North American Juniors

Panik at the Disco (or in Guelph)

Richard Panik scored his 23rd goal of the season Friday night for the Guelph Storm in highlight-reel fashion.


North American Juniors Game Night: 1/28/2011


Penticton Vees 2 @ Nanaimo Clippers 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 21-40-61, 22 PIM

O’Donnell has just one goal in his last three games.


Fargo Force 2 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 0
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: Did not play.
Season totals: 31 GP, 15-22-37, +18, 18 PIM

Fargo was without their leading scorer, Jimmy Mullin. Ryan Clark, a writer for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, told Bolt Prospects that Force Coach Jason Herter said Mullin “was not a healthy scratch,” but did not go into detail about an injury or how long Fargo’s leading scorer would be out. Fargo outshot Des Moines 41-19 Friday.


Sarnia Sting 2 @ Guelph Storm 6
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
With Guelph: 15 GP, 9-8-17, -5, 18 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 42 GP, 23-25-48, -5, 51 PIM

Panik’s 23rd goal of the season came on the power play. He has goals in eight of his past 11 games. Panik (pictured) has four points in his last two games.


Portland Winterhawks 2 @ Tri-City Americans 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
With Tri-City: 7 GP, 6-9-15, +5, 16 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 36 GP, 22-20-42, -7, 60 PIM

TC had a 4-0 lead heading into the third period on their way to soundly beating Portland 5-2 Friday. The Americans pulled within six points of the Winterhawks, who lead the division. Ashton extended his point streak to 10 games, dating back to his time with Regina. He has 20 points in those 10 games. His goal streak was snapped at four games. Ashton had scored in 14 of his past 19 games.

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 7
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -5, 6 PIM (hooking, roughing, goaltender interference)
Season totals: 36 GP, 27-17-44, -9, 18 PIM

This game was ugly, with several roughing, unsportsmanlike, and spearing penalties. The Cougars actually outshot the Rockets, but were never really in the game on the scoreboard, getting down 3-0 in the first six minutes. Connolly’s second game back wasn’t a good one on the scoresheet, as he was a team worst minus-5. That set a career low for him for one game. He had a minus-4 game in October 2008. He also set a career high for most penalties in one game.

Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 6
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +2, 1 PIM (delay of game)
Season totals: 49 GP, 2-13-15, +15, 102 PIM

Zahn notched his 15th point of the season after only accumulating three last season.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/27/11


Chicoutimi Sagueneens 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 0
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 41 GP, 6-19-25, +12, 26 PIM

Maxime Levesque scored his second goal of the year with under three minutes left in the third period to break a scoreless tie. Gatineau outshot the Sags 25-16.

Montreal Juniors 3 @ PEI Rocket 2 (SO)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 39 GP, 9-24-33, +18, 20 PIM

Montreal blew a 2-0 lead, but recovered to get two points out of a shootout on the island. Landry (pictured), who had an assist in the game, did not participate in the shootout.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/26/11


Penticton Vees 5 @ Cowichan Valley Capitals 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 21-40-61, 22 PIM

O’Donnell snapped a two-game scoreless streak and notched his 61st point of the season Wednesday. Those 61 points tie his career high in Junior A, set last year with the Winnipeg South Blues of the MJHL (29-32-61). O’Donnell’s goal was Penticton’s first of the game, scored on the power play early in the first period.


Fargo Force 2 @ Omaha Lancers 5
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 15-22-37, +18, 18 PIM

Fargo allowed four third period goals to fall on the road in Nebraska. The game was tied at one entering the third period before the Lancers outscored the Force 4-1 in the final stanza. Fargo is three points behind Dubuque for first in the Western Conference, with the Saints having a whopping four games in hand. Mullin has a nine point lead on Kero Tanner for the team lead in scoring despite playing six fewer games.


Montreal Juniors 1 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 38 GP, 9-23-32, +18, 20 PIM

Landry attempted two shots on goal, but neither were part of the official count. Montreal has a five point lead on Drummondville for first in the TELUS West Division with one game in hand on the Volts. The Juniors’ 73 points is tied for second-best in the league behind St. John (79).


Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 5
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 1-16-17, +16, 12 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup).
With Attack: 7 GP, 4-1-0-0, 3.67 GAA, .880 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 14-4-1-1, 3.44 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO

Schemitsch tied for the team high in plus/minus at plus-3 Wednesday. His plus-16 rating for the season is sixth best on the Attack. Garrett Wilson (Panthers) leads with plus-32.


Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Prince George 9
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 27-17-44, -4, 12 PIM

Connolly returned two weeks after spraining his MCL to lead his Cougars to a big win over Kamloops. He was expected to miss 3-6 weeks. Connolly is 10th in the WHL in goals at 27. He has eight more goals than anyone else on his team and is one point behind Nick Buonassisi for the team lead in points despite playing 12 fewer games.

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 9 PIM (delay of game, boarding, fighting vs. Adrian Van de Mosselaer)
Season totals: 48 GP, 2-11-13, +14, 100 PIM

Zahn how has a fight in four of his last five games. He hit the 100 PIM mark for the first time in two years. He had 84 PIM last year in 44 games and 160 the year before in 62 games. Blades coach Lorne Molleken earned his 500th regular season win Wednesday.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/25/11


Penticton Vees 1 @ Powell River Kings 4
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (delay of game)
Season totals: 46 GP, 20-40-60, 22 PIM

O’Donnell hasn’t scored in two games, which is an eye opener considering his strong play after the World Junior A Challenge. The Kings exacted some revenge on Penticton for beating them 4-1 last game out.


Saskatoon Blades 8 @ Calgary Hitmen 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 47 GP, 2-11-13, +12, 91 PIM

Saskatoon outscored Calgary 13-5 over the last two games. Zahn’s streak of games with a fight came to an end at three. Kings first rounder and new Blade Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist in his second game with Saskatoon. The Blades are a legitimate Memorial Cup threat.

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