London Knights 7 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 3
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 6 PIM
Namestnikovâ€™s third goal of the year was one of four the Knights scored in the first period on their way to a 7-3 blowout win in St. Catherines. London was outshot 43-31 in the game. Seven different Knights scored, including reigning OHL Player of the Week Seth Griffith, a Lightning prospect camp attendee. Griffith leads the Knights in scoring after five games with five goals and 11 points. Namestnikov is tied for fifth with six points, but has four points in his last two games (2+2).
Gatineau Olympiques 6 @ Val-dâ€™Or Foreurs 4
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 5 PIM
Janosik had a power play assist as Gatineau built up a 5-0 lead by the end of the second period. Val-dâ€™Or, who beat the Olympiques Friday night, scored four times in the third before Gatineau added an empty netter.
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 7
D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hit
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Moncton finished their visit to northern Quebec 0-2 while being outscored 13-3. Not good. They play again on the road Wednesday in Halifax.
London Knights 6 @ Plymouth Whalers 3
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-3-5, +1, 2 PIM
Playing in his home state, Namestnikov scored his second of the year in the third period to help his Knights teammates to a 6-3 win over Plymouth. Seth Griffith, a member of the Lightning for the Coral Springs prospects tournament, had a goal and three assists for First Star honors. Griffith leads the Knights in scoring with four goals and nine points in four games.
Guelph Storm 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 3
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM
Last yearâ€™s OHL champs have dropped two straight games this weekend and fell to .500 for the year at 3-3.
Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Val-dâ€™Or Foreurs 5
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 5 PIM
Janosikâ€™s power play assist gave him three helpers in three games. Gatineau was down 3-0 by the mid-way point of the game and had to play catch-up all night.
Moncton Wildcats 1 @ Quebec Remparts 5
D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hit
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Milan and the Wildcats played on the same rink the Lightning practiced on earlier in the day. Patrick Royâ€™s Remparts skated to an easy 5-1 win Friday night. Milan had his first point of the season in his second game. Moncton was already down 5-0 at the time, unfortunately. The Lightning are in Quebec City to play the Canadiens Saturday night.
Sudbury Wolves 2 @ London Knights 8
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
This is hard to understand. The Knights have scored eight goals in two of their three games this season, yet of those 16 goals, Namestnikov has only one assist toward the total. The good news for London is theyâ€™re getting it done without the first rounderâ€™s offensive production. Thereâ€™s enough talent around him that Namestnikov should have a big season. Finishing on the minus side of even in an 8-2 win is not going to help much. Second year player Ryan Rupert (2012) had a hatter for London.
Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 5
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM
Schemitsch had an assist for the second straight game, but his Owen Sound Attack fell in a rematch of last yearâ€™s OHL championship won by the Attack. The Majors, last yearâ€™s Memorial Cup hosts, got the better of Owen Sound in the Cup tournament and finished runner-up to St. John last May. Leafs 2011 first rounder Stuart Percy had two goals for the Majors.
Gatineau Olympiques 0 @ Victoriaville Tigres 8
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 5 PIM
Ouch. Victoriaville outshot Gatineau 20-3 in the first period while scoring three times. They outshot them again 17-9 in the second and scored four times. They put up the snowman in the third period despite being outshot 16-6. Janosik, who is wearing an A for Gatineau as an assistant captain, was minus-3, tied for second worst on the club. Yanni Gourde (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Tigres.
Q Note: On Sunday the Lightning assigned recently-signed prospect Daniel Milan to Moncton. Milan had 14 goals and 38 points last year as a rookie with the Wildcats. Milan will make his season debut on Friday.
London Knights 2 @ Guelph Storm 1 (SO)
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM
Namestnikov (pictured) scored his first of the year late in the second period on the power play, then added what turned out to be the shootout winner to lead London to a 2-1 win and 2-0 record on the young season. Seth Griffith, a member of the Lightning prospect team this summer, was the only other Knight to participate in the shootout, but he failed to convert his opportunity.
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, +1, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Xavier Ouellet), 2 SOG, 0 Hit
Last Seasonâ€™s Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 24 GP, 5-4-9, -3, 12 PIM
Janosik made his 2011-2012 debut for the Olympiques, notching a multi-point night and a fight. Janosik has done well statistically for his native Slovakia in World Junior play, but his stats so far in league play have been mediocre. A breakout year is expected. The Armada is a new franchise in the Q this year. Last year they were the Montreal Junior and before that the St. Johnâ€™s Fog Devils.
Saginaw Spirit 0 @ London Knights 8
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (hooking)
Last Seasonâ€™s Totals: 68 GP, 30-38-68, +12, 49 PIM
2011 Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, 6 PIM
London put a snowman on the scoreboard to start their season, scoring five times in the second period and adding three more in the third. Namestnikov, who was sent back to juniors by the Lightning this week, had one assist in the game, but was one of only three players to fail to finish above even in plus/minus. He was hauled down from behind on a shorthanded breakaway, but no penalty was called. London was paced by Tie Domiâ€™s son, Max, who had a hat trick and an assist in his first OHL game. London first rounder Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist, and Seth Griffith, who participated in the Lightningâ€™s prospect camp early in the summer and again for the Bolts in the Coral Springs prospect tournament, had two goals and was named Third Star. London plays at Guelph Sunday.
Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Guelph Storm 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM
Defending champion Owen Sound is off to a 2-0 start to the year after beating the Storm in Guelph Friday night 6-4. Schemitsch is scoreless through two games.