North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/23/11

QMJHL

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 1-0-1, +4, 2 PIM (hooking), 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 49 GP, 11-27-38, +25, 26 PIM

Montreal scored seven goals for the second game in a row. Landry tied for the team-high in plus/minus at plus-4 Wednesday. His 11th goal of the season gave the Juniors a 2-0 lead in the first.

WHL

Portland Winterhawks 6 @ Prince George Cougars 5
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 48 GP, 36-22-58, -5, 24 PIM

Portland completed a sweep of the Cougars in their two game series this week, winning 6-5 Wednesday night. Connolly was scoreless in both games. His fellow 2010 first rounders Ryan Johansen (Blue Jackets) and Nino Niederreiter (Islanders) combined for a goal (Johansen) and two assists (El Nino) Wednesday. Prince George is one point up on Kamloops for seventh in the West while Portland is back at No.1 in the conference.

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 7
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 3-14-17, +24, 131 PIM

Brayden Schenn (Kings) had two goals and five points for First Star honors in a win over his former team. He was also plus-5 on the night, as was his Canadian WJC teammate, Curtis Hamilton (Oilers).

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/22/11

WHL

Everett Silvertips 3 @ Tri-City Americans 2
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
With Tri-City: 19 GP, 8-16-24, -1, 37 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 24-27-51, -13, 77 PIM

The Ams lost their third in a row Tuesday. Ashton has one assist in his last four games.

Portland Winterhawks 6 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 36-22-58, -4, 22 PIM

This game featured the players taken at four, five, and six in last summer’s NHL Entry Draft. Ryan Johansen (4, Columbus - pictured) had two goals and was First Star of the game Tuesday. Nino Niederreiter (5, NYI) had an assist and four penalty minutes, and Connolly (6, Tampa Bay) did not find the scoresheet. For the season, Johansen has 32-36-68 in 50 games. El Nino has 27-21-48 in 42 games after starting the year with the Islanders.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/21/11

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Guelph Storm 10
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

Guelph has 18 goals in their last two games – both without scoring sensation Richard Panik. Former Lightning prospect Brock Beukeboom did not play for the Soo. He remains out with a concussion. Panik is trying to get over a sprained ankle.

WHL

Spokane Chiefs 5 @ Tri-City Americans 1
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 18 GP, 8-16-24, +1, 35 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 47 GP, 24-27-51, -11, 75 PIM

TC started their two-game set with Spokane two points behind the Chiefs for third in the Western Conference and three points behind Portland for first (B.C. Division leader Kelowna is seeded second). The Ams dropped the first game – at home – to the Chiefs 6-2, then were soundly beat Monday 5-1. The loss leaves TC five points behind third place Portland and six behind Spokane, who took over the top spot from the Winterhawks.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/20/11

BCHL

Penticton Vees
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-1-2, 2 PIM (roughing), *Second Star*
Final season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM

O’Donnell finished the season second on the Vees in points, goals, and assists, and led in power play points with 18. The Vees (38-17-3-2) will play Quesnel (13-38-3-6) in the first round of the BCHL Interior Conference playoffs.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 50 GP, 7-20-27, +10, 30 PIM

Gatineau outshot the Drakkar 43-18, but had to come from behind to win. They have already clinched a playoff spot and are within one point of Shawinigan for third in the TELUS West Division.

OHL

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 3 (SO)
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: 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

Owen Sound scored with a minute left in regulation to send the game to overtime, but the Attack fell in a shootout.

WHL

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (checking from behind, holding)
Season totals: 60 GP, 3-14-17, +22, 131 PIM

Oilers second rounder Tyler Pitlick had two goals and three points to lead the Tigers to a win over the league-leading Blades.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/19/11

BCHL

Quesnel Millionaires 2 @ Penticton Vees 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-1-2, 2 PIM (roughing), *Second Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM

O’Donnell has four points (three goals) in his last two games. Both his points Saturday came in the Vees’ four-goal second period.

USHL

Fargo Force 2 @ Tri-City Storm 0
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-27-42, +21, 20 PIM

Mullin had the primary assist on the Force’s second goal, helping Fargo bounce back from a tough loss to Lincoln Friday night with a shutout win over Tri-City Saturday. Mullin, a USHL all-star, hasn’t scored in seven game and 13 of his last 14. He has 10 assists in those 14 games. He led Fargo with six shots on goal Saturday night.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (checking from behind), 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 49 GP, 7-20-27, +10, 30 PIM

Gatineau outshot the Sags 31-18 but lost. Janosik (pictured) is now within two goals of his career high of nine goals set last season.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 48 GP, 10-27-37, +21, 24 PIM

David Rose (undrafted) and Nicolas Chouinard (undrafted) both had two goals for the Juniors.

OHL

Guelph Storm 3 @ Erie Otters 8
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

A snowman sighting in Erie. The Otters were up 8-1 at one point. Panik missed his third straight game with a sprained ankle. There is no timetable for his return.

Note: Owen Sound’s game with Ottawa was postponed due to weather. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, when former Red Wing Kirk Maltby will be recognized.

WHL

Spokane Chiefs 6 @ Tri-City Americans 2
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, E, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Darren Kramer)
With Tri-City: 17 GP, 8-16-24, +1, 35 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 24-27-51, -11, 75 PIM

TC came into the game two points behind Spokane for third in the Western Conference and three points behind Portland for first (B.C. Division leader Kelowna is seeded second). With their less-than-stellar home ice showing Saturday and Portland’s win, that hole got a little deeper for TC. The Ams do have two games in hand on Portland and three on Spokane, however.

Everett Silvertips 4 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 36-22-58, -4, 22 PIM

Everett took both games from Prince George in their weekend series. The Tips went up by two goals early and the Cougars played catch-up all night. Prince George is now tied for sixth in the West with Everett, three points up on eighth place Kamloops and seven up on ninth place Chilliwack.

Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Kootenay Ice 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Season totals: 59 GP, 3-14-17, +21, 127 PIM

Kings first rounder Brayden Schenn and undrafted forward Jesse Ismond both had two goals for the Blades.

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