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CHL Game Night: 2-3-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 47 GP, 32-12-44, +9, 70 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 34 GP, 29-28-57, +29, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 9/17 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 45 GP, 14-21-34, -4, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Imama and Somppi both had a goal and an assist as Saint John beat Halifax Friday, 7-4. Mathieu Joseph missed the game due to a 1-game suspension. Imama’s goal was an empty-netter right after Somppi had cut the Dogs’ lead to 6-4.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 2

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/21 FO
Season Totals: 47 GP, 15-21-36, -7, 22 PIM
With Petes: 10 GP, 3-4-7, E, 8 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 5-17-22, +5, 41 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Paquette made his return to St. Catharines and helped the Petes to a win against his former team. Matt Spencer had an assist for Peterborough and is also listed as taking (and winning) a faceoff. The Petes, coming off a collapse against Erie on Thursday, lost a 2-0 lead late, but recovered to get the win.

Owen Sound Attack 0 @ London Knights 4

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/14 FO
Season Totals: 33 GP, 18-24-42, +19, 16 PIM
With London: 11 GP, 7-7-14, +7, 2 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Flames prospect Tyler Parsons stopped all 24 shots he faced and Stephens scored on the power play late in the third as London shut out visiting Owen Sound, 4-0.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 5 @ Saskatoon Blades 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP: 3-20-23, -9, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Kings pick Austin Wagner had two goals for Regina.

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Kootenay Ice 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 2-1-3, +4, 2 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 39 GP, 28-30-58, +7, 45 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden added another three points to his season total and earned second star in the process. Moose Jaw had a 4-0 lead by the 4-minute mark of the second period. Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) had goals 39 and 40 in the win (40-40-80).

Kamloops Blazers 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 3 (SO)

G Connor Ingram, KAM: SOL, 24 saves on 26 shots
Season Totals: 31 GP, 18-9-2-1, 2.34 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram suffered his second post-regulation loss to Seattle in less than a week despite stopping 24 of 26 shots. He had 54 saves in an overtime loss to the Thunderbirds earlier in the week. The shootout Friday went nine players deep after the first two shooters for both teams scored. Ingram was 6/9 in the shootout.

KHL Game Day: 2-3-17

Magnitogorsk 5 vs. St. Petersburg 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 23-45-68, +30, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play helper and scored in 2 of his 3 attempts in the Shootout, but SKA still fell 5-4 to Magnitogorsk. Gusev played 16:44 in the match. Magnitogorsk goaltender and ex-Lightning pick Vasily Koshechkin stopped 44 of 48 in the match, but left the Shootout after Gusev scored on its first attempt. Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov backstopped the rest of the Shootout and eventually sealed the win by stopping living legend Pavel Datsyuk on SKA's 7th round.

CHL Game Night: 2-2-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/18 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 44 GP, 13-20-32, -5, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi, who was named an alternate captain of the Mooseheads this week, had an assist for Halifax. Likely top 2017 top 1-2 pick Nico Hischier had a goal and an assist.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 5 @ Peterborough Petes 4

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 10/22 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 14-28-42, +25, 8 PIM
With Erie: 10 GP, 1-8-9, +7, 0 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 10 SOG
Season Totals: 38 GP, 30-48-78, +49, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-2-3, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 10/18 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 46 GP, 15-21-36, -6, 22 PIM
With Petes: 9 GP, 3-4-7, +1, 8 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 38 GP, 5-16-21, +5, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

In a game between conference leaders and four Lightning prospects, Christopher Paquette came out as first star for the Petes with a goal and two assists. Erie won the game, however, after scoring three times in the final 12 minutes of regulation. Paquette's goal came off a deflection as he was skating through the crease. He had been robbed on a breakaway moments earlier.

NHL Game Night: 2-2-17 Senators at Lightning

Dumpster fire continues to rage unchecked.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the loss. He had one goal he probably needs back that went in off his glove. I can't fault him the rest, considering the drive by defense we saw most of the night. Still, it's a step backward after a string of quality starts by Vasilevskiy.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
3:39 TB Johnson (16), (Kucherov)
6:33 OTT Stone (17), (Smith, Ceci)
11:03 OTT Turris (18), (Hoffman, Karlsson)(PP)

Third Period
2:53 OTT Hoffman (18), (Turris, Stone)(PP)
7:46 TB Point (5), (Boyle, Palat)
9:22 OTT Stone (18), (Karlsson, Brassard)
19:35 OTT Kelly (4), (Karlsson)(EN)

Brayden Point was the game's third star. He's one of the players who needs the most vetting coming down the stretch of this lost season. He's responded well so far, and if he shows he's up to the task of playing center at the NHL level he may make Tyler Johnson expendable. Johnson, despite the goal he scored tonight, continues to make some very questionable decisions with the puck that are just infuriating to watch. He was a very good north-south player who has suddenly turned into an Old Marty St. Louis-style backward passing pain in the buttocks/liability, without the garbage time points.

At this point, we're watching the sad shell of a team that already appears to be going through the motions and anticipating their offseason tee times. I'm seeing players in position defensively but not making the extra effort to close out opposing shooters. I'm seeing board battles routinely lost by the team's best defenseman, Hedman. I'm seeing numerous mental mistakes at both bluelines with the puck by players who are just playing unfocused, careless hockey. At this point, it's clear the leadership of this team has evaporated and I've written off the chance of this team waking up until, maybe, Stamkos returns from injury. Get ready for a savagely bad next dozen or so games, at least.

Lay Down for Liljegren?

Make #2 for Makar?

Point had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 13:18. He was also 29% on 7 draws. He's been the silver lining in the past two very dreary games.

Luke Witkowski had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 10:58.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 19:09.

Gabriel Dumont was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 8:14.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 2-2-17

SaiPa 4 vs. Pelicans 6
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen scored his 3rd goal of the season in 10:38 of ice time in SaiPa's 6-4 loss to Pelicans Lahti. He was also 22% on 9 draws. SaiPa now drops 1 point behind Lukko for dead last on the Liiga table.

KHL Game Day: 2-1-17

Ufa 1 vs. St. Petersburg 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-44-67, +31, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on one of Vadim Shipachyov's three goals in SKA's 3-1 victory over Ufa. Gusev played 18:30 in the victory. He is now 4th in the KHL in scoring, tied for 3rd in assists, and tied for 3rd in plus-minus.

MHL Game Day: 2-1-17 and 2-2-17

2-1-17
Yaroslavl Jr. 4 vs. Cherepovets Jr. 1
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 29 GP, 0-0-0, E, 52 PIM

2-2-17
Yaroslavl Jr. 2 vs. Cherepovets Jr. 1
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 29 GP, 0-0-0, E, 52 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not play in Yaroslavl Jr.'s sweep of their two game set against Cherepovets Jr.

CHL Game Night: 2-1-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 46 GP, 34-25-59, +20, 44 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan scored for the sixth time in his last seven games and continues to set new career highs for himself. He’s already signed and on his way to AHL Syracuse next year (presumably).

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 46 GP, 22-18-40, +6, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

The Soo spotted Saginaw the game-opening goal, then scored the next four goals to set themselves up for a road win. Katchouk was scoreless after scoring twice in his last game.

Kitchener Rangers 1 @ London Knights 6

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/15 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 17-24-41, +19, 16 PIM
With London: 10 GP, 6-7-13, +7, 2 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

London blew open a 2-1 game with four third period goals.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Regina Pats 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 26-29-55, +3, 43 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden is quickly approaching the 30-30 mark for the season.

Kamloops Blazers 2 @ Portland Winterhawks 4

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-9-2, 2.36 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram got the night off after a 54-save performance Tuesday.

CHL Game Night: 1-31-17

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 4 (OT)

G Connor Ingram, KAM: OTL, 54 saves on 58 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-9-2, 2.36 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram got a road first star after stopping 54 shots in an overtime loss to his new BFF Mathew Barzal and Seattle. Barzal, an Islanders pick, is known for his somewhat tenuous history with Ingram. They joked about it when they were both with Team Canada.

NHL Game Night: 1-31-17 Bruins at Lightning

Lightning go meekly into that good night.

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Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the loss. His inability to make situational saves cost the Lightning dearly in this one. Short of showcasing Bishop for a trade, I don't see much purpose in feeding him starts moving forward. Vasilevskiy got rolling a little before the All-Star Break. The Lightning need to make sure of what they have in Andrei.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
8:41 TB Killorn (14), (Hedman, Johnson)
18:08 BOS Bergeron (12), (McQuaid, Marchand)
19:59 BOS Krejci (12), (Marchand, Miller)

Third Period
4:46 TB Killorn (15), (Hedman, Johnson)
7:51 BOS Chara (4), (Miller, Beleksey)
12:23 BOS Vatrano (6), (Krejci, Miller)(PP)
17:56 TB Point (4), (Hedman, Dotchin)

Alex Killorn was the game's second star.

The Lightning played a really solid first half of this game to build a 1-0 lead, and then waved the white flag of surrender for the final thirty minutes. What you witnessed was a Lightning team that lethargically gave away a couple of goals with sleepy play late in the Second Period and then played back on their heels most of the Third Period. And, even when they fell behind 3-2, they had a chance to turn the momentum of the game when Tyler Johnson did the unthinkable and passed out of a breakaway. Let me reiterate that: Tyler Johnson passed out of a breakaway. I just... what do you say about that. He passed... out of a breakaway?

Brayden Point had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:47. He also was 33% on 6 draws. You could make an argument he was the Lightning's best player in his return afer missing about a month due to injury. He's now 4 games from graduation from prospect status on the website.

Jake Dotchin had a helper, his first NHL point, and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 20:25. Re-read that minutes total. There's no more resounding an indictment of the Lightning right side defenseman situation that that.

Gabriel Dumont was +1 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 10:34. He was also 67% on 9 draws. He's been hot fire in the faceoff circles and shown a lot of hustle in his checking line role.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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