North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/15/10

BCHL

Penticton Vees 2 @ Westside Warriors 1
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (roughing after the whistle), *First Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 15-29-44, 10 PIM

O’Donnell scored the game winner on the power play midway through the third period Wednesday to lift the Vees to a 2-1 win over the Warriors. With the win, Penticton moved into first place in the Interior Conference at 24-11-1-1. (Vees:Blog photo)

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3 (SO)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, roughing), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 24 GP, 5-18-23, +11, 8 PIM
D Adam Janosik, GAT: Did not play.
Season Totals: 33 GP, 4-13-17, +4, 20 PIM

Landry had his recent string of hitting the scoresheet stopped, but he was able to finish on the plus side of even. Janosik is likely at the WJC camp for the Czech Republic, but this has not been confirmed.

OHL

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (delay of game)
Season Totals: 27 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 44 PIM

Beukeboom was back in the Soo lineup after missing a few games due to a concussion. The Greyhounds blew a 2-0 lead and had to scramble back from a 3-2 deficit to get the win over the West Division’s first place team. SSM sits in last in the West at 12-17-4-0.

Oshawa Sends Zador to Owen Sound

The Oshawa Generals have announced they've dealt Lightning prospect goaltender Michael Zador to the Owen Sound Attack for a fifth round pick in 2012 and a fifth round pick in 2013. The former OHL first rounder and fifth round pick of the Lightning in 2009 began the year as the Gens' starting goalie, but after a few weeks was relegated to back-up duty. Within the last two weeks he suddenly missed a game due to an illness and the Gens traded for veteran OHL goaltender Peter Di Salvo. With Di Salvo and Kevin Bailie manning the nets for Oshawa, Zador was no where to be seen and many speculated he'd be traded.

Zador will now join fellow Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch in Owen Sound. Goaltenders Scott Stajcer (Rangers draft pick) and Jordan Binnington (2011 draft) have been splitting duties in Owen Sound, with Binnington earning slightly more games (20-14). Stajcer is facing surgery for a lower body injury and a back-up was needed.

Zador is currently 10-3-2, but with a pedestrian 3.36 goals against average and .879 save percentage.

Canada Chooses Two Lightning Prospects for WJC Squad

TSN reports the final cuts for Team Canada at the upcoming 2011 World Junior Championship have been made and both Lightning first rounders Brett Connolly and Carter Ashton made the team. This is the first time two Lightning prospects have made Canada's squad. The last representative for the Lightning on Team Canada was goaltender Dustin Tokarski in 2008-2009. Tokarski was player of the game for Canada in the gold medal match against Victor Hedman and Sweden.

Ashton, taken 29th overall in 2009, currently plays for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, though he hasn't suited up for the team yet. He was traded from Regina last week. Connolly, taken sixth overall in 2010, is captain of the Prince George Cougars.

Canada will play three exhibition games beginning Monday against Switzerland, with the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship beginning December 26 in Buffalo, New York, USA.

Connolly and his morning hair appeared on TSN's video segment this morning. Watch here: http://watch.tsn.ca/international-hockey/clip389669#clip389669

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/14/10

WHL

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 62 PIM

The Blades continue to lead the East Division with a 24-8-0-1 record. They are nine points ahead of Moose Jaw despite the loss to the Warriors Tuesday. The Blades are just two points behind Portland for the league lead. Zahn serves as captain of Saskatoon.

Ashton, Connolly Survive First Round of Cuts

Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft picks Carter Ashton and Brett Connolly both survived Team Canada's first round of cuts this morning as they prepare for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York.

Through two scrimmages at Canada's selection camp Ashton has two goals and Connolly two assists.

Speculation is there are four more forwards to be cut from the team.

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