Will Cuylle earned the game's second-star game honors as his Windsor Spitfires spanked Brennan Othmann's Flint Firebirds 7-0. This one wasn't a contest as Cuylle's team jumped on them for an early shorthanded goal just 2:31 into the game.
The goal scored by Cuylle was interesting as he was skating away from the goal towards the sideboards when he fired a shot that beat Flint's goalie to give his Windsor a team they were never in danger of losing. It was Cuylle's 10 goal of the season, his third game-winning goal, and second shorthanded one.
Cuylle would pick up a secondary assist on Windsor's second goal of the game to complete his scoring. Flint's Brennan Othmann's night looked like this despite scoring: five shots with a -2 and an interference minor.
Cuylle's night looked like this: 1-1-2 on five shots with a +2 and 3-1 on faceoffs.
|Dylan Garand (Kamloops Blazers)|
Garand got some serious support from his teammates as they limited the Thunderbirds to just seven shots in the first period, 11 shots in the second, and 12 in the third. The only Garand goal that gave up came on a Thunderbird's power-play.
Garand posted his WHL leading 12th win (12-2 overall) while lowering his goals against to 1.79 (4th), improving his save percentage to 0.929 (third) along with two shutouts. Outstanding play in a league with some very outstanding goalkeepers.
As for Matt Rempe, just like his teammates, there was little that they could do against a very hot goalie. Rempe took two shots and was a -2 with a charging minor and an 8-8 record on faceoffs.
|Evan Vierling (OHL Images)|
Vierling improved to 5-8-13 on a 0-1-1 on 1 shot with a -1 and was 8-5 on faceoffs.
Brett Berard had a primary assist as his 11th-ranked Providence Friars shut out Vermont 2-0 in Hockey East action. Berard earned the primary assist on the Friars' second goal as he was 0-1-1 on two shots to improve to 8-7-15 on the season.
Hank Kemp was scoreless on three shots with a +1 as his ninth-ranked Cornell "Big Red" shut out Yale 3-0.
Talyn Boyko of the Kelowna Rockets did not get the start in goal for his teams as they took on the Portland Winterhawks. But when the starter gave up four goals on 16 shots, in came Boyko at 11:53 of the first period.
Boyko shut down the Winterhawks stopping all 22 shots he faced. Portland was able to hold off Kelowna but it wasn't easy. The Final score was Portland 4 Kelowna 2. It was the opposite of Friday evening when it was Boyko who got pulled after giving up five goals.
Boyko is a likable young man who in my eyes needs help developing improved confidence in himself. You can clearly see that the skill set is already there as he has a great reaction time and glove hand.
The main problem as I see it has to do with his playing on too many teams that struggled. You might not believe this but when you play on losing teams then that is what you are used to doing. Man if this gets to the Rangers then please send goaltending consultant Jean-Ian Filiatrault out to work with Boyko.
Boyko is well worth the investment.
Ryder Korczak was held scoreless as his Moose Jaw Warriors fell to the Regina Pats 4-2. Korczak was credited for four shots and was 11-15 on faceoffs.
Simon Kjellberg was scoreless on four shots as his Rensselaer Engineers skated to an overtime tie with the Long Island University Sharks in Non-conference action.
Brody Lamb was scoreless as his Green Bay Gamblers were whipped 7-2 by the Youngstown Phantoms. Lamb was credited with one shot, a -1, and a minor for roughing
Did Not Play
Northeastern's Riley Hughes missed his fourth game as he remains out with what is being called a lower-body injury. He is viewed as "week-to-week".