Ashton, Carter

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/19/11

OHL

Western Conference Finals

No.4 Windsor Spitfires 1 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 8
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 1-0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-6-6, +3, 2 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

A springtime snowman in Owen Sound. Andrew Shaw (undrafted) and Joey Hishon (Avalanche) each had two goals and Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch had two helpers to lead the Attack to a stomping of Windsor in the opening game of the OHL Western Conference Finals. Michael Zador did not dress for the Attack, and at the rate Scott Stajcer is going in net for Owen Sound, he likely won’t see the ice again outside of a possible trophy-carrying parade around the rink. Dallas Stars first rounder Jack Campbell allowed all eight goals for the Spits. Game 2 is Thursday in Windsor.

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.4 Tri-City Americans 4 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 5 (OT)
Spokane wins best of seven series 4-2

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 3-5-8, E, 4 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 15 PIM (major-kneeing, game misconduct)
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 5-4-9, -1, 17 PIM

Tri-City held a 3-0 lead entering the third period against an opponent whose leading scorer, Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson, was forbidden to return to the game due to a misconduct. Before the Ams could stop dreaming about a Game 6 win and 3-3 series tie, Spokane had scored four times in the first nine minutes of the period to take a one goal lead. TC needed a power play goal to send the game to overtime, but Spokane’s Levko Koper (Thrashers) scored for the Chiefs to send the club on to the conference finals against Portland beginning Friday in Oregon.

With his team eliminated, Lightning prospect Carter Ashton’s junior career is now complete. The former Lightning first rounder, who already holds an NHL contract, can join the Norfolk Admirals if the organization so chooses. Next season he’ll be competing for a spot with the big club out of camp.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/17/11

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 6
Gatineau wins best of seven series 4-2

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 2-3-5, E, 10 PIM

Gatineau won their fourth game in a row and eliminated the higher seeded Volts in the process. Adam Janosik’s second goal of the playoffs gave the Olympiques a brief 3-2 lead in the third period. Gatineau, who scored five times in the final stanza, moves on to the league semifinals to face the winner of Game 7 between No.3 Quebec and No.7 Shawinigan.

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.2 Montreal Juniors 3 @ No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 6
Lewiston wins best of seven series 4-2

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 12 PIM

Eighth-seeded Lewiston broke a 2-2 tie late in the second period and held on to defeat the second-seeded Montreal Juniors in Game 6 and advance to the league semifinals. Lightning prospect Charles Landry finished the playoffs with three points. He already holds an NHL contract, which will officially begin next year. He could join AHL Norfolk in some capacity in the coming days should the Lightning organization choose to extend his season.

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 (OT)
Spokane leads best of seven series 3-2

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 5-4-9, -1, 2 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 3-4-7, +1, 4 PIM

Lightning prospect Carter Ashton scored with just over a minute left in regulation after a timeout call to tie the game for Tri-City and send the game to overtime. Spokane’s Blake Gal came out of the penalty box in overtime and scored the game winner to give the Chiefs a 3-2 series lead. Tyler Johnson had an assist for the Chiefs. Game 6 will be in Spokane Tuesday. The winner of the series will take on Portland in the West Finals. Kootenay and Medicine Hat will battle in the East Finals.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/14/11

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 4 (2OT)
Best of seven series tied 2-2

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 5-3-8, E, 2 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 2-4-6, E, 4 PIM

Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson scored at the 12-minute mark of the third period to tie the game, but Ams defenseman Tyler Schmidt (undrafted) scored his first of the playoffs in the second overtime to give Tri-City the win and tie the series at 2. Johnson had a shorthanded goal early in the second period that gave Spokane a brief 2-0 lead. Carter Ashton had an assist for Tri-City. Game 5 will be Sunday in Spokane.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/12/11

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4
Drummondville leads best of seven series 2-1

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 8 PIM

Gatineau earned a much-needed win Tuesday at home to avoid going down 3-0 in their league quarterfinal series with the Volts. The Olympiques scored twice early in the first period and survived a Drummondville goal by likely 2011 top-5 pick Sean Couturier to hold on for the win. Game 4 is Wednesday in Gatineau.

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.2 Montreal Juniors 1 @ No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 2
Lewiston leads best of seven series 2-1

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +7, 12 PIM

Second-seeded Montreal is a Game 1 overtime goal away from being down 3-0 to eighth-seeded Lewiston in their QMJHL quarterfinals series. Etienne Brodeur, an undrafted free agent, scored with five seconds left in regulation to give the MAINEiacs the win in Game 3. Brodeur had 53 goals in 68 games this season. Game 4 is Wednesday in Maine.

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 1
Best of seven series tied 1-1

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 4 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 2 PIM

Spokane got home ice advantage back in the series by taking Game 3 on the road vs. the Americans. Both Lightning prospects were scoreless in the game. Game 4 is Thursday in Kennewick.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

No.1 Saskatoon Blades 0 @ No.4 Kootenay Ice 3
Kootenay leads best of seven series 3-0

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3 E, 8 PIM

No one saw this coming. The WHL’s top team is one game away from being swept in the second round of the playoffs. On Tuesday in Cranbrook, the Ice scored once in each period and Nathan Lieuwen (undrafted) stopped 22 shots to give Kamloops a 3-0 win. Game 4 is Wednesday at the home of the Ice.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/10/11

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 6
Best of seven series tied 1-1

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 2-3-5, E, 4 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 0 PIM

Spokane made a strong statement in Game 2, outshooting Tri-City 40-15 and beating them handily, 6-3. The Chiefs were up 5-1 entering the third period and the Americans got a last minute power play goal to make the score look closer than it was. Tyler Johnson scored a power play goal for Spokane and fellow Lightning prospect Carter Ashton had two third period assists for TC. Senators prospect Jared Cowen had four assists for the Chiefs. The game had 89 minutes in penalties. Game 3 is Tuesday in Kennewick. Games 4 and 5 will also be at the home of the Americans.

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