Koekkoek, Slater

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.

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-18-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 11 GP, 3-6-9, +7, 6 PIM

Artem Sergeev had his point streak snapped at four games as Guy Boucher’s former junior club topped the Foreurs, 3-2. Sergeev is plus-10 in his last five games.

Note: Nikita Kucherov (pictured, Quebec) remains out with a shoulder injury, but was cleared by Lightning doctors yesterday. He is expected back within the next week.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 3 (OT)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -9, 12 PIM

Brampton outshot the IceDogs 39-26 but came out on the losing end of an overtime decision. Blujus’ scoreless streak reached five games.

Plymouth Whalers 2 @ Peterborough Petes 1

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 2-5-7, -10, 12 PIM

The Petes lost their fourth consecutive one-goal game. Koekkoek is tied for second on the club in points with seven. Center Francis Menard (undrafted) leads with 12. Unfortunately, Koekkoek’s minus-10 rating is worst on the team; the closest to him is minus-5. The Petes are a struggling team and Koekkoek logs significant ice time.

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-14-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 5 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, -2, 6 PIM (slashing, roughing, roughing), 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 11 GP, 5-6-11, +8, 22 PIM

Blainville-Boisbriand dropped their second game of the season in regulation when they allowed four third period goals to Victoriaville on Sunday. The Armada came into the weekend as the CHL’s second-ranked team. They led 2-1 entering the third period.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Brampton Battalion 5

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-3-3, -7, 12 PIM

Brampton got a much-needed win by beating visiting Saginaw on Sunday. Blujus’ scoreless streak hit four games.

Peterborough Petes 6 @ Guelph Storm 7 (OT)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 2-5-7, -9, 12 PIM

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: Did not play.
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-11-12, +3, 19 PIM

Peterborough has played inspired hockey since Koekkoek spoke out about the negativity in the locker room, but the Petes continue to come up short in games. On Sunday they allowed a late shorthanded goal to Guelph that forced overtime before the Storm won it in the extra session. Lightning prospect Tanner Richard did not play. He received a game misconduct penalty last game for instigating a fight in the final five minutes of regulation.

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