North American Juniors

NCAA Game Night: 12-12-15

No. 12 Boston University Terriers 4 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 18 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

BU rebounded from a Friday loss with a win in Connecticut against Matt Peca’s alma mater. MacLeod had minor penalties for interference and tripping.

Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 1 @ Minnesota State Mavericks 4

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-0-1, -5, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Minnesota State completed the weekend sweep of UAH with a 4-1 win Saturday. After managing just nine shots on goal Friday, the Chargers had 14 Saturday. UAH goalie Carmine Guerriero (undrafted) had 37 saves.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 12-11-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 8

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -2, 5 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hit
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 28 GP, 14-15-29, +11, 35 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Lots of theatrics in Halifax tonight as Imama was ejected for leaving the bench to start a fight in defense of 15-year-old Joe Veleno, who was jumped by 20-year-old overager Kelly Bent. Imama kept throwing punches long after the linesmen tried to break up the fight, then spit in the direction of Halifax goalie (and former Lightning camper) Eric Brassard. His night will get him suspended for several other nights, possibly 15 or more. In game action, San Jose first rounder (9th overall) Timo Meier had two goals and six points in the game.

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Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 27 GP, 22-22-44, +1, 33 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Dennis Yan is now scoreless in two straight games after having an 8-game point streak. This is the first time this season that Yan’s gone without a point in consecutive games.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 2 @ Oshawa Generals 3

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6/25 FO
Season totals: 27 GP, 8-16-24, -8, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Anthony Cirelli had his 3-game, 2-point-per-game streak end, but his Gens rode a third period comeback to a 3-2 win.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Sarnia Sting 0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 11-14-25, +15, 40 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Michael DiPietro (2017) stopped 29 shots for the road shutout Friday.

Peterborough Petes 7 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 6 (OT)

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 3-12-15, +4, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Hunter Garlent (undrafted) had a hat trick and Matt Spencer had two assists to lead the Petes to a high-scoring overtime win in Hamilton.

Western Hockey League

Victoria Royals 1 @ Vancouver Giants 4

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 2-11-13, -16, 21 PIM
With Vancouver: 18 GP, 2-6-8, -7, 11 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas broke a personal 6-game scoreless streak with two assists Friday.

NOTES: Brayden Point (Canada), Mitchell Stephens (Canada), and Dominik Masin (Czech Republic) are with their respective countries preparing for the World Junior Championships. In the USHL, Kris Oldham (USA) and Ryan Zuhlsdorf (USA) are in Canada competing in the World Junior A Challenge. Zuhlsdorf had an assist and Oldham got the win stopping 10 of 11 shots in half a game in a pre-tournament exhibition USA win over Canada East today.

Juniors Game Night: 12-10-15

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ North Bay Battalion 4

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/15 FO
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-16-24, -8, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Anthony Cirelli opened the scoring with a power play goal in the first period, but the Gens ended up allowing three straight goals in the third period to eventually lose, 4-3. Cirelli has had a goal and an assist in three consecutive games.

Mississauga Steelheads 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 3 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 11-14-25, +15, 40 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto returned from a 5-game suspension, but the Spits fell in overtime. DiGiacinto did not register a point.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Peterborough Petes 1

D Dominik Masin, PBO: Did not play (WJC)
Season totals: 29 GP, 3-10-13, +20, 28 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 3-10-13, +2, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Masin missed the game as he is with Team Czech Republic in preparation for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Finland. His usual partner, Matt Spencer, was minus-3 in Masin’s absence.

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Niagara IceDogs 2

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: Did not play (WJC)
Season totals: 9 GP, 7-4-11, +3, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens is with Team Canada preparing for the upcoming WJCs in Finland. His teammate with Canada and fellow Lightning prospect Brayden Point was kept out of practice the first day of Canada’s camp, but the coach said if it was a game Point would be healthy enough to play. They’re taking precautions with his shoulder injury.

Juniors Game Night: 12-9-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ Moncton Wildcats 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 9 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 27 GP, 4-9-13, +1, 45 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-1-3, +3, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 27 GP, 14-13-27, +13, 33 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph scored once in the first and again in the second to pace the Sea Dogs in their 6-2 road win Wednesday. Boko Imama added his fourth goal of the season and first since October 16 (19 games). Joseph, who is now at a point per game, has a five game point streak. He has one minus game in his last nine. On the other side of the ice, Saint John held Conor Garland scoreless – something no one has done this year. Garland’s point streak ended at 28 games. The Coyotes’ fifth rounder this past summer leads the Q with 69 points (19 goals) in 29 games. That’s 13 more points than anyone else. The 5-8 winger had 129 points last year.

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings @ Moose Jaw Warriors

C Brayden Point, MJ: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 18-25-43, +9, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point has now missed nine straight games with an injured shoulder. He was expected be healthy in time for Team Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp later this week.

Juniors Game Night: 12-8-15

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 2 @ Peterborough Petes 1

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 3-10-13, +20, 28 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 3-10-13, +5, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Alex Nedelijkovic (Carolina), acquired from Flint earlier in the week, stopped 44 of 45 shots to give Niagara a road win in Peterborough. The one shot that beat him was from Masin, which set off a teddy bear toss. Masin’s partner, Matt Spencer, earned a plus on the goal.

Juniors Game Night: 12-6-15

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/19 FO
Season totals: 25 GP, 7-15-22, -8, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli finished a productive weekend with another goal and assist on Sunday, matching Saturday’s totals. He had three points in the first six games since returning from injury, but put up four points this weekend in two games.

Western Hockey League

Prince George Cougars 6 @ Vancouver Giants 5

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 2-9-11, -17, 21 PIM
With Vancouver: 18 GP, 2-6-8, -7, 11 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas had eight points in his first 12 games as a Giant, but is scoreless in his last six.

Juniors Game Night: 12-5-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 26 GP, 3-9-12, E, 36 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 26 GP, 12-12-24, +10, 31 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Mathieu Joseph had two assists against Charlottetown and his brother, defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph, helping the Sea Dogs to a 4-3 win.

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 26 GP, 22-22-44, +1, 31 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Dennis Yan had his eight-game point streak snapped. He hasn’t finished on the plus side of even in a game since November 14 – a span of seven games.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 (OT)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-14-20, -9, 17 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli went 14/27 on faceoffs for the Gens. The next highest amount of faceoffs taken was 16. The Soo tied the game with four seconds remaining in regulation, then won it in overtime with Cirelli in the box serving a tripping penalty. Former Lightning draft pick and two-time player, Drew Bannister, coaches the Greyhounds.

North Bay Battalion 2 @ Saginaw Spirit 5

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 9 GP, 7-4-11, +3, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens has five points in two games since returning this weekend from a broken foot. He was also 11/16 on faceoffs Saturday.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4 (SO)

C Brayden Point, MJ: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 18-25-43, +9, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point has now missed eight straight games with a shoulder injury. He’s still considered day-to-day.

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Everett Silvertips 3

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-9-11, -15, 21 PIM
With Vancouver: 17 GP, 2-6-8, -5, 11 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Vancouver fell in Everett, 3-1. Thomas is scoreless in his last five games.

United States Hockey League

Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Team USA 7

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-2-2, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 0-17-17, -8, 24 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Team USA swept the visiting Musketeers this weekend, winning Friday night and again Saturday. Kieffer Bellows (2016), son of former Lightning player Brian Bellows (Boston University commit, 2016 draft eligible), had a goal and four assists Saturday. His teammate Clayton Keller (Boston University commit, 2016 draft eligible) had a goal and five helpers.

Juniors Game Night: 12-4-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 Hit
Season totals: 25 GP, 3-8-11, +1, 36 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 1 Hit
Season totals: 25 GP, 12-10-22, +9, 29 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Saint John had a 3-1 lead entering the third period, but gave up three goals to the visiting Wildcats. Conor Garland (Coyotes) and Cameron Askew (NYR) both had two goals for Moncton.

Shawinigan Cataractes 7 @ Quebec Remparts 6 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-3-4, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 22-22-44, +4, 31 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Dennis Yan had four points, including the overtime-winner, as Shawinigan won an old fashioned QMJHL barnburner, 7-6.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ London Knights 6

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: Did not play (suspended)
Season totals: 24 GP, 11-14-25, +15, 40 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto is serving a 5-game suspension for “bullying actions.”

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3 (OT)

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-10-12, +19, 28 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 3-10-13, +5, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Peterborough responded to a 6-2 home loss Thursday vs the Fronts with an overtime win on Friday. Dominik Masin had three assists in a game for the second time this season and now has a 3-game point streak. Masin, who was named to the Czech Republic World Juniors Evaluation Camp roster this week, didn’t start hitting his offensive stride last year until January.

Saginaw Spirit 4 @ Flint Firebirds 3 (SO)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 6-2-8, +2, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Mitchell Stephens (pictured) played his first game since October 16 when he broke his foot and scored once and added an assist in a shootout win in Flint. Stephens, who was named to Team Canada’s World Junior Evaluation Camp roster, had his shootout attempt saved.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 18-25-43, +9, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point was expected to return from a shoulder injury this weekend, but he was scratched Friday night. He told TSN he saw doctors and physiotherapists in Calgary and “should be ready to go.” Point was named to Canada’s World Junior Evaluation Camp roster this week.

Kootenay Ice 0 @ Vancouver Giants 4

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-9-11, -14, 21 PIM
With Vancouver: 16 GP, 2-6-8, -4, 11 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Ryan Kubic (2016) made 25 saves for his third shutout of the season. At “just” 5-11, Kubic probably isn’t an option for the Lightning down the road.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 40 saves on 43 shots
Season totals: 12 GP, 8-3-1, 2.26 GAA, .928 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham made 40 saves, but took the loss for Omaha Friday. It was Oldham’s first loss since November 13. The Lancers were outshot 43-15 Friday.

Sioux City Musketeers 2 @ Team USA 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-1-1, -3, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 0-15-15, -6, 20 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Team USA got two goals from Boston College commit Zach Walker (2016) and one from Boston University pledge Kieffer Bellows (2016), son of former Lightning forward Brian Bellows, to beat Sioux City, 5-2. Tampa Bay prospect and Minnesota commit Ryan Zuhlsdorf has three assists in his last four games.

Juniors Game Night: 12-4-15

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 3 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: Did not play (suspended)
Season totals: 24 GP, 11-14-25, +15, 40 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto is serving a 5-game suspension for “bullying actions.”

Kingston Frontenacs 6 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 2-7-9, +18, 28 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 3-10-13, +5, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Peterborough had their six-game win streak snapped with a 6-2 home loss Thursday. Dominik Masin had the primary assist on a third period power play goal that cut Kingston’s lead to 4-2, but the Fronts added two goals 22 seconds apart with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. Panthers first rounder Lawson Crouse had two assists and was second star for Kingston.

Bolt Prospect of the Week

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect(s) of the Week for the week ending November 30 is … Matt Spencer, D, Peterborough Petes (OHL).

Second round picks are often prized trade pieces in the NHL, especially at the deadline. Teams feel they receive good value and the dealing clubs aren’t parting with first rounders. The Lightning have two second rounders in 2016, and if they keep them, don’t be surprised if at least one is spent on a defenseman.

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