MHL Game Day: 9-28-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 4 vs. Chekhov Jr. 0
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM

Oleg Sosunov was +2 with a minor for hooking in Loko Jr's 4-0 blanking of Chekhov Jr. Sosunov got back to level in +/- for the young season with the performance.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-27-16 Hurricanes at Lightning

Valiant Third Period comeback bid by Junior Lightning gives hope for the future.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 23 shots before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 1 goal on 15 shots for ye old backdoor loss. It was a respectable outing for both netminders who get additional time thanks to the World Cup of Hockey.

First Period
19:07 CAR Br. Sutter (1), (Foegele)

Second Period
10:26 CAR Wallmark (1), (Kuokkanen)
11:28 CAR Skinner (1), (Stempniak, Pesce)

Third Period
11:28 TB Point (1), (Johnson, Hajek)
18:41 TB Imama (1), (Vermin, Cerelli)

Brayden Point was the game's third star.

This is going to be a strange camp/preseason because of it being chopped up by the WCOH. The silver lining is some extra time for potential future contributors like Point, who didn't embarrass themselves tonight. Among those prospects, the ice time was as follows, revealing more who the organization wanted to take a long early look at for the future than who they trust and are thinking about from an NHL roster standpoint for this season...


Brett Howden was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:50. He was also 44% on 9 draws.

Point had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 15:38. He was also 57% on 7 draws.

Anthony Cirelli had a helper and 1 shot in 15:36. He was also 39% on 18 draws.

Joel Vermin had a helper and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 15:19.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:04.

Dennis Yan had 2 penalty minutes in 12:40.

Boko Imama had 1 goal, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 10:28. He also killed 0 Hurricanes with his fists... this time.

Libor Hajek had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in a hefty 20:45.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:59.

Matthew Spencer was -1 with 4 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 18:51.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 16:23.

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KHL Game Day: 9-27-16

St. Petersburg 3 vs. Vladivostok 2 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 7-9-16, +10, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had the winner in the Shootout in SKA's 3-2 win over Vladivostok. He played 13:13 in the match. Ex-Lightning forward James Wright had a goal in defeat for Vladivostok.

KHL Game Day: 9-25-16

St. Petersburg 4 vs. Khabarovsk 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 7-9-16, +11, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored SKA's third goal and assisted on their capping goal of a 4-1 victory over one of his former clubs, Amur Khabarovsk. Gusev played 15:46 in the match and is now 3rd in the KHL in scoring, 1 point behind teammate Ilya Kovalchuk and longtime Magnitogorsk star Sergei Mozyakin. Interesting to note, Part One: SKA has played the past couple of weeks without several top forwards who were called to the World Cup of Hockey including Evgeny Dadonov and living legend Pavel Datsyuk. Interesting to note, Part Two: at 14:49 of ice time per game, Gusev has received by far the lowest average TOI/game of the league's top five scorers, with the next closest being Kovalchuk at 18:44 a contest.

Liiga Game Day: 9-24-16

Pelicans 4 vs. SaiPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen was 33% on draws in 11:32 of ice time in SaiPa's 4-2 loss to Pelicans Lahti. Ex-Predators pick Janne Juvonen made 30 saves for the victory for Pelicans.

Liiga Game Day: 9-23-16

SaiPa 4 vs. Lukko 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM

Ex-Oilers second rounder Curtis Hamilton had a pair of goals to lead SaiPa to a 4-2 win over Lukko. Lightning prospect Saku Salminen was scoreless in 9:46 of ice time.

KHL Game Day: 9-23-16

St. Petersburg 9 vs. Khanty-Mansisyk 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 6-8-14, +9, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had the capping goal of SKA's 9-4 blowout win over Yugra. The young forward also had a pair of First Period helpers, including one on the power play, in his 15:01 of ice time. Gusev's 14 points on the season puts him in a tie for 6th in the league in scoring, which is made more remarkable by the fact he averages just 14:44 of ice time per contest. His 3 points were matched by 4 other St. Petersburg skaters, including former NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk, who had 2 goals and 1 assist.

KHL Game Day: 9-21-16

Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, DNP
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-6-11, +8, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was out of the lineup for SKA's 4-2 victory over his ex-club Yugra. SKA was paced by a pair of goals by former Bruins second rounder Alexander Khokhlachev.

Liiga Game Day: 9-20-16

SaiPa 3 vs. Tappara 5
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen potted a late Third Period goal as SaiPa failed in their comeback bid against Tappara, eventually losing 5-3. Salminen played 10:09 in the match and was 40% on draws. Ex-Oilers second rounder Curtis Hamilton had a goal in defeat for SaiPa.

MHL Game Day: 9-20-16

Mytischi Jr. 0 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 1
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Oleg Sosunov was a scratch again in the tail end of Loko Jr.'s back-to-back against Atlant Mytischi Jr. Yaroslavl Jr. avenged yesterday's loss with a 1-0 victory.

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