Zador, Michael

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/7/11

BCHL

Surrey Eagles 3 @ Penticton Vees 4
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 16-34-50, 18 PIM

O’Donnell earned an assist on the Vees game winning goal scored on the power play midway through the third period. The assist gave O’Donnell 50 points for the year. He had 61 in 55 games last year for the Winnipeg South Blues of the MJHL.

USHL

Waterloo Black Hawks 2 @ Fargo Force 7
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 14-17-31, +17, 18 PIM

Somehow Fargo scored seven goals and their leading scorer, Mullin, didn’t figure in on any of them. He’s likely too busy smiling about the win to care.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 1
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 34 GP, 4-13-17, +5, 20 PIM

Coming off a strong WJC performance in which he was Slovakia’s second leading scorer to fellow Lightning prospect Richard Panik, Janosik earned the primary assist on Gatineau’s first goal en route to helping the Olympiques to a big road win.

OHL

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -6, 48 PIM

The Soo was outshot 35-16 in the game. Not good.

Plymouth Whalers 4 @ Guelph Storm 1
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM (checking from behind, roughing), *Second Star*
With Guelph: 8 GP, 5-5-10, -4, 8 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 31 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 19-22-41, -4, 39 PIM

Panik scored midway through the third to cut the Whalers’ lead to 2-1, but Plymouth added a power play goal a few minutes later to clinch the win. Panik has goals in consecutive games since his return from the WJCs.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 1-13-14, +10, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play.
With Attack: 3 GP, 2-0-0-0, 3.20 GAA, .897 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 12-3-1-1, 3.34 GAA, .881 sv%, 1 SO

Owen Sound had a 2-0 lead to start the game, but Kingston scored four unanswered goals to win. Kingston’s Eric Gudbranson, the Panthers’ first rounder last year, scored his fourth of the season in his first game back from Team Canada.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 2 @ Everett Silvertips 3
RW Carter Ashton, TC: Did not play.
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM
With Tri-City: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM

Ashton has yet to make his debut for TC after being traded by Regina before the World Junior tournament.

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM (elbowing), *First Star*
Season totals: 31 GP, 23-15-38, -4, 10 PIM

After not scoring in his time for Team Canada, Connolly had a goal and an assist and earned First Star in his return to Prince George. His goal came after he toe-dragged past a defender. The Cougars gave up a third period goal to the Giants, however, and took the loss. With the win, the Giants tied the Cougars for tops in the B.C. Division, though Prince George has two games in hand.

Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Prince Albert Raiders 1
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 2-10-12, +11, 64 PIM

Saskatoon is now six points up on Kootenay for the league’s best point total.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/29/10

USHL

Fargo Force 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 13-16-29, +16, 16 PIM

Mullin scored at 3:16 of overtime to lift the Force to a road win in division-leading Dubuque. He also added an assist on Fargo’s other goal, yet the decision makers in Iowa decided he shouldn’t be a game star. Two Saints were first and second star, respectively. Mullin has a five game point streak in which he has 10 points. He has 15 points in his last seven games.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 30 GP, 0-5-5, -8, 46 PIM

Beukeboom scored seven times last year, but after 30 games the Soo captain is still looking for his first goal of the season.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 8
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 1-13-14, +11, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play.
With Attack: 2 GP, 1-0-0-0, 3.95 GAA, .875 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.41 GAA, .878 sv%, 1 SO

Zador won last time out, but was back in his familiar backup role for the Attack Wednesday. The Attack put up a snowman against Barrie, paced by four points each by Joey Hishon (Avalanche) and Andrew Fritsch (2011 draft).

WHL

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 64 PIM

Saskatoon got a late goal by Brent Benson (2011) to defeat the Raiders on the road.

Of Note: Carter Ashton (Canada), Brett Connolly (Canada), Adam Janosik (Czech Republic), and Richard Panik (Slovakia) are all participating in preparations for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/28/10

Light night in the junior ranks with a healthy chunk of the Lightning's prospects participating in the U20 WJC's:

OHL
Owen Sound 7 @ Barrie 6 (SO)
Geoffrey Schemitsch, Owen Sound, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 1-13-14, +9, 6 PIM

Michael Zador, Owen Sound, Win, 31/37, 5.54 GAA, .838 sv%
Season totals: 11-3-2, 0 SO, 3.41 GAA, .878 sv%

Geoffrey Schemitsch assisted on a Liam Heelis goal in Owen Sound's 7-6 shootout victory over Barrie. Heelis is rocking the black rimmed glasses in his roster picture, proving ZZ Tops' old adage that every girl's crazy about a sharp dressed man. Michael Zador continued to lead a charmed life, stopping 3 of 4 shooters to steal the shootout win despite an abysmal .838 save percentage in the contest. Only in the Lightning organization can a man have a sub .880 save percentage and be 8 games over .500 on the season.

QMJHL
Montreal 3 @ Shawinigan 4 (SO)
Charles Landry, Montreal, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 5-21-26, +14, 16 PIM

Meanwhile, in the "Q", Charles Landry assisted on the final two goals of a Montreal comeback by Xavier Ouellet and David Rose to help force overtime, but the Juniors still fell 4-3 in the shootout. Shawiningan's Gabriel Girard was named the game's number one star after turning away 37 of 40 shots and 2 of 4 attempts for the shootout victory.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/18/10

BCHL

Nanaimo Clippers 3 @ Penticton Vees 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 6 PIM (roughing, high sticking, high sticking)
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-31-46, 18 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured) followed up a rare scoreless night Friday with another multi-point night Saturday.

USHL

Sioux Falls Stampede 3 @ Fargo Force 4 (SO)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 12-15-27, +14, 16 PIM

Mullin completed a six point weekend with a goal and an assist Saturday. He also added a shootout goal as Fargo moved into third in the Western Conference.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Sarnia Sting 5 (OT)
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 29 GP, 0-5-5, -11, 44 PIM

Beukeboom notched his fifth point of the year, but the Greyhounds couldn’t earn that second point on the road.

Niagara IceDogs 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 2
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-12-13, +9, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play.
With Attack: 1 GP, 0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO
With Generals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.27 GAA, .882 sv%, 1 SO

Despite being perfect in a relief appearance Friday, Zador was back to the bench Saturday. Schemitsch was a team-worst minus-3 in the game.

WHL

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 35 GP, 2-8-10, +10, 64 PIM

Zahn tied for the team lead with a plus-2 rating Saturday night.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/17/10

BCHL

Vernon Vipers 1 @ Penticton Vees 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 36 GP, 15-29-44, 12 PIM

Penticton was outshot 40-22 in the game, and only managed two shots in the first period.

USHL

Team USA 1 @ Fargo Force 6
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 11-14-25, +13, 16 PIM

A huge night for Mullin (pictured) against the USA Development Program’s U18 team as he scored twice and led the team with eight shots on goal. The future Miami Redhawk is tied for fifth in the USHL in total points and is fourth in plus/minus.

QMJHL

Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, hooking), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 25 GP, 5-18-23, +12, 12 PIM

Montreal potted seven against Lewiston despite no points from red-hot Landry and no Louis Leblanc (Canada WJC) in the lineup. Montreal scored four times in the third period. Much-maligned Islanders pick Kirill Kabanov was scoreless in the game for Lewiston. He has seven points in 12 games with Lewiston this year after coming over from Moncton.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 44 PIM

Saginaw got revenge on the Soo for a Greyhound win over the Spirit earlier in the week.

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ London Knights 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 1-12-13, +12, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: 11 saves on 11 shots
With Attack: 1 GP, 0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO
With Generals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.27 GAA, .882 sv%, 1 SO

Zador didn’t start the game, but was perfect in relief of Attack starter Jordan Binnington. Schemitsch earned his first point in six games. He has just two assists in his last 10 contests. Schemitsch had 40 points in 62 games last season.

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-8-10, +8, 62 PIM

Zahn, whose nickname is “Bear,” is chasing his career high in points of 19, set in 2007-2008.

Of Note: Carter Ashton (Canada), Brett Connolly (Canada), Adam Janosik (Slovakia), and Richard Panik (Slovakia) are all participating in preparations for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

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