N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/8
First Star Fadden leads TC to a win over his former team ... Tokarski good, but not good enough vs. Kelowna ... Vancouver's 10 game streak ends ... Barberio a multi-point night.
Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ Surrey Eagles 4
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 55 GP, 21-38-59, 90 PIM
Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 52 GP, 12-22-34, +11, 38 PIM
Barbarioâ€™s hot streak continues with a multi-point night (his first since Nov.14), including what would be the game winning goal early in the second period. He has four points (2-2-4) in his last three games after having one in his previous nine games.
Rimouski Oceanic 3 @ PEI Rocket 1
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 13-23-36, +4, 26 PIM
Cunti hasnâ€™t earned a point in four games, but Rimouski has won them all and their last eight overall.
Rouyn-Noranda 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1
D Michael Ward, CB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 53 GP, 5-24-29, +5, 79 PIM
With Cape Breton: 18 GP, 1-11-12, +4, 27 PIM
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Kitchener Rangers 4
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 48 GP, 10-10-20, -22, 59 PIM
With SSM: 12 GP, 2-4-6, -9, 8 PIM
Kitchener avenged a January 10 loss between these two last place teams. As it turns out, that was the Greyhoundâ€™s last win â€“ 11 games ago. Of the 10 Western Conference teams, these are the two that will miss the playoffs barring a good run by Kitchener to make up seven points on Owen Sound. The Soo, 21 points behind Plymouth for fourth in the West Division, finishes their road trip 0-6. They are five points ahead of Doug Gilmourâ€™s Kingston Frontenacs in the OHL basement.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Tri-City Americans 5
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 47 GP, 25-32-57, +17, 35 PIM
With TC: 38 GP, 23-29-52, +15, 27 PIM
Thatâ€™s two straight First Star awards for Fadden, as he earned his second straight multi-point game while extending his point streak to seven games (6-6-12). Fadden started the year with Lethbridge before being traded for a package that included Washington Capitals second rounder (and 2008 Lightning draft target) Eric Mestery. Mestery, a 6-5 defenseman, has been out for nearly a month with a concussion. He has 1-16-17 in 44 games this year.
Fadden should be in the running for WHL Player of the Week with 4 goals, 3 assists, and a plus-5 rating in three games this weekend.
Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Spokane Chiefs 1
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Loss, 29 saves on 31 shots
Season totals: 37 GP, 24-11-0-2, 1.82 GAA, .941 sv%, 6 shutouts
Tokarski lost his second in a row after 11 straight wins. Tied 1-1 midway through the third period, Kelowna got a power play goal â€“ his second goal of the game â€“ from California native Colin Long (Phoenix) to give the Rockets the win. Kelowna outshot Spokane, who hit the post in the gameâ€™s final minute, 31-25.
Vancouver Giants 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 4
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (kneeing)
Season totals: 53 GP, 17-21-38, +23, 39 PIM
The Seattle win, on the backs of Thomas Hickey (L.A.) and Calvin Pickard, ended Vancouverâ€™s 10 game win streak.
*Notes from Gregg Drinnan's blog, "Taking Note" used for WHL summaries.