Connolly, Brett

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/23/11

QMJHL

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 1-0-1, +4, 2 PIM (hooking), 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 49 GP, 11-27-38, +25, 26 PIM

Montreal scored seven goals for the second game in a row. Landry tied for the team-high in plus/minus at plus-4 Wednesday. His 11th goal of the season gave the Juniors a 2-0 lead in the first.

WHL

Portland Winterhawks 6 @ Prince George Cougars 5
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 48 GP, 36-22-58, -5, 24 PIM

Portland completed a sweep of the Cougars in their two game series this week, winning 6-5 Wednesday night. Connolly was scoreless in both games. His fellow 2010 first rounders Ryan Johansen (Blue Jackets) and Nino Niederreiter (Islanders) combined for a goal (Johansen) and two assists (El Nino) Wednesday. Prince George is one point up on Kamloops for seventh in the West while Portland is back at No.1 in the conference.

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 7
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 3-14-17, +24, 131 PIM

Brayden Schenn (Kings) had two goals and five points for First Star honors in a win over his former team. He was also plus-5 on the night, as was his Canadian WJC teammate, Curtis Hamilton (Oilers).

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/22/11

WHL

Everett Silvertips 3 @ Tri-City Americans 2
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
With Tri-City: 19 GP, 8-16-24, -1, 37 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 24-27-51, -13, 77 PIM

The Ams lost their third in a row Tuesday. Ashton has one assist in his last four games.

Portland Winterhawks 6 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 36-22-58, -4, 22 PIM

This game featured the players taken at four, five, and six in last summer’s NHL Entry Draft. Ryan Johansen (4, Columbus - pictured) had two goals and was First Star of the game Tuesday. Nino Niederreiter (5, NYI) had an assist and four penalty minutes, and Connolly (6, Tampa Bay) did not find the scoresheet. For the season, Johansen has 32-36-68 in 50 games. El Nino has 27-21-48 in 42 games after starting the year with the Islanders.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/19/11

BCHL

Quesnel Millionaires 2 @ Penticton Vees 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-1-2, 2 PIM (roughing), *Second Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM

O’Donnell has four points (three goals) in his last two games. Both his points Saturday came in the Vees’ four-goal second period.

USHL

Fargo Force 2 @ Tri-City Storm 0
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-27-42, +21, 20 PIM

Mullin had the primary assist on the Force’s second goal, helping Fargo bounce back from a tough loss to Lincoln Friday night with a shutout win over Tri-City Saturday. Mullin, a USHL all-star, hasn’t scored in seven game and 13 of his last 14. He has 10 assists in those 14 games. He led Fargo with six shots on goal Saturday night.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (checking from behind), 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 49 GP, 7-20-27, +10, 30 PIM

Gatineau outshot the Sags 31-18 but lost. Janosik (pictured) is now within two goals of his career high of nine goals set last season.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 48 GP, 10-27-37, +21, 24 PIM

David Rose (undrafted) and Nicolas Chouinard (undrafted) both had two goals for the Juniors.

OHL

Guelph Storm 3 @ Erie Otters 8
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: Did not play (injured – sprained ankle)
With Guelph: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 34 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 26-29-55, -6, 67 PIM

A snowman sighting in Erie. The Otters were up 8-1 at one point. Panik missed his third straight game with a sprained ankle. There is no timetable for his return.

Note: Owen Sound’s game with Ottawa was postponed due to weather. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, when former Red Wing Kirk Maltby will be recognized.

WHL

Spokane Chiefs 6 @ Tri-City Americans 2
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, E, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Darren Kramer)
With Tri-City: 17 GP, 8-16-24, +1, 35 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 24-27-51, -11, 75 PIM

TC came into the game two points behind Spokane for third in the Western Conference and three points behind Portland for first (B.C. Division leader Kelowna is seeded second). With their less-than-stellar home ice showing Saturday and Portland’s win, that hole got a little deeper for TC. The Ams do have two games in hand on Portland and three on Spokane, however.

Everett Silvertips 4 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 36-22-58, -4, 22 PIM

Everett took both games from Prince George in their weekend series. The Tips went up by two goals early and the Cougars played catch-up all night. Prince George is now tied for sixth in the West with Everett, three points up on eighth place Kamloops and seven up on ninth place Chilliwack.

Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Kootenay Ice 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Season totals: 59 GP, 3-14-17, +21, 127 PIM

Kings first rounder Brayden Schenn and undrafted forward Jesse Ismond both had two goals for the Blades.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/18/11

BCHL

Prince George Spruce Kings 2 @ Penticton Vees 2
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 2-0-2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 57 GP, 28-42-70, 26 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured) scored both his team's goals and hit 70 points for the season after accumulating 61 in 53 games last year with the Winnipeg South Blues of the MJHL. The game ended in a tie Friday. In the BCHL, they play five minutes of 4-on-4 hockey, then another five of 3-on-3 play if no one has scored. If the game is still tied after 10 extra minutes, the contest is finished; there is no shootout. Last season there were only seven ties in 510 BCHL games.

USHL

Fargo Force 1 @ Lincoln Stars 4
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 1 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 15-26-41, +20, 20 PIM

Mullin was named to the USHL All-Star team earlier in the day, though no actual game will take place this year.

QMJHL

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 47 GP, 10-27-37, +21, 24 PIM

Montreal won a battle of division leaders at home over the Remparts. Swedish import player Viktor Hertzberg had a goal and two assists for Montreal. He went undrafted in both 2009 and 2010.

OHL

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Guelph Storm 6
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: Did not play (injured – sprained ankle)
With Guelph: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 34 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 26-29-55, -6, 67 PIM

Panik missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle. Initial reports said he missed his last game with a knee injury. According to the Guelph Mercury, there is no timetable for his return.

WHL

Chilliwack Bruins 2 @ Tri-City Americans 6
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 16 GP, 8-15-23, +1, 30 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 24-26-50, -11, 70 PIM

Ashton’s two game goal streak came to an end. Justin Feser, undrafted in 2010, had a hat trick for TC. The Ams outshot the Bruins 51-20.

Everett Silvertips 4 @ Prince George Cougars 1
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 35-21-56, -6, 22 PIM

Prince George fell victim to the “first home game after a long road trip” lull and gave up three third period goals to the Tips in a 4-1 loss. Connolly had his five game goal streak and eight game point streak snapped.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/13/11

BCHL

Penticton Vees 4 @ Prince George Spruce Kings 3 (OT)
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-42-67, 24 PIM

The Vees gave up leads of 2-0 and 3-1, but still prevailed in overtime. Fresh off a hat trick Saturday night, O’Donnell was held off the scoresheet Sunday.

USHL

Fargo Force 6 @ Muskegon Lumberjacks 4
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 15-26-41, +21, 20 PIM

The Force scored the game’s final five goals to earn a road win.

OHL

Guelph Storm 3 @ London Knights 2
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: Did not play (injured – knee)
With Guelph: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 34 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 26-29-55, -6, 67 PIM

Panik missed the game with a knee injury. No details have been released on the severity of the injury. He scored a goal in the third period of Saturday night’s game, so if he was hurt, it happened late – or they kept him out as a precaution. It’s all speculation at this point. Guelph put up 50 shots on London Sunday, scoring three times in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and steal a win.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 6 @ Chilliwack Bruins 1
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
With Tri-City: 14 GP, 7-15-22, +2, 30 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 23-26-49, -10, 70 PIM

Ashton broke a seven game goal-less drought and notched three points, helping TC to a big win in Chilliwack.

Prince George Cougars 4 @ Red Deer Rebels 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 44 GP, 35-21-56, -6, 22 PIM

Prince George saw their 2-1 third period lead turn into a 3-2 deficit before Connolly scored with just under two minutes left in the game to tie game, and again in overtime to win it for the Cougars. Connolly is up to eighth in the league in goals scored. Undersized center Tyler Johnson of Spokane (undrafted overager) leads with 43. Possible first overall pick in 2011, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, was scoreless Sunday against the Cougars for the Rebels.

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