North American Juniors

NCAA Game Night: 3-14-15

No. 18 Harvard Crimson 0 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 2
ECAC Quarterfinals
Best-of-3 series tied, 1-1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Yale evened its series with the Crimson, forcing a deciding Game 3 on Sunday.

Merrimack Warriors 0 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 5
Hockey East Quarterfinals
BU wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-6-8, +13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod was a game-time decision for this game after missing the previous two with an injury. He sat again Saturday but all indications are he could be available for the Hockey East semifinals next weekend. Matt O’Conner, a free agent goaltender, stopped 27 shots for the shutout.

Colorado College Tigers 2 @ No. 1 North Dakota 3
NCHC Quarterfinals
UND wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 13-6-19, +12, 35 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

O’Donnell scored for the second straight night, setting a new career high for points in a season and helping UND to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff next weekend.

Union Dutchmen 3 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2
ECAC Quarterfinals
Best-of-3 series tied, 1-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 6-27-33, E, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Union came back from a 2-1 deficit, scoring the game-winner with about four minutes left in regulation. This game less than 24 hours after QU won in triple overtime Friday. The two teams meet again on Sunday.

Penn State Nittany Lions 2 @ No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 27 saves on 29 shots
Season totals: 35 GP, 20-11-3, 2.46 GAA, .909 sv%, 5 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox won his 20th game of the season, helping the Gophers to their fourth-straight conference title (2 Big 10, 2 WCHA). According to the Gophers’ website, the win was the 71st of Wilcox’s career, which is the most among all active college goaltenders. Minnesota will play the winner of Ohio State-Penn State next Friday in the Big 10 tournament.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 3-13-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 3

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 8/17 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 34 GP, 19-23-42, -8, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 20-36-56, -13, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

It took longer than expected, but Darcy hit the 20-goal mark for the season.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 3/8 FO, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 57 GP, 39-44-83, +23, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne is now within one goal of 40 for the season. He had a goal and two assists Friday to lead the Remparts to a home win over Nikita Kucherov’s former junior club (of course, he played a little for Quebec, too).

Ontario Hockey League

Plymouth Whalers 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: Did not play
With SSM: 24 GP, 13-35-48, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-63-86, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo and his 23-game point streak were not in the lineup Friday. According to the Sault Star, speculation was he was being rested. The Soo has already clinched the conference's top seed.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 34-45-79, +10, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

This loss will sting Moose Jaw as the Warriors held a 3-0 lead before giving up the game’s final four goals. The game-winner was scored shorthanded with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Point had a beauty of a goal, scored on the power play when he took a pass below the left wing circle, stepped into the slot and roofed a forehand into the far top-corner. The Pats did a nice job of collapsing on him whenever he got the puck to eliminate any time or space. He was clearly a marked man.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Red Deer Rebels 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 7-24-31, +14, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas match last year’s goal total of seven, scoring in the first period to give the Hitmen a 2-0 lead. Red Deer scored three times in the second period. Calgary has one game left on its month-long road trip.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

NCAA Game Night: 3-13-15

No. 18 Harvard Crimson 3 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 2
ECAC Quarterfinals
Harvard leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard upset Yale on the road to take an early lead in their ECAC series.

Merrimack Warriors 2 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 6
Hockey East Quarterfinals
BU leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-6-8, +13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod remains out of the lineup. He’s now missed two games. One report Friday said MacLeod is a game-time decision for Saturday.

Colorado College Tigers 1 @ No. 1 North Dakota 5
NCHC Quarterfinals
UND leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 11-6-17, +10, 29 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota took a 1-0 series lead on Colorado College, winning big at home, 5-1.

Union Dutchmen 3 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 (3OT)
ECAC Quarterfinals
Quinnipiac leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 5-27-32, E, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

The Bobcats scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation, including the game-tying goal with just over 30 seconds remaining on which Peca had an assist. The game-winner was scored by Alex Barron at 6:32 of OT3.

Penn State Nittany Lions 0 @ No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 18 saves on 18 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-11-3, 2.47 GAA, .908 sv%, 5 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox set a new career high for shutouts in a season with five, stopping all 18 shots he faced against Penn State.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 3-12-15

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 9 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 21-22-43, -10, 95 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor’s playoff chances took a hit Thursday night when the Storm rolled into town and put nine pucks into the Spits’ net. Windsor is one point behind Saginaw and one ahead of Plymouth for the West’s final playoff spot. The “winner” gets Sault Ste. Marie in the first round. (Tampa Bay Lightning photo)

Juniors Game Night: 3-11-15

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ North Bay Battalion 4

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
With SSM: 24 GP, 13-35-48, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-63-86, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo scored his 23rd goal of the season midway through the third period to cut North Bay’s lead, which was once 3-0, to 3-2. The Battalion got the game’s final goal for a 4-2 final. DeAngelo’s point streak is now at 23 games, currently the longest in the OHL. Connor McDavid’s 27-game streak ended Wednesday.

Prospect of the Week: 3-11-15

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 March 11, 2015 is … Brayden Point, C, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL – Canada).

Reading junior hockey game recaps over the last decade has taught me something – it’s always hard for a visiting player to make the game star list as a visitor. It either has to be a no-doubt performance or the home team’s media has to really like the player.

Lightning prospect Brayden Point frequently falls into both categories, resulting in a plethora of game stars.

Juniors Game Night: 3-10-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 1 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, E, 7 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/4 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 56 GP, 38-42-80, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne hit 80 points and went over 100 penalty minutes in a season for the first time in his career. He fought Gabriel Sylvestre (6’2” 177) at the end of the second period.

Western Hockey League

@ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 55 GP, 33-45-78, +12, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Brayden Point had a goal and an assist, but it wasn’t enough to beat the conference’s best team in its own barn. Swift Current remains two points ahead of Moose Jaw for the last playoff spot in the East Division. The Broncos have a game in-hand (six games remaining vs Moose Jaw’s five).

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

Juniors Game Night: 3-8-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/22 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 33 GP, 18-23-41, -9, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 19-36-55, -14, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke earned a split of its home-and-home series with Gatineau this weekend with a 3-2 win Sunday.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 0

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM *Second Star*
With SSM: 23 GP, 12-35-47, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 22-63-85, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

It was close, but the Soo pulled out a win over Owen Sound and DeAngelo kept his point streak alive. It’s now at 22 games. He has three first stars and two second stars in his last five games.

Oshawa Generals 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 20-22-42, -8, 91 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto (pictured) scored his 20th of the season, albeit in a losing effort vs the East’s top team. Windsor is one point back of Saginaw for eighth in the West with a game in hand. Plymouth is one point behind the Spits, however.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

Juniors Game Night: 3-7-15

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-3-4, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 54 GP, 32-44-76, +13, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw won its second game of the weekend, beating the Blades 7-1. Point had four points on the evening to give him 24 points in his last 15 games. Swift Current lost, so Moose Jaw pulled within two points of the last guaranteed playoff spot in the East Division. Swift Current has a game in hand, however.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 6-24-30, +14, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary fell late to Edmonton, 3-2, after giving up a 2-1 lead in the third period. The Hitmen have two more games left on their 3-week road trip caused by a curling tournament in the Saddledome.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

Juniors Game Night: 3-6-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 (OT)

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 5/15 FO, 4 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 32 GP, 18-23-41, -9, 32 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 19-36-55, -14, 48 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke finally scored after being shut out in consecutive games, but gave up a 1-goal lead in the third period and lost in overtime.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/12 FO, 4 Hits
Season totals: 55 GP, 38-41-79, +21, 95 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne scored in five straight games, then has gone without a goal in three of his last four.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Sarnia Sting 4

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-3-3, +1, 6 PIM *First Star*
With SSM: 22 GP, 12-34-46, +25, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 22-62-84, +26, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo extended his point streak to 21 games with three assists Friday. In his last four games, he has three first stars and a second star. He has at least three points in three consecutive games and four of his past five. He has 19 points in his last six games.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 5 (SO)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 19-21-40, -9, 91 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto assisted on a Windsor power play goal that tied the game in the third period and sent the game to overtime. He did not participate in the shootout.

Western Hockey League

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 31-41-72, +12, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw scored a big win at home, pulling within four points of the Broncos for third in the division. The Warriors are unlikely to earn a wild card spot as the eighth seed in the conference, but could leapfrog Swift Current into third in the division, which is an automatic berth.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

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