North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/18/11

USHL

Tri-City Storm 1 @ Fargo Force 3
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 20-32-52, +26, 24 PIM

The Storm outshot the Force 35-22 but Mullin’s two points helped Fargo to a 3-1 win. Mullin is tied for ninth in the league in points and fourth in plus/minus.

QMJHL

Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 59 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 35 PIM

Janosik had three points in his last two games coming into Friday night’s contest.

Montreal Juniors 3 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM

Landry hit the 40-point mark with one game to go in his regular season. Montreal clinched the league’s second-seed with the win. They will play 15 seeded Halifax in the first round.

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Guelph Storm 2
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
With Attack: 13 GP, 9-2-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .900 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 1 SO
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
With Guelph: 23 GP, 12-12-24, -8, 36 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 26-29-55, -8, 69 PIM

Panik played his first game since February 11 when he suffered a sprained ankle. He’s back for the Storm just in time for the playoffs. Guelph is still in seventh in the West, though eighth place London is two points behind with a game in hand. The eighth place finisher meets top-seeded Owen Sound in the first round. Zador was back on the bench for Owen Sound after starting two games this week and winning them both. Schemitsch is expected back for the Attack’s playoff opener.

WHL

Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Tri-City Americans 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
With Tri-City: 31 GP, 16-26-42, +8, 62 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 60 GP, 32-37-69, -4, 106 PIM

Ashton now has 15 points (7 goals) in March (9 games).

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 2
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 45-25-70, -4, 26 PIM

Connolly (pictured) scored twice in the first period to spark Prince George to a 2-0 lead, but Kamloops fought their way back to tie the game and send it to overtime. Connolly failed to convert his shootout attempt. With the win, the Cougars eliminated Kamloops from playoff contention. PG is still hanging on to the eighth spot in the West.

Seattle Thunderbirds 0 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 69 GP, 51-60-111, +26, 48 PIM

Johnson went scoreless for the second straight game, which normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but he’s trying to catch Medicine Hat’s Linden Vey for the league scoring title. Vey leads by three points. Spokane put up 34 shots on Seattle a game after they peppered Chilliwack goaltender Lucas Gore with 78 shots. Only one went in as the Chiefs beat the Bruins 2-1 in a shootout. Johnson earned three awards, including the Chiefs Player of the Year honor, in a pre-game ceremony on Friday night on the Chiefs Coca-Cola Regular Season Finale. Johnson was named the Chiefs Player of the Year in a pre-game ceremony, and also given the team's Humanitarian of the Year award for the third straight season and the Ken Rabel Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Regina Pats 2 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 71 GP, 3-21-24, +39, 133 PIM

Zahn earned the only assist on Brayden Schenn’s overtime winner for Saskatoon. Though Zahn has 133 penalty minutes on the year, he has only two in his last 11 games. The captain will need to stay out of the box in what looks to be a long Saskatoon playoff run.

Fadden No Longer a Bolt Prospect

The Tampa Tribune is reporting Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden, who was put on unconditional waivers this week, had his contract terminated by the Lightning yesterday after he cleared waivers.

"We notified Mitch that he was put on unconditional waivers with the intent of terminating his contract, and after he cleared, we wrote our letter to notify him that we are doing just that,'' Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tribune. "And for us, that's all done. We sent our letter informing that the contract has been terminated. So on our end, it's all done and he is off our roster.''

Fadden was arrested in British Columbia and charged with impaired driving, failing to provide a breath sample, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and obstructing a peace officer.

He is in B.C. undergoing treatment for a blood clot he suffered while playing for ECHL Florida. Fadden was leading the ECHL in scoring when he was forced out of the lineup with the ailment.

Fadden, a 2007 fourth round pick of the Bolts, had character questions in his junior career with Seattle and Lethbridge, but appeared to have turned things around recently.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/17/11

QMJHL

Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ Montreal Juniors 4
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 56 GP, 11-28-39, +25, 30 PIM

Landry is 18th in the league in scoring among defensemen heading into the final weekend of the season. The Juniors have a four point lead on Quebec for the second seed in the Q with two games remaining.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/16/11

OHL

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Guelph Storm 4
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: Did not play (injured – sprained ankle)
With Guelph: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 34 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 26-29-55, -6, 67 PIM

Panik remains out with a sprained ankle. He is reportedly skating and recently returned home to Slovakia to take a high school equivalency exam. At 73 points and in seventh in the West, Guelph could still technically catch Plymouth (76) for sixth or be caught by London (69) and fall to eighth. London has a game in hand. Guelph will likely play Saginaw in the first round.

Plymouth Whalers 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4 (OT)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Win, 30 saves on 33 shots
With Attack: 13 GP, 9-2-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .900 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 1 SO

Zador (pictured) earned a second straight start for his First Star effort against London and won again, this time beating Plymouth in overtime. Zador, who is approaching 20 wins on the season, will likely see more time in net as Owen Sound has already clinched the West’s top seed. They’ll likely play London in the first round. Schemitsch is expected back for the playoffs.

WHL

Everett Silvertips 2 @ Tri-City Americans 1
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (goaltender interference, tripping)
With Tri-City: 30 GP, 15-26-41, +8, 60 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 31-37-68, -4, 104 PIM

Ashton has 14 points (6 goals) in March. He has 17 PIM in his last four games. TC is basically locked in as the West’s 4-seed. They’ll likely play either Chilliwack or Vancouver.

Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Spokane Chiefs 2 (SO)
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (high sticking, hooking)
Season Totals: 68 GP, 51-60-111, +26, 48 PIM

Johnson didn’t find the scoresheet in regulation or overtime Wednesday, but scored in the shootout to help the Chiefs defeat Chilliwack. The Chiefs, who will be the 3-seed in the West, will likely play Vancouver or Chilliwack in the first round.

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 3 (SO)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 70 GP, 3-20-23, +38, 133 PIM

Saskatoon, who has already clinched the league’s best record, won the shootout 2-0. Zahn has been at least plus-1 in his last six games. He is plus-16 in that span.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/14/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 5

Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4 @ Penticton Vees 2
Silverbacks win Best of 7 series 4-1

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, 9 PIM

Penticton’s season came to an end Monday when they lost their third game at home in their second round series to upstart goalie Kris Moore and Salmon Arm. O’Donnell had an assist on the Vees’ final goal, which was scored at the four minute mark of the third period to cut the Silverbacks’ lead to 4-2. Salmon Arm scored twice in 14 seconds early in the third period to go up 4-1. Penticton finished two points ahead of Salmon Arm in the regular season. The Silverbacks are now 8-1 in the playoffs.

O’Donnell finished second on the Vees in scoring during the regular season and represented Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge. While he missed three playoff games due to an injury sustained in a fight, he was nearly a point-per-gamer for the postseason. He’ll be donning the green of the University of North Dakota the next time we see him.

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