North American Juniors

Juniors Game Night: 12-17-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: Did not play
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: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 30 GP, 16-16-32, +10, 35 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Mathieu Joseph had another 2-point night, but his third period points were not enough for the team to come back from a 4-0 deficit. Boko Imama is currently serving a 15-game suspension.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 7 (OT)

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

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 12-15-27, +16, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor’s Brendan Lemieux (Sabres), son of former NHLer Claude Lemieux, scored his 15th goal of the season in the extra session to give Windsor the win. Both of DiGiacinto’s penalties were for goaltender interference.

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (SO)

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, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 3-12-15, +2, 29 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

The Petes fared better against Owen Sound than their last game – a 7-0 loss – but the Attack got the better of them in the shootout. Owen Sound had a 3-0 lead in the game before Peterborough scored the game’s next four goals. The shootout went eight rounds before Owen Sound won it, 2-1. Matthew Mancina (undrafted) made 47 saves for the Petes.

World Junior A Challenge

Team USA fell to Russia, 7-4, Thursday in the semifinals of the World Junior A Challenge. Ryan Zuhlsdorf, who wore an alternate captain’s A for the Americans, had an assist. It looked on the broadcast like he was playing on the second defensive pair. He played a confident, responsible game and made some nice passes to send forwards into the offensive zone. He joined the rush at one point and had a weak-side wrist shot that hit the goaltender’s shoulder. Kris Oldham (pictured) didn’t start for USA, but came in to start the third period. USA’s starter allowed goals on the first three shots he faced. Oldham was beaten by a screened wrist shot from the center point that found its way through traffic, then later on a 2 on 1 where the puck carrier slid a pass around a sliding defender. It was one-touched in on the backhand into the far side of the net. There wasn’t much Oldham could do on that. He responded with 2-3 big saves in the mid-third period, including one on a breakaway by German Rubtsov, who had two goals in the game and was dangerous all night. The 6-1 forward is projected to be a late first or second round pick in this summer’s draft. Oldham took the loss, but is likely to get the start in the Bronze Medal Game Friday.

NOTES: Brayden Point is practicing at first line center and Mitchell Stephens is on the fourth line as Canada prepares for this month’s World Junior Championship in Finland. Dominik Masin (Czech Republic) and Jonne Tammela (Finland) are also in the tournament. Masin is the Czech’s captain.

Juniors Game Night: 12-16-15

Western Hockey League

Victoria Royals 3 @ Vancouver Giants 4

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 3-12-15, -15, 21 PIM
With Vancouver: 22 GP, 3-9-12, -5, 11 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas’ 3-game point streak was snapped Wednesday in Vancouver’s win over Victoria. Thomas’ career-high for points in consecutive games is four, set last season with Calgary.

World Junior A Challenge

Ryan Zuhlsdorf, Kris Oldham and Team USA advanced to the semifnals Wednesday with a 7-1 win over Switzerland. Zuhlsdorf was scoreless and Oldham sat backup. USA will play Russia Thursday.

Juniors Game Night: 12-13-15

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Oshawa Generals 2

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 19/27 FO, *Third Star*
Season totals: 28 GP, 9-16-25, -9, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli scored his ninth goal early in the first period to give the Gens a 1-0 lead, but Saginaw got the game’s final goal with under two minutes remaining to take the win. Cirelli was named third star of the game.

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 12-14-26, +16, 42 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto’s 12th goal of the season opened the game’s scoring, and Windsor overcame giving up leads of 2-0 and 3-2 to win in overtime against Kitchener.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Owen Sound Attack 7

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-12-15, +1, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Jake Dotchin’s old team (one of them) crushed the visiting Petes, 7-0, Sunday. Michael McNiven, an undrafted free agent signee of Montreal, had a 27-save shutout.

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Victoria Royals 2

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-12-15, -15, 21 PIM
With Vancouver: 21 GP, 3-9-12, -5, 11 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Ben Thomas scored his first goal since November 7, and it turned out to be the game-winner in Vancouver’s victory in Victoria. Thomas had four points over three games this weekend.

NOTES: Brayden Point (Canada) and Mitchell Stephens (Canada) survived the first round of cuts and will travel with Team Canada to Finland for pre-tournament action ahead of the World Junior Championships later this month. Point, who has been out injured, will return to action in Finland. He is expected to be a lock for the team. Dominik Masin (Czech Republic) is also preparing for the tournament, as is Jonne Tammela of Finland. In the USHL, Kris Oldham (USA) and Ryan Zuhlsdorf (USA) are in Canada competing in the World Junior A Challenge, which begins Monday.

In other news, Boko Imama was suspended 15 games for his actions Friday night in Halifax.

Juniors Game Night: 12-12-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: Did not play
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: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 29 GP, 15-15-30, +12, 35 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Boko Imama missed the game due to an impending suspension. Joseph’s goal came early in the game, shorthanded.

Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 28 GP, 22-22-44, +1, 33 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Dennis Yan is now scoreless in three straight games after having an 8-game point streak. Friday was the first time this season that Yan went without a point in consecutive games, and now he’s at three. Saturday was his first game this year without a shot. He had a 4-game scoreless streak in February last year.

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Victoria Royals 6

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-12-14, -18, 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

Victoria score the first three and last three goals of the game, easily disposing of the Giants, 6-1.

NOTES: Brayden Point (Canada), Mitchell Stephens (Canada), and Dominik Masin (Czech Republic) are with their respective countries preparing for the World Junior Championships. Stephens had a goal in Canada’s Saturday exhibition upset loss to a Canadian collegiate team. In the USHL, Kris Oldham (USA) and Ryan Zuhlsdorf (USA) are in Canada competing in the World Junior A Challenge.

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.

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