North American Juniors

CHL Game Night: 10-5-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympique 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5 (OT)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 3-0-3, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 3 GP, 5-3-8, +4, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Mathieu Joseph had a hat trick in regulation and Jakub Zboril scored in overtime as Saint John beat visiting Gatineau, 5-4. Joseph scored once in the first period, then twice early in the third to give the Sea Dogs a 3-2 lead. Gatineau flipped the score to 4-3 in their favor before Saint John fought back and won.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 4 GP, 4-1-5, +1, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Make that four goals in four games for the Lightning’s 2016 first rounder, Brett Howden. The Moose Jaw captain was one of four Warriors to score in the first two periods as they built a 4-0 lead. Medicine Hat scored three times in under a minute early in the third period, then tied and won the game. That won’t sit well with the Moose Jaw faithful. The Tigers outshot the Warriors 27-6 in the third period and 3-0 in overtime.

Kamloops Blazers 4 @ Red Deer Rebels 5

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 34 saves on 35 shots
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-3-0-0, 2.80 GAA, .901 sv%, 0 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram had a rough night on the road at Red Deer, allowing five goals in a 5-4 loss. He has played in all four games since his return from Lightning camp, including a 3-in-3 set last weekend.

CHL Game Night: 10-4-16

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Kootenay Ice 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 3 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden has now scored in all three games he’s played to start the season. He tied the game at 2 early in the third period with his third goal of the season. Possible 2017 first rounder Nikita Popugaev scored the game-winner with just over five minutes left in regulation. Popugaev is a 6-5, 205-pound winger. He’ll go early in June.

CHL Game Night: 10-2-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Charlottetown Islanders 9

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits, 6/13 FO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi scored his first of the season early in the first period to give Halifax a 1-0 lead … but it was all downhill from there for the Mooseheads, who lost on the island, 9-2. Somppi added his first assist late in the game, but by that time it was 7-2. Czech-born Filip Chlapik (Senators) had a hat trick for Charlottetown.

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 (SO)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 9 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan was scoreless in regulation, but converted his shootout attempt. His nine shots on goal were nearly double the next highest Cataracte.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Oshawa Generals 5

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 3-1-4, +4, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 19/25 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 2 GP, 4-1-5, +5, 0 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli had a hat trick and four points, and was plus-4 and 19 of 25 on faceoffs for good measure. Not bad for the Oshawa captain. Two of his goals came in the third period, which started with a 2-1 Gens lead.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Sarnia Sting 3 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 3 GP, 0-4-4, +3, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

Katchouk assisted on three of the Soo’s four goals, including the overtime winner.

Niagara IceDogs 3 @ Peterborough Petes 5

C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/23 FO
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -5, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

Matt Spencer notched his first point of the season as the Petes upended Christopher Paquette and Niagara, 5-3. Spencer’s assist came on the game-winning goal late in the third period. Lightning prospect Jonne Tammela was assigned to Peterborough Sunday by Tampa Bay.

OHL Note: Mitchell Stephens was assigned to Saginaw by the Lightning Sunday. He, Cirelli, Joseph, and Ingram are expected to push for spots on Team Canada for World Juniors.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Vancouver Giants 3

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 22 saves on 25 shots
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0-0, 2.03 GAA, .917 sv%, 0 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram completed the very rare three-in-three for a goaltender, dropping a decision in Vancouver, 3-1, on Sunday. He lost Friday night 1-0, but bounced back with some goal support Saturday in a win over Victoria.

CHL Game Night: 9-30-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 9 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Making their season debuts after Lightning preseason appearances, Mathieu Joseph and Boko Imama were two of the three game stars as Saint John edged Cape Breton, 3-2. Joseph is a hopeful for Team Canada this winter at the WJCs and Imama is playing as an overager in junior to gain more minutes than he would have in the AHL or ECHL. He is an alternate captain for the Sea Dogs. Joseph does not have a letter.

Shawinigan Cataractes 7 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

The high-powered Cataractes put a touchdown on the board in Rimouski. Yan contributed an assist.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Oshawa Generals 4

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-0-1, +1, PIM, 4 SOG, 21/32 FO
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli and Spencer made their season debuts after some preseason time in Tampa, and Cirelli’s Gens beat Spencer’s Petes, 4-1. Cirelli, Oshawa’s captain and clear leader, scored his first of the season. Oshawa was rebuilding last year and should be fairly solid this year. Spencer is a leader for Peterborough and should improve on his modest offensive numbers next to Dominik Masin last year. The Petes beat the Gens 4-1 on Wednesday when both Cirelli and Spencer were in Florida.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ London Knights 2

C Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

Katchouk had an assist in his opener Thursday against Windsor, but was scoreless in an upset win over London Friday. Former Lightning prospect Cristiano DiGiacinto was scoreless Thursday for Windsor.

Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 0

W Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 20/29 FO
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Wearing an “A,” Paquette opened the season as the IceDogs’ top-line center, taking more than twice as many faceoffs as the next highest player. Big things are expected of Paquette by the Lightning brass now that he has the ice time he needs to breakout. He is a former second round pick of Niagara in the OHL draft.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 0@ Victoria Royals 1

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 23 saves on 24 shots, *Third Star*
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram was named Third Star, losing his shutout bid mid-way through the third period in a close 1-0 loss in Victoria.

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek wore an A for the Blades in his season debut, a 5-1 loss at Medicine Hat. Saskatoon is looking to improve on their poor showing last season. The Blades finished third from the bottom of the WHL table.

Red Deer Rebels 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden succeeded current Lightning prospect Brayden Point as Moose Jaw’s captain, opening his post-draft season with a goal in the Warrior’s 4-3 overtime loss to Red Deer. Howden scored off a goal-mouth scramble. Moose Jaw gave up a 3-1 third period lead in the loss.

Bolts Sign 2015 Pick Dennis Yan to Entry-Level Contract

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

Yan, 6-foot-2, 186 pounds, played in 62 games with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, recording 32 goals and 69 points. He ranked third on the Cataractes for goals and was fourth for points. Of his goals, 13 of them came on the power play. Yan also played in 20 playoff games and recorded 10 goals and 15 points.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Yan has spent the previous two seasons with Shawinigan, recording 65 goals and 133 points. He has also played in 27 career playoff games, registering 17 goals and 23 points.

Yan was selected by the Lightning in the third round, 64th overall, of the 2015 NHL Draft. He is currently participating in the Lightning’s development camp which concludes tomorrow.

Third Round, 88th Overall, G Connor Ingram

Name: Connor Ingram
Position: Goaltender
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 194 lbs.
Catches: Left
Birthdate: 31 MAR 98
Club: Kamloops (WHL)

Kamloops (WHL), 61 GP, 2.61 GAA, 0.922 SV%; Playoffs: 7 GP, 2.12 GAA, 0.938 SV%

Scouting Comments:
"He was one of the top-3 goalies on our list. We had him ranked very high. He's a player that our goalie coach Dave Alexander from Syracuse went to work with him a couple weeks ago at Hockey Canada's goalie camp, he's one of the goalies invited to Canada's World Junior Team - one of four goalkeepers. Had a tremendous season in Kamloops, gave them a chance to win every night and Dave was very complimentary coming out of the goalie camp about Ingram, and confirmed a lot of things that we've seen in him." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray

Second Round, 58th Overall, RW Taylor Raddysh

Name: Taylor Raddysh
Position: Right Wing
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Birthdate: 18 FEB 98
Club: Erie (OHL)

Erie (OHL), 67 GP, 24-49-73, 18 PIM; Playoffs: 12 GP, 4-6-10, 2 PIM

Scouting Comments:
"A big-bodied winger, a good skater, a little better skater than Boris (Katchouk), a little better than Boris, not as much bang as Boris. Two different guys. Plays for a very good team in Erie -- had two real good lines. [Re: Playing with Strome and Debrincat] Taylor can think and play at the level of the top players in junior hockey and we have hopes for him going forward." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray.

Second Round, 44th Overall, LW Boris Katchouk

Name: Boris Katchouk
Position: Left Wing/Right Wing
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: 18 JUN 98
Club: Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

Sault Ste. Marie (OHL), 63 GP, 24-27-51, 61 PIM; Playoffs: 12 GP, 6-4-10, 4 PIM

Scouting Comments:
"Can play left or right side. High compete level with skill and hockey sense, so Boris is what you might call a power forward and plays a real hard, gritty game, but has the hockey sense and skill to complement skill players." - Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray

Fifth Round, 148th Overall, C Christopher Paquette

Name: Christopher Paquette
Position: Center
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 174 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Birthdate: 27 MAR 98
Club: Niagra (OHL)

Niagra (OHL), 57 GP, 5-11-16, 18 PIM

Scouting Comments:
"He was on a really strong team this year. Niagara probably gave London their best battle all year long and played them in the OHL finals. Niagara went to win the OHL this year so they loaded up, and if you looked at their lineup it was almost all drafted players – I think they had somewhere between 12-14 NHL-drafted players so [Christopher] got knocked down the roster and played on the fourth line for the most part. We think he’s got an upside like Anthony Cirelli. Anthony started on the fourth line with Oshawa and gradually worked his way up to the second line and then this year was their first line center. Well, next year most of those guys on Niagara are going to graduate and [Christopher] is going to go up the depth chart, so we’re expecting him to be on the first or second line next year and get the chance to show the offensive ability that he wasn’t able to show this year. He was a high pick in the OHL draft, plays a 2-way game, good size, good skater, good attention to detail at all ends of the ice and we think he’s got offensive upside that he hasn’t been able to show yet." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray

Second Round, 37th Overall, D Libor Hajek

Name: Libor Hajek
Position: Defense
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 196 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: 04 FEB 98
Club: Saskatoon (WHL)

Saskatoon (WHL), 69 GP, 3-23-26, 76 PIM

Scouting Comments:
"He’s a bigger body, a very solid two-way player ... Libor Hajek was a 'safer bet' to be able to adapt both offensively and defensively to NHL than DeAngelo ... You watch Libor Hajek play on a really weak Saskatoon team and he just plays as hard as he can every shift all night long and his coach, who has just left the team to take an assistant position in Buffalo, couldn't say enough good things about him through the course of the year. On a weak team, he showed up and competed hard against the best players in the league every night when he could have folded his tent." - Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray

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