Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Charlottetown Islanders 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 8
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-2-3, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 31 GP, 20-8-28, +5, 40 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM
One day after a snowstorm forced the postponement of a Halifax-Saint John matchup the Dogs put a snowman on the board against the Islanders. Imama now has 20 goals in 31 games. He had 30 in his entire QMJHL career coming into this season (210 games). Let that sink in.
Moncton Wildcats 6 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4
C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 16/26 FO, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 28 GP, 8-14-22, -3, 18 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM
Somppi scored twice and added an assist, but it wasn’t enough for Halifax, who lost to Moncton, 6-4. Somppi’s second of the game cut the Wildcats’ lead to 5-4 at 7:58 of the third period. That was the closest they’d come. This was Somppi’s first multi-goal game since February 4 of last year. He has three 2-goal games in his brief QMJHL career.
Shawinigan Cataractes 6 @ Quebec Remparts 1
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 4 Hits
Season Totals: 28 GP, 22-17-39, +9, 32 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM
One game after putting five points on the board vs. the Sags, Yan scored once in Shawinigan’s 6-1 win in Quebec City. Yan has six goals and seven assists in six December games.
NOTE: The QMJHL is on break until December 28.
Ontario Hockey League
Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 4 (SO)
W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 31 GP, 12-15-27, -5, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM
Niagara was down 2-0, then up 3-2 late before Windsor forced overtime. The IceDogs won in a shootout. Paquette had two points in regulation, but was not one of the five shooters for Niagara in the circus. Former Bolt prospect Cristiano DiGiacinto had a goal and two assists for the Spits. The former sixth rounder has eight goals and 11 helpers in 21 games this year.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Regina Pats 7
C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 20 GP, 15-16-31, +3, 15 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM
Moose Jaw heads into the break with a 7-3 loss at the hands of the Pats, whom the Warriors upset on Friday night. Howden’s goal put Moose Jaw up 3-2 entering the third period Saturday before Regina scored five times in the final frame – none into an empty net. The Warriors gave the Pats just their third loss of the season on Friday.
NOTE: The following players are with Team Canada in preparation for the World Junior Championships: Anthony Cirelli, Taylor Raddysh, Mitchell Stephens, Connor Ingram, Mathieu Joseph. Libor Hajek is with Team Czech Republic.