Juniors Game Night: 11-24-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Charlottetown Islanders 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 21/30 FO
Season Totals: 17 GP, 8-15-23, +18, 12 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi was part of both goals scored by the Mooseheads, potting a power play marker just shy of six minutes into the game, and followed by the primary assist on Maxime Fortier’s shorthanded goal with about ninety seconds left in the 1st. The Islanders’ Pierre-Olivier Joseph (Coyotes 2017 1st round pick) knotted the game at 2-2 with just eight seconds left in regulation and then Nikita Alexandrov (2019 draft eligible) netted the OT game-winner just 27 seconds into the extra session. Somppi also took 31 faceoffs, winning 70% of them.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 22-16-38, +24, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk (pictured) scored two goals and four points, earning Second Star honors, as the Greyhounds put up a snowman at home against the Rangers. Katchouk now leads the OHL in goals, short-handed goals, game-winning goals, and is one off the lead in plus-minus.

Barrie Colts 4 @ Guelph Storm 5 (OT)

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/16 FO
Season Totals: 20 GP, 8-10-18, +6, 2 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov returned to the lineup after missing a couple of games, scoring the Colts’ third goal. Barrie never trailed until Storm forward Cedric Ralph (undrafted) scored the OT game-winner 55 seconds into the extra session. The Colts had leads of 1-0, 3-1, and 4-3, pelting Guelph netminder Anthony Popovich (undrafted) with 44 shots. Yet, the Storm battled back at each juncture, giving the nearly 4,400 fans at Sleeman Centre plenty to cheer about.

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 0

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 8-2-10, -11, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Peterborough blanked the Wolves and goalie Dylan Wells (Oilers 2016 5th round pick) stopped 24 Sudbury shots. Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Petes. Paquette took zero faceoffs after a downward trend the last few games of taking fewer and fewer.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 3 @ Vancouver Giants 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 5-18-23, +5, 20 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote assisted on two of Kelowna’s three goals, including Flames prospect Dillon Dube’s 3rd period game-winning power play marker.

Brandon Wheat Kings 5 @ Saskatoon Blades 6

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 7-13-20, -13, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek scored one and assisted on another, giving him 20 points in just 24 games and the first Blades blueliner since Duncan Siemens (2009-2013) to score 20+ points in 3 straight seasons. Hajek is on pace to eclipse his 2016-17 point totals in about one-third of the games. The Blades scored five 3rd period goals after falling behind 4-1 in the first two frames. Both Saskatoon and Brandon was paced by overaged and undrafted Braylon Shmyr and Evan Weinger, respective, who each put up three goals and four points.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 3 @ Madison Capitols 1

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 5-5-10, -1, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

Guttman scored the game-winner in the 3rd period as the Fighting Saints went on to beat the Capitols 3-1. Guttman earn 3rd Star honors for his efforts.

Tri-City Storm 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2 (OT)

RW Sammy Walker, SC: Did Not Play
Season Totals (SC): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 20 GP, 16-25-41, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Musketeers dropped an OT heartbreaker to the Storm, and Walker missed his third consecutive game. Minnesota-Duluth commit Charlie Dovorany scored the OT game-winner for Tri-City.