North American Juniors Game Night: 3-16-12

USHL

Fargo Force 1 @ Tri-City Storm 5

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 27 GP, 13-14-1, 3.04 GAA, .912 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox (pictured) and Tri-City got a must-needed win on Friday, topping the Force, 5-1. Wilcox was named first star for about the fifth time in the last month. He’s put the team on the back as they continue to make a push for the playoffs. With the win on Friday the Storm are tied with Des Moines for the last playoff spot in the West, but the Bucs have two games in hand. Tri-City has nine games left in the regular season.

QMJHL

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping), 7 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 65 GP, 45-39-84, +45, 65 PIM

With one game left to play in the regular season, Saint John has already wrapped up the league’s top seed. Gauthier remains five goals back of league-leader Zach O’Brien (Acadie-Bathurst).

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (roughing, roughing), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 50 GP, 6-25-31, -13, 53 PIM

Janosik was back from his native Slovakia, where he was taking some exams, but he didn’t register a point in a loss to the Huskies. With one game to go in the regular season, Janosik is one point off his career high of 32 points, set last year in 10 more games. Gatineau can finish no lower than 14th among the 16 playoff teams. There are no conferences in the Q.

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 7

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0 E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 61 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 69 PIM
With Victoriaville: 28 GP, 2-4-6, -3, 38 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

5’8” Yanni Gourde (undrafted) had a goal and four assists to increase his league-leading point total to 122. No one else is even close to him. With 11 points this season, Milan won’t come close to touching the 38 points he put up last year as a rookie with Moncton. He is already signed to an NHL contract with the Lightning. The Tigres are currently one point up on Quebec for the fourth seed in the league with one game remaining.

OHL

Sarnia Sting 2 @ London Knights 3

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Twice London overcame one-goal deficits to tie and eventually beat Sarnia at home. With one game left, London and Plymouth are tied on top of the Western Conference with 97 points. London leads in wins by one. The Whalers have gone 10-0 in their last 10 games while the Knights have gone 5-5.

In a poll of OHL coaches, Namestnikov finished third in the Best Playmaker and Best Skater categories in the conference. Lightning camper Seth Griffith, who will re-enter the draft and could be a target of the Lightning with a second or third round pick, finished in the following categories: Most Improved (1), Most Dangerous in the Goal Area (2), Best Shootout Shooter (2).