Tokarski Earns Win for Team WHL
Dustin Tokarski made 22 saves in front of a hometown Prince Albert crowd to give Team WHL a 2-1 win and take the ADT CHL Canada-Russian Challenge 5-1 for the CHL. The CHL's only loss was by the QMJHL team in Game 2.
Kyle Beach (Chicago Blackhawks) had the game winner for the WHL.
Tokarski hails from nearby Watson, Saskatchewan. He is indeed a hometown hero as two years ago he backstopped the midget Prince Albert Mintos to the prestigious Telus Cup championship.
He held a shutout against the Russians until just under four minutes remaining in the game - the last of the 2008 series. He'd have to make a late save on a 3 on 1 break to preserve the win.
The WHL squad beat the Russians 5-0 in Swift Current the previous night. Chet Pickard (Nashville) made 16 saves in what he called an "easy" shutout in that contest.
â€œYou had to expect them to come out harder,â€ said Tokarski in a WHL press release. â€œWe dominated them last night, but they came out with a good effort tonight and threw a lot of pucks on net.â€
Tokarski, though, also was quick to credit a strong WHL defense in helping him claim the win in his first ADT Canada-Russia appearance.
â€œIt was a complete team effort, and my defensemen were always quick to clear out rebounds and clear out the front of the net whenever I had to make savesâ€¦Their goalie played great, too,â€ he said.
Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell served as an alternate captain for Team WHL. Tyrell did not register a point in either game, but was called out by WHL coach Willie Desjardins after Game 1 for blocking shots.
Tokarski and Tyrell were the only Lightning prospect involved in the series, which now stands at 30-6 in favor of the Canadian squads.
Note: For video highlights of both games, click here.