North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 10-28-11


Green Bay Gamblers 4 @ Fargo Force 1

G Adam Wilcox, GB: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 3-1-0, 3.26 GAA, .885 sv%, 0 SO

After two straight starts last weekend, Wilcox sat backup to Ryan McKay, who stopped 26 of 27 shots in a road win over Fargo.


Drummondville Voltigeurs 0 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-9-9, -2, 11 PIM

The Volts thought they had a chance to get both Sean Couturier and Ondrej Palat back this season, but with Palat signed by the Lightning and Couturier now staying in Philadelphia with the Flyers, they won’t get either.

PEI Rocket 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 2

D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -5, 13 PIM

Despite playing most of the year with Coyotes first rounder Brandon Gormley (12 points in 13 games) on the back line, Milan is having a slow start to the year statistically. Dane Phaneuf, brother of the Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf, had an assist for PEI in the game Friday.


Owen Sound Attack 2 @ London Knights 3 (OT)

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (closing hand on puck, hooking)
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-4-4, -2, 8 PIM
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 9-10-19, +9, 14 PIM

In the first match-up of Lightning prospects in the OHL this season, Vladislav Namestnikov (pictured) set up two goals, including the overtime winner, as London beat Geoffrey Schemitsch and Owen Sound 3-2. Both of Namestnikov’s assists came on goals by Lightning prospect camp participant Seth Griffith. Namestnikov has three multi-point games in a row now, and a five game point streak overall.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10-25-11


London Knights 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 5 (SO)

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 10-7-17, +8, 14 PIM

Namestnikov scored twice in 31 seconds in the third period – the first of which was highlight reel material – to bring the Knights back from a 4-2 deficit to force overtime. After OT finished without a winner, Namestnikov was London’s last shooter and needed to convert to extend the shootout one more round, but did not score. He has four goals and five points in his last two games and seven points in his last four. He is on pace for 48 goals. Namestnikov scored 30 last season.

What's Best for Brett?

It’s here.

Game nine for Lightning prospect Brett Connolly is tonight against the Buffalo Sabres in New York. If he plays a tenth game for the Lightning, his entry level contract kicks in and the Lightning are on the hook for his full salary this year. He’s also one year closer to restricted free agency.

Their only other choice is to return Connolly to Prince George of the Western Hockey League (Major Junior). Because he is not yet 20 years of age, he can’t play in the development-friendly AHL with Norfolk.

So the question hovering over the heads of Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman and Head Coach Guy Boucher is “What to do with Connolly?”

North American Juniors Game Night: 10-23-11


Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -5, 13 PIM

The Armada scored in the game’s final minute to steal a 5-4 win over the Wildcats. Milan was on the ice for the game winner in a penalty killing role.


London Knights 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 13 GP, 8-7-15, +6, 14 PIM

Namestnikov (pictured) scored London’s final two goals to clinch a 6-3 win for the Knights in a tough barn. Stars first rounder Jack Campbell stopped 32 of 38 for the Spits.

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 1 (SO)

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 4 PIM

Another loss for the defending OHL champs, who dropped to 6-8-0-1 on the year, nine points behind Namestnikov and London for first in the Midwest Division.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10-22-11


Cedar Rapids Rough Riders 5 @ Green Bay Gamblers 2

G Adam Wilcox, GB: Loss, 17 saves on 22 shots
Season Totals: 3-1-0, 3.26 GAA, .885 sv%, 0 SO

Wilcox started for the second straight night as Ryan McKay was out of the lineup for Green Bay. The former Golden Gopher suffered his first loss of the season as Cedar Rapids scored five goals in a 5-2 Gamblers loss.


Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 5

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 11 GP, 0-9-9, -3, 11 PIM

Janosik (scoreless) broke a personal two-game scoreless streak with a pair of assists Saturday night. Gatineau watched the Sags score the game’s final three goals and win, 5-3.

Moncton Wildcats 6 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 2

D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -5, 13 PIM

Milan couldn’t build on a two-assist game Friday statistically on Saturday, but his Wildcats got a big win over Guy Boucher’s former team, 6-2. The Wildcats scored four third period goals to claim the victory.


Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ Owen Sound Attack 4

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 4 PIM

A tough home loss for Owen Sound to Wayne Gretzky’s OHL alma mater. Gemel Smith (2012 eligible), a 5’9” forward for the Attack, had a goal and three assists in the game for First Star honors despite the loss.

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