Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT:0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 2-12-14, +5, 22 PIM
Moncton played their first game since October 29 thanks to a flu-cancelled game against Montreal and a long layoff. The Wildcats lost the shootout 2-1 after leading 1-0 at the completion of round 1.
Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, tripping)
Season Totals: 19 GP, 10-12-22, -5, 38 PIM
Ashton extended his point streak to seven games with his 10th goal of the season as the Hurricanes beat first place Calgary 3-2. Lethbridge was 0-7 on the power play compared to Calgaryâ€™s 2-5. The Hurricanes, who won their third game in a row, climbed out of the cellar with the win and now stand at 8-11-2-0 on the year, 14 points behind Calgary in the Central Division.
Peterborough Petes 4 @ Belleville Bulls 3 (SO)
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 14 GP, 3-1-4, -1, 20 PIM
With Bulls: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste scored the game's opening goal on the power play in his first game as a Bull, but Belleville couldnâ€™t hang on to 2-0 and 3-2 leads and get a win. The Bulls lost the shootout 2-0 and now stand at 6-11-1-1 on the year, two points ahead of Ottawa for fourth in the East Division. DeCoste, who scored when he banged home a rebound off his own shot, now has a two game goal streak and three game point streak.
Barrie Colts 6 @ Owen Sound Attack 1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 18 GP, 9-10-19, +6, 10 PIM
Hutchingsâ€™ ninth goal of the season broke a mini two-game scoreless streak. He finished October with 13 points in 13 games (6-7-13).
Everett Silvertips 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 16 GP, 9-11-20, -4, 28 PIM
Ashton (pictured) extended his point streak to five games with two primary assists Wednesday night. He has 10 points in those five games, but surprisingly for him, just two goals. Heâ€™s already nearing his career high for assists in a season, set last year at 20. He also had 30 goals and 50 points in 70 games last year.
Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Barrie Colts 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 17 GP, 8-10-18, +6, 8 PIM
Barrie leads the Eastern Conference with 25 points at 12-4-0-1.
Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 5 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 17 GP, 4-7-11, +13, 6 PIM
Panik shot second in the shootout, but hit the post. It was the second straight shootout loss for the defending Memorial Cup champs, though they still lead the league in points at 13-3-0-3.
Brandon Wheat Kings 5 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-3-3, +2, 4 PIM (hooking, roughing), *Third Star*
Season Totals: 15 GP, 9-9-18, -5, 28 PIM
Ashton (pictured) has a four game point streak in which he has eight points. Brandon scored the game winner with 13 seconds left in the game. Lethbridge remains in a tie for last in the Eastern Conference at 5-11-2-0.
Windsor Spitfires 7 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM (goaltender interference)
Season Totals: 16 GP, 4-7-11, +13, 6 PIM
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 20 PIM
Panikâ€™s linemate, Eric Wellwood (Flyers), had four goals in the game. DeCoste notched his first assist of the season in the loss.
Barrie Colts 7 @ Guelph Storm 5
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 16 GP, 8-10-18, +7, 8 PIM
Hutchings failed to register a point in a game for the fifth time this season.
Brampton Battalion 4 @ Ottawa 67â€™s 7
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 4 PIM
A big win for Ottawa. Sointu has been nursing a sore foot caused by a blocked shot.
Seattle Thunderbirds 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 9-6-15, -7, 24 PIM
Ashton extended his point streak to three games, albeit in a bad loss to last place Seattle. Lethbridge found themselves down 4-1 entering the third period, but despite a 15-2 shot advantage in the period couldnâ€™t come all the way back.
Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste remained in the lineup for two straight games, but failed to manage a point for the Soo in their win against rival Sudbury. SSM sits in second in the West Division with a 9-6-0-1 record, six points behind division leader Windsor. They are 3-6-0-1 in their last 10 games.
WHL Note: Carter Ashton and Lethbridge received some good news this week when the Anaheim Ducks returned defenseman Luca Sbisa to the junior club. Lethbridge recently climbed out of the Central Division cellar, but has a lackluster 5-9-2-0 record thus far.