North American Juniors

Juniors Game Night: 12-28-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-2-3, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 12/19 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 4 GP, 2-5-7, -4, 4 PIM
With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 3-18-21, -10, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy (estrieplus.com photo) extended his point streak to six games and scored for the second game after not scoring into a guarded net until he was traded to Sherbrooke. His numbers with the Phoenix, albeit early, are what was expected from him this season after being a second-team all-star last year. Sherbrooke scored the game’s final three goals, all in the third period. The game-winner was scored with 29 seconds left in regulation.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1 (SO)

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 30 GP, 22-24-46, +19, 34 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec won the shootout, 1-0, to take the game, 2-1. Erne played his first game since being cut from Team USA and scored a goal. In an interview with La Presse, Erne said he was bitter about USA’s decision, saying team officials never gave him a reason why he was released after making the team last year. He’s using the decision as motivation for the rest of the season and through the Memorial Cup.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 5 @ London Knights 4 (SO)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 10-8-18, -12, 51 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor upset London on the road, winning in a shootout. DiGiacinto has points in consecutive games after going three games without a point.

Western Hockey League

Kootenay Ice 4 @ Calgary Hitmen 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 3-12-15, +1, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Kootenay completed the home-and-home weekend sweep of Calgary with a 4-3 win on Sunday.

Notes: The following players remain out of their respective lineups:
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw), with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships
Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia), with Team USA
Dominik Masin (Peterborough),with Team Czech Republic

Juniors Game Night: 12-20-14

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 7

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 6 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 9-7-16, -12, 49 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto broke a personal three-game scoreless drought with an assist Saturday.

NCAA Game Night: 12-19-14

Team USA 5 vs No. 1 Boston University Terriers 2 (Exhibition)

D Anthony DeAngelo, USA: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
W Adam Erne, USA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 2-3-5, +6, 34 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

USA’s pre-World Junior Championship lineup defeated No. 1 Boston University in an exhibition game Friday, 5-2. Jack Eichel (2015) captained Team USA, which was odd considering he plays for BU normally. He scored a goal.

Anthony DeAngelo had an empty-net goal for USA, an extra positive considering the offensive defenseman was on the ice in a defensive situation. Fellow Lightning prospect Adam Erne, thought to be a lock to play for USA again, was on the fourth line and was one of three cuts after the game. He’ll return to Quebec while DeAngelo continues to secure a spot on the team. Media speculation is Erne was a victim of forward depth, but that’s odd considering Erne was on the team last year (though he had one assist in five games), provides a power forward presence, and is one of the better 19-year-olds in the world. Others have speculated Erne was an example of meritocracy, saying all spots must be earned from a clean slate.

For the Terriers, John MacLeod played but the defenseman did not factor into the scoring.

In other World Juniors news, congratulations to Brayden Point for making Team Canada. Going into the camps, Point was thought to be firmly on the bubble, whereas Erne was thought to be a lock.

Juniors Game Night: 12-18-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 6/14 FO, 1 Hit, *First Star*
With Sherbrooke: 3 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 4 PIM
With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 2-16-18, -9, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy extended his point streak to five games when he scored the game-winning goal for the Phoenix early in the third period. It was Darcy’s 100th career point and first goal with his new team.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 1

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 9-6-15, -12, 43 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

The Spits put up 38 shots on Spirit goalie Jake Paterson (Red Wings), but could only beat him once.

Notes: The following players remain out of their respective lineups:
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw) is with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships
Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia) and Adam Erne (Quebec) are with Team USA
Dominik Masin (Peterborough) is with Team Czech Republic
Ben Thomas (Calgary) remains out with a lower body injury

Juniors Game Night: 12-14-14

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 6

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 9-6-15, -11, 43 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

The Soo continued its strong play, knocking off visiting Windsor 6-4 on Sunday. DiGiacinto (5’11” 196) fought Tyler Gandy (6’2” 196). Both players got several punches in, with Gandy getting the victory nod. He declared victory himself after the fight, actually. It was DiGiacinto’s third fight this season, per hockeyfights.com.

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