N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/13
Can the Bolts mimic the Volts? ... Good night for Witkowski ... Another First Star for Tokarski, who leads the WHL in four goaltending categories ... Jung-less Oil Kings cool off Fadden ... Stats for some possible draft targets ... What's wrong with Wright?
Alberni Valley Bulldogs 5 @ Victoria Grizzlies 6 (OT)
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (charging)
Season totals: 56 GP, 21-38-59, 92 PIM
Fargo Force 2 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 3 (SO)
D Luke Witkowski, FGO: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (holding), 2 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 5-9-14, +21, 90 PIM
Witkowski assisted on a first period goal, then gave Fargo a 2-1 lead in the second when he scored his fifth goal of the year. He was also Fargoâ€™s third shooter in the shootout, but did not convert his chance.
Moncton Wildcats 1 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 12-23-35, +10, 40 PIM
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: Did not play.
Season totals: 49 GP, 13-23-36, +4, 26 PIM
The Oceanicâ€™s win streak hit 10 games with a shootout win over Moncton and Barberio â€“ whose four game point streak ended.
Drummondville Voltigeurs 10 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2
D Michael Ward, CB: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 5-25-30, +4, 83 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-12-13, +3, 31 PIM
The Volts hit double digits on the Screaming Eagles â€“ who are among the league leaders themselves â€“ and in the process Drummondville set a QMJHL record for best point improvement from one season to the next. The Volts have 93 points this year, 60 more than last yearâ€™s 33. Let this bring hope to the Bolts.
Windsor Spitfires 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 50 GP, 10-11-21, -21, 63 PIM
With SSM: 14 GP, 2-5-7, -8, 12 PIM
The Soo couldnâ€™t win a second in a row, dropping a home game to the CHLâ€™s top ranked team. Ryan Ellis (pictured), an undersized defenseman who starred for Canada at the WJCâ€™s this year, had a goal and assist to give him 75 points in 48 games (18-57-75, +44, 49 PIM) this season. Thatâ€™s 75 points in 48 games for a defenseman. In the OHL. Wow. Ellis is expected to be taken in the 5-15 range in this summerâ€™s draft. He has a 16 point lead on teammate Rob Kwiet (undrafted overager; 59 in 56) for the WHL points lead among defenseman.
Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Tri City Americans 2
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Did not play (head injury).
Season totals: 38 GP, 16-17-1-4, 2.58 GAA, .910 sv%, 3 shutouts
[i]C Mitch Fadden, TC: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 48 GP, 25-32-57, +15, 37 PIM
With TC: 39 GP, 23-29-52, +13, 29 PIM
Jung remains out with a head injury sustained when he took a slapshot to his mask, knocking him out. Fadden goes scoreless to end his seven game point streak (6-6-12). Fadden, who just missed out on WHL Player of the Week last week, has 16 goals and 12 assists for 28 points and a plus-8 rating in 2009 (20 games). Edmonton is now tied with Prince Albert for the Eastâ€™s final playoff spot.
Spokane Chiefs 4 @ Portland Winter Hawks 1
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 29 saves on 30 shots, *First Star*
Season totals: 39 GP, 26-11-0-2, 1.80 GAA, .942 sv%, 6 shutouts
Tokarski earned his ninth First Star of the year (not an official stat). He has 9 Seconds and 2 Thirds. He remains the WHL leader in every major goaltending category (GAA, save percentage, shootouts) except wins, where he is fifth. He is also the league leader in shootout percentage, having stopped 19 of 22 shooters this year. Spokane is within four points of Tri City for the Westâ€™s second seed, with two games in hand. Like TC, the defending WHL and Memorial Cup champs have already clinched a playoff birth.
Vancouver Giants 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 3 (OT)
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 17-21-38, +22, 39 PIM
Wright has 3 goals, 3 assists, and a plus-1 rating in 2009 (19 games). Defenseman Tyson Barrie scored his 10th for Kelowna. The 5â€™9â€ son of Lightning owner Len Barrie is expected to be a second or third round pick this summer. He has 38 assists to go with those 10 goals this year, with a plus-6 rating. Another possible 2009 Lightning draft target, Evander Kane, scored his 36th goal of the season in this game. He has 74 points in 45 games this year. Kelownaâ€™s Jaimie Benn, a Dallas Stars pick, also scored his 36th of the season (42 GP, 36-28-64), in a First Star effort. He also had two big hits on Vancouverâ€™s top defenseman, Nashville pick Jonathon Blum (45 GP, 16-45-61), knocking him out of the game. Phoenix pick and California native Colin Long had the game winner for the Rockets (52 GP, 28-44-72).
CHL Note: Thrashers prospect and Canada WJC gold medalist Angelo Esposito is out for the year with a knee injury. Heâ€™s expected to be ready for Atlantaâ€™s camp next year.
*Some information for this report taken from the WHL blog â€œTaking Note,â€ by Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News.