North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 2-15-12

QMJHL

Victoriaville Tigres 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (holding), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 50 GP, 1-6-7, -13, 45 PIM
With Victoriaville: 17 GP, 1-1-2, E, 14 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Victoriaville stole a win in Sydney by scoring the game’s final two goals. Former Lightning camper (2010) Brandon Hynes scored his 35th and 36th goals of the season for the Tigres. He also had an assist and was a team-leading plus-4. Hynes is eighth in the league with 70 points in 49 games. Milan hit game No.50 for the season last night and is sitting on seven points. Though primarily a stay-at-home defenseman, he had 38 points (14 goals) in 68 games last season with Moncton (pictured). The Lightning signed him to an entry-level contract in the fall.

Bolt Prospects 2011-2012 Midterm Rankings

With the graduation of Brett Connolly from prospect status, it's finally time to release Bolt Prospects' 2011-2012 Midterm Rankings. While difficult for the Lightning at the NHL level, this season has proven to be incredibly exciting for the development of the team's prospects. The Lightning have never boasted such incredible depth in the system, and that depth extends to overage prospects like Trevor Smith, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, and J.T. Wyman, who have made positive contributions to the big club during injury recalls. The team should also be excited about the performance of AHL signees like Philip-Michael Devos and Cory Conacher, the latter of whom is a lock to earn an NHL entry-level contract from the Lightning very soon.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2-12-12

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3 (SO)

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 43 GP, 5-24-29, -10, 47 PIM

Moncton won the shootout 2-1. Janosik (pictured) did not participate in the tiebreaker. Janosik is 20th in the league in points among defensemen. Sabres pick Jerome Gauthier-Leduc of Rimouski leads blueliners with 62 points in 50 games (24 goals).

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Victoriaville Tigres 1 (SO)

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 49 GP, 1-6-7, -14, 43 PIM
With Victoriaville: 16 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 12 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Halifax won the shootout 3-2. Former Lightning camper Brandon Hynes (Vic) and likely 2014 first overall pick Nathan MacKinnons (Hal) both scored in the skills competition.

OHL

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ London Knights 4 (SO)

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 50 GP, 18-44-62, +17, 42 PIM

Namestnikov’s streak of multi-point games ended at three. He had seven points in those three games. This game on Sunday between the two Midwest Division powers didn’t disappoint as it took a shootout to decide the winner. London got a goal from Jared Knight (Bruins) in the shootout to take the extra point. The Knights extended their lead over the Rangers to nine points for the division lead. Kitchener is one point behind Plymouth for the second most points in the league. London is 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Niagara IceDogs 5 @ Oshawa Generals 3

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 39 GP, 0-14-14, +4, 22 PIM
With Oshawa: 12 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Rangers pick Christian Thomas, son of Lightning player development consultant Steve Thomas, had two goals for the second straight game.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2-11-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 4 @ Fargo Force 3

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 35 saves on 38 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 17 GP, 7-10-1, 3.12 GAA, .913 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

A night after nearly stealing a win against Fargo and being named third star, Wilcox (pictured) stood on his head for most of the Saturday game and came away with a win and first star honors. The future Minnesota Golden Gopher reportedly put on a show for the Storm. TC is now two points behind Des Moines for the final playoff spot in the West, though the Bucs have two games in hand. The Storm have crawled out of the cellar to make a run at the playoffs.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 4

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 42 GP, 5-23-28, -9, 47 PIM

The Volts outshot Gatineau 36-21, including 17-8 in the final period.

OHL

Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (SO)

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 39 GP, 0-14-14, +4, 22 PIM
With Oshawa: 12 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Rangers pick Christian Thomas, son of Lightning player development consultant Steve Thomas, had two goals for Oshawa and was named first star. No word so far on Schemitsch being a healthy or injury scratch.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2-10-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 1 @ Fargo Force 3

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 33 saves on 35 shots, *Third Star*
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 16 GP, 6-10-0, 3.13 GAA, .912 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox nearly stole this game for underdog Tri-City by stopping 33 of 35 shots. He was given the third star award on the road, which is rare in a loss. Fargo scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal late in the first period. They added an empty net marker late.

QMJHL

Drummondville Voltigeurs 2 @ Victoriaville Tigres 3

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 48 GP, 1-6-7, -14, 43 PIM
With Victoriaville: 15 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 12 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Yanni Gourde (undrafted) scored his 30th goal of the season late in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and lift Victoriaville to a home win. The Tigres are currently the league’s fourth seed, but have the third most points due to division leaders being seeded 1-3.

OHL

Plymouth Whalers 6 @ London Knights 8

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 49 GP, 18-44-62, +17, 40 PIM

Namestnikov (pictured) had his third consecutive multi-point game to help London to an 8-6 win over the Whalers in a match-up of the league’s two top teams. London is now six points ahead of Plymouth for the league’s top point total.

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 0-14-14, +4, 22 PIM
With Oshawa: 12 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Riley Brace (undrafted) scored the game’s final three goals to nearly single-handedly beat the Gens on Friday. Brace has 25 goals (60 points) in 50 games this season.

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