Ashton, Carter

CHL Game Night: 10/10

QMJHL

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.

OHL

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 he’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.

WHL

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.

CHL Game Night: 10/9

[b][i]OHL[/b][/i] [b] Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Guelph Storm 2[/b] [i]RW [b][url=/kyle-decoste]Kyle DeCoste[/url][/b], SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM [/i] Season totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 8 PIM After winning seven to start the year, DeCoste and Sault Ste Marie took their first loss of the season Friday night. DeCoste is still trying to find that illusive first point of the season. [b] Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Ottawa 67’s 1[/b] [i]LW [b][url=/matias-sointu]Matais Sointu[/url][/b], OTT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM [/i] Season totals: 9 GP, 2-3-5, +5, 2 PIM Ottawa failed to move out of last in the East Division, losing to the team that finished there last season. [b] Erie Otters 0 @ Oshawa Generals 3[/b] [i]G [b][url=/michael-zador]Michael Zador[/url][/b], OSH: Win, 37 saves on 37 shots, Shutout, *First Star*[/i] Season: 4 GP, 2-1-1-0, 4.02 GAA, 8.86 sv%, 1 SO Now that’s how you reclaim the No.1 goaltender spot. After sitting for four games, Zador (pictured) finally got the nod for Oshawa and was stellar in a 37-save shutout - especially early. He dropped his GAA a full goal and a half with the effort. It was his first career shutout in 33 OHL games. [b]WHL[/b] [b] Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 [/b] [i]RW [b][url=/carter-ashton]Carter Ashton[/url][/b], LET: 1-2-3*[/i] Season totals: 7 GP, 6-2-8, -9, 11 PIM* Lethbridge won their third straight game, scoring four third period goals to beat former Lightning prospect Torrie Jung and Edmonton. Carter’s goal was scored in highlight-reel fashion when he “swooped through the Oil Kings' crease, out-waited Jung, and then slid the puck low to make it 3-1 (Lethbridge Herald).” This was the ‘Canes home opener after starting the year with eight straight road games (2-6). Ashton has scored in four straight games. *Final official stats not yet available on whl.ca.

CHL Game Night: 10/3

Ashton has five goals in his last three games ... The Soo keeps rolling ... Hutchings vs. Sointu.

CHL Game Night: 10/2

QMJHL

Rimouski Oceanic 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 4
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 4 PIM

The Wildcats squandered a 3-0 lead, but scored on a penalty shot with no time left on the clock in the third period to win. Barberio’s assist came on the power play.

OHL

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: Did not play (suspended).
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 6 PIM

Make that six wins in a row to start the season for the (formerly last place) Soo. DeCoste served the second game of his two game suspension for abuse of an official.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Ottawa 67’s 4
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 2 PIM

Ottawa scored three unanswered goals in the third period to steal the win from the defending league champs. Panik’s assist came on the power play.

WHL

Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ Prince George Cougars 2
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 2-0-2, -1, 2 PIM (tripping), *First Star*
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-0-3, -10, 11 PIM

Ashton celebrated his NHL contract with a First Star effort, leading Lethbridge to their first win of the season. Both of Ashton’s points came on the power play.

Bolts Ink Oates and Ashton

On the eve of the Tampa Bay Lightning 2009-10 season opener in Atlanta Saturday night, General Manager Brian Lawton continues his contract-happy week by inking 2009 1st round draft pick Carter Ashton to a three-year entry level contract. Following a strong training camp, Ashton was returned to his WHL junior team in Lethbridge last weekend, and is expected to play the balance of the 2009-10 season with the Hurricanes.

Lawton also signed former NHL All-Star Adam Oates to a contract as a Lightning assistant coach under Rick Tocchet. Oates, widely regarded as one of the all-time best set up players, has been working with the Lightning coaching staff and team during training camp as an unpaid assistant and and advisor. During the exhibition season, under Oates' guidance, the Lightning power play has shown marked improvement over last season featuring a top unit comprised of Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, Ryan Malone, and Kurtis Foster.

Lawton may not be done with his signing spree following Thursday's signing of Mitch Fritz and today's inkings, as 2009 6th round pick Jaroslav Janus is rumored to be the next target of Lawton's pen. Lawton has stated that Janus had a strong training camp and is trying to get an entry-level deal done with his agent. Meanwhile the Slovakian netminder has not been returned to his OHL junior team in Erie and continues to practice with the Norfolk Admirals squad as an unsigned player.

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