N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/6
Justin Courtnall scored his first goals of the RBC tournament to help Len Barrie's Grizzlies advance to the Final 4 ... Fargo needs a Game 4 win to keep Indiana from hoisting the Cup on North Dakota ice.
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/5
2009 RBC Cup â€“ Round Robin
Victoria Grizzlies 4 vs. Vernon Vipers 5 (OT)
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
RBC Cup totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3, 12 PIM
BCHL playoff totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, 24 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 22-41-63, 98 PIM
Host Victoria collapsed for the second time in three RBC games, this time allowing a game tying goal with under two minutes left in the contest, and losing in overtime to the West representative, Vernon. The Grizzlies held a 4-2 lead entering the third period, and were up 4-3 before Mike Collins scored at 18:12 to force overtime. Cole Ikkala scored in the extra session for the BCHL champs. The Grizzlies (1-2) lost their tournament opener when they gave up the game winner shorthanded with just over a second left in the game. Victoria plays East representative Summerside Western Capitals on Wednesday.
Johan Harju had 2 shots on goal in 16:05 in Sweden's 6-3 victory over France.
Martin St. Louis had 2 assists and scored on 2 out of 3 shootout attempts, but it was not enough as Finland upset the Canadians 4-3 in the shootout. Steven Stamkos was scoreless in regulation and overtime, but scored on 1 out of 2 shootout attempts for Canada. Karri Ramo again suited up as Finland's backup goaltender. Janne Niskala had 1 assist and 3 shots on goal in 20:23 for the Finns.
The quarterfinal round is now set: Vasily Koshechkin's Russian squad will face Belarus. Karri Ramo, Janne Niskala, and Finland will square off with Team USA. Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, and Canada will face Martins Karsums and Latvia. And, Johan Harju and Sweden will face the Czech Republic.
Johan Harju had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots on goal in 14:25 as Sweden downed Switzerland 4-1.
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/1
Fargo falls to 7-1 in the playoffs, 1-1 in the Finals ... RBC Cup opens with host Victoria snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Cincinnati completed a four game sweep of the Elmira Jackals Friday night (5/1), with a Game Four 2-0 victory. Kevin Quick was -1 with 1 shot on goal in the matchup.
Quick finished the playoffs with 1 assist and a -7 rating in 9 games. It remains one of the bizarre contradictions of Quick's career thus far. Quick drips offensive talent, and yet he has rarely found the scoresheet as a pro. Next season it will be critical for Quick to translate his athletic gifts to tangible production in the AHL.
Fellow Lightning prospect Riku Helenius finished the postseason with an 0-1-0 record, a 6.91 GAA, and a .787 save percentage. Ugh. Helenius did a very good job in Norfolk after assuming the starting duties from Karri Ramo and Mike McKenna when Mike Smith and Olaf Kolzig got injured. His ugly two game stint in the ECHL playoffs should probably be treated as an unpleasant speed bump and nothing much more.
Martins Karsums had 2 assists and was +3 with 3 shots on goal in 16:48 as Latvia stayed hot, crushing France 7-1.
Karri Ramo did not suit up for Finland, which lost a shocker to Belarus 2-1 in a shootout. Janne Niskala had 1 goal and 5 shots on goal in 21:46 for the Finns. The game was Niskala's second of the tournament. He has 1 goal and 2 points with a +1 rating, 2 penalty minutes, and 9 shots on goal. He is also averaging 21:11 in ice time for Finland.
Tomorrow could be quite the blood bath, as Norway runs into the buzzsaw, Canada, which has dominated in the tournament thus far.