North American Juniors

CHL Game Night: 12-11-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 2-22-24, +7, 32 PIM

Barberio set up Nova Scotia native Scott Brannan (undrafted) shorthanded with 87 seconds left in the game for the winner over Halifax.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (elbowing, game misconduct)
Season Totals: 29 GP, 10-8-18, -1, 31 PIM
With Bulls: 16 GP, 8-7-15, +1, 11 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste made his first return to the Soo after being traded from the Greyhounds earlier this year. It wasn’t the return he was hoping for as he was thrown out midway through the second period for elbowing an unsuspecting Tomas Rachunek in the head. Rachunek left the ice with a cut on his head and an apparent shoulder injury. SSM scored on the ensuing power play. Like it did when he was traded from Brampton to the Soo last year, DeCoste’s game has taken off since being traded. Up until Friday night he was producing at a point-per-game clip for the Bulls. He was named the team's Most Improved Player by the Belleville paper this week.

Barrie Colts vs. Sudbury Wolves - postponed
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR
Season Totals: 31 GP, 18-21-39, +18, 22 PIM
LW Matais Sointu, SBY
Season Totals: 27 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 8 PIM
With Sudbury: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

This game was postponed due to poor travel conditions.

Erie Otters 3 @ Plymouth Whalers 6
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-3-1-0, 2.94 GAA, .919 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus started Thursday night and is working his way back from a lower body injury, so he got the night off in Michigan.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

Panik scored for the second straight game but failed to convert his shootout attempt - but the Spits still won. Windsor hasn’t been defeated in regulation or overtime since a 6-5 loss to Sarnia on October 11 (21-0-0-3).

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO

Zador, who has won four straight starts, got the night off.

WHL

Regina Pats 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 7
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 52 PIM
With Regina: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Ashton made his debut for Regina wearing No.25 and starting the game on a line next to super-prospect Jordan Eberle (Oilers 1/2008) and Matt Strueby (undrafted). The line produced one goal in the game, an unassisted marker by Eberle. The Pats' Eberle and Colton Teubert will not play again for Regina in 2009 as they leave to attend Canada's WJC camp. Both are locks to make the club. Ashton will not wait long to face his former club as he and the remaining Pats will take on Lethbridge Saturday night.

CHL Game Night: 12-10-09

OHL

Erie Otters 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 3
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 46 saves on 49 shots
Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-3-1-0, 2.94 GAA, .919 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
C Richard Panik, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 8-9-17, +14, 19 PIM

Welcome back, Mr. Janus (pictured). The Slovakia native returned from missing several games due to injury to reportedly put on a show in a loss to the CHL’s top ranked team, Windsor. Fellow Lightning prospect Richard Panik beat Janus early in the second period for what turned out to be the game winner for the Spits. It has been 23 games since Windsor lost in regulation.

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 4 @ Oshawa Generals 5 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 33 saves on 37 shots
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO

Oshawa scored with just over a minute left in the game to tie it, then won it on Calvin de Haan’s power play goal in overtime. De Haan was a first round pick (12th overall) of the Islanders at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He has 19 points (5 goals) in 26 games this season for Oshawa. Zador has won four straight starts and has not lost in regulation in seven games.

CHL Game Night: 12-9-09

OHL

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Belleville Bulls 2 (SO)
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 10-8-18, -1, 26 PIM
With Bulls: 15 GP, 8-7-15, +1, 6 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste’s point streak is now at five games. He shot first in the shootout for Belleville, but his attempt was stopped.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 4 (OT)
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 18-21-39, +18, 22 PIM

Hutchings saw his goal-scoring streak end at seven games, but his point streak extend to nine games. His goal streak stands as the longest in the OHL this season. His point streak is the longest current streak in the league, with 16 games being the highest this year (Ryan Martindale, OTT). Barrie needed overtime to extend their win streak to 18 games.

Lethbridge Sends Ashton to Pats

(Regina Pats release) Regina Pats General Manager is proud to announce the acquisition of forwards Carter Ashton, Craig Orfino and a 3rd round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes. In exchange, the Pats send 17 year old forward Graham Hood, 15 year old prospect Taylor Balog, a 2nd round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, as well as their 1st round pick in 2011.

Eighteen year old Carter Ashton is native of Saskatoon and was a 1st round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. This season he has 13 goals and 13 assists in 28 games with the Hurricanes.

CHL Game Night: 12-7-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 3 @ PEI Rocket 0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 2-20-22, +7, 30 PIM

Shane Owen, who was waived by Erie of the OHL when Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus returned to the Otters, improved to 5-1 for Moncton with a 30 save shutout and a First Star award against the Rocket.

CHL Game Night: 12-7-09

WHL

Medicine Hat Tigers 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Lethbridge scored three third period goals, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. Ashton is second on the Hurricanes in goals and points. He leads in power play goals with seven – four more than anyone else on the team. He’s tied for the lead in shorthanded goals with one.

Hutchings Named Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week

(OHL release) The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Alex Hutchings of the Barrie Colts is the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 6. Hutchings recorded eight points in three games scoring four shorthanded goals and four assists with a league-best plus-minus rating of plus-6.

CHL Game Night: 12-6-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 2-20-22, +7, 30 PIM

Barberio (pictured) notched his 20th assist of the year in a 5-4 road win over Cape Breton. His career high for assists is 35, set two seasons ago in 70 games. He had 30 in 66 last season to go with 15 goals. Former Erie Otter Shane Owen improved to 4-1 in net for Moncton.

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Brampton Battalion 1
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 8 PIM
With Sudbury: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sudbury has won three in a row after a lengthy losing streak. They are now two points behind Brampton for third in the Central Division. Cody Hodgson still hasn’t played this season for Brampton due to his back injury.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Oshawa Generals 5 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 7-9-16, +13, 19 PIM
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 23 GP, 10-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .901 sv%, 1 SO

Zador got the night off and watched as his backup, Kevin Ballie, defeated the CHL’s top team in a shootout. Windsor had their 12-game winning streak snapped, but extended their streak of games without a regulation loss to 22.

NCAA Game Night: 12-6-09

New Hampshire Wildcats 5 @ No.19 Vermont Catamounts 2
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (hooking), 2 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 4 PIM

Vermont falls back to .500 at 6-6-2. Losing to unranked New Hampshire may complete their fall out of the Top-20.

CHL Game Night: 12-5-09

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Belleville Bulls 3
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 9-8-17, +1, 26 PIM
With Bulls: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 6 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste’s point streak is now at four games.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-20-38, +17, 22 PIM

Hutchings scored his fourth shorthanded goal in the last three games, extending his goal-scoring streak to seven games and has point streak to eight. He has eight points in his last three games and likely has a Player of the Week award in his immediate future. Barrie is on a 17 game win streak.

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Erie Otters 3 (SO)
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-2-1-0, 2.93 GAA, .915 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus served as the backup to Ramis Sadikov (2010 draft) as he continues to battle injuries. Shane Owen, Erie’s third goaltender, was let go recently upon Janus’ (re)arrival to the club from AHL Norfolk. Owen, 19, passed through OHL waivers unclaimed and has since signed with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats, home of Lightning prospect Mark Barberio. Owen went 3-6-2, 4.31, .880 for Erie in Janus’ absence.

Windsor Spitfires 9 @ Peterborough Petes 5
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 7 PIM (roughing, fighting)
Season Totals: 29 GP, 7-9-16, +13, 19 PIM

Panik (pictured) tangled with Petes defenseman Chris Buonomo (2010) in his first OHL fight. Panik got in several rights before dropping him with a left (watch it here). Windsor now has at least a point in 21 straight games. At 25-3-0-3 they remain on a collision course with Barrie (25-4-0-1) for the OHL championship this spring. They play each other for the first time in the regular season on January 14.

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