Koekkoek, Slater

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-16-12

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Brampton Battalion 7

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-13-15, -10, 28 PIM

Brandon Robinson (2014) had a hat trick and four points to lead the Battalion to a big win over visiting Niagara, 7-1. Lightning prospect Dylan Bluus did not register a point and was one of only three Brampton players not to register a positive plus/minus rating for the game.

Barrie Colts 4 @ Peterborough Petes 1

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 34 GP, 5-20-25, -22, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek (pictured) scored his fifth goal of the season, but that was the only goal the Petes could manage in a 4-1 loss to visiting Barrie. Koekkoek, who has points in three of his last four games, is just five points behind center Francis Menard (undrafted) for the team lead in points. Koekkoek’s 25 points are seventh in the league for defensemen. He leads Peterborough in assists with 20.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-14-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 5

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 5-18-23, +9, 24 PIM

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 31 GP, 15-27-42, +17, 54 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) extended his point streak eight games, but his Armada fell to Val-d’Or, 5-3, on Friday night. Paquette has five points in his last two games. He has at least a point in 12 of his last 13 games. Former Lightning prospect camper Brandon Hynes, playing his first game with the Foreurs after a trade this week from Victoriaville, had a goal. Arterm Sergeev did not play. He is in Russia for the World Junior Championships.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ London Knights 3

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-8-10, +2, 35 PIM

In a big divisional game at the Labatt’s Center, former Lightning prospect camper Seth Griffith (Bruins) scored the game’s first goal, then its final goal with four seconds remaining to give London their 19th straight win. Owen Sound had tied the game at 19:36 of the third. Griffith has 23 goals this season. The Attack are now nine points behind London for the Midwest Division lead.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 5

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 4-20-24, -20, 28 PIM

Peterborough outshot Ottawa, 34-31, but lost to the 67’s, 5-2. Ottawa pulled back in front of Peterborough, 21 points to 20, in the race to stay out of the OHL basement. The Petes have scored 38 fewer goals than the 67’s this year (85).

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-13-12

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 4 @ Peterborough Petes 1

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-13-15, -8, 26 PIM

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 4-19-23, -21, 26 PIM

Brampton had 40 shots through two periods en route to a 3-1 lead and an eventual 4-1 win over host Peterborough. In a battle of Lightning prospects, Dylan Blujus outscored Slater Koekkoek, one assist to none. Blujus has registered a point in only two of his last nine games. Koekkoek was plus-4 in his last two contests coming into Thursday night’s match-up against the Battalion.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-8-12

Ontario Hockey League

Belleville Bulls 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 2

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-7-9, +2, 35 PIM

Owen Sound gave up two third period goals to lose for the second straight night. The Attack outshot Belleville, 42-28, but were stymied by Charlie Graham (2013), who was filling in for Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban.

Guelph Storm 8 @ Erie Otters 0

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-4-4, +3, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 29 GP, 3-36-39, +14, 65 PIM

Tanner Richard (pictured) had four assists in his last game before leaving for the World Junior Championships. His 36 assists this year are second in the league to Islander prospect Ryan Strome’s 40. Richard has had three or more points four times in his last 10 games.

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Sudbury Wolves 4 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 4-19-23, -20, 26 PIM

Peterborough won for the second-straight game, topping Sudbury in a shootout. Slater Koekkoek was plus-2 again for the Petes, making him plus-4 in his last two games.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-6-12

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 4 @ Brampton Battalion 3

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-12-14, -5, 26 PIM

Brampton held a 2-0 lead on the highly favored Knights halfway through the game, but gave up four unanswered goals in the next 20 minutes of game action. Brampton cut the lead to 4-3 late in the game, but couldn’t get a game-tying goal. Dylan Blujus (pictured) broke a personal 5-game scoreless streak with two assists. He is on pace to finish just shy of his career high in points of 34, set last year.

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (OT)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 4-18-22, -22, 24 PIM

In a game that featured 96 total shots, the last one went in off a Peterborough stick to give the Petes a 3-2 overtime win. Slater Koekkoek was the only Pete on the ice to not figure in on the scoring for the game-winning goal, but it’s hard to see him caring about something as trivial as that. With the win, the Petes climbed out of the cellar above Ottawa in the East Division. The 67’s lost to Niagara on Thursday, 9-0.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-1-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 11 GP, 5-11-16, +3, 2 PIM
With R-N: 5 GP, 2-4-6, +4, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Kucherov (pictured) snapped his mini scoreless streak at two games with two helpers on Saturday night against the defending Memorial Cup champs. Fellow import player Sven Andrightetto (undrafted) had a goal (19) and an assist for first star honors.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 8

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 0 SOG, 3 Hit
Season totals: 28 GP, 5-17-22, +8, 24 PIM

Artem Sergeev’s point streak rose to seven games with an assist, but the Foreurs were doubled up by the Phoenix, 8-4.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 5

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-10-12, -5, 24 PIM

Dylan Blujus was a season-high plus-3 as Brampton won a big road game against Niagara, 6-5. The Battalion are now seven points behind Niagara in the Central Division.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 1

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-5-7, +2, 29 PIM

Owen Sound scored the game’s final two goals to top the Soo, 2-1. Jake Dotchin was on the plus side of the only even strength goal scored in the game – a second period marker by Daniel Catenacci (Sabres).

Guelph Storm 1 @ London Knights 3

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-31-33, +9, 58 PIM

Guelph dropped a key game on the road against a division rival, falling 3-1 to London. Guelph is now nine points behind the Knights in the Midwest Division.

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-18-22, -23, 20 PIM

Habs first rounder Alex Galchenyuk had a hat trick and an assist to lead Sarnia to a 5-2 win over Peterborough. Slater Koekkoek extended his point streak to four games in the loss.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-29-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 7

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +2, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 27 GP, 5-16-21, +7, 20 PIM

Artem Sergeev’s point streak rose to six games with an assist against the defending QMJHL champs. Saint John, who defeated Rouyn-Noranda on Wednesday night, fought back from 4-1 and 5-3 deficits to tie the game in the third period. Val-d’Or scored the game’s last two goals for the victory.

Ontario Hockey League

Belleville Bulls 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 4-17-21, -21, 20 PIM

The Petes snapped their 5-game losing streak and Slater Koekkoek (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) set a new career high for assists in a season as Peterborough beat Belleville in a shootout, 4-3. Koekkoek’s second period assist gave him 17 for the year, one more than he accumulated in his rookie season.

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.

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