NA Juniors Game Night: 1-20-13
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3
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.
Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3
C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-3-3, E, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 2 Hit
Season totals: 44 GP, 17-42-59, +22, 77 PIM
Cedric Paquette assisted on all three Armada goals to extend his point streak to six games, but B-B lost to the league’s top team, 4-3. Likely 2013 top-3 picks Nathan MacKinnon (1+1) and Jonathan Druin (1 goal) paced the Mooseheads. Druin was first star in the game. Halifax leads the QMJHL by 13 points over Baie-Comeau and are 20 points ahead of the Armada, who have the fourth most points.
Ontario Hockey League
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Brampton Battalion 2
D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 2-19-21, -5, 36 PIM
Brampton allowed just 15 shots while defeating the visiting Petes, 2-1. Blujus was on the ice for the game winning goal, scored in the third period.
Guelph Storm 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3
C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 2-0-2, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 6-41-47, +17, 80 PIM
Tanner Richard (pictured) had two goals to give him three this week, which doubled his season goal totals coming into this week’s games. His second goal was scored into an empty net. His six goals are seven off his previous season high of 13. He is within one point of his career high for points in a season, set in 43 games last year.
Sarnia Sting 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
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 remains in Tampa having his shoulder evaluated. He was getting a tour of the Tampa Bay Times forum on Saturday, per Damian Cristodero of the Times.