North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/22/11

USHL Western Conference Semifinals

No.4 Fargo Force 1 @ No.1 Dubuque Fighting Saints 2
Dubuque leads best of five series 2-0

C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 23-37-60, +29, 26 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Fargo scored first, but eventually fell to top-seeded Dubuque 2-1 and now trails the series 2-0. Dubuque won in overtime Wednesday in the series opener. Both of the Fighting Saints goals Friday were scored in the second period. Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin, who earlier in the day was named to the USHL All-Rookie team, tied for the team lead with three shots on goal. Game 3 is Saturday in North Dakota.

QMJHL Semifinals

No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ No.4 Quebec Remparts 1
Gatineau leads best of seven series 1-0

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 3-3-6, E, 10 PIM

Gatineau won their fifth game in a row and Janosik (pictured) scored for the second straight game as Gatineau stole home ice advantage from the Remparts with a 2-1 Game 1 win. Janosik’s goal was scored on the power play. Game 2 is Saturday in Quebec City.

OHL

Western Conference Finals

No.1 Owen Sound Attack 2 @ No.4 Windsor Spitfires 4 (Thursday)
Best of seven series tied 1-1

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 0-6-6, +3, 2 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup).
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

Windsor held serve at home on the back of Stars first rounder Jack Campbell, who was First Star, stopping 33 of 35 shots. Game 3 is Saturday in Owen Sound. Zador sat backup for the first time since being pulled in Game 1 vs. Plymouth. (*Update posted late due to difficulties with the OHL web site.)

WHL

Western Conference Finals

No.2 Spokane Chiefs vs. No.1 Portland Winterhawks

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: Not playing.
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 5-4-9, -1, 17 PIM

As of the beginning of the second period, Spokane has a 2-0 lead in Game 1 in Portland. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson, who was named the Western Conference Player of the Year this week, is not playing as he’s serving a one game suspension. He was ejected after a kneeing major in Game 6 vs. Tri-City.

Ashton Joining Admirals

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forward Carter Ashton to the Norfolk Admirals from his junior club, the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Ashton, 20, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a first-round draft pick of the Lightning (29th overall in 2009). He split this season between Tri City and the Regina Pats, scoring 33 goals and 71 points with 106 penalty minutes in 62 games between the clubs. He also netted 17 power play goals, tying him for fifth place in the WHL.

Landry to Join Admirals

The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned defenseman Charles Landry to the Norfolk Admirals from Montreal of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Landry, 5-foot-11, 187 pounds, appeared in 57 games with the Montreal Juniors this season, recording career bests with 11 goals and 40 points. He also registered a plus-26 rating. Landry led the team in goals by a defenseman, was third in points by a defenseman and was tied for third overall in plus/minus. He also posted one goal and three points in ten playoff games for the Juniors.

A 19-year-old native of Napierville, Quebec, Landry has played in 234 QMJHL games between Montreal and the Drummondville Voltigeurs. He has registered 22 goals and 96 points during his career. He has also skated in 43 post-season games, amassing six goals and 12 points.

Originally undrafted, Landry was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Lightning on September 15, 2010. He represented the Lightning at the 2010 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament as an invitee.
--Norfolk Admirals

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/19/11

OHL

Western Conference Finals

No.4 Windsor Spitfires 1 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 8
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 1-0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-6-6, +3, 2 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

A springtime snowman in Owen Sound. Andrew Shaw (undrafted) and Joey Hishon (Avalanche) each had two goals and Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch had two helpers to lead the Attack to a stomping of Windsor in the opening game of the OHL Western Conference Finals. Michael Zador did not dress for the Attack, and at the rate Scott Stajcer is going in net for Owen Sound, he likely won’t see the ice again outside of a possible trophy-carrying parade around the rink. Dallas Stars first rounder Jack Campbell allowed all eight goals for the Spits. Game 2 is Thursday in Windsor.

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.4 Tri-City Americans 4 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 5 (OT)
Spokane wins best of seven series 4-2

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 3-5-8, E, 4 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 15 PIM (major-kneeing, game misconduct)
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 5-4-9, -1, 17 PIM

Tri-City held a 3-0 lead entering the third period against an opponent whose leading scorer, Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson, was forbidden to return to the game due to a misconduct. Before the Ams could stop dreaming about a Game 6 win and 3-3 series tie, Spokane had scored four times in the first nine minutes of the period to take a one goal lead. TC needed a power play goal to send the game to overtime, but Spokane’s Levko Koper (Thrashers) scored for the Chiefs to send the club on to the conference finals against Portland beginning Friday in Oregon.

With his team eliminated, Lightning prospect Carter Ashton’s junior career is now complete. The former Lightning first rounder, who already holds an NHL contract, can join the Norfolk Admirals if the organization so chooses. Next season he’ll be competing for a spot with the big club out of camp.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/17/11

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 6
Gatineau wins best of seven series 4-2

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 2-3-5, E, 10 PIM

Gatineau won their fourth game in a row and eliminated the higher seeded Volts in the process. Adam Janosik’s second goal of the playoffs gave the Olympiques a brief 3-2 lead in the third period. Gatineau, who scored five times in the final stanza, moves on to the league semifinals to face the winner of Game 7 between No.3 Quebec and No.7 Shawinigan.

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.2 Montreal Juniors 3 @ No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 6
Lewiston wins best of seven series 4-2

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 12 PIM

Eighth-seeded Lewiston broke a 2-2 tie late in the second period and held on to defeat the second-seeded Montreal Juniors in Game 6 and advance to the league semifinals. Lightning prospect Charles Landry finished the playoffs with three points. He already holds an NHL contract, which will officially begin next year. He could join AHL Norfolk in some capacity in the coming days should the Lightning organization choose to extend his season.

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 (OT)
Spokane leads best of seven series 3-2

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 5-4-9, -1, 2 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 3-4-7, +1, 4 PIM

Lightning prospect Carter Ashton scored with just over a minute left in regulation after a timeout call to tie the game for Tri-City and send the game to overtime. Spokane’s Blake Gal came out of the penalty box in overtime and scored the game winner to give the Chiefs a 3-2 series lead. Tyler Johnson had an assist for the Chiefs. Game 6 will be in Spokane Tuesday. The winner of the series will take on Portland in the West Finals. Kootenay and Medicine Hat will battle in the East Finals.

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