CHL Game Night: 1-4-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 5 SOG, 4 Hits
Season Totals: 35 GP, 25-8-33, +6, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

Saint John got down 3-1 and 5-2 before ultimately losing, 6-3. Imama fought Yannik Bertrand.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 6

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season: 36 GP, 17-14-31, +4, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk broke Michael McNiven’s shutout attempt with a shorthanded goal with 32 seconds remaining. The Montreal prospect goaltender was cut from Team Canada’s WJC team in favor of Lightning prospect Connor Ingram.

Niagara IceDogs 2 @ Erie Otters 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

No Taylor Raddysh, no problem for Erie, who beat visiting Niagara, 7-2, Wednesday. Alex DeBrincat only had one goal for the Otters. Paquette has just two goals in his last 20 games and is scoreless in his last three.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 18-22-40, +4, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden had two assists to give him five points in his last two games. Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Warriors to give him 34 goals on the season.

NOTE: The following players are with Team Canada in preparation for the World Junior Championships: Anthony Cirelli, Taylor Raddysh, Mitchell Stephens, Connor Ingram, Mathieu Joseph.

Crunch Rookie Thomas Shows 'Solid Progression'


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Ben Thomas soaked in what he could in last year’s eight-game stint in Syracuse.

The defenseman joined the Crunch after the conclusion of his junior season last spring, and recorded his first pro goal and three assists. More importantly, Thomas learned what to expect and gained confidence knowing he could play at the AHL level.

Thomas is continuing to show progress during his rookie season as he adjusts to pro hockey.

“I think it was good for me last year to step in at the end, get some experience and show myself that I can play at this level,” Thomas said. “That gave me confidence coming into this year, and I was able to get off to a pretty good start. Those games last year really helped me.”

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 83

This is this week’s “Roller Coaster” edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 83 and plus/minus franchise leaders
· Lightning roller coaster is out of control
· Follow the bouncing prospects
· Upsides of recent call-ups
· Interview with Syracuse’s Gabriel Dumont
· Interview with rookie pro Ben Thomas
· WJC update

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2016 U20 WJC Update: 1-4-17

Semifinals
Sweden 2 vs. Canada 5
Connor Ingram, Canada, No Decision, 1/3, 14.85 GAA, .333 sv%
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-1-0, 1 SO, 2.57 GAA, .833 sv%

Mathieu Joseph, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM

Taylor Raddysh, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 5-1-6, +3, 4 PIM

Anthony Cirelli, Canada 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 3-4-7, +7, 2 PIM

Mitchell Stephens, Canada, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM

Connor Ingram was lifted 8:05 into the First Period after Canada fell behind 2-1, but they responded with 4 unanswered goals to defeat Sweden 5-2. Canada advances to the Gold Medal match against USA. Centerman Anthony Cirelli helped key the comeback victory with 1 goal, 1 assist, and a handful of other scoring chances for the Canadians. Mathieu Jospeh played 13:48 in the win, Taylor Raddysh 16:32, Cirelli 15:08, and Mitchell Stephens played 14:03.

CHL Game Night: 1-3-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 2 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 15/23 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 31 GP, 8-15-23, -9, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi has gone scoreless in 11 of his last 17 games.

Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 25-19-44, +18, 38 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan was first star Tuesday as the Cataractes defeated the Drakkar, 4-2. Yan scored his goal 40 seconds into the game.

NOTE: The QMJHL is on break until December 28.

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 5-14-19, +8, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Newly acquired Nikita Koroselstev (Leafs) had a goal and an assist to lead the Petes to a home win over the Fronts. The Petes are 9-1 in their last 10 games and are a point behind Oshawa for the East Division lead.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 2-0-2, +3, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP: 3-12-15, -7, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek had his first 2-goal game as a CHLer, leading the Blades to a win in Manitoba. Hajek was the last player cut from Team Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships. He has responded nicely since that time, posting three points in three games.

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Prince Albert Raiders 5 (SO)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 25 GP, 18-20-38, +1, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden had a goal and two assists Tuesday to give him three goals and three assists in the five games since being cut from Team Canada.

NOTE: The following players are with Team Canada in preparation for the World Junior Championships: Anthony Cirelli, Taylor Raddysh, Mitchell Stephens, Connor Ingram, Mathieu Joseph.

Editor's Note: Apologies for the delay in daily updates during the holidays. Travel and computer issues contributed to the unintentional break.

NCAA Game Night: 1-3-17

No. 16 St. Lawrence Saints 3 @ No. 13 Vermont Catamounts 4

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 8-7-15, +3, 18 PIM

Vermont overcame a 2-1 deficit to improve to 13-6-2 on the year. Colton was scoreless for the Catamounts.

No. 6 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ RPI Engineers 1

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 3-8-11, +3, 6 PIM

The River Hawks improved to 13-5-3 and are up to No. 6 in the country.

NHL Game Night: 1-3-17 Jets at Lightning

Lightning crumble under Jets forecheck.

WPG-6
TB-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss. He made a lot of big saves on odd man rushes and breakaways, but at the end of the day his 4th goal allowed to Byfuglien, which was extremely soft, ended up being the critical margin (empty netter excluded) as soft goals often are.

First Period
7:25 WPF Scheifele (16), (Laine, Enstrom)(PP)

Second Period
3:43 TB Peca (1), (Namestnikov, Killorn)
4:30 WPG Ehlers (11), (unassisted)(PS)
5:19 WPG Trouba (2), (Perrault, Wheeler)
14:44 WPG Byfuglien (5), (Morrissey, Wheeler)

Third Period
3:26 TB Palat (7), (Johnson, Kucherov)
9:28 WPG Ehlers (12), (Laine, Trouba)
12:22 TB Kucherov (14), (Johnson, Hedman)(PP)
17:29 TB Kucherov (15), (Hedman, Drouin)(PP)
18:37 WPG Laine (20), (Scheifele, Ehlers)(EN)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's second star.

The Lightning were by far and away the better team in this game for the first 24 minutes of hockey before the bottom dropped out. The other 36 minutes were absolutely embarrassing as Winnipeg's forecheck ran roughshod over Tampa Bay and revealed a lot of coverage and puck moving mistakes. It's disappointing.

The Lightning now must defeat Nashville in the segment four finale to avoid digging their season playoff pace deficit of 4 points any deeper. This Winnipeg game was very winnable on paper and would've given the team a chance to trim their deficit. Now there's a very real possibility the hole will be even deeper at the season's midway point, and they have nobody to blame but themselves. I mean, I could complain about the dubious nature of the Ehlers penalty shot goal given it wasn't really a clear breakaway and more of a partial break, in my view, but I can't muster outrage against the refs considering the team allowed themselves to get run over the rest of the night.

Slater Koekkoek had 1 blocked shot in 13:57. His lack of development this season has been an unfortunate impediment for the team. They desperately could use a big, consistent, mobile puck mover. Koekkoek has all the athletic tools to be that, but it just hasn't settled down and come together for him yet.

Matthew Peca scored his first NHL goal and 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:33. He was also 50% on 10 draws. His goal showed off one of his strengths coming up from the NCAA out of Quinnipiac. He's very dangerous off the rush and his wrister coming in off the wing for the score was beautiful. I say it again: he's really helped replace a lot of what the team could have lost with the Point injury.

Adam Erne was -1 with 1 shot and 4 hits in 12:03. He had a very impressive debut despite the inauspicious stat line. Clearly, you can see the athletic gifts he brings to the game. He's a very good skater for such a big game with a surprisingly strong, swooping stride, and he's a very good offensive player from the hashmarks down. He had a chance on a rebound he overskated and nearly set up Bournival for a goal on a nice move peeling out of the corner but was a little off on his pass. He's going to be an NHL'er. There's little doubt of that. You could see that in tonight's game. The question is whether he can put all of his gifts together consistently to becoming a scoring line contributor.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-3-17

SaiPa 1 vs. KalPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 39 PIM

Ex-Stars pick Eero Kilpelainen made 29 saves to pace KalPa to a narrow 2-1 win over SaiPa.

KHL Game Day: 1-3-17

Dinamo Minsk 5 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 18-34-52, +31, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 18:44 of ice time as SKA dropped their first back-to-back games in regulation this season, falling to Minsk 5-4. Ex-NHL'ers Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Evgeny Dadonov each had goals for SKA in the loss.

Prospect Stats: 1-2-2017

Prospect Stats: 1-2-2017

With the BP Christmas break now over, we get back to daily prospect updates with tonight's games (posted Wednesday).

To get you caught up, here are the Lightning non-AHL and -ECHL prospect stats as of January 2, 2017:

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