NA Juniors Game Night: 9-22-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 6 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2

W Adam Erne, QUE: 3-0-3, +2, 4 PIM, *First Star*
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

It’s still Adam Erne’s world. Erne made his season debut for the Remparts and picked up where he left off with the Lightning, scoring three times to lead Quebec to their first win of the year, 6-2 over rival Rimouski. Erne’s last hockey game was the Lightning’s preseason opener in Orlando when he scored twice in regulation and again in the shootout to earn first star honors. He was first star in Rimouski tonight, too.

Erne was suspended by the NHL for three preseason games, a sentence which doesn’t carry over to juniors. The Lightning reassigned him shortly after the NHL made their decision. Erne didn’t waste time mixing things up on Sunday as he took boarding and slashing penalties in the first period. He also scored.

He scored his second of the season on the power play in the second period to give Quebec a 3-0 lead, then finished off the game’s scoring with six minutes left in the third to bring the chapeaus (we’re going to assume someone threw a hat, even though it was a road game).

Steve Yzerman and the Lightning are looking like geniuses so far for scooping Erne up at the top of the second round of this summer’s draft.

Notes: Slater Koekkoek, who was reassigned to OHL Windsor, is scheduled to make his season debut on Thursday at home against Steven Stamkos' former team, Sarnia. Koekkoek only played in two games for the Spitfires last year after being acquired from Guelph. He sustained a left shoulder injury and underwent surgery for the second straight year. Koekkoek had a fine training camp with the Lightning and is fully healthy again.