North American Juniors

Ellis Sent to Anaheim for McElhinney; Smith on Re-entry Waivers

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Curtis McElhinney from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Dan Ellis today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

McElhinney, 6-foot-2, 197 pounds, has played in 21 games with the Ducks this season, posting a 6-9-1 record with a 3.43 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage. He also has two shutouts. McElhinney has set career-highs this season for games played and wins. He recorded his first career shutout on November 10 against the New York Islanders.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/23/11


Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 1-0-1, +4, 2 PIM (hooking), 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 49 GP, 11-27-38, +25, 26 PIM

Montreal scored seven goals for the second game in a row. Landry tied for the team-high in plus/minus at plus-4 Wednesday. His 11th goal of the season gave the Juniors a 2-0 lead in the first.


Portland Winterhawks 6 @ Prince George Cougars 5
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 48 GP, 36-22-58, -5, 24 PIM

Portland completed a sweep of the Cougars in their two game series this week, winning 6-5 Wednesday night. Connolly was scoreless in both games. His fellow 2010 first rounders Ryan Johansen (Blue Jackets) and Nino Niederreiter (Islanders) combined for a goal (Johansen) and two assists (El Nino) Wednesday. Prince George is one point up on Kamloops for seventh in the West while Portland is back at No.1 in the conference.

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 7
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 3-14-17, +24, 131 PIM

Brayden Schenn (Kings) had two goals and five points for First Star honors in a win over his former team. He was also plus-5 on the night, as was his Canadian WJC teammate, Curtis Hamilton (Oilers).

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/22/11


Everett Silvertips 3 @ Tri-City Americans 2
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
With Tri-City: 19 GP, 8-16-24, -1, 37 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 24-27-51, -13, 77 PIM

The Ams lost their third in a row Tuesday. Ashton has one assist in his last four games.

Portland Winterhawks 6 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 36-22-58, -4, 22 PIM

This game featured the players taken at four, five, and six in last summer’s NHL Entry Draft. Ryan Johansen (4, Columbus - pictured) had two goals and was First Star of the game Tuesday. Nino Niederreiter (5, NYI) had an assist and four penalty minutes, and Connolly (6, Tampa Bay) did not find the scoresheet. For the season, Johansen has 32-36-68 in 50 games. El Nino has 27-21-48 in 42 games after starting the year with the Islanders.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/21/11


Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Guelph Storm 10
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

Guelph has 18 goals in their last two games – both without scoring sensation Richard Panik. Former Lightning prospect Brock Beukeboom did not play for the Soo. He remains out with a concussion. Panik is trying to get over a sprained ankle.


Spokane Chiefs 5 @ Tri-City Americans 1
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 18 GP, 8-16-24, +1, 35 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 47 GP, 24-27-51, -11, 75 PIM

TC started their two-game set with Spokane two points behind the Chiefs for third in the Western Conference and three points behind Portland for first (B.C. Division leader Kelowna is seeded second). The Ams dropped the first game – at home – to the Chiefs 6-2, then were soundly beat Monday 5-1. The loss leaves TC five points behind third place Portland and six behind Spokane, who took over the top spot from the Winterhawks.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/20/11


Penticton Vees
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-1-2, 2 PIM (roughing), *Second Star*
Final season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM

O’Donnell finished the season second on the Vees in points, goals, and assists, and led in power play points with 18. The Vees (38-17-3-2) will play Quesnel (13-38-3-6) in the first round of the BCHL Interior Conference playoffs.


Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 50 GP, 7-20-27, +10, 30 PIM

Gatineau outshot the Drakkar 43-18, but had to come from behind to win. They have already clinched a playoff spot and are within one point of Shawinigan for third in the TELUS West Division.


Oshawa Generals 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 3 (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

Owen Sound scored with a minute left in regulation to send the game to overtime, but the Attack fell in a shootout.


Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (checking from behind, holding)
Season totals: 60 GP, 3-14-17, +22, 131 PIM

Oilers second rounder Tyler Pitlick had two goals and three points to lead the Tigers to a win over the league-leading Blades.

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