Ashton, Carter

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/17/10

BCHL

Vernon Vipers 1 @ Penticton Vees 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 36 GP, 15-29-44, 12 PIM

Penticton was outshot 40-22 in the game, and only managed two shots in the first period.

USHL

Team USA 1 @ Fargo Force 6
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 11-14-25, +13, 16 PIM

A huge night for Mullin (pictured) against the USA Development Program’s U18 team as he scored twice and led the team with eight shots on goal. The future Miami Redhawk is tied for fifth in the USHL in total points and is fourth in plus/minus.

QMJHL

Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, hooking), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 25 GP, 5-18-23, +12, 12 PIM

Montreal potted seven against Lewiston despite no points from red-hot Landry and no Louis Leblanc (Canada WJC) in the lineup. Montreal scored four times in the third period. Much-maligned Islanders pick Kirill Kabanov was scoreless in the game for Lewiston. He has seven points in 12 games with Lewiston this year after coming over from Moncton.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 44 PIM

Saginaw got revenge on the Soo for a Greyhound win over the Spirit earlier in the week.

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ London Knights 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 1-12-13, +12, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: 11 saves on 11 shots
With Attack: 1 GP, 0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO
With Generals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.27 GAA, .882 sv%, 1 SO

Zador didn’t start the game, but was perfect in relief of Attack starter Jordan Binnington. Schemitsch earned his first point in six games. He has just two assists in his last 10 contests. Schemitsch had 40 points in 62 games last season.

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-8-10, +8, 62 PIM

Zahn, whose nickname is “Bear,” is chasing his career high in points of 19, set in 2007-2008.

Of Note: Carter Ashton (Canada), Brett Connolly (Canada), Adam Janosik (Slovakia), and Richard Panik (Slovakia) are all participating in preparations for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

Canada Chooses Two Lightning Prospects for WJC Squad

TSN reports the final cuts for Team Canada at the upcoming 2011 World Junior Championship have been made and both Lightning first rounders Brett Connolly and Carter Ashton made the team. This is the first time two Lightning prospects have made Canada's squad. The last representative for the Lightning on Team Canada was goaltender Dustin Tokarski in 2008-2009. Tokarski was player of the game for Canada in the gold medal match against Victor Hedman and Sweden.

Ashton, taken 29th overall in 2009, currently plays for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, though he hasn't suited up for the team yet. He was traded from Regina last week. Connolly, taken sixth overall in 2010, is captain of the Prince George Cougars.

Canada will play three exhibition games beginning Monday against Switzerland, with the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship beginning December 26 in Buffalo, New York, USA.

Connolly and his morning hair appeared on TSN's video segment this morning. Watch here: http://watch.tsn.ca/international-hockey/clip389669#clip389669

Ashton, Connolly Survive First Round of Cuts

Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft picks Carter Ashton and Brett Connolly both survived Team Canada's first round of cuts this morning as they prepare for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York.

Through two scrimmages at Canada's selection camp Ashton has two goals and Connolly two assists.

Speculation is there are four more forwards to be cut from the team.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/10/10

BCHL

Salmon Arm Silverbacks 2 @ Penticton Vees 2
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 16-24-40, 10 PIM

O’Donnell had another point, but the Vees couldn’t find the tie-breaking goal in the third period or overtime. They play the ‘Backs again Saturday.

USHL

Fargo Force 3 @ Lincoln Stars 0
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 9-10-19, +11, 14 PIM

Mullin (pictured) scored the game’s opening goal, which turned out to be the game winner Friday in Husker Country.

QMJHL

Victoriaville Tigres 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (hooking), 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 32 GP, 4-11-15, +3, 20 PIM

Janosik bounced back from a minus-4 night earlier this week with an assist Friday.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 23 GP, 5-17-22, +12, 8 PIM

Landry has 10 points in his last five games and has registered at least a point in nine of his last 10 games.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 5
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: Did not play.
Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 42 PIM

Beukeboom is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Sarnia Sting 1 @ Guelph Storm 4
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
With Guelph: 5 GP, 1-5-6, -1, 4 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, -1, 31 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 15-22-37, -1, 35 PIM

Panik’s 15th goal of the year was his first in a Guelph uniform. The Storm has won two in a row and has pulled back to .500 at 13-13-3-1.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 6
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-11-12, +12, 6 PIM

Schemitsch nearly canceled out his plus-4 night from earlier this week with a minus-3 night Friday in Kitchener. 2011 eligible defenseman Ryan Murphy had three assists for the Rangers. He has 44 points in 28 games this year (13 goals).

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO

This was a huge win for the Gens against the OHL’s top team. Mississauga is eight points better than anyone else in the league. Peter DiSalvo made his debut in net for Oshawa and stopped 28 of 30 shots. The Lightning confirmed to BoltProspects Zador is out sick, though with the Gens’ acquisition of DiSalvo this week, combined with the fact Zador lost his number one spot to teammate Kevin Bailie earlier, it appears Zador’s days in Oshawa are numbered.

WHL

Seattle Thunderbirds 1 @ Tri-City Americans 4
RW Carter Ashton, REG: Did not dress.
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM

Ashton was traded to Tri-City Friday. He will be attending Team Canada’s WJC Selection Camp this weekend.

Prince George Cougars 1 @ Portland Winterhawks 4
RW Brett Connolly, PG: Did not dress.
Season totals: 30 GP, 22-14-36, -4, 8 PIM

Connolly is attending Team Canada’s WJC Selection Camp this weekend. Best of luck to both Connolly and Ashton.

Everett Silvertips 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 5 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 7 PIM (roughing, fighting)
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-5-7, +6, 62 PIM

Saskatoon scored with 10 seconds left in the third to tie the game, then won it in overtime.

Ashton Sent to Tri-City

The WHL's Regina Pats, as expected, have traded former Lightning first rounder Carter Ashton. The Regina Leader-Post reports the Pats sent Ashton to the Tri-City Americans with a third-round pick for forward Tanner Olstad, forward Nils Moser, a first-round pick in the 2011 WHL bantam draft, and second and fifth round picks in the 2010 bantam draft.

Ashton, who signed a professional contract with the Lightning in 2009, is in his final year of junior and with Regina struggling again this year, it was only a matter of time before the Pats sent him to a playoff contender for future help.

Tri-City is currently tied for second in the U.S. Division, 13 points behind Portland.

Ashton, chosen 29th overall in the 2009 draft, was third on the Pats in scoring with 27 points (16 goals) in 29 games. His 27 points will slot him in second on the Americans.

Ashton will join the Team Canada World Junior Championship Selection Camp this weekend.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/7/10

OHL

Guelph Storm 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 4
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
With Guelph: 3 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 2 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, -1, 31 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 14-21-35, -1, 33 PIM

The Storm battled back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to tie the game late in the third, but Kitchener answered within a minute with the game winner to take the divisional match-up 4-3.

WHL

Everett Silvertips 3 @ Regina Pats 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (high-sticking), *Second Star*
Season totals: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM

Ashton scored with less than a minute left in the game to make the score more respectable. He’s creeping closer to a point-per-game average.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Prince George Cougars 0
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-5-7, +7, 55 PIM
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 22-14-36, -4, 8 PIM

Zahn and the Blades got the better of Connolly and Prince George.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/4/10

BCHL

Merritt Centennials 2 @ Penticton Vees 3
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 16-21-37, 10 PIM

O’Donnell scored again as the Vees completed a home-and-home sweep of Merritt.

USHL

Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Fargo Force 2 (SO)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 8-10-18, +10, 14 PIM

Mullin failed to register a point a game after notching five against Sioux City as the Musketeers split the weekend series with the Force. Mullin did not convert his shootout attempt.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (holding), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 30 GP, 4-10-14, +8, 18 PIM

Saint John scored three times in the first period on their way to a win over Gatineau.

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 7 @ Saginaw Spirit 1
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-11-12, +10, 4 PIM

Avalanche first rounder Joey Hishon had two goals and an assist in the blowout win.

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Regina Pats 4
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 15-10-25, -12, 42 PIM

Ashton’s assist came on an empty net goal. This was his first plus-2 game since mid-October. He has at least a point in 14 of his last 20 games and 22 points during that stretch.

Seattle Thunderbirds 5 @ Prince George Cougars 4 (SO)
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 22-14-36, -3, 8 PIM

Connolly’s seven game point streak and four game goal streak came to an end Saturday as Seattle beat the Cougars in a shootout. Connolly did not convert his shootout attempt, but still leads PG in scoring.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 6
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-5-7, +6, 55 PIM

Oilers second rounder Curtis Hamilton leads the Blades in scoring with 15-25-40 and plus/minus with a plus-26 rating.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/3/10

BCHL

Penticton Vees 6 @ Merritt Centennials 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 2-0-2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 15-21-36, 10 PIM

O’Donnell maintained his 2-points-per-game average since the World Junior A Championships with two goals scored less than a minute apart Friday.

USHL

Sioux City Musketeers 2 @ Fargo Force 6
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 2-3-5, +4, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 8-10-18, +10, 14 PIM

Mullin (pictured) had a monster night for Fargo, earning four of his five points in the second period, including a shorthanded goal. Mullin is now over a point-per-game pace and leads the Force in scoring. Fargo evened their record at 9-9-3 and is climbing up the Western Conference standings. They’re five points out of first, though they’ve played three more games than conference-leading Dubuque.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 2 (OT)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 29 GP, 4-10-14, +8, 16 PIM

Janosik scored his fourth of the year in overtime to lift Gatineau to a win. He has four points in his last three games with two two-point efforts.

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Montreal Juniors 4
D Charles Landry, MTL: 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 20 GP, 5-13-18, +10, 6 PIM

Landry has six points in his last two games and has registered at least a point in six of his last seven games. His goal early in the third period Friday turned out to be the game winner.

OHL

Barrie Colts 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 25 GP, 0-4-4, -12, 42 PIM

The Soo scored four times in the third period to defeat the Colts. Beukeboom had his first plus game in eight tries.

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Guelph Storm 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
With Guelph: 1 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, -1, 31 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 14-19-33, -1, 31 PIM

Wearing No.25, Panik made his Guelph debut and earned two assists, but the Storm could not overcome an early 3-0 deficit to beat the Gens. Zador watched from the bench for the second straight night.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 3
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-11-12, +9, 4 PIM

Schemitsch assisted on Avalanche first rounder Joey Hishon’s 15th goal of the season.

WHL

Moose Jaw Warriors 9 @ Regina Pats 6
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 15-9-24, -14, 42 PIM

Ashton has goals in four of his last five games. Goaltending was optional Friday night in
Regina.

Seattle Thunderbirds 5 @ Prince George Cougars 4
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 28 GP, 22-15-37, -4, 8 PIM

Connolly has goals in four straight games and in six of his last seven games. He is third in the league in goals. Connolly passed the Lightning’s Steven Stamkos for the goal scoring lead in the Lightning organization. Your move, Mr. Stamkos. Colin Jacobs (2011 eligible) had a hat trick for Seattle Friday.

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 3 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 27 GP, 2-5-7, +6, 55 PIM

Zahn has roughing penalties in three straight games. This won't go over well with Santa.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/24/10

BCHL

Merritt Centennials 2 @ Penticton Vees 4
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 12-17-29, 8 PIM

O’Donnell continues to find the scoresheet after his WJAC experience. He has 4 goals and 7 assists in 5 games since the tournament.

OHL

Sarnia Sting 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 3 (SO)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play.
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

Schemitsch remains out with an “upper body injury.”

WHL

Regina Pats 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 6
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM (slashing, holding)
Season totals: 25 GP, 14-8-22, -12, 42 PIM

Ashton’s 3 game goal streak came to an end. He was a team-worst minus-3 for the night.

Prince George Cougars 4 @ Chilliwack Bruins 0
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 18-12-30, -4, 6 PIM

Connolly has 5 points in his last 3 games.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/22/10

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 25 GP, 2-8-10, +6, 16 PIM

Gatineau’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau (undrafted) scored the game winner with one second left in the game.

WHL

Regina Pats 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 4 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 24 GP, 14-8-22, -9, 38 PIM

Ashton now has goals in 3 straight games, in 7 of his last 8 games, and 11 of his past 16. Regina has been playing better lately, at least getting a point out of their losses.

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 6
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-5-7, +6, 43 PIM

Zahn’s streak of First Star awards ended at one.

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