Tri-City Americans 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 2 (OT)
G Riku Helenius, SEA: OTL, 34 saves on 37 shots, *First Star*
Helenius was â€œstellarâ€ for Seattle, only allowing one even-strength goal. The overtime winner was a shot through a screen that apparently bounced in off a shin, Helenius told the Seattle Times. It was scored on the power play.
Prince George Cougars 3 @ Chilliwack Bruins 6
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: Did not play
Tyrell is recovering from a minor knee injury and may be ready for this weekend's games.
As expected, Lightning 2007 second round pick Dana Tyrell has been named to Team Canada's 2008 World Junior Championship Selection Camp roster.
Tyrell, who played for Canada in their SuperSeries vs. Russia this past summer, currently has 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points in 29 games for Prince George of the WHL.
For the full roster, see tsn.ca
The Canadian Press is reporting that Hockey Canada will announce the roster of 35 players who will compete in camp beginning December 14th for spots on the roster for this year's Canadian U20 World Junior Championships team. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell is likely to make the roster having played for Canada on the highly successful SuperSeries team that steamrolled through that tournament earlier this year.
Russia improved to 2-3 against the CHL by beating up on the WHL 5-1 Wednesday night. They had lost 3 in a row after being the QMJHL in Game 1, including 2 to the OHL. Tyrell skated on a line with Zach Hamill of Everett and Mark Santorelli of Chilliwack. Fadden will play again for WHL tonight against Russia in the final game of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge Series.
Victoria Grizzlies 6 @ Langley Chiefs 3
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
No matter what his role is, Dana Tyrell's work ethic remains the same.
After playing in the shadows of Devin Setoguchi, Eric Hunter, and Jared Walker last season, Tyrell has broke out in a big way this season with the Prince George Cougars.
"Even if things aren't going for Dana offensively, his work ethic is always the strongest on the ice. He is avery humble young man who plays the same way if he's the main guy or not," said Cougars head coach Drew Schoneck.
"Last year, he wanted to be 'the man', but he had a strong supporting cast of players. This year, he has taken that extra pressure and really been a force for our team in so many ways."
For the full feature by Jason Hills of the Edmonton Sun, which includes several quotes that give evidence as to why the Lightning chose Dana with their first choice in the 2007 draft, click here: Tyrell claws his way into leading role with Prince George Cougars