N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/6

Jung in the hospital as he's announced as First Star ... Wright helps Vancouver hand Tokarski first loss in two months ... Witkowski sets career highs ... Cup hosts heating up ... Fadden and TC go cold ... and a Jeff Beukeboom reference.

Victoria Grizzlies 4 @ Powell River Kings 3
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 20-36-56, 88 PIM

Green Bay Gamblers 3 @ Fargo Force 6
D Luke Witkowski, FGO: 1-0-1, +2, 4 PIM (interference, delay of game), 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 4-8-12, +20, 88 PIM

Witkowski’s empty net goal sets career highs for goals and points in a season.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 6 (Thursday)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 10-21-31, +8, 36 PIM

While nearly matching last year’s goal numbers, Barberio needs to pick it up a little if he’s to match last year’s point total of 46, set in 70 games (11-35-46).

Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 2
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 13-23-36, +3, 26 PIM

The Memorial Cup hosts have won their last six games.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 5 (Thursday)
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Erie Otters 4 (SO) (Friday)
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 10-10-20, -21, 59 PIM
With SSM: 11 GP, 2-4-6, -8, 8 PIM

The loss was the Soo’s 10th in a row. DeCoste earned the secondary assist on the game’s first goal, scored by Greyhound defenseman Brock Beukeboom. Yes, of that Beukeboom family. Brock is the son of former Edmonton and New York Ranger defenseman Jeff Beukeboom, who is now an assistant coach with the OHL’s Barrie Colts. Brock, a 16 year old who is listed at 6’2”, 200 pounds, is a better skater than his dad, at least according to Jeff (NY Daily News). Brock played for Ontario at the World U-17 Challenge this year, where he was credited with one assist for the six-game tournament. Brock’s goal Friday was his second of the year (2-6-8).

DeCoste is within two points of last year’s point total with Brampton (66 games, 10-12-22).

Tri-City Americans 1 @ Portland Winter Hawks 3
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 21-30-51, +13, 31 PIM
With TC: 36 GP, 19-27-46, +11, 23 PIM

A bad loss for Tri-City as Portland has the league’s worst point total – plus, Portland was on a 12 game losing streak. While the Americans have already clinched a playoff spot, they have to win the games they’re expected to win if they are to fend off Spokane (6 points behind, 3 games in hand on TC) for first in the U.S. Division.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Regina Pats 1
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Win, 24 saves on 25 shots, *First Star* (Left game in third period)
Season totals: 38 GP, 16-17-1-4, 2.58 GAA, .910 sv%, 3 shutouts

Jung had a stellar bounce-back game from a bad start to the week, but his night wasn’t all good as he took a slapshot off his mask in the third period. Jung was reportedly knocked unconscious by the shot and left the arena in an ambulance. According to a Regina newspaper reporter, the medical staff said Jung was “woozy,” but “okay.”

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Spokane Chiefs 0
C James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 17-21-38, +23, 37 PIM
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Loss, 26 saves on 30 shots
Season totals: 36 GP, 24-10-0-2, 1.81 GAA, .941 sv%, 6 shutouts

Tokarski and Spokane saw their 11 game win streak come to an end as Tyson Sexsmith (San Jose) had his fifth shutout of the season and CHL record 25th career shutout for the powerhouse that is the Vancouver Giants. Vancouver, who has clinched a playoff spot, has 93 points – nearly 20 more than the next highest team in the Western Conference (Tri-City 75).

This was Tokarski’s first loss since November 29, which was also the last time he gave up more than three goals in a game. Suffice it to say, Tokarski’s streak of three straight CHL Goaltender of the Week nominations is likely coming to an end.