North American Juniors

Ashton Sent to Tri-City

The WHL's Regina Pats, as expected, have traded former Lightning first rounder Carter Ashton. The Regina Leader-Post reports the Pats sent Ashton to the Tri-City Americans with a third-round pick for forward Tanner Olstad, forward Nils Moser, a first-round pick in the 2011 WHL bantam draft, and second and fifth round picks in the 2010 bantam draft.

Ashton, who signed a professional contract with the Lightning in 2009, is in his final year of junior and with Regina struggling again this year, it was only a matter of time before the Pats sent him to a playoff contender for future help.

Tri-City is currently tied for second in the U.S. Division, 13 points behind Portland.

Ashton, chosen 29th overall in the 2009 draft, was third on the Pats in scoring with 27 points (16 goals) in 29 games. His 27 points will slot him in second on the Americans.

Ashton will join the Team Canada World Junior Championship Selection Camp this weekend.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/9/10

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: Did not play.
Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 42 PIM

Beukeboom was a victim of a check to the head last game out and has been diagnosed with a concussion. He told the Sault Star he felt fine after the game, but was complaining about headaches Monday. He is out indefinitely and is not along on the Greyhounds' 4-game road trip. Ryan Ellis and Nick Ebert had two goals each for the Spits Thursday.

Guelph Storm 4 @ London Knights 3
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference)
With Guelph: 4 GP, 0-4-4, -2, 4 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, -1, 31 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 14-21-35, -2, 35 PIM

The Storm won in one of the toughest barns in the OHL Thursday, erasing three one-goal deficits in the process. Panik was scoreless for the first time in four games with his new team.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/8/10

BCHL

Quesnel Millionaires 1 @ Penticton Vees 4
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 32 GP, 16-23-39, 10 PIM

O’Donnell had two more points as the Vees scored four times in the first period to defeat the Millionaires. OD is five points behind Denver commit Joey Laleggia, a defenseman, for the team scoring lead, but 11 points up on the next highest player, St. Cloud State commit Joey Benik. OD is tied for 18th in league scoring. Bradley McGowan (undrafted) of Surrey, an RIT commit, leads the league with 26 goals and 58 points.

QMJHL

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (hooking), 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 22 GP, 5-16-21, +12, 8 PIM

Landry has nine points in his last four games and has registered at least a point in eight of his last nine games.

OHL

Oshawa Generals 1 @ Belleville Bulls 6
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO

Zador was out of the lineup completely for the second straight game with “an illness.”

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/7/10

OHL

Guelph Storm 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 4
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
With Guelph: 3 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 2 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, -1, 31 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 14-21-35, -1, 33 PIM

The Storm battled back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to tie the game late in the third, but Kitchener answered within a minute with the game winner to take the divisional match-up 4-3.

WHL

Everett Silvertips 3 @ Regina Pats 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (high-sticking), *Second Star*
Season totals: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM

Ashton scored with less than a minute left in the game to make the score more respectable. He’s creeping closer to a point-per-game average.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Prince George Cougars 0
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-5-7, +7, 55 PIM
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 22-14-36, -4, 8 PIM

Zahn and the Blades got the better of Connolly and Prince George.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/5/10

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 8
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 31 GP, 4-10-14, +4, 18 PIM

Janosik’s plus-8 rating for the season was cut in half in one bad night vs. the Titan. Gatineau is third in the TELUS West Division with 42 points, eight behind Charles Landry and Montreal for first.

Montreal Juniors 5 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 21 GP, 5-15-20, +11, 6 PIM

Landry has eight points in his last three games and has registered at least a point in seven of his last eight games. With his two points Sunday, he is quickly approaching point-per-game status. Although his strong play didn’t show on the scoresheet for the Lightning in Traverse City, Steve Yzerman and company saw enough in the undrafted defenseman to sign him to an entry level contract. He had a slow start to the season, but has come on very strong since missing a few games due to an injury. The Lightning may have a legitimate prospect here.

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 7 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +4, 2 PIM (interference)
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-11-12, +15, 6 PIM
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 42 PIM

After being down 2-1 to start the third period, the Attack exploded for three goals in each of the final frames to beat the Soo. Beukeboom’s minus-1 rating was tied for second best on the team Sunday. Schemitsch’s plus-4 was second on the Attack.

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5 @ Guelph Storm 6
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (high sticking)
With Guelph: 2 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, -1, 31 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 14-20-34, E, 33 PIM

This was a huge win for Guelph against the league’s top team. The Majors have only lost three games all season.

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Oshawa Generals 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO

Zador sat on the bench for all three games this weekend. Predators first rounder Ryan Ellis had a goal, two assists, and a plus-4 night for Windsor.

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