Koekkoek, Slater

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-1-12

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Peterborough Petes 0

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-9-11, -6, 12 PIM

The Petes’ 2-game win streak came to a crashing halt Thursday as they lost to visiting Oshawa, 5-0. Columbus pick Boone Jenner had two goals and two assists and Leafs pick Tyler Biggs had two assists. The Gens put up 53 shots on the Petes.

Prospect Watching

There will be three Lightning prospects on television Friday night: Guelph (Tanner Richard, No. 27) on NHL Network, North Dakota (Brendan O’Donnell, No. 21) on NESN, and Minnesota (Adam Wilcox, No. 32) on Fox Sports North.

Prospect of the Week: October 30, 2012

This week we continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

This week’s winner is watched closer than any other Lightning prospect.

The Prospect of the Week for October 30 is … Slater Koekkoek, defenseman, Peterborough (OHL – Canada)

The only reaction stronger than the surprise many Lightning prospect fans felt when the Lightning chose Slater Koekkoek with the 10th overall pick in June’s draft was the concern they felt when the 2-way defenseman went down in his first preseason game.

In other words, though the pick may have surprised them, they’re behind him 100 percent.

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-28-12

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.

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-27-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 7

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: Did not play
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-10-17, +11, 40 PIM

Blainville-Boisbriand bounced back from a Friday loss with a big win on Saturday. Paquette was suspended for the game. He took a roughing penalty late in Friday’s match against Moncton, hitting an unsuspecting Wildcat in the head with his shoulder after the whistle. Moncton scored on the ensuing power play to win the game, 3-2. When Paquette’s scratch was announced tonight at home, the crowd reportedly applauded.

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 3

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 14 PIM

Jordan Binnington (Rangers) stopped 34 of 35 shots to lead Owen Sound to a 3-1 home win over Sudbury.

Guelph Storm 4 @ London Knights 3 (SO)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-16-18, +5, 27 PIM

Richard extended his point streak to 10 games with a third period assist. He did not participated in the shootout, which was won by Guelph, 1-0.

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-8-10, -6, 12 PIM

The Petes had lost five consecutive one-goal games, but came out on top at home against Saginaw on Saturday. Peterborough had only one win in their last 10 games coming into Saturday’s contest. Slater Koekkoek had an assist to give him points in two straight games and six of his last seven. He has three points and a plus-4 rating in his last two games.

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-25-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 8 @ Quebec Remparts 2

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits

Kucherov (pictured) made his long-awaited North American debut and scored early in the second period to give Quebec a 2-1 lead (WATCH). He showed a good burst and slick stickwork on the goal, which was scored on the forehand to the goalie's blocker side. There will be plenty more where that came from. Kucherov had missed the first six weeks of the season recovering from May shoulder surgery. That 2-1 lead quickly evaporated and the Drakkar put a snowman on the scoreboard in Bonhomme’s backyard. Quebec came into the game ranked No. 3 in all of Canadian juniors.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 1 @ Barrie Colts 2 (OT)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-5-5, -7, 14 PIM

Blujus had a point for the second straight game – a third period power play assist. Jets first rounder (2011) Mark Scheifele had a goal for Barrie. Brampton has registered at least a point in their last five games (3-0-2-0).

London Knights 5 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-7-9, -8, 12 PIM

The Petes lost their fifth consecutive one-goal game, this time falling to London at home. Peterborough held a 4-2 lead entering the third period, but was outshot 13-6 in the final stanza. 2011 Lightning prospect camper Seth Griffith had a goal for London, his 10th of the year. He was drafted by the Bruins last summer. Peterborough has one win in their last 10 games (1-6-2-1) and is tied with Ottawa for last in the OHL with 7 points. Peterborough has the fewest wins with two in 12 games.

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