holidays and Islander netminder Matthew Welsh (undrafted) pitched a 36-shot shutout, and Pascal Aquin (undrafted) scored both Charlottetown goals.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Erie) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Barrie Colts 4

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 4/11 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-17-28, +10, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Barrie once each in the 1st and 2nd, and then let Sudbury draw even before Ben Hawerchuk (undrafted) scored with two minutes left in regulation to give the Colts the win. No doubt a tall order for Lipanov to come back after not making the Russian WJC squad.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Guelph Storm 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 10-4-14, -19, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Nate Ratcliffe (PHI, 2017 2nd round pick) scored twice for the Storm and the woes for the Petes continue even after a long holiday rest.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw), Cal Foote (Kelowna), and Libor Hajek (Saskatoon) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 8

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 7-10-17, +27, 36 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors pasted a snowman on the board against the Broncos in the backside of the home-and-home series coming out of the break. Moose Jaw got goals from seven different players, with Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) scoring twice. With Swift Current’s Tyler Steenbergen (ARI, 5th round pick) off to the WJCs, Halbgewachs assumes sole lead in the WHL in goals scored with 37. Sosunov scored his 7th goal of the season as part of four-goal 3rd period.

United States Hockey League

Cedar Rapids Roughriders 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 4 (OT1)

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: Did not play
Season Totals: 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The Captain remained out of the lineup for the Fighting Saints for the second consecutive game, and wondering now if somehow Guttman might have gotten hurt in the championship game at the WJAC’s. Josh Maniscalco (Arizona State commit) scored in OT for Dubuque after serving a fighting major and 10 minute misconduct in the 1st for his tangle with Roughrider Will Zmolek (Bemidji State commit).

Omaha Lancers 5 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 3

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix was back in the Omaha lineup after silver medaling in the WJACs and taking the holiday break, but the Black Hawks blanked the Lancers behind last year’s Slovakian WJC goalie Matej Tomek’s 31-save shutout.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 5 vs St. Michael-Albertville Knights 1

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 11 GP, 12-15-27, 8 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker and Jett Jungels (Western Michigan commit) tag-teamed on a couple of shorties to help the Hornets pull away from the Knights and win their final game of the Schwan’s Cup Gold Division tournament. Edina took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, but STMA cut the lead in half before Jungel scored his first of the game at even strength to reestablish a two-goal Hornet lead. Jungel then assisted on Walker’s shorthand marker with nearly 3 minutes left in the 2nd, and then Walker assisted on Jungel’s shorthanded tally just 19 seconds into the final frame. Edina’s win placed them 3rd in eight-team tournament, with St. Thomas Academy winning the Schwan’s Gold Cup in a shootout win over Minnetonka.

Edina plays next on January 2nd against the Burnsville Blaze.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 12-27-17

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Slovakia 0 vs Canada 6

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG

F Brett Howden , CAN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Jonah Gadjovich (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) scored twice for Canada and OHL points leader Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) racked up a 3-point night, while Colton Point (DAL, 2016 5th round pick) pitched a 20-save shutout against the Slovakian WJC squad. Taylor Raddysh continued his strong early tourney showing, notching a power play marker, as the Canadian offense threw 52 shots at the Slovak goalie from St. Cloud State, David Hrenak (undrafted). Cal Foote saw his ice time blossom to almost 20 minutes amid a couple of injuries to Canada’s backline. Canada gets a day off on Thursday before the highly hyped first ever outdoor WJC game pitting Group A rivals USA vs Canada at New Era Field in what the weatherman predicts to be very cold and possibly snowy game time conditions.

Juniors Game Night: 12-27-17

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw), Cal Foote (Kelowna), and Libor Hajek (Saskatoon) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Swift Current Broncos 5 (SO)

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 6-10-16, +25, 36 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The WHL returned to action after the holiday break with a full slate of games on the slate. The Warriors jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but faded in the 3rd allowing the Broncos to score four times, and eventually win it in the shootout. Justin Almeida (undrafted) scored two power play goals and Brayden Burke (undrafted) notched a goal and two assists for Moose Jaw. Flames camper and signee Glenn Gawdin along with Jets castoff Matteo Gennaro were the heroes for Swift Current, both scoring goals in the Broncos 3rd period rally and both scoring in the shootout.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 3 @ Green Bay Gamblers 2 (SO)

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: Did not play
Season Totals: 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The USHL and the Fighting Saints returned to action after the holiday break, but Cole Guttman did not. Perhaps he hasn’t fully returned from his hiatus for the 2017 WJAC tournament, but Dubuque would get 3rd period goals from Dalton Hunter (Mercyhurst commit) and Adam Tisdale (Clarkson commit), and then a shootout marker from Logan Pietila (Michigan Tech commit, 2018 draft eligible) to give the Fighting Saints a gutsy road win over the Gamblers.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 5 @ Centennial Cougars 2

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-1-2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 10 GP, 11-14-25, 8 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Play continued today in Day 2 of the Schwan’s Cup Gold Division tournament. Sammy Walker (pictured) and Max Borst (undrafted) each tallied a goal and an assist to pace the Hornets in a 5-2 victory over the Centennial High Cougars. After trading 1st period goals, the Cougars took its only lead of the game just 46 seconds into the 2nd. But the Centennial lead was short-lived as Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit) knotted the game at 2-2 just 45 seconds after the Cougars goal. From there, it was blood in the water for the Hornets with Borst scoring his would be game winner 45 seconds after the Jungels tally, and with Edina nursing a 3-2 lead at the game’s midpoint, Walker helped to put the game out of reach of Centennial, first assisting on future Minnesota teammate Ben Brinkman’s (Minnesota commit, 2019 draft eligible) goal, and then scoring an unassisted marker himself.

Edina draws the St. Michael Albertville Knights Thursday, after STMA beat Burnsville 5-2 earlier in the day.

Juniors Game Night: 12-26-17

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 2 @ Minnetonka Skippers 5

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-0-1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 9 GP, 10-13-23, 6 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

On the 15-minute bus ride on I-35W from Edina to Minnepolis, the Hornets were polishing up the Schwan’s Cup they won last year at the most prestigious high school holiday hockey tournament in the state of Minnesota. 64 boys teams, 60 girls teams, and over 200 games played in six days. It’s the Schwan’s Cup tournament at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. This year’s Gold Division Varsity Boys tournament is scheduled to run December 26-28.

Sammy Walker broke a 1-1 tie midway through the 1st period with his 10th goal of the season to give Edina its only lead of the game. The rest of the game would be nothing but Skippers as Joe Molenaar (uncommitted) scored shorthanded to knot the score at 2-2 at the 1st intermission followed by Matt Koethe (uncommitted) scoring twice early in the 2nd, as Minnetonka handed the Hornets their first loss of the season. The Skippers peppered Edina netminder Garrett Mackay (uncommitted) with 34 shots, 25 in the 2nd and 3rd periods, while the Hornet offense only mustered 16 total shots. Molenaar, Jack Bayless (uncommitted), and Josh Luedtke (Northern Michigan commit) each had a goal and an assist for Minnetonka High.

Edina drops to the losers bracket and draws Centennial High School out of Circle Pines, MN on Wednesday afternoon after the Cougars lost to Hill Murray in a shootout.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 12-26-17

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Czech Republic 5 vs Russia 4

D Libor Hajek, CZE: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG

A late rally by the Russian WJC squad fell short as the Czech Republic team held on for a 5-4 victory in the tournament opening match. Hajek started the game and played a whopping 9:24 in the first, leading all skaters by a wide margin. Hajek assisted on Ostap Safin’s (EDM, 2017 4th round pick) goal in the 1st to pull the Czechs ahead 2-1. Despite leading all blueliners in ice time along with Filip Kral (2018 draft eligible), Hajek’s ice time fell off as the game went along, getting just 5:32 in the 3rd. After the Czechs scored three straight, Russia scored twice in the last 2:12 of the game to pull within one, but couldn’t put the equalizer past Josef Korenar (undrafted), who stopped 34 of 38 Russian shots. The Czech Republic were paced by four skaters each with a goal and an assist, including Otto Somppi’s Halifax linemate Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible), and by three assists from Martin Kaut (2018 draft eligible). The Czech Republic next plays Thursday against the Swedish squad, who easily won their opening match 6-1 against Belarus.

In somewhat of a surprise, Bolt prospect Alexey Lipanov was among the last to be cut from the Russian WJC team, and won’t be in the lineup for the Russians for this tournament.

Canada 4 vs Finland 2

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament Totals: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament Totals: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG

F Brett Howden , CAN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament Totals: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk led the Canadian WJC team to its tournament opening 4-2 victory over Finland. Both Raddysh and Katchouk each had a goal and an assist, and Carter Hart (PHI, 2016 2nd round pick) backstopped 29 saves on 31 Finnish shots. Katchouk opened the scoring just 5:34 into the match on a controversial goal when he streaked in alone on Finnish netminder Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, with the puck trickling over the line as the net was coming unmoored after a collision between the two players. The goal was ruled good after a review by the officials. Less than 30 seconds later, with the Canadians on the power play, Raddysh took a feed in front of the net from Jordan Kyrou (2018 draft eligible) and spun to jam the puck past Luukkonen, but a pad save popped the puck to the stick of Sam Steel (ANA, 2016 1st round pick), who rifled it into the open net. Later in the 2nd period, Katchouk attempted to feed Raddysh off the rush, but the play was broken up but Raddysh was able to collect the loose puck and spun and ripped a wrist shot from the top of the circles past Luukkonen.

One might look at Cal Foote’s blank stat line and only 12:55 in ice time and think he had minimal impact, but he had most spectacular play of the game when he dove behind Hart to swipe the puck off the goal line with his hand to save a goal and keep the Canadian lead at 4-2. The Canadians play next on Wednesday in Slovakia’s opening tournament match.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 12-22-17

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Canada 8 vs Switzerland 1 (Pre-Tournament Exhibition)

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: ---

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 0-1-1
Tournament Totals: ---

F Brett Howden , CAN: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: ---

D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: ---

Canada completed its two-game WJC pre-tournament exhibition with an 8-1 victory over the Swiss squad at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ont. Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) and current WHL goal-scoring leader Tyler Steenbergen (ARI, 2017 5th round pick) paced the Canadians with each a pair of goals. Current OHL points leader Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) scored and added a couple of assists, as Canada pelted the Swiss goalie tandem of Philip Wuthrich (undrafted) and Matteo Ritz (undrafted) with a staggering 61 shots. Canada’s stifling defense allowed a total of just 7 shots for the entire game. Katchouk was the lone Bolt prospect to hit the scoreboard, assisting on a Jake Bean (CAR, 2016 1st round pick) marker in the 2nd period. The Canadians got out to a 3-0 lead before Guillaume Maillard (undrafted) scored for the Swiss. Canada opens tournament play on Boxing Day against the Finnish team the 2018 WJC tournament site in Buffalo, NY.

Libor Hajek made the Czech Republic WJC team, and opens against the Russian squad as the first game on Boxing Day. Bolt prospect Alexey Lipanov is currently with the Russian team in Buffalo, expecting to announce their final roster on Dec 23rd. If Lipanov makes the final roster cut, that will make six total Bolt prospects across three different teams participating in the 2018 World Junior Championship.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 12-20-17

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Canada 9 @ Czech Republic 0 (Pre-Tournament Exhibition)

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 2-2-4
Tournament Totals: ---

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 1-0-1
Tournament Totals: ---

F Brett Howden , CAN: 0-1-1
Tournament Totals: ---

D Cal Foote, CAN: 1-0-1
Tournament Totals: ---

D Libor Hajek, CZE: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: ---

Canada’s World Juniors team got its pre-tournament exhibition schedule underway against the Czech Republic WJC team with a 9-0 victory. Taylor Raddysh led the offense with two goals and four points, and Carter Hart (PHI, 2016 2nd round pick) pitched an 18-shot shutout. The Canadians got goals from eight players including Boris Katchouk and Cal Foote, with Brett Howden assisting on Foote’s goal. Robert Thomas (STL, 2017 1st round pick) added a goal and three assists for the Canadians. Libor Hajek, like the rest of the Czech team, was held scoreless in the exhibition match at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. Canada plays one more exhibition match against the Swiss WJC team Friday in Hamilton, Ontario before beginning tournament play on Boxing Day against the Finnish team at the tournament site in Buffalo, NY.

Juniors Game Night: 12-19-17

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 5 @ Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders 2

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 8 GP, 9-13-22, 4 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker scored and added a power play assist as the Hornets used a three-goal 2nd period to make the difference in a road win at Highland Arena in St. Paul against the Raiders of Cretin-Derham Hall.

I failed to post the results of Edina’s 10-7 win against Elk River last Friday night, the second game of a three-in-three for the Hornets at the Edina Classic tournament, in which Walker exploded for five goals and six points. Forward Jack Perbix, brother of Bolt Prospect Nick Perbix, had three assists for the Elks in that game. The younger Perbix is 2018 draft eligible and a Notre Dame commit, was a 1st round pick by the Green Bay Gamblers in the 2016 USHL Futures Draft. Edina’s next game is Boxing Day (Dec 26th) against the Minnetonka Skippers.

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