North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/26/11

USHL

Lincoln Stars 3 @ Fargo Force 6
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 18-29-47, +25, 22 PIM

Mullin (pictured) now has five points in his last two games. His unassisted, shorthanded goal early in the third period was the first of four straight goals for the Force in the period. They’d add another after Lincoln scored to make it 5-3. Mullin is ninth in the league in scoring and third in plus/minus.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 1
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 52 GP, 7-20-27, +11, 30 PIM

Gatineau was outshot by a 2:1 margin (34-17), yet squeezed out a victory in Shawinigan when Philip-Michael Devos (undrafted) scored his 41st goal of the season late. Devos (5-11, 184) leads the Q scoring race with 98 points in 60 games.

OHL

Guelph Storm 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 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
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 dress
With Attack: 11 GP, 7-2-0-0, 3.19 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-5-1-1, 3.29 GAA, .885 sv%, 1 SO

This could have been a match-up featuring three Lightning prospects, but none even made it into uniform. No word so far on why Zador didn't dress.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 1 @ Spokane Chiefs 3
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 21 GP, 9-18-27, +3, 37 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 50 GP, 25-29-54, -9, 77 PIM

The Chiefs have TC’s number. Saturday night Spokane beat their division rivals for the fourth time in the last two weeks. As a result, the Ams have now fallen six points behind Spokane. For the season, Spokane has won six of the 10 games played between the two teams. They’ll meet two more times before the season ends.

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Everett Silvertips 1
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 37-23-60, -4, 26 PIM

Connolly broke a season-long four game scoreless streak with a goal and an assist Saturday, and tied his career high for points in a season in the process. The Prince George captain had 60 points as a rookie two seasons ago in 65 games. This was a strong bounce-back game for the Cougars after losing 8-0 Friday to Spokane and twice to the Tips last weekend at home. Prince George had been on a five game losing streak.

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1 (SO)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 3-14-17, +22, 131 PIM

Saskatoon got a goal from Curtis Hamilton (Oilers) to win the shootout in Moose Jaw.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/25/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2

Quesnel Millionaires 1 @ Penticton Vees 5
Vees lead Best of 7 series 2-0

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-2-2, 5 PIM

O’Donnell was First Star in Game 1 but didn’t dress for Game 2. He reportedly sustained an injury when he fell awkwardly during his fight in the first game of the series. No specifics were given about the injury, which is not a shock to anyone at this time of year.

USHL

Fargo Force 4 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 16-28-44, +23, 20 PIM

Mullin scored into an empty net and added an assist Friday. His nine shots on goal led the team. Fargo outshot Sioux City 43-16, including 24-4 in the second period. Despite the disparity, Fargo only led 2-1 after two periods and scored twice in the game’s final minute.

QMJHL

St. John Sea Dogs 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 51 GP, 7-20-27, +11, 30 PIM

Gatineau came close, but couldn’t beat the CHL’s No.1 ranked team. St. John is now 50-5-1-2 and 11 points better than Montreal for the top spot in the Q.

Rimouski Oceanic 3 @ Montreal Juniors 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 50 GP, 11-27-38, +25, 26 PIM

After scoring 14 goals in their last two games, the Juniors could only muster two at home against the Oceanic, though they did outshoot them 43-28.

OHL

Barrie Colts 4 @ Guelph Storm 7
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

Guelph has 25 goals in their last three games – all without scoring sensation Richard Panik.

Oshawa Generals 3 @ London Knights 4
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: 11 GP, 7-2-0-0, 3.19 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-5-1-1, 3.29 GAA, .885 sv%, 1 SO

Schemitsch is expected to miss another 3-4 weeks with a broken arm.

WHL

Seattle Thunderbirds 2 @ Tri-City Americans 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-2-3, +4, 0 PIM
With Tri-City: 20 GP, 9-18-27, +3, 37 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 49 GP, 25-29-54, -9, 77 PIM

The Ams broke a three game losing streak with a solid 5-2 win over Seattle. Ashton had his second three point game in his last seven contests. His plus-4 rating Friday was tops on the team.

Prince George Cougars 0 @ Spokane Chiefs 8
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 49 GP, 36-22-58, -5, 26 PIM

Ouch. Prince George went on the road to meet a streaking Spokane team and watched as the Chiefs built a snowman on the scoreboard. Anthony Bardaro (undrafted) had a hatter for Spokane. Connolly hasn’t registered a point in four games, his longest scoreless streak of the season.

Brandon Wheat Kings 7 @ Saskatoon Blades 6
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 3-14-17, +22, 131 PIM

Brandon got some revenge on the WHL’s top team and the CHL’s No.2 team by coming back from a 4-2 deficit after one period and beating the Blades 7-6 in Saskatoon. The Blades had beaten the Wheaties 7-4 earlier this week. David Toews, Jonathan’s brother, scored the game winner with under four minutes to go. Toews left the University of North Dakota after his sophomore season to play Canadian Juniors this year. The Islanders pick has 15 goals and 36 points in 50 games.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/24/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

Quesnel Millionaires 1 @ Penticton Vees 5
Vees lead Best of 7 series 1-0

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Chad Roorda), *First Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM

O’Donnell finished a goal shy of a Gordie Howe hat trick after notching two helpers and his first BCHL fight in Pencticton’s Game 1 win over Quesnel. Game 2 is Friday. (Vees:Blog photo)

Ellis Sent to Anaheim for McElhinney; Smith on Re-entry Waivers

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Curtis McElhinney from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Dan Ellis today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

McElhinney, 6-foot-2, 197 pounds, has played in 21 games with the Ducks this season, posting a 6-9-1 record with a 3.43 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage. He also has two shutouts. McElhinney has set career-highs this season for games played and wins. He recorded his first career shutout on November 10 against the New York Islanders.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/23/11

QMJHL

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 1-0-1, +4, 2 PIM (hooking), 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 49 GP, 11-27-38, +25, 26 PIM

Montreal scored seven goals for the second game in a row. Landry tied for the team-high in plus/minus at plus-4 Wednesday. His 11th goal of the season gave the Juniors a 2-0 lead in the first.

WHL

Portland Winterhawks 6 @ Prince George Cougars 5
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 48 GP, 36-22-58, -5, 24 PIM

Portland completed a sweep of the Cougars in their two game series this week, winning 6-5 Wednesday night. Connolly was scoreless in both games. His fellow 2010 first rounders Ryan Johansen (Blue Jackets) and Nino Niederreiter (Islanders) combined for a goal (Johansen) and two assists (El Nino) Wednesday. Prince George is one point up on Kamloops for seventh in the West while Portland is back at No.1 in the conference.

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 7
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 3-14-17, +24, 131 PIM

Brayden Schenn (Kings) had two goals and five points for First Star honors in a win over his former team. He was also plus-5 on the night, as was his Canadian WJC teammate, Curtis Hamilton (Oilers).

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