Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 9 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
Making their season debuts after Lightning preseason appearances, Mathieu Joseph and Boko Imama were two of the three game stars as Saint John edged Cape Breton, 3-2. Joseph is a hopeful for Team Canada this winter at the WJCs and Imama is playing as an overager in junior to gain more minutes than he would have in the AHL or ECHL. He is an alternate captain for the Sea Dogs. Joseph does not have a letter.
Shawinigan Cataractes 7 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM
The high-powered Cataractes put a touchdown on the board in Rimouski. Yan contributed an assist.
Ontario Hockey League
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Oshawa Generals 4
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM
C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-0-1, +1, PIM, 4 SOG, 21/32 FO
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM
Cirelli and Spencer made their season debuts after some preseason time in Tampa, and Cirelli’s Gens beat Spencer’s Petes, 4-1. Cirelli, Oshawa’s captain and clear leader, scored his first of the season. Oshawa was rebuilding last year and should be fairly solid this year. Spencer is a leader for Peterborough and should improve on his modest offensive numbers next to Dominik Masin last year. The Petes beat the Gens 4-1 on Wednesday when both Cirelli and Spencer were in Florida.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ London Knights 2
C Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM
Katchouk had an assist in his opener Thursday against Windsor, but was scoreless in an upset win over London Friday. Former Lightning prospect Cristiano DiGiacinto was scoreless Thursday for Windsor.
Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 0
W Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 20/29 FO
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM
Wearing an “A,” Paquette opened the season as the IceDogs’ top-line center, taking more than twice as many faceoffs as the next highest player. Big things are expected of Paquette by the Lightning brass now that he has the ice time he needs to breakout. He is a former second round pick of Niagara in the OHL draft.
Western Hockey League
Kamloops Blazers 0@ Victoria Royals 1
G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 23 saves on 24 shots, *Third Star*
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO
Ingram was named Third Star, losing his shutout bid mid-way through the third period in a close 1-0 loss in Victoria.
Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5
D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM
Hajek wore an A for the Blades in his season debut, a 5-1 loss at Medicine Hat. Saskatoon is looking to improve on their poor showing last season. The Blades finished third from the bottom of the WHL table.
Red Deer Rebels 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (OT)
C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM
Howden succeeded current Lightning prospect Brayden Point as Moose Jaw’s captain, opening his post-draft season with a goal in the Warrior’s 4-3 overtime loss to Red Deer. Howden scored off a goal-mouth scramble. Moose Jaw gave up a 3-1 third period lead in the loss.