Ashton, Carter

U20 WJC Game Day: 12/26/10

Russia 3 @ Canada 6
Carter Ashton, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Brett Connolly, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Canada scored three unanswered goals in the final period to pull away from Russia 6-3. Lightning prospects Carter Ashton and Brett Connolly did not find the scoresheet for the Canadians. Ashton skated on Canada's second line with Casey Cizikas and Cody Eakin, while Connolly, who was questionable after a pre-tournament concussion, was an extra forward in the match. Canada outshot Russia 42-27 in the victory.

Team Slovakia, featuring Lightning prospects Richard Panik and Adam Janosik, face Germany in their tournament opener tomorrow. The Germans fell 4-3 to the Swiss today.

World Juniors Game Night: 12/23/10

Canada 5 vs. Finland 2 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: Did not play.

Canada was down 1-0 after one period and tied 2-2 after two before exploding for three goals in the third to defeat Finland in their final pre-competition match. Ashton didn't hit the scoresheet and Connolly apparently missed the game with an injury. His status for Canada's official roster named December 25 is up in the air. Canada will open tournament play December 26.

World Juniors Game Night: 12/21/10

Canada 4 vs. Sweden 1 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (slashing)
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (tripping)

Canada had a 2-0 lead before Sweden scored, then completed the win with two third period goals Tuesday to move to 2-0 in pre-competition play. Neither Lightning prospect earned a point. Canada plays Thursday night vs. Finland before they open tournament play December 26.

World Juniors Game Night: 12/20/10

Canada 8 vs. Switzerland 0 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM

Canada came out firing with three first period goals and then scored four in the second period on their way to putting up a snowman in a pre-competition match against Nino Niedereiter and Switzerland. Ashton scored Canada’s final goal in the game. Connolly assisted on a Louis Leblanc goal in the second period. Canada will play Sweden on Tuesday and Finland on Thursday before opening tournament play the day after Christmas. (Pictured: No.28 Brett Connolly celebrates with his teammates after a Canada goal. [HockeyCanada photo])

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.

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