North American Juniors
Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 2-19-21, +8, 30 PIM
After a four game point streak, Barberio has failed to hit the scoresheet in his last two games â€“ both Moncton wins.
Barrie Colts 6 @ Erie Otters 3
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-4-5, +3, 4 PIM (roughing, elbowing), *First Star*
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-20-37, +16, 22 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-2-1-0, 2.93 GAA, .915 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Hutchings (pictured) has scored in six straight games and has points in his last seven. His five point night is a career high; he had two four point games last season. He is four points off the team lead in scoring. Barrie is on a 16 game win streak. Janus dressed for the game, which is an improvement, but did not see action. Heâ€™s been battling various injuries.
Brampton Battalion 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 5 (SO)
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 26 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 8 PIM
With Sudbury: 5 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
The Wolves have won two shootout games in a row after a five game winless streak.
Belleville Bulls 3 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (SO)
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Season Totals: 26 GP, 9-7-16, +1, 26 PIM
With Bulls: 13 GP, 7-6-13, +3, 6 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 21 saves on 24 shots
Season Totals: 23 GP, 10-9-2-1, 3.23 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO
DeCoste extended his point streak to three games with his assist and remains at a point-per-game pace with Belleville since coming over from the Soo. Zador stopped 3 of 3 shooters in the shootout and hasnâ€™t had a regulation loss in six games.
Red Deer Rebels 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 27 GP, 13-13-26, -6, 52 PIM
On the night Lightning prospect Blair Jones made his return to the NHL, one of his two WHL teams, Red Deer, got a late goal to steal a road win in Lethbridge. Ashton has two points in his last six games.
No.19 Vermont Catamounts 3 @ Boston University Terriers 3
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
Vermont moves one game over .500 at 6-5-2. Former Lightning prospect Justin Courtnall did not play in the game for BU.
No.12 Alaska Nanooks 1 @ Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 16 PIM
WMU moved to 6-7-2 on the year with the upset over the Nanooks.
Ottawa 67â€™s 4 @ Belleville Bulls 3
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM (hooking), *Second Star*
Season Totals: 25 GP, 9-6-15, +2, 24 PIM
With Bulls: 12 GP, 7-5-12, +4, 4 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste now has four goals and five points in his last two games. He tied the game at three with a power play goal with just under two minutes remaining in the third period, but Ottawa came back to steal a win with a goal at 19:23.
Hockey Canada named their World Junior Championships Selection Camp roster today, and like the summer version, there was no Carter Ashton on the list. The Lightning first rounder (2009) was thought to have a shot at being named to the camp after earning a pro contract from Tampa Bay and a spot on Team WHL for the Subway Super Series, as well as producing as a power forward (13-12-25 in 26 games). While his numbers aren't mind blowing, the fact Ashton plays for a last-place club starved for high-end offensive talent makes them seem a more impressive than they appear. Ashton is on pace to obliterate his career highs of 30 goals and 20 assists he set last season.
The last Lightning prospect to play with Team Canada was Dustin Tokarski, who won gold with the Canadians last year. Dana Tyrell was also part of that team, but was injured in exhibition play and missed the tournament.