N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/8
Witkowski a plus/minus machine ... Rimouski's streak ends at 17 ... Barberio hits 40 points ... Jung beats a former team to put Edmonton up for 8 spot ... Wright scores his 20th ... Stan Drulia reference ... New OHL record set by future member of the Lightning?
Des Moines Buccaneers 0 @ Fargo Force 8
D Luke Witkowski, FGO: 0-1-1, +4, 2 PIM (roughing), 0 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 5-14-19, +29, 108 PIM
Fargo goes 3-0 for the weekend. Witkowski was a team best plus-4. His plus-29 rating for the year is first on Fargo and third in the league. No.1 is plus-31. He is second in the league among defensemen.
Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 63 GP, 13-28-41, +10, 42 PIM
D Michael Ward, CB: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 62 GP, 7-26-33, +8, 95 PIM
With Cape Breton: 27 GP, 3-13-16, +7, 43 PIM
Moncton had a 3-2 lead entering the third period. Cape Breton, who has won 5 straight, pulled within two points of Moncton for the Atlantic Division lead. Moncton has a game in hand. They will play each other in Moncton on Sunday to close the regular season. Barberio hit 40 points for the second straight season. He scored 46 (11-35) last season.
Drummondville Voltigeurs 5 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 14-24-38, +5, 30 PIM
Rimouskiâ€™s win streak ended at 17. Drummondville was down 3-1 in this game before storming back to a 5-3 lead 6 minutes into the third period. Rimouski cut it to 5-4 with just under 5 minutes to go but couldnâ€™t come all the way back.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Sarnia Sting 4
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM (tripping, roughing)
Season totals: 61 GP, 14-13-27, -25, 76 PIM
With SSM: 24 GP, 6-7-13, -12, 25 PIM
DeCoste is finishing the year in a groove. He has six points in his last seven games.
In other OHL news, (Future Bolt?) John Tavares had a hat trick for London on Sunday to break the all-time OHL record for goals in a career. The Knights beat Windsor 4-3. Tavares tied Peter Lee's career mark of 213 goals when he opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game. He set the new record with his second goal of the game midway through the third period and then scored the game winner on a powerplay with less than two minutes left in the game. Tavares now has 215 goals with two games left in this, his fourth and likely final OHL season. Lee set the previous mark in the early 1970s for Ottawa. Ex-Lightning and Detroit Viper Stan Drulia is third on the all-time list with 198 for Niagara Falls, Hamilton, and Belleville (1984-89).
Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 2
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Win, 24 saves on 25 shots
Season totals: 45 GP, 19-18-3-5, 2.58 GAA, .911 sv%, 3 shutouts
Edmonton moved two points ahead of Prince Albert for the Eastâ€™s eighth seed. Both have three games remaining. Edmonton ends with a weekend home-and-home series with 11th place Red Deer. Prince Albert does the same with 2nd place Saskatoon.
Kamloops Blazers 2 @ Vancouver Giants 5
C James Wright, VAN: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, tripping)
Season totals: 68 GP, 20-26-46, +24, 50 PIM
Wright hit the 20 goal mark for the first time in his career. Patrick Kane scored his 45th for Vancouver. The Giants have long since clinched the Westâ€™s top seed.