North American Juniors
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.
Owen Sound Attack 8 @ Oshawa Generals 1
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 33 saves on 39 shots, pulled in third period
Season Totals: 26 GP, 11-11-2-1, 3.33 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO
Zador started the game, but was pulled after allowing his sixth goal against. Kevin Bailie finished the game, allowing two goals on eight shots. After a seven-game win streak, Oshawa has lost two of its past three games.
Note: The QMJHL and WHL are both off until the 27th for Christmas break. The OHL is off until the 28th. Bolt Prospects will provide updates from our two World Junior Championship participants, Matias Sointu (Finland) and Richard Panik (Slovakia), throughout the holiday tournament.
Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Barrie Colts 5
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 34 GP, 21-22-43, +25, 24 PIM
Two streaks fell and one continued as Barrie edged Sudbury 5-4. Hutchingsâ€™ 11-game point streak came to an end, as did Sointuâ€™s three-game point streak. Barrieâ€™s 21-game winning streak lives. Hutchings streak was the fifth-longest point streak in the OHL this season.
Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 3 @ Erie Otters 1
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 30 saves on 33 shots
Season Totals: 11 GP, 6-4-1-0, 2.96 GAA, .913 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Janus lost for the first time in three games. He has a 3.02 GAA and a .909 save percentage in December (2-2).
Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Sarnia Sting 2
C Richard Panik, WSR: Did not play (WJC camp).
Season Totals: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
Oshawa Generals 6 @ Owen Sound Attack 5
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 25 GP, 11-10-2-1, 3.20 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 SO
Zadorâ€™s backup, Kevin Bailie, got the nod in net for Oshawa.