Janus, Jaroslav

AHL Game Night: 1-2-09 Admirals at Phantoms

Janus loses a squeaker in his return to the Admirals.

NOR-2
ADK-3

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the loss. Interesting factoid: Janus makes three members of the Admirals from the mean streets of Presov, Slovakia (Mihalik and Simek).

First Period
ADK Matsumoto, (15) (Laliberte, Nodl), 5:09
NOR Simek, (8) (Wishart, Syroczynski), 17:04 (PP)
ADK Nodl, (4) (Mormina, Laliberte), 19:59

Second Period
NOR Simek, (9) (Smolenak, Krajicek), 8:15
ADK Legein, (16) (Curry, Mormina), 9:44 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Juraj Simek was named the game's second star.

In 19 games since returning to Norfolk from his recall to Tampa, Ryan Craig has just 3 goals. With Brandon Bochenski now up with the Lightning, it's going to be critical for Craig, along with other guys like Radek Smolenak, to step up. On a similar note, don't you wish the Lightning's more touted prospects all were playing as well as an unheralded guy like Juraj Simek?

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 12-31-09

QMJHL

St. John Sea Dogs 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 3 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 5-25-30, +15, 34 PIM

The Sea Dogs scored twice in the third period to erase a 3-1 lead. Barberio’s plus-15 rating still leads the club. Barberio (pictured) had nine points in 11 December games for Moncton.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 0 @ Peterborough Petes 1
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 10-8-18, -3, 35 PIM
With Bulls: 20 GP, 8-7-15, -1, 15 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste has not registered a point in four of his last five games.

Owen Sound 6 @ Barrie Colts 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference)
Season Totals: 36 GP, 24-22-46, +27, 28 PIM

Barrie’s win streak finally came to an end at 22 games. Coming off a hat trick for the Colts, Hutchings did not register a point in the loss.

Erie Otters 8 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 7
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 12 GP, 7-4-1-0, 2.81 GAA, .918 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus was signed by the Lightning prior to the game and has reportedly left the team. Erie was forced to dress just one goalie, who let in seven of 40 shots, but still got the win.

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: Did not play (WJC - Slovakia).
Season Totals: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie 4 (OT)
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (WJC - Finland)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

WHL

Regina Pats 4 @ Kootenay Ice 8
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season Totals: 36 GP, 14-17-31, -13, 69 PIM
With Regina: 8 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 17 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Things are going from bad to worse in Regina, where the Pats have lost their last nine games and sit in 10th in the conference.

Updated 2: Lightning Sign Janus

GoErie.com reported Thursday Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus of the Erie Otters has signed with Tampa Bay. The report states it's a two-way contract, and will end the young goaltender's junior career.

Update: The Lightning have confirmed the signing, saying it's a standard three-year deal, and Janus has been assigned to Norfolk.

Dustin Tokarski and Riku Helenius have been splitting No.1 duties in Norfolk, but after Lightning goaltender Antero Niittymaki missed a game last week, Tampa Bay recalled Helenius and Norfolk was forced to sign a goaltender for just a two days to fill the second slot with the Ads.

Update 2: Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports Tokarski and Janus will get the majority of the work in Norfolk with Helenius waiting his turn. Erlendsson spoke with Lightning/Admirals GM Brian Lawton Saturday.

Janus, a sixth round pick of the Bolts this past summer, went 7-4-2-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage with Erie after returning to the team in November from a long amateur tryout with the Admirals. He made two starts in Norfolk, allowing three goals.

CHL Game Night: 12-29-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 5-24-29, +16, 38 PIM

Mark Barberio tallied a first period power play goal to help the Moncton Wildcats ring up a 3 for 6 night with the man advantage and defeat Bathurst 4-3. Barberio added an even strength assist in the 2nd period before finishing the night with 6 of the Wildcats 35 shots.

OHL

Barrie Colts 7 @ Kitchener Rangers 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 3-0-3, +3, 2 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 35 GP, 24-22-46, +28, 26 PIM

Alex Hutchings and the Barrie Colts resumed OHL play after the holiday break with a bang as Hutchings rung up a hat trick while earning FIRST STAR honors as the Colts defeated the Kitchener Rangers 7-4 Tuesday night. It was Barrie's league-leading 30th win in 35 contests on the season.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
LW Matias Sointu, SBY: DNP (at WJC)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 14 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 8 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Matias Sointu didn't dress for Wolves Tuesday night as the Finnish winger remains with the Team Finland at the U2O WJC tournament. Sudbury doubled up the rival Soo 4-2 behind Eric O'Dell's first star effort.

Erie Otters 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 7-4-2-0, 2.81 GAA, .918 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Jaroslav Janus stopped 36 Spirit shots Tuesday night enroute to SECOND STAR honors, and reportedly single-handedly won the game for the Otters against an onslaught of Saginaw offense.

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Ottawa 67's 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 10-8-18, -2, 35 PIM
With Bulls: 19 GP, 8-7-15, E, 15 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

Kyle DeCoste was held scoreless as the 67's defeated the Bulls 4-2 in Belleville's first game back from the holiday break. The Bulls were 0 for 8 on the power play for the night.

WHL

Regina Pats 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 3
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (fighting)
Season Totals: 35 GP, 14-16-30, -14, 67 PIM
With Regina: 7 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 15 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Carter Ashton was held scoreless for the second straight game as the Hitmen edged the Pats 4-3 on Tuesday night. Ashton was assessed a fightning major when he and Calgary center Chase Schaber tangled four minutes into the 3rd period.

CHL Game Night: 12-28-09

OHL

Erie Otters 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 3 OT
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 31 saves on 34 shots
Season Totals: 12 GP, 6-4-2-0, 2.96 GAA, 0.913 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus dueled Plymouth goalie Matt Hackett to a 2-2 draw in regulation, but gave up the OT goal to the Whalers 2:19 into the extra period. The match was the first OHL game on the schedule since the league's break for the Christmas holidays.

CHL Game Night: 12-19-09

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Barrie Colts 5
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 34 GP, 21-22-43, +25, 24 PIM

Two streaks fell and one continued as Barrie edged Sudbury 5-4. Hutchings’ 11-game point streak came to an end, as did Sointu’s three-game point streak. Barrie’s 21-game winning streak lives. Hutchings streak was the fifth-longest point streak in the OHL this season.

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3 @ Erie Otters 1
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 30 saves on 33 shots
Season Totals: 11 GP, 6-4-1-0, 2.96 GAA, .913 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus lost for the first time in three games. He has a 3.02 GAA and a .909 save percentage in December (2-2).

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Sarnia Sting 2
C Richard Panik, WSR: Did not play (WJC camp).
Season Totals: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

Oshawa Generals 6 @ Owen Sound Attack 5
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 25 GP, 11-10-2-1, 3.20 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 SO

Zador’s backup, Kevin Bailie, got the nod in net for Oshawa.

CHL Game Night: 12-12-09

OHL

Belleville Bulls 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 10-8-18, -2, 31 PIM
With Bulls: 17 GP, 8-7-15, E, 11 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM (hooking, hooking)
Season Totals: 28 GP, 4-8-12, +3, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 7 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sointu notched just his second point in seven games since moving to Sudbury. This was the first time in a month DeCoste has failed to register a point in back-to-back games.

Ottawa 67’s 1 @ Barrie Colts 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 19-21-40, +20, 22 PIM

Hutchings extended his point streak to 10 games. He’s scored a goal in eight of his past nine contests. His plus-20 rating is second on the Colts.

Erie Otters 3 @ Sarnia Sting 2
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 29 saves on 31 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals: 9 GP, 5-3-1-0, 2.83 GAA, .921 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Sarnia outshot Erie 12-3 in the third period while the Otters were clutching to their 3-2 lead. Janus shut the door, unofficially earning his first First Star of the season. If Janus had enough games to qualify, his save percentage would rank sixth in the league.

WHL

Regina Pats 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (hooking, slashing)
Season Totals: 29 GP, 13-14-26, -10, 56 PIM
With Regina: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Ashton took a hooking penalty in the first minute of his first game back in Lethbridge. The last place Hurricanes easily took care of the Pats, outshooting them 40-16 (30-7 after two periods). This was Regina’s first game without Canadian national team stars Jordan Eberle and Colton Teubert, who are at the WJC camp. With the win, Lethbridge pulled into a second-last place tie with Edmonton in the Eastern Conference. Regina fell to last in the East Division, but are in eighth in the Eastern Conference.

CHL Game Night: 12-11-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 2-22-24, +7, 32 PIM

Barberio set up Nova Scotia native Scott Brannan (undrafted) shorthanded with 87 seconds left in the game for the winner over Halifax.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (elbowing, game misconduct)
Season Totals: 29 GP, 10-8-18, -1, 31 PIM
With Bulls: 16 GP, 8-7-15, +1, 11 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste made his first return to the Soo after being traded from the Greyhounds earlier this year. It wasn’t the return he was hoping for as he was thrown out midway through the second period for elbowing an unsuspecting Tomas Rachunek in the head. Rachunek left the ice with a cut on his head and an apparent shoulder injury. SSM scored on the ensuing power play. Like it did when he was traded from Brampton to the Soo last year, DeCoste’s game has taken off since being traded. Up until Friday night he was producing at a point-per-game clip for the Bulls. He was named the team's Most Improved Player by the Belleville paper this week.

Barrie Colts vs. Sudbury Wolves - postponed
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR
Season Totals: 31 GP, 18-21-39, +18, 22 PIM
LW Matais Sointu, SBY
Season Totals: 27 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 8 PIM
With Sudbury: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

This game was postponed due to poor travel conditions.

Erie Otters 3 @ Plymouth Whalers 6
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-3-1-0, 2.94 GAA, .919 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus started Thursday night and is working his way back from a lower body injury, so he got the night off in Michigan.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

Panik scored for the second straight game but failed to convert his shootout attempt - but the Spits still won. Windsor hasn’t been defeated in regulation or overtime since a 6-5 loss to Sarnia on October 11 (21-0-0-3).

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO

Zador, who has won four straight starts, got the night off.

WHL

Regina Pats 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 7
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 52 PIM
With Regina: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Ashton made his debut for Regina wearing No.25 and starting the game on a line next to super-prospect Jordan Eberle (Oilers 1/2008) and Matt Strueby (undrafted). The line produced one goal in the game, an unassisted marker by Eberle. The Pats' Eberle and Colton Teubert will not play again for Regina in 2009 as they leave to attend Canada's WJC camp. Both are locks to make the club. Ashton will not wait long to face his former club as he and the remaining Pats will take on Lethbridge Saturday night.

CHL Game Night: 12-10-09

OHL

Erie Otters 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 3
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 46 saves on 49 shots
Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-3-1-0, 2.94 GAA, .919 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
C Richard Panik, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 8-9-17, +14, 19 PIM

Welcome back, Mr. Janus (pictured). The Slovakia native returned from missing several games due to injury to reportedly put on a show in a loss to the CHL’s top ranked team, Windsor. Fellow Lightning prospect Richard Panik beat Janus early in the second period for what turned out to be the game winner for the Spits. It has been 23 games since Windsor lost in regulation.

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 4 @ Oshawa Generals 5 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 33 saves on 37 shots
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO

Oshawa scored with just over a minute left in the game to tie it, then won it on Calvin de Haan’s power play goal in overtime. De Haan was a first round pick (12th overall) of the Islanders at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He has 19 points (5 goals) in 26 games this season for Oshawa. Zador has won four straight starts and has not lost in regulation in seven games.

CHL Game Night: 12-5-09

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Belleville Bulls 3
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 9-8-17, +1, 26 PIM
With Bulls: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 6 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste’s point streak is now at four games.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-20-38, +17, 22 PIM

Hutchings scored his fourth shorthanded goal in the last three games, extending his goal-scoring streak to seven games and has point streak to eight. He has eight points in his last three games and likely has a Player of the Week award in his immediate future. Barrie is on a 17 game win streak.

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Erie Otters 3 (SO)
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-2-1-0, 2.93 GAA, .915 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus served as the backup to Ramis Sadikov (2010 draft) as he continues to battle injuries. Shane Owen, Erie’s third goaltender, was let go recently upon Janus’ (re)arrival to the club from AHL Norfolk. Owen, 19, passed through OHL waivers unclaimed and has since signed with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats, home of Lightning prospect Mark Barberio. Owen went 3-6-2, 4.31, .880 for Erie in Janus’ absence.

Windsor Spitfires 9 @ Peterborough Petes 5
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 7 PIM (roughing, fighting)
Season Totals: 29 GP, 7-9-16, +13, 19 PIM

Panik (pictured) tangled with Petes defenseman Chris Buonomo (2010) in his first OHL fight. Panik got in several rights before dropping him with a left (watch it here). Windsor now has at least a point in 21 straight games. At 25-3-0-3 they remain on a collision course with Barrie (25-4-0-1) for the OHL championship this spring. They play each other for the first time in the regular season on January 14.

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