Lewiston MAINEiacs 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -1, 6 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 3-12-15, -3, 41 PIM
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 7-15-22, +1, 16 PIM
Rimouski erased a 2-0 early second period deficit to handily defeat the MAINEiacs 5-2.
Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 7
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Did not play
Season totals: 14 GP, 7-4-0-3, 2.68 GAA, .911 sv%, 2 shutouts
The reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week got the night off. Well deserved.
Cunti is an outstanding skater with an almost perfect stride mechanically. He's also an elite level puckhandler with no shortage of slick one on one moves. Good puckhandler with an above average shot and loves to shoot the puck from all angles. Red Line Report compared Cunti's skill level to that of NHLer Alexei Kovalev.
Cunti was passed over until the third round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft primarily because of character concerns. Many scouts viewed him as a selfish player who could be a potential cancer in the dressing room with Red Line Report characterizing him as a "fabulously skilled but cancerous" potential second liner. Cunti also has a knock for being invisible in the defensive third of the ice.
Cunti has defied his critics by choosing to cross the pond to play in the NCAA for St. Cloud State, diffusing concern he would stay in Switzerland rather than come to North America. Unfortunately, the NCAA's decision to deny Cunti elligibility to play hockey cost the young winger the opportunity to learn his trade in an ideal environment under head coach Bob Motzko. Now it will be imperative for Cunti to find somewhere to learn the defensive and physical side of the game in order to prepare for life as a pro. Make no mistake, Cunti is a boom or bust prospect. He now is in the right situation to blossom as a player, but it will ultimately up to him to capitalize on his amazing potential.
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Another multi-pointer for Barberio ... five Firsts for Tokarski ... your Ugly Stat of the Day ... and who did Lightning co-owner Len Barrie watch his son with at the Vancouver-Kelowna game?
Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 4-12-16, -2, 12 PIM
Brampton Battalion 4 @ Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 3 (SO)
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: DeCoste: 18 GP, 5-3-8, -7, 17 PIM
Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 4 (SO)
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Shootout loss, 30 saves
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-3-0-2, 3.13 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 shutout
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 35 saves, *First Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 11-4-0-2, 1.68 GAA, .947 sv%, 3 shutouts
Tokarski continues to lead the league in GAA, save percentage, and shutouts. Heâ€™s third in wins. Unofficially this was his fourth First Star of the year, to go along with five Seconds and two Thirds.
Vancouver Giants 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 1
C James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 9-10-19, +13, 6 PIM
Fadden getting back to normal ... Cunti too.
DeCoste (pictured) gets off the schnide ... Fadden makes his Tri-City debut ... First Star for Wright vs. Tyrell
Wednesday's game results and more on the Fadden trade.
Did Mitch want out?
Game stars galore ... and unfortunately, slumps, too.
Another big production night from Tyrell ... Fadden slow to start the year ... Courtnall and Victoria struggling