Namestnikov, Vladislav

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.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-17-12

USHL

Fargo Force 1 @ Tri-City Storm 2

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 28 GP, 14-14-1, 2.96 GAA, .915 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox put up the same stat line for the second night in a row: one goal allowed, 36 saves, and yet another first star award. Unofficially that's six in the last month. With a loss by Des Moines, Tri-City moved into the final playoff spot in the West, two points ahead of the Bucs, who have two games in hand. Eight games remain for the Storm, who are just one point behind Sioux City for fifth. Fargo sits above Sioux City.

QMJHL

Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM (slashing), 5 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

In his last game of the season, newly-signed Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier didn’t perform a miracle and catch Zach O’Brien for the league’s goal scoring title, but with two goals he set a new franchise record for Saint John with 47 goals in one season. His 46th goal set a new family record – his father, Daniel, had 46 goals for Victoriaville in 89-90. Gauthier crushed his previous personal highs (11-19-30, +21) in every major category. Saint John, which finished 50-15-0-3, will begin their run to defend the Memorial Cup starting on Friday.

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (roughing), 0 SOG, 5 Hits
Season Totals: 51 GP, 6-26-32, -13, 55 PIM

Gatineau lost to the Huskies for the second night in a row to end their regular season. With his assist, Janosik tied his career high for points in a season and broke his personal high for assists, which he set last year. He played in nine more games last year. The Olympiques will finish in 14th in the league, but make the playoffs.

OHL

London Knights 3 @ Erie Otters 0

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

London got a win over last place Erie in the Knights’ last game of the regular season, and combined with Plymouth’s loss to Sarnia, clinched the conference’s top seed heading into the playoffs. Namestnikov finished without a point for the 10th time in his last 14 games. He set new career highs this season for points, assists, plus/minus, and penalty minutes. He was eight off his 30-goal high, which he set last year in 68 games.

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3 @ Oshawa Generals 0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0 E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 2-17-19, +8, 24 PIM
With Oshawa: 21 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Oshawa will conclude their regular season on Sunday. They can catch Belleville in points for seventh, but Belleville has more wins.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-16-12

USHL

Fargo Force 1 @ Tri-City Storm 5

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 27 GP, 13-14-1, 3.04 GAA, .912 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox (pictured) and Tri-City got a must-needed win on Friday, topping the Force, 5-1. Wilcox was named first star for about the fifth time in the last month. He’s put the team on the back as they continue to make a push for the playoffs. With the win on Friday the Storm are tied with Des Moines for the last playoff spot in the West, but the Bucs have two games in hand. Tri-City has nine games left in the regular season.

QMJHL

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping), 7 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 65 GP, 45-39-84, +45, 65 PIM

With one game left to play in the regular season, Saint John has already wrapped up the league’s top seed. Gauthier remains five goals back of league-leader Zach O’Brien (Acadie-Bathurst).

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (roughing, roughing), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 50 GP, 6-25-31, -13, 53 PIM

Janosik was back from his native Slovakia, where he was taking some exams, but he didn’t register a point in a loss to the Huskies. With one game to go in the regular season, Janosik is one point off his career high of 32 points, set last year in 10 more games. Gatineau can finish no lower than 14th among the 16 playoff teams. There are no conferences in the Q.

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 7

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0 E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 61 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 69 PIM
With Victoriaville: 28 GP, 2-4-6, -3, 38 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

5’8” Yanni Gourde (undrafted) had a goal and four assists to increase his league-leading point total to 122. No one else is even close to him. With 11 points this season, Milan won’t come close to touching the 38 points he put up last year as a rookie with Moncton. He is already signed to an NHL contract with the Lightning. The Tigres are currently one point up on Quebec for the fourth seed in the league with one game remaining.

OHL

Sarnia Sting 2 @ London Knights 3

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Twice London overcame one-goal deficits to tie and eventually beat Sarnia at home. With one game left, London and Plymouth are tied on top of the Western Conference with 97 points. London leads in wins by one. The Whalers have gone 10-0 in their last 10 games while the Knights have gone 5-5.

In a poll of OHL coaches, Namestnikov finished third in the Best Playmaker and Best Skater categories in the conference. Lightning camper Seth Griffith, who will re-enter the draft and could be a target of the Lightning with a second or third round pick, finished in the following categories: Most Improved (1), Most Dangerous in the Goal Area (2), Best Shootout Shooter (2).

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-15-12

OHL

London Knights 0 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 61 GP, 22-48-70, +18, 50 PIM

Despite a stacked roster full of offensive talent, the Knights were shutout for the second game in a row. This time it was Jaroslav Pavelka and the Windsor Spitfires. Pavelka, who went undrafted in 2011, stopped 29 shots.

Bolts Ink 2011 1st Round Pick

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov to a three-year, entry level contract, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Namestnikov, 19, has played in 60 games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League this season, recording 22 goals and 70 points to go along with 50 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 171-pound forward ranks eighth in the OHL and leads the Knights in assists with 48, and is third on the team in points. Namestnikov has recorded 14 multi-assist games so far this season with London, including two occasions in which he has recorded four assist contests.

The Voskresensk, Russia native has skated in 128 career games with the Knights over the past two seasons, registering 52 goals and 139 points, to go along with a +29 rating. Namestnikov appeared in six OHL playoff games last year with the Knights, recording one goal and five points.

The Lightning selected Namestnikov in the first round, 27th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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