Courtnall, Justin

Courtnall Returning to Victoria

Victoria Grizzlies General Manager Jackson Penney has informed Bolt Prospects that Lightning 2007 seventh round pick Justin Courtnall will return to the BCHL Grizzlies for another year.

Courtnall had been looking into attending an NCAA school in the fall, but those plans are on hold until the 2009-2010 season.

After starting slow last year with Victoria, Courtnall came on to finish with 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points in 60 games - good enough for second on the club by just a point.

The winger played the previous season with Burnaby of the BCHL.

Courtnall's father, former NHLer Geoff Courtnall, is the head coach of Victoria. Lightning co-owner Len Barrie serves as the Grizzlies' president. (Times-Colonist photo)

BCHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/15

BCHL Coastal Conference Semifinals

Game 6: No.2 Langley Chiefs 3 @ No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 2 (OT)
Chiefs win Best of 7 series 4-2

W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Series: 6 GP, 1-2-3, 8 PIM
Playoffs: 11 GP, 3-2-5, 12 PIM

Langley wins four straight to end Victoria and Justin Courtnall’s season.

BCHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/14

BCHL Coastal Conference Semifinals

Game 5: No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 2 @ No.2 Langley Chiefs 7
Chiefs lead Best of 7 Series 3-2

W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (plus a misconduct)
Series: 5 GP, 1-1-2, 8 PIM
Playoffs: 10 GP, 3-1-4, 12 PIM

Langley scored 5 power play goals to win their third straight in the series. This game got ugly at the end, with multiple misconducts and major penalties.

BCHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/12

BCHL Coastal Conference Semifinals

Game 4: No.2 Langley Chiefs 3 @ No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 1
Best of 7 Series tied 2-2

W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Series: 4 GP, 0-1-1, 6 PIM
Playoffs: 9 GP, 2-1-3, 10 PIM

Victoria has now seen both their series lead and home ice advantage disappear after taking Games 1 and 2 in Langley.

BCHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/11

BCHL Coastal Conference Semifinals

Game 3: No.2 Langley Chiefs 6 @ No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 4
Victoria leads Best of 7 Series 2-1

W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Series: 3 GP, 0-1-1, 6 PIM
Playoffs: 8 GP, 2-1-3, 10 PIM

Victoria failed to take a stranglehold on the series at home, losing 6-4. The Grizzlies had cut Langley’s lead to 5-4 with 51 seconds remaining in the game, but the Chiefs added a late empty netter. Game 4 is tonight (Wednesday) in Victoria.

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