North American Juniors

Juniors Game Night: 9-25-14

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin made his North American debut for the Petes and finished scoreless and minus-1. Kingston jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Peterborough started to claw back. Panthers third rounder Juho Lammikko had a goal and two assists for the Fronts, who are playing without Lightning prospect Henri Ikonen for the first time in two seasons.

Bolts Sign Blujus

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Dylan Blujus to a three-year entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Blujus, 20, skated in 55 games with the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2013-14 season, collecting four goals and 30 points to go along with 56 penalty minutes. He led all Battalion defensemen for assists with 26. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound defenseman also skated in 22 playoff games for North Bay, posting four goals and 10 points. Blujus led all North Bay defensemen for playoff goals, with three of his four tallies coming on the man-advantage. He helped guide the Battalion to the OHL Championships against the Guelph Storm.

The Buffalo, New York native has played in 256 career OHL games over four seasons with Brampton and North Bay, amassing 17 goals and 119 points. He recorded a career-best plus-12 rating in 2013-14.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-9-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Guelph Storm 4
Storm win best-of-7 OHL Finals, 4-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 22 GP, 4-6-10, +1, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Guelph clinched the 2014 OHL title with another come-from-behind victory, winning 4-3 in Game 5 to win the series, 4-1. North Bay, who had a one-goal lead going into the final minute of Game 3 before losing in regulation, held a 3-2 lead entering the final period. The Storm scored twice on 13 shots, including the championship-winner with 27 seconds left. Guelph will now move on to the Memorial Cup, hosted by nearby London.

North Bay’s elimination means Dylan Blujus’ junior career is likely over. The 2012 second rounder can be signed and play in the AHL next season for Syracuse. Blujus' right-handed shot is needed in the Tampa Bay organization. He projects as a defense-first defenseman with above-average skating ability.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-7-14

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 10 @ North Bay Battalion 1
Storm lead best-of-7 OHL Finals, 3-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 21 GP, 4-6-10, +3, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Guelph picked up where they left off in the last minute of Game 3, scoring early and often in Game 4 en route to a whopping, 10-1 win. All three Finals games prior to Wednesday were one-goal games. The Storm scored three times in the first period in Game 4, five times in the second, and twice in the third. Guelph can close out the championship series on Friday at home.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-6-14

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 4 @ North Bay Battalion 3
Storm lead best-of-7 OHL Finals, 2-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 20 GP, 4-6-10, +5, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

This one will hurt for North Bay. Blujus’ goal at 9:03 of the third period gave North Bay a 3-2 lead, but a funny thing happened on the way to North Bay’s series lead – the Storm scored twice in the final 30 seconds of regulation to steal the game and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 OHL Finals. Zack Mitchell scored at 19:30 to tie the game with the goalie pulled, then Brock McGinn scored the winner with 11 seconds left. Blujus was on the ice for the 6-on-5 goal, but was off for the game winner. He was named first star for the game. Game 4 is Wednesday night.

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