North American Juniors

NA Juniors Game Night: 11/21/10


Prince George Spruce Kings 1 @ Penticton Vees 10
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 3-1-4, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 12-16-28, 8 PIM

It was a good day for the Fighting Sioux Sunday as O’Donnell notched his first BCHL hat trick (and an assist), while fellow North Dakota commit Mark MacMillian had a hatter plus 2 assists for First Star honors in a Vees win. Penticton scored 7 times in the second period, including O’Donnell’s 3. MacMillian was chosen by Montreal in the fourth round of this past summer’s draft. He’s a native of Penticton.


Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 24 GP, 2-8-10, +5, 16 PIM

Janosik has 5 assists in his last 7 games. B-C hasn't won in 25 games (0-19-3-3).


Barrie Colts 4 @ Oshawa Generals 7
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 22 saves on 26 shots.
Season Totals: 16 GP, 9-3-1-1, 3.41 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO

Despite the win, which is obviously the priority, Zador’s GAA and save percentage numbers actually got worse. At this point, however, the only way Zador will regain his No.1 position is to keep getting victories. His partner in net, Kevin Bailie, is 4-2-1-1 with a 2.60 GAA and .899 save percentage.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/20/10


Fargo Force 8 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 3
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-6-12, +7, 10 PIM

Fargo is now in full force after the WJACs, putting up 8 goals on 25 shots in Waterloo Saturday night. Mullin’s goal, his sixth of the year, was scored shorthanded into an empty net in the 13th minute of the third period – a period in which Waterloo didn’t have a goalie for most of it. Fargo was up 5-1 in the 11th minute when Waterloo went on the power play. They pulled their goalie and scored, making it 5-2, then did it again for a 5 on 3 immediately after and scored again, making it 5-3. Mullin scored into the empty net in the 13th minute, then Fargo scored 2 more empty netters, in the 15th and 18th minute while Waterloo had extra attackers. The game also featured a line brawl where all 10 players were ejected with 5 minutes to go. Old time hockey! (except without 2 goalies)


Montreal Juniors 4 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3
D Charles Landry, MTL: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 15 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 2 PIM

Landry (pictured with Volts) scored his first goal of the year to give the Juniors a 3-2 lead late in the second period, then added the game winner with 2:01 remaining. He has really come on offensively as of late.


Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 (OT)
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 22 GP, 0-2-2, -10, 40 PIM

Windsor defenseman Ryan Ellis (Predators) scored his second of the game in overtime to lead the Spits to a win. Ellis had 2 goals and 2 assists in the game.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Belleville Bulls 6
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 24 GP, 13-15-28, -2, 31 PIM

Panik exploded after a recent slump with a 4-point night. Teammate Luke Judson (undrafted) had 2+2 for First Star.

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 2
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, but it’s turning into week-to-week.


Regina Pats 3 @ Chilliwack Bruins 2 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 13-8-21, -9, 36 PIM

Ashton now has goals in 6 of his last 7 games. No 3 stars were listed in the game report. Ashton did not convert his shootout attempt for Regina, who are on a little 1-0-1 streak and have tied Prince Albert for second last in their division.

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Prince George Cougars 1 (OT)
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 18-10-28, -5, 6 PIM

That’s two home games in a row the Cougars have dropped to last-place Kelowna. Actually, with the win Kelowna jumped into a tie with PG in points and one ahead of Kamloops. Connolly is starting to heat up again; he has 3 goals in his last 2 games, and 4 in 3 if you count the Canada-Russia Super Series. Len Barrie’s son, Tyson, had 2 assists for the Rockets.

Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-5-7, +6, 43 PIM

Blades captain Teigan Zahn scored his second of the year. He didn’t score at all last year, but has a career-high of 5, set 2 seasons ago. His plus-6 rating is currently a career high.

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.

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