Connolly, Brett

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-23-11 Panthers at Lightning

God even hates Panthers fans in preseason.

FLA-2
TB-5

Dwayne Roloson stopped 31 of 33 for the win. Hide the children and the silverware, old man Roli is back in town.

First Period
08:06 TB Ritola, (Kubina, Connolly)(PP)

Second Period
06:31 TB Shannon, (Kubina, Bergeron)(PP)
12:55 TB Shannon, (Stamkos, Clark)

Third Period
00:23 TB Ashton, (Brewer)
04:20 FLA Skille, (Robak)(PP)
16:20 FLA Repik, (Robak, Derlyuk)
18:46 TB Lecavalier, (Purcell, Hedman)

As the Lightning move a little closer to icing their opening night lineup, now reading the tea leaves gets more interesting.

Carter Ashton and Brett Connolly each got over 14 minutes of ice time, while Cory Conacher, Dana Tyrell, and Blair Jones got less, especially Jones. Connolly and Conacher remain decisive underdogs, but the battle between Ashton, Tyrell, and Jones for positioning is fascinating. Boucher knows what he has in Tyrell, and to a lesser extent Jones. For Ashton to get himself a goal and play 14+ quality minutes is a key step for him in trying to establish a comfort level with Boucher.

And, then there's the matter of Mattias Ritola, who is a different player now than when Boucher had him in the lineup the first half of last season. He got over 14 minutes and quite a bit of PK ice time. Like Ashton, for him to get a goal and play 14+ quality minutes helps establish a comfort level with the coaching staff. I'd say he was probably the big winner on the night.

Box score from NHL.com.

Lightning Sign 2010 First Round Draft Pick Brett Connolly

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed right wing Brett Connolly to a standard three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Connolly, 6-foot-2, 181 pounds, spent last season with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League, recording 46 goals, 27 assists and 73 points in 59 games played. He set WHL career-highs for goals and points while also ranking third among all WHL goal-scorers. His 15 power-play goals ranked 12th.

A native of Campbell River, British Colombia, Connolly has spent each of the past four seasons with Prince George of the WHL. Throughout his career he has amassed 86 goals and 152 points in 144 WHL games. He has also appeared in five career postseason games, registering two points.

Report: Lightning Close to Signing Top Ranked Bolt Prospect

Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News, one of the WHL and junior hockey’s most respected writers, reports Lightning 2010 first round draft pick Brett Connolly has been signed by the Bolts to a standard three-year entry level contract.

The Lightning have not announced the signing, and may not until July, according to Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) of the St. Pete Times.

Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssontrib) of the Tampa Tribune tweeted that Connolly confirmed he has agreed to a deal.

Connolly, a native of Prince George, B.C. and captain of the WHL’s Prince George Cougars, is currently in Toronto involved in an intense training program in preparation for next season.

He was drafted sixth overall by the Lightning last summer, the first draft pick of the Jeff Vinik-Steve Yzerman era in Tampa Bay. The pick was scrutinized because Connolly had missed most of the previous season due to two hip injuries.

The winger played in 59 games this year for the Cougars, missing time only due to his participation for Canada at the World Junior championships, a minor knee injury, and a late shoulder separation sustained in the playoffs.

Al Murray, former head scout for Hockey Canada and current director of amateur scouting for the Lightning, told NHL.com last week the hip injuries were ancient history.

After Connolly’s 2010-2011 season was finished Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman said the 46-goal scorer needed to get stronger to help prevent injuries.

Connolly is in Toronto to work on just that.

"He'll stay [in Toronto] for the summer; he's made a significant commitment to put himself in every position to try and make the [Lightning] and to try and do as well as he can, so with added strength and confidence, we're anxious to see what he looks like in the fall training camp, but there will be no urgency to push Brett into a roster spot," Murray told NHL.com.

Because Connolly won't be 20 until May 2012, his options are to play for the Lightning or return to the WHL in the fall. He cannot play in the American Hockey League.

Connolly, who had 73 points in his 59 games last season, retained his spot as the Lightning’s top prospect in our recently released 2010-2011 Final Rankings.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/30/11

[b][i]QMJHL[/b][/i] [b]QMJHL First Round [/b] [b] No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ No. 12 Rimouski Oceanic 3 (OT)[/b] [i]Gatineau leads best of seven series 3-1[/i] [i]D [b][url=/adam-janosik]Adam Janosik[/url][/b], GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit[/i] Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 4 PIM Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2011) scored his third goal of the series at 5:41 of overtime to lift Gatineau to a Game 4 win over Rimouski. Game 5 is Friday in Gatineau. [b] No.2 Montreal Juniors 4 @ No.15 Halifax Mooseheads 2 [/b] [i]Montreal wins best of seven series 4-0[/i] [i]D [b][url=/charles-landry]Charles Landry[/url][/b], MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, checking from behind), 3 SOG, 0 Hits[/i] Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, +6, 8 PIM Montreal made quick work of the Mooseheads, sweeping them in four games. Landry finished the series plus-6. The top four teams in the Q all swept their opponents, as did No.11 seed Victoriaville, who swept the Titan 4-0. In this new format, all teams are re-seeded in the second round, so the Juniors will play the second-lowest seed to come out; likely No.8 Lewiston, who is up 3-1 on Moncton. [i][b]WHL[/b][/i] [b]Western Conference Quarterfinals[/b] [b] No.4 Tri-City Americans 5 @ No.5 Vancouver Giants 1[/b] [i] Tri-City wins best of seven series 4-0[/i] [i]RW [b][url=/carter-ashton]Carter Ashton[/url][/b], TC: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM[/i] Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 2 PIM Carter Ashton scored his second game winning goal of the series as the Americans made a clean sweep of the Giants in their conference quarterfinal series. Vancouver, needing a win to stay alive, only registered 18 shots in the game as they went out with a whimper. Ashton’s goal came in the late first period on the power play. [b]Western Conference Quarterfinals [/b] [b] No.2 Kelowna Rockets 4 @ No.7 Prince George Cougars 2 [/b] [i] Kelowna wins best of seven series 4-0[/i] [i]RW [b][url=/brett-connolly]Brett Connolly[/url][/b], PG: Did not play (injured - shoulder) [/i] Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM The Cougars outshot the Rockets for the second straight game, but without their captain, leading scorer, and star player Brett Connolly, they couldn’t put the puck in the net enough and now are done for the year. Connolly missed all but half of a period in the series due to a shoulder separation. If he’s healthy, he can join the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL since Prince George is finished, but that’s a big “if” and Lightning GM Steve Yzerman may not want him rushing back into play to risk further injury. Despite missing a couple weeks with a knee injury, it was a successful year for Connolly, who flirted with 50 goals and played for Team Canada at the World Junior Tournament. Yzerman told the Tampa Tribune recently Connolly must get stronger if he is to play at the NHL level. Next year Connolly will either be back in Prince George or in Tampa with the Lightning as he cannot begin a season in the AHL until 2012, after he turns 20. [b]Western Conference Quarterfinals[/b] [b]No.7 Chilliwack Bruins 4 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3 (OT) [/b] [i] Spokane leads best of seven series 2-1[/i] [i]C [b][url=/tyler-johnson]Tyler Johnson[/url][/b], SPO: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM [/i] Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM Johnson had a goal and an assist, but was knocked out of the game in the second period after being elbowed by Chilliwack’s Tyler Stahl (pictured – Spokesman Review photo). Spokane had just scored to go up 3-0 when the incident occurred. Johnson, who had an assist on the goal being scored when the hit took place, is listed as questionable for Game 4. Stahl was given a major penalty and game misconduct and now faces a possible suspension. The Bruins scored the game’s next four goals. Kevin Sundher (Sabres) had both the game tying and overtime winning goals for the Bruins. Game 4 is Thursday in Spokane. The series is following a 2-3-1-1-1 format. [b]Eastern Conference Quarterfinals[/b] [b] No.1 Saskatoon Blades 3 @ No.8 Prince Albert Raiders 6[/b] [i] Saskatoon leads best of seven series 2-1[/i] [i]D [b][url=/teigan-zahn]Teigan Zahn[/url][/b], SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM[/i] Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2 +1, 2 PIM The Raiders came out flying, outshooting the Blades 22-6 in the first period, but needed a three goal third period to beat the WHL’s best team 6-3. Zahn was scoreless after his First Star award and two assists in Game 2. Brandon Herrod (undrafted) had two goals and was First Star for the Raiders. Game 4 is Thursday in Prince Albert.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/29/11

QMJHL

QMJHL First Round

No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ No.12 Rimouski Oceanic 7
Gatineau leads best of seven series 2-1

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM (hooking, slashing), 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 4 PIM

Janosik’s sixth career playoff goal wasn’t enough as Rimouski got back in the series with a big home win over Gatineau. Game 4 is Wednesday in the former home of Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, and Sidney Crosby.

No.2 Montreal Juniors 2 @ No.15 Halifax Mooseheads 0
Montreal leads best of seven series 3-0

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (interference), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +5, 4 PIM

Trevor Parkes (undrafted) broke a scoreless tie with just over a minute left in the game and Rapael Pouliot (undrafted) scored into an empty net 47 seconds later to give the Juniors a 2-0 win and commanding 3-0 series lead. Landry’s plus-5 rating is tied for second on the club in the playoffs. Game 4 is Wednesday in Halifax.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.8 London Knights 3 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 5
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 2-1

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO

He’s back! Geoffrey Schemitsch (pictured) played his first game since breaking his arm February 10. He did not register a point, but helped the Attack to an important Game 3 home win over upset-minded London. Game 4 is Thursday in London.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.4 Tri-City Americans 4 @ No.5 Vancouver Giants 0
Tri-City leads best of seven series 3-0

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM

The Ams scored once in the late second period and three more times in the third period to beat the Giants in Vancouver 4-0 and take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Ashton hasn’t registered a point since scoring the winner in overtime in Game 1. Game 4 is Wednesday in B.C.

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.2 Kelowna Rockets 7 @ No.7 Prince George Cougars 6
Kelowna leads best of seven series 3-0

RW Brett Connolly, PG: Did not play (injured - shoulder)
Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Prince George put up a good fight, outshooting Kelowna 41-29, but didn’t get the goaltending they needed and fell 7-6. Connolly, who is publicly considered day-to-day with an upper body injury (shoulder separation), has not played since the opening period of Game 1. His season and possibly junior career is now potentially one game away from being over. (Note: His junior career would be over if he made the Lightning next season. He is not eligible to begin a season in the AHL until 2012. He could join AHL Norfolk – if healthy – this season when the Cougars are finished).

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/26/11

USHL

Fargo Force 3 @ Tri-City Storm 0
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 20-33-53, +26, 24 PIM

Mullin had five points in his last three games coming into Saturday night’s game, but he’s probably fine “only” walking away with a much-needed win.

QMJHL

QMJHL First Round – Game 2

No.12 Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 3 (OT)
Gatineau leads best of seven series 2-0

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM

Janosik (pictured) had a power play assist in the first period. Gatineau led 2-0 before allowing two third period goals to the Oceanic. Tye McGinn (Flyers) scored in overtime for the Olympiques. Game 3 is Tuesday in Rimouski.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2

No.1 Owen Sound Attack 1 @ No.8 London Knights 5
Best of seven series tied 1-1

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO

Top-seeded Owen Sound is a Game 1 overtime goal away from being down 2-0 to eighth-seeded London. The Knights scored three second period goals and Michael Houser (2011) stopped 52 shots in the win. Game 3 is Tuesday in Owen Sound.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Tri-City Americans 5
Tri-City leads best of seven series 2-0

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

TC held their one goal lead throughout the third period to win the game and take a 2-0 series lead. Emotions ran high as there was a full line brawl, including goalies, when the final horn sounded. Game 3 is Tuesday in Vancouver.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2

No.7 Prince George Cougars 4 @ No.2 Kelowna Rockets 7
Kelowna leads best of seven series 2-0

RW Brett Connolly, PG: Did not play (injured - shoulder)
Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Connolly left Game 1 in the first period with an apparent shoulder injury. He did not dress for Game 2. The Tampa Tribune reported Connolly has a shoulder separation, but Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he was unsure how long Connolly would be out. PG had a 4-2 lead in Game 2 before Kelowna exploded for the game’s final five goals, including four in the third period. Game 3 is Tuesday in Prince George.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2

Spokane Chiefs 5 @ Chilliwack Bruins 0
Spokane leads best of seven series 2-0

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

Johnson didn’t hit the scoresheet but that didn’t hold the Chiefs back as they won big in Chilliwack, 5-0. Game 3 is Wednesday in Spokane. The series will follow a 2-3-1-1-1 format.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 8
Saskatoon leads best of seven series 1-0

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM

Saskatoon had no problem with the Raiders in Game 1, winning handily, 8-1. Matej Stransky (2011) had a goal and three assists for the Blades. Game 2 is Sunday.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/25/11

QMJHL

QMJHL First Round – Game 1

No. 12 Rimouski Oceanic 0 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 6
Gatineau leads best of seven series 1-0

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Rimouski actually outshot Gatineau 25-22. Janosik earned his eighth career playoff point with an assist. He had five goals and two assists in nine games for Gatineau last postseason.

QMJHL First Round – Game 2

No.15 Halifax Mooseheads 0 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 6
Montreal leads best of seven series 2-0

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +4, 2 PIM

Landry was scoreless as Montreal put a beating on Halifax in Quebec. Game 3 is Tuesday in Nova Scotia.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.7 Guelph Storm 2 @ No.2 Saginaw Spirit 3
Saginaw leads best of seven series 1-0

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Guelph had a 2-1 lead entering the third period on the road but gave up two goals in the middle of the final stanza to drop Game 1, 3-2. Game 2 is Sunday in Guelph. Panik was on the ice for the game winner.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.8 London Knights 2 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3 (OT)
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 1-0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO

As expected, Jordan Binnington got the start for the Attack. Panthers prospect Garrett Wilson scored the overtime winner, his second of the game for Owen Sound. Game 2 is Sunday in London. Schemitsch is listed as day-to-day.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.5 Vancouver Giants 1 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 2 (OT)
Tri-City leads best of seven series 1-0

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ashton scored on the power play with just 2.2 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Ams a Game 1 win over the Giants. He threw the puck at the net from the corner and it banked in off Vancouver goaltender Mark Segal (undrafted), who stopped 44 shots in the loss. TC outshot Vancouver 27-9 in the third period. Game 2 is Saturday in Washington. This was only Ashton’s second career playoff goal. He had one in 11 games two years ago for Lethbridge and none in 19 games for Lethbridge the year before that. It’s safe to say he’s improved a lot since then. (TC Americans photo)

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.7 Prince George Cougars 1 @ No.2 Kelowna Rockets 4
Kelowna leads best of seven series 1-0

RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Connolly, the Cougars’ captain, left the game early with an apparent shoulder injury after being hit by Rockets forward Mitchell Callahan. PG is calling it an "upper body injury" and not giving details, which is not a surprise at this time of the year. Kelowna scored three times in the third period to take Game 1. Game 2 is Saturday in Kelowna.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.3 Spokane Chiefs 3 @ No.6 Chilliwack Bruins 2 (OT)
Spokane leads best of seven series 1-0

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

Johnson scored the game-tying goal in the third period then earned an assist on Darren Kramer’s (undrafted) overtime winner as the Chiefs took Game 1 in Chilliwack, 3-2. Kramer had two goals in the game after only scoring seven times during the season. Spokane peppered Chilliwack goaltender Lucas Gore (undrafted) with 63 shots, including 23 in the second period. Game 2 is Saturday in Chilliwack because of a women’s basketball tournament in Spokane. The series will go 2-3-1-1-1. Johnson’s goal was his 14th career playoff score.

CHL Final Regular Season Stats

A look at each Tampa Bay Lightning prospect in the Canadian Hockey League now that the regular seasons are over for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and the Western Hockey League. This year's totals are compared with last year's.

C Tyler Johnson, Spokane Chiefs, WHL
2011 Free Agent Signee

Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
2009-10: 64 GP, 36-34-71, +14, 32 PIM

RW Brett Connolly, Prince George Cougars, WHL
2010 First Round Draft Pick

Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM
2009-10: 16 GP, 10-9-19, -3, 8 PIM

RW Carter Ashton, Tri-City Americans, WHL
2009 First Round Draft Pick

Season Totals (Regina, TC): 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
2009-10 (Lethbridge, Regina): 65 GP, 24-27-51, -13, 109 PIM

C/W Richard Panik, Guelph Storm, OHL
2009 Second Round Draft Pick

Season Totals (Belleville, Guelph): 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
2009-10 (Windsor, Belleville): 60 GP, 21-20-42, +3, 55 PIM

D Charles Landry, Montreal Juniors, QMJHL
2010 Free Agent Signee

Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
2009-10 (Volts): 68 GP, 6-24-30, +40, 41 PIM

D Adam Janosik, Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL
2010 Third Round Draft Pick

Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
2009-10: 63 GP, 9-26-35, +14, 45 PIM

D Teigan Zahn, Saskatoon Blades, WHL
2010 Seventh Round Draft Pick

Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
2009-10: 44 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 84 PIM

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, Owen Sound Attack, OHL
2010 Fourth Round Draft Pick

Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
2009-10: 62 GP, 4-36-40, +1, 24 PIM

G Michael Zador, Owen Sound Attack, OHL
2009 Fifth Round Draft Pick

Season Totals (Oshawa, Owen Sound): 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
2009-10 (Oshawa): 49 GP, 14-28-2-1, 4.15 GAA, .884 sv%, 2 SO

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/19/11

USHL

Tri-City Storm 3 @ Fargo Force 4 (SO)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 20-34-54, +26, 24 PIM

Mullin had two helpers in regulation then scored in the shootout to help Fargo to a win at home. Both of Mullin’s assists came in the third period – the last shorthanded – as Fargo mounted a comeback on the Storm. The Force improved to 13-10-3 at home; they’re 18-9-1 on the road. They remain tied for third in the West, one point behind Omaha. Tri-City is in the Western Conference cellar.

OHL

Guelph Storm 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 3
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-0-1, +2, 6 PIM (boarding double minor, high sticking)
With Guelph: 24 GP, 13-12-25, -6, 42 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM

Panik scored his first goal since returning Friday from a sprained ankle. Guelph, who is now done for the regular season, clinched the Western Conference’s seventh seed and avoided playing top-ranked Owen Sound in the first round. They’ll face Saginaw, who won the West Division. Panik set career highs for goals, assists, points, and PIM.

London Knights 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 6
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
With Attack: 13 GP, 9-2-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .900 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 1 SO

Zador sat out as Jordan Binnington got his second straight start as top-seeded Owen Sound wanted to get their No.1 going again before the playoffs. With the Attack’s regular season over, it’s unlikely Zador will see much - if any - ice time in the post-season. Schemitsch is could be back when Owen Sound faces London in the first round.

WHL

Chilliwack Bruins 4 @ Tri-City Americans 6
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 70 GP, 52-61-113, +26, 48 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 32 GP, 17-27-44, +8, 62 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 61 GP, 33-38-71, -4, 106 PIM

TC finally got the better of Spokane after the Chiefs had beat the Americans five straight times. They also broke the Chiefs' 10 game win streak. Johnson broke a personal two game scoreless streak with his 112th and 113th points of the year. His 52nd goal of the year put him one ahead of Chilliwack’s Ryan Howse (Flames) for the league goal scoring title. Howse is out of games and Johnson’s lead on everyone else is secure. He has one game left and is two points behind Medicine Hat’s Linden Vey (Kings) for the league scoring title and Bob Clarke Trophy. Spokane plays at Portland Sunday; Vey is out of games. Spokane has clinched the three seed. Ashton, meanwhile, scored his 33rd goal of the year Saturday night. He has 17 points in his last 10 games. The Americans, who have clinched the four seed, will play either Chilliwack or Vancouver in the first round depending if the Giants win Sunday.

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Prince George Cougars 5
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM

Connolly extended his point streak to five games with a three point night in the final game of Prince George’s regular season. He has 10 points in those five games. The Cougars will play second-seeded Kelowna, the B.C. Division champion, in the first round. By winning Saturday PG avoided the eighth seed and playing powerhouse Portland. Kelowna had the fourth most points in the conference. After all the talk about Connolly’s durability he played under a microscope of sorts during the season. And while he did miss two weeks with a knee sprain (he was expected to miss a month), he proved to be every bit the offensive weapon he was expected to be when the Lightning chose him sixth overall last summer. His other games missed were due to his inclusion on the Canadian WJC squad. He set career highs for goals and points this year.

Regina Pats 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM

Saskatoon completed their regular season with a win over Regina. Zahn set career highs for games, assists, points, and plus/minus. The Blades captain hopes to raise the Ed Chynoweth Cup at the end of the playoffs as Saskatoon is the clear favorites going into the post-season as the league points champion.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/18/11

USHL

Tri-City Storm 1 @ Fargo Force 3
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 20-32-52, +26, 24 PIM

The Storm outshot the Force 35-22 but Mullin’s two points helped Fargo to a 3-1 win. Mullin is tied for ninth in the league in points and fourth in plus/minus.

QMJHL

Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 59 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 35 PIM

Janosik had three points in his last two games coming into Friday night’s contest.

Montreal Juniors 3 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM

Landry hit the 40-point mark with one game to go in his regular season. Montreal clinched the league’s second-seed with the win. They will play 15 seeded Halifax in the first round.

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Guelph Storm 2
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
With Attack: 13 GP, 9-2-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .900 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 1 SO
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
With Guelph: 23 GP, 12-12-24, -8, 36 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 26-29-55, -8, 69 PIM

Panik played his first game since February 11 when he suffered a sprained ankle. He’s back for the Storm just in time for the playoffs. Guelph is still in seventh in the West, though eighth place London is two points behind with a game in hand. The eighth place finisher meets top-seeded Owen Sound in the first round. Zador was back on the bench for Owen Sound after starting two games this week and winning them both. Schemitsch is expected back for the Attack’s playoff opener.

WHL

Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Tri-City Americans 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
With Tri-City: 31 GP, 16-26-42, +8, 62 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 60 GP, 32-37-69, -4, 106 PIM

Ashton now has 15 points (7 goals) in March (9 games).

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 2
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 45-25-70, -4, 26 PIM

Connolly (pictured) scored twice in the first period to spark Prince George to a 2-0 lead, but Kamloops fought their way back to tie the game and send it to overtime. Connolly failed to convert his shootout attempt. With the win, the Cougars eliminated Kamloops from playoff contention. PG is still hanging on to the eighth spot in the West.

Seattle Thunderbirds 0 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 69 GP, 51-60-111, +26, 48 PIM

Johnson went scoreless for the second straight game, which normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but he’s trying to catch Medicine Hat’s Linden Vey for the league scoring title. Vey leads by three points. Spokane put up 34 shots on Seattle a game after they peppered Chilliwack goaltender Lucas Gore with 78 shots. Only one went in as the Chiefs beat the Bruins 2-1 in a shootout. Johnson earned three awards, including the Chiefs Player of the Year honor, in a pre-game ceremony on Friday night on the Chiefs Coca-Cola Regular Season Finale. Johnson was named the Chiefs Player of the Year in a pre-game ceremony, and also given the team's Humanitarian of the Year award for the third straight season and the Ken Rabel Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Regina Pats 2 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 71 GP, 3-21-24, +39, 133 PIM

Zahn earned the only assist on Brayden Schenn’s overtime winner for Saskatoon. Though Zahn has 133 penalty minutes on the year, he has only two in his last 11 games. The captain will need to stay out of the box in what looks to be a long Saskatoon playoff run.

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