North American Juniors

CHL Game Night: 1-27-10

OHL

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 7 @ Belleville Bulls 2
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 41 GP, 11-10-21, +6, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -9, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 14-8-22, -11, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 30 GP, 12-7-19, -9, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

Not a good night for the Bulls, who were tied with Mississauga at one after the first period. Panik’s scoreless streak stretched to five games. Belleville is tied for ninth in the conference and is just five points behind Brampton for eighth, but they have to make their run now. Mississauga has the second best point total in the conference at 71.

CHL Game Night: 1-24-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Quebec Remparts 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 45 GP, 10-30-40, +28, 48 PIM

Barberio has points in 11 of his last 12 games. Moncton completed the weekend road trip through Quebec 3-0, with all their wins coming in convincing fashion. Barberio hit 40 points for the third straight season, though he’s well on pace to smash his career high of 46 points set in 70 games two years ago.

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
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

Saginaw Spirit 0 @ Oshawa Generals 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, shutout, 32 saves on 32 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals: 32 GP, 12-15-2-1, 3.47 GAA, .897 sv%, 2 SO

A huge performance for Zador, and he did it for a team that can’t seem to close the floodgates when it comes to the opposition scoring. The win breaks a personal six-game losing streak for Zador. It’s his second career shutout, and first since a 37-save performance on October 9 against Erie.

WHL

Regina Pats vs. Kootenay Ice (Postponed)
RW Carter Ashton, REG:
Season Totals: 44 GP, 18-20-38, -8, 77 PIM
With Regina: 16 GP, 5-7-12, E, 25 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

This game was postponed due to extreme weather and travel conditions.

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Portland Winterhawks 3
C James Wright, VAN: Did not play.
08-09 Season: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright is expected to (re-)join the Giants this week after being assigned to Vancouver by Tampa Bay. An interesting perspective on the James Wright story was posted on the Vancouver Sun’s web site: The Wright man for the Giants, but the wrong time for NHL career

CHL Game Night: 1-23-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 6 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-3-3, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 10-29-39, +29, 46 PIM

Barberio (pictured) has points in 10 of his last 11 games. This was unofficially his second First Star of the season. All three of his assists came on first period power plays, helping Moncton to a 4-1 lead entering the second period.

OHL

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Belleville Bulls 5
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 11-10-21, +8, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 7 GP, 2-1-3, -7, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Season Totals: 42 GP, 14-8-22, -9, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 29 GP, 12-7-19, -7, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste broke a six game pointless streak with his 14th goal of the season.

Barrie Colts 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 30-23-53, +30, 38 PIM

This was just the seventh loss of the season for Barrie, who has a 10 point lead on Mississauga for both the division and conference top seed. Hutchings hasn’t registered a point in eight of his last 13 games, but when he scores, he scores in bunches. He has nine goals over that span (one assist).

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 3
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
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

WHL

Regina Pats 5 @ Swift Current Broncos 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 18-20-38, -8, 77 PIM
With Regina: 16 GP, 5-7-12, E, 25 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina completed a three game sweep of the Broncos and has earned at least a point in their sixth game in a row. The Pats gained again on the ninth-place Broncos in the race for the eight-spot, but Red Deer, currently holding that position, also won. Regina remains six points back. Ashton broke a three-game pointless streak.

CHL Game Night: 1-22-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 6 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 43 GP, 10-26-36, +29, 46 PIM

Barberio has points in nine of his last 10 games. After a slow start, he’s been very consistent this season and could be heading toward an NHL contract. He’s within 10 points of his career high, set two seasons ago in 70 games. Moncton has won eight in a row and 17 of their past 19. This was an impressive, dominant road win over a team ranked No.6 in the entire CHL.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 0 @ Ottawa 67’s 3
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 11-10-21, +8, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 6 GP, 2-1-3, -7, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 41 GP, 13-8-21, -9, 39 PIM
With Bulls: 28 GP, 11-7-18, -7, 21 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste was at or a near a point-per-game pace well after the trade from the Soo to Belleville, but he’s since fallen well off that pace. He hasn’t had a point in six games. Panik, meanwhile, hasn’t scored in three. Ottawa outshot Belleville 34-18.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 45 GP, 30-23-53, +30, 38 PIM
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
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

Hutchings (pictured) was back on the scoresheet with another multi-goal game – his seventh of the season. He hit 30 goals for the second time in his career. He’s four off his career high for goals (34), set last season in 63 games. As for Sointu, it was reported this week the injury he sustained at the WJCs was the result of a puck to the face. Ouch.

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6
G Michael Zador, OSH: 14 saves on 15 shots
Season Totals: 31 GP, 11-15-2-1, 3.59 GAA, .894 sv%, 1 SO

Zador didn’t start the game, but was admirable in relief of starter Kevin Bailie, who allowed four goals on 11 shots. Kingston added an empty netter late.

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 5 @ Regina Pats 6 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 18-18-36, -10, 77 PIM
With Regina: 15 GP, 5-5-10, -2, 25 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina got at least a point in their fifth game in a row, a streak which has included two shootout wins over the Broncos. Swift Current (51 points) is ninth in the Eastern Conference and Regina (46 points) 10th. They’re both chasing eighth-place Red Deer (52 points).

Vancouver Giants 2 @ Tri-City Americans 4
C James Wright, VAN: Did not play.
08-09 Season: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright is expected to (re-)join the Giants next week after being assigned to Vancouver by Tampa Bay. The Giants (29-18-1-2) are currently leading the B.C. Division and as a result are the second seed in the Western Conference behind the Americans.

CHL Game Night: 1-21-10

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Barrie Colts 5
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 28-23-51, +29, 38 PIM

Barrie has won five in a row and eight of their past 10. This game featured a rare goalie fight at the end of the second period. The Barrie Examiner has the story: "The bizarre brouhahas started when Kingston's Ethan Werek scored to cut Barrie's lead to 2-1 with a few seconds to go in the second period.

"Werek apparently got a little too close to [Barrie goaltender Mavric] Parks – named after the Top Gun character played by Tom Cruise – which only fuelled an already frustrated Parks, who went after his former teammate and landed a quick jab on the Kingston forward.

"A scramble ensued after the Parks-Werek dust-up, and that's when goalie Tyler Beskorowany -- and his six-foot-five, 204-pound frame -- saw an opportunity.

"'I had to,' said Beskorowany, who skated 185 feet down ice to find a willing six-foot, 183-pound dance partner. "Stuff happens. It's too bad the refs got in the way. I was having fun.'"

This is why we love junior hockey. And there is no truth to the rumor that Mavric closed his eyes, clenched his necklace, and said “Talk to me Goose” before the fight.

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