Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Quebec Remparts 2
W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM (interference), 4 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 2 PIM
Kucherov (pictured, LaPresse photo) was back in the Remparts lineup and earned the primary assist on both Quebec’s goals. The Remparts came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Olympiques, 2-1. Coach Patrick Roy seems to be rotating his three import players (teams can only play two). Today, Sabres first rounder Mikhail Grigorenko sat in the press box while Kucherov and Nick Sorensen (2013) played. Roy will eventually have to trade one, unless the lockout ends and Grigorenko bolts to the NHL. Grigorenko has 24 points in 15 games this season. Sorensen has 14 in 15.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 4 @ Brampton Battalion 1
D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (tripping, slashing)
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-5-6, -10, 18 PIM
Brampton scored just one goal for the second straight game – both big losses. On Sunday they outshot visiting Sarnia, 31-15, but gave up four goals. Montreal first rounder Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and two assists for Steven Stamkos’ former junior club.
Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 5
D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-2-3, E, 14 PIM
Chris Marchese (undrafted) had two goals for Windsor. Dotchin has one point in his last 13 games and none in his last four.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Guelph Storm 2
C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, +1, 9 PIM (boarding, instigating, fighting)
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-17-19, +6, 36 PIM
Richard extended his point streak to 11 games with a third period assist. The game was chippy, to say the least, and Richard was in the middle of it again. He was suspended earlier this year for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of a game. Today he started a fight in the second period. Richard continues to lead the OHL in assists (tied with Nick Cousins of the Soo) and he’s seventh in penalty minutes, 10 behind Oshawa’s Scott Sabourin. You don’t see the assist-PIM combination too often.
Peterborough Petes 3 @ Oshawa Generals 2 (SO)
D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-9-11, -6, 12 PIM
Are the Petes turning the corner? Peterborough, who has struggled for much of the season, won their second straight game after five straight one-goal defeats. They’re playing competitive hockey and were rewarded with two wins this weekend. Slater Koekkoek has points in three straight games. The Petes’ captain is second on the team in scoring.