N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/20

Prince George Cougars 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 5
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, Stopped 26 of 27 shots
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM

Tyrell was the only Cougar to beat Helenius Sunday night, scoring early in the third period. Tyrell extended his point streak to 6 games and Helenius broke a personal 3 game losing streak (0-2-0-1).

Regina Pats 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 (OT)
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

The third place Hurricanes fell five points behind second place Regina in the Eastern Conference standings. Lethbridge was without Zach Boychuk, who was serving a one game suspension for a check-from-behind. Boychuk is a possible Lightning target at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Another possible draft choice, Everett's Kyle Beach, will miss Wednesday's CHL Top Prospects Game due to an injury. Boychuck, of course, is listed on the event's roster.

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Thunderbirds - Cougars game

I was at the Thunderbirds - Cougars game on Sunday. It was not a good night for the Cougars. I can say that Helenius played what I thought as his best game all season. He was poised when he had to be including a couple of key saves, both of which came from Dana Tyrell. The Cougars assistant captain went in from the off wing about 7 minutes into the first period and Helenius came up with a good glove save. Later in the second period the Thunderbirds had a serious defensive collapse and again Helenius stepped up making outstanding saves on both Greg Gardner and Dana Tyrell. This game could have easily had been 8 - 3, but both goaltenders had a great game. The Thunderbirds outshot the Cougars 48 - 27 in this one. To wrap up the Tampa connection to this game, Dana Tyrell (T.B. 07 draft pick) netted the only Cougars goal and could have had at least two others had it not been for Tampa 06 draft pick Riku Helenius. Helenius played very well positionally and I will be looking forward to seeing him play again soon, possibly this Saturday.

Thanks

Thanks for the report.

There are high expectations for both prospects for Tampa.

Feel free to chime in again whenever you'd like.

Can't wait to get Tyrell's

Can't wait to get Tyrell's speed into our system. He's not a finished product, but his wheels are incredible.

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