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Prospect of the Week: 12-8-14

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for December 8, 2014 is … Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL – Canada).

With the success of smaller players in the NHL and its recent transformation into a speed and skill league, it’s rather dumbfounding that Brayden Point fell to the 2014 draft’s third round. But there was Point, a prolific producer with captain-worthy character and high-end hockey sense, sitting at No. 79 with the Lightning just one pick away at 80.

The Lightning may preach patience with prospects, but they showed none of it in this instance.

Juniors Game Night: 12-7-14

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Sarnia Sting 7 (SO)

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 8-24-32, E, 56 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

The CHL’s sixth ranked team outshot Sarnia 41-20, but Anthony DeAngelo and the Sting won in a shootout, 7-6. DeAngelo, who has points in five straight games and 10 of his past 11, scored the first Sarnia goal of the game, setting off a teddy bear toss.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Calgary Hitmen 8

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 16-25-41, +10, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

D Ben Thomas, CAL: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-11-13, +4, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Point extended his point streak to 11 games with an assist, and Moose Jaw was tied with Calgary 3-3 entering the third period, but the Hitmen exploded for five goals on a whopping 26 shots in the middle frame to defeat the Warriors, 8-3. There was no scoring in the third period. Ben Thomas remains out with a lower body injury.

KHL Game Day: 12-7-14

Mytischi 4 vs. Dinamo Riga 1
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 18 PIM

Dmitry Korobov had a minor penalty for hooking in 22:00 of ice time as Mytischi crushed Riga 4-1. Ex-Devils pick Petr Vrana had a goal in the victory for Mytischi.

ECHL Game Night: 12-07-14

Wichita Thunder 1 at Elmira Jackals 5

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, -3, 15 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 21 GP, 11-10-21, +3, 29 PIM, 71 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-1-1, -1, 7 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 0-5-5, -2, 41 PIM, 24 SOG

Sunday's game in Elmira between the Jackals and the Thunder got terribly out of hand at 13:10 of the 3rd period. After two-plus periods of chippy play with several high stickings, slashings, boardings, and cross-checkings and the Jackals already ahead 5-1, a line brawl broke out including both goalies leaving their creases. In all, 11 players received misconducts and a total of 188 minutes of penalties were handed out for the game. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier received a fighting major and 10-minute misconduct for a secondary altercation, and fellow prospect Dan Milan received a roughing minor and a fighting major. Milan did have the primary assist on Wichita's lone goal, a power-play marker in the 2nd period. Gauthier was held off the score sheet, but managed a game-high five shots despite missing the final 6:50 of the game. The road trip for the Thunder concludes Wednesday against the Oilers in Tulsa.

Juniors Game Night: 12-6-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 7

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, -2, 7 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 26 GP, 20-23-43, +17, 30 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne’s 3-game goal scoring streak was broken as the Remparts fell on the road to Victoriaville. He was a goal short of a Gordie Howe hat trick, also. Erne fought Phil Pietroniro. Quebec scored four goals in the second period.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Saginaw Spirit 5

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-1-1, -3, 2 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 7-23-30, -1, 54 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Sarnia had its 6-game win streak snapped by Saginaw. DeAngelo has at least a point in nine of his last 10 games.

North Bay Battalion 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 5

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 9-5-14, -8, 36 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto had his 3-game goal streak ended by North Bay. Windsor managed five goals on just 19 shots. North Bay had 38 shots. Aaron Luchuk (2015) had a hat trick for the Spits, doubling his goal total for the season.

Barrie Colts 7 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 5-8-13, -21, 43 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin was minus-3 Saturday, making him minus-9 in three games this week.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 7 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 4

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 27 GP, 16-24-40, +12, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point (pictured) extended his point streak to 10 games with four points Saturday. He has been a game star in three straight games. He’s putting himself in strong position to make Team Canada for World Juniors.

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