Connolly, Brett

World Juniors Game Night: 12/23/10

Canada 5 vs. Finland 2 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: Did not play.

Canada was down 1-0 after one period and tied 2-2 after two before exploding for three goals in the third to defeat Finland in their final pre-competition match. Ashton didn't hit the scoresheet and Connolly apparently missed the game with an injury. His status for Canada's official roster named December 25 is up in the air. Canada will open tournament play December 26.

World Juniors Game Night: 12/21/10

Canada 4 vs. Sweden 1 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (slashing)
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (tripping)

Canada had a 2-0 lead before Sweden scored, then completed the win with two third period goals Tuesday to move to 2-0 in pre-competition play. Neither Lightning prospect earned a point. Canada plays Thursday night vs. Finland before they open tournament play December 26.

World Juniors Game Night: 12/20/10

Canada 8 vs. Switzerland 0 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM

Canada came out firing with three first period goals and then scored four in the second period on their way to putting up a snowman in a pre-competition match against Nino Niedereiter and Switzerland. Ashton scored Canada’s final goal in the game. Connolly assisted on a Louis Leblanc goal in the second period. Canada will play Sweden on Tuesday and Finland on Thursday before opening tournament play the day after Christmas. (Pictured: No.28 Brett Connolly celebrates with his teammates after a Canada goal. [HockeyCanada photo])

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/17/10

BCHL

Vernon Vipers 1 @ Penticton Vees 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 36 GP, 15-29-44, 12 PIM

Penticton was outshot 40-22 in the game, and only managed two shots in the first period.

USHL

Team USA 1 @ Fargo Force 6
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 11-14-25, +13, 16 PIM

A huge night for Mullin (pictured) against the USA Development Program’s U18 team as he scored twice and led the team with eight shots on goal. The future Miami Redhawk is tied for fifth in the USHL in total points and is fourth in plus/minus.

QMJHL

Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, hooking), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 25 GP, 5-18-23, +12, 12 PIM

Montreal potted seven against Lewiston despite no points from red-hot Landry and no Louis Leblanc (Canada WJC) in the lineup. Montreal scored four times in the third period. Much-maligned Islanders pick Kirill Kabanov was scoreless in the game for Lewiston. He has seven points in 12 games with Lewiston this year after coming over from Moncton.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 44 PIM

Saginaw got revenge on the Soo for a Greyhound win over the Spirit earlier in the week.

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ London Knights 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 1-12-13, +12, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: 11 saves on 11 shots
With Attack: 1 GP, 0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO
With Generals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.27 GAA, .882 sv%, 1 SO

Zador didn’t start the game, but was perfect in relief of Attack starter Jordan Binnington. Schemitsch earned his first point in six games. He has just two assists in his last 10 contests. Schemitsch had 40 points in 62 games last season.

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-8-10, +8, 62 PIM

Zahn, whose nickname is “Bear,” is chasing his career high in points of 19, set in 2007-2008.

Of Note: Carter Ashton (Canada), Brett Connolly (Canada), Adam Janosik (Slovakia), and Richard Panik (Slovakia) are all participating in preparations for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

Canada Chooses Two Lightning Prospects for WJC Squad

TSN reports the final cuts for Team Canada at the upcoming 2011 World Junior Championship have been made and both Lightning first rounders Brett Connolly and Carter Ashton made the team. This is the first time two Lightning prospects have made Canada's squad. The last representative for the Lightning on Team Canada was goaltender Dustin Tokarski in 2008-2009. Tokarski was player of the game for Canada in the gold medal match against Victor Hedman and Sweden.

Ashton, taken 29th overall in 2009, currently plays for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, though he hasn't suited up for the team yet. He was traded from Regina last week. Connolly, taken sixth overall in 2010, is captain of the Prince George Cougars.

Canada will play three exhibition games beginning Monday against Switzerland, with the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship beginning December 26 in Buffalo, New York, USA.

Connolly and his morning hair appeared on TSN's video segment this morning. Watch here: http://watch.tsn.ca/international-hockey/clip389669#clip389669

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