Kucherov, Nikita

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day One 12-26-12

Slovakia 2 vs. Russia 3 (OT)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, 32/34, 1.85 GAA, .941 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA. .941 sv%

Nikita Nesterov assisted on Albert Yarullin's game winning goal 4:50 into overtime as Russia snuck past Slovakia 3-2. Nesterov has been named an assistant captain for Russia in the tournament. Slovakia forced overtime with a dramatic power play goal with 36 seconds left in regulation by Richard Mraz, but could not finish the comeback in the overtime session. Nikita Kucherov scored the game opening goal for Russia and was second on Team Russia in shots on goal with 4. Goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy (pictured) was named Russia's player of the game after the match. Russia plays Team USA next on Friday.

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NA Juniors Game Night: 12-21-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, +1, 7 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 33 GP, 15-29-44, +18, 63 PIM

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play.
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Cedric Paquette’s point streak rose to 10 games with an assist in a loss to Rouyn-Noranda. The Armada outshot the Huskies, 41-17, including 16-5 in the third period. The Huskies skated out to an early 5-1 lead and held on. The Armada cut the lead to one with 13 seconds left. Paquette fought Redgie Bois, who received an instigator penalty and a misconduct. Nikita Kucherov is in Russia playing for the home side in the World Junior Championships. He had a goal in a pre-competition game on Wednesday.

The Ontario Hockey League is on Christmas break. They will resume play on December 27.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-15-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Rouyn-Noranda 6

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 6 Hits
Season totals: 32 GP, 15-28-43, +17, 56 PIM

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play.
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Cedric Paquette’s point streak rose to nine games with an assist in a loss to Rouyn-Noranda. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov was not in the lineup for the Huskies as he is in Russia preparing for the World Junior Championships. Paquette’s six hits were the most by any player on either team.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 2-13-15, -10, 26 PIM

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 2-8-10, +3, 35 PIM

Owen Sound scored the game’s final three goals to complete a 4-1 win over visiting Brampton. Both Lightning prospects, Dylan Blujus of Brampton and Jake Dotchin of Owen Sound, were scoreless in the game. Brampton remained seven points behind first place Barrie in the Central Division and Owen Sound stayed nine points behind London, who won their 20th straight game, in the Midwest Division.

TBL.com: Bolts prospect Nikita Kucherov adapting well to life in North America

By Peter Pupello, TampaBayLightning.com

Please excuse the United States’ neighbor to the north if the temperatures in Canada this time of year begin to feel a little bit warmer.

At least in and around the parts of Rouyn-Noranda, that is.

The city is home to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, whom since the arrival of Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov, have seemed to catch fire.

Since Kucherov joined the Huskies in a trade from the Quebec Remparts on November 21, the club has gone on to win seven of its previous nine games, including three straight.

Prior to the trade, Rouyn-Noranda had dropped five consecutive games, including two in a row by a score of 8-3. Kucherov, meanwhile, has elevated his game and has seemed to fit right in to his new surroundings as he emerges as a great talent at the Canadian junior level.

For the rest of this story, see TampaBayLightning.com.

Prospect of the Week: December 10, 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 said good-bye to his club team with a dramatic exit.

The Prospect of the Week for December 10 is … Nikita Kucherov, RW, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL – Canada)

A lot is expected of Russia this month at the upcoming World Junior Championships. The city of Ufa, Russia, is hosting the tournament, and the Russians will not settle for anything less than a gold medal.

With the NHL mired in a lockout, a lot of attention will be on the tournament from North America, too, especially in hockey-rabid Canada.

It’s a big deal.

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