North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/31/2010


Westside Warriors 1 @ Penticton Vees 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 15-33-48, 18 PIM

O’Donnell has four points in his last two games. Both of his assists came on the power play. Penticton leads the Interior Conference by two points over Vernon.


Fargo Force 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (checking from behind), 3 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 13-16-29, +16, 18 PIM

Mullin had his five game point streak snapped, but Fargo was still able to get a road win to close out 2010. Fargo is now in second place, five points behind Dubuque, though Dubuque has three games in hand.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/30/10


Montreal Juniors 3 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4 (OT)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 29 GP, 5-21-26, +14, 16 PIM

Jarrad Struthers (undrafted) scored his 13th of the season for Rimouski in overtime. Landry started the game, but didn’t hit the scoresheet.


Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 0-5-5, -7, 46 PIM

I saw the score and thought there was a great chance Beukeboom scored his first of the year, but not yet. The Brock Beukeboom goal watch continues. A captain will always take a win over a goal, and the Soo took both games from Sudbury this week.


Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 5
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-8-10, +10, 64 PIM

The Blades completed the two-game sweep of Prince Albert Thursday with a 5-1 win. They scored four times in the first period.

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

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/29/10


Fargo Force 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 13-16-29, +16, 16 PIM

Mullin scored at 3:16 of overtime to lift the Force to a road win in division-leading Dubuque. He also added an assist on Fargo’s other goal, yet the decision makers in Iowa decided he shouldn’t be a game star. Two Saints were first and second star, respectively. Mullin has a five game point streak in which he has 10 points. He has 15 points in his last seven games.


Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 30 GP, 0-5-5, -8, 46 PIM

Beukeboom scored seven times last year, but after 30 games the Soo captain is still looking for his first goal of the season.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 8
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 1-13-14, +11, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play.
With Attack: 2 GP, 1-0-0-0, 3.95 GAA, .875 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.41 GAA, .878 sv%, 1 SO

Zador won last time out, but was back in his familiar backup role for the Attack Wednesday. The Attack put up a snowman against Barrie, paced by four points each by Joey Hishon (Avalanche) and Andrew Fritsch (2011 draft).


Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 64 PIM

Saskatoon got a late goal by Brent Benson (2011) to defeat the Raiders on the road.

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

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/28/10

Light night in the junior ranks with a healthy chunk of the Lightning's prospects participating in the U20 WJC's:

Owen Sound 7 @ Barrie 6 (SO)
Geoffrey Schemitsch, Owen Sound, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 1-13-14, +9, 6 PIM

Michael Zador, Owen Sound, Win, 31/37, 5.54 GAA, .838 sv%
Season totals: 11-3-2, 0 SO, 3.41 GAA, .878 sv%

Geoffrey Schemitsch assisted on a Liam Heelis goal in Owen Sound's 7-6 shootout victory over Barrie. Heelis is rocking the black rimmed glasses in his roster picture, proving ZZ Tops' old adage that every girl's crazy about a sharp dressed man. Michael Zador continued to lead a charmed life, stopping 3 of 4 shooters to steal the shootout win despite an abysmal .838 save percentage in the contest. Only in the Lightning organization can a man have a sub .880 save percentage and be 8 games over .500 on the season.

Montreal 3 @ Shawinigan 4 (SO)
Charles Landry, Montreal, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 5-21-26, +14, 16 PIM

Meanwhile, in the "Q", Charles Landry assisted on the final two goals of a Montreal comeback by Xavier Ouellet and David Rose to help force overtime, but the Juniors still fell 4-3 in the shootout. Shawiningan's Gabriel Girard was named the game's number one star after turning away 37 of 40 shots and 2 of 4 attempts for the shootout victory.

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.

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