North American Juniors
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Brampton Battalion 5
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 18 PIM (Checking-from-behind , fighting vs. Barclay Goodrow, checking-from-behind , fighting vs. Sean Jones)
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 34 PIM
The Soo lost their sixth game in a row, being outshot by Brampton 41-22 in the process. Beukeboom had his third and fourth fights of the year. You certainly like to see passion from the captain, but two double minors for checking-from-behind is over the line. Beukeboom didnâ€™t fare too well in his first fight (click for hockeyfights.com video) and his second wasnâ€™t much of a contest before the linesmen came in.
Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Barrie Colts 2
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 2 PIM
Schemitsch hasnâ€™t had a point in a few games, but the team is winning and is tied with Kitchener for the Mid-West Division lead at 6-1.
Quesnel Millionaires 2 @ Penticton Vees 6
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 15 GP, 6-4-10, 8 PIM
Oâ€™Donnell earned a power play assist in the Veesâ€™ route of Quesnel.
Niagara IceDogs 5 @ Belleville Bulls 4
C Richard Panik, BEL: 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM (Tripping), *Second Star*
Season Totals: 8 GP, 7-6-13, +2, 13 PIM
Panik had three points for the second consecutive game, but the Bulls gave up two late goals to see a win slip away. Panik is tied for fourth in the OHL in points with 13, three behind leaders Greg McKegg (Erie, Maple Leafs), Ryan Strome (Niagara, 2011), and Ryan Murphy (Kitchener, 2011). Panik is also tied for fourth in goals, one behind leaders Christian Thomas (Oshawa, Rangers), Alex Aleardi (Plymouth, undrafted), and McKegg.
Penticton Vees 2 @ Westside Warriors 1 (OT)
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 12 GP, 5-3-8, 6 PIM
Oâ€™Donnell was scoreless coming off a 2-goal game, but he and the Vees will take the road victory.
Kootenay Ice 2 @ Regina Pats 0
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 7 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 21 PIM
Regina is a league-worst 1-6-1-0 so far this year, and for a team with Jordan Weal and Ashton, that shouldnâ€™t be happening. They managed only 14 shots on goal â€“ at home â€“ on Tuesday. Then again, this was a team that had Jordan Eberle last year and greatly faltered. After scoring 30 two years ago, Ashton fell to 24 goals last year, and with only 2 after 7 games, he canâ€™t be happy with his (or the teamâ€™s) production so far, especially considering he had such a good Lightning camp and exhibition season.
Ottawa 67â€™s 4 @ Oshawa Generals 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 22 saves on 26
Season Totals: 4-1-0-0, 3.61 GAA, .894 sv%
Zador got a confidence boost when Coach/GM Chris DePiero put him right back in net after Zador was pulled in his previous game. Zador wasnâ€™t great, however, and suffered his first (technically) loss of the year against the 67â€™s despite the Gens outshooting Ottawa 36-26. This is a crucial time for Zador, who struggled mightily with consistency last season. If he can right this quickly, it could go a long way to him getting a contract this spring. If he continues to ride the roller coaster, the uphill climb to a contract gets steeper.
Prince George Cougars 7 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 8
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 8 GP, 6-5-11, -1, 2 PIM
Connolly, who has at least a point in all 8 games this year, scored the gameâ€™s first 2 goals, but the Cougars would later blow a 6-3 third period lead in 6 minutes and eventually have to tie the game to send it to overtime. The Oil Kings won it in the extra session.