Connolly, Brett

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.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/11/2011

BCHL

Penticton Vees 4 @ Prince George Spruce Kings 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 53 GP, 22-43-65, 24 PIM

O’Donnell had a power play assist and was given Second Star for the game. Penticton is third in the Interior Conference.

QMJHL

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 46 GP, 6-20-26, +8, 26 PIM

Gatineau built a 3-0 lead and hung on to win 4-2 after an empty net goal.

Montreal Juniors 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3 (SO)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 45 GP, 9-27-36, +18, 22 PIM

Montreal twice recovered from one-goal deficits to force overtime and eventually win in the shootout.

OHL

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: Did not play (injured - concussion)
Season Totals: 44 GP, 1-7-8, -11, 54 PIM

The Soo has won two games in a row. Beukeboom missed his third consecutive game.

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Guelph Storm 4
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
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 has points in eight of his last nine games and 11 goals in his last 18 games.

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 4 (OT)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm/wrist)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup).
With Attack: 9 GP, 6-1-0-0, 3.11 GAA, .897 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 16-4-1-1, 3.28 GAA, .885 sv%, 1 SO

Saginaw scored the game’s final three goals to win a battle between the Western Conference’s two top teams. Owen Sound has a five point lead on the Spirit.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 5 @ Portland Winterhawks 0
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (holding)
With Tri-City: 12 GP, 6-12-18, +5, 26 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 41 GP, 22-23-45, -7, 70 PIM

TC got revenge for a 7-2 thrashing by Portland in their last game by shutting out the Winterhawks in Oregon, 5-0. Ashton is within six points of his career high for points in a season, set last season in Lethbridge and Regina. TC is fourth in the West.

Prince George Cougars 7 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM (hooking), *First Star*
Season totals: 42 GP, 32-20-52, -3, 22 PIM

Connolly set a new career high for goals in a season with 32 as the Cougars snapped a three game losing streak. His goals Friday came 12 seconds apart, the first on a rebound, then after stealing a pass at center ice, he scored on a wrist shot from the right circle. Prince George sits in sixth in the Western Conference.

Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 7
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 55 GP, 3-13-16, +20, 121 PIM

Blades captain Teigan Zahn scored his third goal of the season, helping Saskatoon to their 10th win a row. The Blades lead the league point race by seven over Red Deer and have already clinched a playoff spot.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/9/11

QMJHL

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Montreal Juniors 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 44 GP, 9-27-36, +18, 22 PIM

Landry (pictured) had an assist on Montreal’s game winning goal, scored midway through the third period.

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: Did not play (injured)
Season Totals: 44 GP, 1-7-8, -11, 54 PIM

Beukeboom missed his second game in a row with a possible concussion.

WHL

Prince George Cougars 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 41 GP, 30-20-50, -5, 20 PIM

Connolly scored his 30th goal of the season, which ties his career high, but the Cougars suffered their second straight loss in Alberta. Prince George was down 4-0 heading into the third period before climbing back to 4-2. The Tigers added an empty net goal late. Connolly scored 30 in 65 games as a 16 year old two years ago.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Saskatoon Blades 6 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 2-13-15, +18, 121 PIM

Brayden Schenn (Kings) scored at 3:41 of overtime to give the Blades the win. The Warriors’ Quinton Howden (Panthers 2010 first rounder) had a hat trick for Moose Jaw, including the game tying goal - his 31st goal of the season - with just over two minutes left in regulation.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/8/11

QMJHL

Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 43 GP, 9-26-35, +18, 22 PIM

Montreal scored four times in the first period and cruised to a 5-3 win over Lewiston. Kirill Kabanov (Islanders) had a goal and an assist for Lewiston. The much-maligned former top prospect has eight goals and 19 points in 24 games this season.

OHL

Guelph Storm 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 5
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (boarding, unsportsmanlike conduct)
With Guelph: 20 GP, 10-12-22, -8, 32 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 24-29-53, -8, 65 PIM

Guelph fought back from a 4-1 deficit to make it 4-3 with just over a minute to go, but Kitchener defenseman Ryan Murphy, a likely top-10 pick in this summer’s draft, scored his second of the game and 21st of the season into an empty net to seal the win for the Rangers.

WHL

Prince George Cougars 5 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 6
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM (interference), *Second Star*
Season totals: 40 GP, 29-20-49, -4, 20 PIM

Prince George let 4-1 and 5-2 leads disappear as the Oil Kings scored four times in the third period to steal a win. Connolly’s 29th of the season opened the game’s scoring. He is within one goal and 11 points of his career highs, set as a 16 year old in 2008-2009.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/5/11

BCHL

Penticton Vees 2 @ Vernon Vipers 3
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 52 GP, 22-42-64, 24 PIM

The Vees fell to eight points behind the Vipers for first in the Interior Conference after losing 3-2 Saturday. Although the score was close, the shot count wasn’t – Vernon had 43 shots to just 15 for Penticton. The Vees are now tied with Salmon Arm for second place.

USHL

Omaha Lancers 3 @ Fargo Force 4 (SO)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference), 2 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 15-23-38, +17, 20 PIM

Fargo exacted some revenge on Omaha for the Lancers beating the Force 2-1 Friday night. Mullin had an assist in that game – his first game back from injury – but did not find the scoresheet Saturday. Mullin did not convert his shootout attempt. Fargo won the shootout 1-0 in seven rounds.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Quebec Remparts 6
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 45 GP, 6-20-26, +8, 26 PIM

Janosik (pictured) had his 20th assist of the season, which came on the power play. His career high for assists in a season is 26, set in 63 games last year.

OHL

Guelph Storm 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 5
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM (roughing)
With Guelph: 19 GP, 10-12-22, -7, 28 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 24-29-53, -7, 61 PIM
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (checking from behind)
Season totals: 43 GP, 1-18-19, +16, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup).
With Attack: 9 GP, 6-1-0-0, 3.11 GAA, .897 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 16-4-1-1, 3.28 GAA, .885 sv%, 1 SO

Schemitsch broke a three game scoreless streak with an assist on the Attack’s final goal. His career high for assists is 36, set last season in 62 games. He hasn’t had a goal since opening night, but has been solid defensively all season. Meanwhile Richard Panik extended his point streak to six games with a primary assist on Guelph’s only goal.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 2 @ Portland Winterhawks 7
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -4, 2 PIM (tripping)
With Tri-City: 11 GP, 6-11-17, +5, 24 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 22-22-44, -7, 68 PIM

TC came into the game four points behind Portland for first in the U.S. Division and ended the game in third, one point behind Spokane. Ten minutes into the first period the Winterhawks were up 3-0 and they went on to put up 54 shots and post a snowman against the Americans. This game turned ugly as there were four fights in the last minute of the game, including one after the final horn. Ashton is minus-6 in his last three games.

Kelowna Rockets 0 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 28-19-47, -7, 18 PIM

Prince George completed a two-game weekend sweep of Kelowna with a 3-0 victory Saturday. The Cougars entered the weekend nine points behind the Rockets for second in the B.C. Division. Connolly now has a three-game point streak.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 0 @ Saskatoon Blades 5
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 7 PIM (roughing, fighting vs. Neil Tarnasky)
Season totals: 53 GP, 2-13-15, +18, 121 PIM

Zahn fought Neil Tarnasky, who is the younger brother of former Lightning draft pick Nick Tarnasky. Zahn has seven fights in his last 10 games. He had four fights in his first 43 games. Brayden Schenn (Kings) had a Gordie Howe hat trick for the Blades.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/4/11

BCHL

Trail Smoke Eaters 6 @ Penticton Vees 0
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 22-42-64, 22 PIM

A tough home loss for Penticton, who allowed Trail to pull within four points of them in the Interior Conference. The Vees remain in second in the conference, six points behind Vernon.

USHL

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Fargo Force 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 15-23-38, +18, 18 PIM

Mullin returned to Fargo’s lineup after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. The Force’s leading scorer managed an assist, but Fargo couldn’t get a win over Omaha.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 4 (SO)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 44 GP, 6-19-25, +9, 26 PIM

Janosik was scoreless as the Olympiques built a 3-1 lead, then let it fade away in the third period before gaining the second point in a shootout.

Montreal Juniors 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Quebec Remparts 0
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 42 GP, 9-26-35, +18, 22 PIM

Trevor Parkes (undrafted) scored midway through the first period and the Juniors made it hold up against Patrick Roy’s Remparts.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Erie Otters 5
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 1-7-8, -11, 54 PIM

After spotting the Otters a 4-0 lead, the Greyhounds mounted a furious comeback to make it 4-3, then gave up an empty netter. Beukeboom left the game early with a possible concussion after taking an elbow to the head. The Soo captain missed several games earlier this season with a concussion. A St. Pete Times report states Brock had one before being drafted, too. Brock’s father, former NHLer Jeff Beukeboom, had his career cut short by post concussion syndrome caused by multiple head injuries throughout his NHL career – the worst of which was a sucker punch from the Kings Matt Johnson.

WHL

Spokane Chiefs 2 @ Tri-City Americans 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM (slashing)
With Tri-City: 10 GP, 6-11-17, +5, 22 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 22-22-44, -7, 66 PIM

Ashton played his 10th game with the Americans and earned his 16th and 17th points with the club. Tri-City is 8-1-1 in those 10 games. With the win, TC leapfrogged Spokane into second in the division, four points behind Portland. The Ams and Winterhawks play Saturday.

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Prince George Cougars 4
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 28-18-46, -9, 18 PIM

Connolly has six points in four games since his return from a knee injury.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/29/11

BCHL

Penticton Vees 2 @ Victoria Grizzlies 3 (OT)
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 22-40-62, 22 PIM

O’Donnell scored on the power play with seven seconds left in the second period to cut the Grizzlies’ lead to 2-1, but the Vees fell in overtime to former Lightning owner Len Barrie’s squad. Despite his reported financial troubles, Barrie is still listed as co-owner of the Grizzlies.

USHL

Fargo Force 3 @ Lincoln Stars 2 (OT)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: Did not play.
Season totals: 31 GP, 15-22-37, +18, 18 PIM

Fargo was without their leading scorer, Jimmy Mullin, for the second straight night with an undisclosed injury.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 (OT)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 42 GP, 6-19-25, +10, 26 PIM

Gatineau gave up the game tying goal with 40 seconds left in the third, then fell in overtime. Janosik was on the ice for both of those goals.

Montreal Juniors 0 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 40 GP, 9-24-33, +18, 20 PIM

Montreal gave up two third period goals to the Eagles in Sydney, both scored by Denis Kindl (2011 draft), who was traded by Montreal to Cape Breton earlier this season. Kindl had 10 goals and 22 points in 36 games with Montreal, but has exploded for 10 goals and 14 points in nine games with Cape Breton.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 0 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 1-7-8, -7, 54 PIM

The Greyhounds scored six of their goals in the final two periods.

Guelph Storm 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 7
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
With Guelph: 16 GP, 9-9-18, -6, 18 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 23-26-49, -6, 51 PIM

Guelph scored six for the second straight night, but this time they lost. Sudbury’s game-winner was scored shorthanded with two seconds left in the third period. Ouch.

Erie Otters 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 6
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 1-16-17, +15, 12 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup).
With Attack: 7 GP, 4-1-0-0, 3.67 GAA, .880 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 14-4-1-1, 3.44 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO

The Attack scored three times in the final four minutes of the game; the second was into an empty net.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 5 @ Spokane Chiefs 4
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM (tripping, roughing)
With Tri-City: 8 GP, 6-9-15, +7, 20 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 22-20-42, -5, 64 PIM

Ashton’s point streak was snapped at 10 games as he failed to hit the scoresheet for the first time as a member of the Americans. He has tripping penalties in three straight games. TC scored the game winner with just over 30 seconds left in the game.

Prince George Cougars 2 @ Everett Silvertips 4
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 28-17-45, -10, 18 PIM

Connolly responded to a bad game Friday with his 28th goal of the year Saturday, but the Cougars couldn’t beat the Tips in Everett. Connolly’s goal cut the Tips’ lead to 3-2 midway through the third period.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Swift Current Broncos 1
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 2-13-15, +14, 102 PIM

The Blades swept their home-and-home weekend series with Swift Current.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/28/2011

BCHL

Penticton Vees 2 @ Nanaimo Clippers 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 21-40-61, 22 PIM

O’Donnell has just one goal in his last three games.

USHL

Fargo Force 2 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 0
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: Did not play.
Season totals: 31 GP, 15-22-37, +18, 18 PIM

Fargo was without their leading scorer, Jimmy Mullin. Ryan Clark, a writer for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, told Bolt Prospects that Force Coach Jason Herter said Mullin “was not a healthy scratch,” but did not go into detail about an injury or how long Fargo’s leading scorer would be out. Fargo outshot Des Moines 41-19 Friday.

OHL

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Guelph Storm 6
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
With Guelph: 15 GP, 9-8-17, -5, 18 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 42 GP, 23-25-48, -5, 51 PIM

Panik’s 23rd goal of the season came on the power play. He has goals in eight of his past 11 games. Panik (pictured) has four points in his last two games.

WHL

Portland Winterhawks 2 @ Tri-City Americans 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
With Tri-City: 7 GP, 6-9-15, +5, 16 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 36 GP, 22-20-42, -7, 60 PIM

TC had a 4-0 lead heading into the third period on their way to soundly beating Portland 5-2 Friday. The Americans pulled within six points of the Winterhawks, who lead the division. Ashton extended his point streak to 10 games, dating back to his time with Regina. He has 20 points in those 10 games. His goal streak was snapped at four games. Ashton had scored in 14 of his past 19 games.

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 7
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -5, 6 PIM (hooking, roughing, goaltender interference)
Season totals: 36 GP, 27-17-44, -9, 18 PIM

This game was ugly, with several roughing, unsportsmanlike, and spearing penalties. The Cougars actually outshot the Rockets, but were never really in the game on the scoreboard, getting down 3-0 in the first six minutes. Connolly’s second game back wasn’t a good one on the scoresheet, as he was a team worst minus-5. That set a career low for him for one game. He had a minus-4 game in October 2008. He also set a career high for most penalties in one game.

Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 6
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +2, 1 PIM (delay of game)
Season totals: 49 GP, 2-13-15, +15, 102 PIM

Zahn notched his 15th point of the season after only accumulating three last season.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/26/11

BCHL

Penticton Vees 5 @ Cowichan Valley Capitals 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 21-40-61, 22 PIM

O’Donnell snapped a two-game scoreless streak and notched his 61st point of the season Wednesday. Those 61 points tie his career high in Junior A, set last year with the Winnipeg South Blues of the MJHL (29-32-61). O’Donnell’s goal was Penticton’s first of the game, scored on the power play early in the first period.

USHL

Fargo Force 2 @ Omaha Lancers 5
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 15-22-37, +18, 18 PIM

Fargo allowed four third period goals to fall on the road in Nebraska. The game was tied at one entering the third period before the Lancers outscored the Force 4-1 in the final stanza. Fargo is three points behind Dubuque for first in the Western Conference, with the Saints having a whopping four games in hand. Mullin has a nine point lead on Kero Tanner for the team lead in scoring despite playing six fewer games.

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 1 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 38 GP, 9-23-32, +18, 20 PIM

Landry attempted two shots on goal, but neither were part of the official count. Montreal has a five point lead on Drummondville for first in the TELUS West Division with one game in hand on the Volts. The Juniors’ 73 points is tied for second-best in the league behind St. John (79).

OHL

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 5
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 1-16-17, +16, 12 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup).
With Attack: 7 GP, 4-1-0-0, 3.67 GAA, .880 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 14-4-1-1, 3.44 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO

Schemitsch tied for the team high in plus/minus at plus-3 Wednesday. His plus-16 rating for the season is sixth best on the Attack. Garrett Wilson (Panthers) leads with plus-32.

WHL

Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Prince George 9
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 27-17-44, -4, 12 PIM

Connolly returned two weeks after spraining his MCL to lead his Cougars to a big win over Kamloops. He was expected to miss 3-6 weeks. Connolly is 10th in the WHL in goals at 27. He has eight more goals than anyone else on his team and is one point behind Nick Buonassisi for the team lead in points despite playing 12 fewer games.

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 9 PIM (delay of game, boarding, fighting vs. Adrian Van de Mosselaer)
Season totals: 48 GP, 2-11-13, +14, 100 PIM

Zahn how has a fight in four of his last five games. He hit the 100 PIM mark for the first time in two years. He had 84 PIM last year in 44 games and 160 the year before in 62 games. Blades coach Lorne Molleken earned his 500th regular season win Wednesday.

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