Panik, Richard

North American Juniors Hockey Night: 4/2/11

USHL

Indiana Ice 3 @ Fargo Force 5
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 22-36-58, +28, 26 PIM

Mullin scored shorthanded and into an empty net to give him 22 goals on the year. He also added two assists and was plus-4. Not a bad night. Fargo remains in fourth in the conference, but are two points out of second. They have two home games left next weekend before the playoffs start.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.7 Guelph Storm 4 @ No.2 Saginaw Spirit 5
Saginaw leads best of seven series 3-2

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (check to the head)
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 8 PIM

Saginaw scored the tie-breaking goal just past the half-way point of the third period and held on for a Game 5 win over Guelph. Panik was penalized for a check to the head at the 20:00 mark of the third period. Two other Guelph players were also penalized after the final horn. No Spirit players were called for an infraction at that time. Game 6 is Sunday in Guelph.

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.8 London Knights 0 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 6
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 3-2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Win, 13 saves on 13 shots in 51:26
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO

Zador, who was once a first round pick of London, got the start in the pivotal Game 5 for Owen Sound and didn’t disappoint, stopping 13 of 13 shots before leaving the game midway through the third period. It was his first career playoff win. The Attack’s usual No.1 keeper, Jordan Binnington, didn’t dress for the game. He’s been shaky this series and was pulled in favor of Zador in Game 4. There are no reports of an injury to Zador, so it’s likely he was pulled in the third period with the game out of hand to prevent an injury.

"I felt like it was just an every day game, I was comfortable," Zador told the Owen Sound Sun Times after the game. "Our team played great in front of me so I'm really happy how it turned out. I'm just going to take it day-to-day and keep playing the way I am right now."

The Knights only had 14 shots in Game 5 despite having four power plays. Game 6 is Sunday in London.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.7 Chilliwack Bruins 4 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 6
Spokane wins best of seven series 4-1

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: Did not play – injured.
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM

Johnson missed his second full game with a head injury. His Chiefs teammates were able to overcome playing without their leading scorer and eliminated the Bruins in five games. This may have been the last time the Bruins represented Chilliwack as reports state a move to Victoria is expected. Spokane will face Lightning prospect Carter Ashton and Tri-City in the next round starting next Saturday. Hopefully the week off allows enough time for Johnson to recover.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

No.8 Prince Albert Raiders 0 @ No.1 Saskatoon Blades 8
Saskatoon lead best of seven series 3-2

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2 +2, 6 PIM

After seeing their 2-0 series lead disappear at the home of eighth-seeded Prince Albert, Saskatoon made a statement in Game 5, destroying the Raiders 8-0. The Blades scored six times in the second period to break a 0-0 tie. Game 6 is Sunday in Prince Albert.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/31/11

USHL

Des Moines Buccaneers 3 @ Fargo Force 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (holding), 2 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 20-34-54, +26, 26 PIM

Mullin has just one assist in his last three games, two of those being losses. Fargo has clinched a playoff spot despite a mediocre 13-11-3 home record. They are in fourth in the West, but are two points out of second place.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.2 Saginaw Spirit 4 @ No.7 Guelph Storm 3
Best of seven series tied 2-2

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 6 PIM

Guelph had a chance to go up 3-1 at home as underdogs in their series and held a 2-0 lead going into the second period before giving up four goals in the middle stanza. The pivotal Game 5 is Saturday in Michigan.

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.1 Owen Sound Attack 2 @ No.8 London Knights 5
Best of seven series tied 2-2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: 12 saves on 12 shots
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO

Zador entered the game down 5-1 at 8:02 of the third period and was perfect for the remainder of the game. The Knights pounded Top seeded Owen Sound is struggling with London as the series goes back to Owen Sound for Game 5 Saturday.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.7 Chilliwack Bruins 2 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4
Spokane leads best of seven series 3-1

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: Did not play.
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM

Johnson missed the game due to an injury sustained when he was elbowed by Chilliwack’s Tyler Stahl in the second period of Game 3. Stahl was suspended for Thursday’s game. No timetable has been given for Johnson’s return. Spokane was able to overcome not playing with the WHL’s leading goal scorer and second leading point producer in Game 4, but unless Johnson returns, their shot at the conference and/or league titles is in jeopardy. The Bruins have their own distractions now since there are heavy rumors the team is moving to Victoria, B.C. after being sold. The Chiefs can close it out Saturday at home in Game 5.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

No.1 Saskatoon Blades 2 @ No.8 Prince Albert Raiders 5
Best of seven series tied 2-2

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (goaltender interference, roughing)
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2 +1, 6 PIM

The WHL’s top team, Saskatoon, now finds themselves tied with upstart Prince Albert 2-2 in their conference quarterfinals series. The Raiders outshot the Blades by a wide margin (41-30) for the second straight game. Game 5 is Saturday in Saskatoon.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/28/11

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.7 Guelph Storm 7 @ No.2 Saginaw Spirit 3
Guelph leads best of seven series 2-1

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, E, 6 PIM

Richard Panik had two assists and Michael Latta and Taylor Beck both had two goals as Guelph scored a huge playoff road win over Saginaw to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Thursday in Guelph. (OHL photo)

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/27/11

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.2 Saginaw Spirit 3 @ No.7 Guelph Storm 2
Best of seven series tied 1-1

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, check to the head)
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 6 PIM

Panik’s first career playoff goal gave Guelph a 2-0 first period lead and the Storm never looked back, winning at home in Game 2, 6-2. Game 3 is Monday in Michigan.

WHL

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 5
Saskatoon leads best of seven series 2-0

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2 +3, 2 PIM

Yes, you read that right. On a team full of stars, Teigan Zahn was First Star tonight for Saskatoon in their Game 2 win over Prince Albert. Zahn is now at a point-per-game pace for the playoffs. Sure, it’s just two games, but Zahn, a rugged defenseman known more for his fists and leadership, is a PPGer officially. Game 3 is Wednesday in Prince Albert.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/25/11

QMJHL

QMJHL First Round – Game 1

No. 12 Rimouski Oceanic 0 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 6
Gatineau leads best of seven series 1-0

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Rimouski actually outshot Gatineau 25-22. Janosik earned his eighth career playoff point with an assist. He had five goals and two assists in nine games for Gatineau last postseason.

QMJHL First Round – Game 2

No.15 Halifax Mooseheads 0 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 6
Montreal leads best of seven series 2-0

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +4, 2 PIM

Landry was scoreless as Montreal put a beating on Halifax in Quebec. Game 3 is Tuesday in Nova Scotia.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.7 Guelph Storm 2 @ No.2 Saginaw Spirit 3
Saginaw leads best of seven series 1-0

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Guelph had a 2-1 lead entering the third period on the road but gave up two goals in the middle of the final stanza to drop Game 1, 3-2. Game 2 is Sunday in Guelph. Panik was on the ice for the game winner.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.8 London Knights 2 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3 (OT)
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 1-0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO

As expected, Jordan Binnington got the start for the Attack. Panthers prospect Garrett Wilson scored the overtime winner, his second of the game for Owen Sound. Game 2 is Sunday in London. Schemitsch is listed as day-to-day.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.5 Vancouver Giants 1 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 2 (OT)
Tri-City leads best of seven series 1-0

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ashton scored on the power play with just 2.2 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Ams a Game 1 win over the Giants. He threw the puck at the net from the corner and it banked in off Vancouver goaltender Mark Segal (undrafted), who stopped 44 shots in the loss. TC outshot Vancouver 27-9 in the third period. Game 2 is Saturday in Washington. This was only Ashton’s second career playoff goal. He had one in 11 games two years ago for Lethbridge and none in 19 games for Lethbridge the year before that. It’s safe to say he’s improved a lot since then. (TC Americans photo)

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.7 Prince George Cougars 1 @ No.2 Kelowna Rockets 4
Kelowna leads best of seven series 1-0

RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Connolly, the Cougars’ captain, left the game early with an apparent shoulder injury after being hit by Rockets forward Mitchell Callahan. PG is calling it an "upper body injury" and not giving details, which is not a surprise at this time of the year. Kelowna scored three times in the third period to take Game 1. Game 2 is Saturday in Kelowna.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.3 Spokane Chiefs 3 @ No.6 Chilliwack Bruins 2 (OT)
Spokane leads best of seven series 1-0

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

Johnson scored the game-tying goal in the third period then earned an assist on Darren Kramer’s (undrafted) overtime winner as the Chiefs took Game 1 in Chilliwack, 3-2. Kramer had two goals in the game after only scoring seven times during the season. Spokane peppered Chilliwack goaltender Lucas Gore (undrafted) with 63 shots, including 23 in the second period. Game 2 is Saturday in Chilliwack because of a women’s basketball tournament in Spokane. The series will go 2-3-1-1-1. Johnson’s goal was his 14th career playoff score.

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