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.
Oshawa Generals 5 @ Belleville Bulls 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 34 saves on 37 shots
Season: 6 GP, 4-1-1-0, 3.49 GAA, .896 sv%, 1 SO
Zador won his third straight game, defeating the division-rival Bulls in Belleville. With the win, Oshawa (5-3-2-0) climbed into a first place tie with Peterborough and Kingston in the East Division. Zador was complimented by his coach in the Oshawa Express for his good play recently (Click here to read).
Meanwhile, with Jaroslav Janus making his pro debut last night for Norfolk, his junior team in Erie lost yet again and have the leagueâ€™s fewest points at 6. Erie has been plagued by the relatively unexpected losses of Janus and center Ryan Oâ€™Reilly (2009 second round pick/33rd overall), whoâ€™s still with the Colorado Avalanche.
Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 0
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-2-8, -6, 18 PIM
Lethbridge outshot Chilliwack 31-29, but couldnâ€™t beat Bruin goaltender Lucas Gore (undrafted), who won his first game of the season.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-4-4, E, 10 PIM
Barberio assisted on the insurance goal scored on the power play late in the third period.
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 6
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 10 PIM
After winning seven to start the year, the Soo has now lost two straight. DeCoste scored his first goal of the season. He had 15 in 65 games last year.
Erie Otters 4 @ Barrie Colts 7
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-7-13, +5, 4 PIM
Hutchings has a five game point streak in which heâ€™s scored eight points. He has three goals in his last two games. Erie, who outshot Barrie 46-40, misses goalie Jaroslav Janus, who remains with the Norfolk Admirals on a tryout contract.
Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, E, 15 PIM (major for checking-from-behind, game misconduct)
Season totals: 8 GP, 6-2-8, -6, 16 PIM
Ashton was kicked out at 3:58 of the first period after a checking-from-behind major penalty. His four game goal streak was snapped.