North American Juniors Game Night: 3/18/11

USHL

Tri-City Storm 1 @ Fargo Force 3
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 20-32-52, +26, 24 PIM

The Storm outshot the Force 35-22 but Mullin’s two points helped Fargo to a 3-1 win. Mullin is tied for ninth in the league in points and fourth in plus/minus.

QMJHL

Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 59 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 35 PIM

Janosik had three points in his last two games coming into Friday night’s contest.

Montreal Juniors 3 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM

Landry hit the 40-point mark with one game to go in his regular season. Montreal clinched the league’s second-seed with the win. They will play 15 seeded Halifax in the first round.

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Guelph Storm 2
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
With Attack: 13 GP, 9-2-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .900 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 1 SO
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
With Guelph: 23 GP, 12-12-24, -8, 36 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 26-29-55, -8, 69 PIM

Panik played his first game since February 11 when he suffered a sprained ankle. He’s back for the Storm just in time for the playoffs. Guelph is still in seventh in the West, though eighth place London is two points behind with a game in hand. The eighth place finisher meets top-seeded Owen Sound in the first round. Zador was back on the bench for Owen Sound after starting two games this week and winning them both. Schemitsch is expected back for the Attack’s playoff opener.

WHL

Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Tri-City Americans 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
With Tri-City: 31 GP, 16-26-42, +8, 62 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 60 GP, 32-37-69, -4, 106 PIM

Ashton now has 15 points (7 goals) in March (9 games).

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 2
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 45-25-70, -4, 26 PIM

Connolly (pictured) scored twice in the first period to spark Prince George to a 2-0 lead, but Kamloops fought their way back to tie the game and send it to overtime. Connolly failed to convert his shootout attempt. With the win, the Cougars eliminated Kamloops from playoff contention. PG is still hanging on to the eighth spot in the West.

Seattle Thunderbirds 0 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 69 GP, 51-60-111, +26, 48 PIM

Johnson went scoreless for the second straight game, which normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but he’s trying to catch Medicine Hat’s Linden Vey for the league scoring title. Vey leads by three points. Spokane put up 34 shots on Seattle a game after they peppered Chilliwack goaltender Lucas Gore with 78 shots. Only one went in as the Chiefs beat the Bruins 2-1 in a shootout. Johnson earned three awards, including the Chiefs Player of the Year honor, in a pre-game ceremony on Friday night on the Chiefs Coca-Cola Regular Season Finale. Johnson was named the Chiefs Player of the Year in a pre-game ceremony, and also given the team's Humanitarian of the Year award for the third straight season and the Ken Rabel Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Regina Pats 2 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 71 GP, 3-21-24, +39, 133 PIM

Zahn earned the only assist on Brayden Schenn’s overtime winner for Saskatoon. Though Zahn has 133 penalty minutes on the year, he has only two in his last 11 games. The captain will need to stay out of the box in what looks to be a long Saskatoon playoff run.