North American Juniors
Slovakia 1 vs. Switzerland 4
W Richard Panik, SLO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 10 SOG
Panik (pictured) scored his fifth of the tournament on 10 shots in the game, but Slovakia suffered a devastating loss to the Swiss and will now move to the relegation round. They next play Austria on Saturday. Panik finished the preliminary round seventh in tournament scoring with five goals and two assists. His five goals tied for the tournament lead.
Finland 1 vs. Sweden 7
W Matias Sointu, FIN: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (slashing, tripping), 3 SOG
Sweden clinched the bye from Group B with an easy win over rival Finland. Sointu and Finland will play the U.S.A. in the quarterfinals on Saturday, January 1.
St. John Sea Dogs 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 3 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 5-25-30, +15, 34 PIM
The Sea Dogs scored twice in the third period to erase a 3-1 lead. Barberioâ€™s plus-15 rating still leads the club. Barberio (pictured) had nine points in 11 December games for Moncton.
Belleville Bulls 0 @ Peterborough Petes 1
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 10-8-18, -3, 35 PIM
With Bulls: 20 GP, 8-7-15, -1, 15 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste has not registered a point in four of his last five games.
Owen Sound 6 @ Barrie Colts 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference)
Season Totals: 36 GP, 24-22-46, +27, 28 PIM
Barrieâ€™s win streak finally came to an end at 22 games. Coming off a hat trick for the Colts, Hutchings did not register a point in the loss.
Erie Otters 8 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 7
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 12 GP, 7-4-1-0, 2.81 GAA, .918 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Janus was signed by the Lightning prior to the game and has reportedly left the team. Erie was forced to dress just one goalie, who let in seven of 40 shots, but still got the win.
Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: Did not play (WJC - Slovakia).
Season Totals: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie 4 (OT)
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (WJC - Finland)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
Regina Pats 4 @ Kootenay Ice 8
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season Totals: 36 GP, 14-17-31, -13, 69 PIM
With Regina: 8 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 17 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Things are going from bad to worse in Regina, where the Pats have lost their last nine games and sit in 10th in the conference.
GoErie.com reported Thursday Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus of the Erie Otters has signed with Tampa Bay. The report states it's a two-way contract, and will end the young goaltender's junior career.
Update: The Lightning have confirmed the signing, saying it's a standard three-year deal, and Janus has been assigned to Norfolk.
Dustin Tokarski and Riku Helenius have been splitting No.1 duties in Norfolk, but after Lightning goaltender Antero Niittymaki missed a game last week, Tampa Bay recalled Helenius and Norfolk was forced to sign a goaltender for just a two days to fill the second slot with the Ads.
Update 2: Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports Tokarski and Janus will get the majority of the work in Norfolk with Helenius waiting his turn. Erlendsson spoke with Lightning/Admirals GM Brian Lawton Saturday.
Janus, a sixth round pick of the Bolts this past summer, went 7-4-2-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage with Erie after returning to the team in November from a long amateur tryout with the Admirals. He made two starts in Norfolk, allowing three goals.
Finland 10 vs. Austria 1
W Matias Sointu, FIN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Sointu and Team Finland demolished Austria on Wednesday, skating to a quick 5-0 first period lead, then adding three in the second period and two in the third. Sointu scored in the third period, his teamâ€™s ninth goal of the night. Finland (2-1) next plays rival and first-place (Group B) Sweden (3-0) on Thursday, while Lightning prospect Richard Panik and Slovakia (1-2) face Switzerland (1-2).
Oshawa Generals 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 21 saves on 26 shots, pulled in third period
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-12-2-1, 3.46 GAA, .897 sv%, 1 SO
Zador was pulled for the second straight game, this time early in the third period. He has allowed 11 goals in his last two (partial) games. Zador has dropped his last three contests after winning he previous four. He's also had a six-game losing streak and five-game winning streak this season.