North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/31/2010

BCHL

Westside Warriors 1 @ Penticton Vees 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 15-33-48, 18 PIM

O’Donnell has four points in his last two games. Both of his assists came on the power play. Penticton leads the Interior Conference by two points over Vernon.

USHL

Fargo Force 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (checking from behind), 3 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 13-16-29, +16, 18 PIM

Mullin had his five game point streak snapped, but Fargo was still able to get a road win to close out 2010. Fargo is now in second place, five points behind Dubuque, though Dubuque has three games in hand.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/30/10

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 3 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4 (OT)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 29 GP, 5-21-26, +14, 16 PIM

Jarrad Struthers (undrafted) scored his 13th of the season for Rimouski in overtime. Landry started the game, but didn’t hit the scoresheet.

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 0-5-5, -7, 46 PIM

I saw the score and thought there was a great chance Beukeboom scored his first of the year, but not yet. The Brock Beukeboom goal watch continues. A captain will always take a win over a goal, and the Soo took both games from Sudbury this week.

WHL

Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 5
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-8-10, +10, 64 PIM

The Blades completed the two-game sweep of Prince Albert Thursday with a 5-1 win. They scored four times in the first period.

Of Note: Carter Ashton (Canada), Brett Connolly (Canada), Adam Janosik (Czech Republic), and Richard Panik (Slovakia) are all participating in preparations for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/29/10

USHL

Fargo Force 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 13-16-29, +16, 16 PIM

Mullin scored at 3:16 of overtime to lift the Force to a road win in division-leading Dubuque. He also added an assist on Fargo’s other goal, yet the decision makers in Iowa decided he shouldn’t be a game star. Two Saints were first and second star, respectively. Mullin has a five game point streak in which he has 10 points. He has 15 points in his last seven games.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 30 GP, 0-5-5, -8, 46 PIM

Beukeboom scored seven times last year, but after 30 games the Soo captain is still looking for his first goal of the season.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 8
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 1-13-14, +11, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play.
With Attack: 2 GP, 1-0-0-0, 3.95 GAA, .875 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.41 GAA, .878 sv%, 1 SO

Zador won last time out, but was back in his familiar backup role for the Attack Wednesday. The Attack put up a snowman against Barrie, paced by four points each by Joey Hishon (Avalanche) and Andrew Fritsch (2011 draft).

WHL

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 64 PIM

Saskatoon got a late goal by Brent Benson (2011) to defeat the Raiders on the road.

Of Note: Carter Ashton (Canada), Brett Connolly (Canada), Adam Janosik (Czech Republic), and Richard Panik (Slovakia) are all participating in preparations for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/28/10

Light night in the junior ranks with a healthy chunk of the Lightning's prospects participating in the U20 WJC's:

OHL
Owen Sound 7 @ Barrie 6 (SO)
Geoffrey Schemitsch, Owen Sound, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 1-13-14, +9, 6 PIM

Michael Zador, Owen Sound, Win, 31/37, 5.54 GAA, .838 sv%
Season totals: 11-3-2, 0 SO, 3.41 GAA, .878 sv%

Geoffrey Schemitsch assisted on a Liam Heelis goal in Owen Sound's 7-6 shootout victory over Barrie. Heelis is rocking the black rimmed glasses in his roster picture, proving ZZ Tops' old adage that every girl's crazy about a sharp dressed man. Michael Zador continued to lead a charmed life, stopping 3 of 4 shooters to steal the shootout win despite an abysmal .838 save percentage in the contest. Only in the Lightning organization can a man have a sub .880 save percentage and be 8 games over .500 on the season.

QMJHL
Montreal 3 @ Shawinigan 4 (SO)
Charles Landry, Montreal, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 5-21-26, +14, 16 PIM

Meanwhile, in the "Q", Charles Landry assisted on the final two goals of a Montreal comeback by Xavier Ouellet and David Rose to help force overtime, but the Juniors still fell 4-3 in the shootout. Shawiningan's Gabriel Girard was named the game's number one star after turning away 37 of 40 shots and 2 of 4 attempts for the shootout victory.

World Juniors Game Night: 12/23/10

Canada 5 vs. Finland 2 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: Did not play.

Canada was down 1-0 after one period and tied 2-2 after two before exploding for three goals in the third to defeat Finland in their final pre-competition match. Ashton didn't hit the scoresheet and Connolly apparently missed the game with an injury. His status for Canada's official roster named December 25 is up in the air. Canada will open tournament play December 26.

World Juniors Game Night: 12/21/10

Canada 4 vs. Sweden 1 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (slashing)
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (tripping)

Canada had a 2-0 lead before Sweden scored, then completed the win with two third period goals Tuesday to move to 2-0 in pre-competition play. Neither Lightning prospect earned a point. Canada plays Thursday night vs. Finland before they open tournament play December 26.

World Juniors Game Night: 12/20/10

Canada 8 vs. Switzerland 0 (Pre-competition)

RW Carter Ashton, CAN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM
RW Brett Connolly, CAN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM

Canada came out firing with three first period goals and then scored four in the second period on their way to putting up a snowman in a pre-competition match against Nino Niedereiter and Switzerland. Ashton scored Canada’s final goal in the game. Connolly assisted on a Louis Leblanc goal in the second period. Canada will play Sweden on Tuesday and Finland on Thursday before opening tournament play the day after Christmas. (Pictured: No.28 Brett Connolly celebrates with his teammates after a Canada goal. [HockeyCanada photo])

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/18/10

BCHL

Nanaimo Clippers 3 @ Penticton Vees 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 6 PIM (roughing, high sticking, high sticking)
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-31-46, 18 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured) followed up a rare scoreless night Friday with another multi-point night Saturday.

USHL

Sioux Falls Stampede 3 @ Fargo Force 4 (SO)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 12-15-27, +14, 16 PIM

Mullin completed a six point weekend with a goal and an assist Saturday. He also added a shootout goal as Fargo moved into third in the Western Conference.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Sarnia Sting 5 (OT)
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 29 GP, 0-5-5, -11, 44 PIM

Beukeboom notched his fifth point of the year, but the Greyhounds couldn’t earn that second point on the road.

Niagara IceDogs 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 2
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-12-13, +9, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play.
With Attack: 1 GP, 0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO
With Generals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.27 GAA, .882 sv%, 1 SO

Despite being perfect in a relief appearance Friday, Zador was back to the bench Saturday. Schemitsch was a team-worst minus-3 in the game.

WHL

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 35 GP, 2-8-10, +10, 64 PIM

Zahn tied for the team lead with a plus-2 rating Saturday night.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/17/10

BCHL

Vernon Vipers 1 @ Penticton Vees 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 36 GP, 15-29-44, 12 PIM

Penticton was outshot 40-22 in the game, and only managed two shots in the first period.

USHL

Team USA 1 @ Fargo Force 6
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 11-14-25, +13, 16 PIM

A huge night for Mullin (pictured) against the USA Development Program’s U18 team as he scored twice and led the team with eight shots on goal. The future Miami Redhawk is tied for fifth in the USHL in total points and is fourth in plus/minus.

QMJHL

Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 @ Montreal Juniors 7
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, hooking), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 25 GP, 5-18-23, +12, 12 PIM

Montreal potted seven against Lewiston despite no points from red-hot Landry and no Louis Leblanc (Canada WJC) in the lineup. Montreal scored four times in the third period. Much-maligned Islanders pick Kirill Kabanov was scoreless in the game for Lewiston. He has seven points in 12 games with Lewiston this year after coming over from Moncton.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 44 PIM

Saginaw got revenge on the Soo for a Greyhound win over the Spirit earlier in the week.

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ London Knights 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 1-12-13, +12, 6 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: 11 saves on 11 shots
With Attack: 1 GP, 0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO
With Generals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.27 GAA, .882 sv%, 1 SO

Zador didn’t start the game, but was perfect in relief of Attack starter Jordan Binnington. Schemitsch earned his first point in six games. He has just two assists in his last 10 contests. Schemitsch had 40 points in 62 games last season.

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-8-10, +8, 62 PIM

Zahn, whose nickname is “Bear,” is chasing his career high in points of 19, set in 2007-2008.

Of Note: Carter Ashton (Canada), Brett Connolly (Canada), Adam Janosik (Slovakia), and Richard Panik (Slovakia) are all participating in preparations for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/15/10

BCHL

Penticton Vees 2 @ Westside Warriors 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (roughing after the whistle), *First Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 15-29-44, 10 PIM

O’Donnell scored the game winner on the power play midway through the third period Wednesday to lift the Vees to a 2-1 win over the Warriors. With the win, Penticton moved into first place in the Interior Conference at 24-11-1-1. (Vees:Blog photo)

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3 (SO)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, roughing), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 24 GP, 5-18-23, +11, 8 PIM
D Adam Janosik, GAT: Did not play.
Season Totals: 33 GP, 4-13-17, +4, 20 PIM

Landry had his recent string of hitting the scoresheet stopped, but he was able to finish on the plus side of even. Janosik is likely at the WJC camp for the Czech Republic, but this has not been confirmed.

OHL

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (delay of game)
Season Totals: 27 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 44 PIM

Beukeboom was back in the Soo lineup after missing a few games due to a concussion. The Greyhounds blew a 2-0 lead and had to scramble back from a 3-2 deficit to get the win over the West Division’s first place team. SSM sits in last in the West at 12-17-4-0.

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