North American Juniors
Canada 7 vs. Switzerland 1
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Canada earned their second pre-tournament win in two games before the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships in Alberta. Connolly did not register a point, but as one of the teamâ€™s alternate captains was entrusted with penalty kill duty â€“ a sign of respect from legendary junior coach Don Hay.
Russia 5 vs. Czech Republic 3
These totals are very unofficial as no score was listed on the tournamentâ€™s official site and the boxscore was posted on a message board. If it helps, one of the comments from someone at the game said Kucherov looked good. Letâ€™s just assume itâ€™s true. Namestnikov and Nesterov werenâ€™t on the scoresheet, so they could have been scoreless or they may not have played. In fact, respected Russian reporter Dmitry Chesnokov is reporting Namestnikov was cut from the team. Nesterov and Kucherov made the team. (Photo of Kucherov's celebration is from the USA game earlier this week)
Slovakia 0 vs. Finland 3
D Adam Janosik, SVK: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Finland topped Slovakia in pre-tournament action Wednesday.
Russia 6 vs. USA 3 (Pre-tournament match)
Russia beat the U.S. 6-3 in Red Deer, Alberta, Tuesday night in pre-World Junior Championship exhibition play. The stats listed above are unofficial and based off comments from reporters at the game. Kucherovâ€™s first goal was on the power play and his second was scored into an empty net. Russia still has to cut six players, but all Lightning prospects should be safe. The â€œrealâ€ games start the day after Christmas. (Pictured: Kucherov scoring on Stars first rounder Jack Campbell)
Canada 3 vs. Finland 1 (Pre-tournament match)
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Canada got a win in their first pre-tournament game before the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships in Alberta. Monday night they took down Finland 3-1 in Calgaryâ€™s Saddledome. Lightning winger Brett Connolly, permitted to join Canada by Bolts general manager Steve Yzerman, had an assist for the Canadians on Boone Jenner's goal. Last year Connolly had three assists in seven games for Canada.
Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 29 GP, 0-4-4, -9, 27 PIM
Milanâ€™s scoreless streak hit 12 games in the loss. Minnesota Wild first rounder Zack Phillips, who was just cut from Team Canada, had a goal and an assist for the defending Memorial Cup champs.
Tri-City Storm 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1
G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 5 GP, 1-4-0, 3.22 GAA, .910 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO
Uh-oh. Wilcoxâ€™s partner in net, Phoenix Copley, started and excelled in his third straight game. He also started and allowed just one goal in a win on Tuesday. Wilcox was traded from Green Bay because they couldnâ€™t offer him the starts he deserved. Tri-City is likely â€œjustâ€ going with the hot hand, but Lightning fans would like that hot hand to be Wilcox. Of course, Wilcox has to do his part, and heâ€™s lost his last four games.
Kitchener Rangers 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 3
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 23 GP, 0-7-7, -1, 16 PIM
Third place (Midwest Division) Owen Sound outshot second place Kitchener 44-24 on their way to a big win over the Rangers at home. Schemitsch has been scoreless in his three games since returning from an injury. Prior to being hurt on November 12 he had points in four of his last six games.
QMJHL Note: Lightning prospect Adam Janosik of Gatineau has joined Team Slovakia in preparation for the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships.