Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Remparts 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5
W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov and his 6-game point streak were scratched on Wednesday as fellow Rempart import Nick Sorensen took his place in the lineup. CHL teams can only dress two import players, and Mikhail Grigorenko is the team points leader, so he’s unlikely to come out. Sorensen (2013), who has sat for the last handful of games, had a goal and an assist in the Remparts’ loss to Rimouski. Grigorenko (Sabres) had a goal to give him 17 in 19 games. He has 37 points this year. The Lightning skipped over Grigorenko in the 2012 draft in favor of defenseman Slater Koekkoek, which better filled an organizational need. Sooner or later Quebec General Manager Patrick Roy will have to trade one of his import stars, especially if the NHL lockout continues so the Sabres can’t solve that problem for him.
Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2
D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 21 GP, 4-9-13, +5, 10 PIM
Artem Sergeev is scoreless in his last three games, which matches his longest scoreless streak of the season. He has one assist in his last six games. Earlier this year he snapped out of a 3-game scoreless streak with six points in his next three games.
Ontario Hockey League
Brampton Battalion 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2
D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-8-9, -9, 20 PIM
Matej Machovsky (undrafted) stopped 29 of 31 shots to earn first star honors for Brampton as they won on the road in Sudbury.
Guelph Storm 1 @ Belleville Bulls 2 (SO)
C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-22-24, +4, 42 PIM
Belleville’s Malcolm Subban (Bruins) won a goaltending battle with Garrett Sparks (Leafs) as the Bulls defeated the Storm, 2-1, in a shootout. Subban was 35/36 in regulation and overtime, then 1 for 2 in the shootout. That was good enough to beat Sparks, who had 41 saves through overtime, but was 0 for 2 in the shootout. Malcolm’s brother, Jordan, scored the shootout winner for Belleville. Lightning prospect Tanner Richard did not participate in the shootout, but had the primary assist on Guelph’s second period goal.