North American Juniors

Report: Lightning to Sign WHL's Leading Goal Scorer

SWX in eastern Washington is reporting Tyler Johnson, the Spokane Chiefs' leading scorer and WHL's leading goal scorer, will sign a three-year entry level contract with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning when the Chiefs return from their two-game weekend series in Prince George.

Johnson, who is listed at 5'9", is an undrafted center and a former Chiefs teammate of current Norfolk Admirals goaltender Dustin Tokarski. Johnson, Tokarski and the Chiefs won the Memorial Cup in 2008. Johnson was the MVP of the WHL playoffs that year while Tokarski was Memorial Cup MVP.

Johnson, who is a native of Spokane, represented the USA twice at World Juniors. He had five points in seven games in the 2010 tournament.

He camped with the Coyotes and Wild the last two summers.

Johnson's 105 points are good for second in the league, four points behind Linden Vey of Medicine Hat. He has 47 goals on the season.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/4/11

USHL

Fargo Force 1 @ Youngstown Phantoms 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (interference), 6 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 18-29-47, +25, 24 PIM

Mullin was on a hot streak with five points in his last two games before getting held off the scoresheet vs. Youngstown. He led the team with six shots on goal Friday.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 (OT)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 55 GP, 7-21-28, +12, 30 PIM

Philip-Michael Devos’ 44th goal of the year was the overtime winner for Gatineau. The undrafted Quebec native leads the Q in scoring with 104 points.

OHL

Erie Otters 5 @ Guelph Storm 4 (SO)
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 expected to return next week.

WHL

Everett Silvertips 2 @ Tri-City Americans 3 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
With Tri-City: 24 GP, 11-20-31, +4, 43 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 53 GP, 27-31-58, -8, 87 PIM

Ashton’s 27th goal of the season gave the Ams an overtime win and gave the team a much-needed victory. Ashton has four points in his last two games.

Spokane Chiefs 5 @ Prince George Cougars 4
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 52 GP, 40-23-63, -3, 26 PIM

Connolly scored his 40th goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough as the Chiefs held on for a 5-4 win in Prince George. Connolly, who has three goals in his last two games, is tied for fifth in the league in goals despite playing 10-11 fewer games than those above him. Spokane’s Tyler Johnson (undrafted) leads with 47. Johnson had a goal Friday against the Cougars.

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 9
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 65 GP, 3-15-18, +24, 131 PIM

Zahn is within one point of his career high of 19 in a season, set in 2007-2008. Saskatoon has scored 30 goals in their past four games; 17 in their last two. Defenseman Stefan Elliott (Avalanche) scored his 29th and 30th goals of the season for the Blades.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/2/11

QMJHL

Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 54 GP, 7-21-28, +12, 30 PIM

He’s getting close, but barring a ridiculously strong finish it doesn’t look like Janosik will match his career high of 35 points set last year in 63 games. He is within two goals of his career high of nine with six games remaining.

WHL

Saskatoon Blades 8 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 5
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 64 GP, 3-14-17, +22, 131 PIM

The Blades were down 3-1 in this game before exploding for a big win. Defenseman Stefan Elliott had two goals in the game and now has 28 for the year to go with 75 points. The 2009 Avalanche second rounder had 26 goals and 65 points last season.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/1/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Quarterfinals – Game 4

Penticton Vees 6 @ Quesnel Millionaires 3
Vees wins Best of 7 series 4-0

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 missed games 2-4 after being First Star in Game 1. He is considered day-to-day with an “upper body injury.” He’ll get some time to rest now that the Vees have swept Quesnel.

WHL

Portland Winterhawks 6 @ Tri-City Americans 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM (slashing)
With Tri-City: 23 GP, 10-19-29, +3, 41 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP, 26-30-56, -9, 85 PIM

The Americans have now lost six of their last seven games. They were down 3-0 after 14 minutes in this one. Ashton scored with nine seconds left in the first to get the Ams within two goals, but Portland scored the game’s next three goals to take a 6-1 lead. TC regrouped and cut the ‘Hawks lead to 6-5 with three minutes left in the third, but they couldn’t complete the comeback. Islanders first rounder Nino Neiderreiter had two goals and four points for Portland.

North American Juniors Game Night: 2/28/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Quarterfinals – Game 3

Penticton Vees 4 @ Quesnel Millionaires 4 (OT)
Vees lead Best of 7 series 3-0

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 has missed games two and three due to an injury sustained when he fell during a Game 1 fight. Penticton put up 50 shots in Game 3, including 20 in the second period, but needed overtime to secure the win and take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

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