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Juniors Game Night: 2-11-18

Sunday night results...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/23 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 47 GP, 21-47-68, +35, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi (pictured) scored twice in the span of 18 seconds, opening the scoring with a power play goal just 5:09 in the game, and then following it with what would be the eventual game-winner. Maxime Fortier (CLB, FA ELC) scored twice and blueliner Jared McIssac (2018 draft eligible) had four assists. It’s was Somppi’s 20th and 21st of the season, blowing by the 20-goal mark for the first time in his North American career. Somppi is still 3rd in the QMJHL in points and assists, and 2nd in the league in plus-minus. It is interesting to note that Ondrej Palat’s 19 y.o. season saw him total 17-23-40 in 59 games, which is eerily close to Somppi’s numbers last season. In Palat’s 20 y.o. season, he skyrocketed to 39-57-96 and +37 in 61 games. Halifax has 13 regular season game remaining, which should give Somppi 60 total games played. He won’t come close to Palat’s 39 goals (projecting Somppi at ~27), but he should eclipse Palat’s assist numbers (projecting Somppi at ~60) for total projected points of around 87. A little off Palat’s numbers, but definitely in the ballpark. Palat was an incredible 2-way forward find as a 7th rounder, and we may very well be seeing Somppi developing as that next late round 2-way gem from Al Murray & Company.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/4 FO
Season Totals: 45 GP, 35-31-66, +37, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/6 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 14 GP, 11-9-20, +7, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 26-38-64, +17, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Hamilton, the OHL Eastern Conference’s best team, broke open an 1-1 tie after the 1st intermission with four 2nd period goals led by Matthew Strome (PHI, 2017 4th round pick) and MacKenzie Entwistle (ARI, 2017 3rd round pick) who each had a goal and two assists in that period. Both players also assisted on Benjamin Gleason’s (undrafted) opening goal in the first period, giving both players 4 points on the night. Katchouk scored on the power play in the 1st to knot the score at one-all.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Sarnia Sting 5

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 11 GP, 2-2-4, -9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 13-21-34, E, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov was out of the lineup for the third straight game, as Sarnia rallied from a 4-2 first period deficit, getting goals from Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) and Jonathan Ang (FLA, 2016 4th round pick) down the stretch to squeak the victory. The Sting were paced by Ang and Connor Schlichting (undrafted) who both had a goal and two assists in the contest. No word yet on whether Lipanov has been a healthy scratch getting off to a slow start with the Cory Stillman coached Wolves since the deadline trade from Barrie, or if he is injured.

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Oshawa Generals 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/21 FO
Season Totals: 49 G, 14-10-24, -31, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette had a pair of assists on both Nick Robertson (2020 draft eligible) goals early as part of a 3-0 lead built by the Petes. But the Generals pushed back with five 2nd period goals led by Danil Antropov (2019 draft eligible) and Jack Studnicka (BOS, 2017 2nd round pick). Former Maple Leafs prospect Nikita Korostelev and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (2018 draft eligible) twice drew the Petes back within a goal, but Allan McShane (2018 draft eligible) sealed the Oshawa victory with his 2nd goal of the game late in the 3rd period.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 2 (SO)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 13 GP, 3-4-7, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 12-21-32, -10, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Nolan Maier (undrafted) stopped 38 Regina shots and then turned aside five shooters to almost single-handedly squeak out the two points for the Hajek’s old team.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Des Moines Buccaneers 1 @ Omaha Lancers 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 1-16-17, +16, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Michigan commit Jack Randl (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Lancers as Omaha cruised to victory against the Bucs from Des Moines.

Juniors Game Night: 2-10-18

Saturday night results...

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Erie Otters 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 34-31-65, +40, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/4 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 13 GP, 11-9-20, +10, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 26-38-64, +20, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh scored just 10 seconds into the game to serve notice that this game wouldn’t be like the last time the Otters tangled with the Soo. But it was Hayden Verbeek (undrafted) and Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) that delivered the notice. Verbeek notched his 19th and 20th goals of the season, and Gettinger tallying his 29th of the season. Both players racked up three points and were +4 in the Greyhounds victory.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ London Knights 5

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 11 GP, 2-2-4, -9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 13-21-34, E, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov was out of the lineup for the second straight game, as Sudbury’s one game win streak was short-lived after blowing a 3-2 lead late in the 2nd period. The Knights got goals from five different players, including the 3-3 equalizer from Billy Moskal (2018 draft eligible) with 43 seconds left in the 2nd period. David Levin (2018 draft eligible) scored again and Kirill Nizhnikov (2018 draft eligible) had a goal and an assist to lead the Wolves to that 3-2 lead.

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 15/23 FO
Season Totals: 48 G, 14-8-22, -31, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes finally broke a 10-game winless streak on the back of goaltender Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016 5th rounder), who made 47 saves on 50 North Bay shots and turned aside both Battalion shooters in the shootout. Former Maple Leafs prospect Nikita Korostelev paced Peterborough with a goal and an assist and scored in the shootout. Matthew Struthers (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for North Bay.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 3 @ Victoria Royals 4 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 45 GP, 14-36-50, +20, 38 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Royals rallied from a 3-2 third period deficit behind Noah Gregor’s (SJS, 2016 4th rounder) equalizer on the power play, and Tanner Kaspick’s (STL, 2016 4th round pick) power play OT game-winner. Gregor and Kaspick had two goals each for Victoria as they swept the back-to-back series against Kelowna at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria. Cal Foote assisted on a Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) 1st period power play goal, and added a goal of his own later in the 1st to help give the Rockets a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Regina Pats 4
D Libor Hajek, REG: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals (REG): 12 GP, 3-4-7, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 12-21-32, -10, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek opened the scoring just four minutes into the game, and then notched the primary assist on Sam Steel’s (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) game winning power play marker in the 2nd period. Max Paddock (undrafted) made 33 saves to pace the Pats to victory.

Kootenay Ice 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

C Brett Howden, MJ: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/15 FO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 20-29-49, +21, 30 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 53 GP, 7-15-22, +33, 52 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brody Willms (undrafted) pitched his second shutout in as many games, following up a 20-save shutout of Lethbridge with a 15-save shutout against Kootenay. Howden scored his 19th and 20th of the season and added an assist to pace the Warriors along with Brayden Burke’s (undrafted) two goal, three-point performance. Sosunov notched the primary assist on Burke’s 2nd period tally.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 3 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 2

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 1-16-17, +17, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix (pictured) assisted on one of Brendan Furry’s two goals in regulation, and then scored the shootout game winner to give the Lancers a gutsy road win.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 3 @ Minnetonka Skippers 5

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-0-2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 23 GP, 27-28-55, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Edina-Minnetonka Lake Conference rivalry hit another level in this 3rd meeting between the two teams. The Skippers won the first meeting on Boxing Day when the Hornets fell in the first round of the prestigious Schwann’s Cup holiday tournament on campus of the University of Minnesota. Two weeks ago, Edina exacted revenge when they put a snowman on the board at home at the Braemar Ice Arena. This third match took place at the Pagel Activity Center in Minnetonka with both team’s trading power play markers in the first period from the mitts of Jack Bayless (uncommitted) and Sammy Walker. After a scoreless 2nd period, Bayless scored his 2nd of the game for the Skippers and opened a three-goal run in space of about two-and-half minutes. But Walker responded with a short-handed score for his 27th of the season and his 2nd of the game, followed by the hope goal from Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit) to draw the Hornets within one at 16:47. Edina coach Curt Giles immediately pulled the goalie, but captain Joe Molenaar (uncommitted) potted the empty netter, his 2nd goal of the game, just 11 seconds later to seal the Minnetonka win. Edina's only two losses this season have come at the hands of the Skippers. The Hornets next play Thursday night on the road against the Eden Prairie Eagles.

AHL Game Night: 2-11-18 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Third Period excellence allows Syracuse to pull out a winning weekend.

SYR-3
BRI-2

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
12:21 BRI St. Denis (11), (unassisted)(PP)
14:55 SYR Masin (7), (Stephens)
16:52 BRI Dal Colle (6), (Bernier, Burroughs)(PP)

Third Period
3:02 SYR Stephens (17), (Volkov, McNeill)
8:01 SYR Yan (9), (Cernak, Masin)

Dominik Masin, Mitchell Stephens, and Dennis Yan were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 2-11-18

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 2

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 14-6-20, -10, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Marcus Vela (Sharks) scored on the power play with just over two minutes left in the third period to lift UNH to a 2-2 tie with Vermont.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 0 @ UMass Minutemen 3

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 8-15-23, E, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

Matt Murray (undrafted) stopped 30 shots to shut out the River Hawks Saturday.

No. 12 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7 @ No. 17 Wisconsin Badgers 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 0-9-9, 2, 42 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Rem Pitlick (Predators) had two goals and an assist to help the Gophers to a big road win over the Badgers.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NHL Game Night: 2-10-18 Kings at Lightning

Vasilarceny on Vincent Lecavalier Night.

LA-3
TB-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 47 shots for the victory. His behind-the-back save on Kopitar in the First Period will be seen on highlight reels from now until the end of time. The saves he made on the Kempe tip and Doughty's shot off the faceoff in the dying moments protecting a one goal game were every bit as impressive.

First Period
1:05 TB Stamkos (21), (Gourde, Johnson)
5:02 LA Brodzinski (4), (Andreoff, Shore)
9:45 TB Killorn (9), (Stamkos, Coburn)

Second Period
3:12 TB Paquette (2), (Callahan)
14:43 TB Kucherov (29), (Hedman)(PP)

Third Period
3:17 LA Clifford (3), (Kopitar, Forbort)
13:05 LA Folin (3), (Andreoff, Shore)

Vasilevskiy and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars.

The Lightning once again, somewhat maddeningly, did what you want to do by staking a three goal lead through 40 minutes and then decided to take the entire final frame off. LA ended up outshooting the Lightning 20-4 in the final period and, by the grace of the puck luck you invite by getting completely dominated on possession, pulled this to within one goal. Only Vasilevskiy pulled this out of the fire, but the bad habits were all over the ice. Time to wake up.

Adam Erne had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 9:09. Made a turnover high in the offensive zone in the Third Period while the Lightning were protecting the lead that the coaching staff won't like. He's got to make the safe play there and spin that puck deep rather than trying to wheel to the high slot with it.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-10-18 Rocket at Crunch

Archambault's individual play helps Crunch finish off Laval.

LAV-2
SYR-3

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
10:13 SYR Volkov (15), (Cirelli, McBain)(SH)
17:15 SYR Cirelli (10), (Joseph, McBain)

Second Period
9:57 LAV Broll (2), (Leblanc, Lernout)(PP)

Third Period
9:06 LAV Cracknell (19), (Parisi, Baun)
10:47 SYR Archambault (5), (unassisted)

Olivier Archambault and Pasquale were the game's first and second stars. Archambault's play beating a Rocket defender 1-on-1 off the rush allowed the Crunch to pull this one out of the fire after squandering an early 2-0 lead.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Answer Quickly in Win Over Rocket


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Less than two minutes after the Rocket evened the score, the Crunch responded.

Olivier Archambault scored a highlight reel goal and Syracuse held off Laval for the final 9:13, as the Crunch edged the Rocket, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The win snaps Syracuse’s four-game skid.

“Great play by (Archambault). Second effort and a great goal,” Crunch head coach Groulx said. “It’s always huge when you bounce back and respond with a goal like that.”

Juniors Game Night: 2-9-18

Friday night results...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/18 FO
Season Totals: 46 GP, 19-47-66, +33, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi scored the Mooseheads’ first goal early in the 2nd period to knot the score at 1-1, but Ostap Safin (EDM, 2017 4th round pick) and Robbie Burt (undrafted) both scored twice and added an assist to pace the Sea Dogs to a big win at home over Halifax.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 6

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 11 GP, 2-2-4, -9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 13-21-34, E, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov didn’t dress for Sudbury’s big win against the Firebirds, as David Levin (2018 draft eligible) led the Wolves with a hat trick. Levin opened the scoring, and then scored back-to-back goals just a minute apart after Flint drew within one to blow the game open for Sudbury.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Victoria Royals 6

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 13-35-48, +19, 38 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote and Sharks 2016 4th rounder Noah Gregor tangled in the 3rd period with both getting a fighting major in garbage time with the Royals up 5-1. Gregor was traded at the CHL deadline from Moose Jaw. The Royals were paced by two goals from Matthew Phillips (CGY, 2016 6th round pick) and a goal and four points from Tyler Soy (ANA, 2016 7th round pick). Those were Phillips’ 40th and 41st goals of the season, and he’s Top 5 in the WHL in both goals and points.

Kootenay Ice 4 @ Regina Pats 2
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 11 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 11-20-30, -11, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

The Ice scored three times in the 2nd period to put the tied 1-1 game out of reach of the Pats. Ducks 2016 1st rounder Sam Steel assisted on both Regina goals.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/17 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-28-46, +19, 30 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 7-14-21, +32, 52 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brody Willms (undrafted) pitched a 20-save shutout as the Warriors got 1st period goals from Vince Loschiavo (undrafted) and Brayden Burke (undrafted).

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Dubuque Fighting Saints 2 @ Omaha Lancers 3

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-15-16, +18, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Omaha gets goals from three players as the Lancers clipped Dubuque at home.

Crunch's Rally Falls Short in Shootout Loss to Wolf Pack


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believed his team deserved a better result.

The Crunch overcame a slow start and tied the score in the third after trailing by two, but the Hartford Wolf Pack prevailed in the shootout, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“The first period we weren’t doing many things right. I don’t think we had our legs and it seemed we were sluggish a little bit. Second, like I mentioned, you take two goals like that and it’s tough to recover right away. I thought we did that in the third,” Groulx said. “We had a very good third period, good overtime and we ended up losing in a shootout.”

AHL Game Night: 2-9-18 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Crunch comeback nets a point.

HFD-4
SYR-3 (SO)

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 15 shots before being lifted for veteran Eddie Pasquale. Pasquale stopped all 6 shots he faced before allowing two of three to convert in the penalty shot session.

First Period
10:23 HFD Tambellini (10), (unassisted)

Second Period
1:04 SYR Volkov (14), (Archambault, Cirelli)
1:14 HFD Chytil (9), (Schneider)
7:03 HFD Gropp (10), (Chytil, Sproul)
19:43 SYR Stephens (17), (Verhaeghe, Joseph)(PP)

Third Period
8:00 SYR Joseph (9), (Verhaeghe, Thomas)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
HFD- Tambellini, Gropp
SYR- Verhaeghe

Carter Verhaeghe was the game's third star.

This was Pasquale's second appearance for Syracuse after making a brief 12 second appearance against Utica.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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