North American Juniors

WJC Game Night: 12-30-09

Finland 10 vs. Austria 1
W Matias Sointu, FIN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

Sointu and Team Finland demolished Austria on Wednesday, skating to a quick 5-0 first period lead, then adding three in the second period and two in the third. Sointu scored in the third period, his team’s ninth goal of the night. Finland (2-1) next plays rival and first-place (Group B) Sweden (3-0) on Thursday, while Lightning prospect Richard Panik and Slovakia (1-2) face Switzerland (1-2).

CHL Game Night: 12-30-09

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 21 saves on 26 shots, pulled in third period
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-12-2-1, 3.46 GAA, .897 sv%, 1 SO

Zador was pulled for the second straight game, this time early in the third period. He has allowed 11 goals in his last two (partial) games. Zador has dropped his last three contests after winning he previous four. He's also had a six-game losing streak and five-game winning streak this season.

WJC Game Night: 12-29-09

Canada 8 vs. Slovakia 2
C Richard Panik, SLO: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

Richard Panik ended Team Canada's shutout streak at 157:25 into their 2010 U20 WJC tournament. However, Canada continued its juggernaut by defeating Panik's Team Slovakia by a score of 8-2. Panik has tallied a goal in each of Slovakia's first three contests and is tied for first with 4 other players for the goal scoring lead of the tournament. His 4 assists place him 7th overall in tournament scoring.

CHL Game Night: 12-29-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 5-24-29, +16, 38 PIM

Mark Barberio tallied a first period power play goal to help the Moncton Wildcats ring up a 3 for 6 night with the man advantage and defeat Bathurst 4-3. Barberio added an even strength assist in the 2nd period before finishing the night with 6 of the Wildcats 35 shots.

OHL

Barrie Colts 7 @ Kitchener Rangers 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 3-0-3, +3, 2 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 35 GP, 24-22-46, +28, 26 PIM

Alex Hutchings and the Barrie Colts resumed OHL play after the holiday break with a bang as Hutchings rung up a hat trick while earning FIRST STAR honors as the Colts defeated the Kitchener Rangers 7-4 Tuesday night. It was Barrie's league-leading 30th win in 35 contests on the season.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
LW Matias Sointu, SBY: DNP (at WJC)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 14 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 8 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Matias Sointu didn't dress for Wolves Tuesday night as the Finnish winger remains with the Team Finland at the U2O WJC tournament. Sudbury doubled up the rival Soo 4-2 behind Eric O'Dell's first star effort.

Erie Otters 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 7-4-2-0, 2.81 GAA, .918 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Jaroslav Janus stopped 36 Spirit shots Tuesday night enroute to SECOND STAR honors, and reportedly single-handedly won the game for the Otters against an onslaught of Saginaw offense.

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Ottawa 67's 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 10-8-18, -2, 35 PIM
With Bulls: 19 GP, 8-7-15, E, 15 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

Kyle DeCoste was held scoreless as the 67's defeated the Bulls 4-2 in Belleville's first game back from the holiday break. The Bulls were 0 for 8 on the power play for the night.

WHL

Regina Pats 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 3
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (fighting)
Season Totals: 35 GP, 14-16-30, -14, 67 PIM
With Regina: 7 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 15 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Carter Ashton was held scoreless for the second straight game as the Hitmen edged the Pats 4-3 on Tuesday night. Ashton was assessed a fightning major when he and Calgary center Chase Schaber tangled four minutes into the 3rd period.

WJC Game Night: 12-28-09

Finland 0 vs. Russia 2
F Matias Sointu, FIN: Did not play.

Preliminary round play continued Monday at the U20 WJC tournament hosted in Saskatchewan with Finland playing their second match in as many days. Matias Sointu once again did not dress for the Finnish team who was shutout by Russian netminder Igor Bobkov 2-0 despite Finland outshooting the Russians 46-17. Former Columbus Blue Jacket winger and Russian captain Nikita Filatov led the offense with a goal and an assist.

CHL Game Night: 12-28-09

OHL

Erie Otters 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 3 OT
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 31 saves on 34 shots
Season Totals: 12 GP, 6-4-2-0, 2.96 GAA, 0.913 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus dueled Plymouth goalie Matt Hackett to a 2-2 draw in regulation, but gave up the OT goal to the Whalers 2:19 into the extra period. The match was the first OHL game on the schedule since the league's break for the Christmas holidays.

WJC Game Night: 12-27-09

Slovakia 8 vs. Latvia 3
C Richard Panik, SLO: 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

Richard Panik opened the scoring at 0:33, and by 3:44 had netted the game's first two goals. He later added two assists in Slovakia's 8-3 rout of the hapless Latvian team. After two matches, Panik now sits 3rd place on the tournament scoring board with 3 goals and 2 assists.

Finland 4 vs. Czech Republic 3
F Matias Sointu, FIN: Did not play.

Matias Sointu did not dress for the Finnish team in their opening match of the tourney as the Finns rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Czech Republic 4-3.

CHL Game Night: 12-27-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 10 @ Halifax Mooseheads 1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 4-23-27, +15, 36 PIM

Mark Barberio scored the Wildcats' 5th goal of the opening period with less than a minute left before intermission. Moncton would double that score to 10 behind 40 shots as they opened the post-Christmas schedule on the road in Halifax.

WHL

Regina Pats 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 14-16-30, -15, 62 PIM
With Regina: 6 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 10 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina's winless streak now at seven games, and Carter Ashton was held scoreless and minus-3 on the night.

WJC Game Night: 12:26-09

USA 7 vs. Slovakia 3
C Richard Panik, SLO: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

Slovakia held a brief 2-0 lead early, and Panik's goal in the late second cut USA's lead to 4-3, but the floodgates opened from there. Panik's goal came on a tap-in from the side of the USA net. This is his second U-20 World Junior Championship (WJC). Last year he had two goals and five points in what was considered by many to be a disappointing showing throughout seven tournament games. Previous to that he had 10 points (four goals) in six games at the 2008 U-18 WJC and two assists in six games at the 2007 U-18 WJC. Slovakia next plays Sunday vs. Latvia, who lost 16-0 to Canada in their opener.

WJC Exhibition Game Night: 12-22-09

Canada 3 vs. Finland 0 (Exhibition)
LW Matais Sointu, FIN: 0-0-0

Finland made their exhibition debut in preparation for the 2010 World Junior Championships, but went scoreless against a strong Canada squad led by Richard Panik's teammate, Taylor Hall (1 goal), and Carter Ashton's teammate, Jordan Eberle (2 assists). Sointu played for Finland in the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championships, where he scored three goals in six games.

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