North American Juniors
Erie Otters 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 3 OT
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 31 saves on 34 shots
Season Totals: 12 GP, 6-4-2-0, 2.96 GAA, 0.913 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Janus dueled Plymouth goalie Matt Hackett to a 2-2 draw in regulation, but gave up the OT goal to the Whalers 2:19 into the extra period. The match was the first OHL game on the schedule since the league's break for the Christmas holidays.
Slovakia 8 vs. Latvia 3
C Richard Panik, SLO: 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Richard Panik opened the scoring at 0:33, and by 3:44 had netted the game's first two goals. He later added two assists in Slovakia's 8-3 rout of the hapless Latvian team. After two matches, Panik now sits 3rd place on the tournament scoring board with 3 goals and 2 assists.
Finland 4 vs. Czech Republic 3
F Matias Sointu, FIN: Did not play.
Matias Sointu did not dress for the Finnish team in their opening match of the tourney as the Finns rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Czech Republic 4-3.
Moncton Wildcats 10 @ Halifax Mooseheads 1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 4-23-27, +15, 36 PIM
Mark Barberio scored the Wildcats' 5th goal of the opening period with less than a minute left before intermission. Moncton would double that score to 10 behind 40 shots as they opened the post-Christmas schedule on the road in Halifax.
Regina Pats 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 14-16-30, -15, 62 PIM
With Regina: 6 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 10 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Regina's winless streak now at seven games, and Carter Ashton was held scoreless and minus-3 on the night.
USA 7 vs. Slovakia 3
C Richard Panik, SLO: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Slovakia held a brief 2-0 lead early, and Panik's goal in the late second cut USA's lead to 4-3, but the floodgates opened from there. Panik's goal came on a tap-in from the side of the USA net. This is his second U-20 World Junior Championship (WJC). Last year he had two goals and five points in what was considered by many to be a disappointing showing throughout seven tournament games. Previous to that he had 10 points (four goals) in six games at the 2008 U-18 WJC and two assists in six games at the 2007 U-18 WJC. Slovakia next plays Sunday vs. Latvia, who lost 16-0 to Canada in their opener.
Canada 3 vs. Finland 0 (Exhibition)
LW Matais Sointu, FIN: 0-0-0
Finland made their exhibition debut in preparation for the 2010 World Junior Championships, but went scoreless against a strong Canada squad led by Richard Panik's teammate, Taylor Hall (1 goal), and Carter Ashton's teammate, Jordan Eberle (2 assists). Sointu played for Finland in the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championships, where he scored three goals in six games.