Helenius, Riku

CHL Game Night 10/17: Helenius Comes Back to Earth

Seattle Thunderbirds 2 @ Chilliwack Bruins 6
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Loss, 14 saves on 17 shots, Pulled in first period.

Helenius, the WHL goaltending leader in GAA and Save Percentage entering the game, was pulled just after the 15 minute mark of the first period with the T-Birds down 3-0. Jacob DeSerres came in and stopped 30 of 33 shots in relief as Chilliwack peppered Seattle with 50 shots. The Bruins, who are 7-1-1-1 in their second year of existence, held 19-4 and 36-9 shots-on-goal advantages after the first and second periods. The Thunderbirds managed just 15 shots in the fight-filled game.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Regina Pats 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM

Fadden had a rare scoreless game. He had minor penalties for holding and roughing. The 'Canes have lost four in a row.

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 1
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM

A quiet night for Tyrell on the stat sheet, but that’s 3 wins in 4 games for the Cougars on their eastern road trip so far. They began the trip with a 1-6-0-0 record.

CHL, BCHL Stat Update: 10/15

CHL, BCHL stats for Lightning prospects as of October 14, 2007.

Key (Skaters): Games Played, Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus, Penalties in Minutes.
Key (Goalies): Wins-Losses-Overtime Losses-Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts.

CHL, BCHL Game Night 10/13: Stars Abound

WHL
Kamloops 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 2
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, 25 saves on 26 shots, *First Star*

One night after Helenius earned Second Star honors, he gets the First Star for Seattle against Kamloops.

Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Spokane Chiefs 2
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Loss, 25 saves on 27 shots, *Third Star*

Even after a great week from Kristofer Westblom and no Sunday game, Jung got the start against the (pre-game) 5-1-1-1 Chiefs and nearly pulled off a win while earning Third Star honors. Jung had good numbers against the Chiefs last season.

CHL, BCHL Game Night 10/12: Riku An Offensive Threat?

Strong nights for Helenius, Crowley, and Tyrell in leading their respective teams to wins.

Game results on the flip.

CHL Game Night 10/6: Quiet Night for Lightning Prospects

WHL
Brandon Wheat Kings 5 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

After a five game point streak to start the season, Fadden has gone two games with no points. He was slated to move off of a line with 06-07 91-point scorer Zach Boychuk and onto a line with Yashar Farmanara, who came to Lethbridge with Fadden from Seattle two seasons ago. Boychuk and Fadden both have 9 points this year.

Everett Silvertips 5 @ Portland Winter Hawks 3
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM

Everett and Portland traded road wins to start the weekend. Crowley had minor and double-minor penalties for roughing.

Swift Current Broncos 6 @ Prince George Cougars 1
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

The Cougars are now 1-5-0-0 on the year and get to play WHL powerhouse Calgary Sunday.

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 3 (SO)
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did Not Play
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did Not Play

Helenius got his first night-off of the season as Seattle, somewhat remarkably, lost their 12th shootout in a row.

CHL, BCHL Game Night 10/5: Helenius Outduels Jung

WHL
Seattle Thunderbirds 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 1
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, 18 saves on 19 shots
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Loss, 20 saves on 23 shots

Helenius and Seattle got the better of Jung and Kelowna in the first of a home-and-home set between the Thunderbirds and Rockets. The teams play again tonight (Saturday) in Seattle. Helenius's 1.62 Goals Against Average is tops in the WHL among goalies playing more than one game. His .922 save percentage is top-5.

Results from Dane Crowley, Michael Ward, and Justin Courtnall on the flip.

CHL Game Night 10/2: Fadden's Streak Ends

WHL
Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 1
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Fadden saw his five game point streak to start the season come to an end. Lethbridge outshot the Broncos 28-19.

Tri-City Americans 5 @ Prince George Cougars 2
C Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, -4, 2 PIM

Tyrell tied for the team’s worst plus/minus rating at minus-4, but the Prince George Citizen called Tyrell the Cougars' unquestioned leader during the game, continually taking pucks to the net. Dana Tyrell’s younger brother, Corey, scored his second goal of the season in the loss for Prince George. Traverse City Lightning free agent Colton Yellow Horn had a goal, an assist, was a plus-3, and was named Third Star for Tri-City.

CHL, BCHL Weekend Recap

Riku Helenius and Dana Tyrell had strong showings this weekend, to say nothing of WHL goals and points leader Mitch Fadden.

(Season stats included)

CHL, BCHL Game Night: 9/22

WHL
Seattle Thunderbirds 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 3 (OT)
G Riku Helenius, SEA: OTL, 24 saves on 27 shots

Game Notes: Helenius’s first regular season game in North America was looking strong as he had a shutout through the first half of the game, but the T-Birds couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead and fell in overtime, 3-2 in Kamloops. Helenius is wearing No. 30 for Seattle.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Game Notes: With his secondary assist, Fadden helped Lethbridge to an early 2-1 lead but the Hurricanes couldn’t hang on and dropped the second of a home-and-home series with the Tigers. The Hurricanes won on Friday. Fadden has a goal and an assist in two games this year.

Feaster's Thoughts on Traverse City

Crisdotero also blogged some quotes from Lightning GM Jay Feaster today regarding the play of the team's prospects at the Traverse City tournament.

Feaster expresses disappointment at the play of goaltender Riku Helenius, citing the year he lost last season to a shoulder injury as the reason and calls Andy Rogers' tournament a mixed bag.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Feaster raves about the play of forward Radek Smolenak and admits several organizations expressed praise for Smolenak's play and lauds defenseman Mike Lundin's strong play in the tournament.

Bolt Prospects will have more on the Lightning organization's reaction to the Traverse City tournament later this week.

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