Juniors Game Night: 2-21-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Charlottetown Islanders 2 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 18/36 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 50 GP, 25-50-75, +36, 22 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi (pictured) earns First Star for his second game in a row after he scored two goals to knot the game at 2-2 and force overtime. Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible) scored his second OT game-winner in as many games as the Mooseheads gutted out a tough two points on the road. With about 10 games left in the Halifax regular season and Somppi averaging 1.5 points/game, a 30-60-90 season is within reach for the Finn.

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ North Bay Battalion 3 (OT)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
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

After a couple games back in the lineup, Lipanov didn’t dress for Sudbury’s trip to North Bay, where the Wolves let a 2-0 lead in the 1st slip away. North Bay scored in both the 2nd and 3rd to force overtime, and then Jake Henderson (undrafted) buried the game-winner for the Battalion just 31 seconds into the extra session.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/25 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 22-35-57, +25, 36 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: 58 GP, 7-16-23, +34, 54 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Broncos handled their business at home against the Warriors, with four different players scoring for Swift Current and righty-D Artyom Minulin (2018 draft eligible) racking up three assists including the game-winning shortie by Beck Malenstyn (WAS, 2016 5th round pick).