Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ Penticton Vees 6
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 2-3-5, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 8-8-16, Even, 8 PIM
A huge night for Oâ€™Donnell, who was named the gameâ€™s First Star. Victoria had a 2-0 lead in this game before Oâ€™Donnell scored his first. His second goal was the eventual game winner.
Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Regina Pats 5
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-0-1, +5, 17 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 13 GP, 6-5-11, -4, 25 PIM
Regina won their third in a row with an upset win over first-place Saskatoon. Ashton, who scored on the power play, now has 5 points in his last 2 games and 6 in his last 3. He was given credit for a goal in his last game after the play was reviewed late. Perhaps his season is indeed starting to take off.
Alberni Valley Bulldogs 3 @ Penticton Vees 2
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 6-5-11, Even, 8 PIM
Oâ€™Donnellâ€™s primary assist came while shorthanded. It temporarily tied the game at one.
Sioux Falls Stampede 2 @ Fargo Force 1 (OT)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 5-4-9, +1, 8 PIM
Mullin extended his point streak to three games. He had a goal and two assists Thursday vs. Youngstown. Mullin is tied for fifth in the league in points.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (hooking), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-3-4, E, 8 PIM
After losing Friday, Lewiston takes the second of back-to-back games in Gatineau.
Belleville Bulls 2 @ Saginaw Spirit 5
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM (2 checking-from-behind, diving)
Season totals: 13 GP, 11-7-18, +3, 21 PIM
Panik had two checking-from-behind penalties two minutes apart in the first period. The second led to a Saginaw power play goal. At 3-10, Belleville is just one point ahead of Barrie in the leagueâ€™s basement.
Sarnia Sting 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 9
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-6-7, +9, 2 PIM
Schemitsch had the primary assist on the gameâ€™s opening goal. Avalanche first rounder Joey Hishon had two goals and three assists in the game for the Attack. The controversial first rounder has 13 points in 4 games.
Tri-City Americans 3 @ Prince George Cougars 8
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 13-8-21, +3, 6 PIM
Connolly ran his point streak to 13 games, but his goal streak ended at 7 despite PG scoring 8 Saturday night. The Cougarsâ€™ captain had 11 points in his last 5 games coming into Saturday nightâ€™s game.
Medicine Hat Tigers 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (tripping, interference)
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-0-1, +6, 15 PIM
The Blades are one point behind Portland for the leagueâ€™s best record. The Winterhawks have played one more game than Saskatoon, however.
Vernon Vipers 5 @ Penticton Vees 0
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 6-4-10, Even, 8 PIM
A devastating home loss to Vernon, though Penticton still leads the Interior Conference with a 12-5-0-0 record.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 1-3-4, E, 6 PIM
It was a rough plus/minus night for Janosik despite the win. He was credited with one hit in the game.
Erie Otters 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 7
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 10 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 36 PIM
An offensive explosion for the Soo, yet Beukeboom is still searching for his first point of the season. The Lightningâ€™s third round pick was named this week to Team OHL for the upcoming Canada/Russia Subway Super Series.
Belleville Bulls 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 5
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 11-7-18, +3, 15 PIM
Panik opened the gameâ€™s scoring, but the Bulls couldnâ€™t pull off the win in Michigan.
Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Sarnia Sting 7
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-5-6, +7, 2 PIM
Another quiet night on the scoresheet for Schemitsch.
Oshawa Generals 4 @ London Knights 3 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 33 saves on 36 shots
Season Totals: 6-2-0-0, 3.61 GAA, .886 sv%
A nice win for the Gens and Zador, whoâ€™s save percentage is creeping back toward .900.
Swift Current Broncos 0 @ Regina Pats 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-2-6, -6, 23 PIM
Ashton scored his fourth of the year in the third period on the power play to give the Pats an insurance goal. He has 2 goals in his last 3 games. Ashton was named this week to Team WHL for the upcoming Canada/Russia Subway Super Series.
Tri-City Americans 7 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 12 GP, 13-7-20, +4, 6 PIM
Connolly (pictured) ran his point streak to 12 games and his goal streak to 7 games with his third straight 2-goal game. Heâ€™s scored at least twice in 4 of his last 5 games. The PG captain, who was named this week for Team WHL for the Canada/Russia Subway Super Series, is alone in third in the league in goals now with 13.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 4 (SO)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-0-1, +5, 11 PIM
Coming off a rare loss, the Blades earned a shootout win over the Hurricanes after scoring twice in the third period to force the extra sessions.
Quesnel Millionaires 2 @ Penticton Vees 6
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 15 GP, 6-4-10, 8 PIM
Oâ€™Donnell earned a power play assist in the Veesâ€™ route of Quesnel.
Niagara IceDogs 5 @ Belleville Bulls 4
C Richard Panik, BEL: 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM (Tripping), *Second Star*
Season Totals: 8 GP, 7-6-13, +2, 13 PIM
Panik had three points for the second consecutive game, but the Bulls gave up two late goals to see a win slip away. Panik is tied for fourth in the OHL in points with 13, three behind leaders Greg McKegg (Erie, Maple Leafs), Ryan Strome (Niagara, 2011), and Ryan Murphy (Kitchener, 2011). Panik is also tied for fourth in goals, one behind leaders Christian Thomas (Oshawa, Rangers), Alex Aleardi (Plymouth, undrafted), and McKegg.