Vernon Vipers 5 @ Penticton Vees 0
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 6-4-10, Even, 8 PIM
A devastating home loss to Vernon, though Penticton still leads the Interior Conference with a 12-5-0-0 record.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 1-3-4, E, 6 PIM
It was a rough plus/minus night for Janosik despite the win. He was credited with one hit in the game.
Erie Otters 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 7
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 10 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 36 PIM
An offensive explosion for the Soo, yet Beukeboom is still searching for his first point of the season. The Lightningâ€™s third round pick was named this week to Team OHL for the upcoming Canada/Russia Subway Super Series.
Belleville Bulls 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 5
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 11-7-18, +3, 15 PIM
Panik opened the gameâ€™s scoring, but the Bulls couldnâ€™t pull off the win in Michigan.
Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Sarnia Sting 7
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-5-6, +7, 2 PIM
Another quiet night on the scoresheet for Schemitsch.
Oshawa Generals 4 @ London Knights 3 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 33 saves on 36 shots
Season Totals: 6-2-0-0, 3.61 GAA, .886 sv%
A nice win for the Gens and Zador, whoâ€™s save percentage is creeping back toward .900.
Swift Current Broncos 0 @ Regina Pats 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-2-6, -6, 23 PIM
Ashton scored his fourth of the year in the third period on the power play to give the Pats an insurance goal. He has 2 goals in his last 3 games. Ashton was named this week to Team WHL for the upcoming Canada/Russia Subway Super Series.
Tri-City Americans 7 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 12 GP, 13-7-20, +4, 6 PIM
Connolly (pictured) ran his point streak to 12 games and his goal streak to 7 games with his third straight 2-goal game. Heâ€™s scored at least twice in 4 of his last 5 games. The PG captain, who was named this week for Team WHL for the Canada/Russia Subway Super Series, is alone in third in the league in goals now with 13.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 4 (SO)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-0-1, +5, 11 PIM
Coming off a rare loss, the Blades earned a shootout win over the Hurricanes after scoring twice in the third period to force the extra sessions.
PEI Rocket 2 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: Did not play.
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM
Landry still isnâ€™t back from injury, but is expected to return to the ice soon.
Plymouth Whalers 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 5
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-5-6, +7, 2 PIM
Owen Sound is ranked No.5 in the latest CHL Top-10.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 @ Regina Pats 3 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-2-5, -7, 21 PIM
Ashton was the third and final shooter for the Pats in the shootout, but he hit the post and couldnâ€™t extend the tie-breaker. Ashton is tied for sixth on the club in scoring, behind two defensemen. His minus-7 rating is tied for third worst on the team. The Regina newspaper reported this week itâ€™s not a matter of â€œif,â€ but â€œwhenâ€ and â€œwhereâ€ Ashton gets traded within the WHL, but Regina needs for him to play to his 1st round capabilities so they can maximize the return for their rebuilding effort. Regina is tied for the fewest points in the league with Kelowna at 2-7-1-1.
Brandon Wheat Kings 3 @ Prince George Cougars 5
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 11 GP, 11-7-18, +3, 4 PIM
Connolly ran his point streak to 11 games and his goal streak to 6 games with his second straight 2-goal game. Heâ€™s scored at least twice in 3 of his last 4 games. Reigning WHL and CHL Player of the Week Sena Acolatse, a right-handed, undrafted, overage defenseman, had 2 assists in the game. Acolatse has 13 points in 8 games this season with Prince George since coming over from Saskatoon.
Muskegon Lumberjacks 1 @ Fargo Force 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (hooking), 3 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-2-6, -2, 8 PIM
Mullin scored the game winner with three seconds left in regulation to give the Force a home win.
Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4 (OT)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 2 PIM
Gatineau outshot the Sagueneens 34-15, including 4-0 in overtime, but needed that extra session to win. Janosik was credited with two hits in the game. He had 35 points last year, but is off to a bit of a slow start statistically.
Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Belleville Bulls 3 (OT)
C Richard Panik, BEL: 3-0-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 10 GP, 10-7-17, +4, 13 PIM
Panik provided all the offense for the Bulls, scoring in the first, third, and again with one second left in overtime to give Belleville the win. Panik, who has three First Star awards, is tied for second in the league in goals and fourth in points.
Barrie Colts 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 7
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 2 PIM
Owen Sound boasts the leagueâ€™s top goal scorer, Garrett Wilson (Panthers 4th/09), who had two goals Saturday to give him 12 for the year â€“ two ahead of Lightning prospect Richard Panik.
Oshawa Generals 5 @ Niagara IceDogs 6
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 5-1-0-0, 3.52 GAA, .891 sv%
Zador got the night off as his backup, Kevin Bailie, stopped 22 of 28 shots in the loss.
Regina Pats 4 @ Kootenay Ice 7
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 3-2-5, -6, 21 PIM
Ashton scored for the first time in three games for the Pats, who remain the leagueâ€™s worst team at 2-7-1.
Prince George Cougars 8 @ Kamloops Blazers 1
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 10 GP, 9-7-16, +2, 4 PIM
Connolly ran his point streak to 10 games and his goal streak to 5 games (both 2nd longest streaks in the league currently). He is tied for 11th in the league in points and 5th in goals. Prince George has 20 goals in their last 3 games.
Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 0
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-0-1, +7, 11 PIM
Saskatoon is now 8-1 and one point behind league-leader Portland.
Ottawa 67â€™s 4 @ Oshawa Generals 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 22 saves on 26
Season Totals: 4-1-0-0, 3.61 GAA, .894 sv%
Zador got a confidence boost when Coach/GM Chris DePiero put him right back in net after Zador was pulled in his previous game. Zador wasnâ€™t great, however, and suffered his first (technically) loss of the year against the 67â€™s despite the Gens outshooting Ottawa 36-26. This is a crucial time for Zador, who struggled mightily with consistency last season. If he can right this quickly, it could go a long way to him getting a contract this spring. If he continues to ride the roller coaster, the uphill climb to a contract gets steeper.
Prince George Cougars 7 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 8
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 8 GP, 6-5-11, -1, 2 PIM
Connolly, who has at least a point in all 8 games this year, scored the gameâ€™s first 2 goals, but the Cougars would later blow a 6-3 third period lead in 6 minutes and eventually have to tie the game to send it to overtime. The Oil Kings won it in the extra session.
Fargo Force 2 @ Cedar Rapids Roughriders 5
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 4 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM
Mullin (pictured) had his first multipoint USHL game, though it came in a losing effort. The Miami-Ohio commit leads Fargo in goals and is tied for the points lead after three games.
Montreal Juniors 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 3 (SO)
D Charles Landry, MTL: Did not play.
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM
Landry has missed Montrealâ€™s last three games.
Belleville Bulls 4 @ Sarnia Sting 3
C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 5-5-10, +2, 11 PIM
Panik earned his second First Star of the season after a three point night. This is exactly what the Lightning want to see from Panik at the junior level â€“ lighting up the scoreboard. Panik has all the skills to be an elite forward at this level.
Brampton Battalion 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 0 PIM
Owen Sound was outshot 13-4 in the third period, but one of those shots - Cameron Brace's first OHL goal - went in for the game winner.
Prince George Cougars 5 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-5-9, -2, 2 PIM
Connolly has at least a point in all seven games this season. He scored the gameâ€™s opening goal Saturday.
O'Donnell has a big night ... Connolly, Ashton score ... Schemitsch a PPGer ... Zador struggles.
Trail Smoke Eaters 4 @ Penticton Vees 6
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 2-0-2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 12 GP, 5-3-8, 6 PIM
Oâ€™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.
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.
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 couldnâ€™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.
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
Connollyâ€™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).
Panik gets another 2 ... Mullin gets his first ... Connolly extends point streak to 4.
Ashton scores his first (and fights) ... Connolly, Schemitsch, O'Donnell with points ... Zador improves to 3-0 ... A full night of action for Lightning NAJ prospects.