North American Juniors

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.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/16/11

OHL

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Guelph Storm 4
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 is reportedly skating and recently returned home to Slovakia to take a high school equivalency exam. At 73 points and in seventh in the West, Guelph could still technically catch Plymouth (76) for sixth or be caught by London (69) and fall to eighth. London has a game in hand. Guelph will likely play Saginaw in the first round.

Plymouth Whalers 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4 (OT)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Win, 30 saves on 33 shots
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 (pictured) earned a second straight start for his First Star effort against London and won again, this time beating Plymouth in overtime. Zador, who is approaching 20 wins on the season, will likely see more time in net as Owen Sound has already clinched the West’s top seed. They’ll likely play London in the first round. Schemitsch is expected back for the playoffs.

WHL

Everett Silvertips 2 @ Tri-City Americans 1
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (goaltender interference, tripping)
With Tri-City: 30 GP, 15-26-41, +8, 60 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 31-37-68, -4, 104 PIM

Ashton has 14 points (6 goals) in March. He has 17 PIM in his last four games. TC is basically locked in as the West’s 4-seed. They’ll likely play either Chilliwack or Vancouver.

Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Spokane Chiefs 2 (SO)
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (high sticking, hooking)
Season Totals: 68 GP, 51-60-111, +26, 48 PIM

Johnson didn’t find the scoresheet in regulation or overtime Wednesday, but scored in the shootout to help the Chiefs defeat Chilliwack. The Chiefs, who will be the 3-seed in the West, will likely play Vancouver or Chilliwack in the first round.

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 3 (SO)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 70 GP, 3-20-23, +38, 133 PIM

Saskatoon, who has already clinched the league’s best record, won the shootout 2-0. Zahn has been at least plus-1 in his last six games. He is plus-16 in that span.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/14/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 5

Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4 @ Penticton Vees 2
Silverbacks win Best of 7 series 4-1

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, 9 PIM

Penticton’s season came to an end Monday when they lost their third game at home in their second round series to upstart goalie Kris Moore and Salmon Arm. O’Donnell had an assist on the Vees’ final goal, which was scored at the four minute mark of the third period to cut the Silverbacks’ lead to 4-2. Salmon Arm scored twice in 14 seconds early in the third period to go up 4-1. Penticton finished two points ahead of Salmon Arm in the regular season. The Silverbacks are now 8-1 in the playoffs.

O’Donnell finished second on the Vees in scoring during the regular season and represented Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge. While he missed three playoff games due to an injury sustained in a fight, he was nearly a point-per-gamer for the postseason. He’ll be donning the green of the University of North Dakota the next time we see him.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/13/11

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 8 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 5
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 58 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 35 PIM

Janosik has three points in his last two games. Gatineau looks like they’ll be locked into the fifth seed in the league under the new playoff format, meaning they’d play the 12 seed, which right now is Chicoutimi. Teams are re-seeded after each round.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 0 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 55 GP, 11-28-39, +24, 30 PIM

The Drakkar would have squeaked this one out – if they counted B-C's shots (13) vs. Montreal’s goals (7). Montreal scored five times in the first period on 16 shots. The Juniors are now up three points on Drummondville for the TELUS West Division title, with Montreal having a game in hand. Division winners get the first three seeds of the 16 teams that make the playoffs in the Q. Teams 4-16 are then seeded by total points.

WHL

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Tri-City Americans 6
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 43-25-68, -5, 26 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 2-1-3, E, 4 PIM (high sticking, roughing), *First Star*
With Tri-City: 29 GP, 15-26-41, +8, 56 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 31-37-68, -4, 100 PIM

In a match-up of probable future linemates with the Lightning, Carter Ashton got the better of Brett Connolly in goals, points, and the win column. Ashton set a new career high with his 30th and 31st goals of the season. He also tied Connolly in points for the season and hit the 100 penalty minute mark. Not a bad night for the big guy. Connolly, meanwhile, scored his 43rd goal of the season. Connolly broke his previous career high for goals in a year 12 goals ago.

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