North American Juniors

World Juniors Game Night: 12-22-11

Pre-tournament

Canada 7 vs. Switzerland 1

RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

Canada earned their second pre-tournament win in two games before the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships in Alberta. Connolly did not register a point, but as one of the team’s alternate captains was entrusted with penalty kill duty – a sign of respect from legendary junior coach Don Hay.

Russia 5 vs. Czech Republic 3

RW Nikita Kucherov, RUS: 0-2-2
C Vladislav Namestnikov, RUS: 0-0-0
D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0

These totals are very unofficial as no score was listed on the tournament’s official site and the boxscore was posted on a message board. If it helps, one of the comments from someone at the game said Kucherov looked good. Let’s just assume it’s true. Namestnikov and Nesterov weren’t on the scoresheet, so they could have been scoreless or they may not have played. In fact, respected Russian reporter Dmitry Chesnokov is reporting Namestnikov was cut from the team. Nesterov and Kucherov made the team. (Photo of Kucherov's celebration is from the USA game earlier this week)

Slovakia 0 vs. Finland 3

D Adam Janosik, SVK: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

Finland topped Slovakia in pre-tournament action Wednesday.

World Juniors Game Night: 12-20-11

Russia 6 vs. USA 3 (Pre-tournament match)

RW Nikita Kucherov, RUS: 2-0-2, 0 PIM
C Vladislav Namestnikov, RUS: 0-0-0, 2 PIM
D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: Did not play

Russia beat the U.S. 6-3 in Red Deer, Alberta, Tuesday night in pre-World Junior Championship exhibition play. The stats listed above are unofficial and based off comments from reporters at the game. Kucherov’s first goal was on the power play and his second was scored into an empty net. Russia still has to cut six players, but all Lightning prospects should be safe. The “real” games start the day after Christmas. (Pictured: Kucherov scoring on Stars first rounder Jack Campbell)

World Juniors Game Night: 12-19-11

Canada 3 vs. Finland 1 (Pre-tournament match)

RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM

Canada got a win in their first pre-tournament game before the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships in Alberta. Monday night they took down Finland 3-1 in Calgary’s Saddledome. Lightning winger Brett Connolly, permitted to join Canada by Bolts general manager Steve Yzerman, had an assist for the Canadians on Boone Jenner's goal. Last year Connolly had three assists in seven games for Canada.

Additional Lightning prospects in the tournament include Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Kucherov, and Nikita Nesterov for Russia, and Adam Janosik for Slovakia.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12-18-11

QMJHL

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 2

D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 29 GP, 0-4-4, -9, 27 PIM

Milan’s scoreless streak hit 12 games in the loss. Minnesota Wild first rounder Zack Phillips, who was just cut from Team Canada, had a goal and an assist for the defending Memorial Cup champs.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12-17-11

USHL

Tri-City Storm 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 5 GP, 1-4-0, 3.22 GAA, .910 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Uh-oh. Wilcox’s partner in net, Phoenix Copley, started and excelled in his third straight game. He also started and allowed just one goal in a win on Tuesday. Wilcox was traded from Green Bay because they couldn’t offer him the starts he deserved. Tri-City is likely “just” going with the hot hand, but Lightning fans would like that hot hand to be Wilcox. Of course, Wilcox has to do his part, and he’s lost his last four games.

OHL

Kitchener Rangers 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 3

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 23 GP, 0-7-7, -1, 16 PIM

Third place (Midwest Division) Owen Sound outshot second place Kitchener 44-24 on their way to a big win over the Rangers at home. Schemitsch has been scoreless in his three games since returning from an injury. Prior to being hurt on November 12 he had points in four of his last six games.

QMJHL Note: Lightning prospect Adam Janosik of Gatineau has joined Team Slovakia in preparation for the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships.

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