North American Juniors Game Night: 1/1/11

BCHL

Penticton Vees 1 @ Vernon Vipers 3
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 39 GP, 16-33-49, 18 PIM

Penticton entered the game two points ahead of Vernon for the Interior Conference lead, but after the night was done the two teams were tied atop the standings. O’Donnell’s power play goal in the second period cut the Vipers’ lead to 2-1, but the Vees couldn’t complete the comeback. O’Donnell was named the game’s Second Star for his efforts.

USHL

Fargo Force 5 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 23 GP, 14-17-31, +17, 18 PIM

Mullin set up Colton Hargrove with the eventual game winning goal less than a minute after the Stampede had tied the game in the second period, then scored the insurance goal early in the third to lead the Force to a road win in Sioux Falls. Fargo pulled within three points of Dubuque for the Western Conference lead. Meanwhile, Mullin is within four points of the USHL scoring lead despite playing three fewer games than leader Vinny Saponari (Thrashers) of Dubuque. Saponari was kicked off the Boston University team last year with his brother and tried to transfer to Boston College but his application was denied. With his plus-1 night Saturday, Mullin leads the league in plus/minus at plus-17.

OHL

Ottawa 67’s 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 6
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 1-13-14, +12, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Win, 19 saves on 20 shots in relief
With Attack: 3 GP, 2-0-0-0, 3.20 GAA, .897 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 12-3-1-1, 3.34 GAA, .881 sv%, 1 SO

Zador entered the game to start the second period in relief of Jordan Binnington and down 4-2. He allowed one goal on 20 shots the rest of the way to help the Attack claim victory. Joey Hishon (Avalanche) had five points (2+3) for Owen Sound.

WHL

Red Deer Rebels 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 7
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-9-11, +10, 64 PIM

The Blades broke open a 2-2 game with four goals in the second and early third periods to easily dispose of Red Deer.

Of Note: Carter Ashton (Canada), Brett Connolly (Canada), Adam Janosik (Czech Republic), and Richard Panik (Slovakia) are all participating in preparations for the upcoming World Junior Championships.