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Juniors Game Night: 2-22-18

Ontario Hockey League

Kingstons Frontenacs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/16 FO
Season Totals: 53 G, 15-12-27, -31, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016 5th round pick) made 31 saves for the Petes to help secure a big home win against Kingston. Paquette assisted on empty net shortie by Zach Gallant (DET, 2017 3rd rounder) with 8 seconds left in the game to preserve Peterborough’s tenuous 2-1 lead with the Frontenacs pressing for the equalizer.

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 8 @ Youngstown Phantoms 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +16, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix scored his 2nd of the season and added an assist as the visiting Lancers put a snowman up on the scoreboard against the Phantoms. Perbix notched the helper on Brendan Furry’s (Niagara commit) goal as part of a five goal 1st period by Omaha. Perbix’s goal came in garbage time early in the 3rd with the Lancers having a commanding 7-0 lead on Youngstown. Perbix broke 20 points as a blueliner in his first full season post-high school, and by far and away leads all Omaha defensemen in points and assists. He’s also 7th on the team in points, 5th in assists, and 3rd on the team in power play assists.

Minnesota State High School League

Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper Wings 1 @ Edina Hornets 5

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-1-2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 26 GP, 29-31-60, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Edina advances to the Minnesota State high school 6AA championship semi-finals by virtue of a 5-1 win against the Wings of Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper high school. Walker posted a goal and an assist, netting his goals just 2:23 into the game and hot on the heels of Lewis Crosby’s (uncommitted) 1st goal of the game just 49 seconds into the match. In the 2nd period, Walker would team up with linemate Mason Nevers (uncommitted) to set up the first of Jett Jungels’ (Northern Michigan commit) two goals. Jungels and Crosby both would each score again in the 3rd.

With the win, the Hornets advance to the state semi-finals Saturday night at the Bloomington Ice Garden against the 5th seed St. Louis Park Orioles. The Orioles pulled off a minor 2-1 upset of the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights. The winner advances to the state championship finals Monday night against either #3 seed Wayzata (whom Edina beat twice during the regular season) or #2 seed Cretin-Derham Hall (whom Edina beat once during the regular season).

Juniors Game Night: 2-20-18

Western Hockey League

Prince George Cougars 5 @ Kelowna Rockets 6

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 50 GP, 15-42-57, +21, 38 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote assisted on a Carsen Twarynski (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) power play goal in the 1st period and also on what would eventually be the game-winner by Erik Gardiner (undrafted) in the 2nd. The Rockets jumped out to a 3-2 lead over the Cougars in the 1st and then extended it to 6-2 in the 2nd behind two goals by Twarynski and two goals and an assist by Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick). Prince George rallied in the 3rd, scoring three but could never muster the equalizer. For Foote, he equaled his points total (57) from last season in 21 fewer games.

Minnesota State High School League

The Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper Wings beat the Hopkins Royals Tuesday by the score of 3-2, winning the Minnesota State 6AA tournament play-in and advancing to the quarterfinals against Sammy Walker and the #1 seed Edina Hornets on Thursday night. The win broke a seven-game losing streak for the Wings.

Juniors Game Night: 2-19-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 20/31 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 49 GP, 23-50-731, +35, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on both of Filip Zadina’s (2018 draft eligible) goals, one shorthanded, and failed on a near-highlight reel trick on a penalty shot. Somppi and Zadina were part of the Mooseheads building a 5-1 lead in the 1st period goal, and Somppi earned First Stars honors for his efforts, which included taking 31 faceoffs and winning 65% of them. But L’Oceanic stormed back, scoring four straight and paced by two from 16-year-old phenom Alexis Lafreniere (2020 draft eligible), and sending the game to overtime. Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible) scored the OT game-winner for Halifax to salvage two points for the home team. These two assists give Somppi 50 on the season, over twice what he accumulated last season and just four off the Armada’s Alex Barre-Boulet (undrafted) for the league lead.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (OT)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 16/20 FO
Season Totals: 52 G, 15-11-26, -33, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes jumped out to a 3-1 lead behind a couple of goals from Zach Gallant (DET, 2017 3rd rounder) and a couple of assists from former Maple Leaf prospect Nikita Korostelev. The IceDogs fought back in the 2nd and 3rd with top prospect Akil Thomas (2018 draft eligible) scoring his 2nd of the game and forcing overtime. Brady Hinz (2018 draft eligible) scored his 2nd of the game for the OT game-winner for Peterborough, salvaging the win and 2nd point for the home team. Paquette took 20 faceoffs and won 80% of them.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 15/20 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 22-35-57, +26, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 7-16-23, +35, 54 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden scored the game’s opening goal and the Warriors built a 5-1 lead by the end of the 2nd period behind two goals from Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible), including what would become the shorthanded game-winner.

Regina Pats 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 1

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 17 GP, 3-7-10, +3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 50 GP, 11-24-35, -7, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Former Canadiens prospect Matt Bradley potted the empty netter, his 35th of the season, with 34 seconds remaining to preserve a road win for the Pats. Hajek was on the ice for all three Regina scores.

Minnesota State High School League

Wayzata Trojans 0 @ Edina Hornets 4 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 25 GP, 28-30-58, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Information about Saturday’s 4-0 Edina win over Wayzata was finally posted. Walker assisted on the game's opening goal by Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit). Jungels, Mason Nevers (uncommitted), and Demetrios Koumontzis (2018 draft eligible, Arizona State commit) all had a goal and an assist to pace the Hornets to victory in their final game of the regular season.

The Minnesota State 6AA high school championships begin on Tuesday with Hopkins taking on Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper in a play-in match to draw #1 seed Edina in the quarterfinals on Thursday night at the Braemar Ice Arena in Edina. The semifinals will be on February 24th in Bloomington and the finals on February 28th in Minneapolis.

Juniors Game Night: 2-18-18

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Regina Pats 4

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 16 GP, 3-7-10, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 49 GP, 11-24-35, -10, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 10/24 FO
Season Totals: 34 GP, 21-35-56, +24, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 56 GP, 7-16-23, +33, 54 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden assisted on Jayden Halbgewach’s (SJS, FA ELC) power player marker in the 1st to open the scoring for the Warriors in the third straight match between Moose Jaw and Regina. He then scored 16 seconds before the end of the 2nd to knot the game 2-2 going into 2nd intermission. But Hajek would setup Cale Fleury (MTL, 2017 3rd round pick) on the game-winner for the Pats in the 3rd, with Regina taking two straight off Moose Jaw, whetting everyone’s appetite for the WHL playoffs.

Minnesota State High School League

Wayzata Trojans 0 @ Edina Hornets 4 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: Data Not Available
Season Totals (HS): 24 GP, 28-29-57, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

No information was available on Edina’s 4-0 shutout of Wayzata on Saturday night. However, the finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey was announced and Bolt prospect and Edina High School senior Sammy Walker was named as one of the 10 finalists. The Mr. Hockey Award is given annually to Minnesota's most outstanding senior, and the winner is selected by a group of National Hockey League scouts, junior scouts and coaches, and media members from the state. This award, as well as others, are presented by the Minnesota Minute Men, and the awards winners will be named at the Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet on Sunday, March 11 in the St. Paul River Centre Grand Ballroom, located at 175 Kellogg Blvd. Walker’s teammate Demetrios Koumontzis was also named as one of the ten finalists. Past winners of the Mr. Hockey Award include Casey Mittelstadt, Nick Bjugstad, Nick Leddy, Ryan McDonagh, and Paul Martin.

This match against the Trojans concluded the regular season for the Hornets. The Minnesota State 6AA high school championships begin on Tuesday with Hopkins taking on Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper in a play-in match to draw #1 seed Edina in the quarterfinals on Thursday night at the Braemar Ice Arena in Edina. The semifinals will be on February 24th in Bloomington and the finals on February 28th in Minneapolis.

Juniors Game Night: 2-17-18

Updates all the way back to Wednesday...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 12 (Friday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 16/21 FO
Season Totals: 48 GP, 23-48-71, +35, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on a Jared McIsaac (2018 draft eligible) 1st period goal, and add goals of his own in the 2nd and 3rd periods as part of the Mooseheads unleashing a dozen goals on the Wildcats. After Halifax opened the scoring just 1:26 into the 1st, Moncton pushed back with three goals in just over four minutes to take a 4-1 lead early. But the McIsaac goal started a three-goal run by Halifax to finish off a seven-goal 1st period and take a 4-3 lead into the 1st intermission. The Mooseheads reeled off five 2nd period goals and then led off the 3rd with a goal as part of nine straight goals dating back the first. Moncton, down 10-3, scored twice more in the third before Halifax finished off the 3rd with two more. Besides Somppi’s two goals, the Mooseheads got two goals from Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible), Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018 draft eligible), and Connor Moynihan (undrafted). Groulx had a five-point game and Zadina had a four-point game to pace the Halifax attack. Somppi was also 76% on draws on the night... and... has the same amount of points as Katchouk and Raddysh. Think about it.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 36-35-71, +40, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-2-3, +3, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/4 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 17 GP, 14-13-27, +12, 8 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 47 GP, 29-42-71, +22, 24 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh scored once and added two assists, and Katchouk assisted on a Rasmus Sandin (2018 draft eligible) power play goal as the Soo put a touchdown on the scoreboard, capping off 22 goals scored in their last 3 games. Sandin, a Swede, had two goals to pace the Greyhounds.

Hamilton Bulldogs 0 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 10 (Friday)
W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0/1 FO
W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/2 FO

The Soo unleashed a barrage on the visiting Bulldogs Friday night, blanking Hamilton 10-zip behind a hat trick by Hayden Verbeek (undrafted) and two goals from Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick). Katchouk assisted on both of Frost’s goals and Raddysh also assisted on Frost’s 3rd period power play marker. Raddysh netted his 28th of the season with 31 seconds left in the 1st to give the Soo an early 4-0 lead.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 6 (SO) (Wednesday)
W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1/1 FO
W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

Soo goalie Tyler Johnson (undrafted) allowed 5 goals on 25 shots and the allowed both Spirit shooters to convert in the shootout, as a Greyhound rally fell short Wednesday night. Both Katchouk and Raddysh scored and added an assist in a losing effort. Raddysh failed to convert in the shootout.

Hamilton Bulldogs 8 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Bulldogs were obviously angry after getting beat by the Soo 10-0 last night and took it out on the Wolves, putting up a snowman on the scoreboard. Benjamin Gleason (undrafted) led the Bulldogs with two goals, and Macauley Carson (2018 draft eligible) led Sudbury with two goals and an assist. Carson’s 3rd period marker drew the Wolves within one at 4-3, but then Hamilton ripped off four straight, as Sudbury head coach Corey Stillman watched his son Riley Stillman (FLA, 2016 4th round pick) lead the Bulldogs’ 3rd period door slam with a goal and an assist.

Oshawa Generals 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 0 (Friday)
W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 5/13 FO

Lipanov returned to action Friday night, but Serron Noel (2018 draft eligible) and Danil Antropov (2019 draft eligible) both scored twice for the Generals as Oshawa blanked the Wolves at the Sudbury Community Arena.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2 (Friday)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/15 FO
Season Totals: 51 G, 15-11-26, -30, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Kingston scored shorthanded in the 1st and carried the 1-0 lead into the 3rd before Brady Hinz (2018 draft eligible) potted his 16th of the season to knot the score. But diminuative Finn Linus Nyman (2018 draft eligible) netted his 32nd of the season to give the Frontenacs a hard-fought home win against the Petes.

Mississauga 1 @ Peterborough Petes 6 (Thursday)
W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 7/16 FO

Paquette fired a game-high eight shots Thursday night, scoring once and assisting on Nick Robertson (2020 draft eligible) marker as the Petes parked a half dozen on the scoreboard. Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) netted a hat trick to pace Peteborough past the Steelheads.

Western Hockey League

Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 2 (SO)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 15-40-55, +21, 38 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote assisted on two power play goas including the eventual game-winner by Gordie Ballhorn (undrafted) that gave the Rockets a 5-2 lead. Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) paced Kelowna with two goals and an assist.

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 1 (Friday)
D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*

Foote opened the scoring early in the 1st to give the Rockets an early 1-0 lead, but the Blazers twice tied the game, eventually forcing overtime and then a shootout. Kamloops goalie Scott Todd (2018 draft eligible) turned away 29 Kelowna shots and stopped all three Rockets shooters in the shootout, and Trey Fix-Wolansky (undrafted) scored for the Blazers in the skills competition to give Kamloops the extra point.

Red Deer Rebels 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 1 (Wednesday)
D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*

After a scoreless 1st and 2nd period, the Rebels struck for four goals behind Brandon Hagel’s (BUF, 2016 6th round pick) goal and assist to put the game away for Red Deer. Foote earned Third Star honors in the losing effort.

Regina Pats 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (Friday)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 15 GP, 3-6-9, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 11-23-34, -12, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/25 FO
Season Totals: 33 GP, 20-34-54, +25, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 55 GP, 7-16-23, +33, 52 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden assisted on all three Moose Jaw goals Friday night in the 2nd half of the home-and-home, but the Warriors surrendered three Regina goals in the 3rd as the Pats broke open a 2-2 tie at the 2nd intermission. Josh Mahura (ANA, 2016 3rd round pick) paced the Pats with two goals in what is surely a precursor to the WHL playoffs.

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Regina Pats 3 (Wednesday)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 15/30 FO
D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Wednesday night, the first of a home-and-home between Moose Jaw and Regina, ended with the Warriors getting two goals each from Tanner Jeannot (undrafted), Jayden Halbgewachs (SJS, FA ELC) and Brandon Schuldhaus (undrafted). Howden notched a pair of assists, and Sosunov and Hajek both got assists for their respective teams as well.

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 4 @ Omaha Lancers 2

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 38 GP, 1-18-19, +15, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix assisted on both of Filip Suchy’s (undrafted) 1st period goals, but the Lancers allowed Lincoln goals in the 2nd and 3rd to lose the 2nd leg of the home-and-home series. Logan Jenuwine (Western Michigan commit) and Ashton Calder (Lake Superior State commit) led the Stars each with a goal and an assist.

Omaha Lancers 4 @ Lincoln Stars 3 (Friday)
D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Filip Suchy (undrafted) scored a pair of goals for the Lancers to lead Omaha in a victory in the first leg of a home-and-home series with Lincoln.

Omaha Lancers 1 @ Tri-City Storm 0 (Wednesday)
D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Zach Driscoll (Bemidji State commit) stopped 39 Storm shots to shutout Tri-City and Michael Maloney (Brown commit) scored the lone goal in the game for the Lancers.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 6 @ Eden Prairie Eagles 3 (Thursday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 24 GP, 28-29-57, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker notched a goal and an assist in the Hornets’ comeback road win over the Eagles Thursday night. Demetrios Koumontzis (2018 draft eligible, Arizona State commit) opened the scoring for Edina just 1:18 in the game, but the Eagles scored three times in the space of 1:17, including two by Jack Jensen (2018 draft eligible, Minnesota commit), to give Eden Prairie a 3-1 lead early. Koumontzis would assist on a Ben Brinkman (2019 draft eligible, Minnesota commit) power play marker later in the 1st and then score his 2nd of the game later in the 2nd period to knot the score 3-3 at the 2nd intermission. The 3rd period would be owned by Walker, Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit), and Mason Nevers (uncommitted), as the three would combine for 3 goals and 4 assists between the three of them. Wayzata rolls into the Braemar Ice Arena on Saturday night to face the Hornets.

Juniors Game Night: 2-10-18

Saturday night results...

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Erie Otters 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 34-31-65, +40, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/4 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 13 GP, 11-9-20, +10, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 26-38-64, +20, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh scored just 10 seconds into the game to serve notice that this game wouldn’t be like the last time the Otters tangled with the Soo. But it was Hayden Verbeek (undrafted) and Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) that delivered the notice. Verbeek notched his 19th and 20th goals of the season, and Gettinger tallying his 29th of the season. Both players racked up three points and were +4 in the Greyhounds victory.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ London Knights 5

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 11 GP, 2-2-4, -9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 13-21-34, E, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov was out of the lineup for the second straight game, as Sudbury’s one game win streak was short-lived after blowing a 3-2 lead late in the 2nd period. The Knights got goals from five different players, including the 3-3 equalizer from Billy Moskal (2018 draft eligible) with 43 seconds left in the 2nd period. David Levin (2018 draft eligible) scored again and Kirill Nizhnikov (2018 draft eligible) had a goal and an assist to lead the Wolves to that 3-2 lead.

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 15/23 FO
Season Totals: 48 G, 14-8-22, -31, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes finally broke a 10-game winless streak on the back of goaltender Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016 5th rounder), who made 47 saves on 50 North Bay shots and turned aside both Battalion shooters in the shootout. Former Maple Leafs prospect Nikita Korostelev paced Peterborough with a goal and an assist and scored in the shootout. Matthew Struthers (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for North Bay.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 3 @ Victoria Royals 4 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 45 GP, 14-36-50, +20, 38 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Royals rallied from a 3-2 third period deficit behind Noah Gregor’s (SJS, 2016 4th rounder) equalizer on the power play, and Tanner Kaspick’s (STL, 2016 4th round pick) power play OT game-winner. Gregor and Kaspick had two goals each for Victoria as they swept the back-to-back series against Kelowna at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria. Cal Foote assisted on a Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) 1st period power play goal, and added a goal of his own later in the 1st to help give the Rockets a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Regina Pats 4
D Libor Hajek, REG: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals (REG): 12 GP, 3-4-7, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 12-21-32, -10, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek opened the scoring just four minutes into the game, and then notched the primary assist on Sam Steel’s (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) game winning power play marker in the 2nd period. Max Paddock (undrafted) made 33 saves to pace the Pats to victory.

Kootenay Ice 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

C Brett Howden, MJ: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/15 FO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 20-29-49, +21, 30 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 53 GP, 7-15-22, +33, 52 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brody Willms (undrafted) pitched his second shutout in as many games, following up a 20-save shutout of Lethbridge with a 15-save shutout against Kootenay. Howden scored his 19th and 20th of the season and added an assist to pace the Warriors along with Brayden Burke’s (undrafted) two goal, three-point performance. Sosunov notched the primary assist on Burke’s 2nd period tally.

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 3 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 2

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 1-16-17, +17, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix (pictured) assisted on one of Brendan Furry’s two goals in regulation, and then scored the shootout game winner to give the Lancers a gutsy road win.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 3 @ Minnetonka Skippers 5

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-0-2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 23 GP, 27-28-55, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Edina-Minnetonka Lake Conference rivalry hit another level in this 3rd meeting between the two teams. The Skippers won the first meeting on Boxing Day when the Hornets fell in the first round of the prestigious Schwann’s Cup holiday tournament on campus of the University of Minnesota. Two weeks ago, Edina exacted revenge when they put a snowman on the board at home at the Braemar Ice Arena. This third match took place at the Pagel Activity Center in Minnetonka with both team’s trading power play markers in the first period from the mitts of Jack Bayless (uncommitted) and Sammy Walker. After a scoreless 2nd period, Bayless scored his 2nd of the game for the Skippers and opened a three-goal run in space of about two-and-half minutes. But Walker responded with a short-handed score for his 27th of the season and his 2nd of the game, followed by the hope goal from Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit) to draw the Hornets within one at 16:47. Edina coach Curt Giles immediately pulled the goalie, but captain Joe Molenaar (uncommitted) potted the empty netter, his 2nd goal of the game, just 11 seconds later to seal the Minnetonka win. Edina's only two losses this season have come at the hands of the Skippers. The Hornets next play Thursday night on the road against the Eden Prairie Eagles.

Juniors Game Night: 2-3-18

Plus a catch-up from last week...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 16/26 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 18-44-62, +33, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on the game’s first two goals, both markers by Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible), including what would be the game-winner in the 2nd period. Somppi earned Third Star honors. Sompii now sits tied for 3rd in the Q for total points, 3rd in league in assists, and continues to lead the Q in plus-minus.

Friday:: Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 5
Sunday:: Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 8

Last Sunday afternoon, Sompii earned First Star honors scoring two goals and assisting on another, leading the team in putting up a snowman on the Sea Dogs.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (OT) (Friday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 33-27-60, +39, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/5 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 10 GP, 8-9-17, +9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 23-38-61, +19, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh scored and assisted on two 2nd period goals that gave the Soo a 3-0 lead at the 2nd intermission, but the Spirit scored thrice in the 3rd to send the game to overtime where Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) netted the game-winner for the Greyhounds. Since dropping two straight, the Soo have won five consecutive games as they lead the OHL as the best team.

Wedneday:: Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
Sunday:: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 2

Last Sunday, both Raddysh and Katchouk assisted on Hayden Verbeek’s (undrafted) game-winning goal in the Soo’s road win 5-2 over the Spirit. Raddysh potted an empty netter and assisted on another goal in that game. On Wednesday night, Raddysh scored on the power play and Katchouk assisted on a Morgan Frost tally as the Greyhounds blanked Sudbury.

Erie Otters 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2 (Friday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0/6 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 11 GP, 2-2-4, -9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 13-21-34, E, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Former Sudbury winger Troy Lajeunesse scored twice for the Otters as Erie doubled the hapless Wolves. The Sudbury winless streak stands at five games, as the Wolves are by far and away the worst team in the league.

Wedneday:: Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
Sunday:: Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Mississauga Steelheads 4

Oshawa Generals 8 @ Peterborough Petes 2

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/20 FO
Season Totals: 45 G, 13-7-20, -26, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Sixteen year-old Nick Robertson (2020 draft eligible) scored both Petes goals, but the Generals got goals from eight different players as Oshawa put up a snowman Peterborough in front of 3800+ of their fans. The Petes winless streak now reaches eight games.

Thursday:: Hamilton Bulldogs 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3
Sunday:: Peterborough Petes 0 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2

On Thursday night, Paquette assisted on Pavel Gogolev’s (2018 draft eligible) 2-1 go-ahead power play marker in the 2nd period. But the Bulldogs would reel off three straight and steal two points on road.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Everett Silvertips 8

D Cal Foote, KEL: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 42 GP, 13-34-47, +19, 33 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cale Foote scored both of the Rockets goals, but the Silvertips put up the snowman on the scoreboard to sweep the home-and-home series between Everett and Kelowna. Getting a Third Star from hometown Everett press on a eight-goal night speaks volumes to Foote’s play, along with that +1 rating. Patrick Bajkov (undrafted) netted a hat trick and five points for the Silvertips and Garrett Pilon (WAS, 2016 3rd round pick) scored twice and tallied four points of his own.

Friday:: Everett Silvertips 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 2
Tuesday:: Medicine Hat Tigers 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

Last Tuesday, Foote earned First Star for his goal and two assists against the Tigers, leading the Rockets to a 5-2 victory. Foote opened the scoring late in the first and then assisted on a pair of 2nd period power play goals by Carsen Twarynski (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) and Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick).

Prince Albert Raiders 4 @ Regina Pats 5 (OT)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 9 GP, 2-3-5, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 42 GP, 10-20-30, -14, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Sam Steel (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) scored twice and added a couple of assists for a four-point night to lead the Pats to the OT win against the visiting Raiders. Prince Albert rallied from a 4-1 deficit at the 2nd intermission, scoring thrice in the 3rd to force overtime. Cameron Hebig (undrafted) fired a game-high eight shots, finally converted in overtime to give Regina the win.

Wednesday:: Prince George Cougars 1 @ Regina Pats 4
Sunday:: Swift Current Broncos 4 @ Regina Pats 1

Hajek fired a team-high seven shots last Sunday as part of a Regina 42-shot effort against the Broncos in a losing effort. On Wednesday night, Hajek racked up five more shots in a winning effort against the Cougars.

Prince George Cougars 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 17/31 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 29 GP, 18-28-46, +19, 30 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: 51 GP, 7-14-21, +32, 50 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden earned Second Stars honors, assisting on Justin Almeida’s (2018 draft eligible) 30th goal of the season, a power play marker in the 2nd as the Warrior built up a 4-0 lead before Josh Maser (undrafted) finally solved Adam Evanoff (undrafted) late in the 3rd for Cougars lone goal.

Friday:: Red Deer Rebels 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

Friday night, Howden assisted on Moose Jaw’s lone goal by Josh Brook (MTL, 2017 2nd round pick) in a losing effort at home to the visiting Rebels from Red Deer.

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.

Central Illinois Flying Aces 2 @ Omaha Lancers 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 32 GP, 1-15-16, +17, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix assisted on both of Omaha’s 1st period goals, including a shortie by Filip Suchy (undrafted) and earned Second Star honors. The Lancers added two more goals in the 3rd period to earn the victory over the Flying Aces to sweep the back-to-back series.

Friday:: Central Illinois Flying Aces 1 @ Omaha Lancers 8
Sunday:: Tri-City Storm 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2 (SO)

Minnesota State High School League

Hopkins Royals 0 @ Edina Hornets 20

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-3-4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 22 GP, 25-28-53, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker scored a goal and added three assists as the Hornets scored twenty against the outmatched Royals. Mason Nevers notched four goals and seven points, and Liam Malmquist (uncommitted) and Evan Shoemaker (uncommitted) both netted hat tricks in the win. The Hornets next play the Minnetonka Skippers next Saturday night.

Thursday: Edina Hornets 3 @ Wayzata Trojans 1
Tuesday: Centennial Cougars 2 @ Edina Hornets 3

Last Tuesday, Walker scored a power play goal in Edina’s three-goal rally to beat Centennial and was held scoreless in the Hornets tough road win against Wayzata on Thursday night.

Juniors Game Night: 1-27-18

From Saturday night...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5 (Saturday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 19/30 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 40 GP, 16-41-57, +30, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

With the score knotted at 2-2 at the 2nd intermission. Somppi (pictured) scored the game-winner for the Mooseheads early in the 3rd as part of a Halifax 3-goal third period. Maxime Fortier (CLB, FA ELC) led the way for the Mooseheads scoring twice and adding two assists.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (Saturday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 33-25-58, +34, 18 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 7 GP, 5-6-11, +4, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 20-35-55, +14, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk assisted on the game-winning 3rd period goal by Mac Hollowell (2018 draft eligible), as the Soo clipped the Colts at home. Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) led the way for the Greyhounds with a power play goal and an assist. Dmitry Solokov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) paced Barrie, leading a 3rd period rally to knot the score at 3-3, with two goals and an assist on a goal by top prospect Andrei Svechnikov (2018 draft eligible).

Niagra Ice Dogs 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 2 (Saturday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 8 GP, 2-2-4, -8, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 13-21-34, +1, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Rough night for Lipanov and the Wolves as Sudbury allowed six goals in back-to-back contests. The Ice Dogs got goals from six different players and netminder Colton Incze (undrafted) stopped 29 Sudbury shots. Right-handed rearguard Peter Stratis (2018 draft eligible) had a goal and an assist for the Wolves in a losing effort

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Red Deer Rebels 3 (OT) (Saturday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 10-31-41, +15, 31 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cale Foote set up Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) for the game-tying goal with 33 seconds left in regulation, but Kristian Reichel (2018 draft eligible), son of ex-NHL’er Robert Reichel, netted the OT game-winner for the hometown Rebels.

Regina Pats 1 @ Swift Current Broncos 3 (Saturday)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 6 GP, 2-3-5, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 10-20-30, -14, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek scored the lone Pats goal, a power play marker to open the scoring in the 1st period. It was Hajek’s 10th goal of the season and his 30th point in less than 40 games. Hajek is now 2-3-5 in six games since being traded to Regina and is really looking like that blueliner Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray touted when Tampa Bay traded Anthony DeAngelo to Arizona at the 2016 NHL Draft for the 2nd round pick. It’s been quite the breakout year for the Czech defenseman. Former Blues prospect and now Flames free agent signee Glenn Gawdin led the way for the victorious Broncos scoring twice for Swift Current, his 38th and 39th of the season, including the game-winning power play goal in the 3rd period. Speaking of breakout seasons, Gawdin sits either #3, #4, or #5 in the WHL in points, goals, assists, power play goals, and power assists, and clocks in #2 in the WHL in plus-minus at +41.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5 (Saturday)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 17/27 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 18-26-44, +20, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 7-14-21, +32, 50 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (undrafted) gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead at the first intermission, but Tigers three 2nd period goals to take a 3-2 lead into the final frame, where Medicine Hat captain Mark Rassell (undrafted) would score his 42nd of the season and the eventual game-winner. David Quenneville (NYI, 2016 7th round pick), nephew of NHL defenseman Johnny Boychuk, paced the Tigers with two goals and an assist.

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 1 (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 1-13-14, +15, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

University of Michigan commit Jack Randl (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Lancers, as Omaha swept the home-and-home series against the Stars.

Minnesota State High School League

Eden Prairie Eagles 3 @ Edina Hornets 5 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 19 GP, 23-25-48, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker scored the opening goal just 3:26 into the game, eclipsing his goal totals from last season, as the Hornets out lasted the Eagles to improve to 18-1-0 on the season. Arizona State commit Demetrios Koumontzis (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for Edina, and Lewis Crosby (uncommitted) tallied a four-point night. For the Eagles, Chris Konin (uncommitted), collected three points including a 2nd period goal to draw Eden Prairie within one. The Hornets next play Tuesday night against the Centennial High Cougars.

Juniors Game Night: 1-25-18

All of Canadian Juniors were off tonight due to the annual Don Cherry / Bobby Orr CHL Top NHL Prospects Game at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph. Otto Somppi's Halifax linemate and Libor Hajek's WJC Czech Republic teammate, Filip Zadina led the way with two goals in Team Cherry's 7-4 victory over the Eric Lindros coached Team Orr. Owen Sound's Aidan Dudas and Flint's Ty Dellandrea both scored two goals apiece for Team Cherry and mobile righty London blueliner Evan Bouchard added four assists.

Minnesota State High School League

Minnetonka Skippers 2 @ Edina Hornets 8

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-3-5, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 18 GP, 22-25-47, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

On Boxing Day, the first day of the prestigious Schwan’s Cup holiday tournament saw the Minnetonka Skippers hand the tourney’s defending champ Hornets their only loss of the season thus far. Tonight, almost a month later, the Skippers rolled into the Braemar Ice Arena in Edina for a rematch between these top Class 2A rivals.

With that lone blemish on their record, Sammy Walker and Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit) both score twice, while Walker added three more assists for a five-point performance as the Hornets stung the Skippers and pasted a snowman on the scoreboard, and got some sweet redemption.

For Walker, he equaled his goal totals from last season and eclipses his point totals in seven fewer games. He sits 5th in the state in points, just four back from Luke Krause (uncommitted), the Lake of the Woods high school standout who has 51 points in just 14 games. The Hornets next play Saturday night against the Eden Prairie Eagles.

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.

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