North American Juniors
Ontario Hockey League
Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Barrie Colts 7
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, +2, 6 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +5, 8 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Dotchin notched a power play assist on the game’s first goal and his teammates scored five times in the third period to lead the Colts to a 7-4 win over Dotchin’s former team, Owen Sound. Dotchin told Bolt Prospects in Tampa that he expected to score more points this year, and while it would be up to the coaches, he said power play time was likely. He wasn’t getting that in Owen Sound. Dotchin had six assists in 28 games with Barrie last year, and is 1/3 of the way there already. His plus-5 rating so far is a career high.
Sarnia Sting 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 1
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
2012-13 totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Koekkoek – who was named an alternate captain for the Spits earlier in the day – scored with just under four minutes left in regulation to help Windsor avoid a shutout loss at home. It was his first game of the season, and first game since January 12 when he sustained a left shoulder injury. He underwent surgery for the second straight year, but all reports state that the ailment was finally fixed. Koekkoek reportedly skated gingerly to the bench at one point in Thursday’s game, but didn’t miss a shift. The story of the game was Sarnia goaltender Taylor Dupuis (undrafted), who stopped 48 of 49 shots. The Sting managed just 20 shots. Their three goals came on six shots against Jordan DeKort (undrafted), who was quickly pulled by Windsor coach Bob Boughner.
We continue our Prospect of the Week award this season, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Prospect of the Week for September 24, 2013 – our first of the season – is … Adam Erne, Tampa Bay (NHL) and Quebec (QMJHL).
Like we've been saying, it's Adam Erne's world.
When Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman passed on defenseman Seth Jones in the first round at this summer’s entry draft in favor of dynamic winger Jonathan Drouin, we figured Yzerman’s target in the second round would be a defenseman or power forward.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Remparts 6 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2
W Adam Erne, QUE: 3-0-3, +2, 4 PIM, *First Star*
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
It’s still Adam Erne’s world. Erne made his season debut for the Remparts and picked up where he left off with the Lightning, scoring three times to lead Quebec to their first win of the year, 6-2 over rival Rimouski. Erne’s last hockey game was the Lightning’s preseason opener in Orlando when he scored twice in regulation and again in the shootout to earn first star honors. He was first star in Rimouski tonight, too.
Erne was suspended by the NHL for three preseason games, a sentence which doesn’t carry over to juniors. The Lightning reassigned him shortly after the NHL made their decision. Erne didn’t waste time mixing things up on Sunday as he took boarding and slashing penalties in the first period. He also scored.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reduced their training camp roster by 18 today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning’s camp roster now sits at 40, with 23 forwards, 14 defensemen and three goaltenders.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have trimmed their training camp roster by three today, releasing forward Brett Welychka, defenseman Jake Dotchin and goaltender Eric Brassard from their amateur tryout agreements, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
The Lightning roster now consists of 59 players, of those there are 32 forwards, 22 defensemen and five goaltenders. The Lightning will travel to Orlando tomorrow night for their first preseason game when they host the St. Louis Blues at the Amway Center at 7 p.m.