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.