N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/25
Three Lightning prospects helped their clubs to opening round sweeps, while goaltender Torrie Jung and his Oil Kings finished their season. Also, Fadden returns to First Star status and Tokarski wins another close one.
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/24
Lightning prospects go 6-0 on the night - and all were on the road, including three Q teams on the verge of sweeps.
More playoff results ... Cunti gets another point ... blowouts for Moncton and Vancouver ... Tokarski and Fadden lose close ones.
Capitals force Game 7 ... DeCoste and Wright score in season finales ... Spokane vs. Tri-City postponed due to food poisoning ... Jung and Edmonton lose, but get help from Saskatoon.
A quick update for anyone interested in upcoming prospect graduations...
Karri Ramo needs just 6 more decisions to graduate from prospect status according to our site's criteria.
Matt Smaby needs just 11 more games this season to graduate.
Noah Welch needs just 13 more games this season to graduate.
The Lightning have exactly 13 games remaining on their schedule. Bolt Prospects will issue its Final Rankings for the 2008-2009 season following the conclusion of all prospects' playoff seasons, and with prospects like Dustin Tokarski, James Wright, and Luca Cunti possibly poised to make some deep runs, it may be a while. Expect significant changes at the top of the list, though, with two of the only four prospects ever to hold the #1 spot (Stamkos and Downie being the other two) on our rankings likely to graduate by year's end. And then there's the playoffs...
It should be fun.
Victoria fails to clinch ... Barberio and Moncton don't fail to clinch ... Luca! Luca! Luca! ... Tokarski beats Fadden's Americans to keep pace with Kelowna ... Wright and Vancouver lose again ... CHL playoff race updates.
Victoria one win from moving on ... Barberio in the running for Top Defenseman ... Jung and Tokarski give their teams much-needed victories ... and of course, a Yogi Svejkovsky sighting.
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?
Rimouski wins again ... Jung interview ... Fadden's streak stopped by Wright's club ... Tokarski and Spokane fading?
Portland Winter Hawks 3 @ Tri-City Americans 5
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 36-37-73, +26, 49 PIM
With TC: 48 GP, 34-34-68, +24, 41 PIM
Faddenâ€™s goal streak is now at nine games. He tied his career high for goals in a year â€“ 36 â€“ set two seasons ago with Lethbridge in 71 games. TC was playing without goaltender Chet Pickard, who was injured in the American's game against Spokane Saturday night when he was run over by Spokane's Ryan Letts - igniting a brawl - one of two on the night (Spokane's third and fourth of the year).
Vancouver Giants 6 @ Chilliwack Bruins 3
C James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, +1, 5 PIM (Fighting vs. Brandon Manning)
Season totals: 64 GP, 19-25-44, +21, 46 PIM
Wright now has points in five of his last six games. Evander Kane had a goal and a fight.
Note: There were two QMJHL prospects in action, Michael Ward (CB 4 A-B 3) and Mark Barberio (SHW 7 MCT 0), but the Q site has made some upgrades and the game summaries and stats aren't working at the moment.