North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/17/10

BCHL

Penticton Vees 4 @ Salmon Arm Silverbacks 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-2-3, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 9-11-19, 8 PIM

O’Donnell’s first game back from his time with Canada West in the World Junior A Challenge was a good one for him personally, as he scored once and added two assists, but the Vees fell on the road to Salmon Arm, 5-4. O’Donnell’s goal, scored with six seconds left in the second period, tied the game at 3 for Penticton. All his points came in the second period. O’Donnell is now second on the Vees in scoring, eight points behind left-handed defenseman Joey Laleggia, who was passed over in the 2010 draft. Laleggia, listed at 5’10”, is headed to the University of Denver next year. Laleggia was the first-ever B.C. Major Midget league hockey player to receive a verbal scholarship commitment to play hockey for an NCAA Div.1 school at 15-years-old, and actually committed to New Hampshire. UNH and LeLeggia agreed to go in separate directions this summer, reportedly.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/15/10

OHL

Team OHL 2 vs. Team Russia 1 (SO)
D Brock Beukeboom, OHL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

The OHL completed their 2-game sweep of Russia in the Canada-Russia Subway Superseries Monday night with a shootout win. Russia had gone 2-0 vs. the QMJHL. Beukeboom was scoreless for the OHL, but had at least one big hit in the game.

WHL

Brandon Wheat Kings 5 @ Regina Pats 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 11-7-18, -10, 34 PIM

Ashton’s goal scoring streak ended at 4 games as the Pats, despite fighting back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, fell to the Wheat Kings. Regina sits alone in last in the East Division, one point behind Prince Albert. They’re tied with Edmonton for second-last in the league, six points up on the once mighty Calgary Hitmen.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/14/10

World Junior A Challenge

Canada East 4 vs. USA 6 (Gold Medal Game)
C Jimmy Mullin, USA: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 6-0-6, 2 PIM

Jimmy Mullin’s sixth goal of the tournament – scored unassisted – was the game-winner as the USA won gold at the World Junior A Challenge for the third consecutive year. Mullin scored the tie-breaking goal with just over 4 minutes left in the game. The U.S. would add an empty netter late. Mullin, who led all players in goals for the tournament, was named to the WJAC’s all-star team. USA defenceman Scott Mayfield was named MVP. Mullin will now return to Fargo of the USHL. (HockeyCanada.ca photo)

Canada West 3 vs. Switzerland 8 (Bronze Medal Game)
C Brendan O’Donnell, CW: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, 0 PIM

Switzerland continued their rise in international play with a commanding blowout win over the home side, Canada West, to win bronze. O’Donnell did not hit the scoresheet in the game and finished the tournament with two assists. West scored the game’s opening goal and led 2-1 in the second period before entering the third tied at 2. Switzerland then scored the game’s next 6 goals, including 4 in about 4 ½ minutes. O’Donnell won’t have to travel to return to Penticton of the BCHL. Penticton served as host-city for the WJACs.

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1 (OT)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM (cross checking, roughing), 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 21 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 16 PIM

Moncton scored with less than 30 seconds left in the game to tie it, then scored again in OT to win it.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-6-6, +6, 2 PIM

Montreal is 9-1 in its last 10 games and pulled within 2 points of the Volts for first in the TELUS West Division.

OHL

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Oshawa Generals 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 19 saves on 21 shots.
Season Totals: 15 GP, 8-3-1-1, 3.37 GAA, .881 sv%, 1 SO

Zador made the most of what has become a rare opportunity to start, stopping all but 2 shots in a win over the Petes.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/13/10

World Junior A Challenge

Canada West 1 vs. USA 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, CW: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, 0 PIM
C Jimmy Mullin, USA: 1-0-1, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 5-0-5, 0 PIM

Jimmy Mullin scored his tournament-leading fifth goal on a penalty shot in the third period to help lead USA into the gold medal game vs. Canada East. Brendan O’Donnell did not find the scoresheet for Canada West, who will play Switzerland for the bronze. This will be the first time in the AJAC’s 5-year history Canada West won’t play for gold. USA is seeking its third-straight gold medal.

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 1@ Gatineau Olympiques 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-6-6, +4, 2 PIM
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 20 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 12 PIM

Janosik set up the game’s opening goal, leading the Olympiques to close win over fellow prospect Charles Landry and Montreal.

OHL

Sarnia Sting 3 @ Belleville Bulls 2 (SO)
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 12-11-23, +1, 20 PIM

Panik scored for the first time in 8 games, but was one of four Bulls who couldn’t convert their shootout attempt and Belleville fell to Sarnia at home.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play.
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

Still no word on a potential injury to Schemitsch.

WHL

Regina Pats 4 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 6
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-7-18, -8, 34 PIM

Ashton extended his goal scoring streak to 4 games, and the Pats again scored 4 goals, but the defense let them down in a loss to the Tigers.

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Vancouver Giants 2 (SO)
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 15-10-25, -7, 6 PIM

Connolly didn’t score, but was on the plus-side of even for the first time in 8 games. He converted his shootout attempt as the Cougars stole a victory in Vancouver. Connolly has 3 points in his last 7 games, but is still over a point-per-game pace.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/12/10

OHL

Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 19 GP, 0-2-2, -8, 40 PIM

Panthers first rounder Erik Gudbranson was scoreless in the game for Kingston. Since returning to juniors, Gudbranson has 1 goal and 7 assists in 15 games, along with a minus-7 rating and 32 penalty minutes.

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Guelph Storm 3 (OT)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play.
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

Avalanche first rounder Joey Hishon had 3 assists for the Attack. No word yet on why Schemitsch didn't play.

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Oshawa Generals 1 (OT)
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (interference)
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-11-22, +1, 20 PIM
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-3-1-1, 3.48 GAA, .880 sv%, 1 SO

In the “bad news” department: Zador appears to have definitely lost his starter’s job and Panik hasn’t scored in 8 games (and 1 in his last 10). Kevin Bailie, who started the year as Zador’s backup, earned Second Star in the loss for the Gens.

WHL

Seattle Thunderbirds 5 @ Regina Pats 4
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 10-7-17, -8, 34 PIM

The Pats had a 4-2 lead entering the third period, but exited with yet another loss. Seattle scored the game’s final four goals. On the plus side, Ashton is creeping toward point-per-game status and extended his goal scoring streak to 3 games (4 goals in that time).

Prince George Cougars 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 4
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 15-10-25, -8, 6 PIM

Connolly was minus-3 for the second straight game. He hasn’t been on the plus-side of even in 8 games, and is -12 over that time.

Portland Winterhawks 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 7 PIM (fighting, roughing)
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 39 PIM

Saskatoon came out flying, outshooting the WHL’s No.1 team 20-5 in the first period. Zahn fought Nino Niedereiter and Oliver Gabriel on the same sequence, but was only charged for the Gabriel fight. </embed>

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