N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/25

DeCoste scores again ... stars for Jung, Fadden, and Wright ... Tokarski gets a night off.

Sarnia Sting 6 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 12-11-23, -23, 72 PIM
With SSM: 19 GP, 4-5-9, -10, 21 PIM

DeCoste scored his second goal in as many games but it wasn’t enough to lead the Soo to their second straight win. The Greyhounds have been scoring goals, but they can’t seem to stop anyone. If they can get that turned around, there’s a chance they could be a playoff team next season. DeCoste, who has seen time on the top line, scored on the power play.

Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Tri-City Americans 8
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 2-0-2, +3, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 54 GP, 32-36-68, +25, 47 PIM
With TC: 45 GP, 30-33-63, +23, 39 PIM

Fadden scores two more, keeping his goal streak alive at six games. He has 15 goals in his last 14 games and 18 points in 10 February games.

Red Deer Rebels 1 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 4
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Win, 34 saves on 35 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 41 GP, 18-17-1-5, 2.54 GAA, .912 sv%, 3 shutouts

Jung took a shutout into the third period but still ended up with the win. He’s back over .500 with the win and Edmonton keeps pace with Prince Albert, who also won, for eighth in the East. Both teams have played 65 games but the Raiders have one more win.

Spokane Chiefs 5 @ Kamloops Blazers 2
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Did not play.
Season totals: 44 GP, 29-14-0-2, 1.94 GAA, .937 sv%, 6 shutouts

Rookie James Reid stopped 34 shots for Spokane. Drayson Bowman (Carolina) had four goals.

Vancouver Giants 8 @ Everett Silvertips 0
C James Wright, VAN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 61 GP, 18-24-42, +18, 41 PIM

Wright has points in three straight games. Evander Kane had two assists. Garry Nunn (undrafted) had a hat trick for Vancouver. Including the playoffs, Giants goaltender Tyson Sexsmith (San Jose) has 30 career shutouts. He is now tied with Spokane’s Dustin Tokarski (Tampa Bay), Saskatoon’s Braden Holtby (Washington), and TC’s Chet Pickard (Nashville) for the WHL lead with 6 this season.

*Some information for this report taken from the WHL blog “Taking Note,” by Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News.