Ashton, Carter

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/9/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 2

Salmon Arm Silverbacks 3 @ Penticton Vees 2
Silverbacks lead Best of 7 series 2-0

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-3-4, 5 PIM

O’Donnell had a goal and an assist, but the story of the game and the series thus far was undrafted goaltender Kris Moore of Salmon Arm. For the second straight game the Vees outshot the Silverbacks by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, but Moore, who lists former Lightning goaltender Corey Schwab as his greatest hockey influence in his player profile, made 40 saves and stole Game 2 for the underdogs. The series now heads the Silverbacks’ barn with the Vees in a big hole.

USHL

Sioux Falls Stampede 7 @ Fargo Force 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 19-29-48, +23, 24 PIM

Mullin broke a two game scoreless streak, but the Force was hammered at home in an important game, 7-2 by Sioux Falls. The teams entered the game tied for third in the Western Conference at 60 points with Sioux Falls holding a game in hand. Fargo now sits alone in fourth, one point behind Omaha.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 3
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM (high sticking, hooking)
With Tri-City: 27 GP, 13-25-38, +8, 47 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 56 GP, 29-36-65, -4, 91 PIM

Ashton’s streak of four games with at least two points came to an end, but he did manage his 29th goal of the season to put him within one of his career high of 30 – again. He thought he had his 29th goal two games ago, but a late scoring change took it away. Ashton’s goal Wednesday tied the game at one in Kelowna, but that’s all TC could manage. Rockets captain Tyson Barrie, son of former Lightning owner Len Barrie and once thought to be a certain draft target of the Barrie/Koules Bolts, had an assist in the game for Kelowna. The Avalanche draft pick has 54 points (10 goals) in 49 games this year.

Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 67 GP, 3-19-22, +33, 133 PIM

Zahn has quietly established a career high for points in a season at 22. His plus-33 rating is “just” 28 better than his previous career high in that category. The overager and captain of the WHL’s top team is hoping for a contract at the end of the season from the Lightning. He has five points in his last three games and is plus-11 in those three games.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/8/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 1

Salmon Arm Silverbacks 3 @ Penticton Vees 1
Silverbacks lead Best of 7 series 1-0

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, 5 PIM

O’Donnell returned after missing games 2-4 of the Vees’ first round series with Quesnel, but Penticton was shocked at home in Game 1 vs. Salmon Arm, 3-1. Penticton outshot the Silverbacks 41-22, but was stymied by goaltender Kris Moore (undrafted). Game 2 is tonight (Wednesday) in Penticton.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 5 @ Kamloops Blazers 4
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 26 GP, 12-25-37, +8, 43 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 28-36-64, -4, 87 PIM

Ashton had two assists in the first period to help TC to an early 2-0 lead, but the Ams had to fight back with three third period goals, including one in the last minute, to win the game. Ashton has a four game multipoint streak going in which he’s scored 10 total points. He has 13 points in his last seven games. He was originally listed with two goals and an assist in his last game against Vancouver, but that has been changed to one goal and three assists. Ashton’s career high for goals in a season in 30.

Red Deer Rebels 7 @ Prince George Cougars 0
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 40-23-63, -7, 26 PIM

Ouch. While Red Deer is second overall in the league, losing on home ice 7-0 is embarrassing any way you cut it. The Cougars, who were once comfortably in the playoff picture, are now tied for the eighth and final spot in the West at 62 points. They do have a game in hand on Kamloops, with whom they are tied, but Seattle is at 59 points and has a game in hand on Prince George. The Cougars are 1-8-0-1 in their last 10 games and need to turn things around. As captain of his home town team, there’s no doubt Connolly doesn’t want to go out like this. Likely 2011 top-3 pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and three assists Tuesday for Red Deer.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/6/11

USHL

Fargo Force 2 @ Team USA 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 18-29-47, +25, 24 PIM

Mullin was scoreless for the second straight game, but the Force got the win against the USA development team. At 60 points, Fargo is tied for third in the Western Conference with Sioux Falls, who has a game in hand on Fargo. The Force is one point out of second and five points out of first, but the teams in front of them, Omaha and Dubuque, have games in hand on Fargo. The Force have 11 games left in the season.

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 (SO)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 53 GP, 11-27-38, +23, 28 PIM

Landry did not participate in the shootout, which was won 3-2 by the Foreurs. The Juniors have a four point lead on Drummondville for first in the TELUS West Division with five games to go.

OHL

Guelph Storm 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4 (SO)
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 remains out with a sprained ankle. He is expected to return this week. Guelph has clinched a playoff spot and is tied with London for seventh. The key will be to avoid top-seeded Owen Sound or Kitchener in the first round. The Storm has five games left.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 5 @ Vancouver Giants 1
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
With Tri-City: 25 GP, 13-21-34, +5, 43 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 29-32-61, -7, 87 PIM

Ashton is now within one goal of his career high for a season, set two years ago with Lethbridge in 70 games. He has already set career highs for assists and points. Sunday night Ashton scored once in the first period and again on the power play late in the third to give the Ams a big win in one of the WHL’s toughest barns. TC is clinched a playoff spot and currently sit in fourth in the West, comfortably ahead of Vancouver in fifth and well behind Spokane in third. TC has eight games left.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/4/11

USHL

Fargo Force 1 @ Youngstown Phantoms 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (interference), 6 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 18-29-47, +25, 24 PIM

Mullin was on a hot streak with five points in his last two games before getting held off the scoresheet vs. Youngstown. He led the team with six shots on goal Friday.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 (OT)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 55 GP, 7-21-28, +12, 30 PIM

Philip-Michael Devos’ 44th goal of the year was the overtime winner for Gatineau. The undrafted Quebec native leads the Q in scoring with 104 points.

OHL

Erie Otters 5 @ Guelph Storm 4 (SO)
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 remains out with a sprained ankle. He is expected to return next week.

WHL

Everett Silvertips 2 @ Tri-City Americans 3 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
With Tri-City: 24 GP, 11-20-31, +4, 43 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 53 GP, 27-31-58, -8, 87 PIM

Ashton’s 27th goal of the season gave the Ams an overtime win and gave the team a much-needed victory. Ashton has four points in his last two games.

Spokane Chiefs 5 @ Prince George Cougars 4
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 52 GP, 40-23-63, -3, 26 PIM

Connolly scored his 40th goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough as the Chiefs held on for a 5-4 win in Prince George. Connolly, who has three goals in his last two games, is tied for fifth in the league in goals despite playing 10-11 fewer games than those above him. Spokane’s Tyler Johnson (undrafted) leads with 47. Johnson had a goal Friday against the Cougars.

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 9
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 65 GP, 3-15-18, +24, 131 PIM

Zahn is within one point of his career high of 19 in a season, set in 2007-2008. Saskatoon has scored 30 goals in their past four games; 17 in their last two. Defenseman Stefan Elliott (Avalanche) scored his 29th and 30th goals of the season for the Blades.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/1/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Quarterfinals – Game 4

Penticton Vees 6 @ Quesnel Millionaires 3
Vees wins Best of 7 series 4-0

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: Did not play - injured
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-2-2, 5 PIM

O’Donnell missed games 2-4 after being First Star in Game 1. He is considered day-to-day with an “upper body injury.” He’ll get some time to rest now that the Vees have swept Quesnel.

WHL

Portland Winterhawks 6 @ Tri-City Americans 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM (slashing)
With Tri-City: 23 GP, 10-19-29, +3, 41 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP, 26-30-56, -9, 85 PIM

The Americans have now lost six of their last seven games. They were down 3-0 after 14 minutes in this one. Ashton scored with nine seconds left in the first to get the Ams within two goals, but Portland scored the game’s next three goals to take a 6-1 lead. TC regrouped and cut the ‘Hawks lead to 6-5 with three minutes left in the third, but they couldn’t complete the comeback. Islanders first rounder Nino Neiderreiter had two goals and four points for Portland.

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