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.
The WHL announced their annual awards finalists today, and it wasn't great news for Lightning prospect Dustin Tokarski.
Despite leading the league in 4 of the 5 goaltending categories (goals against average, save percentage, shutouts, shootout percentage - 5th in wins), Tokarski lost out to fellow Team Canada goaltender Chet Pickard of the Tri-City Americans for the Western Conference's First All-Star team goaltender, and the conference nominee for Goaltender of the Year.
Tokarski was voted to the Conference's Second All-Star team. Possible 2009 Lightning draft target Evander Kane was named to the First team.
While stats obviously don't mean everything, and Pickard's Americans finished just ahead of Spokane in the U.S. Division, Pickard finished with one more win than Tokarski (35), a 5th place GAA of 2.28 (Tokarski 1.97), a 2nd place save percentage of .921 (Tokarski .937), and 6 shutouts (second to Tokarski and Jones' 7). Pickard also had six fewer losses than Tokarski.
The Player of the Year finalists will be announced April 15.
A Game 7 blowout in Victoria ... a tie-breaker nail-biter in Prince Albert ... Tokarski finishes as the WHL leader in 4 categories.