We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Bolt Prospect of the Week for November 11, 2014 is … Cedric Paquette, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL – USA).
Don’t get in the way of Dump Truck. This applies to AHL and NHL defensemen, or anyone in Cedric Paquette’s developmental path.
The hard-nosed center with the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t supposed to be crashing through the NHL door yet. The prospect we affectionately nicknamed “Dump Truck” (because dump trucks aren’t pretty or fast, but dump trucks are strong and do the hard work) is in just the second year of his 3-year, entry-level contract.
Missouri Mavericks 5 at Wichita Thunder 2
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-1-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 6 GP, 2-3-5, +2, 8 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -6, 9 PIM, 5 SOG
Mavericks goalie John Griggs stopped 40 Wichita shots and cruised to a 5-2 road victory over the Thunder. Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier was credited with a power play helper on Wichita's first goal. The Thunder hits the road for a two night stand in Rapid City on Tuesday and Wednesday.
No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 2.12 GAA, .913 sv%, 2 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
Minnesota completed their weekend sweep of the Irish, winning 4-2 on Sunday. They shut out Notre Dame on Friday night. For his career at Minnesota, Wilcox is 58-15-11 with a 1.94 goals against average, .926 save percentage, and nine shutouts.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4 (OT)
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 7/21 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 11 GP: 1-7-8, -3, 10 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Darcy continues to struggle to put points on the board. He led the team in scoring last season.
Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Quebec Remparts 5 (OT)
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 15 GP, 14-11-25, +13, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Erne was named first star for the second consecutive game after scoring twice and adding an assist on Friday night. He had a secondary assist on Sunday’s overtime-winning goal by Cody Donaghey (undrafted).
Ontario Hockey League
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Oshawa Generals 6
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 3-5-8, -7, 33 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Peterborough was only outshot 40-35, but goaltending was the difference at both ends. Islanders first rounder Michael Dal Colle had two goals for the Gens.
Lightning keep it rolling.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 20 shots before stonewalling 3 of 3 in the penalty shot session for the SO win. That might be as in control as I've ever seen Ben play in a shootout situation. It made up for a couple of goals by Helm and Nyquist where I thought he could've done a little better, especially on the unscreened Helm chance.
6:14 DET Franzen (4), (Kronwall, Nyquist)(PP)
12:53 TB Stamkos (9), (Filppula, Callahan)(PP)
2:19 Stamkos (10), (Callahan)
6:02 TB Johnson (5), (Palat)
11:37 DET Helm (1), (Franzen, Kronwall)(PP)
8:49 DET Nyquist (8), (Ericsson)
For most of the night, despite the Lightning being on the back end of the back-to-back, they seemed in total control at 5-on-5. Detroit's power play kept them in the game and allowed the Wings to make a push and tie the game in the Third Period, but it honestly felt like a game where the Lightning deserved the 2 points, outshooting Detroit 30-20.
Halfway through this 10 game segment, the Lightning already have 10 of the 12 points, minimum, you'd like to see them collect. They have a prime opportunity over the next 5 games to pick up a big handful of insurance points that can help them in the leaner times of the season.
Cedric Paquette had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and was 63% on draws in 10:57. His tripping call ended up being a big one, as it led to the Helm goal that let Detroit back into the game at 3-2.
Jonathan Drouin had 1 shot in 13:08. He nearly won the game late in Overtime in a wraparound attempt where he got his stick held (uncalled) on the rebound.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 12:00. He had moments in the Third Period when he was an eyelash of producing the game breaking play the Lightning needed to take the game in regulation. He certainly didn't embarrass himself in Uncle Slava's old stomping grounds.