Namestnikov, Vladislav

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-14-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 3 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede 2 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox got another night off as the Storm, who were playing in their last regular season game, prepare for the playoffs.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 5 @ (W5) Saginaw Spirit 5
Western Conference Semifinals – London wins best of 7 series 4-2

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 3-6-9, +5, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London closed out their conference semifinal series against Saginaw with a 5-3 road win. London is likely breathing a sigh of relief as the series was much closer than the 4-2 final game tally. London was down two games to one heading back to Michigan and got a big road win. Then Namestnikov made a strong individual effort in overtime of Game 5 to score the game winner and give London a pivotal win. Namestnikov has four points in his last two games after taking some criticism from the London fanbase for failing to make his mark early in the series. The Knights will await the winner of the Kitchener-Plymouth series. Plymouth leads 3-2 after shutting out the Rangers on Saturday.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-13-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 1 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 3

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

After handling nearly all the goaltending duties from the time he was acquired from Green Bay to leading the Storm to securing a playoff spot, Wilcox got the night off. Tri-City has one more game before the playoffs begin and can’t move up in the standings.

OHL

(W5) Saginaw Spirit 1 @ (W1) London Knights 2 (OT)
Western Conference Semifinals – London leads best of 7 series 3-2

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM (roughing)
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Huge. Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov (pictured) scored at 4:58 of the first overtime to give the Knights a 2-1 Game 5 win and a 3-2 series lead over Saginaw. The story for much of the game was Saginaw goaltender Jake Paterson, who is expected to go in the second round of this summer’s draft. Paterson stopped 46 shots on Friday – many of them in spectacular fashion. Lightning camper Seth Griffith had a helper and a tip-in goal for London, and defenseman Olli Maatta, who could go around the midway point of the first round this summer, had the primary assist on Namestnikov’s game winner. Game 6 is Saturday in Saginaw.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-11-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ (13) Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3
Quarterfinals – Saint John wins best of 7 series 4-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 4 Hits
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 7-3-10, +8, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

While Baie-Comeau could congratulate themselves for being the first team to come within two goals of Saint John in a playoff game, that party will have to be held while they are packing up their locker room as the Sea Dogs completed the sweep of the Drakkar with a 5-3 win Wednesday. Gauthier was held scoreless for the first time in six games, though he tied for the team lead with seven shots on goal. Saint John will await the lowest seed to advance to the semifinals.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 5 @ (W5) Saginaw Spirit 2
Western Conference Semifinals – Best of 7 series tied 2-2

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Vladislav Namestnikov’s second goal of the playoffs, scored in the first period, gave London a 3-0 lead and turned out to be the game winner as the Knights scored four times in the first period, chasing Saginaw goalie Jake Paterson, and added an empty netter late for the 5-2 score to even the series at two games apiece. London takes back home ice advantage in the series, which shifts back to London for Game 5 on Friday night. Namestnikov’s goal was scored when he banged in a rebound off a Seth Griffith shot. He was on the ice for a “plus” when the empty net goal was scored by Gregg McKegg (Leafs). Panthers prospect Vincent Trocheck had two goals for the Spirit.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-9-12

OHL

(W5) Saginaw Spirit 5 @ (W1) London Knights 2
Western Conference Semifinals – Saginaw leads best of 7 series 2-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, E, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Saginaw stole home ice advantage away from top-seeded London on Monday night by winning in the Knights’ barn, 5-2. Spirit goalie Jake Paterson (pictured), who was ranked No.3 among North American goalies by Central Scouting in their final draft rankings for 2012, stopped 42 of 44 shots for first star honors. Paterson could be a target of the Lightning with one of their second round picks. Among the saves he had was a remarkable stop on a Vlad Namestnikov slapshot that reportedly seemed like a sure goal. It would have been Namestnikov’s second point in his last six games. He has been in a defensive role, matched-up against Saginaw’s Brandon Saad (Blackhawks). However, Saad was on the ice for three Spirit goals on Monday, but Namesntikov was on the bench each time. Game 4 is Wednesday in Saginaw.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-8-12

OHL

(W1) London Knights 2 @ (W5) Saginaw Spirit 4
Western Conference Semifinals – Best of 7 series tied 1-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, E, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Saginaw held serve at home, defeating the Knights on Sunday in Michigan. London won Game 1, 5-2. Blackhawks second rounder (2011) Brandon Saad (pictured) had two goals and an assist for Saginaw, who knocked off likely top 2012 pick Nail Yakubov, top-10 pick Alexander Galyenchuk, and their Sarnia teammates in the first round, 4-2. Namestnikov, whose line was matched up against Saad to start Game 2, has one assist in his last five games. Game 3 is Monday in London. <

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-6-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 1 @ Lincoln Stars 4

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 40 saves on 43 shots
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 32 GP, 16-16-1, 2.90 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Tri-City dropped a big game on the road against rival Lincoln, but Des Moines’ loss at home means the Storm stays five points up for the last playoff spot in the West. Both teams have three games remaining.

QMJHL

(13) Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 9
Quarterfinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 1-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 5 Hits
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 6-2-8, +5, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Thirteenth-seeded Baie-Comeau, fresh off a sweep of fourth-seeded Victoriaville, was no match for top-seeded Saint John, who scored nine against the Drakkar on Friday night to take a 1-0 series lead. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier scored his sixth of the playoffs in the win and led the team with five hits. Minnesota prospect Zack Phillips had two goals and two assists for the Sea Dogs. Charlie Coyle, another Wild prospect, had a goal, his 10th of the playoffs. Game 2 is Saturday night.

OHL

(W5) Saginaw Spirit 2 @ (W1) London Knights 5
Western Conference Semifinals – London leads best of 7 series 1-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Predators first rounder Austin Watson had two goals and an assist, including an empty netter to seal the game, as London took Game 1 against Saginaw, 5-2. The Spirit were coming off an upset of fourth-seeded Sarnia in the first round. Namestnikov was scoreless for the third time in the last four games. He started the game alongside former Lightning camper Seth Griffith, who had two assists in Game 1. Game 2 is Sunday in Michigan.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-29-12

OHL

W1-London Knights 8 @ W8-Windsor Spitfires 3
OHL First Round – London wins best of seven series 4-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, +2, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

After Windsor stayed close in the first three games, London finally broke out of their “offensive slump” and put up a snowman on the Spits in Game 4 to complete the sweep of their first round series. Fans and followers of the Knights, who are loaded at forward, have been wondering where the offense has been the last few weeks. Hopefully for the Knights they found what they were looking for. Namestnikov had a goal and an assist in Game 1 but has been quiet since. He did have a helper in Game 4. London and Brampton are the only teams to advance so far in the OHL playoffs.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-26-12

OHL

W8-Windsor Spitfires 2 @ W1-London Knights 3
OHL First Round – London leads best of seven series 3-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (holding)
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

2011 Lightning camper Seth Griffith (pictured) had two more goals to extend his playoff totals to four as London won yet another close game, this time 3-2. Namestnikov was scoreless for the second straight game. The Knights can complete the sweep of the Spits on Thursday in Windsor.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-25-12

OHL

W1-London Knights 3 @ W8-Windsor Spitfires 2
OHL First Round – London leads best of seven series 2-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Though they are playing the eight seed, any road win is tough in the playoffs and London got a big one on Sunday in Windsor. Case in point is London was down 2-0 to the Spits before roaring back with three goals. Lightning camper Seth Griffith had his first two goals of the playoffs for London. He had 45 in the regular season. Game 3 is Monday in London.

E8-Oshawa Generals 6 @ E1-Niagara IceDogs 4
OHL First Round – Niagara leads best of seven series 2-1

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-2-2 +2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (OS, OSH): 48 GP, 2-17-19, +8, 24 PIM

Boone Jenner (Blue Jackets) had a hat trick and two assists, and 2012 eligible Scott Laughton had two goals and two helpers to lead Oshawa to a much-needed win in Niagara. Keep Laughton’s name in mind when the Lightning are picking in the second round. Islanders 2011 first rounder Ryan Strome had two goals and an assist for Niagara. The Ice Dogs had crushed the Gens in games one and two of the series 8-2 and 6-1 and put up 50 shots in Game 3. Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch (pictured) had his first two points of the postseason for Oshawa. Game 4 is Tuesday in Oshawa.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-23-12

USHL

Omaha Lancers 1 @ Tri-City Storm 5

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 28 saves on 29 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 29 GP, 15-14-1, 2.89 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox (pictured), the reigning USHL Goaltender of the Week, got another start for the Storm and got another first star award. Unofficially that’s about seven first stars in the last month. He’s given up only three goals in his last three games while stopping 100 shots. That’s pretty good. On Friday Wilcox stopped 28 of 29 against conference-leading Omaha. Tri-City stayed in fifth in the West with the two points, but put four points between them and seventh place Des Moines for the final playoff spot. The top-6 teams make the postseason in each conference.

QMJHL

16-Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ 1-Saint John Sea Dogs 13
QMJHL First Round – Saint John leads best of seven series 1-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, *Second Star*
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Saint John opened defense of their Memorial Cup title with a 13-4 thrashing of Cape Breton. The Sea Dogs outshot the Screaming Eagles 50-19 in the game. Cape Breton actually held a 2-1 lead midway through the first period before Saint John turned up the heat. Gauthier had four points in the game, which tied his playoff high set last year in 18 games. Impressive. Sharks first rounder (traded to Wild) and former Boston University star Charlie Coyle had a hat trick and three assists for the Sea Dogs. Also impressive. Game 2 is Saturday night.

14-Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ 3-Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5
QMJHL First Round – Blainville-Boisbriand leads best of seven series 2-0

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM (roughing after the whistle, roughing), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -6, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 6-26-32, -13, 55 PIM

The Armada took a commanding 2-0 series lead on Gatineau with a 5-1 win on Friday. They beat the Olympiques 7-2 in the series opener on Thursday. Janosik was scoreless and minus-4 in that game for the 14th seed.

13-Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ 4-Victoriaville Tigres 3
QMJHL First Round – Baie-Comeau leads best of seven series 1-0

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0 -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals (MON, VIC): 62 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 73 PIM

Thirteenth-seeded Baie-Comeau stole home ice advantage from the favored Tigres by winning 4-3 in Victoriaville on Friday night. Game 2 is Saturday.

OHL

W8-Windsor Spitfires 0 @ W1-London Knights 3
OHL First Round – London leads best of seven series 1-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Namestnikov scored what turned out to be the game winning goal in the first period off a great individual effort. He added a third period power play assist to help Michael Houser (undrafted) and the East’s top seed shut out Windsor in Game 1 of their opening round series, 3-0. Game 2 is Saturday. Namestnikov had five points in six playoff games last season.

E1-Niagara IceDogs 6 @ E8-Oshawa Generals 1
OHL First Round – Niagara leads best of seven series 2-0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0 E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (OS, OSH): 48 GP, 2-17-19, +8, 24 PIM

Bruins first rounder Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist to earn first star honors as top-seeded Niagara took Game 2 vs. Oshawa, 6-1. They beat the Gens 8-2 on Thursday in Game 1 in St. Catherines.

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