The Lewiston MAINEiacs of the QMJHL traded veteran defenseman and Lightning prospect Michael Ward to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday. Ward was sent to Nova Scotia with forward Stephen Horyl for a young blueliner, an overage forward and a fifth round draft pick.
Ward, who is likely in his final year of junior, has 4 goals and 13 assists in 35 games so far this year. He moves to a Cape Breton team that is 25-11-1-1 overall and sits 5 points back of first place Moncton in the Atlantic Division.
Ward is a 2007 7th round pick of the Lightning. He drew comparisons to Paul Ranger when drafted, though his offensive game hasn't exploded near as much as Ranger's did in the later years of his junior career. Ward has added more offense to his game this year, though he's known more for his defensive presence.
I'll let the Canadian Press intro this:
> The biggest statement in the battle between John Tavares and Victor Hedman was made by Dana Tyrell.
While the rock-solid forward won't supplant either of those players as the top pick in next year's draft - Tyrell signed a three-year contract with Tampa Bay last week - he made the biggest impact on Friday night.
Tokarski performed well after replacing division rival Chet Pickard at the halfway point of the game. He would allow John Tavares' second and third goals of the game.
Tyrell lined up on a checking unit with big Rimouski center Patrice Cormier (New Jersey) and Atlanta prospect Angelo Esposito. Known as a scorer for the Montreal Juniors, TSN reported Esposito was being tried in a two-way role next to shut-down expert Cormier and the defensive savvy Tyrell.
CHL: Scoresheet sightings for Courtnall, Barberio, DeCoste, and Witkowski ...
Helpers for Courtnall, Tyrell, and Wright (2) ... Ward back to even for struggling Lewiston, but how long will he be with the team?
Goaltenders combine for two goals in the Q ... and Mitch Fadden causes a downpour of stuffed animals in Tri-City.
Fadden (pictured) and Tyrell exhibit their Christmas spirit by assisting others - a combined seven times. Courtnall continues to punch people.
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.
Victoria Grizzlies 2 @ Langley Chiefs 1
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 4 PIM (double minor for roughing, game misconduct at 20:00 of third period)
Season totals: 27 GP, 8-19-27, 40 PIM
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Montreal Junior 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-12-18, +10, 12 PIM
After 20 games to start the year earning at least a point, Moncton lost its second in a row in regulation.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 3-8-11, -5, 33 PIM
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 4-13-17, -1, 12 PIM
Lewiston jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead and coasted to the win.
Ottawa 67â€™s 2 @ Brampton Battalion 4
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: DeCoste: 20 GP, 5-3-8, -8, 17 PIM
Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Loss, 26 saves
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-4-0-3, 3.19 GAA, .899 sv%, 1 shutout
Jung has lost his last six starts (0-4-0-2) after starting the year with a 3-0-0-1 streak. His save percentage dipped below .900 for the first time this year.
Portland Winter Hawks 2 @ Vancouver Giants 5
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 21 GP, 10-10-20, +15, 10 PIM
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?