North American Juniors Game Night: 3/8/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 1

Salmon Arm Silverbacks 3 @ Penticton Vees 1
Silverbacks lead Best of 7 series 1-0

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, 5 PIM

O’Donnell returned after missing games 2-4 of the Vees’ first round series with Quesnel, but Penticton was shocked at home in Game 1 vs. Salmon Arm, 3-1. Penticton outshot the Silverbacks 41-22, but was stymied by goaltender Kris Moore (undrafted). Game 2 is tonight (Wednesday) in Penticton.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 5 @ Kamloops Blazers 4
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 26 GP, 12-25-37, +8, 43 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 28-36-64, -4, 87 PIM

Ashton had two assists in the first period to help TC to an early 2-0 lead, but the Ams had to fight back with three third period goals, including one in the last minute, to win the game. Ashton has a four game multipoint streak going in which he’s scored 10 total points. He has 13 points in his last seven games. He was originally listed with two goals and an assist in his last game against Vancouver, but that has been changed to one goal and three assists. Ashton’s career high for goals in a season in 30.

Red Deer Rebels 7 @ Prince George Cougars 0
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 40-23-63, -7, 26 PIM

Ouch. While Red Deer is second overall in the league, losing on home ice 7-0 is embarrassing any way you cut it. The Cougars, who were once comfortably in the playoff picture, are now tied for the eighth and final spot in the West at 62 points. They do have a game in hand on Kamloops, with whom they are tied, but Seattle is at 59 points and has a game in hand on Prince George. The Cougars are 1-8-0-1 in their last 10 games and need to turn things around. As captain of his home town team, there’s no doubt Connolly doesn’t want to go out like this. Likely 2011 top-3 pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and three assists Tuesday for Red Deer.