North American Juniors

Oshawa Sends Zador to Owen Sound

The Oshawa Generals have announced they've dealt Lightning prospect goaltender Michael Zador to the Owen Sound Attack for a fifth round pick in 2012 and a fifth round pick in 2013. The former OHL first rounder and fifth round pick of the Lightning in 2009 began the year as the Gens' starting goalie, but after a few weeks was relegated to back-up duty. Within the last two weeks he suddenly missed a game due to an illness and the Gens traded for veteran OHL goaltender Peter Di Salvo. With Di Salvo and Kevin Bailie manning the nets for Oshawa, Zador was no where to be seen and many speculated he'd be traded.

Zador will now join fellow Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch in Owen Sound. Goaltenders Scott Stajcer (Rangers draft pick) and Jordan Binnington (2011 draft) have been splitting duties in Owen Sound, with Binnington earning slightly more games (20-14). Stajcer is facing surgery for a lower body injury and a back-up was needed.

Zador is currently 10-3-2, but with a pedestrian 3.36 goals against average and .879 save percentage.

Canada Chooses Two Lightning Prospects for WJC Squad

TSN reports the final cuts for Team Canada at the upcoming 2011 World Junior Championship have been made and both Lightning first rounders Brett Connolly and Carter Ashton made the team. This is the first time two Lightning prospects have made Canada's squad. The last representative for the Lightning on Team Canada was goaltender Dustin Tokarski in 2008-2009. Tokarski was player of the game for Canada in the gold medal match against Victor Hedman and Sweden.

Ashton, taken 29th overall in 2009, currently plays for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, though he hasn't suited up for the team yet. He was traded from Regina last week. Connolly, taken sixth overall in 2010, is captain of the Prince George Cougars.

Canada will play three exhibition games beginning Monday against Switzerland, with the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship beginning December 26 in Buffalo, New York, USA.

Connolly and his morning hair appeared on TSN's video segment this morning. Watch here: http://watch.tsn.ca/international-hockey/clip389669#clip389669

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/14/10

WHL

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 62 PIM

The Blades continue to lead the East Division with a 24-8-0-1 record. They are nine points ahead of Moose Jaw despite the loss to the Warriors Tuesday. The Blades are just two points behind Portland for the league lead. Zahn serves as captain of Saskatoon.

Ashton, Connolly Survive First Round of Cuts

Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft picks Carter Ashton and Brett Connolly both survived Team Canada's first round of cuts this morning as they prepare for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York.

Through two scrimmages at Canada's selection camp Ashton has two goals and Connolly two assists.

Speculation is there are four more forwards to be cut from the team.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/12/10

QMJHL

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 0 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 4-13-17, +4, 20 PIM

Janosik has three points in his last two games.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 24 GP, 5-18-23, +11, 8 PIM

Landry’s career high is 30 points in 68 games. He’s on pace to shatter that total.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ London Knights 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: Did not play.
Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 42 PIM

Beukeboom is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Erie Otters 7 @ Guelph Storm 6 (OT)
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM
With Guelph: 6 GP, 3-5-8, -2, 4 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 31 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 17-22-39, -2, 35 PIM

Panik has three goals in his last two games. Erie scored two goals late to tie the game, then won it in the extra session.

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4 (OT)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-11-12, +14, 6 PIM

A big win for the Attack over a undermanned Kitchener team.

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Brampton Battalion 3 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO

Zador remains out sick.

WHL

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 62 PIM

Zahn now has two 2-point games this season. Considering he only had three points all of last year, that’s saying something.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/11/10

BCHL

Penticton Vees 4 @ Salmon Arm Silverbacks 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 14-29-43, 10 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured) is within five points of the team scoring lead after two more points Saturday.

USHL

Fargo Force 1 @ Lincoln Stars 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (holding), 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 18 GP, 9-12-21, +10, 16 PIM

Mullin was a game star for the second night in a row and continues to lead the Force in scoring.

OHL

Erie Otters 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 6
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-11-12, +14, 6 PIM

Schemitsch and the Attack bounced back from a tough loss at Kitchener Friday with a solid win Saturday.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/10/10

BCHL

Salmon Arm Silverbacks 2 @ Penticton Vees 2
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 16-24-40, 10 PIM

O’Donnell had another point, but the Vees couldn’t find the tie-breaking goal in the third period or overtime. They play the ‘Backs again Saturday.

USHL

Fargo Force 3 @ Lincoln Stars 0
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 9-10-19, +11, 14 PIM

Mullin (pictured) scored the game’s opening goal, which turned out to be the game winner Friday in Husker Country.

QMJHL

Victoriaville Tigres 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (hooking), 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 32 GP, 4-11-15, +3, 20 PIM

Janosik bounced back from a minus-4 night earlier this week with an assist Friday.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 23 GP, 5-17-22, +12, 8 PIM

Landry has 10 points in his last five games and has registered at least a point in nine of his last 10 games.

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 5
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: Did not play.
Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 42 PIM

Beukeboom is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Sarnia Sting 1 @ Guelph Storm 4
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
With Guelph: 5 GP, 1-5-6, -1, 4 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, -1, 31 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 15-22-37, -1, 35 PIM

Panik’s 15th goal of the year was his first in a Guelph uniform. The Storm has won two in a row and has pulled back to .500 at 13-13-3-1.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 6
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-11-12, +12, 6 PIM

Schemitsch nearly canceled out his plus-4 night from earlier this week with a minus-3 night Friday in Kitchener. 2011 eligible defenseman Ryan Murphy had three assists for the Rangers. He has 44 points in 28 games this year (13 goals).

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO

This was a huge win for the Gens against the OHL’s top team. Mississauga is eight points better than anyone else in the league. Peter DiSalvo made his debut in net for Oshawa and stopped 28 of 30 shots. The Lightning confirmed to BoltProspects Zador is out sick, though with the Gens’ acquisition of DiSalvo this week, combined with the fact Zador lost his number one spot to teammate Kevin Bailie earlier, it appears Zador’s days in Oshawa are numbered.

WHL

Seattle Thunderbirds 1 @ Tri-City Americans 4
RW Carter Ashton, REG: Did not dress.
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM

Ashton was traded to Tri-City Friday. He will be attending Team Canada’s WJC Selection Camp this weekend.

Prince George Cougars 1 @ Portland Winterhawks 4
RW Brett Connolly, PG: Did not dress.
Season totals: 30 GP, 22-14-36, -4, 8 PIM

Connolly is attending Team Canada’s WJC Selection Camp this weekend. Best of luck to both Connolly and Ashton.

Everett Silvertips 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 5 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 7 PIM (roughing, fighting)
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-5-7, +6, 62 PIM

Saskatoon scored with 10 seconds left in the third to tie the game, then won it in overtime.

Ashton Sent to Tri-City

The WHL's Regina Pats, as expected, have traded former Lightning first rounder Carter Ashton. The Regina Leader-Post reports the Pats sent Ashton to the Tri-City Americans with a third-round pick for forward Tanner Olstad, forward Nils Moser, a first-round pick in the 2011 WHL bantam draft, and second and fifth round picks in the 2010 bantam draft.

Ashton, who signed a professional contract with the Lightning in 2009, is in his final year of junior and with Regina struggling again this year, it was only a matter of time before the Pats sent him to a playoff contender for future help.

Tri-City is currently tied for second in the U.S. Division, 13 points behind Portland.

Ashton, chosen 29th overall in the 2009 draft, was third on the Pats in scoring with 27 points (16 goals) in 29 games. His 27 points will slot him in second on the Americans.

Ashton will join the Team Canada World Junior Championship Selection Camp this weekend.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/9/10

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: Did not play.
Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 42 PIM

Beukeboom was a victim of a check to the head last game out and has been diagnosed with a concussion. He told the Sault Star he felt fine after the game, but was complaining about headaches Monday. He is out indefinitely and is not along on the Greyhounds' 4-game road trip. Ryan Ellis and Nick Ebert had two goals each for the Spits Thursday.

Guelph Storm 4 @ London Knights 3
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference)
With Guelph: 4 GP, 0-4-4, -2, 4 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, -1, 31 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 14-21-35, -2, 35 PIM

The Storm won in one of the toughest barns in the OHL Thursday, erasing three one-goal deficits in the process. Panik was scoreless for the first time in four games with his new team.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/8/10

BCHL

Quesnel Millionaires 1 @ Penticton Vees 4
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 32 GP, 16-23-39, 10 PIM

O’Donnell had two more points as the Vees scored four times in the first period to defeat the Millionaires. OD is five points behind Denver commit Joey Laleggia, a defenseman, for the team scoring lead, but 11 points up on the next highest player, St. Cloud State commit Joey Benik. OD is tied for 18th in league scoring. Bradley McGowan (undrafted) of Surrey, an RIT commit, leads the league with 26 goals and 58 points.

QMJHL

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (hooking), 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 22 GP, 5-16-21, +12, 8 PIM

Landry has nine points in his last four games and has registered at least a point in eight of his last nine games.

OHL

Oshawa Generals 1 @ Belleville Bulls 6
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO

Zador was out of the lineup completely for the second straight game with “an illness.”

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