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Tampa Bay Lightning prospect report: USA wins the silver medal

No, not in the IIHF World Juniors, but in the World Junior A Challenge.

Team Unites States v Team Russia - Semifinal - 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Last weekend the United States got a taste of silver when they came in second to Canada West in the World Junior A Hockey Challenge. Two Tampa Bay Lightning prospects were on that team, USHL players Nicklaus Perbix and Cole Guttman.

Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk, Cal Foote, and Brett Howden all made Team Canada in the IIHF World Championships. They play their first pretournament game Wednesday night in London, Ontario against the Czech Republic.

Aside from the junior news it was all quiet on the prospect front. The NCAA is on winter break, and the USHL just played their final games before break.

Ontario Hockey League

#12 - Christopher Paquette (F) - 0G, 1A, -5
Peterborough Petes - 15-17-1-1

Dec. 14th: vs Ottawa 67’s|
L 5-2 - 0G, 0A, -3
Dec. 15th: @ Oshawa Generals
L 6-3 - 0G, 1A, -1
Dec. 17th: @ Hamilton Bulldogs
L 5-2 - 0G, 0A, -1

The Petes lost and Paquette didn’t score, rinse, repeat.

#12 - Boris Katchouk (F)
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - 29-3-2-0

Katchouk is at Team Canada Selection Camp

#17 - Taylor Raddysh (F)
Erie Otters - 11-17-5-1

Raddysh is at Team Canada Selection Camp

#17 - Alexei Lipanov (F) - 0G, 3A, +3
Barrie Colts - 20-10-2-1

Dec. 14th: vs Owen Sound Attack
W 6-4 - 0G, 3A, +3
Dec. 15th: @ Erie Otters
W 4-3 - 0G, 0A, -1
Dec. 16th: @ Niagara IceDogs
W 5-3 - 0G, 0A, +1

Lipanov had an offensive burst against Owen Sound, setting up his linemates for three goals. The Colts would win all three games, but Lipanov wouldn’t gain any more points.


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#89 - Otto Somppi (F) - 0G, 4A, +2
Halifax Mooseheads

Dec. 13th: @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
L 4-3 - 0G, 1A, +1
Dec. 15th: vs Acadie-Bathurst Titan
W 5-2 - 0G, 2A, +1
Dec. 16th: vs Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
W 4-2 - 0G, 1A

Somppi filled in on the offensive staring role last week with the regulars away at camps. Four points in three games, Somppi shared the wealth as they were all assists.


Western Hockey League

#76 - Oleg Susonov (D) - 0G, 1A, +1
Moose Jaw Warriors - 27-6-1-1

Brett Howden is at Team Canada Selection Camp

Dec. 12th: vs Kelowna Rockets
W 6-3 - 0G, 0A, -1
Dec. 15th: vs Kamloops Blazers
L 5-2 - 0G, 1A, -1
Dec. 16th: vs Brandon Wheat Kings
W 6-4 - 0G, 0A, +3

Susonov held down the fort as the only Lightning prospect in Moose Jaw last week.

#25 - Libor Hajek (D) - 0G, 1A, +2
Saskatoon Blades - 14-17-2-1

Dec. 12th: vs Lethbridge Hurricanes
W 5-3 - 0G, 1A, +2

Hajek left Saskatoon on the 13th to attend the Czech Republic world junior camp.

#25 - Cal Foote (D)
Kelowna Rockets - 20-11-2-1

Cal Foote is at Team Canada Selection Camp


World Junior A Challenge

#19 - Cole Guttman (F) / #14 - Nicklaus Perbix (D)
Team USA

Round Robin

Dec. 11th: vs Czech Republic
L 4-2 - No Points / No Points
Dec. 12th: vs Canada West
W 2-1 - 1G, 0A / No Points

Quarter Finals

Dec. 13th: vs Switzerland
W 3-1 - No Points / No Points

Semi-Finals

Dec. 14th: vs Russia
W 5-0 - No Points / No Points

Finals

Dec. 16th: vs Canada West
L 5-1 - No Points / No Points

The US Would take home silver for the first time in the tournament. Guttman would take just one point home and Perbix would go pointless.


High School

#26 - Samuel Walker - 1G, 4A
Edina High School

Dec. 14th: vs Grand Rapids
W 11-0 - 1G, 1A
Dec. 15th: vs Elk River
W 10-7 - [Stats not available]
Dec. 16th: vs Eden Prairie
W 7-1 - 0G, 3A

The score keeper was slacking and the stats from the game on the 15th haven’t been uploaded yet. In the other two games Walker had a hand in four points out of the 18 Edina scored.


NCAA

#33 - Kris Oldham (G)
U. Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks

Nebraska-Omaha is on break and won’t play again until December 29th.

#20 - Ross Colton (F)
U. Vermont Catamounts

Vermont is on break and won’t play again until December 29th.

#18 - Ryan Lohin (F)
U. Mass-Lowell River Hawks

Lowell is on break and won’t play again until December 29th.

#16 - Johnathan MacLeod (D)
Boston U. Terriers

Boston U is on break and won’t play again until January 5th.

#20 - Ryan Zuhlsdorf (D)
U. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Minnesota is on break and won’t play again until December 29th.

Lightning prospects points

Player League Points Games PPG NHLe
Player League Points Games PPG NHLe
Samuel Walker Big 10 18 26 0.69 19.87
Ryan Lohin Hockey East 22 21 1.05 31.78
Alexey Lipanov OHL 21 43 0.49 12.81
Cole Guttman NCHC 18 25 0.72 24.21
Nicklaus Perbix NCHC 13 26 0.50 16.81
Ryan Zuhlsdorf Big 10 4 24 0.17 4.78
Gabriel Fortier QMJHL 64 50 1.28 27.29
Radim Salda QMJHL 23 31 0.74 15.82
Alex Green ECAC 1 5 0.20 3.77
Cole Koepke NCHC 11 26 0.42 14.22