Buzzing The Net - Junior Hockey

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WHL

New York Rangers prospect Michael St. Croix scored on his first shift in each of Edmonton's first two games. It might be hard to maintain that pace. (Edmonton Sun)

The MasterCard Memorial Cup-host Saskatoon Blades got some comeuppance courtesy of the Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

Forward Matt Bellerive has asked the Vancouver Giants to trade him. (Vancouver ProvinceTaking Note)

The tally from the Kamloops Blazers' opening weekend: two wins but both first-pair defencemen and the starting goalie got banged up. (Kamloops Daily News, Kelowna Daily Courier)

Calgary Hitmen centre Greg Chase is nonplussed about not being on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary draft list. (Calgary Herald)

Add Everett's Jani Ericsson to the list of Western Leaguers who could face supplemental discipline this week. (Everett Herald)

OHL

Do not read too much into overage goalie Kevin Bailie starting the London Knights' first two games; Knights goalie Jake Patterson had a back ailment last weekend. (London Free Press)

Guelph Storm coach Scott Walker was not enamoured by his players getting in fights late in an 8-2 loss to London: "Where was that intensity when it mattered?" (Guelph Mercury, Metro London)

Ottawa Senators first-rounder Matt Puempel has three goals in two games, more than the rest of the Kitchener Rangers team. It's still September, people. (Waterloo Record)

Pittsburgh Penguins-drafted goalie Matt Murray had a solid first two starts in Sault Ste. Marie. (Sault Star)

The Sudbury Wolves have started 2-0 behind (well, in front of) overage goalie Joel Vienneau. (Sudbury Star)

The Mississauga Steelheads' first win with their new name came over the team that dealt them their last loss with the old name. (Mississauga News)

The reality of a weekend league; the Plymouth Whalers lost in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday, got home at 4 a.m. and then had to play the next night at home. (Plymouth Observer & Eccentric)

QMJHL

Quebec Remparts forward Adam Erne, a projected first-round pick, left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury. (Le Soleil)

Today's should-read (in French): former Drummondville Voltigeurs captain Marc-Olivier Vachon says major junior hockey could stand reforming: "I don't not see why it is necessary to play 68 games." Current Junior A player Jérémi Janneteau, who dealt with depression during his time with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, also speaks up about players' workload: "It was too much hockey." (La Presse)

Will Halifax Mooseheads linemates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin each rate a shot at Team Canada, pending the resolution of the NHL lockout? (Sportsnet)

Outscored 10-1 in two games, the Gatineau Olympiques had a long weekend. (Le Droit)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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