North American Juniors

Juniors Game Night: 10-7-15

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3 (OT)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-2-4, -3, 0 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Conor McGlynn (undrafted) scored the overtime-winner for the Fronts, who beat Oshawa, 3-2. The Gens fell to 3-2-1-0 on the season.

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 8

D Brayden Point, MJ: 3-1-4, +4, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 2 GP, 4-3-7, +4, 2 PIM
2015-16 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

To say Brayden Point has had an impact on Moose Jaw since his return from the Lightning is an understatement. The Warriors have 14 goals in two games since their captain’s return, and Point has factored in seven of those goals. He was First Star on Wednesday, scoring the sixth hat trick of his WHL career. Going back to last season, Point has a goal in 11 straight games. He has 24 points in those 11 games.

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 of the Week for the week ending October 6 is … Mitchell Stephens, W, Saginaw Spirit, OHL.

When Mitchell Stephens was drafted with the Lightning’s top pick this summer, fans looked at his numbers and shrugged. That’s it?

Stephens posted 22 goals and 48 points in 62 games for the Spirit, with a minus-17 rating.

Perspective, people.

Juniors Game Night: 10-4-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 3

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, -2, 4 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Dennis Yan was a first star for the second time this season, scoring a goal and adding two assists in Shawinigan’s 5-3 win in Moncton. Yan’s third goal of the year was scored on the power play early in the third period, which turned out to be the game-winner.

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 5 @ Oshawa Generals 2

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-2-4, -3, 0 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Oshawa fell to 3-2 on the year but still lead the East Division with Peterborough. Anthony Cirelli was a minus-3 for the game, partially due to an empty net goal.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Regina Pats 0

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Calgary returned to its winning ways by beating the Pats in Regina, 3-0. Danish-Canadian goalie Lasse Peterson (undrafted) had a 19-save shutout for the Hitmen, who lost on Saturday to Brayden Point’s Moose Jaw Warriors.

Juniors Game Night: 10-3-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6 Hits
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Boko Imama scored his second goal in as many nights, helping Saint John to a 5-2 win over Dennis Yan and Shawinigan. Yan also scored his second goal of the season in the game, which gave the Cataractes a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 2 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

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

The Petes got back on the winning side with a close win over the IceDogs. The two Lightning prospects combined for a plus-4 rating.

Guelph Storm 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 8

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

Stephens (pictured) notched his first hat trick since December 13, 2014, when he had four in a game. Stephens scored all three goals in the third period.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

D Brayden Point, MJ: 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM, *Second Star*
2015-16 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point made his season debut for Moose Jaw, and had a goal and assist by the end of the first period. He added another assist to help the Warriors improve to 2-0-1 on the season. On the other bench, Lightning prospect Ben Thomas was scoreless for the Hitmen, who suffered their first loss.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 6 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 1

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Win, 33 saves on 34 shots
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1, 3.00 GAA, .911 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham got his first start since the season opener and responded with a 33-save win in Des Moines.

Sioux Falls Stampede 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 5

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

Zuhlsdorf had his first point of the season as Sioux City beat the Stampede, 5-3. USHL rookie and former Finnish juniors scoring star Teemu Pulkkinen had two goals for the Musketeers and now has three on the young season.

Juniors Game Night: 10-2-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4 (OT)

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

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Boko Imama (pictured) scored his first goal of the year and Mathieu Joseph scored the shootout clincher as Saint John defeated visiting Gatineau, 4-3.

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2

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

Shawinigan allowed a shorthanded penalty shot goal late in the third period that cut the Cataractes’ lead to 3-2, but they held on for the win.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ London Knights 5 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Logan Brown (2016), son of former NHLer Jeff Brown, scored 17 seconds into overtime to grab a road win for Windsor. Leafs first rounder Mitch Marner was first star for London with a goal and an assist.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Oshawa Generals 3

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 4 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, E, 0 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

One night after a 6-1 loss to Mississauga, the Petes were shut out in Oshawa, 3-0. Peterborough only mustered 14 shots in the game. Anthony Cirelli scored on the power play for the Gens.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Calgary improved to 3-0 with a road win in Brandon Friday. Radel Fazleev (Flyers) had a goal and a helper for Calgary.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 0 @ Lincoln Stars 3

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1, 9.00 GAA, .727 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham sat as Zackarias Skog, who replaced Oldham last Friday after a bad first period, got his second straight start.

Juniors Game Night: 10-1-15

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 6 @ Peterborough Petes 1

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 4 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

It was a rough night in Peterborough as the Steelheads scored four times in the first period en route to a 6-1 win. The loss was the Petes’ first of the season (2-1-0).

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 7

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, +4, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Saginaw crossed the border but left their defense in Michigan, falling to Cristiano DiGiacinto and Windsor, 7-1. DiGiacinto scored his first goal of the season, unassisted in the first period. He later added an assist.

Juniors Game Night: 9-27-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4

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

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph’s goal – his second in two games since returning from the Lightning – gave Saint John a 3-2 lead with less than 90 seconds remaining in the third, but the Titan got the dreaded last-minute-of-the-period goal to end the second to tie the game, then the winner in the third period.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 vs Shawinigan Cataractes 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Nikita Kucherov’s former team came into Shawinigan and routed the Cataractes, 5-1. Yan had a goal and an assist in his season debut, but was held off the scoresheet in Game 2.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 0 @ Oshawa Generals 5

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Oshawa raised their OHL and Memorial Cup banners to the rafters and won their home opener, 5-0 over North Bay on the back of goaltender Jeremy Brodeur’s 30-save shutout. Yes, that’s Martin’s son (undrafted). Pictured: Cirelli takes the ceremonial puck drop for the Gens. (Oshawa Generals photo)

Juniors Game Night: 9-26-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 vs Shawinigan Cataractes 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits, *First Star*
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan (pictured) made his season debut for the Cataractes and promptly earned a First Star for notching a goal and an assist. Yan had seven goals in seven games in the playoffs last year and picked up where he left off for Shawinigan.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 4

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

Oshawa had leads of 2-1 and 3-2, but couldn’t hold on to defeat the Bulldogs, who were the Belleville Bulls in previous seasons. Cirelli has a at least a point in both games this season.

Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Flint Firebirds 3 (SO)

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

Stephens scored his first goal of the season, but the Spirit couldn’t avoid the home-and-home sweep from Flint. The Firebirds won in Saginaw Thursday. Stephens did not participate in the shootout.

Western Hockey League

Kootenay Ice 0 @ Calgary Hitmen 1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Calgary completed a home-and-home sweep of the Ice, shutting them out 1-0 in Calgary Saturday. Brendan Burke (Coyotes) had a 21-save shutout for the Hitmen. Burke is the son of former Lightning goaltender Sean Burke. Thomas had a late roughing penalty Calgary survived.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 1

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1, 9.00 GAA, .727 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham sat as Zackarias Skog, who replaced Oldham Friday after the first period, stopped 28 of 29 shots as Omaha defeated Des Moines, 2-1.

Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 5

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

Minnesota State commit Parker Tuomie had two goals for the Stampede in their 5-3 win over the visiting Musketeers.

Juniors Game Night: 9-25-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Charlottetown Islanders 2

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

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph wasted no time getting on the scoresheet this season, scoring just over five minutes into his first game of the season. The primary assist on Joseph’s goal was registered by his Lightning rookie tournament teammate, Boko Imama, who was named an alternate captain for the club. Imama talked at the first intermission to Saint John radio about how much he enjoyed the behind-the-scenes experience at Lightning Camp, specifically how well he was treated and the facilities the club provided the players. The Sea Dogs started 2-2 without their two Lightning prospects.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Guelph Storm 0

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli, an alternate captain with the Gens this season, had a primary power play assist, helping the defending OHL and Memorial Cup champs to a win in their opener.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor played their second overtime game in as many nights, but the result was more positive than Friday against the Otters. DiGiacinto was scoreless in the Spits’ 3-2 win in the Soo.

Peterborough Petes 4 @ North Bay Battalion 1

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Peterborough moved to 2-0 on the season, beating the Battalion in North Bay, 4-1. Dominik Masin made his season debut after returning to the Petes from the Lightning’s camp. He went scoreless with two minor penalties. Masin hadn’t played since February.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Kootenay Ice 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas and Calgary opened their seasons with a road win in Kootenay. Thomas missed the prospect tournament with the Lightning with an ankle injury. His assist came on the power play.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 1 @ Tri-City Storm 5

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 8 saves on 11 shots
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham stopped just 8 of 11 first period shots before being lifted to start the second period.

Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Fargo Force 3 (OT)

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

Captain Ryan Zuhlsdorf and Sioux City escaped Fargo with a 4-3 overtime win, scored on a penalty shot by USHL veteran Connor Valesano.

Juniors Game Night: 9-24-15

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 3 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

No McDavid, no Strome, no problem for Erie. The defending Western Conference champs defeated the Spits in Windsor, 4-3 in a 3 on 3 overtime after tying the game with an extra attacker. Darren Raddysh (undrafted) had the winner. Alternate captain Cristiano DiGiacinto was scoreless for Windsor after a good showing at the Lightning’s camp.

Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: Did not play
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Peterborough opened their season by hanging on for a 5-4 win over the visiting 67’s. The Petes had a 4-3 lead with under two minutes to go when Spencer, an alternate captain, scored into an empty net from his own end to make it 5-3. Flyers first rounder Travis Konecny scored his second goal of the game with 15 seconds left for Ottawa to make things a little more interesting. Dominik Masin was assigned to Peterborough earlier in the day by Tampa Bay, so he was not available for the season opener. The move by the Lightning ensures ample playing time for Masin this season, which will undoubtedly be his final junior year. Masin was eligible for the AHL this season. He’s coming off surgery in February to repair facial injuries sustained in a Petes game, plus a wrist injury from a bike accident this summer. The Lightning remain high on the former second round pick.

Flint Firebirds 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 0

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

The Firebirds (formerly the Plymouth Whalers) made their OHL debut, defeating Saginaw on the road, 3-0, to open both teams’ seasons. Stephens, an alternate captain for the Spirit, is expected to have a breakout year offensively. Zack Bowman (undrafted) had a 23-save shutout for Flint.

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