Richard, Tanner

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-11-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 (OT)

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

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov was not in the lineup as the Huskies won in overtime despite being outshot, 48-19, in the game. Swiss forward Sven Andrighetto had four assists for the Huskies. Like Kucherov, Andrighetto participated in the World Junior Championships in Russia earlier this month.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 40 GP, 16-35-51, +19, 77 PIM

Halifax had a 3-0 lead before the second period even began, and only a goal with five seconds remaining in the game by the Armada made the score look close. Halifax teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Druin, who will fight to be the No. 1 selection in this summer’s draft, combined for just one point – an assist by Druin.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Victoriaville Tigres 7

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 30 GP, 5-19-24, +10, 24 PIM

Artem Sergeev (pictured) played his first game since returning from representing the home country at the World Junior Championships in Russia and notched an assist on the Foreurs’ only goal. The point extended Sergeev's point streak to nine games. Val-d’Or registered 39 shots (21 in the third period) to Victoriaville’s 25, yet were blown out where it counted, 7-1.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-16-18, -7, 32 PIM

Plymouth outscored Brampton 4-1 in the second period and hung on for a 4-2 win on Friday night. Blujus has one assist and an even rating in his last five games. Brampton’s winless streak rose to five games.

Barrie Colts 2 @ Guelph Storm 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 2-12-14, -1, 43 PIM
With Barrie: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: Suspended
Season totals: 30 GP, 3-36-39, +13, 72 PIM

Jake Dotchin played his second game for Barrie and was minus-2 in a road loss to Guelph. He received some power play time tonight, but was on the ice when Guelph scored shorthanded. Storm forward Tanner Richard was serving a one-game suspension for slew-footing.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-8-13

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 6

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 7 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 3-36-39, +13, 72 PIM

Tanner Richard played his first game for Guelph since returning from the World Junior Championships in Russia, but the Swiss forward only lasted half the game as he was ejected for a slew-footing penalty. Kitchener did not score on the ensuing 5-minute power play, but they did score four times in the third period to break open a close game.

Lightning Prospect WJC Review

The Lightning had five prospects at the 2013 Under-20 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, and four came away with medals.

Here’s a look how each prospect fared, and what their future might look like.

Nikita Kucherov, RW, Russia
7 Games Played, 5-3-8, +4, 4 PIM, 21 SOG

While Kucherov may only remember his missed shootout attempt against Sweden in the semifinals right now, years from now will look at his Bronze medal and be satisfied with his play throughout the competition. Kucherov was arguably Russia’s best forward in the tournament, though Mikhail Grigorenko (Sabres) was the only forward named among the team’s three best by the coaches at tournament’s end. In the opinion of TSN commentator Ray Ferraro, Kucherov was the team’s best forward. He and Grigorenko were by far the most consistent and dangerous forwards for the Russians at the event, and the two were responsible for 14 points together.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Ten 1-4-13

Czech Republic 4 vs. Switzerland 3
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-0-0, +1, 6 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 8 PIM

Tomas Hertl's power play goal early in the Third Period stood up as the game winning goal in Czech Republic's 4-3 victory over Switzerland in the tournamen't 5th Place Game. The loss was Switzerland's first and only regulation loss of the U20's. Tanner Richard took two minors for roughing and a minor for tripping in the game. It was also the first contest of the tournament when he was sub-.500 on draws (31.3%). Richard will return to the OHL now to continue his North American Junior season.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Six 12-31-12

Switzerland 3 vs. Czech Republic 4 (OT)
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-4-4, +1, 2 PIM

Tomas Hertl's overtime goal lifted Czech Republic to a 4-3 win over Switzerland in their final game of the Round Robin. Switzerland overcame a 2 goal Third Period deficit to force extra time, but took their third after-regulation loss of the tournament. The Swiss finished in third place in Pool A after the Finns lost to Sweden today. They draw Russia on Wednesday in the opener of the Playoff Round.

Russia 1 vs. Canada 4
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 3-1-4, +3, 2 PIM

Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM

Artem Sergeev, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1 SO, 0.96 GAA, .973 sv%

Nikita Kucherov scored Russia's only goal in their 4-1 loss to Canada. Defenseman Nikita Nesterov was named Russia's best player in the defeat. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to Andrei Makarov, who made 44 saved for the Russians. Russia finished in second in Pool B. They face the Swiss Wednesday in the Playoff Round.

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