CHL, BCHL Game Night 10/5: Helenius Outduels Jung

Seattle Thunderbirds 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 1
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, 18 saves on 19 shots
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Loss, 20 saves on 23 shots

Helenius and Seattle got the better of Jung and Kelowna in the first of a home-and-home set between the Thunderbirds and Rockets. The teams play again tonight (Saturday) in Seattle. Helenius's 1.62 Goals Against Average is tops in the WHL among goalies playing more than one game. His .922 save percentage is top-5.

Results from Dane Crowley, Michael Ward, and Justin Courtnall on the flip.

Portland Winter Hawks 3 @ Everett Silvertips 0
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Crowley made his return to the Tips after attending a funeral in Saskatchewan, but the Tips continue to struggle. The team finally settled on their overager situation, however. Minnesota Wild second rounder and oft-injured forward Ondrej Fiala, 20, was traded to the Saskatoon Blades for a 2009 third-round bantam draft pick. The Tips still have four overagers, including Crowley, but goaltender David Reekie is exempt until he recovers from a bout with mono.

St. John’s Fog Devils 2 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 7
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, +1, 5 PIM, 1 SOG

After spotting the Fog Devils an early goal, Lewiston scored seven unanswered markers until St. John’s scored again late. Ward fought Pat O’Keefe, a 5-10, 175 undrafted 19 year old.

Langley Chiefs 0 @ Victoria Grizzlies 3
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

After a slow start, the Grizzlies are back to .500 at 3-3-1-2.