North American Juniors

Prospect of the Week: 1-7-14

After a nice holiday break, we continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for January 7, 2014 is … Cameron Darcy, Center, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL – Canada).

There are turnarounds, then there's what Lightning prospect Cam Darcy is doing.

Darcy’s story is well known – he was intent on getting a pro contract last fall, but the Lightning sent him back to juniors for an overage year so he could get stronger. The South Boston native didn’t produce anywhere close to the level that made him a second team all-star with Cape Breton last year and eventually the Eagles had to move on. Darcy was traded to Sherbrooke, where he suddenly found his game again.

Juniors Game Night: 1-6-15

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 4-12-16, -3, 16 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

C Brayden Point, MJ: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 16-26-42, +10, 21 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Calgary outshot Moose Jaw 36-16 on their way to an easy 6-1 win. The Warriors only mustered two shots in the final period compared to 16 for Calgary, who had a 5-1 lead entering the last 20 minutes. Ben Thomas was scoreless for the Hitmen. Brayden Point, fresh off his gold medal for Team Canada at the WJCs, arrived at the arena just before game time, so he was a scratch.

Juniors Game Night: 1-4-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 6

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 14/20 FO, 0 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 8 GP, 7-8-15, -9, 6 PIM
With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 8-21-29, -15, 20 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy had an assist Sunday in a loss to the Foreurs to give him 15 points in eight games with Sherbrooke.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 5 @ Mississauga Steelheads 4 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 13-10-23, -10, 57 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto (pictured) extended his point streak to five games with a goal that cut Mississauga’s lead to 3-2. The Spits later completed the comeback and won in overtime.

Notes: The following players remain out of their respective lineups:
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw), with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships
Dominik Masin (Peterborough) has not yet returned from Team Czech Republic

Juniors Game Night: 1-3-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 1 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 10/18 FO, 3 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 7 GP, 7-7-14, -7, 4 PIM
With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 8-20-28, -13, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy's 8-game points streak was snapped and Sherbrooke lost for the first time in their last five games as the Huskies beat the Phoenix, 5-1. Darcy had seven goals in his last four games coming into Saturday night.

Quebec Remparts 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 7

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 4/15 FO, 2 Hits
Season totals: 34 GP, 23-27-50, +20, 44 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec had its 5-game win streak snapped by the Armada. Lightning Assistant General Manager Julien Brisebois and Director of Player Development Stacy Roest were in attendance to see Erne, who had one of his worst games statistically. He was moved to first line center a few weeks ago and had been excellent in the circle, but was just 4 for 15 in front of his future bosses. Danick Martel (undrafted) had a hat trick for Cedric Paquette’s former team.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 5 (OT)

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 10-28-38, E, 64 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo returned to the Sting lineup the day after Team USA was eliminated from the World Junior Championships. DeAngelo had two goals and an assist in the tournament. He has primary assists on Sarnia’s final two goals, which tied the game vs the Spirit on Saturday. He was on the ice for the overtime winner, however, taking a minus.

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Erie Otters 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 12-10-22, -12, 57 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto extended his point streak to four games with an assist as Windsor upset Erie, 6-3, on the road.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 7

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-0-1, -3, 2 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-12-16, -4, 14 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary had a 3-1 lead at one point, then gave up six of the next seven goals. Thomas (pictured) scored his fourth goal of the season.

Notes: The following players remain out of their respective lineups:
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw), with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships
Dominik Masin (Peterborough) has not yet returned from Team Czech Republic

Juniors Game Night: 1-2-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Quebec Remparts 6

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/16 FO, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 33 GP, 23-27-50, +20, 40 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec won its fifth straight game, beating the Tigres in Quebec City. Erne scored his 100th career goal in the game and added two assists.

Juniors Game Night: 12-31-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 (SO)

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 11/23 FO, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
With Sherbrooke: 6 GP, 7-7-14, -3, 4 PIM
With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 8-20-28, -9, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy extended his point streak to eight games and goal-scoring streak to four games. He has seven goals in the last four games, all wins for Sherbrooke.

Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3 (OT)

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 13/22 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 32 GP, 22-25-47, +20, 40 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec won its fourth straight game, defeating Rimouski in overtime after blowing a 2-0 lead.

Ontario Hockey League

Plymouth Whalers 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 12-9-21, -12, 57 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

One game after scoring eight goals against the Whalers, Windsor allowed six en route to a tough, 6-4 home loss. DiGiacinto has a three-game goal-scoring streak. His goal with under six minutes left in regulation cut Plymouth’s lead to 5-4. The Whalers added a late empty-netter.

Notes: The following players remain out of their respective lineups:
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw), with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships
Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia), with Team USA
Dominik Masin (Peterborough),with Team Czech Republic

Juniors Game Night: 12-30-14

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 8 @ Plymouth Whalers 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 11-9-20, -12, 53 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor won their second straight game, putting up a snowman in Plymouth. DiGiacinto had a goal and an assist in both wins.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 8

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 3-12-15, -1, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary also put up a snowman, 8-2 over Lethbridge. Ben Thomas was a team-worst minus-2 despite the plus-4 even-strength goal disparity. He and one other Hitman were on the minus side of even.

Notes: The following players remain out of their respective lineups:
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw), with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships
Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia), with Team USA
Dominik Masin (Peterborough),with Team Czech Republic

Juniors Game Night: 12-29-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 6

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 3-2-5, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 9/20 FO, 0 Hits, *First Star*
With Sherbrooke: 5 GP, 5-7-12, -3, 4 PIM
With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 6-20-26, -9, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy extended his point streak to seven games while announcing his figurative “return” to the QMJHL. Darcy, who was in search of a pro contract this fall, struggled after coming back to Cape Breton and was eventually scratched and traded. His five-point game tonight gets him to a point-per-game pace for the season and Sherbrooke will enjoy the QMJHL Second-Team All-Star for the rest of the year. This is the player Cape Breton thought they were receiving when the Lightning decided to send Darcy back to the Q in September.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 1 (SO)

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 16/26 FO, 2 Hits
Season totals: 31 GP, 22-24-46, +19, 38 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec won in a shootout for the second straight night. Julio Billia saved Erne’s attempt in the skills competition. Erne had a brief, three-game point streak snapped.

Juniors Game Night: 12-28-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-2-3, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 12/19 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 4 GP, 2-5-7, -4, 4 PIM
With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 3-18-21, -10, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy (estrieplus.com photo) extended his point streak to six games and scored for the second game after not scoring into a guarded net until he was traded to Sherbrooke. His numbers with the Phoenix, albeit early, are what was expected from him this season after being a second-team all-star last year. Sherbrooke scored the game’s final three goals, all in the third period. The game-winner was scored with 29 seconds left in regulation.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1 (SO)

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 30 GP, 22-24-46, +19, 34 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec won the shootout, 1-0, to take the game, 2-1. Erne played his first game since being cut from Team USA and scored a goal. In an interview with La Presse, Erne said he was bitter about USA’s decision, saying team officials never gave him a reason why he was released after making the team last year. He’s using the decision as motivation for the rest of the season and through the Memorial Cup.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 5 @ London Knights 4 (SO)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 10-8-18, -12, 51 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor upset London on the road, winning in a shootout. DiGiacinto has points in consecutive games after going three games without a point.

Western Hockey League

Kootenay Ice 4 @ Calgary Hitmen 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 3-12-15, +1, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Kootenay completed the home-and-home weekend sweep of Calgary with a 4-3 win on Sunday.

Notes: The following players remain out of their respective lineups:
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw), with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships
Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia), with Team USA
Dominik Masin (Peterborough),with Team Czech Republic

Juniors Game Night: 12-20-14

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 7

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 6 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 9-7-16, -12, 49 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto broke a personal three-game scoreless drought with an assist Saturday.

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