Koekkoek, Slater

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.

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