North American Juniors
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed left wing Ondrej Palat to a three-year, entry-level contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Palat, 6-foot, 174-pounds, was drafted by the Lightning in the seventh round, 208th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He is the first prospect from his Lightning draft class to sign a pro contract. He is also 20, which is 18 months-to-two-years older than the others in his class.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hit
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-5-5, -2, 7 PIM
Gatineau spotted the Huskies with a 2-0 lead before scoring five unanswered goals. Assistant captain Adam Janosik has at least an assist in all but two games this year.
Rimouski Oceanic 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 6
D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, +1, 7 PIM (hooking, checking to the head), 0 SOG, 0 Hit
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 9 PIM
Moncton won their second in a row, though Lightning prospect Daniel Milan was ejected with about a minute to go in the game after a check to the head. A suspension is possible. Coyotes prospect and 2010 first rounder Brandon Gormley, a defenseman, had a hat trick for Moncton.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ London Knights 4
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-3-7, +2, 6 PIM
Namestnikovâ€™s three-game goal scoring streak was stopped, but London got a 4-1 win over the Soo despite being outshot 41-35. Former Lightning prospect Brock Beukeboom, who played with the Greyhounds last season before getting injured and later had his rights traded to the St. Louis Blues in the Eric Brewer deal, was traded by the Soo to Niagara recently. He has yet to play a game this season.
Dubuque Fighting Saints 1 @ Green Bay Gamblers 3
G Adam Wilcox, GB: Did not play (backup)
Last Seasonâ€™s Totals: 16-6-1, 2.20 GAA, .922 sv%, 1 SO
Ryan McKay played for the second night in a row and made 28 saves to earn the First Star award in a win over Dubuque. Wilcox has yet to play this season and may not get much time this year without a trade.
Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Erie Otters 3
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (unknown)
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM
Owen Soundâ€™s losing streak was snapped at three games. The Attack had 61 shots on goal. Still no word on an injury to Schemitsch, who went off limping in a game last weekend.
Results from the USHL, QMJHL, and OHL...
London Knights 7 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 3
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 6 PIM
Namestnikovâ€™s third goal of the year was one of four the Knights scored in the first period on their way to a 7-3 blowout win in St. Catherines. London was outshot 43-31 in the game. Seven different Knights scored, including reigning OHL Player of the Week Seth Griffith, a Lightning prospect camp attendee. Griffith leads the Knights in scoring after five games with five goals and 11 points. Namestnikov is tied for fifth with six points, but has four points in his last two games (2+2).