North American Juniors

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.

Walcott More of the Same for Syracuse, Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Blainville-Boisbriand overage defenseman and captain Daniel Walcott Monday, adding a puck-moving defenseman to the organizational roster.

The Lightning have had an abundance of success under Steve Yzerman picking up undersized cast-offs who can skate and have a high hockey IQ and skill level. Walcott certainly fits the mold. He stands just 5’11” and weighs under 2-bills, but put up 41 points in 54 games with the Armada as a 20-year-old this season.

Lightning Acquire Rights to Daniel Walcott from Rangers

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired the rights to defenseman Daniel Walcott from the New York Rangers today in exchange for the Rangers’ seventh-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired), vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Walcott, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, has played in 121 games with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League during the previous two seasons. He has recorded 17 goals and 80 points during that time with a plus-35 rating. He has also played in 25 playoff games with the Armada, recording five goals and 14 points.

A native of Ile Perrot, Quebec, Walcott also played in one game with the Hartford Wolf Pack at the end of the season.

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-29-15

2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup
Semifinals

Quebec Remparts 3 vs Kelowna Rockets 9

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 0 Hits
Memorial Cup totals: 5 GP: 3-3-6, +1, 6 PIM
QMJHL playoff totals: 22 GP, 21-9-30, +18, 17 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne’s junior career came to an end Friday night as the Remparts were blown out by the WHL champs, 9-3. Erne opened the game’s scoring for Quebec and the score was 1-1 after one period. Kelowna scored four times in the second period to break the game open, then coasted to the win. Habs prospect Zach Fucale allowed all nine goals for Quebec. The Rockets will play OHL champion Oshawa for the Memorial Cup.

Erne finished the tournament with three goals and six points in five games. He finishes his career with 118 goals and 275 points in 240 regular season games. He added 29 goals and 47 points in 45 playoff games over his four seasons, also. He’s been signed by the Lightning and will start next year either in AHL Syracuse or NHL Tampa Bay.

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-28-15

2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup
Tiebreaker

Quebec Remparts 5 vs Rimouski Oceanic 2

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Memorial Cup totals: 4 GP: 2-2-4, +1, 6 PIM
QMJHL playoff totals: 22 GP, 21-9-30, +18, 17 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec exacted some revenge on Rimouski, who defeated the Remparts in seven games for the QMJHL championship last week. Quebec won 5-2 Thursday in a rare Memorial Cup tiebreaker. The Oceanic beat the Remparts on Wednesday night, 4-0, setting up the tiebreaker. Thursday was the 17th time the two clubs have played each other since the start of the regular season. Adam Erne had an assist created when he carried the puck into the zone down the right wing and cut inside of a defenseman into the slot. The puck found its way to Anthony Duclair (Coyotes), who scored glove side. Erne’s goal came after Rimouski starter Philippe Desrosiers coughed up the puck behind the net, but managed to get a stick on the ensuing shot from Kurt Etchegary. Erne banged in the rebound before celebrating his second goal of the tournament. He also had a couple big hits in the game.

Thursday’s win by Quebec sets up a tournament semi-final game between Quebec and WHL champion Kelowna. The Remparts beat the Rockets in the tournament opener last Friday. The winner of the semifinals faces OHL champ Oshawa in the finals.

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-24-15

2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup
Round Robin

Quebec Remparts 4 vs Oshawa Generals 5 (OT)

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
Memorial Cup totals: 2 GP: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM
QMJHL playoff totals: 22 GP, 21-9-30, +18, 17 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Oshawa fought back from a late 4-3 deficit to tie the Remparts, then dominate overtime before claiming the win. After tweaking his knee in Quebec’s opener, Erne wasn’t his usual fast, gritty self on Sunday, but earned an assist after his hard wrist shot in the slot caromed off the end boards and right to linemate Dmytro Timoshov. The Gens got the game-tying goal from Tobias Lindberg, a Sens prospect chosen with the fourth rounder the Lightning sent to Ottawa as part of the Bishop-Conacher trade. Stephen Desrocher (undrafted) scored the overtime winner. Quebec (1-1) next plays on Tuesday in a rematch against Rimouski. Oshawa (2-0) has secured a spot in at least the semifinals.

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-22-15

2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup
Round Robin

Quebec Remparts 4 vs Kelowna Rockets 3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
QMJHL playoff totals: 22 GP, 21-9-30, +18, 17 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Tournament-host Quebec won the opening game of the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup, 4-3 over the WHL champs. Erne scored an empty net goal in the game, which turned out to be the winner after the Rockets scored a late goal. Erne, per reports, appeared to twist his knee awkwardly in the first period and spent a good part of the second period in the locker room before returning to the game. Quebec next plays OHL champ Oshawa on Sunday.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-18-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Finals

QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 1 @ QMJHL-1 Rimouski Oceanic 2 (2OT)
Rimouski wins best-of-7 series, 4-3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 1/8 FO, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 22 GP, 21-9-30, +18, 17 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Rimouski won the President’s Cup as QMJHL champions with a 2-1 double-overtime win Monday night. The game was wide open and tense and both teams had dozens of chances to win the game in a scoreless third period and first overtime. The Nics finally took advantage of a penalty taken when a Rimouski player got behind the Quebec defense and was hauled down.

Adam Erne finished with 21 goals in 22 playoff games and was second in playoff scoring to Halifax’s Nikolaj Ehlers (Jets). Despite not being on the winning side, Erne won the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the playoff MVP -- a huge honor.

Both teams will go to the Memorial Cup tournament in Quebec City, hosted by the Remparts, starting next week.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-17-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Finals

QMJHL-1 Rimouski Oceanic 5 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 4 (OT)
Best-of-7 series tied, 3-3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 3/5 FO, 3 Hits, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 21 GP, 21-9-30, +18, 17 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec had leads of 2-0 after one period of play and 4-2 after two periods, but couldn’t hang on to win the QMJHL championship after regulation. They had another chance in overtime, but Rimouski scored on their 40th shot of the game to force a Game 7 Monday in Rimouski. Quebec had just 18 shots on goal in Game 6. With four goals in his last two games, Erne is back to a goal-per-game pace in the playoffs. His second goal of the game gave the Remparts a 4-1 lead midway through the second period. Rimouski scored the game-tying goal with 1:01 left on the clock. Jan Kostalek (Jets) scored the game-winning goal.

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