Muskegon Lumberjacks 1 @ Fargo Force 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (hooking), 3 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-2-6, -2, 8 PIM
Mullin scored the game winner with three seconds left in regulation to give the Force a home win.
Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4 (OT)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 2 PIM
Gatineau outshot the Sagueneens 34-15, including 4-0 in overtime, but needed that extra session to win. Janosik was credited with two hits in the game. He had 35 points last year, but is off to a bit of a slow start statistically.
Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Belleville Bulls 3 (OT)
C Richard Panik, BEL: 3-0-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 10 GP, 10-7-17, +4, 13 PIM
Panik provided all the offense for the Bulls, scoring in the first, third, and again with one second left in overtime to give Belleville the win. Panik, who has three First Star awards, is tied for second in the league in goals and fourth in points.
Barrie Colts 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 7
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 2 PIM
Owen Sound boasts the leagueâ€™s top goal scorer, Garrett Wilson (Panthers 4th/09), who had two goals Saturday to give him 12 for the year â€“ two ahead of Lightning prospect Richard Panik.
Oshawa Generals 5 @ Niagara IceDogs 6
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 5-1-0-0, 3.52 GAA, .891 sv%
Zador got the night off as his backup, Kevin Bailie, stopped 22 of 28 shots in the loss.
Regina Pats 4 @ Kootenay Ice 7
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 3-2-5, -6, 21 PIM
Ashton scored for the first time in three games for the Pats, who remain the leagueâ€™s worst team at 2-7-1.
Prince George Cougars 8 @ Kamloops Blazers 1
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 10 GP, 9-7-16, +2, 4 PIM
Connolly ran his point streak to 10 games and his goal streak to 5 games (both 2nd longest streaks in the league currently). He is tied for 11th in the league in points and 5th in goals. Prince George has 20 goals in their last 3 games.
Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 0
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-0-1, +7, 11 PIM
Saskatoon is now 8-1 and one point behind league-leader Portland.
Ottawa 67â€™s 4 @ Oshawa Generals 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 22 saves on 26
Season Totals: 4-1-0-0, 3.61 GAA, .894 sv%
Zador got a confidence boost when Coach/GM Chris DePiero put him right back in net after Zador was pulled in his previous game. Zador wasnâ€™t great, however, and suffered his first (technically) loss of the year against the 67â€™s despite the Gens outshooting Ottawa 36-26. This is a crucial time for Zador, who struggled mightily with consistency last season. If he can right this quickly, it could go a long way to him getting a contract this spring. If he continues to ride the roller coaster, the uphill climb to a contract gets steeper.
Prince George Cougars 7 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 8
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 8 GP, 6-5-11, -1, 2 PIM
Connolly, who has at least a point in all 8 games this year, scored the gameâ€™s first 2 goals, but the Cougars would later blow a 6-3 third period lead in 6 minutes and eventually have to tie the game to send it to overtime. The Oil Kings won it in the extra session.
Fargo Force 2 @ Cedar Rapids Roughriders 5
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 4 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM
Mullin (pictured) had his first multipoint USHL game, though it came in a losing effort. The Miami-Ohio commit leads Fargo in goals and is tied for the points lead after three games.
Montreal Juniors 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 3 (SO)
D Charles Landry, MTL: Did not play.
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM
Landry has missed Montrealâ€™s last three games.
Belleville Bulls 4 @ Sarnia Sting 3
C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 5-5-10, +2, 11 PIM
Panik earned his second First Star of the season after a three point night. This is exactly what the Lightning want to see from Panik at the junior level â€“ lighting up the scoreboard. Panik has all the skills to be an elite forward at this level.
Brampton Battalion 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 0 PIM
Owen Sound was outshot 13-4 in the third period, but one of those shots - Cameron Brace's first OHL goal - went in for the game winner.
Prince George Cougars 5 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-5-9, -2, 2 PIM
Connolly has at least a point in all seven games this season. He scored the gameâ€™s opening goal Saturday.
O'Donnell has a big night ... Connolly, Ashton score ... Schemitsch a PPGer ... Zador struggles.
Trail Smoke Eaters 4 @ Penticton Vees 6
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 2-0-2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 12 GP, 5-3-8, 6 PIM
Oâ€™Donnell (pictured) scored his second goal of the game early in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and send the Vees to victory. This was his first 2-goal game in the BCHL.