North American Juniors

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.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-12-17

World Junior A Challenge

Canada West U19 1 @ USA U19 2

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 2 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: 1-0-1
Tournament Totals: 1 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

Cole Guttman opened the scoring early in the 2nd period and Golden Knight prospect Jack Dugan (Providence commit) scored the game winner with 32 seconds remaining to lift the USA U19 team over the Canada West U19 squad by a score of 2-1. Ross Armour (undrafted, Bemidji State commit) tallied for Canada West a scant 35 seconds after the Guttman marker, as the game was untied a total of 67 seconds in the match. Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit) outdueled Canadian goalie Zach Rose (undrafted) for the win. With the Preliminary matches concluded, the Czech Republic U19 paced Group B with a 2-0 record, USA U19 finished 1-1, and Canada West U19 completed with a 0-2 record.

In Group B action, the Russia U18 squeaked a 3-2 victory over the Swiss U18 team. With the win, Russia paced Group B with a 2-0 record, Canada East U19 finished 1-1, and the Swiss youngsters ended with a 0-2 record.

The quarterfinals kick off Wednesday with USA U19 taking on the Swiss U18 club, and the two Canadian teams East U19 and West U19 squaring off. Russia U18 and Czech Republic U19 earned quarterfinal byes by virtue of winning their respective Groups.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-11-17

World Junior A Challenge

USA U19 2 @ Czech Republic U19 4

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 1 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: Did Not Play
Tournament Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
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 kicked off Group A preliminary play against the Czech Republic U19 team with Nick Perbix playing the 2nd defensive pair with his future St. Cloud fellow blueliner Brendan Bushy. Bushy is the current Dubuque Fighting Saint teammate of Cole Guttman, who sat out of the first preliminary game as a scratch. The Czech Republic opened their tournament Sunday with a 5-2 win against the Canada West U19 squad, and opened the scoring of this game at 9:55 of the 1st period with a shorthanded goal by Blainville-Boisbriand pivot Jan Hladonik (undrafted). Fifteen seconds later, Sam Hentges, another St. Cloud commit, would even the score with a power play marker for the Americans.

With forty seconds remaining in the 2nd period, the lethal Czech penalty kill would strike again as Ondrej Chrtek (undrafted) scored shorthanded to give the Czechs a 2-1 lead, but USA would once again knot the game midway through the 3rd with a Jack Dugan (VGK, 2017 5th round pick, Providence commit) tally. About five minutes later Chrtek scored his 2nd of the contest and would prove to be the game-winner, although the Czechs would add an empty netter from Matyas Zelingr (undrafted) with a minute remaining.

In Group B action, the Russia U18 team defeated Canada East U19 on Sunday 5-1, and then Canada East U19 defeated the Swiss U18 squad on Monday 4-3. On Tuesday, USA will square off against Canada West U19 to conclude their preliminary play, and Russia U18 with match up against the Swiss U18. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Wednesday, the semifinals on Thursday, the consolations games will be played Friday, and the tournament championship game on Saturday.

Juniors Game Night: 12-10-17

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 30 GP, 27-18-45, +32, 12 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk scored twice en route to First Star honors as the Greyhounds doubled up the Spitfires at Essar Centre in front of 3600+ fans. Katchouk opened the scoring with a power play tally just 3:45 into the game, and then added another goal late in the 2nd period to put Sault Ste. Marie up 3-2. Twenty-four seconds later, Hayden Verbeek (undrafted), the nephew of Lighting Director of Player Personnel Pat Verbeek, would score the eventual game-winner for the Greyhounds.

Barrie Colts 2 @ North Bay Battlion 5

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/17 FO
Season Totals: 28 GP, 11-14-25, +7, 6 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Justin Brazeau (undrafted) piled on four point, hat trick performance for the Battalion as they stung the Colts 5-2 in front 2300+ fans at North Bay Memorial Gardens.

Erie Otters 2 @ London Knights 6

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh assisted on both Otters’ goals, both of which came on the power play in back and forth 2nd period that saw a combined five goals scored. The Knights’ Max Jones (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) led the London effort with a two-goal, four-point performance.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 8-15-23, -13, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Blades 16 year old rookie netminder Nolan Maier stopped 34 Raiders shots and Hajek notched an assist as Saskatoon twice staved off rallies by Prince Albert to get the big home win over the Raiders.

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Calgary Hitmen 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, +2, 6 PIM, 1 SOG, 7/16 FO
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, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 6-9-15, +24, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden notched a 3rd period insurance marker, his 13th of the season, to help put away the Hitmen. Calgary jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the 2nd, but the Warriors would rally with a 6-1 goal run the rest of the way. Both Howden and Sonunov assisted each on one of Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) two goals.

Juniors Game Night: 12-9-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 12/27 FO
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-20-31, +22, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Huskies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st period before the Mooseheads attempted a rally early in the 3rd. Somppi assisted on Filip Zadina’s (2018 draft eligible) power play marker and then Jared McIssac (2018 draft eligible) scored about a minute later to draw the score to 3-2. Rouyn-Noranda then tallied four unanswered 3rd period goals to pull away with the 7-2 victory. Both Zadina and McIsaac are headed to Team Canada’s WJC camp later in the month.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 0 @ Barrie Colts 5

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 4/13 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-14-25, +6, 6 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov (pictured) scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season en route to First Star honors as the Colts blanked the Generals 5-0. Consensus #2 ranked 2018 draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov assisted on both of Lipanov’s goals. Jason Willms (undrafted) also tallied twice for the Colts. Both Svechnikov and Lipanov are expected to be added to Team Russia’s WJC team when the team arrives in Buffalo for the tournament.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Sarnia Sting 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 10-3-13, -13, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette assisted on the Petes’ lone goal, scored by Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible). Peterborough goalie Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016 5th round pick) turned aside 48 of 50 Sting shots, but it wasn’t enough. Sarnia was paced by a goal and assist from Ryan McGregor (TOR, 2017 6th round pick).

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 7

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-3-3, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 6-24-30, +12, 27 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote assisted on three of the Rockets’ four goals, including twice on the power play, but the Wheat Kings rallied from a 3-2 deficit at the midpoint with three goals in the second half of the 2nd period to put the game away. Foote was named to Team Canada's WJC camp roster later this month.

Kamloops Blazers 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 1

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 30 GP, 8-14-22, -14, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek scored the lone Blades goal and was awarded the hometown Third Star, but the Blazers’ 3-0 lead was too big to overcome. Hajek is among ten Czech defenders for preliminary consideration for the Czech Republic squad at the WJC tournament later this month.

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