DeCoste, Kyle

CHL Game Night: 12-29-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 5-24-29, +16, 38 PIM

Mark Barberio tallied a first period power play goal to help the Moncton Wildcats ring up a 3 for 6 night with the man advantage and defeat Bathurst 4-3. Barberio added an even strength assist in the 2nd period before finishing the night with 6 of the Wildcats 35 shots.

OHL

Barrie Colts 7 @ Kitchener Rangers 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 3-0-3, +3, 2 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 35 GP, 24-22-46, +28, 26 PIM

Alex Hutchings and the Barrie Colts resumed OHL play after the holiday break with a bang as Hutchings rung up a hat trick while earning FIRST STAR honors as the Colts defeated the Kitchener Rangers 7-4 Tuesday night. It was Barrie's league-leading 30th win in 35 contests on the season.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
LW Matias Sointu, SBY: DNP (at WJC)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 14 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 8 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Matias Sointu didn't dress for Wolves Tuesday night as the Finnish winger remains with the Team Finland at the U2O WJC tournament. Sudbury doubled up the rival Soo 4-2 behind Eric O'Dell's first star effort.

Erie Otters 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 7-4-2-0, 2.81 GAA, .918 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Jaroslav Janus stopped 36 Spirit shots Tuesday night enroute to SECOND STAR honors, and reportedly single-handedly won the game for the Otters against an onslaught of Saginaw offense.

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Ottawa 67's 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 10-8-18, -2, 35 PIM
With Bulls: 19 GP, 8-7-15, E, 15 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

Kyle DeCoste was held scoreless as the 67's defeated the Bulls 4-2 in Belleville's first game back from the holiday break. The Bulls were 0 for 8 on the power play for the night.

WHL

Regina Pats 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 3
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (fighting)
Season Totals: 35 GP, 14-16-30, -14, 67 PIM
With Regina: 7 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 15 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Carter Ashton was held scoreless for the second straight game as the Hitmen edged the Pats 4-3 on Tuesday night. Ashton was assessed a fightning major when he and Calgary center Chase Schaber tangled four minutes into the 3rd period.

CHL Game Night: 12-16-09

OHL

Brampton Battalion 1 @ Belleville Bulls 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 11-8-19, -2, 33 PIM
With Bulls: 18 GP, 9-7-16, E, 13 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste broke a mini two-game scoring slump with his 11th goal of the season. His goal tied the game at one in the second period. DeCoste had 15 goals last year split between Brampton (8) and Sault Ste. Marie (7). His nine goals with Belleville are the most he’s scored for one team since scoring 10 in 66 games for Brampton in 2007-2008.

WHL

Regina Pats 1 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (tripping, roughing)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 14-15-29, -12, 60 PIM
With Regina: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -4, 8 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina has lost its last five games and has fallen to 10th in the Eastern Conference. The Oil Kings, led by former Lightning prospect Torrie Jung’s 20 save, Third Star performance, pulled out of the Eastern Conference cellar into 11th with the win. Ashton’s old team, Lethbridge, sits in last.

CHL Game Night: 12-12-09

OHL

Belleville Bulls 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 10-8-18, -2, 31 PIM
With Bulls: 17 GP, 8-7-15, E, 11 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM (hooking, hooking)
Season Totals: 28 GP, 4-8-12, +3, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 7 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sointu notched just his second point in seven games since moving to Sudbury. This was the first time in a month DeCoste has failed to register a point in back-to-back games.

Ottawa 67’s 1 @ Barrie Colts 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 19-21-40, +20, 22 PIM

Hutchings extended his point streak to 10 games. He’s scored a goal in eight of his past nine contests. His plus-20 rating is second on the Colts.

Erie Otters 3 @ Sarnia Sting 2
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 29 saves on 31 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals: 9 GP, 5-3-1-0, 2.83 GAA, .921 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Sarnia outshot Erie 12-3 in the third period while the Otters were clutching to their 3-2 lead. Janus shut the door, unofficially earning his first First Star of the season. If Janus had enough games to qualify, his save percentage would rank sixth in the league.

WHL

Regina Pats 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (hooking, slashing)
Season Totals: 29 GP, 13-14-26, -10, 56 PIM
With Regina: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Ashton took a hooking penalty in the first minute of his first game back in Lethbridge. The last place Hurricanes easily took care of the Pats, outshooting them 40-16 (30-7 after two periods). This was Regina’s first game without Canadian national team stars Jordan Eberle and Colton Teubert, who are at the WJC camp. With the win, Lethbridge pulled into a second-last place tie with Edmonton in the Eastern Conference. Regina fell to last in the East Division, but are in eighth in the Eastern Conference.

CHL Game Night: 12-11-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 2-22-24, +7, 32 PIM

Barberio set up Nova Scotia native Scott Brannan (undrafted) shorthanded with 87 seconds left in the game for the winner over Halifax.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (elbowing, game misconduct)
Season Totals: 29 GP, 10-8-18, -1, 31 PIM
With Bulls: 16 GP, 8-7-15, +1, 11 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste made his first return to the Soo after being traded from the Greyhounds earlier this year. It wasn’t the return he was hoping for as he was thrown out midway through the second period for elbowing an unsuspecting Tomas Rachunek in the head. Rachunek left the ice with a cut on his head and an apparent shoulder injury. SSM scored on the ensuing power play. Like it did when he was traded from Brampton to the Soo last year, DeCoste’s game has taken off since being traded. Up until Friday night he was producing at a point-per-game clip for the Bulls. He was named the team's Most Improved Player by the Belleville paper this week.

Barrie Colts vs. Sudbury Wolves - postponed
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR
Season Totals: 31 GP, 18-21-39, +18, 22 PIM
LW Matais Sointu, SBY
Season Totals: 27 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 8 PIM
With Sudbury: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

This game was postponed due to poor travel conditions.

Erie Otters 3 @ Plymouth Whalers 6
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-3-1-0, 2.94 GAA, .919 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus started Thursday night and is working his way back from a lower body injury, so he got the night off in Michigan.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

Panik scored for the second straight game but failed to convert his shootout attempt - but the Spits still won. Windsor hasn’t been defeated in regulation or overtime since a 6-5 loss to Sarnia on October 11 (21-0-0-3).

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO

Zador, who has won four straight starts, got the night off.

WHL

Regina Pats 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 7
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 52 PIM
With Regina: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Ashton made his debut for Regina wearing No.25 and starting the game on a line next to super-prospect Jordan Eberle (Oilers 1/2008) and Matt Strueby (undrafted). The line produced one goal in the game, an unassisted marker by Eberle. The Pats' Eberle and Colton Teubert will not play again for Regina in 2009 as they leave to attend Canada's WJC camp. Both are locks to make the club. Ashton will not wait long to face his former club as he and the remaining Pats will take on Lethbridge Saturday night.

CHL Game Night: 12-9-09

OHL

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Belleville Bulls 2 (SO)
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 10-8-18, -1, 26 PIM
With Bulls: 15 GP, 8-7-15, +1, 6 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste’s point streak is now at five games. He shot first in the shootout for Belleville, but his attempt was stopped.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 4 (OT)
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 18-21-39, +18, 22 PIM

Hutchings saw his goal-scoring streak end at seven games, but his point streak extend to nine games. His goal streak stands as the longest in the OHL this season. His point streak is the longest current streak in the league, with 16 games being the highest this year (Ryan Martindale, OTT). Barrie needed overtime to extend their win streak to 18 games.

CHL Game Night: 12-5-09

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Belleville Bulls 3
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 9-8-17, +1, 26 PIM
With Bulls: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 6 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste’s point streak is now at four games.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-20-38, +17, 22 PIM

Hutchings scored his fourth shorthanded goal in the last three games, extending his goal-scoring streak to seven games and has point streak to eight. He has eight points in his last three games and likely has a Player of the Week award in his immediate future. Barrie is on a 17 game win streak.

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Erie Otters 3 (SO)
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-2-1-0, 2.93 GAA, .915 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus served as the backup to Ramis Sadikov (2010 draft) as he continues to battle injuries. Shane Owen, Erie’s third goaltender, was let go recently upon Janus’ (re)arrival to the club from AHL Norfolk. Owen, 19, passed through OHL waivers unclaimed and has since signed with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats, home of Lightning prospect Mark Barberio. Owen went 3-6-2, 4.31, .880 for Erie in Janus’ absence.

Windsor Spitfires 9 @ Peterborough Petes 5
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 7 PIM (roughing, fighting)
Season Totals: 29 GP, 7-9-16, +13, 19 PIM

Panik (pictured) tangled with Petes defenseman Chris Buonomo (2010) in his first OHL fight. Panik got in several rights before dropping him with a left (watch it here). Windsor now has at least a point in 21 straight games. At 25-3-0-3 they remain on a collision course with Barrie (25-4-0-1) for the OHL championship this spring. They play each other for the first time in the regular season on January 14.

CHL Game Night: 11-27-09

OHL

Belleville Bulls 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 2
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 23 GP, 5-5-10, +1, 22 PIM
With Bulls: 10 GP, 3-4-7, +3, 2 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

Defenseman Shawn Lalonde (Blackhawks 3/2008) scored the game winner late in the third period. DeCoste’s goal briefly gave the Bulls a 2-1 lead early in the third.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Mississauga-St. Michael’s Majors 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (diving)
Season Totals: 26 GP, 13-16-29, +11, 16 PIM

Hutchings has scored in three straight games and has points in his last four. Barrie is on a 14-0-0-1 streak.

Erie Otters 5 @ Guelph Storm 4 (OT)
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-2-1-0, 2.93 GAA, .915 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus, who reportedly has been battling “bumps and bruises” since returning to the OHL from Norfolk, did not make the trip to Guelph. He left the Otters’ previous game in the third period with an apparent leg injury.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 3 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 27 GP, 7-8-15, +13, 8 PIM

Panik (pictured), who hit a post during the game, did not participate in the shootout. This was his second Third Star of the season. Windsor, the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League, has at least a point in 19 straight games (17-0-0-2).

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (interference)
Season Totals: 22 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 8 PIM
With Sudbury: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +7, 6 PIM

Sointu made his debut for Sudbury after coming over in a trade from Ottawa earlier in the week. The CHL import is wearing No.28 with the Wolves, with whom he is expected to get more ice time.

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Ottawa 67’s 6
G Michael Zador, OSH: No decision, 25 saves on 28 shots (pulled briefly)
Season Totals: 19 GP, 7-10-2-0, 3.48 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO

Zador was pulled briefly in the second period, but was re-inserted into the lineup when his backup gave up three goals on 11 shots.

WHL

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 3 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-12-25, -6, 46 PIM

The Hurricanes held a 2-0 lead in this game before watching that lead disappear. Ashton, Lethbridge’s fourth shooter, had his shootout attempt saved.

CHL Game Night: 11-22-09

QMJHL

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
D Mark Barberio, Q: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 2-13-15, +4, 22 PIM

Moncton put themselves in a 3-0 hole and could never recover. Former Lightning prospect Michael Ward finished his season with Cape Breton last season after a trade from Lewiston. He was not offered a contract by Tampa Bay, but signed with Vancouver. The Canucks re-assigned him to Cape Breton, where as a co-captain he has 15 assists (0 goals) in 17 games so far this year. He had 17 points in 30 games with the Eagles after the trade last year; 17 in 35 with Lewiston.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 0 @ Brampton Battalion 3
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 21 GP, 4-4-8, E, 22 PIM
With Bulls: 8 GP, 2-3-5, +2, 2 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste earned his first two penalty minutes as a Bull.

Erie Otters 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 3
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 6 GP, 3-2-1-0, 3.00 GAA, .915 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Erie is on a 0-2-2-0 streak. Janus got the night off.

Guelph Storm 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 11
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 25 GP, 6-8-14, +11, 8 PIM

This is confusing. Panik was coming off a two goal game, his team scored 11, had six even strength goals, and somehow Panik goes without a point and has a team-worst minus-two rating.

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Ottawa 67’s 6
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: Did not play.
Season Totals: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +7, 6 PIM

Ottawa is on a 5-0-1 streak and are now at .500 on the year.

London Knights 4 @ Oshawa Generals 1
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 18 GP, 7-9-2-0, 3.45 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO

Zador got the night off.

CHL Game Night: 11-22-09

OHL

Plymouth Whalers 1 @ Belleville Bulls 3
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 20 GP, 4-4-8, +2, 20 PIM
With Bulls: 7 GP, 2-3-5, +4, 0 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste scored the game’s insurance marker late in the third.

Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Barrie Colts 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-14-25, +8, 12 PIM

Barrie set a team record with their 11th straight win. Like DeCoste, Hutchings (pictured) scored the game’s insurance marker late in the third. Hutchings has points in two straight games.

Erie Otters 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 3
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 32 saves on 34 shots, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 6 GP, 3-2-1-0, 3.00 GAA, .915 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus lost his third in a row (one in OT), but earned Third Star for the game. The Attack hit an empty net to give the game its final score.

CHL Game Night: 11-18-09

Barberio plays with Q All-Stars vs. Russia ... four others in action, including Sointu vs. DeCoste.

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