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.