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North American Juniors Game Night: 11/18/10

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ Quebec Remparts 6
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 22 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 16 PIM

Patrick Roy’s Remparts scored the game’s final four goals for a comeback win over Gatineau. Janosik had 35 points in 63 games last year, plus 7 in 10 playoff games (5 goals), but is off to a quiet start this season with 8 in 22.

WHL

Team WHL 2 vs. Team Russia 5
RW Brett Connolly, WHL: 1-0-1, 0 PIM

Russia finish the six-game Canada-Russia Subway Superseries with a 4-1-1 record versus the CHL for their first series win in the eight-year history of the event. They had won just two games in the series – in 2004 and ’07 – prior to this year. Lightning prospect Brett Connolly, playing in front of his home crowd, scored for the WHL. At that time, however, the Dub was already down 4-0 in the third period. Calvin Pickard (Avalanche) of the Seattle Thunderbirds stopped 19 of 23 shots in a losing cause for Team WHL.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/17/10

BCHL

Trail Smoke Eaters 3 @ Penticton Vees 6
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-14-23, 8 PIM

O’Donnell earned Second Star for the second straight game and now has 5 points in 2 games since playing for Canada West at the WJACs. After a slow start, he’s up to a point-per-game pace for the Vees.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 8
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM (holding stick)
Season totals: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -2, 31 PIM
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play.
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

Panik is still more than a point-per-gamer, even though he has “just” 7 points in his last 12 games. Schemitsch missed his third game due to an “upper body injury.” He’s listed as day-to-day. Belleville had leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 in this game before the Attack exploded for a snowman.

WHL

Team WHL 6 vs. Team Russia 7 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, WHL: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (slashing)

The WHL scored the game’s first 3 goals, but allowed its last 3 and eventually lost in a shootout. Russia is now 3-2 in the Canada-Russia Subway Super Series after sweeping the Q and being swept in Ontario. Omsk’s Sergei Kalinin (1+2, undrafted) was player of the game for Russia, while Prince Albert’s Brandon Herrod (1+0, undrafted) won the WHL’s award. Lightning prospect Brett Connolly will serve as an alternate captain for the WHL in their final game against Russia in Connolly’s hometown of Prince George on Thursday. He didn’t play in Wednesday’s game in Kamloops. Ashton, who scored the game's first goal in Wednesday's game, will not play in Prince George.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/13/10

World Junior A Challenge

Canada West 1 vs. USA 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, CW: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, 0 PIM
C Jimmy Mullin, USA: 1-0-1, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 5-0-5, 0 PIM

Jimmy Mullin scored his tournament-leading fifth goal on a penalty shot in the third period to help lead USA into the gold medal game vs. Canada East. Brendan O’Donnell did not find the scoresheet for Canada West, who will play Switzerland for the bronze. This will be the first time in the AJAC’s 5-year history Canada West won’t play for gold. USA is seeking its third-straight gold medal.

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 1@ Gatineau Olympiques 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-6-6, +4, 2 PIM
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 20 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 12 PIM

Janosik set up the game’s opening goal, leading the Olympiques to close win over fellow prospect Charles Landry and Montreal.

OHL

Sarnia Sting 3 @ Belleville Bulls 2 (SO)
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 12-11-23, +1, 20 PIM

Panik scored for the first time in 8 games, but was one of four Bulls who couldn’t convert their shootout attempt and Belleville fell to Sarnia at home.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play.
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

Still no word on a potential injury to Schemitsch.

WHL

Regina Pats 4 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 6
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-7-18, -8, 34 PIM

Ashton extended his goal scoring streak to 4 games, and the Pats again scored 4 goals, but the defense let them down in a loss to the Tigers.

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Vancouver Giants 2 (SO)
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 15-10-25, -7, 6 PIM

Connolly didn’t score, but was on the plus-side of even for the first time in 8 games. He converted his shootout attempt as the Cougars stole a victory in Vancouver. Connolly has 3 points in his last 7 games, but is still over a point-per-game pace.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/12/10

OHL

Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 19 GP, 0-2-2, -8, 40 PIM

Panthers first rounder Erik Gudbranson was scoreless in the game for Kingston. Since returning to juniors, Gudbranson has 1 goal and 7 assists in 15 games, along with a minus-7 rating and 32 penalty minutes.

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Guelph Storm 3 (OT)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play.
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

Avalanche first rounder Joey Hishon had 3 assists for the Attack. No word yet on why Schemitsch didn't play.

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Oshawa Generals 1 (OT)
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (interference)
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-11-22, +1, 20 PIM
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-3-1-1, 3.48 GAA, .880 sv%, 1 SO

In the “bad news” department: Zador appears to have definitely lost his starter’s job and Panik hasn’t scored in 8 games (and 1 in his last 10). Kevin Bailie, who started the year as Zador’s backup, earned Second Star in the loss for the Gens.

WHL

Seattle Thunderbirds 5 @ Regina Pats 4
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 10-7-17, -8, 34 PIM

The Pats had a 4-2 lead entering the third period, but exited with yet another loss. Seattle scored the game’s final four goals. On the plus side, Ashton is creeping toward point-per-game status and extended his goal scoring streak to 3 games (4 goals in that time).

Prince George Cougars 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 4
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 15-10-25, -8, 6 PIM

Connolly was minus-3 for the second straight game. He hasn’t been on the plus-side of even in 8 games, and is -12 over that time.

Portland Winterhawks 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 7 PIM (fighting, roughing)
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 39 PIM

Saskatoon came out flying, outshooting the WHL’s No.1 team 20-5 in the first period. Zahn fought Nino Niedereiter and Oliver Gabriel on the same sequence, but was only charged for the Gabriel fight. </embed>

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/5/10

World Junior A Challenge

Canada West 2 vs. Canada East 7 (Exhibition)
C Brendan O’Donnell, CW: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

Canada East scored 5 times in the second period to take a 5-0 lead. West cut it to 5-2 early in the third, but couldn’t come back any further. O’Donnell wasn’t listed on the scoresheet.

USHL

Fargo Force 3 @ Tri-City Storm 4
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: Did not play.
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-4-9, +1, 10 PIM

Mullin is currently with Team USA for the World Junior A Challenge.

QMJHL

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (cross checking), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 18 GP, 2-4-6, +5, 12 PIM

Janosik earned his sixth point of the year with a primary power play assist. He had 35 points in 63 games last season.

Quebec Remparts 4 @ Montreal Juniors 5 (SO)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-4-4, +5, 0 PIM

Montreal scored twice in the late third to send the game to an extra session, then defeated the CHL’s top ranked team in a shootout. Patrick Roy and Quebec are 15-2-0-2 on the year. They're 0-1-0-1 this week - the same week Roy blamed Lightning coach Guy Boucher for the lack of offense in the QMJHL. #GuyBoucherKarma

OHL

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 7
G Michael Zador, OSH: No decision, 6 saves on 9 shots
Season Totals: 7-3-1-1, 3.48 GAA, .880 sv%, 1 SO
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 0-1-1, -5, 36 PIM

Beukeboom (pictured) finally earned his first point of the year, although it was part of a poor performance by his fellow Lightning prospect Michael Zador. Zador was pulled in the first period.

Belleville Bulls 0 @ Kitchener Rangers 8
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -5, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 11-10-21, E, 21 PIM

A snowman in Kitchener. Panik was a team-worst minus-5. The next worst was minus-3. Possible 2011 Lightning draft target right-handed defenseman Ryan Murphy just had an assist in the game. He has 10 goals and 28 points in 16 games so far this year for the Rangers and is now playing himself into the top of the first round it seems (and too high for the Lightning?).

Owen Sound Attack 0 @ Erie Otters 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

Schemitsch had 4 points in his last 2 games coming into the Erie game.

WHL

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Regina Pats 1
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 6-6-12, -7, 32 PIM

Ashton has at least a point in 4 of his last 5 games.

Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Prince George Cougars 6
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 15-10-25, -2, 6 PIM

Connolly had gone his last 5 games without registering multiple points. This was his sixth multi-point game of the year.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/2/10

OHL

Mississauga St. Michaels Majors 4 @ Oshawa Generals 1
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 20 saves on 24 shots
Season Totals: 7-3-1-1, 3.31 GAA, .885 sv%, 1 SO

Zador was back in the Gens nets after a night off, but gave up four goals in the final two periods to pick up a loss. One of the four goals against was a shorthanded penalty shot by Derek Schoenmakers (undrafted). There were 6 fights in the game.

WHL

Prince George Cougars 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 6
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 14-9-23, -1, 6 PIM

Connolly broke his miniature 2-game scoreless streak, but the Cougars fell to last-place Kelowna 6-2 despite outshooting them 30-27. James Priestner (undrafted) stopped 21 of 27 shots in the loss. PG is 9-7-1-0 for the year and sit in second in the B.C. Division. Tyson Barrie, a Colorado Avalanche draft pick and son of former Lightning owner Len Barrie, had a goal and 2 assists for Kelowna. The defenseman and captain of the Rockets has 6 points in 8 games after scoring 72 in 63 last year.

Spokane Chiefs 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 2
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, -1, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Dominik Uher)
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 26 PIM

Zahn earned his second point of the year, but the assist came in a losing effort for Saskatoon. He fought 6’0” center and Czech native Dominik Uher in the second period.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/30/10

BCHL

Penticton Vees 2 @ Trail Smoke Eaters 6
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 8-9-17, 8 PIM

Trail scored 5 times in the third period.

USHL

Fargo Force 1 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (slashing), 4 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-4-9, +1, 10 PIM

Sioux Falls moved into a tie for first in the West with the win, one point ahead of Fargo (5-4-1).

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 (SO)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 17 GP, 2-3-5, +4, 10 PIM

Gatineau fell to 9-7-1-2 with the shootout loss.

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Belleville Bulls 6
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 11-10-21, +5, 21 PIM

Belleville was looking for more offense, and certainly got it Saturday night despite their leading scorer, Panik, only earning an assist.

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 4 (SO)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-9-10, +8, 2 PIM

Schemitsch had a season-high 3 points and earned a Second Star award.

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Erie Otters 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 7-2-1-1, 3.24 GAA, .889 sv%, 1 SO

Zador got the night off.

WHL

Spokane Chiefs 11 @ Regina Pats 1
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 7 PIM (fighting, holding)
Season totals: 14 GP, 6-5-11, -5, 32 PIM

Regina had won 3 straight before the Halloween Eve Massacre.

Prince George Cougars 4 @ Tri-City Americans 3 (SO)
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 14-8-22, E, 6 PIM

Connolly was scoreless for the second straight game. He failed to convert his shootout attempt. It’s a good sign for the Cougars team that they can win when Connolly is not producing statistically night in and night out like he has been.

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Red Deer Rebels 7
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-0-1, +5, 19 PIM

Yikes.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/29/10

BCHL

Salmon Arm Silverbacks 2 @ Penticton Vees 4
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 8-9-17, 8 PIM

The Vees scored the game’s final four goals for the win. O’Donnell was coming off a 5-point game Wednesday.

USHL

Fargo Force 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2 (SO)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 5-4-9, +1, 8 PIM

Mullin’s point streak was snapped at 3 games. He did not convert his shootout attempt.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 16 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 10 PIM

Cape Breton only managed 12 shots in the game.

Montreal Juniors 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 (SO)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-4-4, +6, 0 PIM

Landry (pictured) has at least a point in both games since his return from injury. Former Harvard Crimson Louis Leblanc (Habs) scored his 9th of the season for the Juniors.

OHL

Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 2
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-6-7, +7, 2 PIM

In a battle of OHL heavyweights, Saginaw came out on top despite being outshot by the Attack 54-22.

Belleville Bulls 1 @ Oshawa Generals 6
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 11-9-20, +3, 21 PIM
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 20 saves on 21 shots
Season Totals: 7-2-1-1, 3.24 GAA, .889 sv%, 1 SO

Zador shut down Panik and the Bulls, stopping 20 shots in the process.

WHL

Prince George Cougars 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 0
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 14-8-22, +2, 6 PIM

Connolly had his point streak snapped at 14 games as this was the first game this season he didn’t hit the scoresheet. Ty Rimmer (undrafted) had a 36-save shutout for the Cougars. Avalanche pick Calvin Pickard had 30 saves for the T-Birds, earning a Second Star award.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/27/10

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 6 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 15 GP, 2-3-5, +2, 10 PIM

Janosik’s second goal of the year turned out to be the insurance goal as Gatineau cruised to a 6-2 win over Halifax despite only outshooting them 23-20.

OHL

Ottawa 67’s 2 @ Belleville Bulls 4
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 11-9-20, +4, 21 PIM

Belleville climbed out of last place with a big home win over East Division-leading Ottawa. The Bulls won only their third game of the year. Panik is sixth in the league in points, but just four points behind the leader, Owen Sound’s Garrett Wilson (Panthers, 4th, 2009).

WHL

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Spokane Chiefs 7
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 14-8-22, +2, 6 PIM

Connolly ran his point streak to 14 games and still sits in fourth in the league scoring race with 22 points in 14 games. Vancouver’s Craig Cunningham (Bruins, 4th/2010)leads with 34 points in 16 games.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/23/10

BCHL

Alberni Valley Bulldogs 3 @ Penticton Vees 2
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 6-5-11, Even, 8 PIM

O’Donnell’s primary assist came while shorthanded. It temporarily tied the game at one.

USHL

Sioux Falls Stampede 2 @ Fargo Force 1 (OT)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 5-4-9, +1, 8 PIM

Mullin extended his point streak to three games. He had a goal and two assists Thursday vs. Youngstown. Mullin is tied for fifth in the league in points.

QMJHL

Lewiston MAINEiacs 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (hooking), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-3-4, E, 8 PIM

After losing Friday, Lewiston takes the second of back-to-back games in Gatineau.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Saginaw Spirit 5
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM (2 checking-from-behind, diving)
Season totals: 13 GP, 11-7-18, +3, 21 PIM

Panik had two checking-from-behind penalties two minutes apart in the first period. The second led to a Saginaw power play goal. At 3-10, Belleville is just one point ahead of Barrie in the league’s basement.

Sarnia Sting 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 9
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-6-7, +9, 2 PIM

Schemitsch had the primary assist on the game’s opening goal. Avalanche first rounder Joey Hishon had two goals and three assists in the game for the Attack. The controversial first rounder has 13 points in 4 games.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 3 @ Prince George Cougars 8
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 13-8-21, +3, 6 PIM

Connolly ran his point streak to 13 games, but his goal streak ended at 7 despite PG scoring 8 Saturday night. The Cougars’ captain had 11 points in his last 5 games coming into Saturday night’s game.

Medicine Hat Tigers 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (tripping, interference)
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-0-1, +6, 15 PIM

The Blades are one point behind Portland for the league’s best record. The Winterhawks have played one more game than Saskatoon, however.

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