North American Juniors

Juniors Game Night: 12-5-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4

C Cameron Darcy, CB: Did not play (off team)
Season totals: 19 GP: 1-13-15, -6, 14 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

The Eagles decided they’d waited long enough for Darcy to try to find his game and dropped him from their roster. The Lightning’s seventh round pick this summer who flirted with a spot on Syracuse will now await a trade, provided Cape Breton can find a taker who has an open overage spot (three allowed per game). If a trade can’t be made, Darcy will reportedly return home to Boston. It is possible the Lightning could find a spot for him with ECHL Florida on a minor league contract, that is if they still believe Darcy has a professional career ahead of him. The Lightning liked his skill in the preseason, but returned him to juniors so he could add weight and strength. Darcy has struggled to produce, though he was Cape Breton's leading scorer last season. Darcy's lone goal this year was scored into an empty net.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Quebec Remparts 6

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 5 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 20-22-42, +19, 30 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne now has goals in 10 of his last 12 games, scoring the eventual game-winner Friday night at home vs the Armada. Erne was a threat all night, but especially on his goal-scoring shift. Playing the left point on the power play, Erne was caught back on a 2 on 1 but hit the ice to block a cross-crease pass, saving a scoring chance. He gathered the puck, rushed it up ice, then dished before taking his spot on the point. The Remparts turned the puck over, but Erne didn’t leave his spot and challenged the puck carrier, poking the puck clear and gathering it himself. He took a stride to the left wing circle and rifled a slap shot far-side for a goal, breaking a 3-3 tie. He dropped to one knee to celebrate, pumping his fist (pictured). The goal was Erne’s 20th of the season, so he’s one off last year’s total set in 23 more games.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 2 @ Sarnia Sting 5

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 7-22-29, +2, 52 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Sarnia won its sixth straight game, aided by DeAngelo’s two assists. DeAngelo has at least a point in eight of his last nine games.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Guelph Storm 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 5-8-13, -18, 43 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

In a game broadcast on NHL Network, Guelph rallied late to break a 3-3 tie and defeat the Petes, 5-3. Masin had an up-and-down game with a few giveaways, but some smart defensive play at other times. He is firmly in the Petes’ top-4 for defensemen and had several good breakout passes.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Red Deer Rebels 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 26 GP, 15-21-36, +10, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point extended his point streak to nine games with an assist.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 6

D Ben Thomas, CAL: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-11-13, +4, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas remains out with a lower body injury. He is getting close to a return.

Juniors Game Night: 12-4-14

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 8 @ Windsor Spitfires 5

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 9-5-14, -8, 34 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto scored for the third consecutive game and earned third star in a loss to the mighty Greyhounds. The Soo has separated themselves from the pack with Oshawa and Erie as league favorites.

Oshawa Generals 6 @ Peterborough Petes 0

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 5-8-13, -16, 41 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Ouch. Not a good night for the Petes, or Masin, who was a team-worst minus-4 on Thursday. Islanders first rounder Michael Dal Colle had two goals and an assist for first star honors.

Juniors Game Night: 12-3-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Quebec Remparts 5

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 4 Hits
Season totals: 24 GP, 19-21-40, +21, 30 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne continued his consistent play, scoring his 19th goal of the year as Quebec beat visiting Gatineau. Erne has scored a goal in nine of his past 12 games. The Connecticut native hit 40 points for the season with Wednesday's goal.

Lightning Sign DeAngelo to ELC

(Lightning press release)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Anthony DeAngelo to a three-year, entry level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

DeAngelo, 19, has skated in 22 games this season with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, recording seven goals and 27 points to go along with 52 penalty minutes. He ranks first for points and is second for assists (20) among all OHL defensemen. The Sewell, New Jersey native also led all OHL defensemen for points (71) and assists (56) last season.

The 5-foot-11, 173-pound defenseman has skated in 203 career OHL games, all with the Sting over four seasons, recording 37 goals and 179 points to go along with 248 penalty minutes. DeAngelo has also appeared in 10 career OHL playoff games, collecting two goals and four points.

DeAngelo was originally selected by the Lightning in the first round, 19th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia. DeAngelo was recently named to USA Hockey’s preliminary roster for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team.

BP Commentary: DeAngelo gets a contract just ahead of USA's camp, much the same as Dana Tyrell got his as he was beginning Team Canada's WJC camp in 2008. The big difference, of course, is Tyrell was signed by Brian Lawton, not Yzerman. Stevie-Y has shown a penchant for getting his first rounders under contract early in their post-draft year to take contract worries away from them.

Juniors Game Night: 11-30-14 (Plus WJC Notes)

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 8/10 FO, 2 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 19 GP: 1-13-15, -6, 14 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy had two assists for the second straight game, but the Eagles were defeated by the Armada despite limiting them to 18 shots. Cape Breton had and lost a 3-1 lead in this one.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 3 (OT)

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 23 GP, 18-21-39, +19, 28 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Leafs prospect Frederik Gauthier scored in overtime to give the Oceanic a 3-2 win over rival Quebec. Adam Erne was back on the scoresheet after having his 10-game point streak snapped last game. Erne is almost assuredly on Team USA’s WJC preliminary (and final) roster that comes out Tuesday.

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Sarnia Sting 4

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 7-20-27, +1, 52 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Sarnia won its fifth straight game, 4-3 over the Fronts. DeAngelo continues to produce from the backline; he now leads the OHL in scoring for defensemen. DeAngelo will be watching Team USA’s announcements on Tuesday to see if he made the World Juniors preliminary roster. DeAngelo was not invited to the summer camp because of character concerns.

WJC Notes: Congratulations to Brayden Point, who was named to Team Canada's WJC Development Camp later this month. Point has a good chance at making the team. There is still an outside chance Jonathan Drouin joins him there. Adam Erne is a lock for Team USA and Dominik Masin may captain the Czechs. Anthony DeAngelo is the one to watch.

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