Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Remparts 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6
C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, 10/18 FO
Season totals: 27 GP, 11-23-34, E, 35 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
Erne extended his point streak to eight games. He has at least two points in his last four games. Erne was named to Team USA’s selection camp roster for the upcoming World Junior Championships.
Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Omsk 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Loss, 39/41, 1.85 GAA, .951 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 16-8-5, 4 SO, 2.07 GAA, .932 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was beaten by both Omsk shooters in the penalty shot session as Metallurg fell 3-2. Ex-NHLer Sergei Kostitsyn scored the shootout winner and had an assist in the match. Ex-Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov failed to convert in his shootout attempt for Magnitogorsk.
Ufa 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2 (OT)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 9-6-3, 1 SO, 2.25 GAA, .923 sv%
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 8 PIM
Ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov scored the overtime game winning goal in Ufa's 3-2 victory over Yugra. Yugra got a helper from ex-Lightning prospect Radek Smolenak in defeat. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup in the match for Ufa. Nikita Gusev did not dress for Khanty-Mansisysk.
Bratislava 2 vs. St. Petersburg 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 36/38, 1.85 GAA, .947 sv%
Season totals: 21 GP, 8-10-3, 2 SO, 2.94 GAA, .891 sv%
Jaroslav Janus surrendered goals on 1 of 2 shootout attempts as Slovan fell 3-2 to SKA St. Petersburg. Janus did turn away ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk in the penalty shot session.
Jonathan Drouin, François Brassard and Guillaume Gélinas were named the TELUS three stars for the month of November on Monday.
Drouin is the first star of the month of November in the QMJHL. The Halifax Mooseheads forward had 12 goals and 19 assists in just 10 games. According to the league, his 31 points tied the team record for most points in a month, also held by two other players during the 1999-2000 season, Brandon Reid and Ramzi Abid. The 1st round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning maintained a +14 rating, and scored at least one point in each of his 10 games. In seven games, he scored at least three points, and matched his career-high five points in a game against Acadie-Bathurst on November 22. The average of 3.1 points per game maintained by Drouin in November allowed him to climb to second in scoring in the QMJHL. His 47 points place him 12 points behind the leader of the QMJHL, Anthony Mantha (59). Drouin's performances helped his team get 9 wins in 10 games for the month of November.
BP Notes: Reid and Abid were rivals of Brad Richards' Rimouski squad that year. Drouin was also named to Team Canada's WJC Selection Camp roster. He played for Canada last year and has a good chance to have the honor of being Canada's captain. Andrey Vasilevskiy was named to Russia's roster and Adam Erne to Team USA's. Noted omissions were Slater Koekkoek (Canada) and Dylan Blujus (USA), both of whom were in their country's summer camps.
Lightning skate the final 40 minutes like they were in a turkey-induced coma.
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the loss. He deserved better. He was hung out to dry 1-on-1 with an uncovered shooter on the only goal he allowed.
4:30 CBJ Foligno (7), (Johansen)
There haven't been many times this season where the Lightning have been outworked. Tonight, they got absolutely outworked by an arguably less talented team. That effort simply won't do. The power play was bad. The Blue Jackets double teamed the Lightning all over the ice to win puck battles. Their puck support was excellent, the Lightning's was terrible. They went to the net front. The Lightning acted like they were allergic to it. There's nothing good you can say about the night, other than thanking Ben Bishop for giving the team a chance. The Lightning will not reach 12 points in this 3rd 10 game segment of the season. They have to readjust their sights to at least salvage 8 points to leverage some of the extra points they got in the first 2 segments of the year to try to stay on track. It's bad. This was a bad, bad loss.
Mark Barberio had 2 hits in 17:16. I didn't notice any huge mistakes, but he was oddly invisible at the offensive end of the ice, too.
Tyler Johnson had 2 shots, 1 hit, and was 53% on draws in 17:19. He was the Lightning's best center tonight. That's a low bar to clear, though. You could trip on it.
Alex Killorn had 1 shot and 1 hit and was 50% on draws in 16:40. I'm beginning to think his game is too north-south to work at the center position. Seems like a pro winger.
Ondrej Palat had 2 blocked shots in 17:26. He came close a couple of times to working the Lightning into the scoring chance they needed, either with his forechecking or his stick handling. Just couldn't get anything to stick.
J.T. Brown had 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:27. He had a breakaway chance that he was stopped on that led to Bobrovsky leaving the game and he was one of the few Lightning forwards consistently going to the net.
Nikita Kucherov had 2 shots and 1 hit in 14:18. Had a slick little attempt on net in the First Period and helped spring Brown for his breakaway chance. I don't know why, with the team down 1 goal in each of the past 2 games, Cooper hasn't spotted him more with quality line mates. Cooper moved Tyrell onto the kid line in lieu of Panik, and I just face palmed. Tyrell wasn't going to finish off a chance from Johnson or Palat. Let's just be honest with ourselves about that. I have no idea why you don't spot a finisher like Kucherov on that line instead.
Andrej Sustr was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:15. He was one third of the rolling blunder that led to the game's only goal. At least he can say it wasn't a rookie mistake, because two veterans (including Filppula, who was exceptionally brutal tonight) chose to partake in creating that king-sized dumpster fire of a play.
We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Prospect of the Week for November 25 – December 1, 2013 is … Cedric Paquette, C, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).
Rookie pro Cedric Paquette played superhero last week, rescuing the injured, falling Syracuse Crunch by swooping in at the last moment to lead the club to two needed wins.
The Crunch entered last weekend banged up, short on players due to injuries in Tampa, and on a season-long 5-game losing streak.