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.

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