North American Juniors

CHL Game Night: 1-22-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 6 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 43 GP, 10-26-36, +29, 46 PIM

Barberio has points in nine of his last 10 games. After a slow start, he’s been very consistent this season and could be heading toward an NHL contract. He’s within 10 points of his career high, set two seasons ago in 70 games. Moncton has won eight in a row and 17 of their past 19. This was an impressive, dominant road win over a team ranked No.6 in the entire CHL.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 0 @ Ottawa 67’s 3
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 11-10-21, +8, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 6 GP, 2-1-3, -7, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 41 GP, 13-8-21, -9, 39 PIM
With Bulls: 28 GP, 11-7-18, -7, 21 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste was at or a near a point-per-game pace well after the trade from the Soo to Belleville, but he’s since fallen well off that pace. He hasn’t had a point in six games. Panik, meanwhile, hasn’t scored in three. Ottawa outshot Belleville 34-18.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 45 GP, 30-23-53, +30, 38 PIM
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Hutchings (pictured) was back on the scoresheet with another multi-goal game – his seventh of the season. He hit 30 goals for the second time in his career. He’s four off his career high for goals (34), set last season in 63 games. As for Sointu, it was reported this week the injury he sustained at the WJCs was the result of a puck to the face. Ouch.

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6
G Michael Zador, OSH: 14 saves on 15 shots
Season Totals: 31 GP, 11-15-2-1, 3.59 GAA, .894 sv%, 1 SO

Zador didn’t start the game, but was admirable in relief of starter Kevin Bailie, who allowed four goals on 11 shots. Kingston added an empty netter late.

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 5 @ Regina Pats 6 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 18-18-36, -10, 77 PIM
With Regina: 15 GP, 5-5-10, -2, 25 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina got at least a point in their fifth game in a row, a streak which has included two shootout wins over the Broncos. Swift Current (51 points) is ninth in the Eastern Conference and Regina (46 points) 10th. They’re both chasing eighth-place Red Deer (52 points).

Vancouver Giants 2 @ Tri-City Americans 4
C James Wright, VAN: Did not play.
08-09 Season: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright is expected to (re-)join the Giants next week after being assigned to Vancouver by Tampa Bay. The Giants (29-18-1-2) are currently leading the B.C. Division and as a result are the second seed in the Western Conference behind the Americans.

CHL Game Night: 1-21-10

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Barrie Colts 5
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 28-23-51, +29, 38 PIM

Barrie has won five in a row and eight of their past 10. This game featured a rare goalie fight at the end of the second period. The Barrie Examiner has the story: "The bizarre brouhahas started when Kingston's Ethan Werek scored to cut Barrie's lead to 2-1 with a few seconds to go in the second period.

"Werek apparently got a little too close to [Barrie goaltender Mavric] Parks – named after the Top Gun character played by Tom Cruise – which only fuelled an already frustrated Parks, who went after his former teammate and landed a quick jab on the Kingston forward.

"A scramble ensued after the Parks-Werek dust-up, and that's when goalie Tyler Beskorowany -- and his six-foot-five, 204-pound frame -- saw an opportunity.

"'I had to,' said Beskorowany, who skated 185 feet down ice to find a willing six-foot, 183-pound dance partner. "Stuff happens. It's too bad the refs got in the way. I was having fun.'"

This is why we love junior hockey. And there is no truth to the rumor that Mavric closed his eyes, clenched his necklace, and said “Talk to me Goose” before the fight.

Lightning Return James Wright to WHL; Claim Nate Thompson Off Waivers

Steve Ewen of the Dub Hub is reporting that forward James Wright has been reassigned to his junior team, the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. From the Dub Hub phone interview with Wright, "I'm disappointed to be sent home. Any hockey player is disappointed when he doesn't make the team. But I'm going to try to keep a good head on my shoulders and play hard. They [Lightning] need to make the playoffs and this it the route they're going and it's hard for me but I do understand." Wright doesn't turn 20 until March 24th, so he is currently ineligible to be assigned to the Norfolk Admirals.

Earlier today, the Bolts claimed LW/C Nate Thompson off of waivers from the New York Islanders. Thompson, a 2003 6th round pick of the Boston Bruins signed a three-year entry level contract with the Bruins in 2005, but was claimed off waivers by the Islanders in October 2008. This past summer the Islanders resigned Thompson to a one-year contract.

CHL Game Night: 1-17-10

OHL

Barrie Colts 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 28-23-51, +29, 36 PIM

Hutchings broke out of his longest scoreless drought since his rookie year with two goals and a First Star award - unofficially his seventh First Star of the season. He scored both of his goals in the first period to start the game’s scoring.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Guelph Storm 8
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Oshawa Generals 6 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 30 GP, 11-15-2-1, 3.61 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO

Zador was back on the bench for the Gens, who didn’t get an extremely strong performance from Kevin Balie, but found a way to win.

CHL Game Night: 1-16-10

QMJHL

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 5
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 42 GP, 9-25-34, +26, 40 PIM

Barberio had his eight-game point streak and three-game goal streak snapped.

OHL

London Knights 4 @ Belleville Bulls 2
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 38 GP, 11-10-21, +9, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 5 GP, 2-1-3, -6, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 13-8-21, -9, 37 PIM
With Bulls: 27 GP, 11-7-18, -7, 17 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste hasn’t registered a point in five games. He is minus-eight in that span. Panik is scoreless in two.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 3
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 4 @ Oshawa Generals 1
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 27 saves on 31 shots
Season Totals: 30 GP, 11-15-2-1, 3.61 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO

Zador got his first start since January 3, but lost his sixth straight game as Oshawa continues to struggle.

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 4 @ Regina Pats 3 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 42 GP, 18-18-36, -10, 77 PIM
With Regina: 14 GP, 5-5-10, -2, 25 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina got at least a point for their fourth game in a row. They outshot the Broncos 39-22.

CHL Game Night: 1-15-10

QMJHL

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 6
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +4, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 9-25-34, +24, 40 PIM

Barberio’s goal at the one-minute mark of the opening period turned out to be the game winner and made it three consecutive games in which he’s scored a goal. He has an eight game point streak (third longest active streak in the league) and has scored six of his nine goals in that span. Barberio (pictured) is fifth among QMJHL defensemen in assists, points, and plus/minus. He is ninth in goals.

OHL

Barrie Colts 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 42 GP, 26-23-49, +27, 36 PIM

Another big road win for Barrie. Hutchings hasn’t registered a point in four games, which is his longest scoreless stretch since his 2006-07 rookie year. Since Barrie continues to win, one would think the frustration level isn't too high.

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 28 GP, 11-14-2-1, 3.60 GAA, .894 sv%, 1 SO
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Zador hasn’t made a start since January 3. He is currently on a five-game losing streak, though the latest loss was in relief. Sointu is still recovering from surgery in Finland. He is expected to re-join the Wolves at the end of the month.

WHL

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Regina Pats 5
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (kneeing)
Season Totals: 41 GP, 18-18-36, -11, 75 PIM
With Regina: 13 GP, 5-5-10, -3, 23 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina won their third in a row. Former Lightning prospect Torrie Jung stopped 41 of 46 shots in the loss and was named Third Star. The overager is 7-20-2-5 on the year with a 3.39 GAA, .895 save percentage, and one shutout.

CHL Game Night: 1-14-10

OHL

Belleville Bulls 1 @ Peterborough Petes 5
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (roughing, tripping)
Season Totals: 37 GP, 11-10-21, +11, 27 PIM
With Bulls: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -4, 8 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 13-8-21, -6, 37 PIM
With Bulls: 26 GP, 11-7-18, -4, 17 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

Belleville scored early in the second period to take a 1-0 lead, but that lead quickly evaporated and the Bulls couldn’t get closer in Peterborough.

Barrie Colts 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 41 GP, 26-23-49, +28, 34 PIM

Barrie won the first match-up between the OHL’s heavyweights, besting the Spits on Windsor ice 4-2. Windsor held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the game, but it was decided late on a Barrie shorthanded goal with just over five minutes left in the game. The Colts would add an empty netter.

CHL Game Night: 1-13-10

WHL

Brandon Wheat Kings 2 @ Regina Pats 4
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 18-18-36, -10, 73 PIM
With Regina: 12 GP, 5-5-10, -2, 21 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina won their second in a row, skating to a 3-0 second period lead and never looking back. Ashton’s 18th goal of the year came on the power play. He has goals in three of his last four games, and four goals in that span.

OHL Note: Alex Hutchings of Barrie was named to the OHL Eastern Conference All-Star team Wednesday. This is Hutchings' third time as an All-Star.

CHL Game Night: 1-10-10

QMJHL

Halifax Mooseheads 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 40 GP, 8-25-33, +20, 36 PIM

Barberio has scored in consecutive games, and after a slow start is approaching his career-high of 15 goals in a season. His plus-20 rating obliterates his previous career-high of plus-9. Both marks were set last season.

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 7 @ Oshawa Generals 4
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

G Michael Zador, OSH: 2 saves on 4 shots
Season Totals: 28 GP, 11-13-2-1, 3.60 GAA, .894 sv%, 1 SO

Zador started on the bench for the third straight game, but entered the contest when Kevin Bailie was pulled after giving up five goals on 27 shots. It’s been almost a month since Oshawa has given up less than three goals in a game. The Generals are in fourth in the East Division, five points ahead of Richard Panik, Kyle DeCoste and Belleville. Meanwhile, Sointu still hasn’t rejoined Sudbury after the WJCs because he recently had surgery in Finland for an undisclosed injury, according to the Sudbury Star. He is expected to rejoin the team in late January. Sudbury is in third in the Central Division.

CHL Game Night: 1-9-10

[b][i]QMJHL[/b][/i] [b] Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 6[/b] [i]D [b][url=/mark-barberio]Mark Barberio[/url][/b], MCT: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG [/i] Season Totals: 38 GP, 7-25-32, +18, 36 PIM Barberio (pictured) returned from a one-game suspension for spearing to score his seventh of the year. The goal was scored while shorthanded. [b][i]OHL[/b][/i] [b] Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Belleville Bulls 7[/b] [i]W [b]Matias Sointu[/b], SBY: Did not play. [/i] Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM [i]With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM[/i] [i]C [b][url=/richard-panik]Richard Panik[/url][/b], BEL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM [/i] Season Totals: 36 GP, 11-10-21, +12, 23 PIM [i]With Bulls: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 4 PIM With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM[/i] [i]RW [b][url=/kyle-decoste]Kyle DeCoste[/url][/b], BEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM[/i] Season Totals: 38 GP, 13-8-21, -4, 37 PIM [i]With Bulls: 25 GP, 11-7-18, -2, 17 PIM With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM[/i] Sointu has not joined the Wolves since playing for Finland at the World Junior Championships (WJC). Panik scored the game’s final goal. Including the WJC’s, he’s got 10 goals in his last 12 games. Meanwhile, DeCoste hasn’t scored in three games. Anthony Peters (undrafted) got the shutout for Belleville in his Bulls debut. He was acquired this week from Saginaw. [b] Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2 @ Barrie Colts 3 (OT)[/b] [i]LW/C [b][url=/alex-hutchings]Alex Hutchings[/url][/b], BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM [/i] Season Totals: 40 GP, 26-23-49, +27, 34 PIM Hutchings failed to register a point in consecutive games for just the fourth time this year. Alex Pietrangelo has yet to join the Colts. [i][b]WHL[/b][/i] [b] Medicine Hat Tigers 5 @ Regina Pats 6 (SO)[/b] [i]RW [b][url=/carter-ashton]Carter Ashton[/url][/b], REG: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star* [/i] Season Totals: 39 GP, 17-18-34, -10, 71 PIM [i]With Regina: 11 GP, 4-5-9, -2, 19 PIM With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM[/i] Regina won the shootout 3-2. Ashton, who also scored in the shootout, has two goals in his last three games. The Pats remain 10th in the Eastern Conference, seven points behind 8th-place Swift Current pending Saturday’s results.
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