North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-28-12

USHL

Sioux Falls Stampede 2 @ Tri-City Storm 3 (SO)

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 30 saves on 32 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 14 GP, 6-8-0, 3.23 GAA, .910 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox (pictured) earned his third straight First Star award by stopping 30 shots against Sioux Falls on Saturday night. He stopped two of three shooters in the skills competition to pick up the win – his third in a row, all by 3-2 scores.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Quebec Remparts 12

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 38 GP, 5-20-25, -8, 34 PIM

Ouch. Patrick Roy’s Remparts scored six times in the first period and had 10 goals by the end of the second. Gabriel Desjardins (undrafted) had a hat trick plus an assist for Quebec. Janosik’s minus-4 rating was tied for the worst on the team.

OHL

London Knights 6 @ Saginaw Spirit 3

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 17-38-55, +11, 38 PIM

Max Domi (2013 draft) had a hat trick for London in Michigan on Saturday. Namestnikov was back on the scoresheet with two assists, though his goal-less drought tied a career-long at 13 games.

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Oshawa Generals 2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 34 GP, 0-13-13, +3, 22 PIM
With Oshawa: 7 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Brampton overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to beat the Gens in Oshawa on Saturday night. Lightning player development consultant Steve Thomas’ son, Christian, had a goal and was Second Star for Oshawa. Canucks first rounder (2011) and Denmark native Nicklas Jensen had Oshawa’s other goal.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-27-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 30 saves on 32 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 13 GP, 5-8-0, 3.37 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox (pictured) earned his second straight First Star award by stopping 30 shots in a close road win in Omaha. He made 37 saves last Saturday to defeat Waterloo, 3-2. The Storm are within three points of Des Moines for sixth in the Western Conference, but Des Moines has four games in hand.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 37 GP, 5-20-25, -4, 34 PIM

Fresh off a career-high three points in his last game, Janosik was scoreless Friday in the house that Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier built in Rimouski. Janosik had two goals and an assist earlier in the week against Victoriaville. Friday's game featured seven different goal scorers.

OHL

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ London Knights 5

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 17-36-53, +11, 38 PIM

London shook off a blowout loss at home to Kitchener earlier in the week by defeating Windsor handily on Friday night. Namestnikov’s goal-less streak reached 12 games. He had a 13-game goal-less drought last year, which was the longest of his short OHL career thus far. Namestnikov has 13 assists over his last 12 games, but only one in his last three contests. Lightning camper Seth Griffith scored his 35th goal of the season on Friday. His 35 goals rank second in the league behind Kings second rounder Tyler Toffoli of the Ottawa 67’s.

Oshawa Generals 1 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2 (OT)

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-13-13, +3, 20 PIM
With Oshawa: 6 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Schemitsch was back in the lineup after missing Sunday’s game. Kingston’s captain, Cody Alcock (undrafted), scored the game winner for the Fronts.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-24-12

Victoriaville Tigres 9 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (holding), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 44 GP, 1-6-7, -13, 43 PIM
With Victoriaville: 11 GP, 1-1-2, E, 12 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 36 GP, 5-20-25, -3, 34 PIM

The CHL’s main site didn’t list any Tuesday games on their front page so this slipped through the cracks. It’s a shame because we nearly missed Milan’s first goal of the year. He had 14 last season as a rookie with Moncton and hadn’t scored since last year’s playoffs. Janosik had two goals and an assist in the most productive (statistically) game of his QMJHL career.

Here is Janosik's first goal of the game:

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North American Juniors Game Night: 1-25-12

QMJHL

Victoriaville Tigres 0 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 44 GP, 1-6-7, -13, 43 PIM
With Victoriaville: 11 GP, 1-1-2, E, 12 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Milan played against his former defensive partner, Coyotes first rounder Brandon Gormley, who was traded from Moncton to Shawinigan after the World Junior tournament earlier this month. Gormley had an assist in the game for the Cataractes. Maligned Islanders draft pick Kirill Kabanov had two assists for Shawinigan.

OHL

Kitchener Rangers 8 @ London Knights 3

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 17-36-53, +12, 38 PIM

Kitchener embarrassed their division rivals and Namestnikov (pictured) on Wednesday night, 8-3. Namestnikov was stripped of the puck while on the power play early, leading to the first Rangers goal. Former Lightning camper Seth Griffith had two goals (33, 34) for London, who outshot Kitchener 48-35. Namestnikov’s minus-3 rating tied a career worst for the Lightning’s 2011 first rounder, set last January 28 in a 6-4 loss to Erie. London is now “only” eight points up on Kitchener for first in the Midwest Division.

Prospect of the Week (1.24.12)

This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions. There are no trophies or plaques, but we’re considering a WWF/WWE-type belt they can wear during games. At the least, maybe a really big belt buckle with the BP logo on it.

Quite simply, we wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

This week’s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr. (Russia).

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