Richard, Tanner

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Two 12-27-12

Switzerland 7 vs. Latvia 2
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM

In what should come as no surprise to OHL fans, Lightning prospect Tanner Richard started his tournament with assists in triplicate in Switzerland's 7-2 thumping of Team Latvia. Perhaps more impressively though, Richard's assists came at even strength, shorthanded, and on the power play, respectively, missing the empty netter for a "Lemieux cycle" of assists (no assists can be awarded on a penalty shot, of course). He was also 75% on his draws in the game, as Switzerland dominated the faceoff circles overall. Switzerland faces Sweden next on Friday.

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: 12-4-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-11-17, +3, 2 PIM
With R-N: 6 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov scored just over 20 seconds after Moncton had taken a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Huskies gave up four goals in the final stanza to lose, 4-1. Kucherov was hurt briefly in the third period and had to be helped off the ice. He later returned to action and Moncton radio said he looked fine. Kucherov had shoulder surgery in May which delayed the start of his season this fall.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 2 (SO)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 3-31-34, +10, 60 PIM

Tanner Richard (pictured) scored at 19:03 of the third period to send the game to overtime and the Storm eventually won in a shootout, 3-2. They scored on both their shootout chances. Richard’s goal was just his third of the season. He has 34 points, however. He had 13 goals in 43 games last year.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-24-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
Season totals: 8 GP, 5-9-14, +3, 2 PIM
With R-N: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to eight games with a goal and an assist against Acadie-Bathurst. He now has four points in two games since joining Rouyn-Noranda. He has also “starred” in both games. So far he’s looking like a fine acquisition for the Huskies.

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 26 GP, 5-15-20, +6, 16 PIM

Artem Sergeev’s point streak increased to five games with two assists against the defending Memorial Cup champs. He matched last season’s point total in 20 fewer games.

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 0

D Jake Dotchin, OS: Did not play
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-4-5, E, 29 PIM

Jake Dotchin remains out of the Attack lineup due to a possible suspension. Former Lightning camper Seth Griffith (Bruins) had a goal for London.

Ottawa 67’s 5 @ Guelph Storm 7

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 2-31-33, +10, 54 PIM

Tanner Richard (pictured) had his third 3-assist game in his last five outings, helping the Storm to a 7-5 win over the 67’s. All of his points came in the first period when Guelph skated to a 4-1 lead at the first intermission. Scott Kosmachuk (Jets) had a hat trick for Guelph. Richard leads the Storm in scoring by a point over Kosmachuk. He is two helpers behind Ryan Strome (Islanders/Niagara) for the league lead in assists.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Sarnia Sting 8

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 3-16-19, -17, 20 PIM

Peterborough continues to struggle, this time losing big to Sarnia, 8-2. Charles Sarault (undrafted) had a goal and four assists for the Sting.

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: 11-21-12

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 0 @ Owen Sound Attack 1

D Jake Dotchin, OS: Did not play
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-4-5, E, 29 PIM

Jordan Binnington (Blues) had his third-consecutive shutout, stopping 36 shots to lead the Attack to a 1-0 win over the league’s top team. Jake Dotchin was suspended for being involved in the second fight to occur during one stoppage of play during his last game (below).

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Guelph Storm 8 @ Mississauga Steelheads 0

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-3-3, +3, 4 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-28-30, +9, 54 PIM

Tanner Richard had his second 3-assist night in his last three outings as Guelph put a snowman on the scoreboard in Mississauga, 8-0. Richard has three 3-assist games this season. His plus-3 night was the second-highest of the season for him so far. The 2012 third round pick moved back into a tie with Ryan Strome (Niagara/Islanders) for the league lead in assists.

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.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-16-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2 (OT)

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov sat for the second straight game, then after the game reports began to surface that Kucherov was on the QMJHL trading block. One reporter said Kucherov had been playing “lazy.” Quebec has three import players and one has to move, though it was assumed Kucherov and his good friend Mikhail Grigorenko would be the ones staying. Nick Sorensen is the other import player. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Kucherov was a surprise Import Draft selection because few expected him to be interested in coming to North America. Quebec’s Patrick Roy knew something others didn’t, and having Grigorenko on the Remparts was no doubt a big help in getting that talented Kucherov to North America. Kucherov could choose to return to Russia if he’s not happy with his next playing situation. Stay tuned.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 22 GP, 10-16-26, +7, 45 PIM

Marc-Olivier Roy (undrafted) had two goals and an assist for the Armada in their win over the visiting Volts.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 22 GP, 5-9-14, +6, 14 PIM

Artem Sergeev (pictured) snapped a 3-game scoreless streak with a goal in New Brunswick. He is within two goals of his career high of seven goals, scored last year in 46 games. Moncton outshot the Foreurs, 42-21, on Friday.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 4 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-8-10, -9, 20 PIM

Dylan Blujus scored his second goal of the year in a 4-3 win in Wayne Gretzky’s old stomping grounds. The Soo had a 2-0 lead entering the second period before the Battalion scored three times in the middle frame. Blujus had seven goals in 66 games last year.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ London Knights 5

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-4-5, E, 22 PIM

Former Lightning camper Seth Griffith (Bruins) had a goal and two assists for London and was given First Star honors. Griffith and Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov were linemates last year in London. With the win, the Knights leapfrogged the Attack for first in the Midwest Division. They also took over the OHL lead in points by one over Barrie and Owen Sound.

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Guelph Storm 7

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-25-27, +6, 44 PIM

Tanner Richard had three helpers to regain the OHL assist lead from Islanders first rounder Ryan Strome (Niagara) at 25. Richard has played in two fewer games than Strome, who leads the league with 39 points. Former Lightning prospect Brock Beukeboom scored his first of the year for Guelph.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 3-15-18, -14, 18 PIM

This was a 3-2 game halfway through the game until the Fronts exploded for a 7-3 win.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-14-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov and his 6-game point streak were scratched on Wednesday as fellow Rempart import Nick Sorensen took his place in the lineup. CHL teams can only dress two import players, and Mikhail Grigorenko is the team points leader, so he’s unlikely to come out. Sorensen (2013), who has sat for the last handful of games, had a goal and an assist in the Remparts’ loss to Rimouski. Grigorenko (Sabres) had a goal to give him 17 in 19 games. He has 37 points this year. The Lightning skipped over Grigorenko in the 2012 draft in favor of defenseman Slater Koekkoek, which better filled an organizational need. Sooner or later Quebec General Manager Patrick Roy will have to trade one of his import stars, especially if the NHL lockout continues so the Sabres can’t solve that problem for him.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 21 GP, 4-9-13, +5, 10 PIM

Artem Sergeev is scoreless in his last three games, which matches his longest scoreless streak of the season. He has one assist in his last six games. Earlier this year he snapped out of a 3-game scoreless streak with six points in his next three games.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-8-9, -9, 20 PIM

Matej Machovsky (undrafted) stopped 29 of 31 shots to earn first star honors for Brampton as they won on the road in Sudbury.

Guelph Storm 1 @ Belleville Bulls 2 (SO)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-22-24, +4, 42 PIM

Belleville’s Malcolm Subban (Bruins) won a goaltending battle with Garrett Sparks (Leafs) as the Bulls defeated the Storm, 2-1, in a shootout. Subban was 35/36 in regulation and overtime, then 1 for 2 in the shootout. That was good enough to beat Sparks, who had 41 saves through overtime, but was 0 for 2 in the shootout. Malcolm’s brother, Jordan, scored the shootout winner for Belleville. Lightning prospect Tanner Richard did not participate in the shootout, but had the primary assist on Guelph’s second period goal.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-9-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

PEI Rocket 3 @ Quebec Remparts 5

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-5-8, E, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to five games to start his North American career, scoring his third goal of the season. His goal broke a 2-2 tie for Quebec.

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 9

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 Hit
Season totals: 19 GP, 8-12-20, +7, 45 PIM

Coming off two games against the Russians this week, Paquette earned an assist on Friday night against visiting Moncton. Tommy Giroux (undrafted) had two goals and four points for the Armada.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Brampton Battalion 3

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, E, 22 PIM

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-8-9, -10, 18 PIM

Blujus (pictured) earned his sixth point in his last seven games, but fellow Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin and the Owen Sound Attack won the game, 5-3. Dotchin, who has two points in his last four games, matched Blujus with an assist.

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-20-22, +5, 40 PIM

Richard was not in the lineup for Sarnia’s 4-2 road win over Guelph. Habs first rounder Alex Galchenyuk had the game-winning goal for the Sting.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Erie Otters 6

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-13-15, -12, 16 PIM

The Petes lost their third in a row after two-straight wins, falling to Erie, 6-3. Slater Koekkoek had two helpers in the game and continues to approach a point-per-game pace on the season. Koekkoek was scoreless and minus-2 on Thursday night for Team OHL against Team Russia.

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