North American Juniors

Juniors Game Night: 4-13-18

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 1 @ Omaha Lancers 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 55 GP, 4-25-29, +19, 36 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

The Lancers got goals from four skaters and goalie Zach Driscoll (Bemidji State commit) stopped 35 of 36 Lincoln shots to lead the Lancers to the win. Omaha closes out their USHL regular season Saturday against Sammy Walker and the Sioux City Musketeers at Ralston Arena in Omaha. Perbix is one-point shy of a 30-point season going into the Lancers’ final game. Omaha sits one point behind the Waterloo Black Hawks for the best record in the Western Conference.

Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Tri-City Storm 2

F Sammy Walker, SC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 2-7-9, -6, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Storm scored a couple of late 3rd period goals to attempt a 3-0 deficit rally to the Musketeers, but Sioux City goalie and Miami (Ohio) commit Ben Kraws (2018 draft eligible) didn’t surrender the third. The Musketeers close out their USHL regular season Saturday against Nick Perbix and the Omaha Lancers at Ralston Arena in Omaha. Sioux City is in a three-way battle with the Chicago Steel and the Cedar Rapid Roughriders for that final 12th slot in the USHL playoffs, although it will a longshot for Musketeers with 59 points to leap frog Chicago with 61 and Cedar Rapids with 60. Chicago is playing Central Illinois, by far the worst team in the league, and Cedar Rapids is playing Madison, the 3rd worst team in the league. With Walker’s NCAA eligibility to play for the Minnesota Gophers next season, there’s no chance he would join the Crunch in the event of Sioux City not making the playoffs.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-11-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ #14 Moncton Wildcats 5 (Game 4)
Quarterfinals
Armada leads series 3-1

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0/1 FO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 8-5-13, +12, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Wildcats staved off elimination in a stirring twice-rally Game 4 win by virtue of a 4-point night of heroics from James Phelan (undrafted). Moncton jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the 1st when Phelan assisted on both a short-handed and a power play goal. But the Armada rallied with three straight to close out the 1st with a 3-2 lead, behind a pair of goals from Luke Henman (2018 draft eligible). The two teams swapped 2nd period goals before Phelan scored twice late in the 2nd period to put the Wildcats up 5-4 and former Lightning camper Mark Grametbauer (undrafted) closed the door on 14 3rd period Armada shots for the win. The teams get a night off before the series resumes Friday for Game 5 at the Moncton Coliseum.

#4 Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ #9 Charlottetown Islanders 4 (Game 4)
Quarterfinals
Islanders win series 4-0

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 6/14 FO
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Islanders got goals from four different players en route to a Game 4 win in front of 3600+ fans to give them a shocking four-game sweep of the Halifax Mooseheads. Lightning prospect Otto Somppi returned to the Halifax lineup for the first time since Game 1 of Round 1 in a do-or-die situation for the Mooseheads. After a scoreless 1st period, Somppi assisted on the game-opening marker by Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible), following by another Halifax goal less than three minutes later to give the Mooseheads a 2-0 lead. But Charlottetown would score four unanswered in the 2nd and 3rd periods to take the game and the series, and advanced the QMJHL semifinals.

There’s a minor watch on for Somppi to join the Syracuse Crunch now that Halifax’s CHL playoff run ended prematurely, but it would seem that Somppi is likely still injured and only played Game 4 because the Mooseheads were facing elimination, and as such perhaps the Lightning may choose to shut him down for the season and let him heal. However, the more likely thing to watch for is the signing of Somppi’s entry-level contract, which surely is coming given his breakout year of 55 assists and 83 points, and that the Lightning must sign him or let him return to the draft.

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ #4 Owen Sound Attack 2 (Game 4)
Western Conference Semifinals
Series tied at 2-2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 9 SOG, 2/3 FO
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 8-3-11, +6, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2/4 FO
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 6-4-10, E, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk and Raddysh (pictured) kick-started the Soo in Game 4, scoring the first two goals to give the Greyhounds an early 2-0 lead, and Keeghan Howdeshell (undrafted) scored twice to keep the Soo ahead when the Attack attempted to rally. Katchouk fired a game-high nine shots and opened the scoring in the 1st with an assist from Raddysh, who then scored his own goal early in the 2nd. Righty blueliner Mac Hollowell (2018 draft eligible), Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) and Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) all notched two assists to help pace the Greyhounds to victory. The Soo return home Friday night for Game 5 looking to take their first lead in the series.

Western Hockey League

#1 Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ #2 Swift Current Broncos 3 (OT2) (Game 4)
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Series tied at 2-2

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Former Winnipeg Jets prospect Matteo Gennaro scored a hat trick — all three of the Broncos’ goals — including the double overtime game-winner at the 98:14 mark. Gennaro scored a pair of power play markers in the 1st and 3rd periods, respectively, for Swift Current, sandwiched around a pair of 2nd period Moose Jaw goals and forcing overtime for Game 4. Broncos netminder Stuart Skinner (EDM, 2017 3rd round pick) made 51 saves, allowing just those two 2nd period Warriors goals. The win knots the series at two games apiece with the series returning to Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw on Friday for Game 5.

Juniors Game Night: 4-11-18

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.

Sioux City Musketeers 6 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 0

F Sammy Walker, SC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (USHL): 15 GP, 2-7-9, -6, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Musketeers goalie and Miami (Ohio) commit Ben Kraws (2018 draft eligible) pitched a 32-shot shutout of the Stampede and Walker notched a power play assist on the first of Parker Ford’s (Providence commit) two goals. Walker has two goals and nine points in 11 games since returning to Sioux City following the end of his high school career at Edina.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-9-18

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ #4 Owen Sound Attack 6 (Game 3)
Western Conference Semifinals
Attack leads series 2-1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0/1 FO
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 7-3-10, +3, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 4/8 FO
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 5-3-8, -3, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Attack blew open a 2-2 knotted game in the 2nd period, reeling off four unanswered down the stretch to take their second lead of the series. The teams traded 1st period power play goals, with Kevin Hancock (2018 draft eligible) tallying for Owen Sound and Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) for the Soo. The teams then traded goals 14 seconds apart in the first minute of the 2nd period. But after that it was all Attack. Hancock paced Owen Sound with a pair of goals and Maksim Sushko (PHI, 2017 4th round pick) racked up three assists. The teams take a night off and then resume the series with Game 4 on Wednesday night at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound.

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