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The BP Podcast, Episode 100

This BoltProspects Podcast, Episode 100 – The JF Soucy Edition, contains the following topics:

· The No. 100
· TB at the halfway point, going up or down?
· Entitlement drama?
· The best team in the NHL has needs
· Solutions for those needs
· WJC review
· Prospect movers and shakers
· #BPMailbag (Trade options ... Coffee options ... Cap options ... Etc. options)
· Supporting hockey journalism in Tampa Bay

NCAA Game Night: 1-7-18

No. 1 St. Cloud State Huskies 0 @ No. 10 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 0-8-8, -2, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

After losing to top-ranked SCSU Saturday night in St. Cloud, the Gophers exacted some revenge Sunday, winning 2-0. Mat Robson (undrafted) had a 34-save shutout in just his third collegiate game and Darian Romanko (undrafted) scored early in the third period to break a 0-0 tie. Minnesota added an empty-net goal late.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 1-7-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 6 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 10/22 FO
Season Totals: 33 GP, 12-31-43, +24, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi notched an assist on returning Czech WJC’er Filip Zadina’s (2018 draft eligible) game winning goal with 49 seconds left in the game. The Mooseheads jumped out to a 4-0 lead behind two goals from Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible, and led 5-1 by the 2nd intermission. But the Titan battled back with four straight in the 3rd period, included two goals by the recently acquired blueliner Olivier Galipeau (undrafted), to knot the score at 5-5. Lavoie paced Halifax with four points and Maxime Fortier (CLB, FA) added three points.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Taylor Raddysh has not yet joined Sault St. Marie after being traded by the Erie Otters at the conclusions of the 2018 WJCs.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ Guelph Storm 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/2 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 31 GP, 28-20-48, +32, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: Did not play
Season Totals (Erie): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk (pictured) returned to the Greyhounds following a strong showing for the gold medal Canadian team, picking up where he left off with a goal and two assists helping Sault Ste. Marie to a win, 7-3, over the Storm. Katchouk assisted on a Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) power play marker to open the scoring just 2:46 into the game. He also assisted on the Barrett Hayton (2018 draft eligible) 2nd period goal that would eventually prove to be the game-winner, and added a shorthanded marker of his own later in the 3rd period. Frost paced Sault Ste. Marie with two goals and three points, and Hayton also tallied three points in the contest like Katchouk. Hayton, Frost, and Katchouk were the Three Stars of the Game. The Greyhounds have lost just 3 games in regulation this season.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw) and Cal Foote (Kelowna) are away from their respective WHL teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: Did not play
Season Totals: 33 GP, 8-16-24, -10, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek was not in the lineup as the Blades fell to the Wheat Kings on the road. Chase Wouters (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for Saskatoon to knot the score 3-3 in the 3rd, but Ty Lewis (COL, FA) scored his 2nd of the game with just under two minutes to play to give Brandon the win.

Minnesota State High School League

Academy of Holy Angels Stars 0 @ Edina Hornets 9 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-2-4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 13 GP, 16-19-35, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker led the charge with two goals and two assists as the Hornets scored on 9 of 44 shots while allowing just six total shots from the Stars. The Hornets take on the Blaine Bengals next Saturday night, January 13th.

NHL Game Night: 1-7-18 Lightning at Red Wings

The Dominguenator drinks a tall glass of sweet, sweet Red Wing tears.


Louis Domingue allowed just 2 goals on 36 shots for this first victory in the Lightning uniform. Thought he played a simple, efficient game. He made some really important situational saves on a 2-on-0, on a partial breakaway, and on a pair of 5-on-3 scenarios and just bought time for the Lightning skaters to get some opportunistic goals.

First Period
8:56 TB Girardi (3), (Namestnikov, Gourde)
14:11 TB Johnson (13), (Girardi, Palat)

Second Period
3:10 DET Nyquist (14), (Bertuzzi, Zetterberg)
19:00 TB Gourde (13), (Killorn, Namestnikov)

Third Period
3:06 DET Abdelkader (7), (Mantha)
13:42 TB Kucherov (27), (Stamkos)
16:05 TB Gourde (14), (Palat)

Yanni Gourde and Dan Girardi were the game's first and third stars. Domingue was robbed.

That wasn't a Picasso. At times in the Second Period it wasn't even Dogs Playing Poker. But, under the circumstances, that's a big character win for the Lightning under some harsh circumstances. They'd been challenged by their coach after last night's debacle in Ottawa. They were playing the fresher team and were on the downside of a back-to-back. And, contrary to the crying from the Detroit side of the aisle, the refs in this game were borderline ridiculous giving the Wings a pair of 5-on-3's and ignoring a plethora of infractions by the Wings. Detroit also tried to goon this one up at times and were really taking runs and the Lightning and I thought Tampa Bay's smallish forwards showed a lot of bravery and really answered the bell when challenged. Brayden Point bloodied Dylan Larkin for boarding linemate Ondrej Palat and Yanni Gourde beat the tar out of Tomas Tatar and, I think, sent a message that while these weren't big heavyweight bouts these little guys are not going to be taken advantage of. And the Lightning were opportunistic, even scoring the big insurance marker on the rare clean offensive faceoff zone win. Ten straight wins over Detroit are sweet, really sweet.

Having been a captive to the Detroit broadcast tonight, I could write a novella about what I think about how they comported themselves tonight. Rather than do that though, I'll point something out to their producers. Your franchise's struggles against the Lightning began almost the exact moment you hired Darren Eliot off the Atlanta Thrasher-Jets bread line. Coincidence?

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:56.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Day: 1-7-18 Crunch at Bruins

Comeback Crunch sweep the weekend.


Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the victory.

First Period
0:17 SYR Bournival (10), (Erne, Thomas)
12:51 PRO Beleskey (3), (Cave, Cross)
14:31 SYR Peca (8), (Joseph, Walcott)

Second Period
4:36 PRO Cehlarik (5), (Karlsson, Cross)
12:50 PRO Bjork (2), (O'Gara, Karlsson)(PP)

Third Period
3:48 SYR Stephens (10), (Verhaeghe)
7:26 SYR Erne (10), (Lynch)

Adam Erne and Matthew Peca were the game's first and third stars. Both Erne and fellow winger Mitchell Stephens potted their 10th goals of the season. Stephens has 4 goals in the past 3 games and appears to be yet another forward throwing their resume on Steve Yzerman's desk for a second half cup of coffee with Tampa Bay.

With the win, at this hour, the Crunch have clearly separated from the pack behind them and sit on an island in third place in the North Divison 6 points up on Laval and 8 points up on Utica. They sit a full 7 points behind second place Rochester and 9 back of first place Toronto, although they hold a game in hand on the Americans and two games in hand on the Marlies.

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NCAA Game Night: 1-6-18

UMass Minutemen 3 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 8

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 7-13-20, +2, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

UML put a snowman on the board against rival UMass, led by Lohin's two shorthanded goals and two assists. Lohin is tied for third in Hockey East scoring, one point behind two leaders. He is 7+7 in the conference. He is tied for sixth overall among Hockey East players in all games.

Maine Black Bears 3 @ Boston University Terriers 0

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, E, 8 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

BU fell to 6-7-1 in Hockey East and 8-11-1 overall.

No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 7

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Loss, 25 saves on 32 shots
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 4.12 GAA, .867 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Yikes. Oldham felt the wrath of UND, who avenged an upset loss to UNO on Friday with a blowout win Saturday. Oldham had been creeping up to the .900 save percentage mark, but now it's back down among the worst in the conference. His starter, Evan Weninger, is the worst in the NCHC at 4.42 and .867. Technically Oldham hasn't played enough to qualify.

No. 10 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ No. 1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, -4, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 0-8-8, -3, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Zuhlsdorf and the Gophers fell to Nicklaus Perbix's future school (top-ranked SCSU) Saturday, 5-2. Zuhlsdorf was a team-worst minus-4. The teams play again Sunday.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 1-6-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ St. John’s Sea Dogs (OT1)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 17/28 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 12-30-42, +24, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads fell behind 3-1 on the road in St. John’s in the 1st, but managed to take a 4-3 lead early in the 3rd on Brett Crossley’s (undrafted) 2nd goal of the game. St. John’s rookie Radim Salda, fresh back from the Czech Republic WJC team, knotted the score 4-4 just 48 seconds later, and the two teams would end regulation tied. Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible) would score the OT game winner for Halifax almost two minutes into the extras session. Connor Moynihan (undrafted) notched 3 assists on the night for the Mooseheads.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Sault Ste. Marie) are away from their respective OHL teams for the 2018 WJC tournament. Raddysh (pictured) was traded today by Erie to Sault Ste. Marie along with Jordan Sambrook (DET, 2016 5th round pick) in exchange for 16 year old Hayden Fowler and nine OHL draft picks.

Kingston Frontenacs 6 @ Barrie Colts 4

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/15 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 11-18-29, +9, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Aaron Luchuk (OTT, FA) scored twice in the 1st period to give the Colts a 3-2 lead at the first intermission, but it was mostly the Frontenacs the last 40 minutes of the match. Kingston got a hat trick and four points from Cliff Pu (BUF, 2016 3rd round pick), and two more goals from Linus Nyman (2018 draft eligible). Jason Robertson (DAL, 2017 2nd round pick) would notch an impressive 5 assists on the night for the Frontenacs. A night after going 50% on draw, Lipanov won just a quarter of his draws against Kingston. The Colts have now dropped three straight.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/15 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 10-4-14, -22, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) and Nick Isaacson (undrafted) both scored 2nd period goals to give the Petes a 2-1 lead, but the 67’s would score two of their own to squeak the 3-2 win, and relegate the Petes to the cellar in the East Division and 1-8-1 record in their last 10 games.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw) and Cal Foote (Kelowna) are away from their respective WHL teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 8-16-24, -10, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek returned to action with the Blades after a breakout WJCs tournament for the Czech blueliner. Gage Ramsey (undrafted) scored twice and added an assist for the Saskatoon, as the Blades doubled up the Ice.

Moose Jaw Warriors 7 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 2

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 7-10-17, +29, 44 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Oil Kings knotted the game 2-2 less than a minute left in the 1st period, but the Warriors poured on 5 goals in the 2nd and 3rd to run away with the game. Justin Almeida (undrafted) scored twice for Moose Jaw and Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) scored shorthanded and on the power play extending his WHL goal scoring lead. WHL points and assist leader Brayden Burke (undrafted) had 3 assists for the Warriors.

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 4 @ Tri-City Storm 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 0-11-11, +12, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Christian O’Neill (Princeton commit) scored twice for the Lancers as Omaha scored twice in the 1st and twice in the 2nd for the road win over the Storm.

NHL Game Night: 1-6-18 Lightning at Senators

Sloppy Lightning embarrass themselves in Ottawa.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 33 shots for the loss. I was surprised Cooper didn't pull him to try to spark the team after a disgraceful First Period where they played so poorly in front of him. They finally ran into a night where Andrei didn't bail them out from their biggest mistakes.

First Period
4:48 OTT Dzingel (12), (Stone)
5:51 OTT Duchene (10), (Ryan)
17:04 OTT Smith (4), (Karlsson, Oduya)

Second Period
0:26 TB Hedman (5), (unassisted)
1:41 TB Koekkoek (4), (Kucherov, Killorn)
15:57 TB Gourde (12), (Sergachev, Johnson)(PP)

Third Period
10:44 OTT Stone (17), (Brassard, Chabot)
14:57 OTT Pageau (6), (Karlsson)
17:08 OTT Dzingel (13), (Karlsson, Stone)

When you gift a team, no matter how low they are in the standings, goals off of stupid mistakes, you can get embarrassed like this. The self-inflicted wounds tonight were numerous, including horrible turnovers that led to Ottawa's first goal and game winning goal and a clean faceoff loss that yielded Ottawa's back breaking insurance goal. There's your margin of victory right there. All things the Lightning could've controlled.

Slater Koekkoek had a goal, 4 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:19. Made a dynamite shot joining the play late to score the second goal for the Lightning. All-in-all did nothing to hurt the case for more games.

Yanni Gourde had a goal and was -1 with 2 shots in 16:31. He was only 14% on 7 draws, though. I don't think the Lightning are using Gourde to his highest and best by playing him at center, and if the Lightning could acquire a third line center and move Gourde back to wing, I think they'd get some nice results out of it. Tonight was Gourde's 41st game of the season, so he graduates from prospect status on the website.

Jake Dotchin was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 2 blocked shots in 20:51. Pretty awful start to the game with the turnover that immediately spotted Ottawa a goal. I'm thinking he might want to burn the tape of this one.

Mikhail Sergachev had a helper on the goal that tied the game, but was an ugly -4 with 2 penalty minutes to go with 3 shots and 3 hits in 15:59. He also graduated from prospect status on the website in tonight's game.

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AHL Game Night: 1-6-18 Crunch at Wolf Pack

Crunch hang on for tough road win.


Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the victory including stopping all 16 shots he faced in the critical final frame including a penalty shot. With Domingue up with the big club, the Ingram era in Syracuse has started off well so far.

First Period
6:04 SYR Yan (6), (Peca, Walcott)

Second Period
2:49 HFD Whitney (8), (Kosmachuk, Gilmour)(PP)
4:20 HFD Gropp (8), (Tambellini)
16:11 SYR Condra (5), (Bodie, Lynch)
17:39 SYR Stephens (9), (Cernak, Volkov)

Third Period

Mitchell Stephens and Ingram were the game's first and second stars. Don't look now, but Stephens has the sneakiest 9 goals of any rookie in the league, including 3 in his last couple of games.

We've said it before: all Dennis Yan does is score.

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NCAA Game Night: 1-5-18

Vermont Catamounts 0 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 6

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, E, - PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 11-2-13, -13, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 5-11-16, -2, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

UML squashed visiting Vermont Friday, 6-0. Lohin was only able to contribute an assist, but he's likely not complaining after a big win.

No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 1

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-1-1, 3.32 GAA, .892 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham didn't play in UNO's upset win, so the wait continues to rejoin his climb to a .900 save percentage this year.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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