North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/20/11

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: Did not play
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM

Montreal gave Landry the night off as they prepare for the playoffs. Montreal will be the No.2 seed and play 15th seeded Halifax. As the fifth seed, Gatineau will play Chicoutimi. Janosik came within two goals, one assist, and three points of setting career highs in those respective categories.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 4 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 3 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 33 GP, 17-27-44, +6, 62 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM

TC won their third game in a row to finish the season. As the fourth seed they’ll play No.5 Vancouver in the first round. Ashton set career highs in goals, assists, and points in his final junior regular season.

Spokane Chiefs 6 @ Portland Winterhawks 3
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +26, 48 PIM

So close. Johnson needed three points to tie Kings prospect and Medicine Hat Tigers forward Linden Vey for the league scoring title. As it was, Johnson got a late assist and an empty net goal to come within one point of sharing the Bob Clarke Trophy. He finished the season with career highs in games, goals, assists, points, and plus/minus. His previous career high for points was 71, set last season in 64 games. Johnson did win the WHL goal scoring title. Spokane will play Chilliwack in the first round thanks to Vancouver’s 5-0 win Sunday over Everett, which propelled the Giants into fourth.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/19/11

USHL

Tri-City Storm 3 @ Fargo Force 4 (SO)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 20-34-54, +26, 24 PIM

Mullin had two helpers in regulation then scored in the shootout to help Fargo to a win at home. Both of Mullin’s assists came in the third period – the last shorthanded – as Fargo mounted a comeback on the Storm. The Force improved to 13-10-3 at home; they’re 18-9-1 on the road. They remain tied for third in the West, one point behind Omaha. Tri-City is in the Western Conference cellar.

OHL

Guelph Storm 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 3
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-0-1, +2, 6 PIM (boarding double minor, high sticking)
With Guelph: 24 GP, 13-12-25, -6, 42 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM

Panik scored his first goal since returning Friday from a sprained ankle. Guelph, who is now done for the regular season, clinched the Western Conference’s seventh seed and avoided playing top-ranked Owen Sound in the first round. They’ll face Saginaw, who won the West Division. Panik set career highs for goals, assists, points, and PIM.

London Knights 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 6
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 play (backup)
With Attack: 13 GP, 9-2-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .900 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 1 SO

Zador sat out as Jordan Binnington got his second straight start as top-seeded Owen Sound wanted to get their No.1 going again before the playoffs. With the Attack’s regular season over, it’s unlikely Zador will see much - if any - ice time in the post-season. Schemitsch is could be back when Owen Sound faces London in the first round.

WHL

Chilliwack Bruins 4 @ Tri-City Americans 6
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 70 GP, 52-61-113, +26, 48 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 32 GP, 17-27-44, +8, 62 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 61 GP, 33-38-71, -4, 106 PIM

TC finally got the better of Spokane after the Chiefs had beat the Americans five straight times. They also broke the Chiefs' 10 game win streak. Johnson broke a personal two game scoreless streak with his 112th and 113th points of the year. His 52nd goal of the year put him one ahead of Chilliwack’s Ryan Howse (Flames) for the league goal scoring title. Howse is out of games and Johnson’s lead on everyone else is secure. He has one game left and is two points behind Medicine Hat’s Linden Vey (Kings) for the league scoring title and Bob Clarke Trophy. Spokane plays at Portland Sunday; Vey is out of games. Spokane has clinched the three seed. Ashton, meanwhile, scored his 33rd goal of the year Saturday night. He has 17 points in his last 10 games. The Americans, who have clinched the four seed, will play either Chilliwack or Vancouver in the first round depending if the Giants win Sunday.

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Prince George Cougars 5
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM

Connolly extended his point streak to five games with a three point night in the final game of Prince George’s regular season. He has 10 points in those five games. The Cougars will play second-seeded Kelowna, the B.C. Division champion, in the first round. By winning Saturday PG avoided the eighth seed and playing powerhouse Portland. Kelowna had the fourth most points in the conference. After all the talk about Connolly’s durability he played under a microscope of sorts during the season. And while he did miss two weeks with a knee sprain (he was expected to miss a month), he proved to be every bit the offensive weapon he was expected to be when the Lightning chose him sixth overall last summer. His other games missed were due to his inclusion on the Canadian WJC squad. He set career highs for goals and points this year.

Regina Pats 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM

Saskatoon completed their regular season with a win over Regina. Zahn set career highs for games, assists, points, and plus/minus. The Blades captain hopes to raise the Ed Chynoweth Cup at the end of the playoffs as Saskatoon is the clear favorites going into the post-season as the league points champion.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/18/11

USHL

Tri-City Storm 1 @ Fargo Force 3
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 20-32-52, +26, 24 PIM

The Storm outshot the Force 35-22 but Mullin’s two points helped Fargo to a 3-1 win. Mullin is tied for ninth in the league in points and fourth in plus/minus.

QMJHL

Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 59 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 35 PIM

Janosik had three points in his last two games coming into Friday night’s contest.

Montreal Juniors 3 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM

Landry hit the 40-point mark with one game to go in his regular season. Montreal clinched the league’s second-seed with the win. They will play 15 seeded Halifax in the first round.

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Guelph Storm 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 play (backup)
With Attack: 13 GP, 9-2-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .900 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 1 SO
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
With Guelph: 23 GP, 12-12-24, -8, 36 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 26-29-55, -8, 69 PIM

Panik played his first game since February 11 when he suffered a sprained ankle. He’s back for the Storm just in time for the playoffs. Guelph is still in seventh in the West, though eighth place London is two points behind with a game in hand. The eighth place finisher meets top-seeded Owen Sound in the first round. Zador was back on the bench for Owen Sound after starting two games this week and winning them both. Schemitsch is expected back for the Attack’s playoff opener.

WHL

Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Tri-City Americans 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
With Tri-City: 31 GP, 16-26-42, +8, 62 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 60 GP, 32-37-69, -4, 106 PIM

Ashton now has 15 points (7 goals) in March (9 games).

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 2
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 45-25-70, -4, 26 PIM

Connolly (pictured) scored twice in the first period to spark Prince George to a 2-0 lead, but Kamloops fought their way back to tie the game and send it to overtime. Connolly failed to convert his shootout attempt. With the win, the Cougars eliminated Kamloops from playoff contention. PG is still hanging on to the eighth spot in the West.

Seattle Thunderbirds 0 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 69 GP, 51-60-111, +26, 48 PIM

Johnson went scoreless for the second straight game, which normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but he’s trying to catch Medicine Hat’s Linden Vey for the league scoring title. Vey leads by three points. Spokane put up 34 shots on Seattle a game after they peppered Chilliwack goaltender Lucas Gore with 78 shots. Only one went in as the Chiefs beat the Bruins 2-1 in a shootout. Johnson earned three awards, including the Chiefs Player of the Year honor, in a pre-game ceremony on Friday night on the Chiefs Coca-Cola Regular Season Finale. Johnson was named the Chiefs Player of the Year in a pre-game ceremony, and also given the team's Humanitarian of the Year award for the third straight season and the Ken Rabel Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Regina Pats 2 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 71 GP, 3-21-24, +39, 133 PIM

Zahn earned the only assist on Brayden Schenn’s overtime winner for Saskatoon. Though Zahn has 133 penalty minutes on the year, he has only two in his last 11 games. The captain will need to stay out of the box in what looks to be a long Saskatoon playoff run.

Fadden No Longer a Bolt Prospect

The Tampa Tribune is reporting Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden, who was put on unconditional waivers this week, had his contract terminated by the Lightning yesterday after he cleared waivers.

"We notified Mitch that he was put on unconditional waivers with the intent of terminating his contract, and after he cleared, we wrote our letter to notify him that we are doing just that,'' Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tribune. "And for us, that's all done. We sent our letter informing that the contract has been terminated. So on our end, it's all done and he is off our roster.''

Fadden was arrested in British Columbia and charged with impaired driving, failing to provide a breath sample, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and obstructing a peace officer.

He is in B.C. undergoing treatment for a blood clot he suffered while playing for ECHL Florida. Fadden was leading the ECHL in scoring when he was forced out of the lineup with the ailment.

Fadden, a 2007 fourth round pick of the Bolts, had character questions in his junior career with Seattle and Lethbridge, but appeared to have turned things around recently.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/17/11

QMJHL

Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ Montreal Juniors 4
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 56 GP, 11-28-39, +25, 30 PIM

Landry is 18th in the league in scoring among defensemen heading into the final weekend of the season. The Juniors have a four point lead on Quebec for the second seed in the Q with two games remaining.

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