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CHL Game Night: 9-21-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Maxime Cajkovic, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
18-19 Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM

The Sea Dogs improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 4-3 win over rival Moncton Saturday. Maxim Cajkovic was scoreless for the Dogs. Moncton is coached by former Lightning assistant John Torchetti.

Rimouski Oceanic 5 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 14/24 FO, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
18-19 Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM

Fortier had an assist and was second star, but they couldn’t overcome four unanswered goals by the Oceanic after the Drakkar had taken an early 1-0 lead.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 4

D Quinn Schmiemann, KAM: Did not play
Season Totals: 0-0-0, -1, 10 PIM[/i]
19-20 Totals: 58 GP, 5-23-28, -7, 30 PIM

Schmiemann did not play Saturday after being ejected Friday night for a cross-checking major and fight. His 10 penalty minutes are third in the league early in the season, oddly behind Dom Schmiemann - his brother.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-21-19 Lightning at Predators

Second choice Lightning lineup takes Predators to OT.

NSH-5 (OT)

Scott Wedgewood allowed 5 goals on 44 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
6:31 NSH Forsberg (1), (Josi, Johansen)(PP)
8:36 TB Gaunce (1), (Joseph)

Second Period
9:18 TB Verhaeghe (1), (Cirelli)
12:09 NSH Tolvanen (1), (Wilkens, Ekholm)

Third Period
4:32 TB Cernak (1), (Gaunce, Stephens)
13:32 NSH Arvidsson (1), (Duchene, Johansen)(PP)
14:18 TB Verhaeghe (2), (C. Foote)
19:56 NSH Duchene (1), (Arvidsson, Josi)

1:39 NSH Pitlick (1), (unassisted)

This was a large contingent of the Lightning's Syracuse Crunch affiliate pitted against Nashville's NHL'ers, which resulted in a 44-21 shot disparity for the good guys. Still, they came within just 4 seconds of stealing the victory.

Once again, fairly obvious that Dominik Masin (23:02) and Alexander Volkov (21:14) are getting an extended look from the coaching staff. Expect Carter Verhaeghe to continue to work his way into the discussion, too, after having 2 goals and a team high 5 shots tonight.

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CHL Game Night: 9-20-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Maxim Cajkovic, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
18-19 Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM

Cajkovic and the Sea Dogs started their season on the right … paw? … with a 4-3 win over the QMJHL and Memorial Cup runners-up from last season. The Sea Dogs won only 13 games last year. Cajkovic has the skill and role - and hopefully teammates - to have a big season this year.

Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 (SO)

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 9/17 FO, 0 Hits
18-19 Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM

Drakkar captain Gabe Fortier opened his 2019-2020 season with a primary helper on B-C’s only goal in a 1-1 tie against Rimouski. The Drakkar were able to keep likely 2020 No. 1 overall pick Alexis Lafreniere off the scoresheet - at least in “normal” hockey. He scored in the shootout. So did Fortier, though, as B-C’s first shooter. They’d add another to win the shootout 2-1, too.

Rimouski is without Lightning prospect Radim Salda, who finished last season with the Oceanic and can still play in juniors. The 2018 seventh-rounder went home to the Czech Republic this season after spending the previous two in the Q (Saint John, Rimouski). He’s with HC Stadion Litomerice in the Czech second league and has an assist in four games played.

Western Hockey League

Spokane Chiefs 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 3

D Quinn Schmiemann, KAM: 0-0-0, -1, 20 PIM, 2 SOG
19-20 Totals: 58 GP, 5-23-28, -7, 30 PIM

Schmiemann’s season-opener went a bit awry when he was charged with a major for cross-checking, subsequently got in a fight, then was ejected. The Lightning 2019 sixth-rounder has a chance to hit 40 points this season if he can maintain a prominent role on the backline. Eli Zummack, fresh off playing for the Lightning in the Nashville prospect showcase and in the early days of NHL camp, had two assists for the Chiefs.

Note: Nolan Foote (Kelowna) remains with the Lightning though he’s expected to be assigned to the Rockets as soon as next week.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-20-19 Predators at Lightning

Lightning offense breaks its slumber in Third Period comeback win.


Curtis McElhinney allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the win.

First Period
15:32 NSH Jarnkrok (1), (Bonino, Turris)(PP)

Second Period

Third Period
9:30 TB Volkov (1), (Verhaeghe, Yan)(PP)
19:21 TB Kucherov (1), (Palat, Johnson)
19:44 TB Kucherov (2), (Palat)(EN)

Nikita Kucherov, Alexander Volkov and McElhinney were the game's three stars.

Shots were even at 32-32 for the game. Note the significant ice time for Volkov (again) and Carter Verhaeghe as well as a lot of ice time for righty defenseman prospect Ben Thomas (20:30). In all three cases, chronologically older prospects that should be among the next in line for spots in Tampa Bay, if in the cards.

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