North American Juniors Game Night: 10/8/10

O'Donnell has a big night ... Connolly, Ashton score ... Schemitsch a PPGer ... Zador struggles.

BCHL

Trail Smoke Eaters 4 @ Penticton Vees 6
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 2-0-2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 12 GP, 5-3-8, 6 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured) scored his second goal of the game early in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and send the Vees to victory. This was his first 2-goal game in the BCHL.

NCAA Game Night: 10/08/10

#9 Denver Pioneers 5 @ Vermont Catamounts 3
F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

Canisius Golden Griffins 5 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG

Vermont and Western Michigan each blow early 2-0 leads to drop their season openers 5-3. Both teams play again tomorrow night against the same opponents.

European Game Day: 10/7/10 and 10/8/10

10/7/10

Elitserien
Sodertalje 3 @ Djurgardens 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0, 0 SO, 3.05 GAA, .844 sv%

Pontus Sjogren improved to 4-0-0 by virtue of a 31 save performance against Djurgardens to keep Lightning prospect Riku Helenius firmly in place on the bench for Sodertalje. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll had a goal in the match for Sodertalje. Ex-Lightning prospects Josef Boumedienne and Andreas Holmqvist assisted on Djurgardens' lone goal. Sodertalje evens their record at 4-4-0 (2 OTW) and has risen to eighth on the Elitserien table.

KHL
Cherepovets 3 @ Mytischi 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-4-0, 1 SO, 2.40 GAA, .917 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin got the day off as his backup, Rostislav Stana, stayed a perfect 3-0-0 this season with a 26 save performance against Mytischi. Ex-Lightning prospect Vadim Epanchintsev had a goal in the match for Mytischi.

10/8/10

KHL
Nizhnekamsk 3 @ Kazan 0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 16:54 in Kazan's 3-0 shutout loss to Nizhnekamsk.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/6/10

QMJHL

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (goaltender interference), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 2 PIM

Janosik was credited with three hits in the game.

OHL

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 2
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 7 PIM (Instigator, fighting vs. Garrett Hooey, 10 min. misc.)
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 16 PIM

Beukeboom is still looking for his first point of the season. The Soo captain has two fights, however. Beukeboom jumped Hooey after Hooey laid an open ice check on a Soo player. As a result of Beukeboom's actions, the Soo unsuccessfully tried to kill off a seven-minute power play. The Greyhounds were outshot 40-25, including 18-5 in the second period.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Belleville Bulls 3
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 5 GP, 4-3-7, E, 7 PIM

The Bulls had an early 2-0 lead, but couldn’t make it last. Panik had his third multi-point game of the season. Panik is one point behind Andy Bathgate for the team lead in scoring.

WHL

Red Deer Rebels 6 @ Regina Pats 5 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 22 PIM (instigator, fighting x2 vs. Petrovic, Grayson, game misc.)
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, E, 31 PIM

Ashton was kicked out of the game late in the second period after his second fight. Red Deer scored three times in the third period, and once in overtime to win. Against Grayson, Ashton came to the defense of a teammate who had been checked from behind. The Pats are now 1-4-1 on the year.

Prince George Cougars 6 @ Kootenay Ice 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 0 PIM

Connolly’s point streak extended to five games as the Cougars handed Kootenay a home loss with the game's final three goals. Two of his three assists came in the third period. Connolly leads the Cougars in scoring five games into the year.

Tri-City Americans 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 5
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, +6, 11 PIM

Saskatoon outshot TC 47-27. Their five wins are tied for tops in the WHL (Red Deer).

Lightning Reduce Training Camp Roster by Four

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their training camp roster by four today, assigning forwards Chris Durno and Johan Harju, as well as goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League and releasing forward Eric Perrin from his tryout, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

(BP Note: With this latest news, it's apparent prospect Dana Tyrell has made the Lightning roster for opening night. Congratulations, Dana!)

Lightning Claim Mattias Ritola; Admirals Reassign Mitch Fadden to Everblades

Bob McKenzie of TSN is reporting the Tampa Bay Lightning has claimed prospect left winger Mattias Ritola off of waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. The 5'11" and 205 lb winger was a 2005 4th round pick of the Red Wings and has scored 41 goals and added 65 assists in 211 games for the AHL's Grand Rapid Griffins, and has one assist in 7 games for Detroit.

In other news, the Norfolk Admirals cut prospect Mitch Fadden from their training camp on Monday, reassigning the forward to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Fadden, slowed by a shoulder injury sustained during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in September, has yet to show the progress he made as a rookie in the last half of the 2009-10 season.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/3/10

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 0 PIM

Gatineau finished their weekend 2-1 with a road win over Rimouski. Janosik was credited with two hits in the game.

Victoriaville Tigres 4 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: Did not play.
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM

Canadiens first rounder and former Harvard player Louis Leblanc had 2-2-4 in the game.

OHL

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Oshawa Generals 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 32 saves on 33 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals: 4-0-0-0, 2.50 GAA, .929 sv%

Zador (pictured) has started every game so far for undefeated Oshawa. He is first in the league in wins and fourth in save percentage.

WHL

Brandon Wheat Kings 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, +4, 11 PIM

With the win, Saskatoon tied Brandon for first in the East Division at 8 points.

NCAA Game Night: 10/3/10

New Brunswick Varsity Reds 3 @ Vermont Catamounts 2 (Exhibition)
C Matt Marshall, UVM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Marshall scored with five seconds left in Catamounts' first preseason game.

Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks 2 @ Western Michigan Broncos 5 (Exhibition)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

The Broncos outshot UOIT 61-15 on their way to easily winning their preseason opener.

AHL Preseason Game Day: 10/3/10 Checkers at Admirals

With 95% of their opening night lineup in, the Admirals handled their business.

CHA-1
NOR-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 23 shots for the win.

The Admirals outshot Charlotte 39-23 in the match. Norfolk's goals were scored by Matt Fornataro, Mitch Fadden, Mark Barberio, and Juraj Simek. Mike Angelidis had assists in triplicate, with helpers also belonging to Paul Szczechura, Vladimir Mihalik, Kevin Quick, and Alex Berry.

Norfolk begins their regular season on Saturday night at Binghamton against the Senators.

Game story from norfolkadmirals.com.

KHL Game Day: 10/3/10

Kazan 2 @ Magnitogorsk 3
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM

Ex-Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala had a pair of goals to lead Magnitogorsk to a 3-2 win over Kazan. Dmitri Kazionov played 14:26 in the match. Ex-Lightning first round pick Nikita Alexeev scored a goal in the game for Kazan, his first of the season.

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