N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/16
Ward continues to produce in Cape Breton ... another First Star for Fadden ... Tokarski strengthens league-leading stats ... Calgary knocks off Vancouver in battle of the WHL's top teams.
Victoria Grizzlies 2 @ Cowichan Valley Capitals 3
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 44 GP, 13-31-44, 76 PIM
Waterloo Black Hawks 2 @ Fargo Force 4
D Luke Witkowski, FAR: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing double minor), 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 3-5-8, +13, 76 PIM
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 4
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 9-20-29, +10, 26 PIM
Moncton fell from No.3 to No.7 in the latest CHL Top-10 rankings.
Rimouski Oceanic 5 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 9-19-28, -1, 20 PIM
PEI Rocket 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4
D Michael Ward, CB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 5-18-23, +4, 64 PIM
With Cape Breton: 9 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 12 PIM
Tri-City Americans 6 @ Kamloops Blazers 3
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 1-3-4, +2, 2 PIM (roughing), *First Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 16-26-42, +10, 21 PIM
With TC: 27 GP, 14-23-37, +8, 19 PIM
Fadden scored the gameâ€™s opening goal on the power play, then assisted on the next two for TC as they eventually broke out to an early 4-0 lead. Unofficially, Fadden has four First Stars this year. This was his second four point game this season. He had four assists against Seattle December 5. TC inched up from No.10 to No.9 in the latest CHL rankings.
Spokane Chiefs 7 @ Portland Winter Hawks 1
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 30 saves on 31 shots
Season totals: 29 GP, 18-9-0-2, 1.94 GAA, .938 sv%, 4 shutouts
Broadcast on FSN Northwest, this game was a lot closer than the final score indicates. It was 2-1 entering the third period as Portland had just beaten Tokarski on a 5 on 3 power play to cut Spokaneâ€™s second period lead in half. The goal was scored with 12 seconds left in the period when a slap shot from the top of the right circle found its way through Tokarski. Spokane outshot Portland 32-31 in the game. Tokarski was interviewed after the second period by FSN. He remains the WHL leader in GAA and save percentage.
Vancouver Giants 3 @ Calgary Hitmen 6
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 42 GP, 14-19-33, +17, 22 PIM
This was the much-anticipated match-up between the CHLâ€™s No.1 ranked Hitmen and No.4 Vancouver Giants. The game was 3-3 heading into the third period. Calgary scored the gameâ€™s last four goals. Defenseman Paul Postma (Thrashers 7th rounder 2007) had two goals and a plus-4 rating to earn First Star honors for Calgary. Wright has just one assist in his last six games. He last scored a goal on December 27.