Florida Everblades

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/11/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 3

Penticton Vees 1 @ Salmon Arm Silverbacks 2 (OT)
Silverbacks lead Best of 7 series 3-0

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 4 PIM (roughing, high sticking), *Third Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-3-4, 9 PIM

This is getting ridiculous. Penticton outshot Salmon Arm badly for the third straight game, this time 52-19, but was still set back by undrafted goaltender Kris Moore. The Vees put up 20 shots in both the second and third periods. Moore has been First Star in all three games of the series. Not only was the 20-year-old goaltender undrafted, he is not listed as a commitment to any NCAA school. Game 4 is Saturday on the Silverbacks’ home rink. Though O’Donnell didn’t score, he was named Third Star on the road.

USHL

Lincoln Stars 3 @ Fargo Force 0
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 19-29-48, +23, 24 PIM

Fargo outshot Lincoln 32-24, but couldn’t put one past 20-year-old goaltender Ryan Massa (undrafted). Lincoln is just five points behind Fargo for fourth in the West, with the Stars holding two games in hand.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 6 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Cole Hawes), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 7-22-29, +13, 35 PIM

Janosik had three fights last season, but this was his first this year.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Montreal Juniors 2 (OT)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 54 GP, 11-27-38, +22, 28 PIM

The Volts scored twice within four minutes of the end of regulation and again in overtime to steal a win in Montreal. Landry was not on the ice for the overtime winner, but was on the ice for both of Drummondville’s third period goals (one on the power play).

OHL

London Knights 1 @ Guelph Storm 5
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: Did not play (injured – sprained ankle)
With Guelph: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 34 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 26-29-55, -6, 67 PIM

Panik remains out with a sprained ankle. He was expected to return this week.

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 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 dress
With Attack: 11 GP, 7-2-0-0, 3.19 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-5-1-1, 3.29 GAA, .885 sv%, 1 SO

Zador was back on the Attack bench Thursday night, but did not dress out Friday for the Attack. He missed several games with a concussion prior to Thursday. Schemitsch is reportedly skating again and should be back by the playoffs.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 1 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Tanner Mort)
With Tri-City: 28 GP, 13-25-38, +8, 52 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 57 GP, 29-36-65, -4, 96 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 66 GP, 50-59-109, +28, 44 PIM

Not long ago TC was battling Spokane for second in the division. Five straight wins over TC later and the Chiefs are 10 points ahead of the Americans. This was Johnson’s “debut” as a Lightning prospect after signing an NHL Entry Level Contract on Monday. He promptly went out and hit 50 goals for the season, which leads the WHL and is 14 more than his previous career high. Johnson (pictured) is within five points of Medicine Hat’s Linden Vey for the league scoring title. This was Ashton’s sixth fight of the year and third against Spokane. It was the first time he fought Mort. Ashton had his five-game point streak come to an end.

Prince George Cougars 8 @ Vancouver Giants 0
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 55 GP, 42-24-64, -6, 26 PIM

One game after losing 7-0 at home to Red Deer, the Cougars stepped up and crushed the Giants in Vancouver. Connolly continues to raise his career highs for goals and points. He is six assists away from tying his career high in that category.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 4 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 68 GP, 3-19-22, +34, 133 PIM

Zahn’s high three-game point streak came to an end in an overtime loss to Brandon. It was the second longest streak of his career after a four-game streak he had earlier this season. The Blades have already clinched the league’s top record.

ECHL Game Night: 3/5/11

South Carolina Stingrays 0 @ Florida Everblades 2
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 10-12-22, -10, 31 PIM

The Blades snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over South Carolina at home. Goalie, Bobby Geopfert stopped 28 shots for the shutout. Florida is at home next Saturday and Sunday for two games with Greenville.

ECHL Game Night: 3/4/11

South Carolina Stingrays 3 @ Florida Everblades1
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out until at least April - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (slashing), 2 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 10-12-22, -10, 31 PIM

Hutchings’ four-game point streak came to an end when the Blades lost their third straight game to the Stingrays, 3-1. Hutchings took a slashing penalty with under two minutes to go and Florida down 2-1 at the time. Bobby Geopfert was back in goal for Florida after being out for a few weeks due to injury. Geopfert, who is well worth a follow on Twitter @Geffman47, stopped 31 of 33 shots in his return for Third Star. With the win, the Stingrays upped their lead for second place in the South Division to six points over the Everblades.

ECHL Game Night: 2/27/11

Florida Everblades 3 @ South Carolina Stingrays 4 (OT)
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for 3 months - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 10-12-22, -10, 29 PIM

The Everblades got some reinforcements with the return of Alex Imbeault and Francis Lemieux back from Connecticut of the AHL. Lemieux is second in the league’s scoring race. Mitch Fadden is tied for 14th despite not playing for the last two months. The two returnees combined for just two assists Sunday, but Florida was able to flirt with 30 shots again. Hutchings extended his season-high point streak to four games with a goal and an assist. The first year pro has battled injuries and inconsistency this season, but has eight points in his last eight games. Florida had a 3-0 lead Sunday before letting the game slip away. With Curtis McElhinney likely being sent to Norfolk from Tampa Bay, Jaroslav Janus should be returning soon to southwest Florida.

ECHL Game Night: 2/26/11

Florida Everblades 2 @ South Carolina Stingrays 3
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for 3 months - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 9-11-20, -10, 29 PIM

A depleted Blades squad was outshot 39-18, including 17-5 in the second period, yet were three minutes away from gaining an overtime point Saturday. Due to injuries and Jaroslav Janus being called up to Norfolk, Florida had to play recently signed Adam Avramenko as their goaltender. Avramenko was just signed out of the SPHL. South Carolina used Shane Owen in net, who started the year with Moncton of the QMJHL and appeared in one game for Florida last month. Alex Hutchings extended his points streak to three games in the loss. The Everblades have taken a significant hit at forward, too, due to call-ups and injuries. Florida is fifth in the Eastern Conference, three points behind South Carolina for fourth and two in front of Wheeling.

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