North American Juniors

Juniors Game Night: 12-16-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 13/19 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-25-36, +25, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

After the Mooseheads and Screaming Eagles exchanged a pair of goals, sixteen-year-old Xavier Parent (2019 draft eligible) notched his 8th goal of the season in what would be the game winner. Somppi collected his 25th assist of the season on a Patrick Kyte (undrafted) goal, eclipsing last year’s total of 24 in 33 fewer games, on pace for about an 80-point season.

Ontario Hockey League

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

Barrie Colts 5 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 3

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 11-17-28, +10, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Three times the Ice Dogs drew within a goal of the Colts after Barrie jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Aaron Luchuk (undrafted), acquired Thursday from the Windsor Spitfires, scored the opening goal, his 3rd goal and 5th point for the Colts since the trade.

Western Hockey League

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

** Note: Libor Hajek is away from his team (Saskatoon) attending the Team Czech Republic's WJC Selection Camp in Niagara Falls, Ont, and is expected to make the final team roster.

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 20 GP, 13-18-31, +14, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 6-10-16, +25, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (undrafted) notched a 5-point night and both Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) and Vince Loschiavo (undrafted) scored 2 goals each as the Warriors put up a touchdown on the Wheat Kings.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Nick Perbix and Cole Guttman are away from their respective USHL teams this week for the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Minnesota State High School League

Eden Prairie Eagles 1 @ Edina Hornets 7

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-3-3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 7 GP, 3-11-14, 2 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 (pictured) doled out three assists, two on the power play, Liam Malmquist (uncommitted) tallied a hat trick, and Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit) as the Hornets put up a touchdown on the Eagles. Edina’s next game is Tuesday (Dec 20th) against the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-16-17

World Junior A Challenge

USA U19 1 @ Canada West U19 5

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 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 USA U19 team will have to settle for Silver in the 2017 World Junior A Challenge six-team tournament, as the Canada West U19 scored 5 goals on just 19 shots to win the tourney’s Gold Medal. Canada West netminder Zach Rose (undrafted) stopped 35 of 36 shots fired by the Americans in a spectacular effort. The Canadians got goals from 5 different players including the game opening shorthanded marker from future Cole Guttman University of Denver teammate Brendan Budy (2018 draft eligible, Denver commit). After Angus Crookshank (2018 draft eligible, New Hampshire commit) and Corey Andonovski (undrafted, Princeton commit) gave the Canada West team a 3-0 advantage, the Americans opted for goaltending change, bringing in Ryan Bischel (undrafted, Clarkson commit) for Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit), who allowed 3 goals on just 12 shots. USA would respond to the change in net, as Jack Drury (2018 draft eligible, Harvard commit), the son and nephew of ex-NHL’ers Ted and Chris Drury, would draw the Americans within two with a power play goal. It would be the Americans’ only goal, as Rose shut the door for the remainder of the game. Ross Armour (undrafted, Bemidji State commit) and sixteen year old Dylan Holloway (2020 draft eligible, Wisconsin commit) provided insurance markers for the Canadians during the 3rd period, as Bishel allowed 2 goals on 7 shots.

Nick Perbix finished the tournament pointless in 5 games for USA, and Cole Guttman scored one goal in 4 games.

In Friday's consolation game action, the Czech Republic U19 team claimed Bronze in a 4-2 victory over the Russia U18 squad. The Canada East U19 team defeated the Swiss U18 club 3-2 in OT to finish 5th in the tourney.

Canada WJC Selects Four Bolt Prospects

Hockey Canada made their final cuts for their 2018 World Juniors Cup squad Friday night, and all four Lightning prospects invited to this past week’s Selection Camp made the team. No other NHL team has more than two prospects represented on the Canadian WJC team.

Representing the Lightning on Team Canada are forwards Taylor Raddysh (OHL Erie Otters), Boris Katchouk (OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), and Brett Howden (WHL Moose Jaw Warriors), along with defenseman Cal Foote (WHL Kelowna Rockets). Canada will play exhibition games against the Czech Republic on Wednesday (Dec 20) in London, Ont., and Switzerland on Friday (Dec 22) in Hamilton. Their first WJC tournament game is in Buffalo, N.Y., on Boxing Day (Dec 26).

Juniors Game Night: 12-15-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Arcadie-Bathurst Titan 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 14/21 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 26 GP, 11-24-35, +25, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads rolled out a 5-0 lead by the 2nd intermission behind a pair of assists by Somppi (pictured) on goals by Patrick Kyte (undrafted) and Arnaud Durandeau (NYI 2017 6th round pick). Sompii earned First Star honors, and Halifax had five different goal scorers on the way to the 5-2 victory. Sompii’s +27 is good for 2nd in the league in plus-minus behind Titan blueliner Adam Holwell (undrafted)

Ontario Hockey League

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

Barrie Colts 4 @ Erie Otters 3

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 10/16 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 11-17-28, +9, 8 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Cade Robinson (undrafted) scored twice for the Otters but the Colts rallied from a 3-0 mid-game deficit, getting four straight goals from different players to squeak out a gutsy road win.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Oshawa Generals 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals: 28 GP, 10-4-14, -17, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Generals got a hat trick from Hayden McCool (undrafted) and two more goals from Matt Brassard (VAN 2017 7th round pick) as Oshawa doubled up the Petes 6-3 at home in the Tribute Communities Centre in front of 4500+ fans. Paquette assisted on Peterborough’s first goal just seconds before the end of the 1st from Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible).

Western Hockey League

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

** Note: Libor Hajek is away from his team (Saskatoon) attending the Team Czech Republic's WJC Selection Camp in Niagara Falls, Ont, and is expected to make the final team roster.

Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 20 GP, 13-18-31, +14, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 6-10-16, +22, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Jermaine Loewen (undrafted) scored a couple of late 3rd period goals for the Blazers to ice a 3-2 nail biter for Kamloops. Brayden Burke (undrafted) scored with 33 seconds left in the first to give the Blazers a 3-2 lead over the Warriors, and two teams battled until Loewen provided the late insurance for the Kamloops victory. Sosunov assisted on Moose Jaw’s first goal of the game by Tanner Jeannot (undrafted).

United States Hockey League

** Note: Nick Perbix (Omaha) and Cole Guttman (Dubuque) are away from their respective USHL teams this week for the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Minnesota State High School League

Grand Rapids Thunderhawks 0 @ Edina Hornets 11 (Thursday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 6 GP, 3-8-11, 2 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 notched a goal and assist as the Hornets leveraged a seven goal 2nd period to rout the Thunderhawks 11-0. Edina was paced by the two goals and three points of Liam Malmquist (uncommitted) and the 7 shot shutout by Hornet netminder Garrett Mackay (uncommitted). Edina’s next game is Saturday (Dec 16th) against the Eden Prairie Eagles.

Juniors Game Night: 12-14-17

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Barrie Colts 6

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 9/19 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 29 GP, 11-17-28, +10, 6 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Consensus #2 ranked 2018 draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov fired a hat trick for the Colts, and Lipanov tallied three assists as Barrie mounted a third period rally from a 4-3 deficit to hand the Attack the 6-4 loss. Lipanov notched assists on Justin Murray’s (undrafted) opening goal, Aaron Luchuk’s (undrafted) 3-2 go-ahead marker, and finally on Svechnikov’s game-winner.

Ottawa 67’s 5 @ Peterborough Petes 2

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/7 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 10-3-13, -16, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The 67’s rallied from a 2-1 deficit, scoring four straight to pull away from the Petes. Sasha Chmelevski (SJ 2017 6th round pick) paced Ottawa with a goal and an assist.



** Note: Boris Katchouk, Taylor Raddysh, Brett Howden, and Cal Foote are away from their respective OHL and WHL teams this week for Team Canada's WJC Selection Camp, December 12-15.
** Note: Nick Perbix and Cole Guttman are away from their respective USHL teams this week for the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-14-17

World Junior A Challenge

Russia U18 0 @ USA U19 5

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 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 USA U19 team got two goals from Tyler Madden (2018 draft eligible, Northeastern commit) as the Americans blanked the Russia U18 squad 5-0 to advance to Saturday’s gold medal championship game. Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit) stopped 21 shots for the shutout, Jack Dugan (VGK 2017 5th round pick, Providence commit) notched a goal and an assist, and Alex Steeves (undrafted, Notre Dame commit) added a pair of assists. Paul Cotter (2018 draft eligible, Western Michigan commit) opened the scoring in the first period, and then Madden netted the first of his two tallies in the second, before the floodgates opened in the third with goals from Madden, Hudson, FL native and former Tampa Scorpions midget Nathan Smith (undrafted, Minnesota St commit), and Dugan.

Team USA will square off Saturday in a rematch with the Canada West U19 club, who defeated the Czech Republic U19 team by a score of 5-1 in the other semifinal match. The Russians and the Czechs will battle for Bronze on Friday in the consolation match.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-14-17

World Junior A Challenge

Russia U18 0 @ USA U19 5

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 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 USA U19 team got two goals from Tyler Madden (2018 draft eligible, Northeastern commit) as the Americans blanked the Russia U18 squad 5-0 to advance to Saturday’s gold medal championship game. Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit) stopped 21 shots for the shutout, Jack Dugan (VGK 2017 5th round pick, Providence commit) notched a goal and an assist, and Alex Steeves (undrafted, Notre Dame commit) added a pair of assists. Paul Cotter (2018 draft eligible, Western Michigan commit) opened the scoring in the first period, and then Madden netted the first of his two tallies in the second, before the floodgates opened in the third with goals from Madden, Nathan Smith (undrafted, Minnesota St commit), and Dugan.

Team USA will square off Saturday in a rematch with the Canada West U19 club, who defeated the Czech Republic U19 team by a score of 5-1 in the other semifinal match. The Russians and the Czechs will battle for Bronze on Friday in the consolation match.

Juniors Game Night: 12-13-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 14/23 FO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 11-22-33, +23, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi collected a pair of assists, including the only helper on Connor Moynihan’s (undrafted) go ahead goal at the end of the 2nd period. After the first period ended in a 2-2, Sompii and Moynihan sparked a three-goal Halifax rally to put Cape Breton away.



** Note: Boris Katchouk, Taylor Raddysh, Brett Howden, and Cal Foote are away from their respective teams this week for Team Canada's WJC Selection Camp, December 12-15.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-13-17

World Junior A Challenge

USA U19 3 @ Swiss U18 1

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

C Cole Guttman, USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 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 USA U19 squad punched their ticket to Thursday’s semi-finals with the 3-1 victory over the Swiss U18 squad. USA got first period tallies from Tyler Madden (2018 draft eligible, Northeastern commit) and Curtis Hall (2018 draft eligible, Yale commit), with Hall’s score coming on the power play 18 seconds before the end of the frame. The USA defense choked the Swiss, with Ryan Bischel (undrafted, Clarkson commit) facing just 15 shots en route to his first win of the tournament.

The Swiss halved the two-goal lead of the Americans early in the 2nd period on a Jeremi Gerber (2018 draft eligible) score, but Paul Cotter (2018 draft eligible, Western Michigan commit) restored the two-goal cushion in the 3rd. Blueliner Graham Lillibridge (undrafted, Yale commit) notched a pair of assists for the Americans.

The USA U19 team squares off against the Russian U18 team in the tournament semifinals on Thursday. The Canada West U19 team defeated the Canada East U19 squad in OT in the other quarterfinal match, and will face the Czech Republic U19 team in the other semifinal game on Thursday. The Swiss and Canada East will play Friday in one of the consolation matches, with the losers of the semifinals playing in the other consolation game Friday.

Juniors Game Night: 12-12-17

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 3 @ Erie Otters 2 (OT)

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

Raddysh missed the game as Canada’s WJC Selection Camp is scheduled for Dec 12-15.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 8-16-24, -11, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek notched a power play assist as the Blade rung up a 3-0 lead and cruised to the 5-2 victory over the Hurricanes.

Kelowna Rockets 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 20 GP, 13-18-31, +14, 18 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: 32 GP, 6-9-15, +23, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

D Cal Foote, KEL: Did not play
Season Totals: 30 GP, 6-24-30, +12, 27 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Howden and Foote missed the game as Canada’s WJC Selection Camp is scheduled for Dec 12-15.

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