Friday night's highlights:
- Helenius finally breaks personal losing streak
- First Star Fadden nets 5 points; On his way to a 648 point season?
- Game delayed due to teddy bears
Lewiston MAINEiacs 4 @ Moncton 3 (SO)
D Michael Ward , LEW: 0-0-0, E, 7 PIM, 0 SOG
Ward was one of three players to receive a major penalty at the 12 minute mark of the third period. The two others received game misconducts.
Kamloops Blazers 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 7
G Torrie Jung , KEL: Did Not Play.
Jung figures to get a start Saturday or Sunday for Kelowna.
Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 8
C Mitch Fadden , LET: 1-4-5, +4, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Playing his third games in three nights after appearing twice for the WHL in the Canada-Russia Challenge Series, Fadden had 4 first period assists and added a shorthanded goal later in the game to finish with 5 points. The Canes had 5 goals before Saskatoon had their first shot. The Kamloops Daily Newsâ€™ Gregg Drinnan notes there was a 39-minute delay in the game as promotional teddy bears that were given to each fan were picked up off the ice. Drinnan also notes Fadden has nine points in two games against the Blades this year, and, sounding like ESPN's Kenny Mayne, states â€œif Lethbridge played the Blades 72 times that would compute to 648 points, which would be a WHL single-season record.â€
Helenius broke his personal 8 game losing streak. "With only 12 shots on net you wouldn't think goaltending would be that much of a factor,â€ Seattle coach Rob Sumner told the Seattle Times, â€œbut their last four shots took really good goaltending to stop." Crowley returned from missing 2 games due to a concussion, but reportedly and understandably did not look like his usual self.