Juniors Game Night: 3-10-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 3 SOG, 15/26 FO
Season Totals: 56 GP, 28-52-80, +36, 26 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads rallied from a 2-0 deficit behind a pair of goals from Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible) to knot the score heading into the second intermission, but the Titan would reestablish the lead just two and a half minutes in the 3rd and hold on for the home win. Jeffrey Truchon-Viel (undrafted) paced Acadie-Bathurst with a goal and an assist.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Barrie Colts 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 58 G, 15-13-28, -35, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Colts forward Dmitry Sokolov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) took over the OHL goal scoring race from his teammate and Ottawa Senators free agent signee Aaron Luchuk. Sokolov scored his 47th and 48th in the 2nd period after the Petes drew within one, to put the game out of reach. Luchuk scored his 47th of the season as part of a three-goal Barrie first period. Paquette did not dress for Peterborough.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 0 @ Kelowna Rockets 4

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 17-48-65, +24, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Leif Mattson (undrafted) scored twice for Kelowna and James Porter (undrafted) made just 18 saves as the Rockets shutout the Blazers to sweep the home-and-home series against Kamloops.

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 67 GP, 7-18-25, +40, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Sosunov setup Branden Klatt (undrafted) just five minutes into the game for the first of two scores for Klatt. Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) also scored for the Warriors and added two assists in a bounce-back win for Moose Jaw against a formidable Swift Current 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.

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Lincoln Stars 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 4-18-22, +11, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix’s goal-scoring streak hits two games, as he netted an unassisted marker early in the 2nd to knot the game at 1-1, followed shortly after by a shorthanded go-ahead by Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick). The Stars would rally behind Wyatt Aamodt (Minnesota St. Mankato commit), scoring the next three and doubling the Lancers.

Minnesota State High School League

#5 Centennial Cougars 0 @ #2 Edina Hornets 11

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-3-5, +6, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker (pictured) and the Edina High School Hornets brought a very large chip on their shoulder to the 3rd Place consolation game of the Minnesota Class AA high school championships. They used that chip to blank the Centennial Cougars 11-0, and Walker ends his high school hockey career with a game-high two-goal, five-point statement. Walker assisted on two goals from Mason Nevers to open the scoring, and then added his own goal as part of a 4-0 Hornets 1st period. Walker would go on to add a shorthanded assist in the 2nd and a shorthanded goal in the 3rd. Garrett Mackay made 22 saves to shutout the Cougars, the third win of the season over Centennial. Later, rival Minnetonka high school would defeat Duluth East 5-2 to claim the State Class AA championship. Those two teams accounted for the only three losses the Hornets had on the 2017-18 season.

The 2018 Minnesota Mr. Hockey banquet is set for noon Sunday at the St. Paul River Centre, and Walker is a finalist for this prestigious award for the most outstanding senior high school boys’ hockey player. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh was former recipient of this award.

Beyond that, it will be interesting to see when Walker will rejoin his USHL team, the Sioux City Musketeers, perhaps as early as March 17 when the Musketeers take on Sioux Falls. He’s slated to join the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for the 2018-19 season.