BCHL Playoffs â€“ Island Division Finals â€“ Game 3
Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ Cowichan Valley Capitals 1
Victoria leads Best of 7 series 2-1
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 22-41-63, 98 PIM
Top-seeded Victoria takes Game 3 on the Capitalsâ€™ home ice. Courtnallâ€™s got a little work to do here in the post-season. Last season Courtnall was nearly a point-per-game player for Victoria, yet in the playoffs he only managed 5 points in 11 games. Justin is a team leader, and while heâ€™d go through a wall for his teammates, theyâ€™re going to need him to contribute on the scoresheet, too. Courtnall has just 1 even strength goal (3 total) and 8 points in 26 career BCHL playoff games.
Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 5
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 64 GP, 14-29-43, +9, 42 PIM
Barberio had his second straight 2-point night and is heating up at the right time. Moncton is now 4 points up on Cape Breton for the Atlantic Division title and both teams have 2 games left, including one against each other to end the regular season.
Montreal Juniors 3 @ Rimouski Oceanic 6
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 14-24-38, +5, 30 PIM
Rimouski is back in the win column after having their 17 game win streak snapped against Drummondville this past weekend. Cunti took a stick to the face resulting in a Rimouski power play less than a minute into the game. Rimouski scored on that power play and never looked back. The Memorial Cup hosts are firmly in second in the Telus Eastern Division with 83 points, 16 fewer than first place Quebec and well ahead of Chicoutimi's 58.
Despite yet another power play goal by Johan Harju, Lulea fell apart in the third period in a 5-1 Game Three loss to Frolunda. Lulea is now down 2-1 in the opening round playoff series. Harju also set up a breakaway in the third period with his club down 3-1, but former NHLer Lubos Bartecko was unable to convert for Lulea. Defenseman Janne Niskala took a third period interference penalty in the match for Frolunda.
Harju is tied for the lead in playoff scoring with 5 points in 3 games, and tied for the league best in playoff goals with 4. All of Harju's goals have come with the man advantage.
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?
Tired Admirals get stomped on the road.
Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 12 shots for the loss before being pulled for Craig Kowalski who allowed 1 goal on 21 shots the rest of the way.
WBS Letestu, (17) (James, Taffe), 8:36 (PP)
WBS Letestu, (18) (Jeffrey, Taffe), 12:37 (PP)
WBS Minard, (29) (James, Goligoski), 17:17 (PP)
WBS Jeffrey, (8) (Bissonnette), 12:09
NOR Bochenski, (25) (Keller, Konopka), 19:59 (PP)
Blair Jones' goal scoring streak is snapped at three games.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Grizzlies even series ... Tokarski back in the W column ... Vancouver loses a close one ... Tri-City loses a not-so-close one.