North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/14/11


BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 5

Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4 @ Penticton Vees 2
Silverbacks win Best of 7 series 4-1

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, 9 PIM

Penticton’s season came to an end Monday when they lost their third game at home in their second round series to upstart goalie Kris Moore and Salmon Arm. O’Donnell had an assist on the Vees’ final goal, which was scored at the four minute mark of the third period to cut the Silverbacks’ lead to 4-2. Salmon Arm scored twice in 14 seconds early in the third period to go up 4-1. Penticton finished two points ahead of Salmon Arm in the regular season. The Silverbacks are now 8-1 in the playoffs.

O’Donnell finished second on the Vees in scoring during the regular season and represented Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge. While he missed three playoff games due to an injury sustained in a fight, he was nearly a point-per-gamer for the postseason. He’ll be donning the green of the University of North Dakota the next time we see him.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/13/11


Gatineau Olympiques 8 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 5
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 58 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 35 PIM

Janosik has three points in his last two games. Gatineau looks like they’ll be locked into the fifth seed in the league under the new playoff format, meaning they’d play the 12 seed, which right now is Chicoutimi. Teams are re-seeded after each round.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 0 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 55 GP, 11-28-39, +24, 30 PIM

The Drakkar would have squeaked this one out – if they counted B-C's shots (13) vs. Montreal’s goals (7). Montreal scored five times in the first period on 16 shots. The Juniors are now up three points on Drummondville for the TELUS West Division title, with Montreal having a game in hand. Division winners get the first three seeds of the 16 teams that make the playoffs in the Q. Teams 4-16 are then seeded by total points.


Prince George Cougars 3 @ Tri-City Americans 6
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 43-25-68, -5, 26 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 2-1-3, E, 4 PIM (high sticking, roughing), *First Star*
With Tri-City: 29 GP, 15-26-41, +8, 56 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 31-37-68, -4, 100 PIM

In a match-up of probable future linemates with the Lightning, Carter Ashton got the better of Brett Connolly in goals, points, and the win column. Ashton set a new career high with his 30th and 31st goals of the season. He also tied Connolly in points for the season and hit the 100 penalty minute mark. Not a bad night for the big guy. Connolly, meanwhile, scored his 43rd goal of the season. Connolly broke his previous career high for goals in a year 12 goals ago.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/12/11


BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 4

Penticton Vees 4 @ Salmon Arm Silverbacks 3
Silverbacks lead Best of 7 series 3-1

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-3-4, 9 PIM

Penticton staved off elimination by finally beating Silverbacks goaltender Kris Moore twice in both the first period and twice again in the second. The Vees allowed two third period goals to make a dramatic last 10 minutes of the game. After badly outshooting Salmon Arm in Games 1-3, Penticton was outshot by one in Game 4. The series now shifts to Penticton for Game 5 Monday.


Lincoln Stars 4 @ Fargo Force 7
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 19-31-50, +24, 24 PIM

Fargo got some revenge on Lincoln for shutting the Force out in their last game. Mullin’s eight shots led the team. Fargo is back in a tie for third in the West, though Sioux Falls has two games in hand on them.


London Knights 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 5
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Win, 29 saves on 31 shots, *First Star*
With Attack: 12 GP, 8-2-0-0, 3.08 GAA, .899 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-5-1-1, 3.25 GAA, .887 sv%, 1 SO

In his first game in nearly a month, Zador was named First Star for the Attack in a win over London. Zador, who normally sits backup in Owen Sound, suffered a concussion in warm-ups vs. London a few weeks ago. Schemitsch is reportedly skating again and should be back by the playoffs.


Prince George Cougars 5 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 1
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 56 GP, 42-25-67, -5, 26 PIM

The Cougars earned their second big win a row, defeated Seattle 5-1 Saturday night in Washington. Prince George beat Vancouver 8-0 on Friday night. Connolly had a goal and an assist in both games. The Cougars are up to seventh in the West, and more importantly three points up on ninth-place Kamloops with a game in hand.

Kootenay Ice 3 @ Spokane Chiefs 4 (SO)
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 51-60-111, +27, 44 PIM

Johnson has goals in four of his last five games after picking up his league-leading 51st of the year Saturday night. He hit the 60 assist and 110 point markers during the game, too. He also pulled within three points of Linden Vey for the league lead in points. Spokane let a two goal lead evaporate late and needed the shootout to win. Johnson was the first shooter for the Chiefs, but failed to convert his attempt. Spokane has clinched at least the third seed in the West.

Edmonton Oil Kings 0 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 69 GP, 3-20-23, +36, 133 PIM

Zahn has at least one assist in four of his last five games.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/10/11


Guelph Storm 2 @ Sarnia Sting 5
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: Did not play (injured – sprained ankle)
With Guelph: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 34 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 26-29-55, -6, 67 PIM

Panik remains out with a sprained ankle. He was expected to return this week.

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4 (SO)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
With Attack: 11 GP, 7-2-0-0, 3.19 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-5-1-1, 3.29 GAA, .885 sv%, 1 SO

Zador (pictured) was back on the Attack bench after missing a few games due to a concussion sustained when he took a shot to the head in warm-ups.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/9/11


BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 2

Salmon Arm Silverbacks 3 @ Penticton Vees 2
Silverbacks lead Best of 7 series 2-0

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-3-4, 5 PIM

O’Donnell had a goal and an assist, but the story of the game and the series thus far was undrafted goaltender Kris Moore of Salmon Arm. For the second straight game the Vees outshot the Silverbacks by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, but Moore, who lists former Lightning goaltender Corey Schwab as his greatest hockey influence in his player profile, made 40 saves and stole Game 2 for the underdogs. The series now heads the Silverbacks’ barn with the Vees in a big hole.


Sioux Falls Stampede 7 @ Fargo Force 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 19-29-48, +23, 24 PIM

Mullin broke a two game scoreless streak, but the Force was hammered at home in an important game, 7-2 by Sioux Falls. The teams entered the game tied for third in the Western Conference at 60 points with Sioux Falls holding a game in hand. Fargo now sits alone in fourth, one point behind Omaha.


Tri-City Americans 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 3
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM (high sticking, hooking)
With Tri-City: 27 GP, 13-25-38, +8, 47 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 56 GP, 29-36-65, -4, 91 PIM

Ashton’s streak of four games with at least two points came to an end, but he did manage his 29th goal of the season to put him within one of his career high of 30 – again. He thought he had his 29th goal two games ago, but a late scoring change took it away. Ashton’s goal Wednesday tied the game at one in Kelowna, but that’s all TC could manage. Rockets captain Tyson Barrie, son of former Lightning owner Len Barrie and once thought to be a certain draft target of the Barrie/Koules Bolts, had an assist in the game for Kelowna. The Avalanche draft pick has 54 points (10 goals) in 49 games this year.

Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 67 GP, 3-19-22, +33, 133 PIM

Zahn has quietly established a career high for points in a season at 22. His plus-33 rating is “just” 28 better than his previous career high in that category. The overager and captain of the WHL’s top team is hoping for a contract at the end of the season from the Lightning. He has five points in his last three games and is plus-11 in those three games.

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