Foote, Cal

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-21-18 Americans at Crunch

Volkov and Crunch outlast Rochester in Game Two to hold serve at home.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

RCH-5
SYR-6

Syracuse Leads the Series 2-0

Eddie Pasquale allowed 5 goals on 25 shots for the victory. Bathe in sweet, sweet goal support.

First Period
3:48 SYR Peca (1), (Bodie, Condra)(PP)
15:43 RCH Blackwell (1), (Percy, Griffith)(PP)
18:31 SYR Joseph (1), (Peca, Masin)

Second Period
1:29 SYR Archambault (1), (Stephens, Peca)
2:15 SYR McNeill (1), (Condra, Lynch)
5:10 RCH Bailey (1), (Porter)(SH)
6:02 RCH Percy (1), (Malone, Blackwell)

Third Period
4:52 SYR Volkov (1), (McBain, Peca)
5:22 RCH Porter (1), (O'Regan)
5:59 SYR Volkov (2), (Bodie, Foote)
6:58 RCH Baptiste (1), (MacWilliam, Smith)

Matthew Peca, Alexander Volkov, and Erik Condra were the game's three stars.

The Crunch probably made this one a lot more exciting than it needed to be after staking themselves to a 4-1 lead early in the Second Period and surrendering a shorty to allow the Americans off the canvas. With that said, I'd have to think it's a pretty good endorsement of this past June's draft that Volkov and Cal Foote both figured in the eventual game winner.

Syracuse did what they needed to do by holding serve at home. But, just like with the big club, I have to caution that it's not a series until someone wins a road game. The Crunch can't get too high right now and need to play a solid road style to try to shorten this series and move along quickly. Nothing fancy. Just survive and advance as quickly as possible in this opening round best-of-five encounter.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-6-18 Crunch at Devils

Shootout loss officially locks Syracuse into the second seed in their division.

SYR-3
BNG-4 (SO)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 39 shots before allowing 3 of 5 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
10:41 SYR Foote (1), (Volkov, Bodie)
15:38 SYR Dumont (5), (Cernak, Joseph)(PP)

Second Period
2:39 BNG Pietila (11), (Lappin, Bertschy)(PP)
19:57 BNG Seney (1), (Lappin, Pietila)(PP)

Third Period
4:05 SYR Verhaeghe (16), (Peca, Volkov)
6:59 BNG Rooney (13), (Lappin)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Stephens, Verhaeghe
BNG- Pietila, McLeod, Walman

Cal Foote was the game's second star after scoring on the very first shot of his pro career. Efficient.

Toronto clinched the North Division and the best record in the AHL tonight with the outcomes of the various games of the night. Syracuse therefore will finish second in the North Division.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Foote Impresses at First Crunch Practice


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Cal Foote got the full experience during his first day as a pro.

The new Syracuse Crunch defenseman was a part of the team's picture day before practice, and after he needed signed a slew of jerseys, sticks and other promotional items.

On the ice, he went through a full team practice and then was a part of a small group held afterward for extra conditioning drills.

Although it's not set when Foote will make his pro debut, Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx was impressed with the 19-year-old on day one.

"I like his calm out there. He seems to me that he looks like an old pro," Groulx said. "I like that."

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-29-18

Western Hockey League

#3 Kelowna Rockets 3 @ #7 Tri-City Americans 5 (Game 4)
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Americans win series 4-0

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoffs Totals: 4 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 60 GP, 19-51-70, +31, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Morgan Geekie (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick) notched his second hat trick of the series, leading the Americans in a shocking sweep of Kelowna and advancing to the WHL Western Conference semifinals. Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) scored twice for the Rockets, once on the power play in which Foote tallied his fourth assist of the series and his fifth point. Kelowna fought hard to keep the series alive, knotting the game three times at 1-1, 2-2, and 3-3, before Geekie scored two of this three goals in the last minute of the game to give Tri-City the dramatic series sweep in front of 3,000+ fans at the Toyota Center.

The loss all but draws a close to the junior career of the WHL Western Conference Defenseman of the Year and Bolt prospect Cal Foote. He will surely join the Lightning’s AHL affiliate in Syracuse as that team finishes up their regular season and prepares for what would hope to be a deep Calder Cup playoff run. Foote brings the potential of a big minute eater for that team's Top 4 and player that can be the motor to an offense in transition. And with Foote turning 20 on December 13, 2018, he will be eligible to begin AHL play for the 2018-19 season out of camp this fall, so there is really no reason for Foote to return to juniors for an overage season after racking up 70 points and goal shy of 20.

In addition to an ATO contract with Syracuse for the remainder of this season, I’m sure a three-year entry level contract will happen rather quickly now that Foote and the Rockets have been eliminated from Memorial Cup contention. And with the organization lean on right-handed defensemen, Andrej Sustr as a pending UFA at season’s end, and Jake Dotchin perhaps hitting a ceiling in his own development, a spectacular NHL camp this fall could even see Foote make the Lightning squad, especially if Braydon Coburn is dealt at the NHL draft in June. But surely by 2019, with the contracts of Coburn, Girardi, Stralman, and McDonagh expiring, Foote’s time in Syracuse will likely be a short one.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-22-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#16 Val-d’Or Foreurs 2 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 (OT)
Round of 16
Armada leads series 1-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 10/13 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The 2018 QMJHL playoffs kicked off Thursday night with Game #1 of the series between #16 seed Val-d’Or Foreurs against #1 seed Blanville-Boisbriand Armada. The Armada set a franchise record 50-win season, going 50-11-4-3 and winning their first ever Jean-Rougeau Trophy as the QMJHL best regular season team.

Bolt prospect Alex Barre-Boulet and linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) shared a couple of 1st period short-handed goals, each scoring one and each getting the lone assist on the other, to give the Armada an early 2-0 lead. But the Foreurs battled back after a scoreless 2nd period, lighting the lamp twice in the 3rd to send the game to the extra session, where Alain notched the game-winner, his second of the game and the playoffs. Val-d’Or netminder Mathieu Marquis (undrafted) stopped 43 of 46 Armada shots but came up one save short. Game #2 is Friday night right back at Centre d'excellence Sports Rousseau.

Western Hockey League

#7 Tri-City Americans 5 @ #3 Kelowna Rockets 0
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Americans lead series 1-0

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 60 GP, 19-51-70, +31, 46 PIM
Playoffs Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The 2018 WHL playoffs also kicked off Thursday with Game #1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals series between #7 seed Tri-City Americans against #3 seed and B.C. Division champs Kelowna Rockets.

Tri-City rolled into Prospera Place in Kelowna, serving notice to the Rockets with a 5-0 shutout behind 39 saves by Americans goalie Patrick Dea (undrafted), and two goals each from Morgan Geekie (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick) and 2017 #9 overall Red Wings pick Michael Rasmussen. The two teams get a night off with Game 2 on Saturday in Kelowna.

Juniors Game Night: 3-20-18

Juniors update from the weekend; no games on Monday and Tuesday.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 0 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 7 (Friday)
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1 (Saturday)
Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 (SO) (Sunday)

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 2 PIM, 11 SOG, 12/20 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-63-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

On Friday, Barre-Boulet scored twice and assisted on Alexandre Alain’s (undrafted) game opening goal, good for a Second Star, as the Armada put up the touchdown on scoreboard against the Foreurs. Emile Samson (undrafted) made 17 saves for the shutout.

On Saturday, Barre-Boulet didn’t dress as the Armada handled the Olympiques in Gatineau. After scoring twice the night before against Val-d’Or, Alexander Katerinakis (undrafted) paced a depleted Armada lineup with a goal and three points against Gatineau.

On Sunday, Barre-Boulet was back in the lineup but held pointless by Rimouski in a make-up game from the one cancelled back on March 14th due to a winter storm. Barre-Boulet failed to convert in the shootout, but linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) did convert and won the game for the Armada. Goaltenders Emile Samson (undrafted) and Gabriel Waked (undrafted) split time in net, with Samson going 17 of 17 in the first half of the game and Waked allowing just 1 on 14 shots, but stopping all three Rimouski shots in the shootout.

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7 (Friday)
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4 (Saturday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIMs, 5 SOG, 25/49 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

On Friday, Moncton jumped out to a 2-0, but the Mooseheads reeled off five straight to blow open the game. Somppi assisted on a goal by Columbus prospect Maxime Fortier. Halifax was paced by a pair of goals each from Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible) and Connor Moynihan (undrafted). James Phelan (undrafted) had a pair of power play markers for the Wildcats..

On Saturday, Mitchell Balmas (undrafted) racked up a hat trick for the Titan, outlasting the Mooseheads for a hard fought road win. Somppi assisted on a Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018 draft eligible) goal with 69 seconds left in regulation to draw the score to 5-4, but Halifax couldn’t manage the equalizer.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (OT) (Friday)
London Knights 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 (Sunday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 7/14 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

On Friday, the lowly Firebirds shocked the high-flying Soo with an overtime win behind a pair of goals by Jack Phibbs (undrafted) and three assists from Jake Durham (undrafted). Fedor Gordeev (TOR, 2017 5th round pick) scored the OT game-winner for Flint. Raddysh scored a power player marker in the 3rd to give the Soo a 3-2 lead, but the Greyhounds couldn’t close the door and let the game slip away for a rare home loss.

On Sunday, the Soo bounced back from their shocker Friday against the Firebirds, getting goals from six different skaters, and doubling up the Knights. Raddysh played his 58th game of the season, equally his games played from last season, but statistically 9 goals and 17 assists off last season’s 109-point output.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 4 (Friday)
Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Barrie Colts 10 (Saturday)
Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (Sunday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 3 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 32/69 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 20 GP, 3-6-9, -14, 10 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 14-25-39, -5, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

On Friday, the Colts jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Wolves behind the play of Dmitry Sokolov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) and Andrei Svechnikov (2018 draft eligible). Sudbury battled back to knot the score 4-4 midway through the 3rd period, before Svechnikov and Sokolov went back to work on the power play to secure the win for Barrie.

On Saturday, the second night of the home-and-home series, the Colts jumped out to another 4-0 lead behind a couple of goals and an assist from Zachary Magwood (undrafted). He’d later score again early in the 3rd for the hat trick. Lipanov assisted on both of Blake Murray’s (2019 draft eligible) goals at the end of the 1st to close the gap to 4-2, but Barrie blew the game open with a four-goal 2nd period en route to putting up double digits on the scoreboard. Both Lucas Chiodo (undrafted) and Ryan Suzuki (2019 draft eligible) would both notch five-point games for the Colts.

On Sunday, Lipanov assisted on the 2-1 go-ahead goal by Shane Bulitka (undrafted) early in the 2nd, but the Generals reeled off three straight to blow out the game.

Peterborough Petes 8 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (Friday)
Hamilton Bulldogs 5 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (Saturday)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 19/52 FO
Season Totals: 61 G, 16-13-29, -36, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

On Friday, Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) notched a hat trick for the Petes as they pasted a snowman up on the Oshawa scoreboard. Paquette scored the 4-3 go ahead goal right at the end of the 2nd period and Peterborough stomped on the gas in the 3rd to put the game away. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (2018 draft eligible) peeled off a six-point game with a goal and five assists for the Petes.

On Saturday, Der-Arguchintsev continued his hot play, opening the scoring early in the 1st period, but the Bulldogs roared back behind a hat trick and four points from Marian Studenic (NJD, 2017 5th round pick).

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2 (Friday)
Vancouver Giants 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 8 (Saturday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-2-2, +4, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 60 GP, 19-51-70, +31, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

On Friday, Foote sat out of the Rockets lineup, but teammates Carsen Twarynski and Kyle Topping notched two goals each to pace Kelowna to a road victory over the Giants.

On Saturday, Foote returned to the line-up for the home-half of the home-and-home series with the Giants and notched a pair of assists. The Rockets were paced with two goal, four-point nights from both Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) and Leif Mattson (undrafted). Foote reached the 70-point plateau and equalized his assist output from last season in 11 fewer games.

Brandon Wheat Kings 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5 (OT) (Friday)
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 5 (SO) (Saturday)

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

On Friday, The Warriors played catch up the whole game, equalizing 3-1, 4-3, and 5-4 deficits, but never holding a lead. Stelio Mattheos (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick) paced the Wheat Kings with two goals and an assist, including the OT game-winner. Former Lightning prospect Brett Howden had four assists in a losing effort for Moose Jaw.

On Saturday, the second half of the home-and-home back-to-back, Sosunov assisted on Branden Klatt’s (undrafted) second goal as part of a 4-0 jump by the Warriors with a couple of goals from Tanner Jeannot (undrafted) to go along with Klatt’s. The Wheat Kings would battle back behind a pair of markers by Luka Burzan (2018 draft eligible). Burzan would go on to win the game for Brandon converting as the sixth shooter to break a 1-1 tie in the shootout.

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.

Lincoln Stars 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2 (SO) (Friday)
Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (SO) (Sunday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 46 GP, 4-19-23, +9, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

On Friday, the Stars converted on their first two shots in the shootout to defeat the Lancers. Perbix assisted on Filip Suchy’s (undrafted) power-play goal just 40 seconds into the 3rd to knot the score at 1-1.

On Sunday, the Lancers lose their 2nd straight in the shootout. Walker notched the primary assist for the Muskateers on Cole Koepke’s (Minnesota-Duluth commit) goal just 50 seconds into the game. Both Perbix and Walker failed to convert in the shootout.

Sioux Falls Stampede 6 @ Sioux City Muskateers 3 (Saturday)
Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (SO) (Sunday)

F Sammy Walker, SC: 2 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (USHL): 6 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

On Saturday, Walker re-joined Sioux City, his USHL team, after the conclusion of his high school hockey career and assisted on Dylan Mills (Niagara commit) second goal of the game. The Stampede, however, doubled the Musketeers behind a goal and two assists from Adam Dawe (Maine commit).

On Sunday, the Lancers lose their 2nd straight in the shootout. Walker notched the primary assist for the Muskateers on Cole Koepke’s (Minnesota-Duluth commit) goal just 50 seconds into the game. Both Perbix and Walker failed to convert in the shootout.

Juniors Game Night: 3-15-18

Include results from both Wednesday and Thursday...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic @ Blainville-Boisbriand (Wednesday)

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: Postponed
Season Totals: 63 GP, 51-62-113, +26, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

This game was cancelled due to a severe winter storm affecting the province. The game will be rescheduled (if necessary) on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET at Boisbriand’s Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau.

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7 (Wednesday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG, 12/20 FO
Season Totals: 57 GP, 28-53-81, +36, 26 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on the first of Benoit-Olivier Groulx’s (2018 draft eligible) goals, a power play marker in the 2nd to give the Mooseheads a 3-1 lead. Halifax would go on rout the Sea Dogs behind the two goals from Groulx and a goal and two assists from blueliner Jared McIsaac (2018 draft eligible). Both Groulx and McIsaac, along with Filip Zadina, are all possible 2018 first rounders.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8 (Wednesday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +4, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 42-43-85, +56, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/3 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 26 GP, 17-21-38, +16, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 56 GP, 32-50-82, +26, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh and Katchouk both scored 1st period goals, with Raddysh potting a power play marker in what would eventually be the game-winner. Katchouk followed with his goal coming just 45 seconds before the end of the first. After a scoreless 2nd period, Raddysh set up a Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) power play tally in the 3rd, and Katchouk would setup a Jordan Sambrook (DET, 2016 5th round pick) shortie. Then a Soo snowman happened.

North Bay Battalion 5 @ Peterborough Petes 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 12/22 FO
Season Totals: 59 G, 15-13-28, -36, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Matthew Struthers (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Battalion and Christian Propp (undrafted) stopped 32 shots as North Bay marched into Peterborough and scored five straight before Logan DeNoble (undrafted) netted a single 3rd period marker for the Petes to spoil the shutout.

Western Hockey League

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 6 (Wednesday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 59 GP, 19-49-68, +27, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote scored twice in the 3rd to help break open a 2-2 tie, earning First Star honors while firing a game-high six shots. He also assisted on his brother Nolan’s (2019 draft eligible) 1st period goal. Foote is creeping up on several milestones, so stay tuned to this weekend’s results.

Juniors Game Night: 3-10-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 3 SOG, 15/26 FO
Season Totals: 56 GP, 28-52-80, +36, 26 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads rallied from a 2-0 deficit behind a pair of goals from Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible) to knot the score heading into the second intermission, but the Titan would reestablish the lead just two and a half minutes in the 3rd and hold on for the home win. Jeffrey Truchon-Viel (undrafted) paced Acadie-Bathurst with a goal and an assist.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Barrie Colts 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 58 G, 15-13-28, -35, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Colts forward Dmitry Sokolov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) took over the OHL goal scoring race from his teammate and Ottawa Senators free agent signee Aaron Luchuk. Sokolov scored his 47th and 48th in the 2nd period after the Petes drew within one, to put the game out of reach. Luchuk scored his 47th of the season as part of a three-goal Barrie first period. Paquette did not dress for Peterborough.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 0 @ Kelowna Rockets 4

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 17-48-65, +24, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Leif Mattson (undrafted) scored twice for Kelowna and James Porter (undrafted) made just 18 saves as the Rockets shutout the Blazers to sweep the home-and-home series against Kamloops.

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 67 GP, 7-18-25, +40, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Sosunov setup Branden Klatt (undrafted) just five minutes into the game for the first of two scores for Klatt. Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) also scored for the Warriors and added two assists in a bounce-back win for Moose Jaw against a formidable Swift Current 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.

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Lincoln Stars 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 4-18-22, +11, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix’s goal-scoring streak hits two games, as he netted an unassisted marker early in the 2nd to knot the game at 1-1, followed shortly after by a shorthanded go-ahead by Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick). The Stars would rally behind Wyatt Aamodt (Minnesota St. Mankato commit), scoring the next three and doubling the Lancers.

Minnesota State High School League

#5 Centennial Cougars 0 @ #2 Edina Hornets 11

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-3-5, +6, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker (pictured) and the Edina High School Hornets brought a very large chip on their shoulder to the 3rd Place consolation game of the Minnesota Class AA high school championships. They used that chip to blank the Centennial Cougars 11-0, and Walker ends his high school hockey career with a game-high two-goal, five-point statement. Walker assisted on two goals from Mason Nevers to open the scoring, and then added his own goal as part of a 4-0 Hornets 1st period. Walker would go on to add a shorthanded assist in the 2nd and a shorthanded goal in the 3rd. Garrett Mackay made 22 saves to shutout the Cougars, the third win of the season over Centennial. Later, rival Minnetonka high school would defeat Duluth East 5-2 to claim the State Class AA championship. Those two teams accounted for the only three losses the Hornets had on the 2017-18 season.

The 2018 Minnesota Mr. Hockey banquet is set for noon Sunday at the St. Paul River Centre, and Walker is a finalist for this prestigious award for the most outstanding senior high school boys’ hockey player. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh was former recipient of this award.

Beyond that, it will be interesting to see when Walker will rejoin his USHL team, the Sioux City Musketeers, perhaps as early as March 17 when the Musketeers take on Sioux Falls. He’s slated to join the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for the 2018-19 season.

Juniors Game Night: 3-9-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 0-4-4, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/17 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 62 GP, 51-62-113, +27, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet assisted on all four of the Armada’s goals, including two on the power play and all three of linemate Alexandre Alain’s (undrafted) hat trick goals. Alain scored two of his three goals in the 3rd to break open a 2-2 tie.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 55 GP, 41-40-81, +51, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/5 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 24 GP, 16-18-34, +18, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 31-47-78, +28, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk (pictured) opened and closed the scoring as the Soo opened up a 3-0 lead on the Rangers in the 1st and then allowed Kitchener to tie the game at 3-3 before Katchouk scored a league-leading 9th game-winner in the 3rd, his 41st of the season, earning First Star honors. In addition to leading the OHL in game-winners, Katchouk is third in the league in goals and second in the league in plus-minus.

North Bay Battalion 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 1

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals (SBY): 16 GP, 3-2-5, -12, 8 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 14-21-35, -3, 18 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov earned hometown Second Star honors, scoring the Wolves’ lone goal on the power play in a 4-1 loss to the Battalion. North Bay got goals from four different skaters.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Kamploops Blazers 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 17-48-65, +22, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote assisted on Dillon Dube’s (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) game-winning power play goal.

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 6

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 66 GP, 7-17-24, +39, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Kody McDonald (undrafted) scored twice early for the Raiders and the captain Curtis Miske scored twice late as Price Albert beat Moose Jaw at the Art Hauser Centre. Sharks free agent signee Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) paced the Warriors with two goals and paces the WHL with 66.

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.

Chicago Steel 2 @ Omaha Lancers 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 3-18-21, +12, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix scored the lone goal for the Lancers, a power play marker in the 2nd to knot the game at 1-1, earning Second Star honors. Finnish winger Aaro Vidgren (undrafted) scored both of Chicago’s goals.

Minnesota State High School League

#3 Duluth East Greyhounds 4 @ #2 Edina Hornets 2

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 30 GP, 33-41-74, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Hornets opened the scoring, but the Greyhounds would score the next three, and Edina couldn’t quite come back from the 3-1 deficit. Walker assisted on the 3rd period hope goal to draw within one. Duluth East leading scorer Garret Worth (uncommited) paced the Greyhounds with two goals and an assist, as Duluth East advances to the MN State Class AA championship game against Minnetonka on Saturday night. Edina draws the 3rd place consolation game Saturday afternoon against Centennial High School. Edina defeated the Cougars twice this season by scores of 5-2 and 3-2.

Juniors Game Night: 3-3-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Dummondville Voltigeurs 4 (SO)

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 9/17 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 60 GP, 51-58-109, +29, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet and linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) combined for each a goal and an assist to rally the Armada from a 3-0 deficit in the 1st period to force overtime and the eventual shootout. All three Armada shooters, including Barre-Boulet, failed to convert in the shootout, and lost to the Voltigeurs when Nicolas Guay (2018 draft eligible) beat Blainville-Boisbriand goalie Mikhail Denisov (2018 draft eligible). Drummondville was paced by a pair of goals from Cedric Desruisseaux (2018 draft eligible).

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIMs, 2 SOG, 16/27 FO
Season Totals: 53 GP, 28-51-79, +34, 26 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi returned to the lineup after missing a game, but Chicoutimi doubled up the Mooseheads behind two goals by Kevin Klima (undrafted), son of Lightning legend Petr Klima, and three assists by Samual Houde. Haifax jumped to a 2-0 lead but the Saguenees scored four straight, sparked by Klima’s First Star worthy two goals in the 2nd period.

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Flint Firebirds 3 (OT)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Maurizio Colella scored in overtime to give Flint the win in a battle of the basement game. Lipanov remains sidelined for the Wolves.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Erie Otters 9

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 14/23 FO
Season Totals: 56 G, 15-13-28, -33, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Third period breakdowns have been a theme for the Petes far too often this season, and this one was just painful. Cole Fraser (DET, 2017 5th round pick) knotted the score at 3-3 just 2:44 into the 3rd period for Peterborough, but then the Otters reeled off six 3rd period goals as Erie put up nine goals on the hapless Petes. Eight Otters lit the lamp, including two by Maxim Golod (2018 draft eligible).

Western Hockey League

Spokane Chiefs 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 55 GP, 17-46-63, +22, 44 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote notched a power play assist on the Rockets’ first score of the game. Hudson Elynuik (CAR, 2016 3rd round pick) potted a hat trick for the Chiefs, including two 3rd period goals in the final 74 seconds of the game to break open a 2-2 game.

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 64 GP, 7-17-24, +38, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) paced the Warriors with three points, and that Howden guy nabs a First Star as Moose Jaw had no trouble with the Blades.

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 2 @ Team USA 7

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 42 GP, 2-18-20, +14, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

A pair of Boston College bound mates each scored twice, Danny Weight (2019 draft eligible), son of NHL’er Doug Weight, and Matthew Boldy (2019 draft eligible) led the US National Development Team in putting up a touchdown on the scoreboard against the Lancers.

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