North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 2-9-12


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.


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

North American Juniors Game Night: 2-7-12


Oshawa Generals 5 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 38 GP, 0-14-14, +5, 22 PIM
With Oshawa: 11 GP, 0-3-3, +3, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Canucks first rounder Nicklas Jensen scored his 23rd goal of the season halfway through the third period to break a 2-2 and propel the Gens to a 5-2 road win. Oshawa added two empty net goals late in the third to give the game its final score. Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch was on the ice for all three of Oshawa’s third period goals but didn’t figure in the scoring. He finished the game plus-2. The Gens moved above the Petes for second in the East Division. They are 16 points behind Ottawa for the top spot.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2-5-12


Guelph Storm 2 @ Oshawa Generals 4

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 0-14-14, +4, 22 PIM
With Oshawa: 10 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Schemitsch played his 10th game in an Oshawa uniform and helped the Gens to a 4-2 home win over Guelph. Kevin Bailie improved to 12-8-1 as Oshawa’s goaltender. He split time with former Lightning prospect Michael Zador in recent years before Zador was traded out of Oshawa. Zador (pictured), who was take before Jaroslav Janus and never signed by the Lightning, appears to be out of hockey now (no team listed with HockeyDB). He won an OHL championship with Owen Sound in 2011.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2-4-12


Tri-City Storm 5 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 4 (SO)

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 15 GP, 6-9-0, 3.29 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Phoenix Copley got the start for Tri-City and stopped 35 of 39 in regulation and overtime. The Storm won the shootout 3-2.


Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6

D Adam Janosik, GAT: Did not play (injured)
Season Totals: 40 GP, 5-22-27, -9, 43 PIM

Janosik was hurt in Friday’s game and didn’t dress on Saturday. He is expected back in the lineup sometime next week.


Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2 @ London Knights 5

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 47 GP, 18-40-58, +12, 38 PIM

Namestnikov broke a career-high 14-game streak without a goal when he scored into an empty net late. He had three points to bring him to 58 for the year. He set a new career high with his 40th assist this season. He was 30-39-69 in 68 games as a rookie last season.

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