QMJHL FIRST ROUND -- EASTERN DIVISION
(5) Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 @ (4) Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 8
Cape Breton leads Best of 7 series 1-0
D Michael Ward, LEW:
Game: Did not play (suspension)
King's pick Jonathan Bernier was lit up and pulled for Lewiston.
WHL FIRST ROUND -- EASTERN CONFERENCE
(6) Brandon Wheat Kings 1 @ (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 2
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 1-0
C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
After trailing 1-0 mid-way through the third period, Dwight King and Zach Boychuk scored on back-to-back power plays within a minute of each other to give Lethbridge the win.
WHL FIRST ROUND -- WESTERN CONFERENCE
(6) Everett Silvertips 2 @ (3) Spokane Chiefs 5
Spokane leads Best of 7 series 1-0
D Dane Crowley, EVT:
Game: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Spokane got out to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back. Kyle Beach returned to the Everett lineup and was scoreless with 2 PIM.
(5) Kelowna Rockets 3 @ (4) Seattle Thunderbirds 2
Kelowna leads Best of 7 series 1-0
G Torrie Jung, KEL:
Game: Did not play.
G Riku Helenius, SEA:
Game: Loss, 23 saves on 26 shots
One of the two Lightning property goaltenders in this series got the start for their respective teams, but Helenius and Seattle couldnâ€™t hold a 2-1 lead and dropped Game 1. Brady Leavold (undrafted) scored the GTG and GWG for Kelowna. His GTG came with 14 seconds left in the second period.
Both Lightning prospects were named stars of the game as Mitch Faddenâ€™s Hurricanes squeaked by Riku Heleniusâ€™ Thunderbirds 3-2. All three Lethbridge goals, including Fadden's eleventh of the season, came on the power play. Helenius has lost five straight appearances, but twice in that time he was named a star of the game. He has at least 30 saves in 4 of those 5 games. Seattle managed only 18 shots against Lethbridge.
Prince George Cougars 1 @ Spokane Chiefs 4
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Prince George lost their fifth in a row as Dana Tyrellâ€™s modest three game point streak came to an end. The Chiefs are 12-1-0-1 in their last 14 games.
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Jonathan Bernier stopped 31 shots for Lewiston to improve his record since leaving the L.A. Kings to 4-3-0.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 2 @ Val-dâ€™Or Foreurs 3 (OT)
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Lewiston had their 7-game win streak snapped. Ward is still looking for his first QMJHL goal.
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
That's five in a row for Lewiston, and now they get Jonathan Bernier from the Kings.
Prince George Cougars 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 1
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
The Cougars have won 2 of 3 on their road trip so far. Tyrell's goal came on the power play.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 5
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-1-1, -1, 12 PIM
Fadden had a 10 minute misconduct tacked on to a slashing minor early in the first period. The Broncos scored on the ensuing 2 minute power play.
CHL, BCHL stats for Lightning prospects as of October 14, 2007.
Key (Skaters): Games Played, Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus, Penalties in Minutes.
Key (Goalies): Wins-Losses-Overtime Losses-Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 (OT)
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 4 (OT)
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM
Fadden had two first period assists to help the â€˜Canes jump out to a 3-0 lead, but they would never score again as the Tigers scored 4 unanswered goals. Traverse City Lightning and Medicine Hat captain Daine Todd was 1-2-3 and First Star for the Tigers.
Strong nights for Helenius, Crowley, and Tyrell in leading their respective teams to wins.
Game results on the flip.
Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Mitch Fadden notched his fourth multi-point game of the year as Lethbridge dominated the Raiders in shots-on-goal, 28-9. Despite disparity in shots, it took Faddenâ€™s power play goal at the 15:28 mark of the third period to break a 2-2 tie. The â€˜Canes added an empty netter in the final minute to give the game its final score. Fadden is now tied for second in the league in goals (6) and third in points (11).
Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Prince George Cougars 3
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
The Hitmen are now 8-1-0-0 on the year after breaking open a close game in the second period and defeating the 1-6-0-0 Cougars in Prince George, 5-3.
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
After a slow start, the MAINEiacs have now won three in a row.
Merritt Centennials @ Victoria Grizzlies CANCELED
The afternoon BCHL game between Merritt and Victoria was canceled because Merritt was traveling from Powell River and the morning ferry to Victoria was not running.
Helenius and Seattle got the better of Jung and Kelowna in the first of a home-and-home set between the Thunderbirds and Rockets. The teams play again tonight (Saturday) in Seattle. Helenius's 1.62 Goals Against Average is tops in the WHL among goalies playing more than one game. His .922 save percentage is top-5.