Koekkoek, Slater

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-27-12

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 4-16-20, -21, 20 PIM

Slater Koekkoek scored his fourth goal of the season late in the game to cut Oshawa’s lead to 3-2, but the Petes couldn’t complete the comeback. With his 20th point of the season, Koekkoek is approaching his career high of 23, set two years ago in 65 games. He has already matched his career high for assists at 16, also set two years ago. Unfortunately, he is also approaching his career “low” of minus-29, which was also set in his rookie season. Koekkoek’s minus-21 rating is the lowest its been all season. He is two ratings points ahead of Belleville’s Jake Cardwell for last in the league. The closest player to him on the Petes is Francis Menard at minus-15. Peterborough has lost five games in a row and nine of their last 10.

As team captain and arguably its top player, Koekkoek plays a ton of minutes on a team that’s last in the league in points and second-last in goals scored. That’s a recipe for a plus/minus disaster. It's highly unlikely that Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is even remotely worried about his top pick in 2012.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-23-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 0 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-8-12, +1, 2 PIM
With R-N: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov (pictured – RN Huskies photo) made his debut for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies after being traded on Wednesday by Quebec. Kucherov had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to seven games. He played on the Huskies’ second line with Maxime St-Cyr (undrafted) and Mathieu Lemay (2013). St-Cyr has 14 goals (14-6-20) in 23 games this year; Lemay has six (6-10-16). After averaging two shots per game for Quebec, Kucherov tied for the team lead with six shots on goal on Friday night. Alexandre Belanger (2013) had a 25-save shutout for Rouyn-Noranda.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 0

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 24 GP, 10-17-27, +8, 50 PIM

Cedric Paquette has been making news lately for the right reasons. Earlier this year he was suspended by the team for one game for taking an ill-advised retaliation penalty late in a game that cost the Armada a win. He was stripped of his alternate captain’s A and told to control his emotions. He has responded nicely, reportedly, and told the local papers that he is still a leader on the club without a letter. On Friday, he had an assist in Etienne Marcoux’s 16-save shutout of the Olympiques.

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5 Hits
Season totals: 25 GP, 5-13-18, +5, 16 PIM

Artem Sergeev’s point streak increased to four games with an assist Friday night in a home loss to the Titan. He led the team in hits with five.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-10-12, -8, 20 PIM

Kristoff Kontos, son of Lightning record-holder Chris Kontos, had a goal and an assist and was named first star as the Steelheads topped the Battalion, 5-2. Brampton was coming off a big road win over Barrie on Thursday night. Chris Kontos holds the record for most goals in a game by a Lightning player with four, set in the franchise’s inaugural game against Chicago, won 7-4 by the Bolts. Kristoff Kontos went undrafted this past summer. He has five goals and 15 points in 25 games this year for Mississauga.

Erie Otters 2 @ Guelph Storm 3

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-28-30, +7, 54 PIM

Tanner Richard was on the ice for both of Erie’s goals, but Guelph pulled off a comeback win at home on Friday night, 3-2. Scott Kosmachuk (Jets) had two goals for the Storm.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ London Knights 2

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-15-18, -15, 20 PIM

Peterborough kept it close, but lost to London at the Labatt’s Center, 2-0. Illinois-native Alex Broadhurst (Blackhawks) scored both goals for London.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-17-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 6 @ PEI Rocket 3

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 23 GP, 5-10-15, +6, 14 PIM

The Foreurs won their third game in a row, defeating the Rocket on Prince Edward Island, 6-3. The Rocket are coached by former Bolt Gordie Dwyer.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 2-8-10, -6, 20 PIM

After a slow start to the season, Dylan Blujus (pictured) is plus-6 in his last six games. After a stretch in which he scored six points in seven games, he has just one point in his last five contests.

Kitchener Rangers 0 @ Owen Sound Attack 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-4-5, E, 24 PIM

Jordan Binnington (Blues) stopped all 35 shots he faced as Owen Sound shut out the Rangers, 4-0.

Guelph Storm 2 @ Erie Otters 3 (SO)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-25-27, +6, 50 PIM

One night after a big win over Mississauga, Guelph lost in Erie in a shootout, 3-2. Tanner Richard was the final shooter for Guelph, but failed to convert his chance. Blue Jackets pick Oscar Dansk made 47 saves and was 3 of 4 in the shootout to earn First Star honors. Guelph is second-last in the Midwest Division, 12 points ahead of Erie.

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Peterborough Petes 1

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-15-18, -14, 18 PIM

Peterborough lost a close contest to visiting Mississauga, 2-1. The game-winning goal was scored late in the second period, less than a minute after the Petes had tied the game at one. Peterborough outshot the Steelheads, 33-21.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-16-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2 (OT)

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov sat for the second straight game, then after the game reports began to surface that Kucherov was on the QMJHL trading block. One reporter said Kucherov had been playing “lazy.” Quebec has three import players and one has to move, though it was assumed Kucherov and his good friend Mikhail Grigorenko would be the ones staying. Nick Sorensen is the other import player. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Kucherov was a surprise Import Draft selection because few expected him to be interested in coming to North America. Quebec’s Patrick Roy knew something others didn’t, and having Grigorenko on the Remparts was no doubt a big help in getting that talented Kucherov to North America. Kucherov could choose to return to Russia if he’s not happy with his next playing situation. Stay tuned.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 22 GP, 10-16-26, +7, 45 PIM

Marc-Olivier Roy (undrafted) had two goals and an assist for the Armada in their win over the visiting Volts.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 22 GP, 5-9-14, +6, 14 PIM

Artem Sergeev (pictured) snapped a 3-game scoreless streak with a goal in New Brunswick. He is within two goals of his career high of seven goals, scored last year in 46 games. Moncton outshot the Foreurs, 42-21, on Friday.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 4 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-8-10, -9, 20 PIM

Dylan Blujus scored his second goal of the year in a 4-3 win in Wayne Gretzky’s old stomping grounds. The Soo had a 2-0 lead entering the second period before the Battalion scored three times in the middle frame. Blujus had seven goals in 66 games last year.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ London Knights 5

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-4-5, E, 22 PIM

Former Lightning camper Seth Griffith (Bruins) had a goal and two assists for London and was given First Star honors. Griffith and Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov were linemates last year in London. With the win, the Knights leapfrogged the Attack for first in the Midwest Division. They also took over the OHL lead in points by one over Barrie and Owen Sound.

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Guelph Storm 7

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-25-27, +6, 44 PIM

Tanner Richard had three helpers to regain the OHL assist lead from Islanders first rounder Ryan Strome (Niagara) at 25. Richard has played in two fewer games than Strome, who leads the league with 39 points. Former Lightning prospect Brock Beukeboom scored his first of the year for Guelph.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 3-15-18, -14, 18 PIM

This was a 3-2 game halfway through the game until the Fronts exploded for a 7-3 win.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-15-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 10-15-25, +8, 45 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) broke out of his 4-game goalless drought in a big way with two goals, an assist, and a First Star award in a 4-2 win over Sherbrooke. Paquette now has six points in his last three games.

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 2 @ Peterborough Petes 5

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 3-15-18, -14, 18 PIM

Koekkoek earned the game’s Third Star for a 1+1 night as the Petes halted their 7-game losing streak with a win over Ottawa. Koekkoek has tied last year’s point total of 18, but in four fewer games. As has been well documented, Koekkoek’s season ended last year after a shoulder injury at the end of November. With the win, the Petes pulled within one point of the 67’s for second-last place in the league.

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