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North American Juniors Game Night: 1-24-12

Victoriaville Tigres 9 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (holding), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 44 GP, 1-6-7, -13, 43 PIM
With Victoriaville: 11 GP, 1-1-2, E, 12 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 36 GP, 5-20-25, -3, 34 PIM

The CHL’s main site didn’t list any Tuesday games on their front page so this slipped through the cracks. It’s a shame because we nearly missed Milan’s first goal of the year. He had 14 last season as a rookie with Moncton and hadn’t scored since last year’s playoffs. Janosik had two goals and an assist in the most productive (statistically) game of his QMJHL career.

Here is Janosik's first goal of the game:

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North American Juniors Game Night: 1-25-12

QMJHL

Victoriaville Tigres 0 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 44 GP, 1-6-7, -13, 43 PIM
With Victoriaville: 11 GP, 1-1-2, E, 12 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Milan played against his former defensive partner, Coyotes first rounder Brandon Gormley, who was traded from Moncton to Shawinigan after the World Junior tournament earlier this month. Gormley had an assist in the game for the Cataractes. Maligned Islanders draft pick Kirill Kabanov had two assists for Shawinigan.

OHL

Kitchener Rangers 8 @ London Knights 3

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 17-36-53, +12, 38 PIM

Kitchener embarrassed their division rivals and Namestnikov (pictured) on Wednesday night, 8-3. Namestnikov was stripped of the puck while on the power play early, leading to the first Rangers goal. Former Lightning camper Seth Griffith had two goals (33, 34) for London, who outshot Kitchener 48-35. Namestnikov’s minus-3 rating tied a career worst for the Lightning’s 2011 first rounder, set last January 28 in a 6-4 loss to Erie. London is now “only” eight points up on Kitchener for first in the Midwest Division.

Elitserien Game Day: 1-25-12

Elitserien (Sweden):
Linkopings 1 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 12-6-18, +5, 16 PIM

Ex-Panthers draft pick Toni Koivisto scored a pair of goals to lead Lulea to a 3-1 victory over Linkopings. Ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the loss for Linkopings. Lulea faces Farjestads on Friday.

Four On Their Way to Norfolk

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Evan Oberg, as well as forwards Mike Angelidis, Trevor Smith and Pierre-Cedric Labrie to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Oberg, 6-foot, 191 pounds, made his Lightning debut in his sixth recall last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, logging 1:21 in ice time with one hit. He was acquired by the Lightning with Mike Kostka from the Florida Panthers on December 2 in exchange for James Wright and Mike Vernace. He has played in 25 AHL games this season with Norfolk and the San Antonio Rampage, recording two goals and eight points with a plus-3 rating. Oberg has played in 13 games with the Admirals, notching two goals and six points. He has played in 138 career AHL games with the Admirals, Rampage, Rochester Americans and Manitoba Moose. Oberg has also skated in five career Calder Cup Playoff games, all with Manitoba during the 2009-10 season.

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