Wilcox, Adam

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-24-12

USHL

Dubuque Fighting Saints 4 @ Tri-City Storm 1

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 32 saves on 35 shots
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 30 GP, 15-15-1, 2.89 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

The defending Clark Cup champs were too much for the streaking Storm on Saturday as they beat Wilcox and Tri-City 4-1. Tri-City scored first in the game before allowing four unanswered goals, the last of which was scored into an empty net. Sioux City won tonight and leapfrogged the Storm into fifth. Tri-City is in sixth, four points up on Des Moines, who has a game in hand (seven games left).

QMJHL

16-Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ 1-Saint John Sea Dogs 8
QMJHL First Round – Saint John leads the best of seven series 2-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Saint John scored five fewer goals than they did Friday night, but still pulled together, toughed it out, and managed to put up a snowman on the Eagles. Cape Breton only managed 16 shots compared to the Sea Dogs’ 47. Saint John out shot them 50-19 on Friday, winning 13-4. Charlie Coyle (Sharks) had a hat trick for the second straight night. He has 11 points in the first two games of this series. Game 3 is Tuesday in Sydney.

13-Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5 @ 4-Victoriaville Tigres 3
QMJHL First Round – Baie-Comeau leads best of seven series 2-0

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

Fourth-seeded Victoriaville has now dropped two games at home in this series and the upset-minded Drakkar will return home for Game 3 on Tuesday with all the momentum.

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: 3-16-12

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: 3-9-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 0 @ Omaha Lancers 4

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 30 saves on 33 shots
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 26 GP, 12-14-1, 3.13 GAA, .909 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox carried a shutout into the third period before conference-leading Omaha scored early in the final frame to take a 1-0 lead. They scored three more times, including an empty net goal, before the game ended. The Storm fell out of the last playoff spot and are now one point behind Sioux City, who beat Waterloo 7-2 and has a game in hand on Tri-City.

QMJHL

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4 (SO)

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 62 GP, 44-35-79, +41, 61 PIM

Twice Gauthier tied the game for Saint John, but at the end of the shootout with the game on the line Gauthier couldn’t come through one final time. Kings second rounder Christopher Gibson stopped two of three shooters in the skills competition for the victory. With his two goals Friday, Gauthier moved into second place on his own in the Q goal scoring race. He’s still six behind Acadie-Bathurst’s Zach O’Brien (undrafted).

Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 6 (OT)

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM (holding), 0 hits
Season Totals: 49 GP, 6-25-31, -11, 49 PIM

Janosik was back in the lineup after missing last weekend with an illness and scored his sixth of the year for Gatineau to open the game’s scoring. He took a holding penalty in overtime, however, and the Foreurs capitalized on it with the game winning goal.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ Victoriaville Tigres 5

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 59 GP, 2-8-10, -17, 67 PIM
With Victoriaville: 26 GP, 2-3-5, -4, 36 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Canucks third rounder David Honzik stopped all but two shots for the Tigres.

OHL

London Knights 5 @ Guelph Storm 1

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Season Totals: 59 GP, 22-48-70, +19, 50 PIM

Namestnikov broke a three-game scoreless streak with a goal and an assist Friday as London completed a two-game home-and-home sweep of Guelph. With two points he reached 70 for the season, which establishes a new career high for the Lightning first round draft pick. He also set a career high for penalty minutes in a season with two more added to his totals.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-4-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 4 @ Omaha Lancers 3

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 25 saves on 28 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 25 GP, 12-13-1, 3.13 GAA, .909 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

He’s doing it again. After two bad losses to start the weekend, Wilcox was back in net for the third straight day and earned another first star in a Storm win. That gives him, unofficially, six in the last few weeks. With Sioux City idol on Sunday, Tri-City has taken over the final playoff spot in the USHL’s Western Conference. USHL observers say they have Wilcox to thank for that.

QMJHL

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5 (Saturday)

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 61 GP, 42-35-77, +41, 61 PIM

Sorry folks, somehow I missed this late Saturday night, and it’s a shame because new Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier was first star for the Sea Dogs in their 5-2 win over the Titan. In addition to scoring a couple of points, Gauthier was 8/13 on faceoffs. His 42 goals this year are tied for second, eight behind leader Zack O’Brien of the Titan. O’Brien (undrafted) did not score against the Sea Dogs on Saturday. Gauthier is tied for 10th in the league in total points and is sixth in plus/minus behind five teammates.

Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 2-8-10, -16, 59 PIM
With Victoriaville: 24 GP, 2-3-5, -3, 28 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM
D Adam Janosik, GAT: Did not play (illness)
Season Totals: 48 GP, 5-25-30, -13, 47 PIM

A day after putting up 10 goals on Moncton, Victoriaville only scored three in Gatineau on Sunday, but it was enough to win. Janosik continues to miss time with an illness. The Olympiques went 2-1 in his absence this weekend.

OHL

London Knights 1 @ Oshawa Generals 4

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season Totals: 57 GP, 21-47-68, +19, 48 PIM
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 1-16-17, +6, 24 PIM
With Oshawa: 17 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

For the second night in a row London was stymied by a hot goaltender, this time it was Kevin Bailie (undrafted) of Oshawa. Saturday night it was Petr Mrazek of Ottawa. Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch outpointed fellow Bolt prospect Vladislav Namestnikov in the game, 2-0. Schemitsch’s two assists were a season high and the most points he’s registered in a game since October 30, 2010, when he had three helpers. Namestnikov has fallen from among the league leaders in points to 22nd overall. Plymouth, who beat Sarnia on Sunday, closed to within two points of the Knights atop the Western Conference.

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