Somppi, Otto

Juniors Game Night: 1-20-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 11

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 4/16 FO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 15-40-55, +29, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Burn the tape.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Flint Firebirds 4

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 31-24-55, +33, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/3 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 5 GP, 4-5-9, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 19-34-53, +12, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

A night after their first regulation loss since October 27th, one of the worst teams in the league, the Flint Firebirds, hands the Soo their second regulation loss in a row. Katchouk scored this 31st of the season early in the 3rd to draw the Greyhounds within one, but the Soo couldn’t muster the equalizer. Ty Dellandrea (2018 draft eligible) paced the Firebirds with two goals, a power play game-winning tally, and a short-handed marker.

North Bay Battalion 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/26 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 6 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 41 GP, 13-20-33, +7, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov assisted on David Levin’s (2018 draft eligible) 2nd period equalizer and Drake Pilon (undrafted) won the game for the Wolves late in the 3rd.

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 13/18 FO
Season Totals: 40 GP, 12-5-17, -22, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette assisted on the shorthanded opening goal by Zach Gallant (DET, 2017 3rd round pick). Matt Brassard (VAN, 2017 7th round pick) scored on a shorthanded penalty shot and then converted in the shootout to lead the Generals to victory.

Western Hockey League

Victoria Royals 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 8

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-1-2, +4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 9-29-38, +12, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cal Foote and Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) worked together to score two 1st period goals and helped give the Rockets an early 3-0 lead, and Kelowna never trailed. Jack Cowell (undrafted) tallied two goals, and Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) had 4 points to pace the Rockets.

Regina Pats 3 @ Saskatoon Blade 4 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 8-19-27, -12, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek notched an assist in his first game against his old team. The Blades opened up a 2-0 lead in the 1st before former Blade Cameron Hebig (EDM, FA ELC) and Pats captain Sam Steel (ANA, 2017 1st round pick) helped the Pats score three straight for the 3-2 lead at the end of the 2nd. The Blades knotted the game in the 3rd and then Eric Florchuk (2018 draft eligible) scored the OT game-winner for Saskatoon.

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 5 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 1-12-13, +12, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix notched a power play assist on a 2nd period Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) goal and another shorthanded assist on a 3rd period Ethan Price (undrafted) goal. Cates scored twice to lead the Lancers over the Buccaneers, and split the home-and-home series.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 7 @ Hill-Murray Pioneers 1

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-2-4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 16 GP, 20-22-42, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Mason Nevers scored a natural hat trick for the Hornets and Walker added two goals and two assists in Edina’s road win over Hill-Murray. A rematch with Minnetonka awaits the Hornets Thursday night, the team that handed Edina its only loss this season.

Juniors Game Night: 1-19-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-2-4, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 9/27 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 38 GP, 15-40-55, +32, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Otto Somppi Experience dialed up a two goal, four point explosion leading the Mooseheads to an overtime victory over the Screaming Eagles, earning First Star honors in front of 8200+ at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. Somppi opened the scoring in the 1st with a helper from Rafael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible), as the Mooseheads took a 2-1 lead to the first intermission. Early in the 2nd, Somppi then setup Lavoie’s 20th of the season to extend Halifax’s lead to 3-1. But Cape Breton screamed back with three straight, before Somppi’s power play marker knotted the game at 4-4, sending the match into overtime where Somppi and Lavoie both assisted on Jocktan Chainey’s (NJD, 2017 7th round pick) overtime game-winner.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Sarnia Sting 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/2 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 30-24-54, +33, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 4 GP, 4-5-9, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 34 GP, 21-32-53, +12, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The mojo in the newly retired jersey of Steven Stamkos hanging in the rafters of the Progressive Auto Sales Arena could not be contained as Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) and Adam Ruzicka (CGY, 2017 4th round pick) led the Sarnia Sting in doing what no team in nearly thirty games has been able to do – defeat the Soo in regulation. The first game for Taylor Raddysh since being named OHL and CHL Player-of-the-Week was a disaster along with linemates Boris Katchouk and Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick), all three held pointless by the Sting and each slapped with a -3 rating. One of the few bright spots for the Greyhounds was Hayden Verbeek (undrafted), nephew of Pat Verbeek, who scored in the 3rd to tie the game at 3-3 before Kyrou and Ruzicka combined to sink the Soo’s regulation win streak.

Saginaw Spirit 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/15 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 5 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 13-19-32, +6, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Cole Coskey (undrafted) and Broward County native Mason Kohn (undrafted) paced the Spirit, scoring three of the team’s four goals, as Saginaw doubled Sudbury for the win.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 7

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 8-28-36, +8, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote was an ugly -4 as the Thunderbirds put up a touchdown at home against the visiting Rockets. Foote did tally an assist on Dillon Dube’s (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) power play marker in the 2nd. Nolan Volcan (undrafted) paced Seattle with a hat trick.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Regina Pats 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 16/28 FO
Season Totals: 24 GP, 17-25-42, +24, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 46 GP, 7-11-18, +31, 48 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 34 GP, 8-18-26, -12, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

WHL goal scoring leader Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) tallied his 49th and 50th goals of the season, and WHL assist and point leader Brayden Burke (undrafted) notched his 69th and 70th assist of the season, as the Warriors defeated the Pats for their league-leading 37th win of the season. Howden assisted on Halbgewachs second goal of the game during garbage time with Moose Jaw already up 4-1.

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.

Des Moines Buccaneers 3 @ Omaha Lancers 0

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 1-11-12, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Slovakian WJC netminder Roman Durny and WJAC U19 Silver Medalist USA goalie Jake Kucharski (Providence commit, 2018 draft eligible) combined to pitch a 24 save shutout of the Lancers at home. Czech pivot Nicolas Werbik (undrafted) and former Oceanic paced Des Moines with a goal and an assist.

Minnesota State High School League

Lakeville South Cougars 1 @ Edina Hornets 4

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 15 GP, 18-20-38, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Hornets got goals from four different players, but the Cougars held Walker pointless in the 4-1 loss to Edina. The Hornets improve to 15-1 and hit the road for a Saturday night match against the Hill-Murray Pioneers.

Juniors Game Night: 1-17-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/17 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 36 GP, 13-38-51, +32, 18 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi opened the scoring with an assist and a goal to give the Mooseheads a 2-0 1st period lead on his way to earning Second Star honors. But the Wildcats scored three goals to take a 3-2 lead in the 3rd before Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018 draft eligible) scored the equalizer, sending the game into overtime. Mika Cyr (undrafted) netted the OT game-winner for Moncton just 36 second into the extra frame.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 4 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 8-27-35, +12, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cal Foote (pictured) scored the OT game-winner for the Rockets, holding off a second half rally by the Hurricanes. Jordy Bellerive (PIT, FA ELC) scored for Lethbridge just 42 seconds into the game, but the Rockets responded with three straight by Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick), Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick), and a shortie by Conner Bruggen-Cate (undrafted). Dube paced Kelowna with a goal and an assist, and rookie Dylan Cozens (2019 draft eligible) notched two assists for the Hurricanes.

Regina Pats 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 3

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 8-18-26, -11, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek notched his first point as a Pat, a power play assist on a 3rd period goal by former Montreal prospect Matt Bradley. It was Hajek’s 26th point of the season, equaling his point total from all last season in 30 fewer games. Regina rebounded from a 2-1 deficit, scoring three straight, including two by Bradley, stretching out a 4-2 lead and hanging on for the win.

Juniors Game Night: 1-13-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/32 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 12-37-49, +31, 18 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi notched an assist on Raphael Lavoie’s (2019 draft eligible) 2nd OT game-winner in as many games. The Wildcats led 3-2 at the 2nd intermission behind two goals by James Phelan (undrafted), but Patrick Kyte (undrafted) knotted the game with about three minutes left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Ben Higgins (undrafted) had a goal and two assists for Halifax.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 30-24-54, +36, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 2-3-5, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/2 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 3 GP, 4-5-9, +5, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 21-32-53, +15, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Wonder Twins combined for First and Second Star honors as the Greyhounds put up a touchdown on the Steelheads. Raddysh scored twice and added three assists, and Katchouk notched three helpers of his own to lead the most potent offense in OHL. Linemate Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) tacked on two scores of his own. The teams were tied 2-2 at the 2nd intermission, but a six-goal 3rd period outburst would blow the game wide open for Sault Ste. Marie, who have just a single shootout loss as a blemish in their last 29 games. Raddysh assisted on both of Frost’s goals, and Katchouk assisted on both of Raddysh’s goals. Owen Tippett (FLA, 2017 1st round pick) scored two of Mississauga’s four goals. Since the trade from Erie after the WJCs, Raddysh has nine points in three games, and Katchouk has six points.

Ottawa 67’s 2 @ Peterborough Petes 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 10/14 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 12-4-16, -23, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette scored twice on the power play and former Maple Leaf prospect Nikita Korostelev (free agent) also scored twice as the Petes won for the second straight game to climb over the 67’s and out of the East Division cellar. Paquette won 10 of 14 faceoffs and, along with Korostelev, led all skaters with seven shots. Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016 5th round pick) stopped 37 Ottawa shots. Paquette was robbed of a star.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Libor Hajek has been given time off by the Regina Pats after being traded from Saskatoon on Monday.

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Vancouver Giants 3

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 7-27-34, +13, 20 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

After a scoreless 1st period, Conner Bruggen-Cate (undrafted) opened the scoring for the Rockets, but Owen Hardy (undrafted) and #2 WHL goal-scorer Ty Ronning (NYR, 2016 7th round draft pick) answered to give the Giants a 2-1 lead at the 2nd intermission. Leif Mattson (undrafted) scored the equalizer for Kelowna early in the 3rd, but Vancouver would not be denied as Giants goalie David Tendeck (2018 draft eligible) shut the door after the go-ahead goal by James Malm (undrafted). It was Malm’s 9th game-winner, good for best in the WHL.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 10/21 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 16-22-38, +20, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 7-11-18, +32, 48 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Raiders did what no other team has done in the last 10 games and that’s beat the Warriors in regulation. Howden notched a couple of assists, one on the power play that tied the game at 2-2 in the 2nd period. But Prince Albert scored twice behind Jordy Stellard’s (WGP, 2016 5th round pick) two goals and one assist to stretch out to a 4-2 lead that the Warriors couldn’t make up.

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 4 (SO)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 0-11-11, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Cole Gallant (Western Michigan commit) scored on the power play in regulation and converted the only goal in the shootout to lift the Lancers over the Stars amd take both games in the home-and-home series. Filip Suchy (undrafted) scored and added two assists, and Brendan Furry (Niagara commit) tallied a couple of assists to help Omaha overcome a 2-1 first period deficit.

Minnesota State High School League

Blaine Bengals 0 @ Edina Hornets 9

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-1-3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 14 GP, 18-20-38, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 5 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The line of Sammy Walker, Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit), and Mason Nevers (uncommitted) dominated the Bengals as the trio scored a combined 4 goals and 11 points against Blaine high school. Walker had two of those goals, Jungel had two goals, and Nevers notched four assists. Garrett Mackay (uncommitted) turned aside 12 shots for the shutout. The Hornets take on the Lakeville South Cougars next Friday night, January 19th.

Juniors Game Night: 1-12-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Charlottetown Islander 2 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 13/28 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 12-36-48, +30, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi continues sneezing out assists, as the Mooseheads win in overtime to claim both sets of the home-and-home series with Charlottetown. After 40 minutes of scoreless, hockey, Sompii assisted on Raphael Lavoie’s (2019 draft eligible) opening marker. The Islanders would strike back with two 3rd period goals of their own to take 2-1 lead. But Halifax would knot the game on a power play goal by Jake Ryczek (CHI, 2016 7th round pick) with just 39 seconds left in the game, with Somppi credited with the primary assist. Lavoie would notch his 2nd of the game with the OT game-winner 2:35 into the extra session.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 30-21-51, +34, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (SSM): 2 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 19-29-48, +12, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk scored twice, once on the power play, to pace the Greyhounds in the victory over the Attack. He opened the scoring to give the Greyhounds a modest 1-0 lead after the 1st. Sault Ste. Marie would run up three more goals, including Katchouk’s 30th of the season, a power play goal early in the 3rd and the Greyhounds’ 4th goal. Owen Sound would close the gap in the 3rd with two power play markers of their own, before Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) would score another power play goal for the Greyhounds late in the 3rd. Raddysh tallied two assists, one on Katchouk’s game opener, and the other on Frost’s power play goal at the end of the game. With this game, Katchouk is at the midpoint of the number of games he played last season, and he is on pace for a 60 goal, 100+ point season. Together Frost and Katchouk lead the OHL in six different offensive categories.

Mississauga Steelheads 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 12/23 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 2 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-18-29, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 12-18-30, +6, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

It might be a long rest of the season for Alexey Lipanov. A night after a 10-1 thrashing at the hands of Barrie, the Wolves were doubled up by the Steelheads. Lipanov scored the game’s opening goal, a power play tally just 4:26 into the 1st, and Sudbury followed it up with Drake Pilon’s (undrafted) first of two goals of the game to give the Wolves an early 2-0 lead. But Mississauga would strike back with three straight goals, before Pilon would strike again for the Wolves. The team’s went into the 2nd intermission knotted at 3-3, but once again the Steelheads would score three straight for the 6-3 win. Cole Carter (undrafted), just traded by Kitchener, and Michael McLeod (NJD, 2016 1st round pick), WJC Canadian Gold medal winner, would pace Mississauga with two goals apiece.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Libor Hajek has been given time off by the Regina Pats after the trade from Saskatoon.

Kelowna Rockets 6 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-3-3, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, “First Star*
Season Totals: 32 GP, 7-27-34, +13, 20 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote backed up last game’s First Star with another First Star performance, notching three power play assists helping the Rockets to 6 goals on 42 shots against the Thunderbirds. Foote assisted on both of Carsen Twarynski’s (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) power play goals, and on Leif Mattson’s (undrafted) power play marker.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 8

C Brett Howden, MJ: 3-2-5, +6, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 6/13 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 16-20-36, +20, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 43 GP, 7-11-18, +32, 46 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden finally returned to the Moose Jaw lineup after strong performance winning gold for the Canadians at the WJCs, and showed why he is one of the best players in the league. Howden netted a hat trick, five points, and a +6 rating en route to First Star honors and another Warriors snowman on the scoreboard. Colten Kehler (undrafted) scored both Oil Kings goals, and WHL goal scoring leader Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) also had a hat trick and five points for the Warriors and Ryan Peckford (2018 draft eligible) had three assists. Due to injuries and the WJCs, this was just Howden’s 21st game of the season.

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 6 @ Lincoln Stars 2

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 0-11-11, +13, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

The Lancers and Stars combined for 160 minutes in penalties including 32 PIM to Christian Krygier (2018 draft eligible, Wisconsin commit), and 25 PIM each to Mason Klee (uncommited) and Jack Randl (2018 draft eligible, Michigan commit). Omaha got goals from six different players.

Juniors Game Night: 1-11-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-3-3, +4, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 11/21 FO
Season Totals: 34 GP, 12-34-46, +28, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi notched an assist on both of Filip Zadina’s (2018 draft eligible) goals, and also a 3rd on Connor Moynihan’s (undrafted) power play marker. Somppi’s 34 assists and +28 rating are good for tops in the QMJHL

Ontario Hockey League
On Wednesday, the Barrie Colts traded Alexey Lipanov to the Sudbury Wolves in exchange for Dmitri Sokolov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick).

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Barrie Colts 10

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/18 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 11-18-29, +8, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov’s debut for the Wolves, which happened to be against his former team, was a disaster. The Colts put up double digits on Sudbury. Jaden Peca (undrafted) had a 5-point, two-goal night, and Zachary Magwood (undrafted) had a 4-point, two-goal night.

Guelph Storm 2 @ Peterborough Petes 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/15 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 10-4-14, -22, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016 5th round pick) stopped 44 Guelph shots and Nikita Korostelev (free agent) scored twice as the Petes doubled up the Storm.

Juniors Game Night: 1-7-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 6 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 10/22 FO
Season Totals: 33 GP, 12-31-43, +24, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi notched an assist on returning Czech WJC’er Filip Zadina’s (2018 draft eligible) game winning goal with 49 seconds left in the game. The Mooseheads jumped out to a 4-0 lead behind two goals from Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible, and led 5-1 by the 2nd intermission. But the Titan battled back with four straight in the 3rd period, included two goals by the recently acquired blueliner Olivier Galipeau (undrafted), to knot the score at 5-5. Lavoie paced Halifax with four points and Maxime Fortier (CLB, FA) added three points.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Taylor Raddysh has not yet joined Sault St. Marie after being traded by the Erie Otters at the conclusions of the 2018 WJCs.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ Guelph Storm 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/2 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 31 GP, 28-20-48, +32, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: Did not play
Season Totals (Erie): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk (pictured) returned to the Greyhounds following a strong showing for the gold medal Canadian team, picking up where he left off with a goal and two assists helping Sault Ste. Marie to a win, 7-3, over the Storm. Katchouk assisted on a Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) power play marker to open the scoring just 2:46 into the game. He also assisted on the Barrett Hayton (2018 draft eligible) 2nd period goal that would eventually prove to be the game-winner, and added a shorthanded marker of his own later in the 3rd period. Frost paced Sault Ste. Marie with two goals and three points, and Hayton also tallied three points in the contest like Katchouk. Hayton, Frost, and Katchouk were the Three Stars of the Game. The Greyhounds have lost just 3 games in regulation this season.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw) and Cal Foote (Kelowna) are away from their respective WHL teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: Did not play
Season Totals: 33 GP, 8-16-24, -10, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek was not in the lineup as the Blades fell to the Wheat Kings on the road. Chase Wouters (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for Saskatoon to knot the score 3-3 in the 3rd, but Ty Lewis (COL, FA) scored his 2nd of the game with just under two minutes to play to give Brandon the win.

Minnesota State High School League

Academy of Holy Angels Stars 0 @ Edina Hornets 9 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-2-4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 13 GP, 16-19-35, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker led the charge with two goals and two assists as the Hornets scored on 9 of 44 shots while allowing just six total shots from the Stars. The Hornets take on the Blaine Bengals next Saturday night, January 13th.

Juniors Game Night: 1-6-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ St. John’s Sea Dogs (OT1)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 17/28 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 12-30-42, +24, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads fell behind 3-1 on the road in St. John’s in the 1st, but managed to take a 4-3 lead early in the 3rd on Brett Crossley’s (undrafted) 2nd goal of the game. St. John’s rookie Radim Salda, fresh back from the Czech Republic WJC team, knotted the score 4-4 just 48 seconds later, and the two teams would end regulation tied. Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible) would score the OT game winner for Halifax almost two minutes into the extras session. Connor Moynihan (undrafted) notched 3 assists on the night for the Mooseheads.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Sault Ste. Marie) are away from their respective OHL teams for the 2018 WJC tournament. Raddysh (pictured) was traded today by Erie to Sault Ste. Marie along with Jordan Sambrook (DET, 2016 5th round pick) in exchange for 16 year old Hayden Fowler and nine OHL draft picks.

Kingston Frontenacs 6 @ Barrie Colts 4

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/15 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 11-18-29, +9, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Aaron Luchuk (OTT, FA) scored twice in the 1st period to give the Colts a 3-2 lead at the first intermission, but it was mostly the Frontenacs the last 40 minutes of the match. Kingston got a hat trick and four points from Cliff Pu (BUF, 2016 3rd round pick), and two more goals from Linus Nyman (2018 draft eligible). Jason Robertson (DAL, 2017 2nd round pick) would notch an impressive 5 assists on the night for the Frontenacs. A night after going 50% on draw, Lipanov won just a quarter of his draws against Kingston. The Colts have now dropped three straight.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/15 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 10-4-14, -22, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) and Nick Isaacson (undrafted) both scored 2nd period goals to give the Petes a 2-1 lead, but the 67’s would score two of their own to squeak the 3-2 win, and relegate the Petes to the cellar in the East Division and 1-8-1 record in their last 10 games.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw) and Cal Foote (Kelowna) are away from their respective WHL teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 8-16-24, -10, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek returned to action with the Blades after a breakout WJCs tournament for the Czech blueliner. Gage Ramsey (undrafted) scored twice and added an assist for the Saskatoon, as the Blades doubled up the Ice.

Moose Jaw Warriors 7 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 2

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 7-10-17, +29, 44 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Oil Kings knotted the game 2-2 less than a minute left in the 1st period, but the Warriors poured on 5 goals in the 2nd and 3rd to run away with the game. Justin Almeida (undrafted) scored twice for Moose Jaw and Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) scored shorthanded and on the power play extending his WHL goal scoring lead. WHL points and assist leader Brayden Burke (undrafted) had 3 assists for the Warriors.

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 4 @ Tri-City Storm 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 0-11-11, +12, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Christian O’Neill (Princeton commit) scored twice for the Lancers as Omaha scored twice in the 1st and twice in the 2nd for the road win over the Storm.

Juniors Game Night: 1-2-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 13/23 FO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 12-30-42, +26, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi (pictured) notched a pair of assists in the Mooseheads OT road win over the Wildcats, giving him 1-5-6 in 4 games since returning from the holiday break. Somppi and Jared McIsaac (2018 draft eligible) assisted on Raphael Lavoie’s (2019 draft eligible) opening goal just 33 seconds into game. Moncton struck back with two 1st period goals by Jeremy McKenna (undrafted). Sompii tallied his second point midway through the 2nd period on a power play marker from Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018 draft eligible) to knot the game at 2-2. After the teams traded 3rd period goals, Jocktan Chainey won the game for Haifax with the OT game winner 1:10 into the extra session. With the win, the Mooseheads move ahead of Blainville-Boisbriand with the most points in the Q, and extend their division lead over Acadie-Bathurst in the Maritimes.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Erie) are away from their respective OHL teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Barrie Colts 0 @ Kitchener Rangers 3

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: Did not play
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-17-28, +10, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Despite slinging 43 shots at Rangers goalie Luke Richardson (undrafted), the Colts went scoreless as their six-game winning streak was snapped. Lipanov missed his second consecutive game.

Juniors Game Night: 12-28-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 0 @ Halifax Mooseheads 9

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/15 FO
Season Totals: 28 GP, 11-25-36, +24, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Q and Otto Somppi resumed play after the break for the holidays and Islander netminder Matthew Welsh (undrafted) pitched a 36-shot shutout, and Pascal Aquin (undrafted) scored both Charlottetown goals.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Erie) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Barrie Colts 4

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 4/11 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-17-28, +10, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Barrie once each in the 1st and 2nd, and then let Sudbury draw even before Ben Hawerchuk (undrafted) scored with two minutes left in regulation to give the Colts the win. No doubt a tall order for Lipanov to come back after not making the Russian WJC squad.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Guelph Storm 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 10-4-14, -19, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Nate Ratcliffe (PHI, 2017 2nd round pick) scored twice for the Storm and the woes for the Petes continue even after a long holiday rest.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw), Cal Foote (Kelowna), and Libor Hajek (Saskatoon) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 8

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 7-10-17, +27, 36 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors pasted a snowman on the board against the Broncos in the backside of the home-and-home series coming out of the break. Moose Jaw got goals from seven different players, with Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) scoring twice. With Swift Current’s Tyler Steenbergen (ARI, 5th round pick) off to the WJCs, Halbgewachs assumes sole lead in the WHL in goals scored with 37. Sosunov scored his 7th goal of the season as part of four-goal 3rd period.

United States Hockey League

Cedar Rapids Roughriders 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 4 (OT1)

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: Did not play
Season Totals: 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The Captain remained out of the lineup for the Fighting Saints for the second consecutive game, and wondering now if somehow Guttman might have gotten hurt in the championship game at the WJAC’s. Josh Maniscalco (Arizona State commit) scored in OT for Dubuque after serving a fighting major and 10 minute misconduct in the 1st for his tangle with Roughrider Will Zmolek (Bemidji State commit).

Omaha Lancers 5 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 3

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix was back in the Omaha lineup after silver medaling in the WJACs and taking the holiday break, but the Black Hawks blanked the Lancers behind last year’s Slovakian WJC goalie Matej Tomek’s 31-save shutout.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 5 vs St. Michael-Albertville Knights 1

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 11 GP, 12-15-27, 8 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker and Jett Jungels (Western Michigan commit) tag-teamed on a couple of shorties to help the Hornets pull away from the Knights and win their final game of the Schwan’s Cup Gold Division tournament. Edina took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, but STMA cut the lead in half before Jungel scored his first of the game at even strength to reestablish a two-goal Hornet lead. Jungel then assisted on Walker’s shorthand marker with nearly 3 minutes left in the 2nd, and then Walker assisted on Jungel’s shorthanded tally just 19 seconds into the final frame. Edina’s win placed them 3rd in eight-team tournament, with St. Thomas Academy winning the Schwan’s Gold Cup in a shootout win over Minnetonka.

Edina plays next on January 2nd against the Burnsville Blaze.

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