North American Juniors

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:

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/14/10


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.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/12/10


Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 0 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 4-13-17, +4, 20 PIM

Janosik has three points in his last two games.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 24 GP, 5-18-23, +11, 8 PIM

Landry’s career high is 30 points in 68 games. He’s on pace to shatter that total.


Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ London Knights 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: Did not play.
Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-4-4, -13, 42 PIM

Beukeboom is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Erie Otters 7 @ Guelph Storm 6 (OT)
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM
With Guelph: 6 GP, 3-5-8, -2, 4 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 31 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 17-22-39, -2, 35 PIM

Panik has three goals in his last two games. Erie scored two goals late to tie the game, then won it in the extra session.

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4 (OT)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-11-12, +14, 6 PIM

A big win for the Attack over a undermanned Kitchener team.

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Brampton Battalion 3 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO

Zador remains out sick.


Kootenay Ice 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 62 PIM

Zahn now has two 2-point games this season. Considering he only had three points all of last year, that’s saying something.

North American Juniors Game Night: 12/11/10


Penticton Vees 4 @ Salmon Arm Silverbacks 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 14-29-43, 10 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured) is within five points of the team scoring lead after two more points Saturday.


Fargo Force 1 @ Lincoln Stars 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (holding), 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 18 GP, 9-12-21, +10, 16 PIM

Mullin was a game star for the second night in a row and continues to lead the Force in scoring.


Erie Otters 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 6
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-11-12, +14, 6 PIM

Schemitsch and the Attack bounced back from a tough loss at Kitchener Friday with a solid win Saturday.

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