North American Juniors
Fargo Force 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 13-16-29, +16, 16 PIM
Mullin scored at 3:16 of overtime to lift the Force to a road win in division-leading Dubuque. He also added an assist on Fargoâ€™s other goal, yet the decision makers in Iowa decided he shouldnâ€™t be a game star. Two Saints were first and second star, respectively. Mullin has a five game point streak in which he has 10 points. He has 15 points in his last seven games.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 30 GP, 0-5-5, -8, 46 PIM
Beukeboom scored seven times last year, but after 30 games the Soo captain is still looking for his first goal of the season.
Barrie Colts 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 8
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 1-13-14, +11, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play.
With Attack: 2 GP, 1-0-0-0, 3.95 GAA, .875 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.41 GAA, .878 sv%, 1 SO
Zador won last time out, but was back in his familiar backup role for the Attack Wednesday. The Attack put up a snowman against Barrie, paced by four points each by Joey Hishon (Avalanche) and Andrew Fritsch (2011 draft).
Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 64 PIM
Saskatoon got a late goal by Brent Benson (2011) to defeat the Raiders on the road.
Of Note: Carter Ashton (Canada), Brett Connolly (Canada), Adam Janosik (Czech Republic), and Richard Panik (Slovakia) are all participating in preparations for the upcoming World Junior Championships.
Light night in the junior ranks with a healthy chunk of the Lightning's prospects participating in the U20 WJC's:
Owen Sound 7 @ Barrie 6 (SO)
Geoffrey Schemitsch, Owen Sound, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 1-13-14, +9, 6 PIM
Michael Zador, Owen Sound, Win, 31/37, 5.54 GAA, .838 sv%
Season totals: 11-3-2, 0 SO, 3.41 GAA, .878 sv%
Geoffrey Schemitsch assisted on a Liam Heelis goal in Owen Sound's 7-6 shootout victory over Barrie. Heelis is rocking the black rimmed glasses in his roster picture, proving ZZ Tops' old adage that every girl's crazy about a sharp dressed man. Michael Zador continued to lead a charmed life, stopping 3 of 4 shooters to steal the shootout win despite an abysmal .838 save percentage in the contest. Only in the Lightning organization can a man have a sub .880 save percentage and be 8 games over .500 on the season.
Montreal 3 @ Shawinigan 4 (SO)
Charles Landry, Montreal, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 5-21-26, +14, 16 PIM
Meanwhile, in the "Q", Charles Landry assisted on the final two goals of a Montreal comeback by Xavier Ouellet and David Rose to help force overtime, but the Juniors still fell 4-3 in the shootout. Shawiningan's Gabriel Girard was named the game's number one star after turning away 37 of 40 shots and 2 of 4 attempts for the shootout victory.
Canada 5 vs. Finland 2 (Pre-competition)
Canada was down 1-0 after one period and tied 2-2 after two before exploding for three goals in the third to defeat Finland in their final pre-competition match. Ashton didn't hit the scoresheet and Connolly apparently missed the game with an injury. His status for Canada's official roster named December 25 is up in the air. Canada will open tournament play December 26.
Canada 4 vs. Sweden 1 (Pre-competition)
Canada had a 2-0 lead before Sweden scored, then completed the win with two third period goals Tuesday to move to 2-0 in pre-competition play. Neither Lightning prospect earned a point. Canada plays Thursday night vs. Finland before they open tournament play December 26.
Canada 8 vs. Switzerland 0 (Pre-competition)
Canada came out firing with three first period goals and then scored four in the second period on their way to putting up a snowman in a pre-competition match against Nino Niedereiter and Switzerland. Ashton scored Canadaâ€™s final goal in the game. Connolly assisted on a Louis Leblanc goal in the second period. Canada will play Sweden on Tuesday and Finland on Thursday before opening tournament play the day after Christmas. (Pictured: No.28 Brett Connolly celebrates with his teammates after a Canada goal. [HockeyCanada photo])