NA Juniors Game Night: 12/19

World Junior Championships (exhibition)
Canada 4 vs. Sweden 2
W Dana Tyrell, CAN: 0-0-0
G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 8 saves on 8 shots in half a game

I'll let the Canadian Press intro this:

> The biggest statement in the battle between John Tavares and Victor Hedman was made by Dana Tyrell.

While the rock-solid forward won't supplant either of those players as the top pick in next year's draft - Tyrell signed a three-year contract with Tampa Bay last week - he made the biggest impact on Friday night.

Literally.

Tyrell laid out Hedman with a massive hit on the first shift of the game and Canada never looked back in beating Sweden 4-2 in an exhibition tune-up for the world junior championship.

"That set a tone for us," said coach Pat Quinn. "We had some good responses from other guys after that. We don't have a lot of hitters and the guys that have that skill need to show the way - and he did right off the bat." <

Tyrell would be injured in the third period, leaving the game. No word yet on the severity of his "lower body injury," and he will be reevaluated today (Saturday). (See the hit here)

Tokarski was perfect in his half of the game, with Chet Pickard letting in two in his half (one of which should not have counted due to a shot hitting his mask – a stoppage of play at this level).

Around the USHL and CHL Friday...

USHL
Tri-City Storm 1 @ Fargo Force 4
D Luke Witkowski, FAR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 3-3-6, +7, 57 PIM

Witkowski’s point streak is up to three.

QMJHL
Lewiston MAINEiacs 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 52 PIM
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 8-17-25, +12, 22 PIM

Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Quebec Remparts 7
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 8-15-23, -2, 18 PIM

The Remparts scored three goals in 18 seconds Friday night to set a franchise record. Patrick Roy is smiling.

The WHL is off until December 27.