North American Juniors

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.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2-9-12

QMJHL

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM (roughing, hooking), 0 Hits
Season Totals: 41 GP, 5-23-28, -9, 47 PIM

Janosik returned after missing Saturday’s game with an injury to contribute in Gatineau’s win on Thursday over the visitor’s from Sydney. William Carrier (2013) had a hat trick for Cape Breton.

OHL

London Knights 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 0

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 18-42-60, +15, 38 PIM

Namestnikov’s two assists game him five points in his last two games. He set up linemate and former Lightning camper Seth Griffith (pictured) on two of Griffith’s three goals in the game. The hat trick gave Griffith 39 goals for the year and moved him into the OHL lead in that category. He is eligible to re-enter the draft this year and will likely be taken early.

Namestnikov and Griffith were the subject of a feature in the London Free Press this week. To read the story, click here.

Oberg Heading Back to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Evan Oberg to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. He was recalled yesterday prior to the Lightning’s game against the Los Angeles Kings and was a healthy scratch.

Oberg, 6-foot, 191 pounds, was acquired by the Lightning with Mike Kostka from the Florida Panthers on December 2 in exchange for James Wright and Mike Vernace. He made his Lightning debut on January 24 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Oberg has played in 28 AHL games this season with Norfolk and the San Antonio Rampage, recording three goals and 12 points with a plus-4 rating. He has played in 16 games with the Admirals, notching three goals and 10 points with a plus-6. Oberg has played in 145 career AHL games with the Admirals, Rampage, Rochester Americans and Manitoba Moose. He has also skated in five career Calder Cup Playoff games, all with Manitoba during the 2009-10 season.

A native of Forestburg, Alberta, Oberg has played in five career NHL games with Tampa Bay and the Vancouver Canucks. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by Vancouver on April 10, 2009. Oberg was then acquired by Florida with the Canucks’ third-round choice in 2013 in exchange for Chris Higgins on February 28, 2011. Before joining the professional ranks he played at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
--Tampa Bay Lightning release

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