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Juniors Game Night: 3-1-18

The first juniors update since the NHL trade deadline...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 5/9 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 58 GP, 50-57-107, +28, 63 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet celebrated signing an Entry Level Contract with the Lightning earlier in the day with First Star performance at home against the Cataractes. Barre-Boulet and linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) combined to set up Armada blueliner Pascal Corbeil (undrafted) for the game’s opening marker. The three would combine again just 56 seconds to give the Armada a 3-0 lead with Alain potting his 39th of the season and what would be the game-winning goal. Shawinigan would go to work, scoring twice and drawing within one, but the Armada would score thrice to put the game away, including Alain setting up Barre-Boulet for his 50th of the season.

Victoriaville Tigres 8 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2 (Wednesday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Did not play
Season Totals: 52 GP, 28-51-79, +35, 22 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi didn’t dress for Victoriaville’s thumping of the Mooseheads, as the Tigres put up a snowman on the road against Halifax. Simon Lafrance (undrafted), Chase Harwell (undrafted), and Maxime Comtois (ANA, 2017 2nd round pick) all scored twice for Victoriaville, with Comtois pacing the Tigres with a four-point night.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1 (Wednesday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 51 GP, 39-36-75, +45, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/4 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 20 GP, 16-14-30, +18, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 50 GP, 31-43-74, +28, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh netted his 31st of the season in the 3rd period to give the Soo a little breathing room with a 3-1 lead. The Greyhounds were paced with a goal and an assist from big Joe Carroll (undrafted), the seventeen year old from Carp, Ontario.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov remained out of the Sudbury lineup as Drake Pilon (undrafted) scored twice to lead the Wolves in a win over the Spitfires.

London Knights 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 18/25 FO
Season Totals: 55 G, 15-13-28, -31, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Petes captain Logan DeNoble (undrafted) scored his second of the game midway through the 3rd to give Peterborough a 3-2 lead. Paquette earned an assist on DeNoble’s first goal, a 2-1 go ahead marker near the midpoint of the 2nd. But the Knights would knot the score before Alex Formenton (OTT, 2017 2nd round pick) potted the game-winner for London with three-and-half minutes remaining in regulation.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 6 @ Prince George Cougars 7 (Wednesday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 53 GP, 17-45-62, +22, 44 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets and Cougars combined for 13 goals in a shootout at the CN Centre. Canucks 2017 2nd rounder Kole Lind celebrated signing his Entry Level Contract with Vancouver by netting a natural hat trick and a four-point game to pace the Rockets. Lind scored the first three goals of the game, all in the 1st period to give Kelowna the early 3-0 lead. Foote chalked up a power play assist on Lind’s third marker. The Cougars would then rally, scoring five of the next six goals to take a 6-5 lead, but Foote would pot his 17th of the season to knot the game at 6-6, before Ilijah Collins (2018 draft eligible) scored his 2nd of the game with 18 seconds left in regulation to secure the win for Prince George.

Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Prince George Cougars 4 (Tuesday)
D Cal Foote, KEL: Did not play

Foote was absent from the lineup as the Cougars handled the Warriors in the first of back-to-back games at the CN Centre.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Kootenay Ice 2 (Wednesday)

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 62 GP, 7-17-24, +37, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (ARI, FA ELC) nets two power play assists as he celebrates signing an Entry Level Contract with the Arizona Coyotes as an overage free agent. The Warriors got goals from five different players.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 (Tuesday)
D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, 0, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Lethbridge rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the 3rd on Tuesday night to hand the road-weary Warriors a loss.

Minnesota State High School League

Wayzata Trojans 1 @ Edina Hornets 8 (Wednesday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-4-4, 0 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 28 GP, 32-36-68, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker racked up four assists as the Hornets put up a snowman on the scoreboard to win the Minnesota State 6AA section championship. After being ousted from the section playoffs in two consecutive years at the hands of Wayzata, Edina threw that monkey off their backs, defeating the Trojans handily at the Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The first of Walker’s four assists was on a 1st period power play goal by Ben Brinkman (2019 draft eligible, Minnesota commit) to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead early in the game. After Wayzata scored their lone goal in the 2nd to trail 4-1, Walker went to work, assisting on three straight Edina goals, including two power play markers by Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit).

The Hornets move on to the Minnesota Class AA state tournament, which will be played at the Xcel Energy Center on March 8-10. Edina, ranked #2 in the state rankings with a 23-2-0 record looks to play against a random draw opponent at 11 AM on March 8. The #1 ranked Minnetonka Skippers (21-2-2) is the only team that defeated the Hornets this season, handing Edina both of their losses. The bracket of eight will also include #3 ranked Duluth East Greyhounds (20-2-3), #4 ranked St. Thomas Academy Cadets (22-2-1), and Ryan McDonagh’s alma mater, the #5 ranked Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders (20-3-2).

NHL Game Night: 3-1-18 Lightning at Stars

Lightning win another wild one before heading home for a critical stretch at Amalie.

DAL-4 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the OT win. Honestly should've had a regulation win the Dallas getting the tying goal on a play where Seguin pitchforked Domingue into the net with about 4 seconds left on the clock.

First Period
1:02 TB Point (26), (Miller)
11:05 DAL Seguin (33), (Benn, Radulov)(PP)

Second Period
8:13 DAL Seguin (34), (Klingberg, Lindell)
9:20 TB Cirelli (1), (Hedman, Kunitz)
13:53 TB Killorn (12), (Paquette, Cirelli)
16:08 TB Stamkos (25), (Miller)

Third Period
1:50 DAL Ritchie (5), (Dickinson, Elie)
19:56 DAL Janmark (17), (Seguin, Faksa)

4:19 TB Conacher (8), (unassisted)

Cory Conacher was the game's first star after scoring the winning goal coming down the right wing one on one for a backhander where he then batted the rebound out of mid air over Bishop's shoulder while sliding into the boards for the winner. An improbable goal for an improbable pair of opponents.

It was another gritty win for this group playing a makeshift lineup a la two games ago against the Maple Leafs. This one was keyed in large part by the energy and strong play by newcomer J.T. Miller and the NHL debut of young Anthony Cirelli. With the Lightning now on 92 points they move to within a mere four points of that magic 96 point threshold we look at as what you need to clinch a playoff berth.

So, with that said, the Lightning are about to go home for eight straight games at Amalie. My guess is they'll get Kucherov back from being out for two games with an upper body injury and we'll see the Lightning debut of McDonagh. So, this homestand is going to be critical not so much from a standings standpoint, but from the standpoint that the coaching staff has a lot of work to do to figure out the ideal pairings and roles for their newly constituted roster. One thing I loved tonight: they put Miller on the Point line. Miller's an Erik Cole style power winger with speed. Putting him with Point creates space for Brayden, and Point only needs a sliver of daylight to break open a game.

Cirelli's NHL debut featured 1 goal, 1 assist, and a +2 rating on 1 shot and 2 hits in 8:14. He was also 38% on 8 draws. He showed good speed and, above all, very good positioning and awareness for the full 200 feet of the rink. You just see the smart two-way game right away.

Adam Erne was -1 with 1 hit in 13:19. Got caught spectating on Dallas' third goal.

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Bolts Ink QMJHL Scoring Leader to Entry-Level Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Alex Barre-Boulet to a three-year, NHL entry level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Barre-Boulet, 20, has played in 57 games this season for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, recording 49 goals and 104 points to go along with 63 penalty minutes and a plus-27 rating. He leads the QMJHL for goals, assists (55) and points. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound forward has also posted 19 power-play goals which paces the league.

The Montmagny, Quebec native has skated in 255 career QMJHL games over four seasons with Drummondville and Blainville-Boisbriand, registering 136 goals and 325 points. Last season during the QMJHL playoffs, Barre-Boulet posted 14 goals and 31 points. His 14 goals led all QMJHL skaters during the postseason.

Note: Barre-Boulet currently leads the QMJHL in goals, assists, points, power play goals, and game-winning goals.

NHL Game Night: 2-28-18 Sabres at Lightning

Lightning sleepwalk to OT stinker.

TB-1 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the OT loss. Made several acrobatic saves and reflex saves. Didn't allow a great goal on the tying goal where he seemed a little deep in the net and it came from kind of a shallow angle. All in all, he deserved better from the team in front of him, though.

First Period
18:03 TB Conacher (7), (Girardi, Gourde)

Second Period

Third Period
11:47 BUF Rodrigues (6), (Pominville)

1:26 BUF Pominville (10), (Ristolainen, O'Reilly)(PP)

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

It was kind of a wicked brew of apathy coming off the emotional win over Toronto and the trade deadline going into a game against struggling Buffalo with a makeshift lineup. It had trap game written all over it and Buffalo outplayed the Lightning pretty much the full 60 minutes.

With that said, Buffalo's winner came on a questionable call I couldn't stand. Erne gets called for a check to the head on a play where he did not leave his feet, did not take extra strides, kept his elbows into his body, and struck his opponent with his shoulder through the chest area. They might as well have called that two minutes for hitting too hard, and it led to the OT 4-on-3 that Buffalo converted to complete the upset.

J.T. Miller made his Lightning debut. I'd like to eventually see him get a chance to play on Point's line, but we'll see. Nikita Kucherov was out and new acquisition Ryan McDonagh was out, which contributed to the flat performance.

Adam Erne had 3 shots and 1 hit in 16:35. Had another pretty strong game and just got hosed on the call at the end of the game.

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AHL Game Day: 2-28-18 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch clip division leading Marlies to keep the streak hot.

TOR-3 (OT)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 47 shots for the victory.

First Period
15:55 TOR Smith (22), (Johnsson, Timashov)

Second Period
0:23 SYR Cirelli (13), (Joseph, Dumont)
5:19 SYR Cirelli (14), (Thomas, Dumont)

Third Period
2:35 SYR Yan (10), (Dumont, Bodie)
9:27 TOR Borgman (2), (Smith, Liljegren)
19:27 TOR Mueller (14), (Smith, Johnsson)(PP)

0:43 SYR Joseph (10), (Pasquale)

Anthony Cirelli and Gabriel Dumont were the game's first and second stars. Mathieu Joseph had the end to end rush for the GWG, as well.

Syracuse escaped the deadline with no subtractions while also gaining the services of Gabriel Dumont off re-entry waivers just before the deadline. They now have a five point lead on third place in the North Division and are seven points back of the Marlies for the top spot.

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NHL Game Night: 2-26-18 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Before the new acquisitions come, Tampa Bay plays a wild one for the fun of it.

TB-4 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 30 shots before stopping all 3 in the penalty shot session for the SO win. Stopped a Third Period penalty shot. Stopped an OT breakaway. Was a one man kill on a Second Period 5-on-3 PK. No complaints here.

First Period
1:41 TB Kunitz (11), (Sustr, Stamkos)
8:49 TOR Van Riemsdyk (26), (Hainsey, Rielly)
9:52 TOR Marner (17), (Gardiner, Zaitsev)

Second Period
3:52 TB Johnson (18), (Gourde)
15:18 TB Erne (2), (unassisted)

Third Period
5:27 TOR Bozak (10), (Marner, Rielly)(PP)


TB- Point

Yanni Gourde and Adam Erne were the game's first and third stars.

Fun game. Wild game. The Lightning entered the game without the services of the departed Vlad Namestnikov with new acquisitions McDonagh and Miller still en route. Toronto was without the services of Austen Matthews, which was quickly balanced by the departure of Nikita Kucherov with an upper body injury. So, the script got thrown out early and this just ended up being a fast, physical, intense hockey game. Lots of goalmouth thrills. Lots of near misses. Some intrigue when Tyler Johnson left the game taking a refs skate to his leg, dropping Tampa Bay to just 9 forwards at one point. Crazy. Ultimately Vasilevskiy was the difference, with an assist to the all-powerful Espo Rule.

Brayden Point is pure filth in the shootout.

By my math, the Lightning need just about 7 points more to punch their ticket for the postseason.

Now we move into the final 19 games of the year with the Lightning coaching staff having the considerable challenge of integrating McDonagh and Miller into the squad. The Lightning came into the trade deadline needing a faceoff man, a right handed D, and some PK help. You could argue they've addressed all three to varying degrees, but it's going to fall on Bowness, in particular, to make some oddly fitting pieces all work. I think, most obviously, the Lightning PK will be way better following these deals and soon they'll get Ondrej Palat too, which will also help. That's the most obvious hole that got filled today. The RHD spot is a little more iffy. The Lightning have a very solid #1 and #2 LHD situation, and I suspect with Hedman as the clear top pair guy, McDonagh can get his time trimmed down from the 23-24 minutes he was playing in New York to more reasonable levels in the regular season that'll keep him fresher and healthier. Problem is, the only RHD they have you can absolutely trust is Stralman. The coaching staff will surely also tell you Girardi, as a well-seasoned vet, is dependable, but I would tell you only on well-managed levels of ice time. So I'll just throw this out there: time to move Sergachev to RHD and have him play his off hand. It's not an odd thing for European players, and particularly Russians, to do. It makes for better passing and shooting angles for an offensive-minded d-man. I think it's worth an experiment. Whatever the Lightning choose to do, with Hedman and McDonagh in the fold they now can be assured of having a #1 caliber d-man on the rink 45-50 minutes out of every 60 minute game. That doesn't stink. Last, faceoffs. Welp, here's where the fix is probably the shakiest. Miller is 54% on draws this year, which is nice, but he's just 49% for his career. It might be an addition by subtraction situation, though, because Namestnikov might well have been the worst faceoff man the Lightning had.

The loss of Howden and Hajek in the deal isn't insignificant, but it's also not a death knell for the Lightning prospect system. They have excellent centermen like Mitchell Stephens and Anthony Cirelli performing well in Syracuse and with Dominik Masin quietly having a whale of a season for the Crunch, the situation at LHD still looks good, too.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 2 shots in 7:49.

Erne had a goal and was +2 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 14:57. He played a heck of a game on a strong forechecking line with Gourde and Johnson. Very strong on the puck and on the cycle.

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Bolts Acquire Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller from the New York Rangers in exchange for Lightning forwards Vladislav Namestnikov and Brett Howden, defenseman Libor Hajek, a 2018 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2019 second-round draft pick, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

McDonagh, 28, has skated in 49 games with the Rangers this season, posting two goals and 26 points to go along with 20 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound defenseman leads the team for average time on ice (23:55) and became team captain of the Rangers after Ryan Callahan was traded to Tampa Bay. McDonagh paces all Rangers defensemen for assists (24) and points. The St. Paul, Minnesota native has appeared in 516 career NHL games, all with New York over the past eight seasons, recording 51 goals and 238 points.

McDonagh was originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first-round, 12th overall, at the 2007 NHL Draft.

Miller, 24, has played in 63 games with the Rangers this season, collecting 13 goals and 40 points to go along with 28 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 218-pound forward ranks second on New York for assists (27) and points. Six of Miller’s 13 goals have come on the man-advantage which ranks second on the Rangers in that category. The East Palestine, Ohio native paces the Rangers with four game-winning goals. Miller has appeared in 341 career NHL games, all with New York over the last six seasons, notching 72 goals and 172 points.

Miller was originally drafted by the Rangers in the first-round, 15th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.

Juniors Game Night: 2-25-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Drummondville Voltigeurs 7 @ Halifax Mooseheads 1

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/21 FO
Season Totals: 52 GP, 28-51-79, +35, 22 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi scored the lone goal for Halifax in Drummondville’s rout of the Mooseheads, putting a touchdown up on the scoreboard. Somppi scored the rare unassisted power play marker late in the 1st to knot the score 1-1 going into the first intermission. But it all Voltigeurs after that, with defenseman Jarrett Baker (undrafted) pacing Drummondville with two goals.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ London Knights 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 50 GP, 39-36-75, +44, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals (SSM): 19 GP, 15-14-29, +15, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 49 GP, 30-43-73, +25, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh assisted on the game opening goal by Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th rounder) and then scored one of his own later in the 3rd. Katchouk managed an assist on one of Morgan Frost’s (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) two goals, as the Soo broke open a 2-2 tied game in the 2nd with four unanswered.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 7/16 FO
Season Totals: 38 GP, 22-36-58, +25, 36 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-17-24, +38, 56 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (undrafted) scored twice in the 2nd period and the Warriors pulled away from the Blades for the win.

Juniors Game Night: 2-24-18

From Saturday Night...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/27 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-51-78, +37, 22 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi earns Second Star for scoring twice and notching an assist on an empty netter at the end of the game. For those of you keeping score, that’s two 1st Stars and a 2nd Star in his last three games. Alexis Gravel (2018 draft eligible) made 29 saves for the Mooseheads.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 3-0-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 49 GP, 39-35-74, +43, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/8 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 18 GP, 14-13-27, +13, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 29-42-71, +23, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk potted a hat trick against the Spitfires, earning First Star honors, include the game-winner and empty netter to seal the win. Igor Larionov (undrafted), son of the legendary Soviet and Red Wings forward, paced Windsor with a goal and an assist.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 5

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov missed his third consecutive game as Sudbury let a 3-2 lead in the 2nd period slip away. Blake Murray (2019 draft eligible) scored twice for the Wolves in the losing effort.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 14/24 FO
Season Totals: 53 G, 15-11-26, -36, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Petes to knot the score at 2-2, but the Attack punched back behind two goals from Kevin Hancock (2018 draft eligible) and a goal and two assists from Nick Suzuki (VGK, 2017 1st round pick).

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Kelowna Rockets 6

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, +1, 14 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 16-43-59, +22, 54 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Leif Mattson (undrafted) notched a hat trick and Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) scored twice to pace the Rockets over the Blazers. Foote assisted on Dube’s game-opening goal midway through the 1st and then was assessed a double minor for roughing and a game misconduct after the match in which a total of 120 minutes of penalties were handed out to both teams.

Regina Pats 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 19 GP, 3-7-10, +3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP, 11-24-35, -7, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 11/18 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 37 GP, 22-36-58, +25, 36 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 7-17-24, +36, 56 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden earned Third Star honors in Moose Jaws defeat of Hajek and the Pats. Howden and Sosunov combined to assist on Jayden Halbgewachs (SJS, FA ELC) game winner. Howden fired a game-high 5 shots and was 61% on faceoffs.

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 4 @ Youngstown Phantoms 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +16, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

After yielding the first goal to the Phantoms, the Lancers scored four unanswered goals to commandeer the win..

Minnesota State High School League

St. Louis Park Orioles 1 @ Edina Hornets 6

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 3-1-4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 27 GP, 32-32-64, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker led the Hornets to a semi-final win over the Orioles, notching a hat trick and adding an assist on Lewis Crosby’s (uncommitted) power play marker. Edina advances to the Minnesota State 6AA high school championship game Wednesday night at Mariucci Arena, home of the Minnesota Gophers men’s college hockey team, in Minneapolis against the Wayzata Trojans. Edina has defeated the Trojans twice during regular season play. It seems fitting that Walker’s last game for the Edina Hornets will be on the ice surface for the team he’ll be playing next fall as a Golden Gopher.

NHL Game Night: 2-24-18 Lightning at Canadiens

Lightning grind out one more road win before the trade deadline.

MTL-3 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals 32 shots before blanking all three shooters in the penalty shot session including a rolling, behind the back arm save on the finale to secure the SO win.

First Period
8:52 MTL Froese (2), (Benn, Carr)
12:07 TB Point (25), (Killorn)

Second Period
7:32 TB Kucherov (33), (Hedman, Johnson)(PP)
8:50 MTL Morrow (5), (Hudon, Pacioretty)
16:29 MTL Pacioretty (17), (Petry, Drouin)(PP)

Third Period
2:11 TB Callahan (4), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)


TB- Point

Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and second stars.

What we might consider the dog days of the season just came to an end with the Lightning, unofficially, just a scant nine points away from the minimum number of points we might reasonably assume they need to make the postseason. It's a great spot to be in as the Lightning now prepare for a critical ~48 hours heading into the trade deadline trying to find the couple of pieces that might put this team over the top. After a blistering start the Lightning have maintained a solid but unspectacular points pace of around .600 over the past 20-25 games. Understandable, given the grind of an 82 game season. But, once Steve Yzerman completes the final tune up to the roster, these last 20 games of the regular season will represent a considerable raising of the stakes as the players and coaching staff will prepare for the gauntlet of the postseason with expectations running high and the chance for immortal glory on the line.

Adam Erne was -2 with 3 hits in 5:38.

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