Juniors Game Night: 2-11-18

Sunday night results...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/23 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 47 GP, 21-47-68, +35, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi (pictured) scored twice in the span of 18 seconds, opening the scoring with a power play goal just 5:09 in the game, and then following it with what would be the eventual game-winner. Maxime Fortier (CLB, FA ELC) scored twice and blueliner Jared McIssac (2018 draft eligible) had four assists. It’s was Somppi’s 20th and 21st of the season, blowing by the 20-goal mark for the first time in his North American career. Somppi is still 3rd in the QMJHL in points and assists, and 2nd in the league in plus-minus. It is interesting to note that Ondrej Palat’s 19 y.o. season saw him total 17-23-40 in 59 games, which is eerily close to Somppi’s numbers last season. In Palat’s 20 y.o. season, he skyrocketed to 39-57-96 and +37 in 61 games. Halifax has 13 regular season game remaining, which should give Somppi 60 total games played. He won’t come close to Palat’s 39 goals (projecting Somppi at ~27), but he should eclipse Palat’s assist numbers (projecting Somppi at ~60) for total projected points of around 87. A little off Palat’s numbers, but definitely in the ballpark. Palat was an incredible 2-way forward find as a 7th rounder, and we may very well be seeing Somppi developing as that next late round 2-way gem from Al Murray & Company.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/4 FO
Season Totals: 45 GP, 35-31-66, +37, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/6 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 14 GP, 11-9-20, +7, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 26-38-64, +17, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Hamilton, the OHL Eastern Conference’s best team, broke open an 1-1 tie after the 1st intermission with four 2nd period goals led by Matthew Strome (PHI, 2017 4th round pick) and MacKenzie Entwistle (ARI, 2017 3rd round pick) who each had a goal and two assists in that period. Both players also assisted on Benjamin Gleason’s (undrafted) opening goal in the first period, giving both players 4 points on the night. Katchouk scored on the power play in the 1st to knot the score at one-all.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Sarnia Sting 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 third straight game, as Sarnia rallied from a 4-2 first period deficit, getting goals from Jordan Kyrou (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) and Jonathan Ang (FLA, 2016 4th round pick) down the stretch to squeak the victory. The Sting were paced by Ang and Connor Schlichting (undrafted) who both had a goal and two assists in the contest. No word yet on whether Lipanov has been a healthy scratch getting off to a slow start with the Cory Stillman coached Wolves since the deadline trade from Barrie, or if he is injured.

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Oshawa Generals 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/21 FO
Season Totals: 49 G, 14-10-24, -31, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette had a pair of assists on both Nick Robertson (2020 draft eligible) goals early as part of a 3-0 lead built by the Petes. But the Generals pushed back with five 2nd period goals led by Danil Antropov (2019 draft eligible) and Jack Studnicka (BOS, 2017 2nd round pick). Former Maple Leafs prospect Nikita Korostelev and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (2018 draft eligible) twice drew the Petes back within a goal, but Allan McShane (2018 draft eligible) sealed the Oshawa victory with his 2nd goal of the game late in the 3rd period.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 2 (SO)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 13 GP, 3-4-7, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 12-21-32, -10, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Nolan Maier (undrafted) stopped 38 Regina shots and then turned aside five shooters to almost single-handedly squeak out the two points for the Hajek’s old team.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Des Moines Buccaneers 1 @ Omaha Lancers 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 1-16-17, +16, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Michigan commit Jack Randl (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Lancers as Omaha cruised to victory against the Bucs from Des Moines.