Richard, Tanner

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Three 12-28-12

Sweden 3 vs. Switzerland 2 (SO)
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM

Victor Rask's shootout tally lifted Sweden to a 3-2 shootout victory over Switzerland. Switzerland took Sweden to the brink, and held a lead into the Third Period on Mike Kunzle's third goal of the tournament, but they could not hold off the defending Gold Medalists. Tanner Richard was scoreless in the match and took a minor for high sticking that turned into Sweden's opening goal of the game. He was also 50% on draws. The Swiss now sit in 2nd place on the Group A table with games against Finland and Czech Republic yet to go. They face the Finns next on Sunday.

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

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

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

Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA. .941 sv%

Artem Sergeev (pictured) assisted on Viktor Tkachyov's goal early in the Third Period that gave Russia a critical 2-1 win over Team USA. Sergeev's helper means that all Lightning prospects have now found the scoresheet in Ufa, through the first two games of the Round Robin. Fellow Lightning prospect defenseman Nikita Nesterov also had a helper in the match, assisting an Albert Yarullin goal on the power play. Forward Nikita Kucherov took a holding minor in the match, and was in the box for Jacob Trouba's lone goal for the Americans. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup to undrafted Saskatoon netminder Andrei Makarov who turned away 41 shots for the win. Russia faces Germany next on Saturday and sits 2nd behind Canada on the Group B table.

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.

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