Courtnall, Justin

CHL, BCHL Weekend Recap

Riku Helenius and Dana Tyrell had strong showings this weekend, to say nothing of WHL goals and points leader Mitch Fadden.

(Season stats included)

BCHL, CHL Game Night: 9/23

BCHL
Victoria Grizzlies 1 @ Powell River Kings 3
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 2 PIM

Game Notes: Justin Courtnall did not hit the scoresheet for the Grizzlies in their loss at Powell River, the second time in two nights Victoria has fallen to the Kings. Courtnall, who was called for roughing in the game, has one goal and two assists in six games so far this season for the 1-2-1(Ties)-2 (OTL) Grizzlies.

QMJHL
Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ St. John Sea Dogs 6
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM, 1 SOG

Game Notes: The defending league champion MAINEiacs continue to struggle and their 1-4-0(OTL)-0(SOL) record is the worst in the league. The club’s loss in New Brunswick Sunday was their fourth loss in a row after opening the season with a win. Ward has no goals and two assists in five games. He is also minus-5 with 12 PIM.

CHL, BCHL Game Night: 9/22

WHL
Seattle Thunderbirds 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 3 (OT)
G Riku Helenius, SEA: OTL, 24 saves on 27 shots

Game Notes: Helenius’s first regular season game in North America was looking strong as he had a shutout through the first half of the game, but the T-Birds couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead and fell in overtime, 3-2 in Kamloops. Helenius is wearing No. 30 for Seattle.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Game Notes: With his secondary assist, Fadden helped Lethbridge to an early 2-1 lead but the Hurricanes couldn’t hang on and dropped the second of a home-and-home series with the Tigers. The Hurricanes won on Friday. Fadden has a goal and an assist in two games this year.

CHL, BCHL Game Night: 9/21

BCHL
Alberni Valley Bulldogs 4 @ Victoria Grizzlies 5
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 2 PIM

Game Notes: Justin Courtnall registered the secondary assist on Victoria’s game winning goal late in the third period to give the Grizzlies their first victory of the year, 5-4 over Alberni Valley. Victoria blew a 4-2 third period lead before winning late. Courtnall has one goal and two assists in four games so far this season for the 1-1-1-1 Grizzlies.

QMJHL
Lewiston MAINEiacs 2 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 8 (9.16.07)
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-2-2, +1, 6 PIM, 3 SOG

Game Notes: Ward notched his first two points of the year, albeit in a typical QMJHL blowout, with two primary assists, including one on the power play. Impressively, Ward was also plus-1. Ward has two points in four games this year.

BCHL Game Night: 9/18

Victoria Grizzlies 2 @ Cowichan Valley Capitals 3 (OT)
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 0 PIM

Game Notes: Justin Courtnall registered the primary assist on Victoria’s game tying goal in the 13th minute of the 3rd period, but the Grizzlies fell in overtime to Cowichan Valley 3-2. Courtnall has one goal and one assist in three games so far this season for the 0-1-1-1 Grizzlies.

It is well known Justin is the son of former NHLer Geoff, and nephew of Russ Courtnall. The BCHL is evidentially popular for relatives of former NHLers as scoring the game winner for Cowichan Valley last night was Bryce Reddick, son of former NHL goaltender Pokey Reddick. Cowichan Valley's number-1 goaltender, who did not play last night, is Matt Ferraro, son of former NHLer and ESPN analyst Ray "Chicken Parm" Ferraro. Matt Ferraro is 3-0 on the year so far.

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