Tokarski, Dustin

NA Juniors Game Night: 12/19

World Junior Championships (exhibition)
Canada 4 vs. Sweden 2
W Dana Tyrell, CAN: 0-0-0
G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 8 saves on 8 shots in half a game

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.

Literally.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/16

WHL
Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Vancouver Giants 8
C James Wright, VAN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 13-16-29, +20, 14 PIM

Wright’s 13th goal of the season matched his career-high, set last year in 60 games.

Around the WHL: Spokane, playing without Dustin Tokarski while he is preparing for the WJCs with Team Canada, dropped a 3-2 decision to Medicine Hat.

Team Canada notes: Understandably, Tokarski didn't get much sleep Sunday night awaiting Canada's final decision on who would make the team (Ottawa Citizen):

Bolts Get Two on Team Canada

TSN.ca is announcing Team Canada's final roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship, and for the first time two Lightning draftees will be on the squad.

Two-way winger/center Dana Tyrell of the WHL's Prince George Cougars, a 2007 2nd round draft choice, is one of just 12 forwards named to the team. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski, a 2008 fifth round pick from Spokane of the WHL, is one of two goalies, joining Tri-City's Chet Pickard.

A character forward known for his work ethic, physical play, and scoring, Tyrell currently leads Prince George with 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points in 30 games. The 19 year old nicknamed "Whiskers" also serves as captain of the Cougars.

Tokarski leads the WHL in save percentage (.938) and shutouts (4) and is second in goals against average (1.97) to Vancouver's Jamie Tucker, who has now played in the minimum amount of games to be counted among that category's leaders.

The Lightning have not had a draftee on Team Canada since Brad Richards in 1999-2000.

Tampa Bay joins St. Louis, L.A., and Buffalo as the only NHL teams to place multiple prospects on the team.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/12

Canada WJC Selection Camp Red-White Game
White 6 vs. Red 3
W/C Dana Tyrell, Red: 0-0-0
G Dustin Tokarski, White: 18 saves on 20 shots

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 ...

N.A. Juniors Game Night 12/9: Tokarski Blanks Bruins

WHL
Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 6
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 8-6-0-3, 2.75 GAA, .908 sv%, 2 shutouts

Jung go the night off and watched from the bench as Cam Lanigan stopped 18 shots for the win. The Oil Kings (15-17-1-3) sit in 5th in the Central Division, three points back of Kootenay. Edmonton is 10-8-0-3 since Jung joined the club.

Spokane Chiefs 1 @ Chilliwack Bruins 0
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 23 saves, shutout
Season totals: 27 GP, 16-9-0-2, 1.97 GAA, .938 sv%, 4 shutouts

Tokarski re-gained a share of the CHL shutout lead by stopping 23 shots for a close win over Chilliwack. Tokarski and Lethbridge’s Juha Metsola (undrafted) both have four shutouts in the WHL, and Windsor’s Andrew Engelage (undrafted) has four in the OHL.

This was the last game before Tokarski joins Team Canada WJC hopefuls in Ottawa on Thursday.

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