Hockey Canada named their World Junior Championships Selection Camp roster today, and like the summer version, there was no Carter Ashton on the list. The Lightning first rounder (2009) was thought to have a shot at being named to the camp after earning a pro contract from Tampa Bay and a spot on Team WHL for the Subway Super Series, as well as producing as a power forward (13-12-25 in 26 games). While his numbers aren't mind blowing, the fact Ashton plays for a last-place club starved for high-end offensive talent makes them seem a more impressive than they appear. Ashton is on pace to obliterate his career highs of 30 goals and 20 assists he set last season.
The last Lightning prospect to play with Team Canada was Dustin Tokarski, who won gold with the Canadians last year. Dana Tyrell was also part of that team, but was injured in exhibition play and missed the tournament.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 2-19-21, +8, 28 PIM
Barberioâ€™s four-game point streak and streak of three two-assist games came to an end, but the Wildcats still scored a home win over Lewiston.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 1
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season Totals: 26 GP, 13-12-25, -5, 50 PIM
Lethbridge broke a six-game losing streak while ending Medicine Hatâ€™s streak of seven games without a regulation loss. Ashton will be keeping an eye on Hockey Canada today, as theyâ€™re expected to name this yearâ€™s WJC selection camp roster at noon (Eastern).
Belleville Bulls 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 2
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 23 GP, 5-5-10, +1, 22 PIM
With Bulls: 10 GP, 3-4-7, +3, 2 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
Defenseman Shawn Lalonde (Blackhawks 3/2008) scored the game winner late in the third period. DeCosteâ€™s goal briefly gave the Bulls a 2-1 lead early in the third.
Barrie Colts 5 @ Mississauga-St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (diving)
Season Totals: 26 GP, 13-16-29, +11, 16 PIM
Hutchings has scored in three straight games and has points in his last four. Barrie is on a 14-0-0-1 streak.
Erie Otters 5 @ Guelph Storm 4 (OT)
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-2-1-0, 2.93 GAA, .915 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Janus, who reportedly has been battling â€œbumps and bruisesâ€ since returning to the OHL from Norfolk, did not make the trip to Guelph. He left the Ottersâ€™ previous game in the third period with an apparent leg injury.
Peterborough Petes 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 3 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 27 GP, 7-8-15, +13, 8 PIM
Panik (pictured), who hit a post during the game, did not participate in the shootout. This was his second Third Star of the season. Windsor, the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League, has at least a point in 19 straight games (17-0-0-2).
Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (interference)
Season Totals: 22 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 8 PIM
With Sudbury: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +7, 6 PIM
Sointu made his debut for Sudbury after coming over in a trade from Ottawa earlier in the week. The CHL import is wearing No.28 with the Wolves, with whom he is expected to get more ice time.
Oshawa Generals 3 @ Ottawa 67â€™s 6
G Michael Zador, OSH: No decision, 25 saves on 28 shots (pulled briefly)
Season Totals: 19 GP, 7-10-2-0, 3.48 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO
Zador was pulled briefly in the second period, but was re-inserted into the lineup when his backup gave up three goals on 11 shots.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 3 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-12-25, -6, 46 PIM
The Hurricanes held a 2-0 lead in this game before watching that lead disappear. Ashton, Lethbridgeâ€™s fourth shooter, had his shootout attempt saved.
(Saskatoon StarPhoenix) During the next week, [Lightning 2009 first rounder] Carter Ashton will tote his Lethbridge Hurricanes hockey bag through three provinces for four games.
He'll tangle with familiar WHL foes in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Medicine Hat. But first, the 18-year-old winger has a Thursday date with the Russians in Kelowna, B.C.
"A lot of people will be watching that game," says Ashton, who'll represent Team WHL in the finale of the Subway Super Series. "It's another step towards the process (of earning an invitation to the national junior team's selection camp)."
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Barberio plays with Q All-Stars vs. Russia ... four others in action, including Sointu vs. DeCoste.