Connolly scores in his first game back ... Schemitsch nets his first ... Nearly a full lineup of Lightning prospect games as the OHL and WHL get underway.
Salmon Arm Silverbacks 6 @ Penticton Vees 5
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, 2 PIM
Oâ€™Donnell scored his second goal of the year as part of a 3-goal third period for the Vees. They cut the lead to 6-5, but couldnâ€™t complete the comeback from down 6-2.
Fargo Force 2 vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks 4 (Exhibition)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Fargo got down 2-0 early and 3-0 early in the third before scratching their way back to a 3-2 deficit late. They couldnâ€™t make it all the way back and the Lumberjacks added an empty netter. Mullin had a goal and an assist in the Fall Classic opener Wednesday.
Oshawa Generals 5 @ Peterborough Petes 4
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 37 saves on 41 shots
Zador (pictured) will again battle Kevin Bailie for playing time this season, but the 2009 fifth round pick of the Lightning got the season opening start for Oshawa. He was 14-28-2-1 with a 4.15 GAA and .884 save percentage for the Gens last year.
Prince George Spruce Kings 2 @ Penticton Vees 3 (OT)
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (Tripping)
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, 2 PIM
Oâ€™Donnell is off to a bit of a slow start despite registering points in his first two games. â€œSlowâ€ is relative, however, as heâ€™s still tied for third in team scoring. He was a point-per-game (plus) player last year in the MJHL. Penticton is 3-2-0-0 on the year, two points behind Salmon Arm for first in the Interior Conference.
Montreal Juniors 3 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4 (OT)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Fresh off signing an entry level contract with the Lightning, Landry earned a primary assist on Montrealâ€™s game-tying goal late in the third period in his season debut, but the Juniors fell in OT to Vincent Lecavalierâ€™s alma mater 4-3. Landry was on the ice for the game winner. Rimouski only dressed 14 skaters (4 defensemen), yet overcame an early 2-0 deficit to win. Landry was credited with 2 hits in the game. Alex Emond (undrafted) had a hattrick for Rimouski.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 0 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Janosik earned the primary assist on the game opening goal as the Olympiques cruised to an easy 6-0 pasting of the Huskies.
Vernon Vipers 3 @ Penticton Vees 2
F Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
The Vees now have two wins and a loss on the year.
North American Juniors (NAJ) Game Night
Penticton Vees 1 @ Westside Warriors 0 (9/10/2010)
F Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Oâ€™Donnellâ€™s BCHL debut was a good one as he registered a point in his first game when he set up Joey Holka, a St. Cloud State commit, in the second period for what ended up being the game's only goal. Oâ€™Donnell had 29 goals and 32 assists for 61 points in 53 games last year for the Winnipeg South Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The 2010 6th round draft pick of the Lightning and North Dakota commit was acquired by Penticton in the offseason.
Westside Warriors 2 @ Penticton Vees 4 (9/11/2010)
F Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Wearing No.91 for the Vees, Oâ€™Donnell scored his first BCHL goal on the power play in the first period to tie the game at 1 for Penticton. The Vees would later go down 2-1 but storm back in the third period with 3 goals.