Tri-City Storm 1 @ Green Bay Gamblers 8
G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 14 saves on 18 shots
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 8 GP, 3-5-0, 3.22 GAA, .909 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO
Ouch. This was a big game for Wilcox, who was coming off a 34-save shutout and facing the team that traded him just a few weeks ago. Wilcox gave up two in the first period, then two quick ones early in the third to take the loss. He was pulled in favor of backup Phoenix Copley.
Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 5
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 30 GP, 2-16-18, -1, 27 PIM
Janosik played his first game back with the Olympiques after serving as an alternate captain for Team Slovakia in the U20 World Junior Championships. Janosik, who led the team with six shots on goal Friday, and his team were throttled by a Moncton club who is in the process of selling off their most valuable pieces.
Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand 2 (SO)
D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 35 GP, 0-6-6, -13, 31 PIM
With Victoriaville: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM
Milan (pictured) played his second game in a Tigres uniform and earned his first point for Victoriaville in a 3-2 shootout win. Hopefully Milan, who has struggled this year offensively, uses this fresh start to get untracked.
London Knights 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 1
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, tripping)
Season Totals: 35 GP, 17-27-44, +13, 32 PIM
Namestnikov failed to register a point a game after he had four assists in a win over the Soo. Recently acquired center Gregg McKegg (Maple Leafs) had a goal and an assist for London. The Knights are stacked and poised for a long playoff run.
Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 4 (SO)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM
Schemitsch has points in three of his last four games. He has four points in seven games since returning from injury. He remains on the trade block as the OHL trade deadline nears.
Quebec Remparts @ Victoriaville Tigres 5 (OT)
D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 34 GP, 0-5-5, -14, 31 PIM
With Victoriaville: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM
Milan made his Victoriaville debut, which ended up to be an overtime win for the Tigres over the leagueâ€™s top team. Blackhawks 2011 first rounder Phillip Danault, who just signed an entry level contract with Chicago this week, scored the overtime winner. Victoriaville, who acquired Milan earlier this week from Moncton for two younger players, has revamped their backline and are still rumored to be after Moncton captain Brandon Gormley.
QMJHL Note: Lightning prospect Adam Janosik of Gatineau is with Team Slovakia at the U20 World Junior Championships in Alberta.
London Knights 6 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-4-4, +2, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 17-27-44, +12, 28 PIM
Namestnikov played his first game since being cut from Team Russia for what turned out to be a lower body injury that kept him out of the Knightsâ€™ next three games. He was named second star because former Lightning camper Seth Griffith had a goal and three assists for First Star. Griffith and Namestnikov continue to produce well together â€“ something some Lightning fans would like to see in the future with the big club. This was the second four-assist game for Namestnikov in his last five contests.
5th/6th Place Game
Czech Republic 5 @ Slovakia 2
Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Lightning prospect Adam Janosik was named Slovakia's best player in their 5-2 loss to Czech Republic. He was scoreless and took a minor for cross-checking in the match. He finishes the tournament, his final U20 World Junior Championships, with a respectable even rating.
Tomorrow will be the final matches of the tournament. Canada and Finland will square off in the Bronze Medal Game and Sweden and Russia will settle matters in the Gold Medal Game.
Finland 8 @ Sloavkia 5
Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Wild first rounder Mikael Granlund had 1 goal and 4 points to help lead Finland to an 8-5 win over Slovakia. His brother Markus, a Flames second rounder, chipped in 2 goals and 3 points, as well. Lightning prospect Adam Janosik was an admirable +2 despite his team giving up a snowman in the contest. He also had a secondary assist on a power play goal by Red Wings fourth rounder Marek Tvrdon with 30 seconds left in the first period. Slovakia will finish their tournament in the 5th/6th Place Game on Wednesday against (spoiler alert) Czech Republic.
Russia 2 @ Czech Republic 1 (OT)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 1-5-6, +7, 2 PIM
Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 1-3-4, +8, 4 PIM
Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov assisted on defenseman Grigori Zheldakov's overtime goal to lift Russia to a 2-1 Quarterfinals victory over Czech Republic. Kucherov was on the ice after leaving the box following Russia's kill of a high sticking minor. The game featured an epic goaltending battle between Wings fifth rounder Petr Mrazek, who stopped 43 of 45 in defeat, and draft eligible 17 year old goaltender Andrei Vasilevski, who stopped 38 of 39 he faced. Russia moves on to the Semifinals to face Canada in what should be an epic battle between two of the world's great hockey powers on Tuesday.
Sweden will face Finland in a battle of Scandinavian rivals to determine which of the two will move on to the Finals to face the winner of Canada vs. Russia.
Slovakia 6 @ Switzerland 4
Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Thanks in part to 4 assists by Red Wings draft pick Tomas Jurco, the Slovakians overcame a pair of 2 goal deficits to beat Switzerland 6-4 and punch their ticket to the medal round. Lightning prospect Adam Janosik was +2 in the match. Slovakia moves on to face Finland in the Quarterfinals on Monday. Switzerland falls into the Relegation bracket against Denmark, also on Monday.
Canada 3 @ USA 2
Brett Connolly, Canada, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 4-1-5, +5, 4 PIM
Canada held off a furious US comeback to scrape by the Americans 3-2. Brett Connolly's first period goal ended up being the game winner. Credit to the already Relegation Round saddled US side for not caving after falling down 3-0 in the first and giving Canada all they could handle. Canada earns a bye to the Semifinals on Tuesday. The US draws Latvia on Tuesday, and I suspect will cut a wide swath of destruction through the loser's bracket.
Russia 3 @ Sweden 4 (OT)
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 1-4-5, +6, 0 PIM
Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 1-3-4, +7, 4 PIM
Whereas a 3 goal third period lead is a death sentence in pro hockey, it's not quite so in junior hockey. Ducks draft pick Max Friberg scored an extra attacker goal to cap a 3 goal third period comeback for the Swedes and Blackhawks draft pick Joakim Nordstrom scored the overtime winner in their thrilling 4-3 win over Russia. Sweden clinches a bye to the Semis with the win. Russia now faces a Quarterfinal match with the Czech Republic on Monday. Lightning prospects Nikita Nesterov and Nikita Kucherov, who were on the ice for Friberg's goal, took their first minuses of the tournament. Swedish coach Roger Ronnberg perhaps deserves considerable credit for a Steve Ludzik-like goalie switch just before the goal to get a cheap timeout after burning his official timeout earlier in the game. It was a blast from the past for older Lightning fans.
Sweden 9 @ Slovakia 1
Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Undrafted Erik Thorell, who plays for Farjestads in the Elitserien, had 2 goals and 3 points to lead Sweden in a 9-1 thumping of Slovakia. Lightning prospect Adam Janosik had his worst day at the WJC's in nearly two years going -3 in the match. The blue liner has emerged as a pillar of strength for the Slovaks in recent junior tournaments, but the whole team struggled today. The Slovakians now will play Switzerland on Saturday in a match that will likely determine whether they go through to the Medal Round.
Canada 5 @ Czech Republic 0
Brett Connolly, Canada, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM
Brett Connolly scored the nail-in-coffin third goal for Canada late in the second period in their 5-0 win over Czech Republic. The goal showed some absolutely lethal stickhandling moves by Connolly, beating multiple defenders and the netminder on a joy ride through a crowded slot area. It was a man against boys moment. The forward also took a minor for interference in the match. Jets first rounder Mark Scheifele had a pair of goals in the win for the Canadians. Canada draws Denmark on Thursday. Lord have mercy on the Danes souls, because the Czechs made the Canadians work for it today, and they're bound to be grumpy.
Russia 3 @ Slovakia 1
Nikita Kucherov, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
Nikita Nesterov, Russia, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM
Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
It took a Nikita Kucherov insurance marker late in the third period for the Russians to finally put away a spunky Slovakian squad 3-1. Fellow Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov had a secondary assist on the goal. Kucherov was second on Team Russia with 5 shots behind Yevgeni Kuznetsov's impressive 9 bids on net. Russia draws Latvia on Thursday. The same grumpiness likely will apply to Team Russia. Slovakia gets Sweden on Friday.
Slovakia 3 @ Latvia 1
Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Red Wings draftee Marek Tvrdon scored a goal early in the third period to help Slovakia overcome a 43 save performance by Kristers Gudlevskis in their 3-1 win over Latvia. The Slovakians added a late empty net goal by Michal Toman to seal the win. Assistant captain Adam Janosik was scoreless in the match for Slovakia. They face Russia next on Wednesday.
Canada 3 vs. Sweden 5
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (slashing)
Canada finished their pre-tournament games 2-1 after a loss to Sweden Friday night. They open play Monday against Finland. Connolly finished the three games with one assist and a penalty.
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (pictured with Sweden at the WJCs in 2009) tweeted after the game: "Congrats to the Swedish WJC team that beat Canada today ! Let's do that again later in the tournament"
Slovakia 0 vs. USA 5
Five Tampa Bay Lightning prospects will proudly don their home countryâ€™s sweater this holiday season to compete in the Under-20 World Junior Championships. The WJCs are arguably the most exciting international hockey tournament outside of the Olympics and playing for oneâ€™s country during this event is a career builder.
Last year Carter Ashton, Brett Connolly, and Canada came up short in the finals, allowing five third period goals to Russia in the gold medal game to lose, 5-3. Host team USA beat Sweden for the bronze in Buffalo, New York.
The last Lightning prospect to win a gold medal was Dustin Tokarski for Canada in 2009 when â€œThe Tikâ€ was player of the game in the championship game â€“ a win over Victor Hedman and Sweden. Dana Tyrell was also a part of that Canadian team, but was injured in pre-tournament action and missed the tournament.
Hereâ€™s a look at each Lightning prospect participating in this yearâ€™s event, to be held December 26 through January 5 in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. Check NHL Network listings for broadcasts.