Canada 4 @ Switzerland 1
Carter Ashton, Canada, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (slashing), 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM
Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Carter Ashton assisted on a Casey Cizikas goal that was the first of three unanswered goals in Canada's 4-1 victory over Switzerland. Brayden Schenn once again led the Canadians with a pair of assists. Brett Connolly created multiple scoring chances and hit a crossbar. He played a strong game.
Slovakia 5 @ Norway 0
Richard Panik, Slovakia, 4-1-5, +3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 6-2-8, +2, 8 PIM
Adam Janosik, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 2 PIM
Slovakian captain Richard Panik had a hat trick, with two empty net goals, and a helper while fellow Lightning prospect Adam Janosik added a pair of power play helpers in Slovakia's 5-0 blitzing of Norway. Slovakian netminder Juraj Holly stopped all 37 shots he faced for the shutout. Slovakia was actually outshot 37-31 in the match.
Canada moves on to face Team USA tomorrow in their seemingly annual battle of the titans in the semifinals. Slovakia will face the Czech Republic in a backyard brawl on Tuesday to complete the relegation round slate. Slovakia will finish no worse than second in the relegation round group. Norway will be relegated and it will take a German win against Norway and a Czech loss to Slovakia for the Germans to avoid the same fate.
Slovakia 0 @ Finland 6
Richard Panik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 8 PIM
Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM
Minnesota Wild draft pick Erik Haula had a pair of goals as Finland pummelled relegation round-bound Slovakia 6-0. Lightning prospect Adam Janosik was named Slovakia's best player in the defeat. Fellow Lightning prospect Richard Panik took a minor for interference in the match.
Canada 5 @ Sweden 6 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Canada, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Thrashers draft pick Carl Klingberg had a pair of goals as Sweden upset Canada 6-5 in a shootout. Lightning prospect Carter Ashton took a minor for slashing in the match.
Slovakia will play Norway Sunday in their opening match of the relegation round. Canada awaits the outcome of tonight's games before the schedule for the medal round is set.
Norway 1 @ Canada 10
Carter Ashton, Canada, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
If you took the BoltProspects over for Canadian goals like we told you, then you had a winner winner, chicken dinner tonight in Buffalo at the WJC's. Brett Connolly assisted on goals by Casey Cizikas and likely 2011 top pick Sean Couturier in Canada's 10-1 dismantling of Norway. Ashton scored what would have been Canada's 10th goal, but it was waived off due to an apparent kick. Replays clearly showed Ashton didn't kick the puck, but the goal was not reviewed.
Panik and Janosik and the Slovakians draw El Nino and Switzerland tomorrow afternoon.
Canada 7 @ Czech Republic 2
Carter Ashton, Canada, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Brayden Schenn had 1 goal and 5 points in Canada's 7-2 spanking of the Czech Republic. Lightning prospect Carter Ashton remained on Canada's second line and recorded his first point of the tournament assisting on a Ryan Ellis goal. Brett Connolly was again one of Canada's extra forwards.
USA 6 @ Slovakia 1
Richard Panik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM
Kyle Palmieri had a pair of goals as Team USA smoked Slovakia 6-1, outshooting the Slovaks a dumbfounding 57-18 in the process. To his credit, Lightning prospect Richard Panik was not on the ice for any of the US's goals as his top line stayed clean. Going one better, top pair defenseman Adam Janosik was one of just four Slovakian players to be in the plus side in the match, although he was on the ice for a power play goal by Palmieri. Still, when you don't finish a minus in a game where your team gets spanked 6-1, you managed to do something right. Janosik also took a minor for holding in the match.
Canada draws Norway tomorrow night in their third game of the tournament. If the over-under was 9 goals for the Canadians, I'd be taking the over.
Russia 3 @ Canada 6
Carter Ashton, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Canada scored three unanswered goals in the final period to pull away from Russia 6-3. Lightning prospects Carter Ashton and Brett Connolly did not find the scoresheet for the Canadians. Ashton skated on Canada's second line with Casey Cizikas and Cody Eakin, while Connolly, who was questionable after a pre-tournament concussion, was an extra forward in the match. Canada outshot Russia 42-27 in the victory.
Canada 5 vs. Finland 2 (Pre-competition)
Canada was down 1-0 after one period and tied 2-2 after two before exploding for three goals in the third to defeat Finland in their final pre-competition match. Ashton didn't hit the scoresheet and Connolly apparently missed the game with an injury. His status for Canada's official roster named December 25 is up in the air. Canada will open tournament play December 26.
Canada 4 vs. Sweden 1 (Pre-competition)
Canada had a 2-0 lead before Sweden scored, then completed the win with two third period goals Tuesday to move to 2-0 in pre-competition play. Neither Lightning prospect earned a point. Canada plays Thursday night vs. Finland before they open tournament play December 26.
Canada 8 vs. Switzerland 0 (Pre-competition)
Canada came out firing with three first period goals and then scored four in the second period on their way to putting up a snowman in a pre-competition match against Nino Niedereiter and Switzerland. Ashton scored Canadaâ€™s final goal in the game. Connolly assisted on a Louis Leblanc goal in the second period. Canada will play Sweden on Tuesday and Finland on Thursday before opening tournament play the day after Christmas. (Pictured: No.28 Brett Connolly celebrates with his teammates after a Canada goal. [HockeyCanada photo])
Vernon Vipers 1 @ Penticton Vees 1
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 36 GP, 15-29-44, 12 PIM
Penticton was outshot 40-22 in the game, and only managed two shots in the first period.
Team USA 1 @ Fargo Force 6
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 11-14-25, +13, 16 PIM
A huge night for Mullin (pictured) against the USA Development Programâ€™s U18 team as he scored twice and led the team with eight shots on goal. The future Miami Redhawk is tied for fifth in the USHL in total points and is fourth in plus/minus.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, hooking), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 25 GP, 5-18-23, +12, 12 PIM
Montreal potted seven against Lewiston despite no points from red-hot Landry and no Louis Leblanc (Canada WJC) in the lineup. Montreal scored four times in the third period. Much-maligned Islanders pick Kirill Kabanov was scoreless in the game for Lewiston. He has seven points in 12 games with Lewiston this year after coming over from Moncton.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 44 PIM
Saginaw got revenge on the Soo for a Greyhound win over the Spirit earlier in the week.
Owen Sound Attack 1 @ London Knights 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 1-12-13, +12, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: 11 saves on 11 shots
With Attack: 1 GP, 0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO
With Generals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.27 GAA, .882 sv%, 1 SO
Zador didnâ€™t start the game, but was perfect in relief of Attack starter Jordan Binnington. Schemitsch earned his first point in six games. He has just two assists in his last 10 contests. Schemitsch had 40 points in 62 games last season.
Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-8-10, +8, 62 PIM
Zahn, whose nickname is â€œBear,â€ is chasing his career high in points of 19, set in 2007-2008.
TSN reports the final cuts for Team Canada at the upcoming 2011 World Junior Championship have been made and both Lightning first rounders Brett Connolly and Carter Ashton made the team. This is the first time two Lightning prospects have made Canada's squad. The last representative for the Lightning on Team Canada was goaltender Dustin Tokarski in 2008-2009. Tokarski was player of the game for Canada in the gold medal match against Victor Hedman and Sweden.
Ashton, taken 29th overall in 2009, currently plays for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, though he hasn't suited up for the team yet. He was traded from Regina last week. Connolly, taken sixth overall in 2010, is captain of the Prince George Cougars.
Canada will play three exhibition games beginning Monday against Switzerland, with the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship beginning December 26 in Buffalo, New York, USA.
Connolly and his morning hair appeared on TSN's video segment this morning. Watch here: http://watch.tsn.ca/international-hockey/clip389669#clip389669