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.
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 6
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 20 PIM
DeCoste was back in the lineup again after missing Saturday nightâ€™s game.
Belleville Bulls 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 6
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 14 GP, 4-4-8, +11, 4 PIM
Panik has registered an assist in two straight games.
Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Ottawa 67â€™s 2
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 4 PIM
Ottawa is struggling at 3-9-2-1 and is tied for last in the division (and league) with Belleville with nine points.
Sarnia Sting 6 @ Oshawa Generals 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 26 saves on 32 shots
Season: 10 GP, 6-3-1-0, 3.19 GAA, .897 sv%, 1 SO
After winning four straight games, Zador has lost his last two. Sarnia scored five unanswered goals to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 win, including four in the third period alone.
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 2-1-3, -1, 4 PIM (high sticking, hooking), *Second Star*
Season totals: 14 GP, 9-5-14, -6, 24 PIM
Ashton scored his second goal of the game early in the third period on the power play to pull the Hurricanes to within one at 4-3. Later heâ€™d set up linemate Carter Bancks for the game winner.
Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Montreal Junior 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1,+1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-10-11, +1, 18 PIM
Barberio set up the tie-breaking goal while on the power play in the second period. The Wildcats scored an insurance goal late in the second and held on for the win. Barberio has points in five of his last six games. Barberio is tied for 10th in the league among defenseman in scoring. Monctonâ€™s three-headed defensive monster of Barberio, David Savard (Blue Jackets) and Brandon Gormley (2010) all have 11 points or more.
Portland Winterhawks 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (boarding)
Season totals: 13 GP, 7-4-11, -5, 20 PIM
Lethbridge has dropped four in a row, this one to perennial basement dweller turned powerhouse Portland. The Winterhawks lead the Western Conference (you read that right) with 20 points. Theyâ€™re tied with Calgary for the WHL lead in points after finishing last in their conference the last three seasons. Ashton assisted on the tying goal for the Hurricanes, but they fell in overtime.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 7-3-10, -5, 18 PIM
Lethbridge has dropped three in a row and sits in last in the Eastern Conference at 4-9-0-1. Ashton, who is scoreless in two, started on a line with Mitch Maxwell (WHL rookie) and Carter Bancks (undrafted). Ashton is first on the team in goals and third in points.
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ St. John Sea Dogs 3 (OT)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-9-10, E, 14 PIM
Barberioâ€™s four game points streak came to an end in a loss to provincial rival St. John.
Oshawa Generals 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 2 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots, *Third Star*
Season: 8 GP, 6-1-1-0, 2.98 GAA, .903 sv%, 1 SO
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: Did not play.
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 16 PIM
Zador won his fifth straight start when he went 3 for 3 in the shootout to beat the Soo. Heâ€™s now dropped his GAA from near 6 to under 3. The Greyhounds have lost five straight, but at least they earned a point in this one. No official news as to why DeCoste â€“ who has been struggling despite being expected this year to bring offensive leadership - was scratched.
Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 0
C Richard Panik, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 11 GP, 4-2-6, +8, 2 PIM
Panikâ€™s short three game scoreless streak came to an end when he scored in the first period. Playing on a line with likely 2010 first overall pick Taylor Hall and Devils third rounder Adam Henrique, it should be just a matter of time for Panik to explode offensively.
Ottawa 67â€™s 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 2
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: Did not play.
Season totals: 11 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 4 PIM
Ottawa broke their seven game winless streak, but Sointu remains out of the lineup.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Regina Pats 4
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 7-3-10, -4, 18 PIM
Oilers super prospect Jordan Eberle scored twice for the Pats.