North American Juniors

World Juniors Game Night: 12-19-11

Canada 3 vs. Finland 1 (Pre-tournament match)

RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM

Canada got a win in their first pre-tournament game before the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships in Alberta. Monday night they took down Finland 3-1 in Calgary’s Saddledome. Lightning winger Brett Connolly, permitted to join Canada by Bolts general manager Steve Yzerman, had an assist for the Canadians on Boone Jenner's goal. Last year Connolly had three assists in seven games for Canada.

Additional Lightning prospects in the tournament include Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Kucherov, and Nikita Nesterov for Russia, and Adam Janosik for Slovakia.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12-18-11

QMJHL

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 2

D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 29 GP, 0-4-4, -9, 27 PIM

Milan’s scoreless streak hit 12 games in the loss. Minnesota Wild first rounder Zack Phillips, who was just cut from Team Canada, had a goal and an assist for the defending Memorial Cup champs.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12-17-11

USHL

Tri-City Storm 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 5 GP, 1-4-0, 3.22 GAA, .910 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Uh-oh. Wilcox’s partner in net, Phoenix Copley, started and excelled in his third straight game. He also started and allowed just one goal in a win on Tuesday. Wilcox was traded from Green Bay because they couldn’t offer him the starts he deserved. Tri-City is likely “just” going with the hot hand, but Lightning fans would like that hot hand to be Wilcox. Of course, Wilcox has to do his part, and he’s lost his last four games.

OHL

Kitchener Rangers 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 3

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 23 GP, 0-7-7, -1, 16 PIM

Third place (Midwest Division) Owen Sound outshot second place Kitchener 44-24 on their way to a big win over the Rangers at home. Schemitsch has been scoreless in his three games since returning from an injury. Prior to being hurt on November 12 he had points in four of his last six games.

QMJHL Note: Lightning prospect Adam Janosik of Gatineau has joined Team Slovakia in preparation for the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12-16-11

QMJHL

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 0

D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 29 GP, 0-4-4, -9, 27 PIM

Milan’s scoreless streak hit 11 games in the loss.

QMJHL Note: Lightning prospect Adam Janosik of Gatineau has joined Team Slovakia in preparation for the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships.

OHL

Guelph Storm 1 @ London Knights 3
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 17-23-40, +10, 28 PIM

Former Lightning camper Seth Griffith scored an empty net goal for his 26th goal of the season as London topped division rival Guelph, 3-1. The undrafted Griffith has 46 points in 33 games to go with a plus-17 rating. He has a 12 game point streak going and has had at least a point in 24 of his last 26 games. He was passed over in last year’s draft and camped with the Lightning before being sent back to the OHL without a contract. He sits in sixth in the OHL in points and is second in goals.

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Sarnia Sting 5

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 22 GP, 0-7-7, -1, 16 PIM

Likely 2012 top-3 pick Nail Yakupov had a goal and an assist in Sarnia’s win over Geoffrey Schemitsch and Owen Sound. The Russian has 51 points in 25 games. Yakupov, Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov, and Quebec Rempart Mikhail Grigorenko are expected to be the offensive leaders for Russia in the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12-15-11

OHL

London Knights 3 @ Peterborough Petes 5
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 17-23-40, +10, 28 PIM

Namestnikov scored at about the 1:00 mark of the first period – his 17th of the season – then assisted on Seth Griffith’s 25th of the year later in the game but it wasn’t enough for the CHL’s top ranked team to beat the Petes. Namestnikov failed to convert a penalty shot attempt in the game.

Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 0-7-7, -1, 16 PIM

He’s back! Though he was scoreless in the game, Schemitsch (pictured) played his first game since being injured November 12. His name has been mentioned in the local press for being possible trade bait as Owen Sound looks toward the future.

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