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.

U20 World Junior Championships Game Day: Day Five 12-30-12

Finland 5 vs. Switzerland 4 (SO)
Tanner Richard, Switzerland, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 2 PIM

Switzerland blew a two goal third period lead to the Finns to fall 5-4 in the shootout, dropping the Swiss to 4th on the Group A table. Tanner Richard assisted on a goal in the match and was 75% on his draws, but he was stopped by Joonas Korpisalo in his attempt in the shootout session. Switzerland faces a critical match against the Czech Republic tomorrow with a top three spot in their group on the line.

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.

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