Barrie Colts 2 @ Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 6
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-6-9, +3, 2 PIM
The Colts struggled on the road after winning two straight at home.
Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 2 PIM
Windsor scored four times in the third to turn a 3-2 deficit into a comfortable win.
Sointu continued his tour of playing fellow Lightning prospects this weekend â€“ sort of â€“ as Zador watched from the bench for the third straight game. Ottawa scored with just over a minute left in the game to force overtime. Sointu is tied for the team lead in plus/minus.
Ashton has five goals in his last three games ... The Soo keeps rolling ... Hutchings vs. Sointu.
Rimouski Oceanic 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 4
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 4 PIM
The Wildcats squandered a 3-0 lead, but scored on a penalty shot with no time left on the clock in the third period to win. Barberioâ€™s assist came on the power play.
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: Did not play (suspended).
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 6 PIM
Make that six wins in a row to start the season for the (formerly last place) Soo. DeCoste served the second game of his two game suspension for abuse of an official.
Ottawa scored three unanswered goals in the third period to steal the win from the defending league champs. Panikâ€™s assist came on the power play.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ Prince George Cougars 2
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 2-0-2, -1, 2 PIM (tripping), *First Star*
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-0-3, -10, 11 PIM
Ashton celebrated his NHL contract with a First Star effort, leading Lethbridge to their first win of the season. Both of Ashtonâ€™s points came on the power play.
Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Owen Sound Attack 3
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM
Panik had two goals in his opener, but has no points in two games since.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 7
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, -5, 2 PIM (hooking)
Not the return to the WHL Lightning first rounder Carter Ashton was hoping for.
Not a great night statistically for Lightning prospects.
Erie Otters 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 8
C Richard Panik, WSR: 2-0-2, , +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Panik scored his first OHL goal as the second period was coming to a close, then opened the scoring for the third period. He earned Third Star honors for his efforts. With all the stars in the Windsor lineup at last, including the surprise return of Scott Timmons (Panthers), it was undrafted Justin Shugg with a hat trick, two assists, and a plus-four rating for Windsor to lead the offensive show.
Guelph Storm 4 @ Barrie Colts 6
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-3-5, +2, 0 PIM
Hutchings, who had 34 goals last season, scored his first two of the year to help Barrie to a 6-4 win over Guelph. Hutchingsâ€™ second goal came while shorthanded.
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Peterborough Petes 3
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
After being the worst team in the OHL last season, the Greyhounds are off to an impressive 3-0 start. DeCoste was back in the lineup for the Soo (still no report as to why he missed the second game), but did not register a point. SSM overcame a 2-0 deficit starting the second period to take the win.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned right wing Richard Panik to the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. The Lightning now have 42 players remaining in camp.
Panik, 18, played in two preseason games with the Lightning, recording two shots on goal.
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Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Barrie Colts 9
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1,+1, 0 PIM
The Eastern Conference favorite Colts started their season off with a bang by crushing Owen Sound 9-1. The game was well out of hand by the time the third period started as the Colts were sitting back on an 8-1 lead. Hutchings, who has led the Colts in scoring the last two seasons, had a relatively quiet opener, notching just an assist. Luke Pither (undrafted) had 4 goals for Barrie.
Defending OHL and Memorial Cup champion Windsor also started their season Thursday, but a depleted Spits squad lost 6-5 to rival Plymouth in a shootout. Windsorâ€™s Richard Panik was in Tampa preparing for tonightâ€™s exhibition game for the Lightning. Both Barrie and Windsor are predicted to run away with their respective conference titles.
Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune has released the roster for the Tampa Bay Lightning's only pre-season home game Friday night against the Atlanta Thrashers. 2009 1st round draft picks Victor Hedman and Carter Ashton highlight six prospects that will get important starts in a star-filled lineup in front of an expectant home crowd. After playing 27+ minutes against Dallas Wednesday night, Hedman will get a chance to showcase why he was the #2 overall pick this summer. Ashton will line up on right wing alongside franchise center Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay on what presumes to be Tampa's top line. A heady start for the young power forward whom most believe is headed back Lethbridge for one more year of juniors. Forwards Paul Szczechura, Richard Panik and Blair Jones get their second consecutive starts after playing Wednesday against the Stars. Jones tallied the go-ahead goal in the third period before the Bolts succumbed to a shootout loss. Prospect goaltender phenom Dustin Tokarski will relieve Mike Smith for the third period and demonstrate to the home crowd as to why he won the 2008 Memorial Cup.
The expected forward lines for Friday's game are:
Joining Hedman on the blueline for a second straight game are David Hale, Kurtis Foster, and Mike Lundin. Mattias Ohlund will be making his Lightning debut and Lukas Krajicek rounds out the Bolt defensive corps. Joining Tokarski in net is Lightning #1 goalie Mike Smith in his first game action since a concussion prematurely ended his 2008-09 season.