North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/19/10


Penticton Vees 2 @ Salmon Arm Silverbacks 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 9-15-24, 8 PIM

O’Donnell earned the only assist on the Vees’ game winner scored midway through the third period.


Fargo Force 3 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 11 GP, 5-6-11, +4, 10 PIM

Fargo got Mullin and four of his teammates back from Team USA and beat the Stampede. Fargo had fallen into last place in their conference without those five players.


Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, 11, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 23 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 16 PIM

Gatineau scored the game’s final 3 goals to win.

Montreal Juniors 3 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 14 GP, 0-7-7, +7, 2 PIM

Landry is still looking for his first goal of the year, but continues to rack up assists since returning from an injury.


Brampton Battalion 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhouds 3 (SO)
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 0-2-2, -10, 40 PIM

Beukeboom, the Soo’s captain, fell to minus-10 on the year, the worst mark on the club. He’s 19th on the club in points. The SSM press has been calling for the firing of Soo coach Denny Lambert, so this was a welcomed win.

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 5
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 12-12-24, -4, 31 PIM

Ottawa had a 5-0 lead before the Bulls hit the scoresheet.

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 1
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play.
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

Schemitsch is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Erie Otters 3 @ Oshawa Generals 10
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 15 GP, 8-3-1-1, 3.37 GAA, .881 sv%, 1 SO

Rangers pick Christian Thomas, son of Lightning Player Development Consultant Steve Thomas, had a hat trick and 3 assists for the Gens.


Regina Pats 4 @ Vancouver Giants 5 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 22 GP, 12-7-19, -9, 36 PIM

Ashton has goals in 5 of his last 6 games; 6 out of 7 if you count the Canada-Russia Super Series. WHL leading scorer Craig Cunningham (Bruins) (24 GP, 8-33-41) had just an assist in the game.

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Prince George Cougars 2
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 17-10-27, -6, 6 PIM

Connolly scored both his team’s goals, but the Cougars dropped a home game to last-place Kelowna. The Rockets are now just one point behind PG in the B.C. Division. This was Connolly’s first 2-goal game in nearly a month. He is 18th in the WHL in points.

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Kootenay Ice 1
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (tripping, delay of game)
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-5-6, +5, 43 PIM

Saskatoon was outshot 40-23.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/18/10


Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ Quebec Remparts 6
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 22 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 16 PIM

Patrick Roy’s Remparts scored the game’s final four goals for a comeback win over Gatineau. Janosik had 35 points in 63 games last year, plus 7 in 10 playoff games (5 goals), but is off to a quiet start this season with 8 in 22.


Team WHL 2 vs. Team Russia 5
RW Brett Connolly, WHL: 1-0-1, 0 PIM

Russia finish the six-game Canada-Russia Subway Superseries with a 4-1-1 record versus the CHL for their first series win in the eight-year history of the event. They had won just two games in the series – in 2004 and ’07 – prior to this year. Lightning prospect Brett Connolly, playing in front of his home crowd, scored for the WHL. At that time, however, the Dub was already down 4-0 in the third period. Calvin Pickard (Avalanche) of the Seattle Thunderbirds stopped 19 of 23 shots in a losing cause for Team WHL.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/17/10


Trail Smoke Eaters 3 @ Penticton Vees 6
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-14-23, 8 PIM

O’Donnell earned Second Star for the second straight game and now has 5 points in 2 games since playing for Canada West at the WJACs. After a slow start, he’s up to a point-per-game pace for the Vees.


Belleville Bulls 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 8
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM (holding stick)
Season totals: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -2, 31 PIM
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play.
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

Panik is still more than a point-per-gamer, even though he has “just” 7 points in his last 12 games. Schemitsch missed his third game due to an “upper body injury.” He’s listed as day-to-day. Belleville had leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 in this game before the Attack exploded for a snowman.


Team WHL 6 vs. Team Russia 7 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, WHL: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (slashing)

The WHL scored the game’s first 3 goals, but allowed its last 3 and eventually lost in a shootout. Russia is now 3-2 in the Canada-Russia Subway Super Series after sweeping the Q and being swept in Ontario. Omsk’s Sergei Kalinin (1+2, undrafted) was player of the game for Russia, while Prince Albert’s Brandon Herrod (1+0, undrafted) won the WHL’s award. Lightning prospect Brett Connolly will serve as an alternate captain for the WHL in their final game against Russia in Connolly’s hometown of Prince George on Thursday. He didn’t play in Wednesday’s game in Kamloops. Ashton, who scored the game's first goal in Wednesday's game, will not play in Prince George.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/17/10


Penticton Vees 4 @ Salmon Arm Silverbacks 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-2-3, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 9-11-19, 8 PIM

O’Donnell’s first game back from his time with Canada West in the World Junior A Challenge was a good one for him personally, as he scored once and added two assists, but the Vees fell on the road to Salmon Arm, 5-4. O’Donnell’s goal, scored with six seconds left in the second period, tied the game at 3 for Penticton. All his points came in the second period. O’Donnell is now second on the Vees in scoring, eight points behind left-handed defenseman Joey Laleggia, who was passed over in the 2010 draft. Laleggia, listed at 5’10”, is headed to the University of Denver next year. Laleggia was the first-ever B.C. Major Midget league hockey player to receive a verbal scholarship commitment to play hockey for an NCAA Div.1 school at 15-years-old, and actually committed to New Hampshire. UNH and LeLeggia agreed to go in separate directions this summer, reportedly.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/15/10


Team OHL 2 vs. Team Russia 1 (SO)
D Brock Beukeboom, OHL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

The OHL completed their 2-game sweep of Russia in the Canada-Russia Subway Superseries Monday night with a shootout win. Russia had gone 2-0 vs. the QMJHL. Beukeboom was scoreless for the OHL, but had at least one big hit in the game.


Brandon Wheat Kings 5 @ Regina Pats 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 11-7-18, -10, 34 PIM

Ashton’s goal scoring streak ended at 4 games as the Pats, despite fighting back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, fell to the Wheat Kings. Regina sits alone in last in the East Division, one point behind Prince Albert. They’re tied with Edmonton for second-last in the league, six points up on the once mighty Calgary Hitmen.

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