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Juniors Game Night: 1-12-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Charlottetown Islander 2 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 13/28 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 12-36-48, +30, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi continues sneezing out assists, as the Mooseheads win in overtime to claim both sets of the home-and-home series with Charlottetown. After 40 minutes of scoreless, hockey, Sompii assisted on Raphael Lavoie’s (2019 draft eligible) opening marker. The Islanders would strike back with two 3rd period goals of their own to take 2-1 lead. But Halifax would knot the game on a power play goal by Jake Ryczek (CHI, 2016 7th round pick) with just 39 seconds left in the game, with Somppi credited with the primary assist. Lavoie would notch his 2nd of the game with the OT game-winner 2:35 into the extra session.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 30-21-51, +34, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (SSM): 2 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 19-29-48, +12, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk scored twice, once on the power play, to pace the Greyhounds in the victory over the Attack. He opened the scoring to give the Greyhounds a modest 1-0 lead after the 1st. Sault Ste. Marie would run up three more goals, including Katchouk’s 30th of the season, a power play goal early in the 3rd and the Greyhounds’ 4th goal. Owen Sound would close the gap in the 3rd with two power play markers of their own, before Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) would score another power play goal for the Greyhounds late in the 3rd. Raddysh tallied two assists, one on Katchouk’s game opener, and the other on Frost’s power play goal at the end of the game. With this game, Katchouk is at the midpoint of the number of games he played last season, and he is on pace for a 60 goal, 100+ point season. Together Frost and Katchouk lead the OHL in six different offensive categories.

Mississauga Steelheads 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 12/23 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 2 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-18-29, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 12-18-30, +6, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

It might be a long rest of the season for Alexey Lipanov. A night after a 10-1 thrashing at the hands of Barrie, the Wolves were doubled up by the Steelheads. Lipanov scored the game’s opening goal, a power play tally just 4:26 into the 1st, and Sudbury followed it up with Drake Pilon’s (undrafted) first of two goals of the game to give the Wolves an early 2-0 lead. But Mississauga would strike back with three straight goals, before Pilon would strike again for the Wolves. The team’s went into the 2nd intermission knotted at 3-3, but once again the Steelheads would score three straight for the 6-3 win. Cole Carter (undrafted), just traded by Kitchener, and Michael McLeod (NJD, 2016 1st round pick), WJC Canadian Gold medal winner, would pace Mississauga with two goals apiece.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Libor Hajek has been given time off by the Regina Pats after the trade from Saskatoon.

Kelowna Rockets 6 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-3-3, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, “First Star*
Season Totals: 32 GP, 7-27-34, +13, 20 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote backed up last game’s First Star with another First Star performance, notching three power play assists helping the Rockets to 6 goals on 42 shots against the Thunderbirds. Foote assisted on both of Carsen Twarynski’s (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) power play goals, and on Leif Mattson’s (undrafted) power play marker.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 8

C Brett Howden, MJ: 3-2-5, +6, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 6/13 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 16-20-36, +20, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 43 GP, 7-11-18, +32, 46 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden finally returned to the Moose Jaw lineup after strong performance winning gold for the Canadians at the WJCs, and showed why he is one of the best players in the league. Howden netted a hat trick, five points, and a +6 rating en route to First Star honors and another Warriors snowman on the scoreboard. Colten Kehler (undrafted) scored both Oil Kings goals, and WHL goal scoring leader Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) also had a hat trick and five points for the Warriors and Ryan Peckford (2018 draft eligible) had three assists. Due to injuries and the WJCs, this was just Howden’s 21st game of the season.

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 6 @ Lincoln Stars 2

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 0-11-11, +13, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

The Lancers and Stars combined for 160 minutes in penalties including 32 PIM to Christian Krygier (2018 draft eligible, Wisconsin commit), and 25 PIM each to Mason Klee (uncommited) and Jack Randl (2018 draft eligible, Michigan commit). Omaha got goals from six different players.

AHL Game Night: 1-12-18 Crunch at Comets

Ingram, Crunch continue to roll on.

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Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 39 shots for the victory. Six straight victories for the young netminder settling into the number one role due to injuries up top in Tampa Bay.

First Period
5:08 SYR Walcott (2), (Verhaeghe)
12:47 UTI Comrie (3), (Sautner, Blujus)
18:14 SYR Bournival (12), (Peca, Condra)

Second Period
3:04 UTI Boucher (17), (Wiercioch, MacEwen)

Third Period
2:24 SYR Verhaeghe (8), (Bodie, Erne)(PP)

Carter Verhaeghe and Ingram were the game's first and second stars.

The victory was Syracuse's seventh consecutive trip to the winner's circle.

After missing, essentially, a year and a half of hockey due to injury, Jonne Tammela made his season debut for the Crunch tonight and registered one shot on goal.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 1-11-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-3-3, +4, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 11/21 FO
Season Totals: 34 GP, 12-34-46, +28, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi notched an assist on both of Filip Zadina’s (2018 draft eligible) goals, and also a 3rd on Connor Moynihan’s (undrafted) power play marker. Somppi’s 34 assists and +28 rating are good for tops in the QMJHL

Ontario Hockey League
On Wednesday, the Barrie Colts traded Alexey Lipanov to the Sudbury Wolves in exchange for Dmitri Sokolov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick).

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Barrie Colts 10

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/18 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 11-18-29, +8, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov’s debut for the Wolves, which happened to be against his former team, was a disaster. The Colts put up double digits on Sudbury. Jaden Peca (undrafted) had a 5-point, two-goal night, and Zachary Magwood (undrafted) had a 4-point, two-goal night.

Guelph Storm 2 @ Peterborough Petes 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/15 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 10-4-14, -22, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Dylan Wells (EDM, 2016 5th round pick) stopped 44 Guelph shots and Nikita Korostelev (free agent) scored twice as the Petes doubled up the Storm.

NHL Game Night: 1-11-18 Flames at Lightning

Costly loss casts a pall on the Lightning.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 24 shots for the loss in an uncharacteristic clunker for the young netminder.

First Period
0:29 CGY Ferland (19), (Monahan, Gaudreau)

Second Period
0:31 TB Point (17), (Johnson, Palat)
16:48 CGY Gaudreau (14), (Ferland, Hamilton)
18:43 CGY Bennett (8), (Brodie, Jankowski)(PP)

Third Period
2:19 CGY Jankowski (8), (Hathaway)
8:34 CGY Tkachuk (11), (Brouwer)

It was a game where I think the Lightning probably played better than the score indicates. Mike Smith really held Calgary into this game until the Flames got the two goals at the end of the Second Period against the run of play and things just snowballed against the Lightning from there. Ordinarily you'd just kind of shrug that one off considering it was against a Western Conference opponent and games like this happen.

But, at this hour, things are a little scary for the Lightning. After toughing out a leg injury in the Lightning's last game where Dotchin fell on his leg, Victor Hedman twisted his knee in the Second Period of this one and couldn't put weight on it as he left the action never to be seen again. The Lightning have a week off until their next game and the All-Star Break looming thereafter. The Lightning will almost certainly be hoping whatever Hedman has is minor and can be dealt with through the power of some rest and relaxation, because you simply don't replace a number one defenseman. You don't.

Jake Dotchin was -1 with 3 shots, 3 hits, and 4 blocked shots in 22:55. Had a turnover on Calgary's first goal and struggled at times against pace in 5v5 play.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 1-10-18

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 28-21-49, +33, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0/1 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 1 GP, 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 17-29-46, +11, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

In his debut with his new team, Raddysh (pictured) scores two of the three Greyhounds goals en route to Second Star honors. With 77 seconds remaining in the 1st period, Raddysh opened the scoring with a power play marker with helpers from Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) and Conor Timmins (COL, 2017 1st round pick). Raddysh added an even strength tally early in the 3rd period to seal Sault Ste. Marie’s win with assists from his Erie teammate Jordan Sambrook (DET, 2016 5th round pick) and fellow Bolt prospect Boris Katchouk.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw) remains away from his WHL team following the 2018 WJC tournament. Libor Hajek has yet to join Regina after being traded by Saskatoon on Monday.

Spokane Chiefs 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 7

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, “First Star*
Season Totals: 31 GP, 7-24-31, +14, 20 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote eclipsed last season’s goal scoring totals in 40 fewer games when he scored a power play marker in the 2nd period as part of Kelowna’s 7-goal outburst against the Chiefs. Foote was honored with the game’s First Star, but that might have been due to the captain’s first game back with the Rockets after winning Gold for Canada at the WJCs. Kelowna was paced by two goals and three points from Kyle Topping (undrafted) and by three assists from Carsen Twarynski (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick).

Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 8

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 42 GP, 7-11-18, +31, 44 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors reeled off six straight goals after the Hitmen went up 1-0 early in the 1st. Tristan Langan (undrafted) scored four goals for Moose Jaw, including a natural hat trick during the six-goal run. Sosunov notched a power play assist on the Warriors’ 7th goal, scored by Tyler Smithies (undrafted) in the 3rd. Brett Howden has yet to rejoin the Moose Jaw lineup following winning Gold for Canada at the WJCs.

AHL Game Night: 1-10-18 Crunch at Devils

Ingram keeps it rolling.

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Connor Ingram allowed just 1 goal on 35 shots for his 5th straight victory. Ingram helped Syracuse overcome a stunning 35-16 shot deficit to get the victory and he's now raised his season save percentage above the proverbial goaltender's Mendoza Line at .901.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:49 SYR Bournival (11), (Condra, McBain)(PP)
6:07 SYR Erne (11), (Bournival, McNeill)
13:27 BNG Thomson (3), (Baddock, Jacobs)

Third Period
1:05 SYR McBain (5), (Stephens, Bournival)
3:43 SYR Lynch (9), (Erne)(SH)

Ingram, Michael Bournival, and Adam Erne were the game's three stars.

The Crunch have moved to within 6 points of Rochester for second place in the North Division and 7 points of Toronto for first place with a game in hand on both of those division rivals.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-9-18 Hurricanes at Lightning

Johnson and Lightning hold off 'Canes and shady refs.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the victory. Goal support. Mmmmmm mmmmm!

First Period
3:23 CAR McGinn (7), (Williams, Slavin)(PP)
10:02 TB Hedman (6), (Kucherov, Stamkos)
12:10 CAR Aho (14), (unassisted)
16:26 TB Johnson (14), (Stralman, Point)

Second Period
1:58 TB Johnson (15), (Dotchin, Point)
10:36 CAR Faulk (4), (Teravainen, Staal)(PP)

Third Period
9:27 TB Dotchin (3), (Point)
14:54 TB Johnson (16), (Hedman)
18:42 CAR Lindholm (12), (Faulk, Teravainen)

Tyler Johnson, Brayden Point, and Jake Dotchin were the game's three stars.

Not a great performance by the Lightning on their first game back from a long road trip, which is lamentable but fairly typical. Still, the team grinded it out and systematically manufactured the goals they needed, overcoming a video review that went against them and the second straight game where the referees did not award the Lightning a power play. Seriously, for a team as good as the Lightning is possession-wise to not draw a penalty in two straight games is extremely suspect. As in, it's a practical impossibility. Jon Cooper should go ahead and take the fine and say something (yes, spending money is easy when it's someone else's).

The rebirth of Tyler Johnson is complete since his move to wing on Point's line. He had an amazing December and the hat trick tonight puts the punctuation at the end of the sentence. Tyler Johnson is back.

Dotchin had a goal and an assist and was +4 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 19:43. So good to see him rebound strongly after sitting down after the turnover debacle in Ottawa.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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.

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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 NHL.com.

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