North American Juniors
Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ Quebec Remparts 6
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 22 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 16 PIM
Patrick Royâ€™s Remparts scored the gameâ€™s final four goals for a comeback win over Gatineau. Janosik had 35 points in 63 games last year, plus 7 in 10 playoff games (5 goals), but is off to a quiet start this season with 8 in 22.
Team WHL 2 vs. Team Russia 5
RW Brett Connolly, WHL: 1-0-1, 0 PIM
Russia finish the six-game Canada-Russia Subway Superseries with a 4-1-1 record versus the CHL for their first series win in the eight-year history of the event. They had won just two games in the series â€“ in 2004 and â€™07 â€“ prior to this year. Lightning prospect Brett Connolly, playing in front of his home crowd, scored for the WHL. At that time, however, the Dub was already down 4-0 in the third period. Calvin Pickard (Avalanche) of the Seattle Thunderbirds stopped 19 of 23 shots in a losing cause for Team WHL.
Trail Smoke Eaters 3 @ Penticton Vees 6
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-14-23, 8 PIM
Oâ€™Donnell earned Second Star for the second straight game and now has 5 points in 2 games since playing for Canada West at the WJACs. After a slow start, heâ€™s up to a point-per-game pace for the Vees.
Belleville Bulls 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 8
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM (holding stick)
Season totals: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -2, 31 PIM
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play.
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM
Panik is still more than a point-per-gamer, even though he has â€œjustâ€ 7 points in his last 12 games. Schemitsch missed his third game due to an â€œupper body injury.â€ Heâ€™s listed as day-to-day. Belleville had leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 in this game before the Attack exploded for a snowman.
Team WHL 6 vs. Team Russia 7 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, WHL: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (slashing)
The WHL scored the gameâ€™s first 3 goals, but allowed its last 3 and eventually lost in a shootout. Russia is now 3-2 in the Canada-Russia Subway Super Series after sweeping the Q and being swept in Ontario. Omskâ€™s Sergei Kalinin (1+2, undrafted) was player of the game for Russia, while Prince Albertâ€™s Brandon Herrod (1+0, undrafted) won the WHLâ€™s award. Lightning prospect Brett Connolly will serve as an alternate captain for the WHL in their final game against Russia in Connollyâ€™s hometown of Prince George on Thursday. He didnâ€™t play in Wednesdayâ€™s game in Kamloops. Ashton, who scored the game's first goal in Wednesday's game, will not play in Prince George.
Penticton Vees 4 @ Salmon Arm Silverbacks 5
C Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 1-2-3, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 9-11-19, 8 PIM
Oâ€™Donnellâ€™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. Oâ€™Donnellâ€™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. Oâ€™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 5â€™10â€, 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.
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.
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
Ashtonâ€™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. Theyâ€™re tied with Edmonton for second-last in the league, six points up on the once mighty Calgary Hitmen.
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 Mullinâ€™s sixth goal of the tournament â€“ scored unassisted â€“ 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 WJACâ€™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 Oâ€™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. Oâ€™Donnell did not hit the scoresheet in the game and finished the tournament with two assists. West scored the gameâ€™s opening goal and led 2-1 in the second period before entering the third tied at 2. Switzerland then scored the gameâ€™s next 6 goals, including 4 in about 4 Â½ minutes. Oâ€™Donnell wonâ€™t have to travel to return to Penticton of the BCHL. Penticton served as host-city for the WJACs.
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.
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.