Namestnikov, Vladislav

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.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-11-12

QMJHL

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (interference), 3 SOG, 1 Hits
Season Totals: 63 GP, 44-36-80, +39, 63 PIM

The CHL’s top ranked team lost for the second time this week, dropping a 6-2 decision to the upcoming Memorial Cup hosts. Gauthier’s five-game point streak was snapped in the process. He had 11 points over those five games. Anton Zlobin had two goals and three assists for the Cataractes. Zlobin is projected to be a mid-round pick in the 2012 draft after being passed over last year. He has 39 goals and 74 points in 64 games. He is also plus-43. He had 45 points in 59 games in his initial draft year.

Quebec Remparts 0 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5

D Adam Janosik, GAT: Did not play.
Season Totals: 49 GP, 6-25-31, -11, 49 PIM

Even without one of their defensive leaders in Adam Janosik, Gatineau upset the visiting Remparts from Quebec City. Janosik reportedly returned to his native Slovakia to take school tests. He is expected back Thursday.

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3 @ Victoriaville Tigres 5

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0 E, 2 PIM (holding), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 69 PIM
With Victoriaville: 27 GP, 2-4-6, -3, 38 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Former Lightning camper Brandon Hynes had a goal and an assist for Victoriaville. He is sixth in QMJHL scoring with 84 points in 59 games.

OHL

London Knights 0 @ Kitchener Rangers 1

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 60 GP, 22-48-70, +19, 50 PIM

Ducks first rounder and former Michigan commit John Gibson had his first OHL shutout, and over one of the league’s top scoring teams at that.

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Brampton Battalion 2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-17-18, +8, 24 PIM
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 1-6-7, +5, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Schemitsch has points in two straight games and three of his last four contests.

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