N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/3

Holyfield vs. Tyson? ... Stars for Tokarski and Jung.

Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 7-14-21, +13, 16 PIM

Kootenay Ice 0 @ Tri-City Americans 3
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 7-13-20, +6, 10 PIM
With TC: 11 GP, 5-10-15, +4, 8 PIM

Chet Pickard had a First Star shutout for the Americans – and also added an assist. Pickard is now tied with Dustin Tokarski for the WHL lead in shutouts with three.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Loss, 26 saves, *Second Star*
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-5-0-3, 2.71 GAA, .910 sv%, 2 shutouts

Jung nearly had revenge on one of his former teams this year but Carter Ashton (2009 eligible) scored with 45 seconds remaining in the game to win it for the Hurricanes. Jung was traded from Kelowna to Lethbridge earlier this year, but Lethbridge dealt him to Edmonton before he was able to play a game with the ‘Canes.

Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Spokane Chiefs 4 (SO)
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 35 saves, *First Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 14-9-0-2, 2.05 GAA, .939 sv%, 3 shutouts

Tokarski allowed more than three goals for the third time this year – and in three consecutive games – but Spokane was able to squeak out a shootout win vs. the WHL’s top team. Calgary is 24-4-1-1 on the year and leads the Central Division by 11 points over Medicine Hat. Spokane is second in the U.S. Division, five points behind Tri-City.

Tokarski stopped all three shooters he faced in the shootout.

Spokane had three players named to the U.S. WJC squad: Drayson Bowman (Carolina), Mitch Wahl (Calgary), and Tyler Johnson (2009 eligible). Surprisingly, Chiefs defenseman Jared Cowan, who is expected to be a top-5 pick in this year’s draft, was left off Canada’s selection camp roster.

Regina Pats 2 @ Vancouver Giants 4
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 27 GP, 12-13-25, +16, 12 PIM

If the Lightning ends up picking just outside the top three in next year’s draft, they really need to think about Evander Kane of Vancouver. Although listed at 5’11”, 160, Kane is dominating WHL goalies right now to the tune of a near 2 points-per-game average (24 games, 17-23-40, +21, 45 PIM). Anyone named after Evander Holyfield has to be tough, too. (Question: If the Lightning takes Evander Kane and Tyson Barrie [son of Lightning owner Len Barrie] with their first two picks… does someone lose an ear? Nevermind.)