North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/7/11

BCHL

Surrey Eagles 3 @ Penticton Vees 4
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 16-34-50, 18 PIM

O’Donnell earned an assist on the Vees game winning goal scored on the power play midway through the third period. The assist gave O’Donnell 50 points for the year. He had 61 in 55 games last year for the Winnipeg South Blues of the MJHL.

USHL

Waterloo Black Hawks 2 @ Fargo Force 7
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 14-17-31, +17, 18 PIM

Somehow Fargo scored seven goals and their leading scorer, Mullin, didn’t figure in on any of them. He’s likely too busy smiling about the win to care.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 1
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 34 GP, 4-13-17, +5, 20 PIM

Coming off a strong WJC performance in which he was Slovakia’s second leading scorer to fellow Lightning prospect Richard Panik, Janosik earned the primary assist on Gatineau’s first goal en route to helping the Olympiques to a big road win.

OHL

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -6, 48 PIM

The Soo was outshot 35-16 in the game. Not good.

Plymouth Whalers 4 @ Guelph Storm 1
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM (checking from behind, roughing), *Second Star*
With Guelph: 8 GP, 5-5-10, -4, 8 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 31 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 19-22-41, -4, 39 PIM

Panik scored midway through the third to cut the Whalers’ lead to 2-1, but Plymouth added a power play goal a few minutes later to clinch the win. Panik has goals in consecutive games since his return from the WJCs.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 1-13-14, +10, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play.
With Attack: 3 GP, 2-0-0-0, 3.20 GAA, .897 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 12-3-1-1, 3.34 GAA, .881 sv%, 1 SO

Owen Sound had a 2-0 lead to start the game, but Kingston scored four unanswered goals to win. Kingston’s Eric Gudbranson, the Panthers’ first rounder last year, scored his fourth of the season in his first game back from Team Canada.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 2 @ Everett Silvertips 3
RW Carter Ashton, TC: Did not play.
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM
With Tri-City: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM

Ashton has yet to make his debut for TC after being traded by Regina before the World Junior tournament.

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM (elbowing), *First Star*
Season totals: 31 GP, 23-15-38, -4, 10 PIM

After not scoring in his time for Team Canada, Connolly had a goal and an assist and earned First Star in his return to Prince George. His goal came after he toe-dragged past a defender. The Cougars gave up a third period goal to the Giants, however, and took the loss. With the win, the Giants tied the Cougars for tops in the B.C. Division, though Prince George has two games in hand.

Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Prince Albert Raiders 1
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 2-10-12, +11, 64 PIM

Saskatoon is now six points up on Kootenay for the league’s best point total.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/6/11

OHL

Guelph Storm 6 @ Oshawa Generals 5 (SO)
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
With Guelph: 7 GP, 4-5-9, -2, 4 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 31 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 18-22-40, -2, 35 PIM

Coming off a stellar individual effort at the World Junior Championships (7 goals, 9 points), Panik scored a "nifty" (per durhamregion.com) shorthanded goal in his first game back at Guelph, helping the Storm to a shootout win over Oshawa. Panik was not called upon to participate in the shootout as the first two Storm shooters scored. The win was Guelph’s third in a row and they are 7-2-1 over the past 10 games. Panik is within one point of his OHL career high of 41, set last season with Windsor and Belleville. He has already set a new career high for assists.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/4/11

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 1 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 30 GP, 5-22-27, +15, 18 PIM

Landry earned an assist on Montreal’s lone goal, scored with 14 seconds left in the game. Christopher Gibson (undrafted) stopped 37 of 38 shots for Chicoutimi.

WHL

Calgary Hitmen 0 @ Saskatoon Blades 5
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 2-10-12, +10, 64 PIM

Zahn has two points in his last three games. He’s approaching his career high of 19 points, set in 69 games during the 2007-2008 season.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/2/11

OHL

Plymouth Whalers 6 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 32 GP, 0-5-5, -6, 48 PIM

The Soo missed a chance to climb out of the West Division cellar and pass Sarnia but couldn’t beat the Whalers at home Sunday.

WHL

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 2-9-11, +8, 64 PIM

The Blades still have an 11 point lead on second place Moose Jaw for the East Division lead and a four point lead on Kootenay for the best record in the WHL.

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.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/1/11

BCHL

Penticton Vees 1 @ Vernon Vipers 3
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 39 GP, 16-33-49, 18 PIM

Penticton entered the game two points ahead of Vernon for the Interior Conference lead, but after the night was done the two teams were tied atop the standings. O’Donnell’s power play goal in the second period cut the Vipers’ lead to 2-1, but the Vees couldn’t complete the comeback. O’Donnell was named the game’s Second Star for his efforts.

USHL

Fargo Force 5 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 23 GP, 14-17-31, +17, 18 PIM

Mullin set up Colton Hargrove with the eventual game winning goal less than a minute after the Stampede had tied the game in the second period, then scored the insurance goal early in the third to lead the Force to a road win in Sioux Falls. Fargo pulled within three points of Dubuque for the Western Conference lead. Meanwhile, Mullin is within four points of the USHL scoring lead despite playing three fewer games than leader Vinny Saponari (Thrashers) of Dubuque. Saponari was kicked off the Boston University team last year with his brother and tried to transfer to Boston College but his application was denied. With his plus-1 night Saturday, Mullin leads the league in plus/minus at plus-17.

OHL

Ottawa 67’s 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 6
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 1-13-14, +12, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Win, 19 saves on 20 shots in relief
With Attack: 3 GP, 2-0-0-0, 3.20 GAA, .897 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 12-3-1-1, 3.34 GAA, .881 sv%, 1 SO

Zador entered the game to start the second period in relief of Jordan Binnington and down 4-2. He allowed one goal on 20 shots the rest of the way to help the Attack claim victory. Joey Hishon (Avalanche) had five points (2+3) for Owen Sound.

WHL

Red Deer Rebels 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 7
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-9-11, +10, 64 PIM

The Blades broke open a 2-2 game with four goals in the second and early third periods to easily dispose of Red Deer.

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.

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