Ashton, Carter

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/13/11

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 8 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 5
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 58 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 35 PIM

Janosik has three points in his last two games. Gatineau looks like they’ll be locked into the fifth seed in the league under the new playoff format, meaning they’d play the 12 seed, which right now is Chicoutimi. Teams are re-seeded after each round.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 0 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 55 GP, 11-28-39, +24, 30 PIM

The Drakkar would have squeaked this one out – if they counted B-C's shots (13) vs. Montreal’s goals (7). Montreal scored five times in the first period on 16 shots. The Juniors are now up three points on Drummondville for the TELUS West Division title, with Montreal having a game in hand. Division winners get the first three seeds of the 16 teams that make the playoffs in the Q. Teams 4-16 are then seeded by total points.

WHL

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Tri-City Americans 6
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 43-25-68, -5, 26 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 2-1-3, E, 4 PIM (high sticking, roughing), *First Star*
With Tri-City: 29 GP, 15-26-41, +8, 56 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 31-37-68, -4, 100 PIM

In a match-up of probable future linemates with the Lightning, Carter Ashton got the better of Brett Connolly in goals, points, and the win column. Ashton set a new career high with his 30th and 31st goals of the season. He also tied Connolly in points for the season and hit the 100 penalty minute mark. Not a bad night for the big guy. Connolly, meanwhile, scored his 43rd goal of the season. Connolly broke his previous career high for goals in a year 12 goals ago.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/11/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 3

Penticton Vees 1 @ Salmon Arm Silverbacks 2 (OT)
Silverbacks lead Best of 7 series 3-0

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 4 PIM (roughing, high sticking), *Third Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-3-4, 9 PIM

This is getting ridiculous. Penticton outshot Salmon Arm badly for the third straight game, this time 52-19, but was still set back by undrafted goaltender Kris Moore. The Vees put up 20 shots in both the second and third periods. Moore has been First Star in all three games of the series. Not only was the 20-year-old goaltender undrafted, he is not listed as a commitment to any NCAA school. Game 4 is Saturday on the Silverbacks’ home rink. Though O’Donnell didn’t score, he was named Third Star on the road.

USHL

Lincoln Stars 3 @ Fargo Force 0
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 19-29-48, +23, 24 PIM

Fargo outshot Lincoln 32-24, but couldn’t put one past 20-year-old goaltender Ryan Massa (undrafted). Lincoln is just five points behind Fargo for fourth in the West, with the Stars holding two games in hand.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 6 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Cole Hawes), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 7-22-29, +13, 35 PIM

Janosik had three fights last season, but this was his first this year.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Montreal Juniors 2 (OT)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 54 GP, 11-27-38, +22, 28 PIM

The Volts scored twice within four minutes of the end of regulation and again in overtime to steal a win in Montreal. Landry was not on the ice for the overtime winner, but was on the ice for both of Drummondville’s third period goals (one on the power play).

OHL

London Knights 1 @ Guelph Storm 5
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 was expected to return this week.

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 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 dress
With Attack: 11 GP, 7-2-0-0, 3.19 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-5-1-1, 3.29 GAA, .885 sv%, 1 SO

Zador was back on the Attack bench Thursday night, but did not dress out Friday for the Attack. He missed several games with a concussion prior to Thursday. Schemitsch is reportedly skating again and should be back by the playoffs.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 1 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Tanner Mort)
With Tri-City: 28 GP, 13-25-38, +8, 52 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 57 GP, 29-36-65, -4, 96 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 66 GP, 50-59-109, +28, 44 PIM

Not long ago TC was battling Spokane for second in the division. Five straight wins over TC later and the Chiefs are 10 points ahead of the Americans. This was Johnson’s “debut” as a Lightning prospect after signing an NHL Entry Level Contract on Monday. He promptly went out and hit 50 goals for the season, which leads the WHL and is 14 more than his previous career high. Johnson (pictured) is within five points of Medicine Hat’s Linden Vey for the league scoring title. This was Ashton’s sixth fight of the year and third against Spokane. It was the first time he fought Mort. Ashton had his five-game point streak come to an end.

Prince George Cougars 8 @ Vancouver Giants 0
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 55 GP, 42-24-64, -6, 26 PIM

One game after losing 7-0 at home to Red Deer, the Cougars stepped up and crushed the Giants in Vancouver. Connolly continues to raise his career highs for goals and points. He is six assists away from tying his career high in that category.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 4 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 68 GP, 3-19-22, +34, 133 PIM

Zahn’s high three-game point streak came to an end in an overtime loss to Brandon. It was the second longest streak of his career after a four-game streak he had earlier this season. The Blades have already clinched the league’s top record.

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.

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