Courtnall, Justin

AHL Game Night: 3-25-15 Crunch at Phantoms

Phantoms never had a ghost of a chance.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. He's won 5 straight starts and put together 4 straight quality starts in the process. His save percentage has steadily risen to .904 and he's building up confidence necessary for a solid playoff run.

First Period
SYR Mormina, (4) (Kunyk), 11:46 (SH)

Second Period
SYR Marchessault, (20) , 8:45
SYR Koekkoek, (5) (Martindale, Gourde), 10:56

Third Period
SYR Marchessault, (21) , 2:19 (SH)
SYR Courtnall, (7) (Vermin), 4:47
SYR Martindale, (11) (Courtnall, Dotchin), 8:12
LV Jones, (7) (Comrie, Gordon), 9:22 (PP)

Jonathan Marchessault, Justin Courtnall, and Gudlevskis were the game's three stars. Marchessault is currently tied for 6th in the league in scoring. Courtnall's got 5 points and a +5 rating in 7 games since joining the Crunch. At this rate, maybe the Lightning should've signed him the first run through the organization?

It's been a long road, but Syracuse has closed back within 1 point of Hershey for the 2nd seed in the conference. For the longest time, they looked to be locked into the 3 seed, but they're playing themselves into a spot to challenge for better position.

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AHL Game Night: 3-22-15 Crunch at Falcons

Blujuspalooza continues.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 14 shots for the victory. Not a typo. Light work for the Yak today.

First Period
SYR Courtnall, (6) (Blujus, Vermin), 10:25
SPR Adam, (14) (Chaput, Hoeffel), 16:52

Second Period
SYR Marchessault, (19) (Blujus, Richard), 3:04 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (26) (Ashton, Koekkoek), 19:40 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (18) (Mormina), 14:03

Jonathan Marchessault and Dylan Blujus were the game's first and second stars. Blujus with back-to-back multi-point games for the first time in his pro career.

Justin Courtnall continues to look like another Julien BriseBois trash to treasure conversion.

Things get interesting in the next couple of weeks for Syracuse as the amateur ranks yield some ATO opportunities for the Lightning organization. Specifically, Brayden Point could be a prime addition on an ATO for the Crunch, and an early exit from the NCAA tournament could put Matthew Peca in a Crunch jersey very soon, too. Both would be nice additions to a Crunch team in need of more speed and skill, especially up the middle.

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Bolts Lose Rights to Courtnall

BoltProspects has confirmed that Tampa Bay no longer retains the rights to prospect forward Justin Courtnall, the Lightning's last pick in the 7th round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Courtnall was drafted out of BCHL Victoria and normally would have to be signed two years after his draft date, but it was thought that the Lightning would retain his rights while Courtnall continues his hockey development at Boston University. It's unclear at the time of this report why the Lightning do not retain Courtnall's rights, but it is speculated that perhaps Courtnall is not attending BU on a scholarship and perhaps that is the reason why Tampa cannot retain his rights without a contract. BoltProspects will update this story as more information is revealed.

UPDATE: The loss of Courtnall's rights had nothing to do with whether or not he is on scholarship at BU, but solely because he was not already in an NCAA program when the deadline to sign 2007 draft picks passed.

Off to College: Two More Prospects Done

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/8[/b][/i] Fargo watches Indiana celebrate ... Victoria loses another close one ... Cunti and Rimouski know one Memorial Cup opponent, two more are close.

Courtnall Gets 2; Fargo Gets 0

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/6

Justin Courtnall scored his first goals of the RBC tournament to help Len Barrie's Grizzlies advance to the Final 4 ... Fargo needs a Game 4 win to keep Indiana from hoisting the Cup on North Dakota ice.

Grizzlies Lose Another Close One

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/5

2009 RBC Cup – Round Robin

Victoria Grizzlies 4 vs. Vernon Vipers 5 (OT)
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
RBC Cup totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3, 12 PIM
BCHL playoff totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, 24 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 22-41-63, 98 PIM

Host Victoria collapsed for the second time in three RBC games, this time allowing a game tying goal with under two minutes left in the contest, and losing in overtime to the West representative, Vernon. The Grizzlies held a 4-2 lead entering the third period, and were up 4-3 before Mike Collins scored at 18:12 to force overtime. Cole Ikkala scored in the extra session for the BCHL champs. The Grizzlies (1-2) lost their tournament opener when they gave up the game winner shorthanded with just over a second left in the game. Victoria plays East representative Summerside Western Capitals on Wednesday.

Courtnall's Two Assists Help RBC Hosts Crush Voyageurs

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/3[/b][/i] [b]2009 RBC Cup – Round Robin [/b] [b] Victoria Grizzlies 5 vs. Kingston Voyageurs 0[/b] [i]W [b][url=/justin-courtnall]Justin Courtnall[/url][/b], VIC: 0-2-2, 0 PIM [/i] RBC Cup totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, 12 PIM BCHL playoff totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, 24 PIM Season totals: 60 GP, 22-41-63, 98 PIM Host Victoria earned a much-needed victory in their second game of the tournament, crushing the Central representative, Kingston of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Both of Courtnall’s assists were primary helpers, including one on a goal by 2008 Lightning prospect camp invitee Evan Pighin. Victoria next plays Tuesday against Pacific representative Vernon of the BCHL. Vernon defeated Powell River 4 games to 2 to win the Fred Page Cup as BCHL champs. Powell River had knocked Victoria out in 7 games in the Conference Finals. Vernon then went on to sweep Alberta Junior Hockey League champion Grand Prairie Storm 4-0 to reach the RBC Cup. Kingston needed to come out of a four team tournament to reach the RBC Cup. The Dudley Hewitt Cup was contested among Kingston (OJHL playoff champ), the Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL playoff champ), Fort William (SIJHL playoff champ), and Schreiber (Dudley Hewitt/Central Canada Junior A championship tournament host). After round robin play, Kingston defeated semifinal winner Fort William 4-1 in the championship game.

Fargo Drops First of Playoffs; Victoria Opens RBC With Unlikely Loss

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/1

Fargo falls to 7-1 in the playoffs, 1-1 in the Finals ... RBC Cup opens with host Victoria snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Victoria Eliminated from Playoffs, Will Wait for RBC Cup

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/31

Courtnall has a full month of practices ahead of him.

BCHL Playoffs – Coastal Conference Finals

Powell River Kings 4 @ Victoria Grizzlies 1
Powell River wins Best of 7 series 4-3
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 4 PIM (slashing, roughing)
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, 24 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 22-41-63, 98 PIM

Top-seeded Victoria, owned by Lightning co-owner Len Barrie, will not be advancing to the BCHL championship series. Despite coming back from a 3-1 series deficit, the Grizzlies lost on their home ice 4-1 in Game 7, ending the BCHL playoffs - but not career - of Lightning prospect Justin Courtnall. The former 7th rounder was second on the team in scoring during the regular season, but had a hard time finding the scoresheet during the playoffs for the second straight year.

Tokarski, Fadden, Barberio Advance

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/28

Three prospects move on - two to face fellow prospects in Round 2 ... Victoria forces a Game 7 ... Fargo winning on the "road."

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