North American Juniors

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.

Juniors Game Night: 2-17-18

Updates all the way back to Wednesday...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 12 (Friday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 16/21 FO
Season Totals: 48 GP, 23-48-71, +35, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on a Jared McIsaac (2018 draft eligible) 1st period goal, and add goals of his own in the 2nd and 3rd periods as part of the Mooseheads unleashing a dozen goals on the Wildcats. After Halifax opened the scoring just 1:26 into the 1st, Moncton pushed back with three goals in just over four minutes to take a 4-1 lead early. But the McIsaac goal started a three-goal run by Halifax to finish off a seven-goal 1st period and take a 4-3 lead into the 1st intermission. The Mooseheads reeled off five 2nd period goals and then led off the 3rd with a goal as part of nine straight goals dating back the first. Moncton, down 10-3, scored twice more in the third before Halifax finished off the 3rd with two more. Besides Somppi’s two goals, the Mooseheads got two goals from Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible), Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018 draft eligible), and Connor Moynihan (undrafted). Groulx had a five-point game and Zadina had a four-point game to pace the Halifax attack. Somppi was also 76% on draws on the night... and... has the same amount of points as Katchouk and Raddysh. Think about it.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 36-35-71, +40, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-2-3, +3, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/4 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 17 GP, 14-13-27, +12, 8 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 47 GP, 29-42-71, +22, 24 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh scored once and added two assists, and Katchouk assisted on a Rasmus Sandin (2018 draft eligible) power play goal as the Soo put a touchdown on the scoreboard, capping off 22 goals scored in their last 3 games. Sandin, a Swede, had two goals to pace the Greyhounds.

Hamilton Bulldogs 0 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 10 (Friday)
W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0/1 FO
W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/2 FO

The Soo unleashed a barrage on the visiting Bulldogs Friday night, blanking Hamilton 10-zip behind a hat trick by Hayden Verbeek (undrafted) and two goals from Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick). Katchouk assisted on both of Frost’s goals and Raddysh also assisted on Frost’s 3rd period power play marker. Raddysh netted his 28th of the season with 31 seconds left in the 1st to give the Soo an early 4-0 lead.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 6 (SO) (Wednesday)
W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1/1 FO
W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

Soo goalie Tyler Johnson (undrafted) allowed 5 goals on 25 shots and the allowed both Spirit shooters to convert in the shootout, as a Greyhound rally fell short Wednesday night. Both Katchouk and Raddysh scored and added an assist in a losing effort. Raddysh failed to convert in the shootout.

Hamilton Bulldogs 8 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
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

The Bulldogs were obviously angry after getting beat by the Soo 10-0 last night and took it out on the Wolves, putting up a snowman on the scoreboard. Benjamin Gleason (undrafted) led the Bulldogs with two goals, and Macauley Carson (2018 draft eligible) led Sudbury with two goals and an assist. Carson’s 3rd period marker drew the Wolves within one at 4-3, but then Hamilton ripped off four straight, as Sudbury head coach Corey Stillman watched his son Riley Stillman (FLA, 2016 4th round pick) lead the Bulldogs’ 3rd period door slam with a goal and an assist.

Oshawa Generals 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 0 (Friday)
W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 5/13 FO

Lipanov returned to action Friday night, but Serron Noel (2018 draft eligible) and Danil Antropov (2019 draft eligible) both scored twice for the Generals as Oshawa blanked the Wolves at the Sudbury Community Arena.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2 (Friday)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/15 FO
Season Totals: 51 G, 15-11-26, -30, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Kingston scored shorthanded in the 1st and carried the 1-0 lead into the 3rd before Brady Hinz (2018 draft eligible) potted his 16th of the season to knot the score. But diminuative Finn Linus Nyman (2018 draft eligible) netted his 32nd of the season to give the Frontenacs a hard-fought home win against the Petes.

Mississauga 1 @ Peterborough Petes 6 (Thursday)
W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 7/16 FO

Paquette fired a game-high eight shots Thursday night, scoring once and assisting on Nick Robertson (2020 draft eligible) marker as the Petes parked a half dozen on the scoreboard. Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) netted a hat trick to pace Peteborough past the Steelheads.

Western Hockey League

Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 2 (SO)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 15-40-55, +21, 38 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote assisted on two power play goas including the eventual game-winner by Gordie Ballhorn (undrafted) that gave the Rockets a 5-2 lead. Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) paced Kelowna with two goals and an assist.

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 1 (Friday)
D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*

Foote opened the scoring early in the 1st to give the Rockets an early 1-0 lead, but the Blazers twice tied the game, eventually forcing overtime and then a shootout. Kamloops goalie Scott Todd (2018 draft eligible) turned away 29 Kelowna shots and stopped all three Rockets shooters in the shootout, and Trey Fix-Wolansky (undrafted) scored for the Blazers in the skills competition to give Kamloops the extra point.

Red Deer Rebels 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 1 (Wednesday)
D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*

After a scoreless 1st and 2nd period, the Rebels struck for four goals behind Brandon Hagel’s (BUF, 2016 6th round pick) goal and assist to put the game away for Red Deer. Foote earned Third Star honors in the losing effort.

Regina Pats 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (Friday)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 15 GP, 3-6-9, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 11-23-34, -12, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/25 FO
Season Totals: 33 GP, 20-34-54, +25, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 55 GP, 7-16-23, +33, 52 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden assisted on all three Moose Jaw goals Friday night in the 2nd half of the home-and-home, but the Warriors surrendered three Regina goals in the 3rd as the Pats broke open a 2-2 tie at the 2nd intermission. Josh Mahura (ANA, 2016 3rd round pick) paced the Pats with two goals in what is surely a precursor to the WHL playoffs.

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Regina Pats 3 (Wednesday)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 15/30 FO
D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Wednesday night, the first of a home-and-home between Moose Jaw and Regina, ended with the Warriors getting two goals each from Tanner Jeannot (undrafted), Jayden Halbgewachs (SJS, FA ELC) and Brandon Schuldhaus (undrafted). Howden notched a pair of assists, and Sosunov and Hajek both got assists for their respective teams as well.

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.

Lincoln Stars 4 @ Omaha Lancers 2

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 38 GP, 1-18-19, +15, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix assisted on both of Filip Suchy’s (undrafted) 1st period goals, but the Lancers allowed Lincoln goals in the 2nd and 3rd to lose the 2nd leg of the home-and-home series. Logan Jenuwine (Western Michigan commit) and Ashton Calder (Lake Superior State commit) led the Stars each with a goal and an assist.

Omaha Lancers 4 @ Lincoln Stars 3 (Friday)
D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Filip Suchy (undrafted) scored a pair of goals for the Lancers to lead Omaha in a victory in the first leg of a home-and-home series with Lincoln.

Omaha Lancers 1 @ Tri-City Storm 0 (Wednesday)
D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Zach Driscoll (Bemidji State commit) stopped 39 Storm shots to shutout Tri-City and Michael Maloney (Brown commit) scored the lone goal in the game for the Lancers.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 6 @ Eden Prairie Eagles 3 (Thursday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
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

Walker notched a goal and an assist in the Hornets’ comeback road win over the Eagles Thursday night. Demetrios Koumontzis (2018 draft eligible, Arizona State commit) opened the scoring for Edina just 1:18 in the game, but the Eagles scored three times in the space of 1:17, including two by Jack Jensen (2018 draft eligible, Minnesota commit), to give Eden Prairie a 3-1 lead early. Koumontzis would assist on a Ben Brinkman (2019 draft eligible, Minnesota commit) power play marker later in the 1st and then score his 2nd of the game later in the 2nd period to knot the score 3-3 at the 2nd intermission. The 3rd period would be owned by Walker, Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit), and Mason Nevers (uncommitted), as the three would combine for 3 goals and 4 assists between the three of them. Wayzata rolls into the Braemar Ice Arena on Saturday night to face the Hornets.

Juniors Game Night: 2-12-18

Western Hockey League

Victoria Royals 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 46 GP, 14-38-52, +21, 38 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote assisted on two power play goas including the eventual game-winner by Gordie Ballhorn (undrafted) that gave the Rockets a 5-2 lead. Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) paced Kelowna with two goals and an assist.

Juniors Game Night: 2-11-18

Sunday night results...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/23 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 47 GP, 21-47-68, +35, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi (pictured) scored twice in the span of 18 seconds, opening the scoring with a power play goal just 5:09 in the game, and then following it with what would be the eventual game-winner. Maxime Fortier (CLB, FA ELC) scored twice and blueliner Jared McIssac (2018 draft eligible) had four assists. It’s was Somppi’s 20th and 21st of the season, blowing by the 20-goal mark for the first time in his North American career. Somppi is still 3rd in the QMJHL in points and assists, and 2nd in the league in plus-minus. It is interesting to note that Ondrej Palat’s 19 y.o. season saw him total 17-23-40 in 59 games, which is eerily close to Somppi’s numbers last season. In Palat’s 20 y.o. season, he skyrocketed to 39-57-96 and +37 in 61 games. Halifax has 13 regular season game remaining, which should give Somppi 60 total games played. He won’t come close to Palat’s 39 goals (projecting Somppi at ~27), but he should eclipse Palat’s assist numbers (projecting Somppi at ~60) for total projected points of around 87. A little off Palat’s numbers, but definitely in the ballpark. Palat was an incredible 2-way forward find as a 7th rounder, and we may very well be seeing Somppi developing as that next late round 2-way gem from Al Murray & Company.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/4 FO
Season Totals: 45 GP, 35-31-66, +37, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/6 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 14 GP, 11-9-20, +7, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 26-38-64, +17, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Hamilton, the OHL Eastern Conference’s best team, broke open an 1-1 tie after the 1st intermission with four 2nd period goals led by Matthew Strome (PHI, 2017 4th round pick) and MacKenzie Entwistle (ARI, 2017 3rd round pick) who each had a goal and two assists in that period. Both players also assisted on Benjamin Gleason’s (undrafted) opening goal in the first period, giving both players 4 points on the night. Katchouk scored on the power play in the 1st to knot the score at one-all.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Sarnia Sting 5

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 11 GP, 2-2-4, -9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 13-21-34, E, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov was out of the lineup for the third straight game, as Sarnia rallied from a 4-2 first period deficit, getting goals from Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) and Jonathan Ang (FLA, 2016 4th round pick) down the stretch to squeak the victory. The Sting were paced by Ang and Connor Schlichting (undrafted) who both had a goal and two assists in the contest. No word yet on whether Lipanov has been a healthy scratch getting off to a slow start with the Cory Stillman coached Wolves since the deadline trade from Barrie, or if he is injured.

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Oshawa Generals 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/21 FO
Season Totals: 49 G, 14-10-24, -31, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette had a pair of assists on both Nick Robertson (2020 draft eligible) goals early as part of a 3-0 lead built by the Petes. But the Generals pushed back with five 2nd period goals led by Danil Antropov (2019 draft eligible) and Jack Studnicka (BOS, 2017 2nd round pick). Former Maple Leafs prospect Nikita Korostelev and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (2018 draft eligible) twice drew the Petes back within a goal, but Allan McShane (2018 draft eligible) sealed the Oshawa victory with his 2nd goal of the game late in the 3rd period.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 2 (SO)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 13 GP, 3-4-7, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 12-21-32, -10, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Nolan Maier (undrafted) stopped 38 Regina shots and then turned aside five shooters to almost single-handedly squeak out the two points for the Hajek’s old 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.

Des Moines Buccaneers 1 @ Omaha Lancers 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 1-16-17, +16, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Michigan commit Jack Randl (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Lancers as Omaha cruised to victory against the Bucs from Des Moines.

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