N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/30

Wednesday night's highlights:

  • Stars for Jung and Helenius
  • Ward scores again
  • Potential draft target Kyle Beach returns from an injury that one coach originally called "a charade."

Victoria Grizzlies 0 @ Nanaimo Clippers 7
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 4 PIM (interference, high sticking)

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 8
D Michael Ward, LEW: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 shots on goal

Everett Silvertips 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 5
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-1-1, E, 7 PIM (roughing, fighting major)
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Win, stopped 26 of 27 shots, *First Star*

Crowley fought 6’2” 194-pound Cody Almond, a point-per-game player for the Rockets (Wild – 5th round 2007).

2008 draft prospect Kyle Beach returned to action for Everett after missing several weeks with a concussion he suffered after being punched by Spokane's Chris Bruton. Bruton was suspended for the incident, which took place in a skirmish in the waning moments of a game. Perhaps more shockingly, Spokane's coach, Bill Peters, was fined $500 for accusing Beach of faking the injury at the time.

"He's a high-maintenance guy," Peters told the Spokane Spokesman-Review after the incident. "This is right up his alley; it's part of his schtick. He's done this numerous times. It's all a big charade.

"Anyone knows if he's seriously injured, you take him off on a spineboard. That's what our doctor wanted to do and then his teammates helped him off. The act is growing thin. It's one of those things. Some teams lay on the ice; some teams play straight up. His reputation is what it is and it's well-deserved."

Beach fired back in the Everett Herald.

"Obviously those are some choice comments," Beach said. "I don't think they're that respectable and will fly with the league. But I guess everyone's entitled to their own opinion and if he thinks it was diving, well we'll see what he thinks when I'm out for two weeks."

Beach missed the CHL Top Prospects Game because of the concussion. He went scoreless with a minus-2 rating and 2 boarding penalties in his return to WHL action.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Vancouver Giants 3
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Fadden had 15 points (5+10) in his last 11 games entering last night's contest. The Boychuck-Fadden-Sceviour line was shut-down by Predators' 2007 first rounder Jonathan Blum and Brent Regner, the Giants' top defensive pair.

Florida Panthers prized prospect Michal Repik played his first game for the Giants since December 1 when he was hit by Lightning property Dane Crowley of Everett and suffered a concussion. Crowley was given a major and game misconduct for the hit, but that was later rescinded after the league reviewed the incident. Repik scored a goal for the Giants in his return.

Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 3
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, stopped 27 of 28 shots, *Second Star*