Juniors Game Night: 1-12-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Charlottetown Islander 2 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 13/28 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 12-36-48, +30, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi continues sneezing out assists, as the Mooseheads win in overtime to claim both sets of the home-and-home series with Charlottetown. After 40 minutes of scoreless, hockey, Sompii assisted on Raphael Lavoie’s (2019 draft eligible) opening marker. The Islanders would strike back with two 3rd period goals of their own to take 2-1 lead. But Halifax would knot the game on a power play goal by Jake Ryczek (CHI, 2016 7th round pick) with just 39 seconds left in the game, with Somppi credited with the primary assist. Lavoie would notch his 2nd of the game with the OT game-winner 2:35 into the extra session.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 30-21-51, +34, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (SSM): 2 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 19-29-48, +12, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk scored twice, once on the power play, to pace the Greyhounds in the victory over the Attack. He opened the scoring to give the Greyhounds a modest 1-0 lead after the 1st. Sault Ste. Marie would run up three more goals, including Katchouk’s 30th of the season, a power play goal early in the 3rd and the Greyhounds’ 4th goal. Owen Sound would close the gap in the 3rd with two power play markers of their own, before Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) would score another power play goal for the Greyhounds late in the 3rd. Raddysh tallied two assists, one on Katchouk’s game opener, and the other on Frost’s power play goal at the end of the game. With this game, Katchouk is at the midpoint of the number of games he played last season, and he is on pace for a 60 goal, 100+ point season. Together Frost and Katchouk lead the OHL in six different offensive categories.

Mississauga Steelheads 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 12/23 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 2 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-18-29, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 12-18-30, +6, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

It might be a long rest of the season for Alexey Lipanov. A night after a 10-1 thrashing at the hands of Barrie, the Wolves were doubled up by the Steelheads. Lipanov scored the game’s opening goal, a power play tally just 4:26 into the 1st, and Sudbury followed it up with Drake Pilon’s (undrafted) first of two goals of the game to give the Wolves an early 2-0 lead. But Mississauga would strike back with three straight goals, before Pilon would strike again for the Wolves. The team’s went into the 2nd intermission knotted at 3-3, but once again the Steelheads would score three straight for the 6-3 win. Cole Carter (undrafted), just traded by Kitchener, and Michael McLeod (NJD, 2016 1st round pick), WJC Canadian Gold medal winner, would pace Mississauga with two goals apiece.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Libor Hajek has been given time off by the Regina Pats after the trade from Saskatoon.

Kelowna Rockets 6 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-3-3, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, “First Star*
Season Totals: 32 GP, 7-27-34, +13, 20 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote backed up last game’s First Star with another First Star performance, notching three power play assists helping the Rockets to 6 goals on 42 shots against the Thunderbirds. Foote assisted on both of Carsen Twarynski’s (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) power play goals, and on Leif Mattson’s (undrafted) power play marker.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 8

C Brett Howden, MJ: 3-2-5, +6, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 6/13 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 16-20-36, +20, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 43 GP, 7-11-18, +32, 46 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden finally returned to the Moose Jaw lineup after strong performance winning gold for the Canadians at the WJCs, and showed why he is one of the best players in the league. Howden netted a hat trick, five points, and a +6 rating en route to First Star honors and another Warriors snowman on the scoreboard. Colten Kehler (undrafted) scored both Oil Kings goals, and WHL goal scoring leader Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) also had a hat trick and five points for the Warriors and Ryan Peckford (2018 draft eligible) had three assists. Due to injuries and the WJCs, this was just Howden’s 21st game of the season.

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 6 @ Lincoln Stars 2

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 0-11-11, +13, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

The Lancers and Stars combined for 160 minutes in penalties including 32 PIM to Christian Krygier (2018 draft eligible, Wisconsin commit), and 25 PIM each to Mason Klee (uncommited) and Jack Randl (2018 draft eligible, Michigan commit). Omaha got goals from six different players.