North American Juniors

World Juniors Game Night: 12/23/10

Canada 5 vs. Finland 2 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: Did not play.

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.

World Juniors Game Night: 12/21/10

Canada 4 vs. Sweden 1 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (slashing)
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (tripping)

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.

World Juniors Game Night: 12/20/10

Canada 8 vs. Switzerland 0 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM

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 Canada’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])

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/18/10

BCHL

Nanaimo Clippers 3 @ Penticton Vees 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 6 PIM (roughing, high sticking, high sticking)
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-31-46, 18 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured) followed up a rare scoreless night Friday with another multi-point night Saturday.

USHL

Sioux Falls Stampede 3 @ Fargo Force 4 (SO)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 12-15-27, +14, 16 PIM

Mullin completed a six point weekend with a goal and an assist Saturday. He also added a shootout goal as Fargo moved into third in the Western Conference.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Sarnia Sting 5 (OT)
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 29 GP, 0-5-5, -11, 44 PIM

Beukeboom notched his fifth point of the year, but the Greyhounds couldn’t earn that second point on the road.

Niagara IceDogs 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 2
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-12-13, +9, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play.
With Attack: 1 GP, 0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO
With Generals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.27 GAA, .882 sv%, 1 SO

Despite being perfect in a relief appearance Friday, Zador was back to the bench Saturday. Schemitsch was a team-worst minus-3 in the game.

WHL

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 35 GP, 2-8-10, +10, 64 PIM

Zahn tied for the team lead with a plus-2 rating Saturday night.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/17/10

BCHL

Vernon Vipers 1 @ Penticton Vees 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 36 GP, 15-29-44, 12 PIM

Penticton was outshot 40-22 in the game, and only managed two shots in the first period.

USHL

Team USA 1 @ Fargo Force 6
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 11-14-25, +13, 16 PIM

A huge night for Mullin (pictured) against the USA Development Program’s U18 team as he scored twice and led the team with eight shots on goal. The future Miami Redhawk is tied for fifth in the USHL in total points and is fourth in plus/minus.

QMJHL

Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, hooking), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 25 GP, 5-18-23, +12, 12 PIM

Montreal potted seven against Lewiston despite no points from red-hot Landry and no Louis Leblanc (Canada WJC) in the lineup. Montreal scored four times in the third period. Much-maligned Islanders pick Kirill Kabanov was scoreless in the game for Lewiston. He has seven points in 12 games with Lewiston this year after coming over from Moncton.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 44 PIM

Saginaw got revenge on the Soo for a Greyhound win over the Spirit earlier in the week.

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ London Knights 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 1-12-13, +12, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: 11 saves on 11 shots
With Attack: 1 GP, 0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO
With Generals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.27 GAA, .882 sv%, 1 SO

Zador didn’t start the game, but was perfect in relief of Attack starter Jordan Binnington. Schemitsch earned his first point in six games. He has just two assists in his last 10 contests. Schemitsch had 40 points in 62 games last season.

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-8-10, +8, 62 PIM

Zahn, whose nickname is “Bear,” is chasing his career high in points of 19, set in 2007-2008.

Of Note: Carter Ashton (Canada), Brett Connolly (Canada), Adam Janosik (Slovakia), and Richard Panik (Slovakia) are all participating in preparations for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

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