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Lightning Inks F Otto Somppi to Entry Level Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Otto Somppi to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Somppi, 20, skated in 59 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season, recording 28 goals and 83 points to go along with 28 penalty minutes. He led the Mooseheads for assists (55), points and plus/minus (plus-39). Somppi’s 55 assists ranked sixth overall in the league. The Helsinki, Finland native has also appeared in two QMJHL playoff games, posting one assist. During the 2017-18 season, he served as an assistant captain for Halifax.

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound forward has skated in 178 career QMJHL games, all with the Mooseheads over the past three seasons, collecting 58 goals and 170 points to go along with 83 penalty minutes. Somppi represented Finland at the 2017 World Jr. Championships, skating in five games and registering one goal.

Somppi was drafted by the Lightning in the seventh round, 206th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-8-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#14 Moncton Wildcats 3 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 9 (Game 2)
Quarterfinals
Armada leads series 2-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 3-0-3, +3, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 7/13 FO, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 7-2-9, +10, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet claimed his second straight First Star honor, following up a two-goal Game 1 outing with a hat trick in Game 2, as the Armada buried Moncton with nine goals. Barre-Boulet opened the scoring with a pair of goals in the 1st and then completed the hat trick later in the 2nd period to give the Armada a commanding 5-0 lead. Alexandre Alain (undrafted) and Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) both had four-points for the Armada with Batherson’s all coming in the form of assists while Alain had two of each. James Phelan (undrafted) scored twice, once short-handed and once on the power play, for the Wildcats. The series shifts to Monction on Tuesday night for Game 3.

#9 Charlottetown Islanders 7 @ #4 Halifax Mooseheads 4 (Game 2)
Quarterfinals
Islanders leads series 2-0

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Injury Scratch
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

A night after taking Game 1 off the hometown Mooseheads in overtime, the Islanders crushed Halifax with a seven-goal outburst to take both road games and go up 2-0 in the series. It’s beginning to look like the Mooseheads are missing their top line center Otto Somppi, who hasn’t played since the first game of the first round of the playoffs. After getting behind 6-1, Halifax reeled off three straight in the 3rd to close the deficit to 6-4, but the rally was too little too late. Charlottetown was paced with two goals each from Nikita Alexandrov (2019 draft eligible) and right-handed blueliner Hunter Drew (2018 draft eligible), with Alexandrov also adding two assists as well. The series shifts to Charlottetown home ice with the Islanders poised to take a stranglehold on the series when these two teams clash for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Western Hockey League

#2 Swift Current Broncos 4 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 0 (Game 2)
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Series tied at 1-1

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Broncos did what the needed to do in Moose Jaw, taking Game 2 in an impressive manner as Bronco goalie Stuart Skinner (EDM, 2017 3rd round pick) turned away 20-shots for the shutout. New Jersey Devil free agent signee Colby Sissons led Swift Current with three assists. The series travels to Swift Current for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-6-18

Friday night's results...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#14 Moncton Wildcats 1 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6 (Game 1)
Quarterfinals
Armada leads series 1-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 7/15 FO, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 4-2-6, +7, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet retuned to the Armada and claimed First Star honors, scoring twice including a power play marker and the game-winner. The outmatched Wildcats scored first, but the Armada reeled off six straight. Game #2 of the series is scheduled for Sunday

#9 Charlottetown Islanders 4 @ #4 Halifax Mooseheads 3 (OT) (Game 1)
Quarterfinals
Islanders leads series 1-0

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Injury Scratch
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi remained out of the Halifax lineup as the Islanders rallied to take Game 1 on the road in overtime. After the Mooseheads took a 1-0 lead, Charlottetown scored twice to open a 2-1 that evaporated to two Halifax goals to re-take the lead at 3-2. Keith Getson (2018 draft eligible) scored the equalizer for the Islanders, his second of the game, to force overtime, and then Pascal Aquin (undrafted) netted the OT game-winner. Both teams fired 40+ shots. These two team are back at it Saturday for Game #2.

Ontario Hockey League

#4 Owen Sound Attack 4 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 (OT) (Game 2)
Western Conference Semifinals
Series tie at 1-1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/2 FO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 7-3-10, +5, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 2/4 FO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 5-3-8, E, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh scored a power play marker and added an assist as the Soo knotted the series with a Game 2 overtime win against the Attack. Recent Canadiens free agent signee Hayden Verbeek opened the scoring with a pair of 1st period goals. Owen Sound rallied with a pair of goals early in the 2nd period to knot the score before Raddysh’s power play goal reinstated the Greyhounds lead. The Attack equalized the score twice more in the 3rd period, ending with Golden Knight prospect Nick Suzuki tying the game once more with a power play goal with just 85 seconds left in regulation, but the Soo would prevail in overtime. Game #3 shifts back to Owen Sound on Monday night.

Western Hockey League

#2 Swift Current Broncos 3 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 5 (Game 1)
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Warriors lead series 1-0

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Moose Jaw lept out to a 3-0 lead that the Broncos could just never overcome, as the Warrior took Game #1 behind a pair of goals from recent Predator free agent signee Tanner Jeannot. The line of former Blues prospect and now Flames free agent signee Glenn Gawdin, Aleksi Heponiemi (FLA, 2017 2nd round pick), and Tyler Steenbergen (ARI, 2017 5th round pick) scored in the 3rd to draw the Broncos within a goal, but Jeannot potted an empty with nine seconds left to preserve the Warrior victory. The series resumes Saturday night with Game #2 in Moose Jaw.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-3-18

Western Hockey League

#8 Prince Albert Raiders 4 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 5 (Game 7)
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Warriors win series 4-3

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Game 7 of this tightly fought series lived up to all expectations as both clubs held leads and both clubs rallied in this see-saw affair. The Raiders jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring twice in the first six minutes of the contest before Shark’s free agent signee Jayden Halbgewachs and Ryan Peckford (2018 draft eligible) scored within a span of 25 seconds to knot the score at 2-2. Senators free agent signee Parker Kelly responded with his second goal of the period to restore Prince Albert’s lead before the teams broke for the first intermission. Coyote’s free agent signee Brayden Burke and Kale Clague (LAK, 2016 2nd round pick) set up Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) for a pair of power play goals in the 2nd and 3rd periods to give Moose Jaw its first lead at 4-3. The Raiders received some heroics from tough guy blueliner Brayden Pachal (undrafted), who scored short-handed to knot the score at 4-4, but those heroics were short-lived as Clague and former Lightning prospect Brett Howden setup Burke for the game-winning power play marker just 30 seconds after Pachal’s shortie. Clague paced Moose Jaw with four assists, Burke tallied three points, and Almeida scored twice as the Warriors’ best players showed up to help clinch the series win.

Moose Jaw advances to Round 2, the WHL’s Eastern Conference semifinals, against a very tough Swift Current Broncos team that features former Blues prospect and now Flames free agent signee Glenn Gawdin, Aleksi Heponiemi (FLA, 2017 2nd round pick), and Tyler Steenbergen (ARI, 2017 5th round pick). Along with Moose Jaw’s Halbgewachs, Burke, and Almeida, these are six of the WHL’s Top 10 regular season point leaders. Game 1 starts Friday night at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw.

Elsewhere in the CHL, the 2nd round brackets for all leagues are finally set. The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the hopeful return to the lineup of Alex Barré-Boulet takes on the Moncton Wildcats in Game 1 on Friday. Likewise, the hopeful return of Otto Somppi to the Halifax lineup as the Mooseheads begin their series with the Charlottetown Islanders also on Friday night as the QMJHL quarterfinals get underway. In the OHL, the Western Conference semifinals get underway Thursday night with Lightning prospects Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh and Flyer 2017 1st rounder Morgan Frost lead the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in Game 1 against the Owen Sound Attack that features Vegas 2017 #13 overall pick Nick Suzuki.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-30-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#4 Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ #13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 0 (Game 5)
Round of 16
Mooseheads wins series 4-1

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Injury Scratch
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads punched their ticket to the quarterfinals behind a 41-save shutout by Alexis Gravel (2018 draft eligible), the #1 ranked North American goalie prospect. Arnaud Durandeau (NYI, 2017 6th round pick) notched a pair of goals and Benoit Olivier-Groulx tallied three assists to pace Halifax. Somppi remains sidelined with that upper body injury he sustained midway through Game #1.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-28-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ #16 Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 (Game 4)
Round of 16
Armada wins series 4-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: Did not play
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +6, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet missed his second straight game, but the Armada didn’t miss a beat behind a goal and three points from Alexander Katerinakis (2018 draft eligible). After a scoreless 1st period, the two teams traded 2nd period goals before Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) scored just past the midpoint of the 3rd for what would be the game and series winner. Katerinakis scored and assisted on two empty netters late in the game as Val-d’Or threw everything at the Armada to keep the series alive. The Armada are the first to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals. The QMJHL playoff bracket is re-seeded after the first round, so it may be later in the weekend before Blainville-Boisbraind’s next opponent is named.

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ #16 Val-d’Or Foreurs 2 (Game 3)

On Tuesday night, the series shifted to Val-d’Or for Game 3, giving a spark to the Foreurs who twice led 1-0 and 2-1 in the 2nd period after a scoreless 1st period. But the Armada scored three straight down the stretch to take a 3-0 series lead. Barre-Boulet was scratched with an apparent injury.

#4 Halifax Mooseheads 8 @ #13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1 (Game 4)
Round of 16
Mooseheads leads series 3-1

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Injury Scratch
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

A night after losing Game 3 in Baie-Comeau, the Mooseheads came out firing on all cylinders, running up a snowman on the scoreboard and splitting the games on Drakkar home ice. Blue Jackets free agent signee Maxime Fortier scored twice and Xavier Parent (2019 draft eligible) notched three assists to pace Halifax to the win. Somppi missed this third straight game. Both teams take a night off before coming back in Baie-Comeau for Game 5 on Friday night.

#4 Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ #13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 (Game 3)
#13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 @ #4 Halifax Mooseheads 5 (Game 2)

After getting injured in Game 1, Somppi was an injury scratch for Game 2 on Saturday night, but the Mooseheads powered through without Otto to take a 2-0 series lead. Halifax got goals from five players and Joel Bishop (undrafted) led the way with a goal and three points. The Drakkar twice tied the game, before Benoit Olivier-Groulx (2018 draft eligible) and Xavier Parent (2019 draft eligible) scored goals in the 3rd period to deliver a Halifax win.

On Tuesday night, the series shifted to Baie-Comeau and the Drakkar did not disappoint the 1800+ fans at the Centre Henry-Leonard, delivering a 4-2 win behind two goals from Gabriel Fortier (2018 draft eligible). The Mooseheads got off to a 1st period 2-0 lead, but the Drakkar scored four unanswered. Somppi was an injury scratch for the second straight playoff game.

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ #8 Saginaw Spirit 3 (Game 4)
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Greyhounds wins series 4-0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 3-0-3, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 6-3-9, +5, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0/5 FO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 4-2-6, +1, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Soo punched their ticket to the Western Conference semifinals behind an empty net hat trick by Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk, who now leads the OHL playoffs in goals and points. Katchouk earned the First Star after knotting the score 1-1 with his first goal, and then a power play goals later before getting the hat trick with empty net insurance marker with 71 seconds remaining with the Spirit pulling out all stops in hopes of extending the series. The OHL reseeds the bracket after each round, so it will be later in the weekend before the Soo’s next opponent is determined.

#8 Saginaw Spirit 0 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8 (Game 2)
#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ #8 Saginaw Spirit 3 (Game 3)

In Game 2 on Sunday afternoon, the Soo pasted a snowman on the scoreboard and Matthew Villalta (LAK, 2017 3rd round pick) pitched a 21-save shutout. Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) and Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) each scored a pair of goals, and Katchouk scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play.

On Monday night, the series shifted to Saginaw for Game 3 and the Soo continuing to light the lamp, scoring seven goals to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the series. The Wonder Twins, Bolt prospects Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk, earned First and Second Stars respectively, with both players notching a pair of goals and Raddysh three points on the night. With the scored tied 2-2 after two periods, Katchouk and Hayden Verbeek scored 13 seconds apart to break open the game, with the Soo going on to scored three more times in the 3rd. Verbeek, nephew of Lightning AGM, and Director of Player Personnel Pat Verbeek, signed a free agent three-year entry level contract late last week with the Montreal Canadiens. Both of Raddysh’s goals were on the power play.

Western Hockey League

#3 Kelowna Rockets 3 @ #7 Tri-City Americans 5 (Game 3)
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Americans lead series 3-0

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -1, 1 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoffs Totals: 3 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 60 GP, 19-51-70, +31, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

After sweeping the Rockets 2-0 in Kelowna, the series shifted to the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington, but Morgan Geekie (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick) kept it rolling scoring his 5th and 6th goals of the series and 2017 #9 overall Red Wings pick Michael Rasmussen scored and notched a three-point night. The Americans now have a shocking 3-0 stranglehold on the series and can clinch a spot in the Western Conference semifinals with a sweep on Thursday night.

#7 Tri-City Americans 9 @ #3 Kelowna Rockets 7 (Game 2)

Game 2 last Saturday night in Kelowna was a wild affair, with the teams combining for sixteen goals. Bolt prospect Cal Foote earned First Star honors in a losing effort with a goal and three assists, and Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) scored twice and also had a four point night for the Rockets. But the Nolan Yaremko (undrafted) would lead the Americans with an empty hat trick and Morgan Geekie (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick), Michael Rasmussen (DET, 2017 1st round pick), and Isaac Johnson (2018 draft eligible) would all score twice and notch four points each

#1 Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ #8 Prince Albert Raiders 0 (Game 4)
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Warriors lead series 3-1

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brody Willms pitched a 32-save shutout for the Warriors, as Moose Jaw takes a 3-1 lead in the series. Game 5 shifts back to the Mosaic Place Saturday night, with the Raiders facing elimination.

#8 Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (OT) (Game 2)
#1 Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ #8 Prince Albert Raiders 4 (Game 4)

In Game 2 last Saturday night, former Lighting prospect Brett Howden who was traded to the Rangers organization at the deadline in the McDonagh and Miller trade, scored twice for the Warriors to help secure Moose Jaw’s first win of the series.

For Game 3, the series moved to Prince Albert Tuesday night and saw Arizona Coyote free agent signee Brayden Burke score twice and Howden adding a goal and an assist to pace the Warriors to a 2-1 series lead.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-23-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#16 Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5
Round of 16
Armada leads series 2-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM, 11 SOG, 7/14 FO
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +6, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet assisted on linemate Alexandre Alain’s (undrafted) goal just 10 seconds into Game #2 and Alain would score again on the power just 74 seconds before the end of the 1st as the Armada jumped to an early 2-0 lead. Alain earned First Star honors for the second straight game and already has 4 goals in the playoffs. Barre-Boulet would later score a goal of his own in the 2nd and Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) would notch a goal and two assists as the Armada dug a two-loss series hole for the Foreurs. The series shifts to the Centre Air Creebec in Val-d’Or for Game #3 on Tuesday night.

#13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ #4 Halifax Mooseheads 5
Round of 16
Mooseheads lead series 1-0

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The kickoff of the 2018 QMJHL playoffs continued Friday with Game #1 of the series between #13 seed Baie-Comeau Drakkar against #4 seed Halifax Mooseheads. Halifax finished second in the Maritimes Division, just a scant three points back from division winner Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Bolt prospect Otto Somppi left the game in the 2nd period with an apparent upper body injury after a taking a Drakkar hit and will be evaluated on Saturday. Blue Jackets free agent signee and Moosehead captain Maxime Fortier led Halifax with two goals and Alexis Gravel, one of the top 2018 draft eligible goalies, made 36 saves as the Mooseheads gutted out a win in a penalty-filled affair. Game #2 is Saturday night right back at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.
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Ontario Hockey League

#8 Saginaw Spirit 2 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Greyhounds lead series 1-0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 5/9 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The kickoff of the 2018 OHL playoffs continued Friday with Game #1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals series between #8 seed Saginaw Spirit against #1 seed and winner of the OHL best regular season record of 55-7-3-3 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Bolt prospect Taylor Raddysh broke open a 1-1 game in the 2nd period with a pair of back-to-back late in the period to give the Soo a 3-1 lead heading to 2nd intermission. Fellow Bolt prospect Boris Katchouk assisted on both of Raddysh’s goals, with Raddysh earning First Star honors and Katchouk named as the Third Star. Right-hand blueliner Mac Hollowell (2018 draft eligible) scored once for the Soo and contributed a pair of assists. Game #2 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon back at the Essar Centre.

Western Hockey League

#8 Prince Albert Raiders 5 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 3
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Raiders lead series 1-0

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The kickoff of the 2018 WHL playoffs continued Friday with Game #1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series between #8 seed Prince Albert Raiders against #1 seed and Eastern Conference-best with a 52-15-2-3 record Moose Jaw Warriors.

Much like Thursday night when the upstart Tri-City Americans rolled into Kelowna and served up some notice, likewise, the Raiders pulled into Mosaic Place serving up the same to the Warriors in the form of a 5-3 win. Jordy Stallard (WPG, 2016 5th round pick) scored twice for Prince Albert in the 1st and Cole Fonstad (2018 draft eligible) scored twice in the 2nd to put the game out of reach for Moose Jaw. These two teams square off for Game #2 Saturday night back at Mosaic Place.

Juniors Game Night: 3-20-18

Juniors update from the weekend; no games on Monday and Tuesday.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 0 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 7 (Friday)
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1 (Saturday)
Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 (SO) (Sunday)

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 2 PIM, 11 SOG, 12/20 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-63-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

On Friday, Barre-Boulet scored twice and assisted on Alexandre Alain’s (undrafted) game opening goal, good for a Second Star, as the Armada put up the touchdown on scoreboard against the Foreurs. Emile Samson (undrafted) made 17 saves for the shutout.

On Saturday, Barre-Boulet didn’t dress as the Armada handled the Olympiques in Gatineau. After scoring twice the night before against Val-d’Or, Alexander Katerinakis (undrafted) paced a depleted Armada lineup with a goal and three points against Gatineau.

On Sunday, Barre-Boulet was back in the lineup but held pointless by Rimouski in a make-up game from the one cancelled back on March 14th due to a winter storm. Barre-Boulet failed to convert in the shootout, but linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) did convert and won the game for the Armada. Goaltenders Emile Samson (undrafted) and Gabriel Waked (undrafted) split time in net, with Samson going 17 of 17 in the first half of the game and Waked allowing just 1 on 14 shots, but stopping all three Rimouski shots in the shootout.

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7 (Friday)
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4 (Saturday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIMs, 5 SOG, 25/49 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

On Friday, Moncton jumped out to a 2-0, but the Mooseheads reeled off five straight to blow open the game. Somppi assisted on a goal by Columbus prospect Maxime Fortier. Halifax was paced by a pair of goals each from Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible) and Connor Moynihan (undrafted). James Phelan (undrafted) had a pair of power play markers for the Wildcats..

On Saturday, Mitchell Balmas (undrafted) racked up a hat trick for the Titan, outlasting the Mooseheads for a hard fought road win. Somppi assisted on a Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018 draft eligible) goal with 69 seconds left in regulation to draw the score to 5-4, but Halifax couldn’t manage the equalizer.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (OT) (Friday)
London Knights 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 (Sunday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 7/14 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

On Friday, the lowly Firebirds shocked the high-flying Soo with an overtime win behind a pair of goals by Jack Phibbs (undrafted) and three assists from Jake Durham (undrafted). Fedor Gordeev (TOR, 2017 5th round pick) scored the OT game-winner for Flint. Raddysh scored a power player marker in the 3rd to give the Soo a 3-2 lead, but the Greyhounds couldn’t close the door and let the game slip away for a rare home loss.

On Sunday, the Soo bounced back from their shocker Friday against the Firebirds, getting goals from six different skaters, and doubling up the Knights. Raddysh played his 58th game of the season, equally his games played from last season, but statistically 9 goals and 17 assists off last season’s 109-point output.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 4 (Friday)
Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Barrie Colts 10 (Saturday)
Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (Sunday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 3 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 32/69 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 20 GP, 3-6-9, -14, 10 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 14-25-39, -5, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

On Friday, the Colts jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Wolves behind the play of Dmitry Sokolov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) and Andrei Svechnikov (2018 draft eligible). Sudbury battled back to knot the score 4-4 midway through the 3rd period, before Svechnikov and Sokolov went back to work on the power play to secure the win for Barrie.

On Saturday, the second night of the home-and-home series, the Colts jumped out to another 4-0 lead behind a couple of goals and an assist from Zachary Magwood (undrafted). He’d later score again early in the 3rd for the hat trick. Lipanov assisted on both of Blake Murray’s (2019 draft eligible) goals at the end of the 1st to close the gap to 4-2, but Barrie blew the game open with a four-goal 2nd period en route to putting up double digits on the scoreboard. Both Lucas Chiodo (undrafted) and Ryan Suzuki (2019 draft eligible) would both notch five-point games for the Colts.

On Sunday, Lipanov assisted on the 2-1 go-ahead goal by Shane Bulitka (undrafted) early in the 2nd, but the Generals reeled off three straight to blow out the game.

Peterborough Petes 8 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (Friday)
Hamilton Bulldogs 5 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (Saturday)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 19/52 FO
Season Totals: 61 G, 16-13-29, -36, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

On Friday, Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) notched a hat trick for the Petes as they pasted a snowman up on the Oshawa scoreboard. Paquette scored the 4-3 go ahead goal right at the end of the 2nd period and Peterborough stomped on the gas in the 3rd to put the game away. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (2018 draft eligible) peeled off a six-point game with a goal and five assists for the Petes.

On Saturday, Der-Arguchintsev continued his hot play, opening the scoring early in the 1st period, but the Bulldogs roared back behind a hat trick and four points from Marian Studenic (NJD, 2017 5th round pick).

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2 (Friday)
Vancouver Giants 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 8 (Saturday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-2-2, +4, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 60 GP, 19-51-70, +31, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

On Friday, Foote sat out of the Rockets lineup, but teammates Carsen Twarynski and Kyle Topping notched two goals each to pace Kelowna to a road victory over the Giants.

On Saturday, Foote returned to the line-up for the home-half of the home-and-home series with the Giants and notched a pair of assists. The Rockets were paced with two goal, four-point nights from both Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) and Leif Mattson (undrafted). Foote reached the 70-point plateau and equalized his assist output from last season in 11 fewer games.

Brandon Wheat Kings 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5 (OT) (Friday)
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 5 (SO) (Saturday)

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

On Friday, The Warriors played catch up the whole game, equalizing 3-1, 4-3, and 5-4 deficits, but never holding a lead. Stelio Mattheos (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick) paced the Wheat Kings with two goals and an assist, including the OT game-winner. Former Lightning prospect Brett Howden had four assists in a losing effort for Moose Jaw.

On Saturday, the second half of the home-and-home back-to-back, Sosunov assisted on Branden Klatt’s (undrafted) second goal as part of a 4-0 jump by the Warriors with a couple of goals from Tanner Jeannot (undrafted) to go along with Klatt’s. The Wheat Kings would battle back behind a pair of markers by Luka Burzan (2018 draft eligible). Burzan would go on to win the game for Brandon converting as the sixth shooter to break a 1-1 tie in the shootout.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Lincoln Stars 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2 (SO) (Friday)
Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (SO) (Sunday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 46 GP, 4-19-23, +9, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

On Friday, the Stars converted on their first two shots in the shootout to defeat the Lancers. Perbix assisted on Filip Suchy’s (undrafted) power-play goal just 40 seconds into the 3rd to knot the score at 1-1.

On Sunday, the Lancers lose their 2nd straight in the shootout. Walker notched the primary assist for the Muskateers on Cole Koepke’s (Minnesota-Duluth commit) goal just 50 seconds into the game. Both Perbix and Walker failed to convert in the shootout.

Sioux Falls Stampede 6 @ Sioux City Muskateers 3 (Saturday)
Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (SO) (Sunday)

F Sammy Walker, SC: 2 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (USHL): 6 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

On Saturday, Walker re-joined Sioux City, his USHL team, after the conclusion of his high school hockey career and assisted on Dylan Mills (Niagara commit) second goal of the game. The Stampede, however, doubled the Musketeers behind a goal and two assists from Adam Dawe (Maine commit).

On Sunday, the Lancers lose their 2nd straight in the shootout. Walker notched the primary assist for the Muskateers on Cole Koepke’s (Minnesota-Duluth commit) goal just 50 seconds into the game. Both Perbix and Walker failed to convert in the shootout.

Juniors Game Night: 3-15-18

Include results from both Wednesday and Thursday...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic @ Blainville-Boisbriand (Wednesday)

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: Postponed
Season Totals: 63 GP, 51-62-113, +26, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

This game was cancelled due to a severe winter storm affecting the province. The game will be rescheduled (if necessary) on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET at Boisbriand’s Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau.

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7 (Wednesday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG, 12/20 FO
Season Totals: 57 GP, 28-53-81, +36, 26 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on the first of Benoit-Olivier Groulx’s (2018 draft eligible) goals, a power play marker in the 2nd to give the Mooseheads a 3-1 lead. Halifax would go on rout the Sea Dogs behind the two goals from Groulx and a goal and two assists from blueliner Jared McIsaac (2018 draft eligible). Both Groulx and McIsaac, along with Filip Zadina, are all possible 2018 first rounders.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8 (Wednesday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +4, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 42-43-85, +56, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/3 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 26 GP, 17-21-38, +16, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 56 GP, 32-50-82, +26, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh and Katchouk both scored 1st period goals, with Raddysh potting a power play marker in what would eventually be the game-winner. Katchouk followed with his goal coming just 45 seconds before the end of the first. After a scoreless 2nd period, Raddysh set up a Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) power play tally in the 3rd, and Katchouk would setup a Jordan Sambrook (DET, 2016 5th round pick) shortie. Then a Soo snowman happened.

North Bay Battalion 5 @ Peterborough Petes 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 12/22 FO
Season Totals: 59 G, 15-13-28, -36, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Matthew Struthers (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Battalion and Christian Propp (undrafted) stopped 32 shots as North Bay marched into Peterborough and scored five straight before Logan DeNoble (undrafted) netted a single 3rd period marker for the Petes to spoil the shutout.

Western Hockey League

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 6 (Wednesday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 59 GP, 19-49-68, +27, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote scored twice in the 3rd to help break open a 2-2 tie, earning First Star honors while firing a game-high six shots. He also assisted on his brother Nolan’s (2019 draft eligible) 1st period goal. Foote is creeping up on several milestones, so stay tuned to this weekend’s results.

Juniors Game Night: 3-10-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 3 SOG, 15/26 FO
Season Totals: 56 GP, 28-52-80, +36, 26 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads rallied from a 2-0 deficit behind a pair of goals from Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible) to knot the score heading into the second intermission, but the Titan would reestablish the lead just two and a half minutes in the 3rd and hold on for the home win. Jeffrey Truchon-Viel (undrafted) paced Acadie-Bathurst with a goal and an assist.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Barrie Colts 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 58 G, 15-13-28, -35, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Colts forward Dmitry Sokolov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) took over the OHL goal scoring race from his teammate and Ottawa Senators free agent signee Aaron Luchuk. Sokolov scored his 47th and 48th in the 2nd period after the Petes drew within one, to put the game out of reach. Luchuk scored his 47th of the season as part of a three-goal Barrie first period. Paquette did not dress for Peterborough.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 0 @ Kelowna Rockets 4

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 17-48-65, +24, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Leif Mattson (undrafted) scored twice for Kelowna and James Porter (undrafted) made just 18 saves as the Rockets shutout the Blazers to sweep the home-and-home series against Kamloops.

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 67 GP, 7-18-25, +40, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Sosunov setup Branden Klatt (undrafted) just five minutes into the game for the first of two scores for Klatt. Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) also scored for the Warriors and added two assists in a bounce-back win for Moose Jaw against a formidable Swift Current team.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Lincoln Stars 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 4-18-22, +11, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix’s goal-scoring streak hits two games, as he netted an unassisted marker early in the 2nd to knot the game at 1-1, followed shortly after by a shorthanded go-ahead by Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick). The Stars would rally behind Wyatt Aamodt (Minnesota St. Mankato commit), scoring the next three and doubling the Lancers.

Minnesota State High School League

#5 Centennial Cougars 0 @ #2 Edina Hornets 11

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-3-5, +6, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker (pictured) and the Edina High School Hornets brought a very large chip on their shoulder to the 3rd Place consolation game of the Minnesota Class AA high school championships. They used that chip to blank the Centennial Cougars 11-0, and Walker ends his high school hockey career with a game-high two-goal, five-point statement. Walker assisted on two goals from Mason Nevers to open the scoring, and then added his own goal as part of a 4-0 Hornets 1st period. Walker would go on to add a shorthanded assist in the 2nd and a shorthanded goal in the 3rd. Garrett Mackay made 22 saves to shutout the Cougars, the third win of the season over Centennial. Later, rival Minnetonka high school would defeat Duluth East 5-2 to claim the State Class AA championship. Those two teams accounted for the only three losses the Hornets had on the 2017-18 season.

The 2018 Minnesota Mr. Hockey banquet is set for noon Sunday at the St. Paul River Centre, and Walker is a finalist for this prestigious award for the most outstanding senior high school boys’ hockey player. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh was former recipient of this award.

Beyond that, it will be interesting to see when Walker will rejoin his USHL team, the Sioux City Musketeers, perhaps as early as March 17 when the Musketeers take on Sioux Falls. He’s slated to join the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for the 2018-19 season.

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