Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Spokane Chiefs 0
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Loss, 23 saves on 24 shots, *Second Star*
Season totals: 54 GP, 34-18-0-2, 1.97 GAA, .937 sv%, 7 shutouts
Mark Guggenberger (undrafted) stopped 22 shots for his first WHL shutout as Kelowna wraps up the Westâ€™s 3 seed with a 1-0 win in Spokane over the Chiefs. Spokane managed just 4 shots in the third period. Brandon McMillan (Anaheim) scored mid-way through the first period for the Rockets, and Tyler Myers, Tyson Barrie and the rest of the Kelowna defense made it stand up. McMillian is a forward who now plays defense. Kelowna played without three injured regulars, including center Mikael Backlund (Calgary). Spokane was missing four defensemen and a forward who was suspended.
Spokane will host 5-seed Seattle in the first round, though they have one regular season game remaining Tuesday night against Tri-City. Itâ€™s doubtful many regulars will see action in that game, including Tokarski, who should finish as the league leader in GAA, save percentage (by 16 points), shutouts (tie), and shootouts (86%).
Fadden Team Co-MVP
Mitch Fadden and Predators pick Chet Pickard were named team co-MVPs by the Tri-City Americans during their team awards Sunday night. Fadden also took home the U.S. Cellular Three Stars award. Unofficially, Fadden had 9 first stars, 5 seconds, and 3 thirds.
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.
A quick update for anyone interested in upcoming prospect graduations...
Karri Ramo needs just 6 more decisions to graduate from prospect status according to our site's criteria.
Matt Smaby needs just 11 more games this season to graduate.
Noah Welch needs just 13 more games this season to graduate.
The Lightning have exactly 13 games remaining on their schedule. Bolt Prospects will issue its Final Rankings for the 2008-2009 season following the conclusion of all prospects' playoff seasons, and with prospects like Dustin Tokarski, James Wright, and Luca Cunti possibly poised to make some deep runs, it may be a while. Expect significant changes at the top of the list, though, with two of the only four prospects ever to hold the #1 spot (Stamkos and Downie being the other two) on our rankings likely to graduate by year's end. And then there's the playoffs...
It should be fun.
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.