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Juniors Game Night: 12-17-17

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Erie) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 5

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 4/6 FO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 10-4-14, -18, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Former Maple Leaf prospect Nikita Korostelev scored twice for the Petes, but the Bulldogs lit the lamp four times in the first period and cruised to a 5-2 victory over a struggling Peterborough team. As one-time East Division leaders, the Petes are now winless in their last five, and have only won three games in their last 10. Meanwhile, Hamilton, the now East Division leader, has won five straight and 8 of their last ten, and only the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds with a 20 game win streak is hotter in the OHL.

Juniors Game Night: 12-16-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 13/19 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-25-36, +25, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

After the Mooseheads and Screaming Eagles exchanged a pair of goals, sixteen-year-old Xavier Parent (2019 draft eligible) notched his 8th goal of the season in what would be the game winner. Somppi collected his 25th assist of the season on a Patrick Kyte (undrafted) goal, eclipsing last year’s total of 24 in 33 fewer games, on pace for about an 80-point season.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Erie) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 3

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 11-17-28, +10, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Three times the Ice Dogs drew within a goal of the Colts after Barrie jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Aaron Luchuk (undrafted), acquired Thursday from the Windsor Spitfires, scored the opening goal, his 3rd goal and 5th point for the Colts since the trade.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw) and Cal Foote (Kelowna) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

** Note: Libor Hajek is away from his team (Saskatoon) attending the Team Czech Republic's WJC Selection Camp in Niagara Falls, Ont, and is expected to make the final team roster.

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 20 GP, 13-18-31, +14, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 6-10-16, +25, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (undrafted) notched a 5-point night and both Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) and Vince Loschiavo (undrafted) scored 2 goals each as the Warriors put up a touchdown on the Wheat Kings.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Nick Perbix and Cole Guttman are away from their respective USHL teams this week for the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Minnesota State High School League

Eden Prairie Eagles 1 @ Edina Hornets 7

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-3-3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 7 GP, 3-11-14, 2 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker (pictured) doled out three assists, two on the power play, Liam Malmquist (uncommitted) tallied a hat trick, and Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit) as the Hornets put up a touchdown on the Eagles. Edina’s next game is Tuesday (Dec 20th) against the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders.

NHL Game Night: 12-16-17 Lightning at Avalanche

Lightning make garbage time more exciting than necessary.

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Peter Budaj allowed 5 goals on 37 shots for the win. I wasn't in love with a couple of goals he gave up in garbage time to make this one more interesting than necessary. He did really come through with some situational saves late in the game, but that wasn't a Picasso by Budaj. Dogs Playing Poker, perhaps.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
9:11 TB Kucherov (23), (Hedman, Gourde)
9:30 TB Stralman (3), (Johnson, Sergachev)
11:22 TB Hedman (3), (Kucherov, Dotchin)
13:21 TB Gourde (10), (Killorn, Conacher)
14:16 COL Landeskog (11), (Yakupov, Zadorov)

Third Period
2:29 TB Stralman (4), (Gourde, Point)
4:58 COL Landeskog (12), (Barrie, MacKinnon)
7:17 COL Landeskog (13), (Barrie, Rantanen)(PP)
9:22 COL MacKinnon (14), (Barrie, Landeskog)(PP)
11:32 TB Sergachev (8), (Palat, Stralman)
14:14 COL MacKinnon (15), (Zadorov, Landeskog)

Anton Stralman and Victor Hedman were the game's second and third stars.

I applaud the ruthlessness of the Lightning's Second Period performance to establish the three goal lead after 40 minutes. That's typically a death sentence for the team that trails and that was the case again tonight. I don't applaud the mix of sloppiness, iffy goaltending, and creative officiating that led to that wild and eventful Third Period. I just hope that final frame doesn't foreshadow some bad performances down the road. There's peaks and valleys over the course of a season, and the Lightning have been on a peak for the last little while.

Yanni Gourde had 1 goal and 2 assists and was +1 with 2 shots in 15:35. He was also 50% on 6 draws.

Jake Dotchin had a helper and was a gaudy +4 with 3 shots, 5 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 17:37.

Mikhail Sergachev had the GWG and was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:37.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-16-17 Crunch at Phantoms

Rough Second Period snaps Crunch winning streak.

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Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
17:53 SYR Peca (4), (Joseph, Cernak)

Second Period
11:44 LV Conner (5), (Varone, Martel)
14:48 LV Knight (6), (O'Neill, Aube-Kubel)
16:32 LV Carey (15), (Lindblom, Conner)(PP)

Third Period
12:55 SYR Lynch (7), (Verhaeghe, Volkov)
14:17 LV Martel (16), (Knight, Aube-Kubel)

The Crunch got the 1-0 lead after 20 minutes and you just kind of expected them to win again. But, in the end, they have a bad middle frame and get outshot 33-24. All good things come to an end. Time to start another winning streak next time out.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-15-17 Bruins at Crunch

Double digits winning streak.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the victory. Goal support is a beautiful thing.

First Period
2:13 PRO Blidh (5), (unassisted)(SH)
3:18 SYR Verhaeghe (7), (Cirelli, Masin)
3:39 PRO Hennessy (4), (Acolatse, Zboril)
11:20 SYR Erne (7), (Bodie)
12:33 SYR Bournival (8), (Masin, Peca)
15:27 SYR Erne (8), (Peca, Bournival)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
5:04 SYR Lynch (6), (Cernak, Bournival)
11:56 PRO Senyshyn (5), (Blidh, Cave)

Adam Erne, Michael Bournival, and Domink Masin were the game's three stars. At Bolt Prospects, we love us some Dom Masin.

Syracuse runs their winning streak to 10 games with the victory. Long may it run.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-16-17

World Junior A Challenge

USA U19 1 @ Canada West U19 5

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The USA U19 team will have to settle for Silver in the 2017 World Junior A Challenge six-team tournament, as the Canada West U19 scored 5 goals on just 19 shots to win the tourney’s Gold Medal. Canada West netminder Zach Rose (undrafted) stopped 35 of 36 shots fired by the Americans in a spectacular effort. The Canadians got goals from 5 different players including the game opening shorthanded marker from future Cole Guttman University of Denver teammate Brendan Budy (2018 draft eligible, Denver commit). After Angus Crookshank (2018 draft eligible, New Hampshire commit) and Corey Andonovski (undrafted, Princeton commit) gave the Canada West team a 3-0 advantage, the Americans opted for goaltending change, bringing in Ryan Bischel (undrafted, Clarkson commit) for Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit), who allowed 3 goals on just 12 shots. USA would respond to the change in net, as Jack Drury (2018 draft eligible, Harvard commit), the son and nephew of ex-NHL’ers Ted and Chris Drury, would draw the Americans within two with a power play goal. It would be the Americans’ only goal, as Rose shut the door for the remainder of the game. Ross Armour (undrafted, Bemidji State commit) and sixteen year old Dylan Holloway (2020 draft eligible, Wisconsin commit) provided insurance markers for the Canadians during the 3rd period, as Bishel allowed 2 goals on 7 shots.

Nick Perbix finished the tournament pointless in 5 games for USA, and Cole Guttman scored one goal in 4 games.

In Friday's consolation game action, the Czech Republic U19 team claimed Bronze in a 4-2 victory over the Russia U18 squad. The Canada East U19 team defeated the Swiss U18 club 3-2 in OT to finish 5th in the tourney.

Canada WJC Selects Four Bolt Prospects

Hockey Canada made their final cuts for their 2018 World Juniors Cup squad Friday night, and all four Lightning prospects invited to this past week’s Selection Camp made the team. No other NHL team has more than two prospects represented on the Canadian WJC team.

Representing the Lightning on Team Canada are forwards Taylor Raddysh (OHL Erie Otters), Boris Katchouk (OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), and Brett Howden (WHL Moose Jaw Warriors), along with defenseman Cal Foote (WHL Kelowna Rockets). Canada will play exhibition games against the Czech Republic on Wednesday (Dec 20) in London, Ont., and Switzerland on Friday (Dec 22) in Hamilton. Their first WJC tournament game is in Buffalo, N.Y., on Boxing Day (Dec 26).

Juniors Game Night: 12-15-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Arcadie-Bathurst Titan 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 14/21 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 26 GP, 11-24-35, +25, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads rolled out a 5-0 lead by the 2nd intermission behind a pair of assists by Somppi (pictured) on goals by Patrick Kyte (undrafted) and Arnaud Durandeau (NYI 2017 6th round pick). Sompii earned First Star honors, and Halifax had five different goal scorers on the way to the 5-2 victory. Sompii’s +27 is good for 2nd in the league in plus-minus behind Titan blueliner Adam Holwell (undrafted)

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Erie) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Barrie Colts 4 @ Erie Otters 3

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 10/16 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 11-17-28, +9, 8 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Cade Robinson (undrafted) scored twice for the Otters but the Colts rallied from a 3-0 mid-game deficit, getting four straight goals from different players to squeak out a gutsy road win.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Oshawa Generals 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals: 28 GP, 10-4-14, -17, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Generals got a hat trick from Hayden McCool (undrafted) and two more goals from Matt Brassard (VAN 2017 7th round pick) as Oshawa doubled up the Petes 6-3 at home in the Tribute Communities Centre in front of 4500+ fans. Paquette assisted on Peterborough’s first goal just seconds before the end of the 1st from Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible).

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw) and Cal Foote (Kelowna) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

** Note: Libor Hajek is away from his team (Saskatoon) attending the Team Czech Republic's WJC Selection Camp in Niagara Falls, Ont, and is expected to make the final team roster.

Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 20 GP, 13-18-31, +14, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 6-10-16, +22, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Jermaine Loewen (undrafted) scored a couple of late 3rd period goals for the Blazers to ice a 3-2 nail biter for Kamloops. Brayden Burke (undrafted) scored with 33 seconds left in the first to give the Blazers a 3-2 lead over the Warriors, and two teams battled until Loewen provided the late insurance for the Kamloops victory. Sosunov assisted on Moose Jaw’s first goal of the game by Tanner Jeannot (undrafted).

United States Hockey League

** Note: Nick Perbix (Omaha) and Cole Guttman (Dubuque) are away from their respective USHL teams this week for the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Minnesota State High School League

Grand Rapids Thunderhawks 0 @ Edina Hornets 11 (Thursday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 6 GP, 3-8-11, 2 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker notched a goal and assist as the Hornets leveraged a seven goal 2nd period to rout the Thunderhawks 11-0. Edina was paced by the two goals and three points of Liam Malmquist (uncommitted) and the 7 shot shutout by Hornet netminder Garrett Mackay (uncommitted). Edina’s next game is Saturday (Dec 16th) against the Eden Prairie Eagles.

Crunch Beat Bruins for 10th Straight Win


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch’s winning streak has hit double digits.

The Crunch went ahead 4-2 in a wild first period and kept the Bruins from gaining any momentum, as Syracuse beat Providence 5-3 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday for its 10th straight victory. The loss also snaps the Bruins’ eight-game winning streak.

For Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, his team coming back from a pair of one-goal deficits early shows how much confidence his players have.

“I really like the fact we didn’t panic,” Groulx said. “They made two good plays on the first two goals. We fumbled the puck on the power play and then they made a good play down low, but we stuck with it and we bounced back right away.”

NHL Game Night: 12-14-17 Lightning at Coyotes

Halfway to the playoffs.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 33 shots for the victory. Fairly typical Vasilevskiy game. Made the odd situational save early to allow his team to run out to a lead and then handled his business through garbage time to the finish line.

First Period
11:30 TB Namestnikov (13), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
12:11 TB Point (14), (Palat, Johnson)

Second Period
6:11 TB Kucherov (22), (Hedman)
11:28 AZ Keller (12), (Stepan, Perlini)(PP)

Third Period
0:31 TB Johnson (8), (Point, Stralman)

Brayden Point, Tyler Johnson, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

That was men against boys. It was a 4-1 game, and that's with Antti Raanta playing a pretty darned good game. It could've been a lot worse for Arizona. The Lightning got 46 shots on goal and a slew of scoring chances. Arizona just doesn't have the level of organization and confidence to deal with the speed, skill, and precision of this Lightning team. They had no chance. None. It's a far cry from the Lightning's trip to the desert a year ago that seemed to all but bury the team's playoff hopes about 50 games into the campaign or so.

The win tonight kicks off the fourth 10-game segment of the season with a win. Good start. And, it happens to give the Lightning 48 points, which puts them halfway to the minimum 96 points you target to make it to the postseason comfortably. Again, it's a remarkable contract to where this team was the last time they were in Arizona a year ago.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:21.

Yanni Gourde had 3 shots and was 40% on 10 draws in 16:26. He's traded spots with Johnson moving down to third line center.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 21:48 of big time ice time. That's a nice number. Dotchin being able to eat minutes just makes the Lightning so incredibly good.

Mikhail Sergachev was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 4 shots, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 17:37.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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