N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/27
Len Barrie's Grizzlies stave off elimination at home ... Witkowski hits 20 points for the year ... Fadden a star again leading TC to a 3-1 series lead ... Draft Watch ... and your obscure ex-Bolt reference: Kaspars Astashenko.
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/24
Lightning prospects go 6-0 on the night - and all were on the road, including three Q teams on the verge of sweeps.
More playoff results ... Cunti gets another point ... blowouts for Moncton and Vancouver ... Tokarski and Fadden lose close ones.
A Game 7 blowout in Victoria ... a tie-breaker nail-biter in Prince Albert ... Tokarski finishes as the WHL leader in 4 categories.
Capitals force Game 7 ... DeCoste and Wright score in season finales ... Spokane vs. Tri-City postponed due to food poisoning ... Jung and Edmonton lose, but get help from Saskatoon.
Victoria fails to clinch ... Barberio and Moncton don't fail to clinch ... Luca! Luca! Luca! ... Tokarski beats Fadden's Americans to keep pace with Kelowna ... Wright and Vancouver lose again ... CHL playoff race updates.
Victoria one win from moving on ... Barberio in the running for Top Defenseman ... Jung and Tokarski give their teams much-needed victories ... and of course, a Yogi Svejkovsky sighting.
BCHL Playoffs â€“ Island Division Finals â€“ Game 3
Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ Cowichan Valley Capitals 1
Victoria leads Best of 7 series 2-1
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 22-41-63, 98 PIM
Top-seeded Victoria takes Game 3 on the Capitalsâ€™ home ice. Courtnallâ€™s got a little work to do here in the post-season. Last season Courtnall was nearly a point-per-game player for Victoria, yet in the playoffs he only managed 5 points in 11 games. Justin is a team leader, and while heâ€™d go through a wall for his teammates, theyâ€™re going to need him to contribute on the scoresheet, too. Courtnall has just 1 even strength goal (3 total) and 8 points in 26 career BCHL playoff games.
Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 5
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 64 GP, 14-29-43, +9, 42 PIM
Barberio had his second straight 2-point night and is heating up at the right time. Moncton is now 4 points up on Cape Breton for the Atlantic Division title and both teams have 2 games left, including one against each other to end the regular season.
Montreal Juniors 3 @ Rimouski Oceanic 6
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 14-24-38, +5, 30 PIM
Rimouski is back in the win column after having their 17 game win streak snapped against Drummondville this past weekend. Cunti took a stick to the face resulting in a Rimouski power play less than a minute into the game. Rimouski scored on that power play and never looked back. The Memorial Cup hosts are firmly in second in the Telus Eastern Division with 83 points, 16 fewer than first place Quebec and well ahead of Chicoutimi's 58.
The Victoria News' Travis Patterson recently had the opportunity to sit down with Lightning draft choice and Victoria Grizzlies winger Justin Courtnall.
Q: Youâ€™ve committed to skate with the Boston University Terriers in the NCAA next season. How did that choice come about?
A: Boston had been watching me for the past couple of years. Itâ€™s a place I always wanted to go to. As a top-rated school, itâ€™s a dream for a lot of kids to go there, luckily it came through for me.
Q: What do you plan on studying?
A: I want to get into business education, but Iâ€™ll just generalize going into next year.
Q: Grizzlies part-owner Len Barrie has since become a part-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that drafted you n 2007. Did you know Len before?
A: I met him when I first came to the Grizzlies. I was pleased to hear Len bought the team, but it doesnâ€™t change anything, itâ€™s just part of hockey. Tampa (ownership) was looking to sell there team and Len was interested, people buy stuff.
For the rest of the interview, click here. (Pictured: Courtnall in the BCHL All-Star game)
Courtnall finishes regular season with another multi-point night ... Ward vs. Barberio and Tokarski vs. Fadden ... Wright gets on the scoresheet.