North American Juniors

NCAA Game Night: 11-7-09

Harvard Crimson 3 @ Colgate Raiders 6
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference), 3 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 3-2-5, E, 4 PIM

Colgate swept Harvard in their weekend series. Killorn’s line scored early in the game when Canadien’s first rounder Louis Leblanc found the back of the net, but Killorn was not credited with an assist. Harvard falls to 1-2 on the year.

Lake Superior Lakers 1 @ Western Michigan Broncos 2
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 8 PIM

Witkowski earned his second assist in college play as WMU finished their weekend series with the Lakers at 1-0-1.

CHL Game Night: 11/6/2009

All six Lightning OHL prospects in action Friday, including ex-Norfolk Admiral Jaroslav Janus, who made his season debut for Erie.


Belleville Bulls 2 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-1-4, -2, 20 PIM
With Bulls: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste saw his three game point streak come to an end. He started on a line with Adam Payerl (undrafted) and Luke Judson (undrafted).


NCAA Game Night: 11/6

Harvard Crimson 4 @ Colgate Raiders 5
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM (hooking), 5 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 3-2-5, +1, 2 PIM

Harvard bolted to 3-0 and 4-1 leads, but failed to hold on against the Raiders, who scored four times in the third period. Killorn (pictured at the Lightning's prospect camp this summer), the reigning ECAC Player of the Week, had both his points early in the first period. The Crimson received 22 votes in the last USCHO poll, three spots out of the top-20.

No.8 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ No.15 Vermont Catamounts 3
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM

Vermont fell from No.10 to 15 in the latest USCHO poll. They outshot the No.8 River Hawks 37-22.

Lake Superior Lakers 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 8 PIM

The Broncos won the shootout 1-0.

CHL Game Night: 11/5


Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 18 GP, 4-8-12, +15, 6 PIM

Windsor went ahead 3-0 before the midway point of the game and never looked back, outshooting the Soo 45-20. Panik has points in six of his last eight games, but just one goal over that time. He finished October with nine points in 14 games.

Witkowski Not Just Biding His Time With WMU Hockey

(Kalmazoo Gazette) When he was 9 years old, defenseman Luke Witkowski visited Western Michigan University, watched a hockey game, went into the locker room and decided then he wanted to play hockey for the Broncos.

Ten years later, he’s a freshman blueliner paired with senior Tyler Ludwig as the Broncos (4-3-0, 0-2-0 CCHA) prepare to host Lake Superior State in a home series Friday and Saturday at Lawson Ice Arena. ...

For the rest of this feature, see the Kalmazoo Gazette online by clicking here.

CHL Game Night: 11/4


Peterborough Petes 4 @ Belleville Bulls 3 (SO)
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 14 GP, 3-1-4, -1, 20 PIM
With Bulls: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste scored the game's opening goal on the power play in his first game as a Bull, but Belleville couldn’t hang on to 2-0 and 3-2 leads and get a win. The Bulls lost the shootout 2-0 and now stand at 6-11-1-1 on the year, two points ahead of Ottawa for fourth in the East Division. DeCoste, who scored when he banged home a rebound off his own shot, now has a two game goal streak and three game point streak.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Owen Sound Attack 1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 18 GP, 9-10-19, +6, 10 PIM

Hutchings’ ninth goal of the season broke a mini two-game scoreless streak. He finished October with 13 points in 13 games (6-7-13).


Everett Silvertips 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 16 GP, 9-11-20, -4, 28 PIM

Ashton (pictured) extended his point streak to five games with two primary assists Wednesday night. He has 10 points in those five games, but surprisingly for him, just two goals. He’s already nearing his career high for assists in a season, set last year at 20. He also had 30 goals and 50 points in 70 games last year.

Admirals Release Janus

(Norfolk Admirals press release) The Norfolk Admirals have released goaltender Jaroslav Janus from his Professional Tryout Contract (PTO). Janus will report to the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

Janus, a 5-foot-11, 192-pound goaltender from Presov, Slovakia, appeared in his first two professional games with the Admirals, recording an impressive 1.52 goals-against average and .939 save percentage with an 0-2-0 record. He made his pro debut on October 14 at Albany, stopping 27 of 29 shots in a 3-1 setback. The Admirals NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, drafted Janus in the sixth round (162nd overall) of last summer’s NHL Entry Draft.

Janus completed his second OHL season with Erie in 2008-09, posting a 25-20-3 record with a 3.24 goals-against average in 49 games. He led the Otters in games played, wins, shutouts with three and save percentage at .908. He also played in five playoff games with Erie, posting a shutout and a 1-4-0 record.

Janus has played in 97 career OHL games, posting a 38-49-5 record with a 3.81 goals-against average.

Note: Janus is expected to join the Otters Thursday and play Friday vs. Niagara.

Report: Norfolk to Return Janus to OHL

A report on the Erie Times-News' web site states the AHL's Norfolk Admirals will return goaltender Jaroslav Janus to the OHL's Erie Otters this week.

The newspaper received confirmation of the expected transaction from Janus' agent, Craig Oster of Newport Sports Management Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario.

The report also states the Lightning are interested in signing Janus after this season.

Janus, a 2009 sixth round pick of the Lightning, began the season with Norfolk on a 25-game professional tryout contract. He has played in two of Norfolk's 10 games, accumulating a 0-2-0 record, a 1.52 goals-against average (GAA) and a .939 save percentage. Last year he posted a 25-20-4 record with Erie, along with a 3.24 GAA and a .908 save percentage. The Otters have struggled defensively this year so far, and Janus will be a welcomed re-addition.

Janus' expected departure from Norfolk would leave the club with Dustin Tokarski and Riku Helenius in net.(Norfolk Admirals photo)

Killorn ECAC Player of the Week

Harvard's Alex Killorn was named the ECAC Player of the Week on Monday, November 2, after scoring two goals and an assist in the Crimson’s 5-3 win vs. Dartmouth last Friday.

According to the Harvard Gazette, Killorn was named ECAC Rookie of the Week November 24, 2008, and was named an honorable mention for the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Rookie of the Month in February. He finished his freshman year with six goals, nine assists, and 15 points in 30 games.

He was a standout this past summer for the Lightning in the club's post-draft prospect camp.

Killorn was taken by the Lightning in the third round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Soo Trades DeCoste to Bulls

According to the Belleville Bulls Hockey Club (OHL), the Bulls have acquired Lightning prospect Kyle DeCoste from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for a 2011 conditional seventh round draft choice.

This is the second time in two seasons DeCoste has been traded. Last year the center/winger split the season between Brampton and the Soo, scoring 15 times while contributing 13 assists and 76 penalty minutes.

He has recorded two goals and three points along with 20 penalty minutes in 13 games played so far with the Greyhounds in this, his fourth OHL season.

DeCoste, who has a goal and an assist in his last two games, was taken by the Lightning in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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