Ashton, Carter

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/15/11

BCHL

Penticton Vees 6 @ Langley Chiefs 5 (OT)
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 2-2-4, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 43 GP, 19-40-59, 20 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured) remains on fire since his time with Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge, this time accumulating four points in a come-from-behind overtime win for the Vees.

QMJHL

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 37 GP, 6-15-21, +10, 20 PIM

Janosik didn’t hit the scoresheet but registered a strong plus-3 rating for the Olympiques. Tye McGill (Flyers 4th, 2010) had a hat trick and was plus-5 for Gatineau.

OHL

Guelph Storm 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 3
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (high sticking)
With Guelph: 11 GP, 7-5-12, -5, 14 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 31 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 21-22-43, -5, 45 PIM
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 1-14-15, +12, 10 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup).
With Attack: 4 GP, 2-1-0-0, 4.08 GAA, .867 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 12-4-1-1, 3.47 GAA, .877 sv%, 1 SO

Panik’s goal scoring streak was stopped at six games as Owen Sound won the second game of a home-and-home series with Guelph. The Storm won Friday night. Panik has at least one point in nine of 11 games with Guelph. Michael Zador served as backup for both games of the series.

WHL

Vancouver Giants 2 @ Tri-City Americans 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
With Tri-City: 2 GP, 1-3-4, E, 2 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 17-14-31, -11, 46 PIM

TC scored the game’s first five goals en route to a 5-2 win over the Giants. Ashton has four points in his first two games with the Americans.

Chilliwack Bruins 3 @ Prince George Cougars 1
RW Brett Connolly, PG: Did not play (injured – knee).
Season totals: 34 GP, 25-15-40, -5, 12 PIM

Connolly is out 3-6 weeks with a sprained knee suffered January 12.

Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 2
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 9 PIM (roughing, fighting vs. Jordan Peddle, tripping)
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-10-12, +8, 75 PIM

It turns out the reason Zahn was listed as No.55 last game was his No.4 jersey was so torn after a fight he had to switch. He was back in his familiar No.4 Saturday – and fought again. The jersey apparently survived this one. Saskatoon and Swift Current traded road wins in their home-and-home series this weekend.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/14/11

BCHL

Langley Chiefs 4 @ Penticton Vees 6
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 42 GP, 17-38-55, 20 PIM

O’Donnell remains second on the Vees in scoring, seven points behind defenseman and Denver commit Joey Leleggia. The 5-10, 180-pound, left-handed defenseman was passed over in the 2010 draft. O’Donnell is tied for 11th in the BCHL points race. Undersized 20-year-old forward David Morley of Victoria, a St. Cloud State commit, leads the league with 68 points in 40 games.

USHL

Fargo Force 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 14-19-33, +17, 18 PIM

Fargo pulled into a first place tie with Dubuque, though the Fighting Saints still have four games in hand on the Force. Mullin has fallen to fourth in league scoring, eight points behind Indiana’s Blake Coleman. Born in Texas, Coleman is undrafted and is committed to play collegiately with Mullin at Miami of Ohio. Mullin is tied for third in the league in plus/minus, two behind Coleman.

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 3 @ Val d’Or Foreurs 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (high sticking), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 34 GP, 7-22-29, +15, 20 PIM

Montreal upped their lead in the TELUS West Division to seven points over Adam Janosik’s Gatineau Olympiques.

OHL

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 35 GP, 0-5-5, -8, 50 PIM

In the first game since the Soo fired head coach Denny Lambert, they drew the Western Conference-leading Saginaw Spirit. Despite putting up a good fight, the Greyhounds fell 3-2. Beukeboom remains without a goal this season.

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Guelph Storm 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 33 GP, 1-14-15, +12, 10 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup).
With Attack: 4 GP, 2-1-0-0, 4.08 GAA, .867 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 12-4-1-1, 3.47 GAA, .877 sv%, 1 SO
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM (tripping, high sticking)
With Guelph: 10 GP, 7-5-12, -5, 12 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 31 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 21-22-43, -5, 43 PIM

Panik extended his goal scoring streak to six games when he scored on a penalty shot early in the third period. With the goal, Panik tied his OHL career high of 21 set last season with Belleville and Windsor.

WHL

Kamloops Blazers 3 @ Tri-City Americans 7
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
With Tri-City: 1 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 17-12-29, -11, 44 PIM

Ashton finally made his TC debut and didn’t take long to make an impression as he scored the game’s opening goal. He was put on a line with TC leading scorer Adam Hughesman (undrafted), who is fourth in league scoring at 26-32-58.

Chilliwack Bruins 3 @ Prince George Cougars 7
RW Brett Connolly, PG: Did not play (injured – knee).
Season totals: 34 GP, 25-15-40, -5, 12 PIM

Connolly is out 3-6 weeks with a sprained knee suffered in a loss to Chilliwack the last game the Cougars played. PG got a little revenge on the Bruins without Connolly Friday.

Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Swift Current Broncos 2
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 9 PIM (roughing, fighting vs. Christian Mangus, roughing)
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-10-12, +8, 75 PIM

Zahn is now wearing No.55 for Saskatoon after switching from No.4. Brayden Schenn has yet to make his Blades debut.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/11/11

WHL

Seattle Thunderbirds 1 @ Tri-City Americans 7
RW Carter Ashton, TC: Did not play.
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM
With Tri-City: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM

Ashton, who will wear No.7 with TC, has yet to make his debut for the Americans after being traded by Regina before the World Junior tournament. TC has scored nine and seven goals in their last two games, respectively, so Ashton’s addition can only make them more dangerous. The Tri-City Herald reports Ashton will join the Americans today (January 12).

Prince George Cougars 2 @ Vancouver Giants 5
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season totals: 33 GP, 25-15-40, -4, 12 PIM

Connolly had his two game post-WJC goal streak stopped as PG was outshot 41-16 in the game.

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 5 (SO)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference)
Season totals: 42 GP, 2-10-12, +10, 66 PIM

Newly acquired Blade Brayden Schenn, who started the year with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, did not play in this game. He was traded from Brandon earlier in the week. His addition gives the Blades, already with the best record in the league, a legitimate shot at the Memorial Cup. Schenn’s Team Canada (WJC) teammate Curtis Hamilton was named First Star for Saskatoon.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/7/11

BCHL

Surrey Eagles 3 @ Penticton Vees 4
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 16-34-50, 18 PIM

O’Donnell earned an assist on the Vees game winning goal scored on the power play midway through the third period. The assist gave O’Donnell 50 points for the year. He had 61 in 55 games last year for the Winnipeg South Blues of the MJHL.

USHL

Waterloo Black Hawks 2 @ Fargo Force 7
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 14-17-31, +17, 18 PIM

Somehow Fargo scored seven goals and their leading scorer, Mullin, didn’t figure in on any of them. He’s likely too busy smiling about the win to care.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 1
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 34 GP, 4-13-17, +5, 20 PIM

Coming off a strong WJC performance in which he was Slovakia’s second leading scorer to fellow Lightning prospect Richard Panik, Janosik earned the primary assist on Gatineau’s first goal en route to helping the Olympiques to a big road win.

OHL

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -6, 48 PIM

The Soo was outshot 35-16 in the game. Not good.

Plymouth Whalers 4 @ Guelph Storm 1
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM (checking from behind, roughing), *Second Star*
With Guelph: 8 GP, 5-5-10, -4, 8 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 31 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 19-22-41, -4, 39 PIM

Panik scored midway through the third to cut the Whalers’ lead to 2-1, but Plymouth added a power play goal a few minutes later to clinch the win. Panik has goals in consecutive games since his return from the WJCs.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 1-13-14, +10, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play.
With Attack: 3 GP, 2-0-0-0, 3.20 GAA, .897 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 12-3-1-1, 3.34 GAA, .881 sv%, 1 SO

Owen Sound had a 2-0 lead to start the game, but Kingston scored four unanswered goals to win. Kingston’s Eric Gudbranson, the Panthers’ first rounder last year, scored his fourth of the season in his first game back from Team Canada.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 2 @ Everett Silvertips 3
RW Carter Ashton, TC: Did not play.
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM
With Tri-City: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM

Ashton has yet to make his debut for TC after being traded by Regina before the World Junior tournament.

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM (elbowing), *First Star*
Season totals: 31 GP, 23-15-38, -4, 10 PIM

After not scoring in his time for Team Canada, Connolly had a goal and an assist and earned First Star in his return to Prince George. His goal came after he toe-dragged past a defender. The Cougars gave up a third period goal to the Giants, however, and took the loss. With the win, the Giants tied the Cougars for tops in the B.C. Division, though Prince George has two games in hand.

Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Prince Albert Raiders 1
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 2-10-12, +11, 64 PIM

Saskatoon is now six points up on Kootenay for the league’s best point total.

U20 WJC Game Night: 1/5/11

Canada 3 @ Russia 5
Carter Ashton, Canada, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 6 PIM

Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM

Russia scored five unanswered third period goals to shock Canada and take U20 WJC gold 5-3. Lightning prospect Carter Ashton scored a goal with 14 seconds left in the first period for the Canadians in the loss. Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for the Russians.

Team USA won the bronze, defeating Sweden 4-2 in tonight's bronze medal match. Slovakia finished 8th in the 10 team tournament, with Lightning prospect Richard Panik being named one of Slovakia's best players by the tournament's coaches.

What did Lightning fans learn about their prospects? Carter Ashton played pretty well in a complimentary role on Canada's second line. It's questionable whether he'll ever be the featured sniper on any given line with the Lightning in the pros, but with so many good snipers in this organization he's got a great chance to fit in by being strong in the corners and in the high traffic areas. Fellow Team Canada member Brett Connolly entered the tournament coming off a concussion and therefore didn't have a regular line, so it's hard to draw any conclusions. The only common critique from BoltProspects' staff was that Connolly could be better along the wall than he is. Advantage Ashton, perhaps, if the Lightning are pushed to choose between which of these two players is more NHL ready for next season.

For Team Slovakia, Richard Panik lived up to the hype. With two years of experience already to his credit, Panik led his team by a wide margin in scoring, confirming his reputation that Panik plays his best on a big stage. The young Slovakian winger is so much stronger than many of the players he faced in this tournament, anything less would have been a disappointment, and he remains a darkhorse to make the NHL next season because he already has an NHL body. The more eye opening performance was put forward by teammate Adam Janosik, who gets lost in the shuffle in the QMJHL but rose to the occassion on Slovakia's top pair. Known mostly as a power play specialist, Janosik showed himself to be a competent two-way defender en route to also finishing second on the team in scoring.

Ashton already holds an NHL contract and nearly made the Lightning out of camp each of the past two years, and should have a very good shot at making the team next year. His game is very well suited for the NHL and his talents will compliment the Lightning's top players well. Brett Connolly has had a fantastic junior season and should receive an NHL contract before too long, but it'll be up to his camp performance next Fall to determine if he plays one more season of junior or jumps to the NHL. Panik has likely done what he needed to do to earn an NHL contract, and his camp performance in the Fall will determine whether he is Norfolk or Tampa bound. Janosik will likely play one more season of junior before the Lightning decide whether to offer him an entry-level contract, but things are looking good at this point in time.

U20 WJC Game Night: 1/3/11

USA 1 @ Canada 4
Carter Ashton, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM

Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM

Brett Connolly assisted on Quinton Howden's game winning goal in Canada's 4-1 semifinal victory over Team USA. Fellow Lightning prospect Carter Ashton had a minor for slashing in the match. The Canadians dominated the match, outshooting the Americans 41-23 in the contest.

Tomorrow, Slovakia will play the Czech Republic to polish off the relegation round, setting the stage for Wednesday's championship game between the Canadians and semifinal winner Russia, which beat Sweden 4-3 in a shootout today. Sweden will play Team USA for the bronze medal in the match preceeding the championship game.

U20 WJC Game Day: 1/2/11

Canada 4 @ Switzerland 1
Carter Ashton, Canada, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (slashing), 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM

Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM

Carter Ashton assisted on a Casey Cizikas goal that was the first of three unanswered goals in Canada's 4-1 victory over Switzerland. Brayden Schenn once again led the Canadians with a pair of assists. Brett Connolly created multiple scoring chances and hit a crossbar. He played a strong game.

Slovakia 5 @ Norway 0
Richard Panik, Slovakia, 4-1-5, +3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 6-2-8, +2, 8 PIM

Adam Janosik, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 2 PIM

Slovakian captain Richard Panik had a hat trick, with two empty net goals, and a helper while fellow Lightning prospect Adam Janosik added a pair of power play helpers in Slovakia's 5-0 blitzing of Norway. Slovakian netminder Juraj Holly stopped all 37 shots he faced for the shutout. Slovakia was actually outshot 37-31 in the match.

Canada moves on to face Team USA tomorrow in their seemingly annual battle of the titans in the semifinals. Slovakia will face the Czech Republic in a backyard brawl on Tuesday to complete the relegation round slate. Slovakia will finish no worse than second in the relegation round group. Norway will be relegated and it will take a German win against Norway and a Czech loss to Slovakia for the Germans to avoid the same fate.

U20 WJC Game Day: 12/31/10

Slovakia 0 @ Finland 6
Richard Panik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 8 PIM

Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM

Minnesota Wild draft pick Erik Haula had a pair of goals as Finland pummelled relegation round-bound Slovakia 6-0. Lightning prospect Adam Janosik was named Slovakia's best player in the defeat. Fellow Lightning prospect Richard Panik took a minor for interference in the match.

Canada 5 @ Sweden 6 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Canada, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM

Thrashers draft pick Carl Klingberg had a pair of goals as Sweden upset Canada 6-5 in a shootout. Lightning prospect Carter Ashton took a minor for slashing in the match.

Slovakia will play Norway Sunday in their opening match of the relegation round. Canada awaits the outcome of tonight's games before the schedule for the medal round is set.

U20 WJC Game Night: 12/29/10

Norway 1 @ Canada 10
Carter Ashton, Canada, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM

If you took the BoltProspects over for Canadian goals like we told you, then you had a winner winner, chicken dinner tonight in Buffalo at the WJC's. Brett Connolly assisted on goals by Casey Cizikas and likely 2011 top pick Sean Couturier in Canada's 10-1 dismantling of Norway. Ashton scored what would have been Canada's 10th goal, but it was waived off due to an apparent kick. Replays clearly showed Ashton didn't kick the puck, but the goal was not reviewed.

Panik and Janosik and the Slovakians draw El Nino and Switzerland tomorrow afternoon.

U20 WJC Game Night: 12/28/10

Canada 7 @ Czech Republic 2
Carter Ashton, Canada, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM

Brayden Schenn had 1 goal and 5 points in Canada's 7-2 spanking of the Czech Republic. Lightning prospect Carter Ashton remained on Canada's second line and recorded his first point of the tournament assisting on a Ryan Ellis goal. Brett Connolly was again one of Canada's extra forwards.

USA 6 @ Slovakia 1
Richard Panik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM

Adam Janosik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM

Kyle Palmieri had a pair of goals as Team USA smoked Slovakia 6-1, outshooting the Slovaks a dumbfounding 57-18 in the process. To his credit, Lightning prospect Richard Panik was not on the ice for any of the US's goals as his top line stayed clean. Going one better, top pair defenseman Adam Janosik was one of just four Slovakian players to be in the plus side in the match, although he was on the ice for a power play goal by Palmieri. Still, when you don't finish a minus in a game where your team gets spanked 6-1, you managed to do something right. Janosik also took a minor for holding in the match.

Canada draws Norway tomorrow night in their third game of the tournament. If the over-under was 9 goals for the Canadians, I'd be taking the over.

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