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Juniors Game Night: 10-1-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 1 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 5 GP, 4-3-7, +2, 2 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk scored in overtime for the second-straight game, lifting the Soo to a 2-1 win in Sudbury.

Niagara IceDogs 4 @ Peterborough Petes 8

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette remains out with an upper-body injury (the head part of the upper-body).

Crunch Drop Preseason Finale to Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch cut their deficit to one goal in the third period, but the Utica Comets were quick with their answer.

The Comets’ Anton Cederholm scored 1:07 after Jason Akeson got the Crunch on the board, as Utica topped Syracuse, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday. The teams split the two-game preseason series.

For Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, the weekend showed the work that needs to be done before the regular season opener on Friday.

“I thought we played a good game last night. We had a lot of energy and today — the last game before we start thinking about real things — and I think we didn’t have good legs. No execution,” Groulx said. “Their team was much better than us. They were skating better. They were moving the puck way better. I thought it was the opposite last night.
“Overall, (I’m) very happy with training camp. We had a good week and we still have a lot to do. This game showed we still have a lot of work to do.”

Juniors Game Night: 9-30-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Did not play
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi has not played this season. He is still recovering from a shoulder injury.

Ontario Hockey League

Hamilton Bulldogs 2 @ Barrie Colts 1 (SO)

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 5/14 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Hamilton won in a skills competition.

Peterborough Petes 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette missed the game with an apparent concussion, though there haven’t been any official reports.

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Erie Otters 2

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, +2, 6 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh was injured Friday night and initial word is he could miss at least two weeks with a shoulder injury. Nothing has been confirmed.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 61 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 86 PIM

Hajek got his first points of the season Saturday against the Hitmen.

Red Deer Rebels 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 17/24 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

C Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-2, +7, 19 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Moose Jaw got the better of Red Deer Saturday. Howden had a couple of assists and Sosunov had another night on the plus side of even.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-30-17 Lightning at Predators

Lightning close preseason in style.

TB-3
NSH-2 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the OT victory.

First Period
5:49 TB Killorn, (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
10:46 NSH Salomaki, (unassisted)(SH)(PS)

Second Period
13:51 TB Killorn, (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

Third Period
16:07 NSH Sissons, (Josi, Fiala)

Overtime
1:02 TB Kucherov, (Stralman, Stamkos)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's first star.

Not going to say this game wasn't without its flaws, but after several mediocre performances against Florida, this team needed a result to cap the preseason. That's what they got tonight, via the play of their biggest guns.

Slater Koekkoek had 1 blocked shot in 13:48.

Yanni Gourde had 2 hits in 14:50.

Gabriel Dumont was -1 with 3 shots and was 80% on 5 draws in 8:25.

Jake Dotchin had 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:48 in his preseason debut off suspension.

Mikhail Sergachev was -1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 20:33.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Preseason Game Day: 9-30-17 Crunch at Comets

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UTICA, N.Y. – Dennis Yan scored twice in the second period to lift the Syracuse Crunch over the Utica Comets, 3-2, in the team's first preseason game tonight at Kennedy Arena.

Full story from SyracuseCrunch.com

Juniors Game Night: 9-29-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ North Bay Battalion 1 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 4 GP, 3-3-6, E, 2 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk’s third goal of the year came in overtime to give the Soo a 2-1 win in North Bay. Katchouk had six game-winning goals last season.

Barrie Colts 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 1

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 4/11 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-4-5, E, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov contributed an apple Friday in Barrie’s 4-1 win in Sudbury. He continues to struggle in the faceoff circle, however.

Erie Otters 1 @ Niagara IceDogs 4

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, +2, 6 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Niagara scored three times in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and go on to beat the Otters, 4-1.

Western Hockey League

Everett Silvertips 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 3 (SO)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-5-7, +5, 4 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote is already one-third of the way to last year’s goal totals after scoring his second of the season early Friday night. Kelowna gave up a 3-0 lead and lost the bonus point in the shootout. The Rockets peppered Flyers goaltending prospect Carter Hart with 38 shots, including six in overtime. Hart was the game’s first star.

Medicine Hat Tigers 6 @ Saskatoon Blades 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -6, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 61 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 86 PIM

Hajek is off to a rough start with a minus-6 rating through two games as the Blades top defenseman.

Regina Pats 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

C Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 2-0-2, +1, 12 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-0-2, +6, 19 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Warriors captain and Lightning prospect Brett Howden scored mid-way through overtime to give Moose Jaw a win over the 2018 Memorial Cup hosts. Oleg Sosunov had his first WHL goal, then added another as the Warriors built a 3-1 lead heding into the third period. He didn’t score a goal last season in Russia while playing in two leagues. He also got a mouth guard misconduct in this game and we’re guessing that never happened in Russia either.

Juniors Game Night: 9-28-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Barrie Colts 4 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-3-5, E, 2 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/20 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-3-4, E, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov celebrated his shiny new NHL contract with his first North American goal (and shorthanded, no less) and first North American multi-point night as the Colts beat the Soo in overtime, 4-3. Fellow Russian-born Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk had an assist for the Greyhounds.

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Peterborough Petes 5

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0/4 FO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette scored his first goal of the season, coming shorthanded in the second period to give the Petes a 2-1 lead. Paquette is aiming to top the 20-goal mark this year for the first time in his OHL career.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-28-17 Lightning at Panthers

Lightning out of sync as regular season looms.

TB-2
FLA-5

Petr Budaj allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
8:17 FLA Vrbata, (Pirri)
14:24 FLA McCann, (Petrovic, McCoshen)
18:55 TB Killorn, (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)

Second Period
13:32 FLA McCann, (McGinn)

Third Period
9:53 FLA McCann, (Brickley, Vrbata)
18:36 TB Namestnikov, (Sergachev, Kucherov)
19:31 FLA Sceviour, (unassisted)(EN)

As good as the Lightning youth looked early in the preseason, the Lightning's veterans have been mediocre for much of the end of it. The biggest concerns at this point are that we're not seeing the kind of production from the second line we might've hoped for in preseason and the team is still without the suspended Jake Dotchin, whose presence in the lineup will hopefully greatly improve the defensive corps by pushing long-in-the-tooth veteran Dan Girardi down to the third pair.

Yanni Gourde had 2 shots and was 38% on 16 draws in 16:23.

Mikhail Sergachev had a helper and was -1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 18:17.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lightning Sign F Alexey Liponov to Entry-Level Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Alexey Lipanov to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Lipanov, 18, split time between Dynamo Balashikha of Russia’s VHL and HK MVD Balashikha of the MHL last season. With Dynamo Balashikha, Lipanov recorded three goals and five assists in 21 regular season games and added three assists in six playoff games. With HK MVD, he had three assists in 11 games. The 6-foot, 169-pound forward skated in seven games for Team Russia at the World U-18 Junior Championships, recording three assists.

The Moscow, Russia native skated in one preseason game with the Lightning on September 19 when the Bolts took on the Carolina Hurricanes. Lipanov recorded two shots on goal in the game. He also played in three games during the Lightning’s rookie tournament in Nashville.

Lipanov was selected by the Lightning in the third round, 76th overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft.

Groulx, Crunch Look to Turn Page on Last Season


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Benoit Groulx paused before answering the question.

“How long did it take for you to get over that finals loss? Was it a whole summer thing?”

The Crunch head coach, whose team fell in six games to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the Calder Cup Finals in his first year behind the Syracuse bench last season, smiled and shrugged. While Groulx believes his team had a good showing, it was tough to come up just short.

Groulx and the Crunch are looking to turn the page as they begin their 2017-18 campaign.

“We have many different faces,” Groulx said. “We have nine or 10 rookies on the team, but we also have solid vets — guys with a lot of experience in this league. We want to play a certain style, and that’s our goal to be competitive and see where we’re at when it starts.”

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