N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/26

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4
D Michael Ward, CB: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 59 GP, 6-26-32, +4, 93 PIM
With Cape Breton: 24 GP, 2-13-15, +3, 41 PIM

Victoria News: Q & A with Justin Courtnall

The Victoria News' Travis Patterson recently had the opportunity to sit down with Lightning draft choice and Victoria Grizzlies winger Justin Courtnall.

Q: You’ve committed to skate with the Boston University Terriers in the NCAA next season. How did that choice come about?

A: Boston had been watching me for the past couple of years. It’s a place I always wanted to go to. As a top-rated school, it’s a dream for a lot of kids to go there, luckily it came through for me.

Q: What do you plan on studying?

A: I want to get into business education, but I’ll just generalize going into next year.

Q: Grizzlies part-owner Len Barrie has since become a part-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that drafted you n 2007. Did you know Len before?

A: I met him when I first came to the Grizzlies. I was pleased to hear Len bought the team, but it doesn’t change anything, it’s just part of hockey. Tampa (ownership) was looking to sell there team and Len was interested, people buy stuff.

For the rest of the interview, click here. (Pictured: Courtnall in the BCHL All-Star game)

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/25

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

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/24

Spokane Chiefs 2 @ Vancouver Giants 5
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Loss, 34 saves on 39 shots
Season totals: 45 GP, 29-14-0-2, 1.94 GAA, .937 sv%, 6 shutouts
C James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, +17, 41 PIM

A big game for both of these WHL heavyweights and it was not one of the best for Dustin Tokarski. The WHL MVP candidate allowed five goals in the loss, including another early goal that put his team down in the first period. James Wright fed a soft pass at the blueline to Andrej Kudrna, who broke in on a partial breakaway before fanning on his attempt at a slap shot. The off-speed puck fooled Tokarski, sliding under his pads as he sat in the butterfly. It was Vancouver's second shot of the game. Mitch Fadden beat him on the game's first shot in the Tri-City matchup on Sunday.

Evander Kane beat him on the power play to tie the game at 2 for Vancouver when he deftly deflected a point shot up and over Tokarski’s leg into the top of the net. Adam Basford beat Tokarski mid-way through the second on a backhanded shot from the bottom of the cirle – much like Sidney Crosby’s vs. the New York Rangers recently (except not on the rush) – that Tokarski had no chance on and Basford looked as surprised as anyone it went in. That goal gave the Giants a lead they would never relinquish.

Vancouver moved to 50-7-1-3 on the year. They are 15 points ahead of Tri-City for the top spot in the West. Spokane sits in third at 39-19-0-3, one point ahead of Kelowna and eight back of the Americans.

NHL Game Night 2/24: Lightning at Oilers

A soft goal was the difference.


Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 44 shots in the game. He had a respectable save percentage in the game, but he never looked completely comfortable to me and the soft goal he allowed to Jason Strudwick on a long point shot that he badly misplayed his angle on ended up being the difference. It's nothing that will get him demoted, but I would expect McKenna back in for the next game.

First Period
02:20 EDM Cole (15), (unassisted)
05:40 EDM Strudwick (2), (Gagner)

Second Period
02:30 TB Murphy (2), (St. Louis, Recchi)(PP)
12:23 TB Stamkos (11), (Malone)
13:15 EDM Souray (16), (Cogliano)

Third Period
02:20 EDM Cogliano (14), (Stortini, Moreau)
13:46 TBL Murphy (3), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)
19:58 EDM Souray (17), (Brodziak)(EN)

Marek Malik needs to be put down like Old Yeller. Man up, Brian Lawton. It's time. Erik Cole made Malik look like he was moving in reverse on the Oilers' first goal. Sad.

Matt Smaby was -1 with 2 hits and 3 blocked shots in 21:59.

David Koci had 7 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 6:09.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Eliserien Scores 2/10-2/23

Harju still riding high...

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/22

Rimouski wins again without Luca ... Barberio closing in on 40 points - a mark that was reached by Wright ... DeCoste scores before getting kicked out ... Can anyone stop Mitch Fadden?

NHL Game Day 2/22: Bruins at Lightning

The Lightning steal the win.


Karri Ramo stopped 40 of 43 shots for the win. He's not playing perfect hockey, but he is playing relaxed and making saves and keeping the Lightning in a position to compete. Tonight he won despite his club being outshot 43-18. His night in a nutshell: he gave up an awful rebound to Phil Kessel coming in off the wing with the game tied 3-3 and then made an athletic pad save in close to bail himself out. Flawless? No. But he's battling, and getting fair results.

Bobby Taylor has talked recently on the broadcasts how defensemen who come up to the NHL sometimes find it easier because the forwards are always in the proper position on the breakout. I wonder if Ramo is looking more relaxed partially because he worries less about the team in front of him being in the proper position and not overcompensating for odd man rushes or back door plays.

First Period
01:38 BOS Kessel (25), (Savard, Lucic)
04:44 TB Halpern (4), (Pettinger, Eminger)
04:59 TB Hall (4), (Craig, Artyukhin)
16:42 BOS Ference (1), (Savard, Wideman)(PP)

Second Period
10:00 TB Recchi (13), (Melichar, Koci)
15:17 BOS Chara (14), (Kobasew, Ward)

Third Period
18:27 TB Prospal (15), (Halpern, St. Louis)(PP)

It's nice to be able to take Jeff Halpern's picture off the milk carton, too.

Matt Smaby had 4 hits and 5 blocked shots in 22:06. I'll bet you, dollars to donuts, 75% of the GM's who talk to Brian Lawton next week ahead of the deadline will try to scam him out of #32, and that Lawton will tell them, "No thanks."

David Koci had his first NHL assist, was +1, and had 3 hits in 7:06. David Koci: The Secret Weapon.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/21

Courtnall finishes regular season with another multi-point night ... Ward vs. Barberio and Tokarski vs. Fadden ... Wright gets on the scoresheet.

NCAA Game Night: 2/21

Killorn nets PPG...Vermont PP continues to struggle...UMASS brings brooms out...Only two weekend series left in regular season.

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