North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 5/25/11

2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Owen Sound Attack 1 vs. Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 1-10-11, +5, 2 PIM
Memorial Cup Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM

G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-0-0, 1.80 GAA, .940 sv%, 1 SO

Mississauga won Game 8 vs. Owen Sound this post season and as a result earned a trip to the Memorial Cup semifinals. The Attack, who beat the Majors in seven games to win the OHL championship a week ago, now must win a tie-breaker game with Kootenay for the right to play the Majors again. St. John has a bye to the finals. In Wednesday’s game, Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch had his two game point streak snapped. He had his head driven into the boards on a hit that was originally penalized, then rescinded after the refs deemed it legal. Michael Zador took a seat in the bleachers rather than on the bench as recent Rangers signee Scott Stajcer, who played the majority of the playoffs for the Attack, sat backup to 2011 prospect Jordan Binnington (25/27). Owen Sound and Kootenay play Thursday night. The Attack won the first meeting between the clubs at the Memorial Cup, 5-0.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5/23/11

2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Owen Sound Attack 2 vs. St. John Sea Dogs 3 (OT)

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 1-10-11, +5, 2 PIM
Memorial Cup Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM

G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-0-0, 1.80 GAA, .940 sv%, 1 SO

Owen Sound was four minutes away from going 2-0 in the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup when St. John’s Tomas Jurco (2011) scored to send the game to overtime. In the extra session likely top-5 pick Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Sea Dogs to give them the victory. St. John moves to 2-0 in the tournament, Owen Sound is 1-1. The Attack will play tournament host Mississauga (1-1) next. Kootenay is 0-2. Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch notched an assist for the second straight tournament game. Michael Zador was backup to Jordan Binnington, who made 41 stops for the Attack.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5/21/11

2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Owen Sound Attack 5 vs. Kootenay Ice 0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 1-10-11, +5, 2 PIM
Memorial Cup Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-0-0, 1.80 GAA, .940 sv%, 1 SO

The WHL champion Kootenay Ice had stormed through high seeds in the WHL like Saskatoon, Medicine Hat, and Portland, but were handled rather easily by OHL champion Owen Sound and goaltender Jordan Binnington (2011). Binnington is ranked No.3 among North American goalies heading into next month’s draft, but this shutout certainly could help him jump a few spots in the draft. With the Lightning expected to take a goaltender at some time in the draft, he could be a possibility with their second rounder. Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch, who started on the third pair, had a helper for the Attack. Michael Zador watched from the bench as backup. The Attack play St. John next on Monday night on NHL Network.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5/15/11

QMJHL Finals

No.1 St. John Sea Dogs 3 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 2 (OT)
St. John leads best of seven series 3-2

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 24 GP, 5-4-9, -3, 12 PIM

With just under a minute to go in regulation it looked like Lightning prospect Adam Janosik’s fifth goal of the playoffs, scored with just under five minutes to play, would be the game winner in Game 6 and send the QMJHL finals series to seven games, but likely 2011 top-five pick Jonathan Huberdeau scored for St. John with 23 seconds left to send the game to overtime. In the extra session winger Alexandre Beauregard (undrafted) scored his first of the playoffs to give the Sea Dogs the President’s Trophy and a trip to the Memorial Cup in Mississauga.

Janosik’s season comes to an end with the loss. He finished 11th in scoring among defensemen in the playoffs, and tied for second in goals among rearguards. He didn’t match last year’s point total in the regular season, but set a new career high for playoff points with nine and tied last year’s postseason total for goals at five. The catch is he played in only 10 playoff games last year. All indications are Janosik will return to the Q for another year as he’s not eligible to play in the AHL or ECHL for another year. He won’t turn 20 until September 2012.

OHL

OHL Finals

West No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3 @ East No.1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2 (OT)
Owen Sound wins best of seven series 4-3

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 1-10-11, +5, 2 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-0-0, 1.80 GAA, .940 sv%, 1 SO

Rookie Jarrod Maidens scored at 3:27 of overtime in Game 7 to give the Attack the OHL championship. Goals don’t get any bigger than that. Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch was on the ice for Owen Sound with the championship winning goal was scored. He had left the game early in the third period due to an apparent injury, but was back on the ice shortly after and nearly created an earlier game winning goal late in the third period by pinching in from his point position and centering the puck into a crowd. The puck got caught in Avalanche first rounder Joey Hishon’s feet and he was unable to slide it into the open side of the net. Michael Zador sat backup to Jordan Binnington (2011) for Owen Sound, who will enter the Memorial Cup tournament as OHL champions. The Attack will play WHL champion Kootenay on May 21 in their tournament opener. Mississauga will play St. John from the QMJHL the night before to begin the tournament. (OHL photo)

North American Juniors Game Night: 5/13/11

QMJHL Finals

No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ No.1 St. John Sea Dogs 2
St. John leads best of seven series 3-2

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 23 GP, 4-4-8, -4, 12 PIM

Janosik’s fourth goal of the playoffs gave the Olympiques a 2-0 lead in the first period, but by the end of the second it was all knotted up at 2-2. Despite being outshot 14-5 in the final frame, Gatineau rode the goaltending of Maxime Clermont (Devils) and a goal by Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2011) to win Game 5 3-2 and stave off elimination against the Sea Dogs. St. John leads the series 3-2 with Game 6 Sunday in Gatineau.

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