Juniors Game Night: 2-23-18

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 3 (OT)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Almost carbon copy of the 3-2 OT road loss in North Bay a couple of nights ago, but this time the Wolves letting a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd slip away. Like the North Bay match, Lipanov didn’t dress against the Rangers. Connor Bunnaman (PHI, 2016 4th round pick) tallied his 22nd of the season in the 3rd to knot the score and force overtime, and then the Ranger captain assisted on Joseph Garreffa’s (undrafted) OT game winner just 38 seconds into the extra frame. Kole Sherwood (CLB, FA ELC) also had a goal and an assist for Kitchener. Sudbury’s newest winless streak now sits at six games.

Western Hockey League

Seattle Thunderbirds 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 51 GP, 16-42-58, +21, 40 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

After falling behind 2-0 at the 1st intermission, Foote opens the Rockets scoring just 19 seconds into the 2nd period and sparks a four-goal rally by Kelowna. But the visiting T-birds would push back, knotting the score at 4-4 with two goals of their own before the Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) potted the game-winner for the Rockets with just 80 seconds remaining in regulation. Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) paced Kelowna with a goal and an assist.

Regina Pats 7 @ Saskatoon Blades 5

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 18 GP, 3-7-10, +4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 11-24-35, -6, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

The Pats and Blades combined for 12 goals in a barn burner SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. The Blade jumped out to a 4-0 lead in front of almost 4,000 faithful, but Cameron Hebig (undrafted) and former Canadiens prospect Matt Bradley would lead a four-goal rally by the Pats to tie the score at 4-4 early in the 3rd. After a go-ahead goal by Saskatoon, Regina goals by Sam Steel (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) and Jared Leglen (undrafted) would pull the Pats back ahead, and Hebig and Bradley would combine for an empty netter to seal the Regina win.