NA Juniors Game Night: 1-18-13
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2
W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play.
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM
Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov remains out of the Huskies lineup following the World Junior Championships. He is battling a minor injury sustained when he fell during the WJCs.
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 1
C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 42 GP, 17-38-55, +21, 77 PIM
Cedric Paquette had two assists and was named the game’s first star after the Armada beat the Tigres in Victoriaville on Friday night. Paquette has points in four straight games – the third time this season he’s had a point streak of at least four games.
Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 1
D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 33 GP, 5-22-27, +14, 24 PIM
Artem Sergeev assisted on former Lightning prospect camper Brandon Hynes’ first period goal to give Sergeev points in 11 of his last 12 games. Sergeev tied his career high for points in a season at 27, set two years ago in 64 games.
Ontario Hockey League
Brampton Battalion 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 4 (SO)
D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 2-19-21, -6, 34 PIM
Dylan Blujus had a power play assist on Brampton’s third goal, which enabled the visiting Battalion to force overtime. The Rangers prevailed in a six-round shootout, 1-0. Blujus did not participate in the shootout.
Barrie Colts 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 3 (SO)
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 4-12-16, -1, 47 PIM
With Barrie: 5 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 8 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM
Jake Dotchin scored for the second straight game, but Barrie fell in a shootout in Sudbury. Like last game, Dotchin’s goal came on the power play, an encouraging sign for prospect followers who wanted to see him in more offense-friendly situations.
Guelph Storm 6 @ Ottawa 67’s 0
C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 33 GP, 4-41-45, +15, 72 PIM
Tanner Richard (pictured) scored shorthanded – his fourth goal of the year – to start the game, then added two assists later and earned first star as Guelph crushed Ottawa, 6-0. Richard is within three points of his career high for points in a season (48), set last year in 43 games. His career high for goals in a year is 13. Richard has 10 points in his last six games, including five in his last three.
Windsor Spitfires 5 @ London Knights 2
D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM
Slater Koekkoek skated this week despite an injured shoulder, but The Windsor Star reported the Lightning flew him to Florida for the weekend to have the shoulder examined. The Lightning want to clear him to play before he returns to the ice. The Spits are 4-0-0-1 in their last five games and are four points from escaping the West Division cellar.