North American Juniors

Juniors Game Night: 2-4-18

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 42 GP, 33-29-62, +40, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/1 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 11 GP, 10-9-19, +10, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 41 GP, 25-38-63, +20, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Wonder Twins connected for a pair of 3rd period goals to inch the Greyhounds past the Otters for their sixth straight victory. Katchouk got the primary assist on both of Raddysh’s goals but was robbed of a Star. Raddysh earned First Star honors against his old team and has seen a rebirth since the trade at the completion of the World Juniors, going 10-9-19 in 11 games with the Soo.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Ottawa 67’s 5

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/15 FO
Season Totals: 46 G, 14-7-21, -26, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette opened the scoring with his 14th of the season, but the 67’s notched a power play goal and a shortie to take a 2-1 lead. Zach Gallant (DET, 2017 3rd round pick) and former Maple Leaf prospect Nikita Korostelev both scored 2nd period markers to give the Petes a 3-2 lead at the 2nd intermission. Win a period, win a hockey game, right? Sasha Chmelevski (SJS, 2017 6th round pick) capped off a three-goal 3rd period for Ottawa with two goals, the game-winner and the empty netter to seal Peterborough’s ninth straight loss.

Juniors Game Night: 2-3-18

Plus a catch-up from last week...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 16/26 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 18-44-62, +33, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on the game’s first two goals, both markers by Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible), including what would be the game-winner in the 2nd period. Somppi earned Third Star honors. Sompii now sits tied for 3rd in the Q for total points, 3rd in league in assists, and continues to lead the Q in plus-minus.

Friday:: Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 5
Sunday:: Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 8

Last Sunday afternoon, Sompii earned First Star honors scoring two goals and assisting on another, leading the team in putting up a snowman on the Sea Dogs.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (OT) (Friday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 33-27-60, +39, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/5 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 10 GP, 8-9-17, +9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 23-38-61, +19, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh scored and assisted on two 2nd period goals that gave the Soo a 3-0 lead at the 2nd intermission, but the Spirit scored thrice in the 3rd to send the game to overtime where Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) netted the game-winner for the Greyhounds. Since dropping two straight, the Soo have won five consecutive games as they lead the OHL as the best team.

Wedneday:: Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
Sunday:: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 2

Last Sunday, both Raddysh and Katchouk assisted on Hayden Verbeek’s (undrafted) game-winning goal in the Soo’s road win 5-2 over the Spirit. Raddysh potted an empty netter and assisted on another goal in that game. On Wednesday night, Raddysh scored on the power play and Katchouk assisted on a Morgan Frost tally as the Greyhounds blanked Sudbury.

Erie Otters 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2 (Friday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0/6 FO
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

Former Sudbury winger Troy Lajeunesse scored twice for the Otters as Erie doubled the hapless Wolves. The Sudbury winless streak stands at five games, as the Wolves are by far and away the worst team in the league.

Wedneday:: Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
Sunday:: Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Mississauga Steelheads 4

Oshawa Generals 8 @ Peterborough Petes 2

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/20 FO
Season Totals: 45 G, 13-7-20, -26, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Sixteen year-old Nick Robertson (2020 draft eligible) scored both Petes goals, but the Generals got goals from eight different players as Oshawa put up a snowman Peterborough in front of 3800+ of their fans. The Petes winless streak now reaches eight games.

Thursday:: Hamilton Bulldogs 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3
Sunday:: Peterborough Petes 0 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2

On Thursday night, Paquette assisted on Pavel Gogolev’s (2018 draft eligible) 2-1 go-ahead power play marker in the 2nd period. But the Bulldogs would reel off three straight and steal two points on road.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Everett Silvertips 8

D Cal Foote, KEL: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 42 GP, 13-34-47, +19, 33 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cale Foote scored both of the Rockets goals, but the Silvertips put up the snowman on the scoreboard to sweep the home-and-home series between Everett and Kelowna. Getting a Third Star from hometown Everett press on a eight-goal night speaks volumes to Foote’s play, along with that +1 rating. Patrick Bajkov (undrafted) netted a hat trick and five points for the Silvertips and Garrett Pilon (WAS, 2016 3rd round pick) scored twice and tallied four points of his own.

Friday:: Everett Silvertips 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 2
Tuesday:: Medicine Hat Tigers 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

Last Tuesday, Foote earned First Star for his goal and two assists against the Tigers, leading the Rockets to a 5-2 victory. Foote opened the scoring late in the first and then assisted on a pair of 2nd period power play goals by Carsen Twarynski (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) and Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick).

Prince Albert Raiders 4 @ Regina Pats 5 (OT)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 9 GP, 2-3-5, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 42 GP, 10-20-30, -14, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Sam Steel (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) scored twice and added a couple of assists for a four-point night to lead the Pats to the OT win against the visiting Raiders. Prince Albert rallied from a 4-1 deficit at the 2nd intermission, scoring thrice in the 3rd to force overtime. Cameron Hebig (undrafted) fired a game-high eight shots, finally converted in overtime to give Regina the win.

Wednesday:: Prince George Cougars 1 @ Regina Pats 4
Sunday:: Swift Current Broncos 4 @ Regina Pats 1

Hajek fired a team-high seven shots last Sunday as part of a Regina 42-shot effort against the Broncos in a losing effort. On Wednesday night, Hajek racked up five more shots in a winning effort against the Cougars.

Prince George Cougars 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 17/31 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 29 GP, 18-28-46, +19, 30 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 51 GP, 7-14-21, +32, 50 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden earned Second Stars honors, assisting on Justin Almeida’s (2018 draft eligible) 30th goal of the season, a power play marker in the 2nd as the Warrior built up a 4-0 lead before Josh Maser (undrafted) finally solved Adam Evanoff (undrafted) late in the 3rd for Cougars lone goal.

Friday:: Red Deer Rebels 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

Friday night, Howden assisted on Moose Jaw’s lone goal by Josh Brook (MTL, 2017 2nd round pick) in a losing effort at home to the visiting Rebels from Red Deer.

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.

Central Illinois Flying Aces 2 @ Omaha Lancers 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 32 GP, 1-15-16, +17, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix assisted on both of Omaha’s 1st period goals, including a shortie by Filip Suchy (undrafted) and earned Second Star honors. The Lancers added two more goals in the 3rd period to earn the victory over the Flying Aces to sweep the back-to-back series.

Friday:: Central Illinois Flying Aces 1 @ Omaha Lancers 8
Sunday:: Tri-City Storm 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2 (SO)

Minnesota State High School League

Hopkins Royals 0 @ Edina Hornets 20

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-3-4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 22 GP, 25-28-53, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker scored a goal and added three assists as the Hornets scored twenty against the outmatched Royals. Mason Nevers notched four goals and seven points, and Liam Malmquist (uncommitted) and Evan Shoemaker (uncommitted) both netted hat tricks in the win. The Hornets next play the Minnetonka Skippers next Saturday night.

Thursday: Edina Hornets 3 @ Wayzata Trojans 1
Tuesday: Centennial Cougars 2 @ Edina Hornets 3

Last Tuesday, Walker scored a power play goal in Edina’s three-goal rally to beat Centennial and was held scoreless in the Hornets tough road win against Wayzata on Thursday night.

Juniors Game Night: 1-27-18

From Saturday night...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5 (Saturday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 19/30 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 40 GP, 16-41-57, +30, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

With the score knotted at 2-2 at the 2nd intermission. Somppi (pictured) scored the game-winner for the Mooseheads early in the 3rd as part of a Halifax 3-goal third period. Maxime Fortier (CLB, FA ELC) led the way for the Mooseheads scoring twice and adding two assists.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (Saturday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 33-25-58, +34, 18 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 7 GP, 5-6-11, +4, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 20-35-55, +14, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk assisted on the game-winning 3rd period goal by Mac Hollowell (2018 draft eligible), as the Soo clipped the Colts at home. Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) led the way for the Greyhounds with a power play goal and an assist. Dmitry Solokov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) paced Barrie, leading a 3rd period rally to knot the score at 3-3, with two goals and an assist on a goal by top prospect Andrei Svechnikov (2018 draft eligible).

Niagra Ice Dogs 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 2 (Saturday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 8 GP, 2-2-4, -8, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 13-21-34, +1, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Rough night for Lipanov and the Wolves as Sudbury allowed six goals in back-to-back contests. The Ice Dogs got goals from six different players and netminder Colton Incze (undrafted) stopped 29 Sudbury shots. Right-handed rearguard Peter Stratis (2018 draft eligible) had a goal and an assist for the Wolves in a losing effort

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Red Deer Rebels 3 (OT) (Saturday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 10-31-41, +15, 31 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cale Foote set up Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) for the game-tying goal with 33 seconds left in regulation, but Kristian Reichel (2018 draft eligible), son of ex-NHL’er Robert Reichel, netted the OT game-winner for the hometown Rebels.

Regina Pats 1 @ Swift Current Broncos 3 (Saturday)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 6 GP, 2-3-5, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 10-20-30, -14, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek scored the lone Pats goal, a power play marker to open the scoring in the 1st period. It was Hajek’s 10th goal of the season and his 30th point in less than 40 games. Hajek is now 2-3-5 in six games since being traded to Regina and is really looking like that blueliner Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray touted when Tampa Bay traded Anthony DeAngelo to Arizona at the 2016 NHL Draft for the 2nd round pick. It’s been quite the breakout year for the Czech defenseman. Former Blues prospect and now Flames free agent signee Glenn Gawdin led the way for the victorious Broncos scoring twice for Swift Current, his 38th and 39th of the season, including the game-winning power play goal in the 3rd period. Speaking of breakout seasons, Gawdin sits either #3, #4, or #5 in the WHL in points, goals, assists, power play goals, and power assists, and clocks in #2 in the WHL in plus-minus at +41.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5 (Saturday)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 17/27 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 18-26-44, +20, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 7-14-21, +32, 50 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (undrafted) gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead at the first intermission, but Tigers three 2nd period goals to take a 3-2 lead into the final frame, where Medicine Hat captain Mark Rassell (undrafted) would score his 42nd of the season and the eventual game-winner. David Quenneville (NYI, 2016 7th round pick), nephew of NHL defenseman Johnny Boychuk, paced the Tigers with two goals and an assist.

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 1 (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 1-13-14, +15, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

University of Michigan commit Jack Randl (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Lancers, as Omaha swept the home-and-home series against the Stars.

Minnesota State High School League

Eden Prairie Eagles 3 @ Edina Hornets 5 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 19 GP, 23-25-48, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker scored the opening goal just 3:26 into the game, eclipsing his goal totals from last season, as the Hornets out lasted the Eagles to improve to 18-1-0 on the season. Arizona State commit Demetrios Koumontzis (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for Edina, and Lewis Crosby (uncommitted) tallied a four-point night. For the Eagles, Chris Konin (uncommitted), collected three points including a 2nd period goal to draw Eden Prairie within one. The Hornets next play Tuesday night against the Centennial High Cougars.

Juniors Game Night: 1-26-18

From Friday night...

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 (Friday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 33-24-57, +34, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/1 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 6 GP, 5-6-11, +4, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 36 GP, 20-35-55, +14, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

After a rare two game losing streak on the road, the Greyhounds returned home with Katchouk and Raddysh leading the 6-4 victory over the Spitfires. Katchouk and Raddysh were instrumental in the Soo gaining a 4-0 early lead. Katchouk opened the scoring just 2:45 into the game, and then Raddysh scored his 20th of the season about 1:45 later. Early in the 2nd, Raddysh and linemate Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) earned helpers on Jack Kopacka’s (ANA, 2016 4th round pickd) goal, and Katchouk netted his 2nd of the game and 33rd of the season on the power play to give the Soo the 4-0 lead.

But the Spitfires would battle back behind the play of Jake Smith (undrafted) and Luke Kutkevicius (undrafted), as Windsor outscored the Soo 4-2 in the second half of the game. Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) scored twice for the Greyhounds in the 3rd, including the empty netter with one second left as the Spitfires were pressing for the equalizer. Frost tallied 3 assists for the Soo, setting up three of the team’s first four goals.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3 (Friday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 7 GP, 2-2-4, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 42 GP, 13-21-34, +5, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov assisted on Kirill Nizhnikov’s (2018 draft eligible) 2nd period goal that knotted the game at 1-1. But Lipanov’s former team poured it on, scoring five 2nd and 3rd period goal including two by Lucas Chiodo (undrafted) and top prospect Andrei Svechnikov’s (2018 draft eligible) 20th of the season. Blake Murray (2019 draft eligible) scored twice for the Wolves in the 3rd to draw Sudbury within one.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Mississauga 4 (OT) (Friday)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 7/17 FO
Season Totals: 42 G, 13-6-19, -23, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette fired a team-high five shots scored his 13th of the season, the 3-2 go-ahead goal in the 2nd period. But top prospect Ryan McLeod (2018 draft eligible) scored the 3rd period power play equalizer for the Steelheads and then tallied the game-winner in overtime to hand the Petes their umpteenth 3rd period meltdown heartbreaker.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 3 (OT) (Friday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 38 GP, 10-30-40, +16, 31 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring twice in the 3rd and Cal Foote (pictured) delivering the OT game-winner to scratch out a gutsy road win in the Hat. Foote was robbed of the First Star, given instead by the home town bias to the Tiger captain Mark Rassell (undrafted), who notched Medicine Hat’s first two goals.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 (OT) (Friday)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 16/26 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 18-26-44, +22, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 7-14-21, +33, 50 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors scratched out a tough OT road win in Lethbridge, behind goal and an assist efforts by both Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) and Brayden Burke (undrafted). Newly acquired Kale Clague (LA, 2016 2nd round pick) assisted on all three Moose Jaw goals.

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 0 @ Omaha Lancers 6 (Friday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 1-13-14, +42, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix notched an assist and former WHL’er Ethan Price (undrafted) scored twice as the Lancers shutout the Stars 6-0.

Juniors Game Night: 1-25-18

All of Canadian Juniors were off tonight due to the annual Don Cherry / Bobby Orr CHL Top NHL Prospects Game at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph. Otto Somppi's Halifax linemate and Libor Hajek's WJC Czech Republic teammate, Filip Zadina led the way with two goals in Team Cherry's 7-4 victory over the Eric Lindros coached Team Orr. Owen Sound's Aidan Dudas and Flint's Ty Dellandrea both scored two goals apiece for Team Cherry and mobile righty London blueliner Evan Bouchard added four assists.

Minnesota State High School League

Minnetonka Skippers 2 @ Edina Hornets 8

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-3-5, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 18 GP, 22-25-47, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

On Boxing Day, the first day of the prestigious Schwan’s Cup holiday tournament saw the Minnetonka Skippers hand the tourney’s defending champ Hornets their only loss of the season thus far. Tonight, almost a month later, the Skippers rolled into the Braemar Ice Arena in Edina for a rematch between these top Class 2A rivals.

With that lone blemish on their record, Sammy Walker and Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit) both score twice, while Walker added three more assists for a five-point performance as the Hornets stung the Skippers and pasted a snowman on the scoreboard, and got some sweet redemption.

For Walker, he equaled his goal totals from last season and eclipses his point totals in seven fewer games. He sits 5th in the state in points, just four back from Luke Krause (uncommitted), the Lake of the Woods high school standout who has 51 points in just 14 games. The Hornets next play Saturday night against the Eden Prairie Eagles.

Juniors Game Night: 1-24-18

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 9-30-39, +14, 31 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) scored twice, including the OT game-winner culminating a rally by the Rockets from a 3-2 deficit. Carsen Twarynski (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) scored the equalizer with 38 seconds left.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Regina Pats

D Libor Hajek, REG: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 5 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 38 GP, 9-20-29, -13, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek scored the 2-1 go-ahead goal in the 1st and the Pats didn’t look back. Hajek’s marker was the first of four straight by Regina, bookended by Hajek assisting on a Jared Legien (undrafted) power play marker in the 2nd that gave the Pats a 5-1 lead over the Blades. Sam Steel (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) notched five assists, Cameron Hebig (undrafted) scored twice, and Josh Mahura (ANA, 2016 3rd round pick) had a four point game inleading the Pats in putting up a touchdown against Saskatoon. Max Gerlach (undrafted) scored twice for the Blades.

Juniors Game Night: 1-21-18

Catching up from Sunday...

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Ottawa 67’s 6 (Sunday)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 12/19 FO
Season Totals: 41 G, 12-6-18, -24, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette assisted on Logan DeNoble’s (undrafted) game opening power play goal in the 1st, but it was all 67’s after that with Austen Keating (undrafted) and Tye Felhaber (undrafted) both scoring a pair of goals for Ottawa..

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Saskatoon Blades 3 (Sunday)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 12/20 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 25 GP, 18-26-44, +24, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 47 GP, 7-14-21, +33, 50 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Raise your hand if back in August you predicted Oleg Sosunov would break 20 points on a loaded Moose Jaw squad, be an everyday player, and be among the league leaders in plus/minus rating? And then what if I told you there’s a dang good chance he scores 30 points? Sosunov assisted on Howden’s game opening goal less than two minutes in, and then assisted on Brayden Burke’s (undrafted) game-winning goal in the 3rd. Howden and Burke also tallied helpers on Justin Almeida’s (2018 draft eligible) goal less than a minute into the 2nd period. Howden earned Third Star honors for the Warriors in the win, and Josh Paterson (undrafted) scored twice for the Blades in a losing effort.

Juniors Game Night: 1-20-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 11

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 4/16 FO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 15-40-55, +29, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Burn the tape.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Flint Firebirds 4

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 31-24-55, +33, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/3 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 5 GP, 4-5-9, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 19-34-53, +12, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

A night after their first regulation loss since October 27th, one of the worst teams in the league, the Flint Firebirds, hands the Soo their second regulation loss in a row. Katchouk scored this 31st of the season early in the 3rd to draw the Greyhounds within one, but the Soo couldn’t muster the equalizer. Ty Dellandrea (2018 draft eligible) paced the Firebirds with two goals, a power play game-winning tally, and a short-handed marker.

North Bay Battalion 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/26 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 6 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 41 GP, 13-20-33, +7, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov assisted on David Levin’s (2018 draft eligible) 2nd period equalizer and Drake Pilon (undrafted) won the game for the Wolves late in the 3rd.

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 13/18 FO
Season Totals: 40 GP, 12-5-17, -22, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette assisted on the shorthanded opening goal by Zach Gallant (DET, 2017 3rd round pick). Matt Brassard (VAN, 2017 7th round pick) scored on a shorthanded penalty shot and then converted in the shootout to lead the Generals to victory.

Western Hockey League

Victoria Royals 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 8

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-1-2, +4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 9-29-38, +12, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cal Foote and Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) worked together to score two 1st period goals and helped give the Rockets an early 3-0 lead, and Kelowna never trailed. Jack Cowell (undrafted) tallied two goals, and Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) had 4 points to pace the Rockets.

Regina Pats 3 @ Saskatoon Blade 4 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 8-19-27, -12, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek notched an assist in his first game against his old team. The Blades opened up a 2-0 lead in the 1st before former Blade Cameron Hebig (EDM, FA ELC) and Pats captain Sam Steel (ANA, 2017 1st round pick) helped the Pats score three straight for the 3-2 lead at the end of the 2nd. The Blades knotted the game in the 3rd and then Eric Florchuk (2018 draft eligible) scored the OT game-winner for Saskatoon.

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 5 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 1-12-13, +12, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix notched a power play assist on a 2nd period Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) goal and another shorthanded assist on a 3rd period Ethan Price (undrafted) goal. Cates scored twice to lead the Lancers over the Buccaneers, and split the home-and-home series.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 7 @ Hill-Murray Pioneers 1

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-2-4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 16 GP, 20-22-42, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Mason Nevers scored a natural hat trick for the Hornets and Walker added two goals and two assists in Edina’s road win over Hill-Murray. A rematch with Minnetonka awaits the Hornets Thursday night, the team that handed Edina its only loss this season.

Juniors Game Night: 1-19-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-2-4, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 9/27 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 38 GP, 15-40-55, +32, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Otto Somppi Experience dialed up a two goal, four point explosion leading the Mooseheads to an overtime victory over the Screaming Eagles, earning First Star honors in front of 8200+ at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. Somppi opened the scoring in the 1st with a helper from Rafael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible), as the Mooseheads took a 2-1 lead to the first intermission. Early in the 2nd, Somppi then setup Lavoie’s 20th of the season to extend Halifax’s lead to 3-1. But Cape Breton screamed back with three straight, before Somppi’s power play marker knotted the game at 4-4, sending the match into overtime where Somppi and Lavoie both assisted on Jocktan Chainey’s (NJD, 2017 7th round pick) overtime game-winner.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Sarnia Sting 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/2 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 30-24-54, +33, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 4 GP, 4-5-9, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 34 GP, 21-32-53, +12, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The mojo in the newly retired jersey of Steven Stamkos hanging in the rafters of the Progressive Auto Sales Arena could not be contained as Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) and Adam Ruzicka (CGY, 2017 4th round pick) led the Sarnia Sting in doing what no team in nearly thirty games has been able to do – defeat the Soo in regulation. The first game for Taylor Raddysh since being named OHL and CHL Player-of-the-Week was a disaster along with linemates Boris Katchouk and Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick), all three held pointless by the Sting and each slapped with a -3 rating. One of the few bright spots for the Greyhounds was Hayden Verbeek (undrafted), nephew of Pat Verbeek, who scored in the 3rd to tie the game at 3-3 before Kyrou and Ruzicka combined to sink the Soo’s regulation win streak.

Saginaw Spirit 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/15 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 5 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 13-19-32, +6, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Cole Coskey (undrafted) and Broward County native Mason Kohn (undrafted) paced the Spirit, scoring three of the team’s four goals, as Saginaw doubled Sudbury for the win.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 7

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 8-28-36, +8, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote was an ugly -4 as the Thunderbirds put up a touchdown at home against the visiting Rockets. Foote did tally an assist on Dillon Dube’s (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) power play marker in the 2nd. Nolan Volcan (undrafted) paced Seattle with a hat trick.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Regina Pats 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 16/28 FO
Season Totals: 24 GP, 17-25-42, +24, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 46 GP, 7-11-18, +31, 48 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 34 GP, 8-18-26, -12, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

WHL goal scoring leader Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) tallied his 49th and 50th goals of the season, and WHL assist and point leader Brayden Burke (undrafted) notched his 69th and 70th assist of the season, as the Warriors defeated the Pats for their league-leading 37th win of the season. Howden assisted on Halbgewachs second goal of the game during garbage time with Moose Jaw already up 4-1.

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 3 @ Omaha Lancers 0

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 1-11-12, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Slovakian WJC netminder Roman Durny and WJAC U19 Silver Medalist USA goalie Jake Kucharski (Providence commit, 2018 draft eligible) combined to pitch a 24 save shutout of the Lancers at home. Czech pivot Nicolas Werbik (undrafted) and former Oceanic paced Des Moines with a goal and an assist.

Minnesota State High School League

Lakeville South Cougars 1 @ Edina Hornets 4

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 15 GP, 18-20-38, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Hornets got goals from four different players, but the Cougars held Walker pointless in the 4-1 loss to Edina. The Hornets improve to 15-1 and hit the road for a Saturday night match against the Hill-Murray Pioneers.

Juniors Game Night: 1-18-18

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ North Bay Battalion 5

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 10/18 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 4 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 13-19-32, +7, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Wolves scored three 1st period goals, including Lipanov’s 13th goal of the season and his 2nd with Sudbury. But the 2nd and 3rd periods belonged to the Battalion, scoring five unanswered. Swedish blueliner Adam Thilander (undrafted) scored the game-winner for North Bay and added a couple of assists to pace the Battalion’s rally.

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Peterborough Petes 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 10/17 FO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 12-4-16, -23, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Brett Neumann (undrafted) scored twice and Gabriel Vilardi (LA, 2017 1st round pick) notched a goal and two assists to pace Kingston over the outmatched Petes, who fell back in to the East Division cellar.

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