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North American Juniors Game Night: 3/25/11

QMJHL

QMJHL First Round – Game 1

No. 12 Rimouski Oceanic 0 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 6
Gatineau leads best of seven series 1-0

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

Rimouski actually outshot Gatineau 25-22. Janosik earned his eighth career playoff point with an assist. He had five goals and two assists in nine games for Gatineau last postseason.

QMJHL First Round – Game 2

No.15 Halifax Mooseheads 0 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 6
Montreal leads best of seven series 2-0

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +4, 2 PIM

Landry was scoreless as Montreal put a beating on Halifax in Quebec. Game 3 is Tuesday in Nova Scotia.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.7 Guelph Storm 2 @ No.2 Saginaw Spirit 3
Saginaw leads best of seven series 1-0

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Guelph had a 2-1 lead entering the third period on the road but gave up two goals in the middle of the final stanza to drop Game 1, 3-2. Game 2 is Sunday in Guelph. Panik was on the ice for the game winner.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.8 London Knights 2 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3 (OT)
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 1-0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO

As expected, Jordan Binnington got the start for the Attack. Panthers prospect Garrett Wilson scored the overtime winner, his second of the game for Owen Sound. Game 2 is Sunday in London. Schemitsch is listed as day-to-day.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.5 Vancouver Giants 1 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 2 (OT)
Tri-City leads best of seven series 1-0

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ashton scored on the power play with just 2.2 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Ams a Game 1 win over the Giants. He threw the puck at the net from the corner and it banked in off Vancouver goaltender Mark Segal (undrafted), who stopped 44 shots in the loss. TC outshot Vancouver 27-9 in the third period. Game 2 is Saturday in Washington. This was only Ashton’s second career playoff goal. He had one in 11 games two years ago for Lethbridge and none in 19 games for Lethbridge the year before that. It’s safe to say he’s improved a lot since then. (TC Americans photo)

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.7 Prince George Cougars 1 @ No.2 Kelowna Rockets 4
Kelowna leads best of seven series 1-0

RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Connolly, the Cougars’ captain, left the game early with an apparent shoulder injury after being hit by Rockets forward Mitchell Callahan. PG is calling it an "upper body injury" and not giving details, which is not a surprise at this time of the year. Kelowna scored three times in the third period to take Game 1. Game 2 is Saturday in Kelowna.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.3 Spokane Chiefs 3 @ No.6 Chilliwack Bruins 2 (OT)
Spokane leads best of seven series 1-0

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

Johnson scored the game-tying goal in the third period then earned an assist on Darren Kramer’s (undrafted) overtime winner as the Chiefs took Game 1 in Chilliwack, 3-2. Kramer had two goals in the game after only scoring seven times during the season. Spokane peppered Chilliwack goaltender Lucas Gore (undrafted) with 63 shots, including 23 in the second period. Game 2 is Saturday in Chilliwack because of a women’s basketball tournament in Spokane. The series will go 2-3-1-1-1. Johnson’s goal was his 14th career playoff score.

CHL Final Regular Season Stats

A look at each Tampa Bay Lightning prospect in the Canadian Hockey League now that the regular seasons are over for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and the Western Hockey League. This year's totals are compared with last year's.

C Tyler Johnson, Spokane Chiefs, WHL
2011 Free Agent Signee

Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
2009-10: 64 GP, 36-34-71, +14, 32 PIM

RW Brett Connolly, Prince George Cougars, WHL
2010 First Round Draft Pick

Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM
2009-10: 16 GP, 10-9-19, -3, 8 PIM

RW Carter Ashton, Tri-City Americans, WHL
2009 First Round Draft Pick

Season Totals (Regina, TC): 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
2009-10 (Lethbridge, Regina): 65 GP, 24-27-51, -13, 109 PIM

C/W Richard Panik, Guelph Storm, OHL
2009 Second Round Draft Pick

Season Totals (Belleville, Guelph): 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
2009-10 (Windsor, Belleville): 60 GP, 21-20-42, +3, 55 PIM

D Charles Landry, Montreal Juniors, QMJHL
2010 Free Agent Signee

Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
2009-10 (Volts): 68 GP, 6-24-30, +40, 41 PIM

D Adam Janosik, Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL
2010 Third Round Draft Pick

Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
2009-10: 63 GP, 9-26-35, +14, 45 PIM

D Teigan Zahn, Saskatoon Blades, WHL
2010 Seventh Round Draft Pick

Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
2009-10: 44 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 84 PIM

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, Owen Sound Attack, OHL
2010 Fourth Round Draft Pick

Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
2009-10: 62 GP, 4-36-40, +1, 24 PIM

G Michael Zador, Owen Sound Attack, OHL
2009 Fifth Round Draft Pick

Season Totals (Oshawa, Owen Sound): 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
2009-10 (Oshawa): 49 GP, 14-28-2-1, 4.15 GAA, .884 sv%, 2 SO

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/20/11

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: Did not play
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM

Montreal gave Landry the night off as they prepare for the playoffs. Montreal will be the No.2 seed and play 15th seeded Halifax. As the fifth seed, Gatineau will play Chicoutimi. Janosik came within two goals, one assist, and three points of setting career highs in those respective categories.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 4 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 3 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 33 GP, 17-27-44, +6, 62 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM

TC won their third game in a row to finish the season. As the fourth seed they’ll play No.5 Vancouver in the first round. Ashton set career highs in goals, assists, and points in his final junior regular season.

Spokane Chiefs 6 @ Portland Winterhawks 3
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +26, 48 PIM

So close. Johnson needed three points to tie Kings prospect and Medicine Hat Tigers forward Linden Vey for the league scoring title. As it was, Johnson got a late assist and an empty net goal to come within one point of sharing the Bob Clarke Trophy. He finished the season with career highs in games, goals, assists, points, and plus/minus. His previous career high for points was 71, set last season in 64 games. Johnson did win the WHL goal scoring title. Spokane will play Chilliwack in the first round thanks to Vancouver’s 5-0 win Sunday over Everett, which propelled the Giants into fourth.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/19/11

USHL

Tri-City Storm 3 @ Fargo Force 4 (SO)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 20-34-54, +26, 24 PIM

Mullin had two helpers in regulation then scored in the shootout to help Fargo to a win at home. Both of Mullin’s assists came in the third period – the last shorthanded – as Fargo mounted a comeback on the Storm. The Force improved to 13-10-3 at home; they’re 18-9-1 on the road. They remain tied for third in the West, one point behind Omaha. Tri-City is in the Western Conference cellar.

OHL

Guelph Storm 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 3
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-0-1, +2, 6 PIM (boarding double minor, high sticking)
With Guelph: 24 GP, 13-12-25, -6, 42 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM

Panik scored his first goal since returning Friday from a sprained ankle. Guelph, who is now done for the regular season, clinched the Western Conference’s seventh seed and avoided playing top-ranked Owen Sound in the first round. They’ll face Saginaw, who won the West Division. Panik set career highs for goals, assists, points, and PIM.

London Knights 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 6
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
With Attack: 13 GP, 9-2-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .900 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 1 SO

Zador sat out as Jordan Binnington got his second straight start as top-seeded Owen Sound wanted to get their No.1 going again before the playoffs. With the Attack’s regular season over, it’s unlikely Zador will see much - if any - ice time in the post-season. Schemitsch is could be back when Owen Sound faces London in the first round.

WHL

Chilliwack Bruins 4 @ Tri-City Americans 6
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 70 GP, 52-61-113, +26, 48 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 32 GP, 17-27-44, +8, 62 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 61 GP, 33-38-71, -4, 106 PIM

TC finally got the better of Spokane after the Chiefs had beat the Americans five straight times. They also broke the Chiefs' 10 game win streak. Johnson broke a personal two game scoreless streak with his 112th and 113th points of the year. His 52nd goal of the year put him one ahead of Chilliwack’s Ryan Howse (Flames) for the league goal scoring title. Howse is out of games and Johnson’s lead on everyone else is secure. He has one game left and is two points behind Medicine Hat’s Linden Vey (Kings) for the league scoring title and Bob Clarke Trophy. Spokane plays at Portland Sunday; Vey is out of games. Spokane has clinched the three seed. Ashton, meanwhile, scored his 33rd goal of the year Saturday night. He has 17 points in his last 10 games. The Americans, who have clinched the four seed, will play either Chilliwack or Vancouver in the first round depending if the Giants win Sunday.

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Prince George Cougars 5
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM

Connolly extended his point streak to five games with a three point night in the final game of Prince George’s regular season. He has 10 points in those five games. The Cougars will play second-seeded Kelowna, the B.C. Division champion, in the first round. By winning Saturday PG avoided the eighth seed and playing powerhouse Portland. Kelowna had the fourth most points in the conference. After all the talk about Connolly’s durability he played under a microscope of sorts during the season. And while he did miss two weeks with a knee sprain (he was expected to miss a month), he proved to be every bit the offensive weapon he was expected to be when the Lightning chose him sixth overall last summer. His other games missed were due to his inclusion on the Canadian WJC squad. He set career highs for goals and points this year.

Regina Pats 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM

Saskatoon completed their regular season with a win over Regina. Zahn set career highs for games, assists, points, and plus/minus. The Blades captain hopes to raise the Ed Chynoweth Cup at the end of the playoffs as Saskatoon is the clear favorites going into the post-season as the league points champion.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/18/11

USHL

Tri-City Storm 1 @ Fargo Force 3
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 20-32-52, +26, 24 PIM

The Storm outshot the Force 35-22 but Mullin’s two points helped Fargo to a 3-1 win. Mullin is tied for ninth in the league in points and fourth in plus/minus.

QMJHL

Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 59 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 35 PIM

Janosik had three points in his last two games coming into Friday night’s contest.

Montreal Juniors 3 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM

Landry hit the 40-point mark with one game to go in his regular season. Montreal clinched the league’s second-seed with the win. They will play 15 seeded Halifax in the first round.

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Guelph Storm 2
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
With Attack: 13 GP, 9-2-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .900 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 1 SO
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
With Guelph: 23 GP, 12-12-24, -8, 36 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 26-29-55, -8, 69 PIM

Panik played his first game since February 11 when he suffered a sprained ankle. He’s back for the Storm just in time for the playoffs. Guelph is still in seventh in the West, though eighth place London is two points behind with a game in hand. The eighth place finisher meets top-seeded Owen Sound in the first round. Zador was back on the bench for Owen Sound after starting two games this week and winning them both. Schemitsch is expected back for the Attack’s playoff opener.

WHL

Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Tri-City Americans 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
With Tri-City: 31 GP, 16-26-42, +8, 62 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 60 GP, 32-37-69, -4, 106 PIM

Ashton now has 15 points (7 goals) in March (9 games).

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 2
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 45-25-70, -4, 26 PIM

Connolly (pictured) scored twice in the first period to spark Prince George to a 2-0 lead, but Kamloops fought their way back to tie the game and send it to overtime. Connolly failed to convert his shootout attempt. With the win, the Cougars eliminated Kamloops from playoff contention. PG is still hanging on to the eighth spot in the West.

Seattle Thunderbirds 0 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 69 GP, 51-60-111, +26, 48 PIM

Johnson went scoreless for the second straight game, which normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but he’s trying to catch Medicine Hat’s Linden Vey for the league scoring title. Vey leads by three points. Spokane put up 34 shots on Seattle a game after they peppered Chilliwack goaltender Lucas Gore with 78 shots. Only one went in as the Chiefs beat the Bruins 2-1 in a shootout. Johnson earned three awards, including the Chiefs Player of the Year honor, in a pre-game ceremony on Friday night on the Chiefs Coca-Cola Regular Season Finale. Johnson was named the Chiefs Player of the Year in a pre-game ceremony, and also given the team's Humanitarian of the Year award for the third straight season and the Ken Rabel Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Regina Pats 2 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 71 GP, 3-21-24, +39, 133 PIM

Zahn earned the only assist on Brayden Schenn’s overtime winner for Saskatoon. Though Zahn has 133 penalty minutes on the year, he has only two in his last 11 games. The captain will need to stay out of the box in what looks to be a long Saskatoon playoff run.

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