Merritt Centennials 2 @ Victoria Grizzlies 6
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 2 PIM (matching delay-of-game penalty)
Victoria sits in 5th in the Coastal Conference standings, 3 points behind Burnaby with a game in hand, and 4 points ahead of Cowichan.
Seattle Thunderbirds 2 @ Tri-City Americans 5
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Loss, stopped 32 of 37 shots
In a battle between the WHLâ€™s two top save percentage leaders, Americans goaltender Chet Pickard got the better of Helenius, stopping 25 of 27 for the win. Tri-City got out to a quick 4-0 lead, including a shorthanded penalty-shot goal, and never looked back. Helenius fell to 4th in the WHL in save percentage after the game, .02 points behind Pickard, who also leads the league in wins (37).
Chilliwack Bruins 4 @ Prince George Cougars 2
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
The Cougars have lost 6 straight.
Fleury bests the Admirals.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss going head-to-head with Marc-Andre Fleury who is down in the A for a conditioning stint.
WBS Brent, (11) (Filewich, Engelland), 11:34
WBS Gove, (11) (Stone), 11:40 (SH)
NOR Szczechura, (10) (Lessard, Schneider), 18:11 (PP)
WBS Kennedy, (5) (Engelland, McLean), 8:49
Box score from TheAHL.com.
N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/12
Kootenay Ice 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 7
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 2-0-2, +3, 10 PIM (misconduct)
Mitch Fadden scored his 27th and 28th goals of the year as Lethbridge scored 5 first period goals and coasted to a 7-1 win over Kootenay. Zach Boychuk had a goal and 3 assists to earn First Star honors for the 'Canes.
Lethbridge, who clinched a playoff spot with the win, has been posting QMJHL-like numbers lately, averaging more than 5 goals per game in their last 7 contests.
From Greg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News:
The game, which was sold out (5,335), featured 136 penalty minutes, 71 of them to Lethbridge, and, yes, a line brawl . . . No fans are thought to have left the game early . . . Yes, there is some bad blood here. . . . Lethbridge head coach Michael Dyck called a timeout while leading 5-0 and enjoying a 5-on-3 advantage. "We've got a lot of speed and we've got some skill and when teams start taking liberties on us, and I felt at times they were pinpointing who they took runs at, the only way that we're going to hurt them is on our power play," Dyck told Trevor Kenney of the Lethbridge Herald. "So I gave our No. 1 unit a rest and the opportunity to go back out and try and make it 6-0."
Quality start by the kid. Quality effort by the team in front of him.
Karri Ramo stopped 19 of 21 shots faced for the win.
Montreal 0:50, Christopher Higgins 17 (Andrei Markov)
Tampa Bay 5:15, Michel Ouellet 7 (Jan Hlavac, Chris Gratton)
Montreal 9:48, Tomas Plekanec 21 (power play) (Mark Streit)
Tampa Bay 19:19, Vaclav Prospal 24 (Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 11:51, Vaclav Prospal 25 (Vincent Lecavalier)
25 goals now for Vaclav Prospal. Could he pry a late 1st round pick at the deadline?
Seattle Thunderbirds 9 @ Spokane Chiefs 7
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did not play.
DeSerres got the start for Seattle, who apparently signed Seahawks kicker Josh Brown and got 3 field goals for the win. If this was the case, though, a football team named the Chiefs would be capable of scoring a touchdown, so this obviously is fictional.