Tonight's score is almost irrelevant compared to the possible serious injury to Brad Richards.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss before Marc Denis came in and allowed 2 goals on 7 shots the rest of the way. The wheels came off shortly after Richards left the game after an awkward spill into the boards and a leg injury.
The St. Cloud Times reports Lightning prospect Luca Cunti, despite being cleared academically, is still without amateur clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse. Cunti has been practicing all season with St. Cloud State but has been unable to play for the Huskies without clearance. The Times reports his amateur status remains in question due to Cunti playing in a men's league in his native Switzerland prior to coming to North America.
The paper also says Cunti is listed among 31 forwards as candidates for the Swiss team at the upcoming World Junior Championships, though Cunti says he will not play in the tournament.
Cunti also told the Times he will make a decision about his future before Christmas if his status with the NCAA is still in limbo.
Cunti was drafted by the Chicago Steel of the USHL last spring. He could maintain amateur eligibility for the NCAA by playing in the USHL.
Chilliwack Bruins 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 4 (SO)
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, 16 saves on 19 shots.
Helenius moved to one game over .500 by stopping all 3 Chilliwack shootout attempts. Seattle outshot the Bruins 38-19 in the game, but were outshot 3-1 in overtime.
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 0
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Faddenâ€™s scoreless streak has reached 4 games and 6 of 7. The Hurricanesâ€™ 5 game win streak was snapped.
Kelowna Rockets 3 @ Regina Pats 4
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did Not Play.
Penticton Vees 7 @ Victoria Grizzlies 2
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (roughing)
Ron Hextallâ€™s son, Brett, was 1-3-4 in the game for the Vees and was named first star. Brett has committed to the University of North Dakota.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 2
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Fadden has not registered a point in 5 of his last 6 games.
Prince Albert Raiders 3 @ Prince George Cougars 2 (OT)
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Tyrell has gone scoreless in 7 of his last 10 games.
Portland Winter Hawks 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 7
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did Not Play.
Helenius will likely get the start today (Sunday) against Chilliwack.