North American Juniors
(Kalmazoo Gazette) When he was 9 years old, defenseman Luke Witkowski visited Western Michigan University, watched a hockey game, went into the locker room and decided then he wanted to play hockey for the Broncos.
Ten years later, heâ€™s a freshman blueliner paired with senior Tyler Ludwig as the Broncos (4-3-0, 0-2-0 CCHA) prepare to host Lake Superior State in a home series Friday and Saturday at Lawson Ice Arena. ...
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Peterborough Petes 4 @ Belleville Bulls 3 (SO)
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 14 GP, 3-1-4, -1, 20 PIM
With Bulls: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste scored the game's opening goal on the power play in his first game as a Bull, but Belleville couldnâ€™t hang on to 2-0 and 3-2 leads and get a win. The Bulls lost the shootout 2-0 and now stand at 6-11-1-1 on the year, two points ahead of Ottawa for fourth in the East Division. DeCoste, who scored when he banged home a rebound off his own shot, now has a two game goal streak and three game point streak.
Barrie Colts 6 @ Owen Sound Attack 1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 18 GP, 9-10-19, +6, 10 PIM
Hutchingsâ€™ ninth goal of the season broke a mini two-game scoreless streak. He finished October with 13 points in 13 games (6-7-13).
Everett Silvertips 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 16 GP, 9-11-20, -4, 28 PIM
Ashton (pictured) extended his point streak to five games with two primary assists Wednesday night. He has 10 points in those five games, but surprisingly for him, just two goals. Heâ€™s already nearing his career high for assists in a season, set last year at 20. He also had 30 goals and 50 points in 70 games last year.
(Norfolk Admirals press release) The Norfolk Admirals have released goaltender Jaroslav Janus from his Professional Tryout Contract (PTO). Janus will report to the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.
Janus, a 5-foot-11, 192-pound goaltender from Presov, Slovakia, appeared in his first two professional games with the Admirals, recording an impressive 1.52 goals-against average and .939 save percentage with an 0-2-0 record. He made his pro debut on October 14 at Albany, stopping 27 of 29 shots in a 3-1 setback. The Admirals NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, drafted Janus in the sixth round (162nd overall) of last summerâ€™s NHL Entry Draft.
Janus completed his second OHL season with Erie in 2008-09, posting a 25-20-3 record with a 3.24 goals-against average in 49 games. He led the Otters in games played, wins, shutouts with three and save percentage at .908. He also played in five playoff games with Erie, posting a shutout and a 1-4-0 record.
Janus has played in 97 career OHL games, posting a 38-49-5 record with a 3.81 goals-against average.
Note: Janus is expected to join the Otters Thursday and play Friday vs. Niagara.
The newspaper received confirmation of the expected transaction from Janus' agent, Craig Oster of Newport Sports Management Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario.
The report also states the Lightning are interested in signing Janus after this season.
Janus, a 2009 sixth round pick of the Lightning, began the season with Norfolk on a 25-game professional tryout contract. He has played in two of Norfolk's 10 games, accumulating a 0-2-0 record, a 1.52 goals-against average (GAA) and a .939 save percentage. Last year he posted a 25-20-4 record with Erie, along with a 3.24 GAA and a .908 save percentage. The Otters have struggled defensively this year so far, and Janus will be a welcomed re-addition.
Harvard's Alex Killorn was named the ECAC Player of the Week on Monday, November 2, after scoring two goals and an assist in the Crimsonâ€™s 5-3 win vs. Dartmouth last Friday.
According to the Harvard Gazette, Killorn was named ECAC Rookie of the Week November 24, 2008, and was named an honorable mention for the Hockey Commissionersâ€™ Association National Rookie of the Month in February. He finished his freshman year with six goals, nine assists, and 15 points in 30 games.
He was a standout this past summer for the Lightning in the club's post-draft prospect camp.
Killorn was taken by the Lightning in the third round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
This is the second time in two seasons DeCoste has been traded. Last year the center/winger split the season between Brampton and the Soo, scoring 15 times while contributing 13 assists and 76 penalty minutes.
He has recorded two goals and three points along with 20 penalty minutes in 13 games played so far with the Greyhounds in this, his fourth OHL season.
DeCoste, who has a goal and an assist in his last two games, was taken by the Lightning in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Montreal Junior @ Moncton Wildcats
D Mark Barberio, MCT: Game canceled.
Season Totals: 18 GP, 2-11-13, +3, 20 PIM
Moncton has a slew of players out with injuries and several woke up Sunday ill with the flu leaving the Wildcats with only 11 healthy skaters. According to the Wildcats, â€œthe team doctors for the Wildcats and the QMJHL discussed the situation and it was decided that in the best interest of both teams, game cancellation was the best alternative at this time.â€
Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste (pictured) has points in two straight games. His second goal of the year tied the score at one for the Soo against the East Division leading Fronts.
Belleville Bulls 4 @ Oshawa Generals 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 22 saves on 26 shots.
Season Totals: 12 GP, 6-5-1-0, 3.58 GAA, .891 sv%, 1 SO
Oshawa outshot Belleville 37-26, but Zador dropped his fourth straight decision. His 7 GAA (51 saves) loss to London on Friday snuck under the radar here at BoltProspects â€“ probably a good thing.
No.20 Michigan State Spartans 5 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference), 2 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 8 PIM
The Broncos put up a good fight, but dropped both games of a home-and-home with MSU this weekend. The Spartans scored a shorthanded empty netter to give the game its final score.
Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Barrie Colts 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 17 GP, 8-10-18, +6, 8 PIM
Barrie leads the Eastern Conference with 25 points at 12-4-0-1.
Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 5 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 17 GP, 4-7-11, +13, 6 PIM
Panik shot second in the shootout, but hit the post. It was the second straight shootout loss for the defending Memorial Cup champs, though they still lead the league in points at 13-3-0-3.
Brandon Wheat Kings 5 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-3-3, +2, 4 PIM (hooking, roughing), *Third Star*
Season Totals: 15 GP, 9-9-18, -5, 28 PIM
Ashton (pictured) has a four game point streak in which he has eight points. Brandon scored the game winner with 13 seconds left in the game. Lethbridge remains in a tie for last in the Eastern Conference at 5-11-2-0.
Harvard Crimson 5 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Harvardâ€™s regular and conference season debut was a good one for both the team and Killorn. The sophomore scored twice and added an assist in the second period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead. His assist came on a goal by Canadienâ€™s first rounder Louis Leblanc.
No.10 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ Maine Black Bears 4
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (hitting from behind), 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM
Marshall scored his second career goal and first of the season, but No.10 Vermont struggled overall against the Black Bears in Orono. Marshallâ€™s goal came on a slap shot from the right circle that beat the goalie through his five-hole.
Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ No.20 Michigan State Spartans 2
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 6 PIM
Witkowskiâ€™s first collegiate point came on the power play. He fired a slap shot that was saved, but the Broncos scored on the rebound to make the score 2-1 in the third period.