Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6
D Artem Sergeev, VDO: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 5-18-23, +9, 24 PIM
W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 3-2-5, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov (pictured – Abitibi Express photo) was moved onto a line with fellow import Sven Andrighetto (undrafted) and center Marcus Power (undrafted) and the three combined for 12 points in the Huskies 6-4 win over the visiting Foreurs. Kucherov’s final goal was scored into an empty net. Fellow Lightning prospect Artem Sergeev did not play. It is thought he is preparing for Russia’s World Junior camp, but nothing has been confirmed. Kucherov is also on the camp roster and is obviously still playing. And playing well.
Rimouski Oceanic 6 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 (SO)
C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 11 SOG, 5 Hits
Season totals: 29 GP, 13-24-37, +15, 52 PIM
Cedric Paquette extended his point streak to five games with an assist in a shootout loss to Rimouski. He led the Armada with 11 shots, 15 faceoff wins, and five hits on the night. His shootout attempt was saved. The Armada fought back from a 4-0 deficit at the first intermission to eventually tie the game, then tie it again in the last minute, 5-5.
Ontario Hockey League
Brampton Battalion 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 4
D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 2-12-14, -5, 26 PIM
Brampton let three 1-goal leads get away in a road loss to the Fronts.
Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Guelph Storm 4
D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-7-9, +2, 33 PIM
C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, +1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 3-32-35, +11, 65 PIM
Tanner Richard was a goal shy of the Gordie Howe Hat Trick on Friday night in a big win over Jake Dotchin and visiting Owen Sound. Richard fought the Attack’s Cameron Brace. Guelph held Owen Sound to 19 shots on goal and moved within six points of the Attack in the Midwest Division. Richard will play Saturday then leave for Switzerland to prepare for the World Junior tournament.