N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/14

Courtnall plays in BCHL All-Star Game ... Fadden and TC lose to Backlund and Kelowna ... Tokarski honored in pregame ceremony before making his 2009 WHL debut.

BCHL All-Star Game
Coastal Conference 13 vs. Interior Conference 5
W Justin Courtnall, COA: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 13-31-44, 74 PIM

The boys from the Coast cruised to intermission leads of 5-1 and 10-2 before completing the blowout win over the Interior Conference All-Stars. Despite the 13 goals from the Coast, Lightning prospect and Boston University commit Justin Courtnall did not register a point.

Tri-City Americans 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 3
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 15-23-38, +8, 19 PIM
With TC: 26 GP, 13-20-23, +6, 17 PIM

Fadden’s six game point streak came to an end as Kelowna scored three third period goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and beat the Americans. Chet Pickard took the loss for TC in his second game back since being with Team Canada. Mikael Backlund, who was last seen for Team Sweden in the WJCs, made his WHL debut for Kelowna and earned a secondary assist on the game winner by Jaime Benn (Dallas Stars 2007 fifth rounder) – who played for Canada. Backlund, a Calgary Flames first rounder, left his pro club in Sweden to join the Rockets. Benn’s goal was his 25th of the season.

Portland Winter Hawks 2 @ Spokane Chiefs 4
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 18 saves on 20 shots
Season totals: 28 GP, 17-9-0-2, 1.97 GAA, .938 sv%, 4 shutouts

Tokarski played his first game since the WJCs and was honored at center ice before the game for his accomplishments on the international stage. The win was his 60th career WHL win, which is fourth all-time in Spokane history. Spokane next plays at Portland on Friday night, which will be aired on FSN Northwest. Because Spokane plays at Tri-City in a huge match-up on Saturday night, it’s unclear whether Tokarski will get the start in the Friday game.