North American Juniors

WJC Game Night: 12:26-09

USA 7 vs. Slovakia 3
C Richard Panik, SLO: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

Slovakia held a brief 2-0 lead early, and Panik's goal in the late second cut USA's lead to 4-3, but the floodgates opened from there. Panik's goal came on a tap-in from the side of the USA net. This is his second U-20 World Junior Championship (WJC). Last year he had two goals and five points in what was considered by many to be a disappointing showing throughout seven tournament games. Previous to that he had 10 points (four goals) in six games at the 2008 U-18 WJC and two assists in six games at the 2007 U-18 WJC. Slovakia next plays Sunday vs. Latvia, who lost 16-0 to Canada in their opener.

WJC Exhibition Game Night: 12-22-09

Canada 3 vs. Finland 0 (Exhibition)
LW Matais Sointu, FIN: 0-0-0

Finland made their exhibition debut in preparation for the 2010 World Junior Championships, but went scoreless against a strong Canada squad led by Richard Panik's teammate, Taylor Hall (1 goal), and Carter Ashton's teammate, Jordan Eberle (2 assists). Sointu played for Finland in the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championships, where he scored three goals in six games.

CHL Game Night: 12-20-09

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 8 @ Oshawa Generals 1
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 33 saves on 39 shots, pulled in third period
Season Totals: 26 GP, 11-11-2-1, 3.33 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO

Zador started the game, but was pulled after allowing his sixth goal against. Kevin Bailie finished the game, allowing two goals on eight shots. After a seven-game win streak, Oshawa has lost two of its past three games.

Note: The QMJHL and WHL are both off until the 27th for Christmas break. The OHL is off until the 28th. Bolt Prospects will provide updates from our two World Junior Championship participants, Matias Sointu (Finland) and Richard Panik (Slovakia), throughout the holiday tournament.

CHL Game Night: 12-19-09

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Barrie Colts 5
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 34 GP, 21-22-43, +25, 24 PIM

Two streaks fell and one continued as Barrie edged Sudbury 5-4. Hutchings’ 11-game point streak came to an end, as did Sointu’s three-game point streak. Barrie’s 21-game winning streak lives. Hutchings streak was the fifth-longest point streak in the OHL this season.

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3 @ Erie Otters 1
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 30 saves on 33 shots
Season Totals: 11 GP, 6-4-1-0, 2.96 GAA, .913 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus lost for the first time in three games. He has a 3.02 GAA and a .909 save percentage in December (2-2).

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Sarnia Sting 2
C Richard Panik, WSR: Did not play (WJC camp).
Season Totals: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

Oshawa Generals 6 @ Owen Sound Attack 5
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 25 GP, 11-10-2-1, 3.20 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 SO

Zador’s backup, Kevin Bailie, got the nod in net for Oshawa.

CHL Game Night: 12-18-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 3-22-25, +12, 34 PIM

Moncton had their seven-game win streak broken by the Eagles when rookie Brad Cuzner scored with half a period to go in the game. Moncton had just scored twice in the early third period to tie the game at two. Cuzner’s goal came less than a minute after the tying marker. Barberio’s plus-12 rating is two better than any other Wildcat.

OHL

Barrie Colts 10 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 21-22-43, +23, 22 PIM

Hutchings (pictured) extended his point streak to 11 games as the Colts hit double digits and won their 20th in a row. Unofficially, this was Hutchings fifth First Star award. He has 20 points in his 11-game point streak.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Erie Otters 5
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 5-9-14, +1, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 9 GP, 2-2-4, -4, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 15 saves on 19 shots
Season Totals: 10 GP, 6-3-1-0, 2.95 GAA, .913 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

This wasn’t Janus’ best game, but he earned his second straight win. Sointu now has points in three straight games.

Plymouth Whalers 3 @ Oshawa Generals 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 29 saves on 31 shots
Season Totals: 25 GP, 11-10-2-1, 3.20 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 SO

Plymouth was led by two Team Canada (WJC) cuts, Tyler Seguin (2 assists) and Matt Hackett (34 saves). Zador performed well after sitting for Oshawa’s last two games. Oshawa had won seven straight.

WHL

Regina Pats 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 3
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 32 GP, 14-16-30, -11, 62 PIM
With Regina: 5 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 10 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina has lost its last six games. Ashton has points in four of his five games with the Pats and is on a four game point streak despite the Pats only scoring five goals in that span.

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