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North American Juniors Game Night: 4/9/11

USHL

Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Fargo Force 3 (OT)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 23-37-60, +29, 26 PIM

Mullin’s assist gave him 60 points for the year, good enough to finish seventh in the league scoring race. That race was won by Mullin’s future Miami-Ohio teammate Blake Coleman (undrafted) of Indiana, who had 92 points – 17 more than anyone else in the league. No.4 Fargo’s recent stretch of sub-par play means they won’t get a first round bye in the playoffs. They’re set to meet Lincoln for a best of three series starting Friday in Fargo. All games will be played in North Dakota. Considering the Force had a better road record than at home, that might not be a good thing.

QMJHL

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 0 @ No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3
Drummondville leads best of seven series 2-0

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 6 PIM

Gatineau will go home for games three and four of the series in a 0-2 hole. Drummondville scored twice in the first period Saturday and cruised to a 3-0 win. Game 3 – a must-win game for the Olympiques – is Tuesday.

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 6 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 2
Best of seven series tied 1-1

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (roughing), 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +8, 12 PIM

Second-seeded Montreal is a Game 1 overtime goal away from being down 0-2 to eighth-seeded Lewiston in their QMJHL quarterfinals series. Olivier Dame-Malka (undrafted) scored four times Saturday to lead the MAINEiacs to a 6-2 win. Lightning prospect Charles Landry has points in consecutive games. Game 3 is Tuesday in Maine.

OHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3 @ No.6 Plymouth Whalers 2
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 2-0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

Geoffrey Schemitsch (pictured) scored his first two points of the playoffs en route to First Star honors in Game 2 as the Attack took a 2-0 lead on Plymouth in their conference semifinal series. Michael Zador, the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week, was pulled after the second period of Game 1 in favor of Scott Stajcer. Stajcer played all of Game 2 and Zador was relegated to the bleachers as a healthy scratch. Game 3 is Monday in Ontario.

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 1
Tri-City leads best of seven series 1-0

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (charging)
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 4 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, E, 0 PIM

Tri-City’s 5’8” goaltender Drew Owsley (undrafted) stopped 34 of 35 shots to steal Game 1 for the Americans and give his team home ice advantage in the series. If there was good news for Spokane, leading scorer Tyler Johnson was back on the ice after he was injured in Game 3 vs. Chilliwack. Neither Johnson nor fellow Lightning prospect Carter Ashton registered a point in Game 1. Game 2 is Sunday in Spokane.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

No.4 Kootenay Ice 3 @ No.1 Saskatoon Blades 2 (OT)
Kootenay leads best of seven series 2-0

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3 +1, 8 PIM

Saskatoon fell to 2-4 in their last six games and now find themselves with a tough uphill climb down 0-2 to fourth-seeded Kootenay going to the Ice’s home barn for the next two games. On Saturday, Kings super-prospect Brayden Schenn scored with just over a minute left in regulation for Saskatoon to tie the game, but the Ice’s Joe Antilla (undrafted) potted the overtime winner with 1:28 left in the extra session. Game 3 is Tuesday.

North American Juniors Hockey Night: 4/2/11

USHL

Indiana Ice 3 @ Fargo Force 5
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 22-36-58, +28, 26 PIM

Mullin scored shorthanded and into an empty net to give him 22 goals on the year. He also added two assists and was plus-4. Not a bad night. Fargo remains in fourth in the conference, but are two points out of second. They have two home games left next weekend before the playoffs start.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.7 Guelph Storm 4 @ No.2 Saginaw Spirit 5
Saginaw leads best of seven series 3-2

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (check to the head)
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 8 PIM

Saginaw scored the tie-breaking goal just past the half-way point of the third period and held on for a Game 5 win over Guelph. Panik was penalized for a check to the head at the 20:00 mark of the third period. Two other Guelph players were also penalized after the final horn. No Spirit players were called for an infraction at that time. Game 6 is Sunday in Guelph.

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.8 London Knights 0 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 6
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 3-2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Win, 13 saves on 13 shots in 51:26
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO

Zador, who was once a first round pick of London, got the start in the pivotal Game 5 for Owen Sound and didn’t disappoint, stopping 13 of 13 shots before leaving the game midway through the third period. It was his first career playoff win. The Attack’s usual No.1 keeper, Jordan Binnington, didn’t dress for the game. He’s been shaky this series and was pulled in favor of Zador in Game 4. There are no reports of an injury to Zador, so it’s likely he was pulled in the third period with the game out of hand to prevent an injury.

"I felt like it was just an every day game, I was comfortable," Zador told the Owen Sound Sun Times after the game. "Our team played great in front of me so I'm really happy how it turned out. I'm just going to take it day-to-day and keep playing the way I am right now."

The Knights only had 14 shots in Game 5 despite having four power plays. Game 6 is Sunday in London.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.7 Chilliwack Bruins 4 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 6
Spokane wins best of seven series 4-1

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: Did not play – injured.
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM

Johnson missed his second full game with a head injury. His Chiefs teammates were able to overcome playing without their leading scorer and eliminated the Bruins in five games. This may have been the last time the Bruins represented Chilliwack as reports state a move to Victoria is expected. Spokane will face Lightning prospect Carter Ashton and Tri-City in the next round starting next Saturday. Hopefully the week off allows enough time for Johnson to recover.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

No.8 Prince Albert Raiders 0 @ No.1 Saskatoon Blades 8
Saskatoon lead best of seven series 3-2

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2 +2, 6 PIM

After seeing their 2-0 series lead disappear at the home of eighth-seeded Prince Albert, Saskatoon made a statement in Game 5, destroying the Raiders 8-0. The Blades scored six times in the second period to break a 0-0 tie. Game 6 is Sunday in Prince Albert.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/30/11

[b][i]QMJHL[/b][/i] [b]QMJHL First Round [/b] [b] No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ No. 12 Rimouski Oceanic 3 (OT)[/b] [i]Gatineau leads best of seven series 3-1[/i] [i]D [b][url=/adam-janosik]Adam Janosik[/url][/b], GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit[/i] Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 4 PIM Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2011) scored his third goal of the series at 5:41 of overtime to lift Gatineau to a Game 4 win over Rimouski. Game 5 is Friday in Gatineau. [b] No.2 Montreal Juniors 4 @ No.15 Halifax Mooseheads 2 [/b] [i]Montreal wins best of seven series 4-0[/i] [i]D [b][url=/charles-landry]Charles Landry[/url][/b], MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, checking from behind), 3 SOG, 0 Hits[/i] Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, +6, 8 PIM Montreal made quick work of the Mooseheads, sweeping them in four games. Landry finished the series plus-6. The top four teams in the Q all swept their opponents, as did No.11 seed Victoriaville, who swept the Titan 4-0. In this new format, all teams are re-seeded in the second round, so the Juniors will play the second-lowest seed to come out; likely No.8 Lewiston, who is up 3-1 on Moncton. [i][b]WHL[/b][/i] [b]Western Conference Quarterfinals[/b] [b] No.4 Tri-City Americans 5 @ No.5 Vancouver Giants 1[/b] [i] Tri-City wins best of seven series 4-0[/i] [i]RW [b][url=/carter-ashton]Carter Ashton[/url][/b], TC: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM[/i] Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 2 PIM Carter Ashton scored his second game winning goal of the series as the Americans made a clean sweep of the Giants in their conference quarterfinal series. Vancouver, needing a win to stay alive, only registered 18 shots in the game as they went out with a whimper. Ashton’s goal came in the late first period on the power play. [b]Western Conference Quarterfinals [/b] [b] No.2 Kelowna Rockets 4 @ No.7 Prince George Cougars 2 [/b] [i] Kelowna wins best of seven series 4-0[/i] [i]RW [b][url=/brett-connolly]Brett Connolly[/url][/b], PG: Did not play (injured - shoulder) [/i] Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM The Cougars outshot the Rockets for the second straight game, but without their captain, leading scorer, and star player Brett Connolly, they couldn’t put the puck in the net enough and now are done for the year. Connolly missed all but half of a period in the series due to a shoulder separation. If he’s healthy, he can join the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL since Prince George is finished, but that’s a big “if” and Lightning GM Steve Yzerman may not want him rushing back into play to risk further injury. Despite missing a couple weeks with a knee injury, it was a successful year for Connolly, who flirted with 50 goals and played for Team Canada at the World Junior Tournament. Yzerman told the Tampa Tribune recently Connolly must get stronger if he is to play at the NHL level. Next year Connolly will either be back in Prince George or in Tampa with the Lightning as he cannot begin a season in the AHL until 2012, after he turns 20. [b]Western Conference Quarterfinals[/b] [b]No.7 Chilliwack Bruins 4 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3 (OT) [/b] [i] Spokane leads best of seven series 2-1[/i] [i]C [b][url=/tyler-johnson]Tyler Johnson[/url][/b], SPO: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM [/i] Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM Johnson had a goal and an assist, but was knocked out of the game in the second period after being elbowed by Chilliwack’s Tyler Stahl (pictured – Spokesman Review photo). Spokane had just scored to go up 3-0 when the incident occurred. Johnson, who had an assist on the goal being scored when the hit took place, is listed as questionable for Game 4. Stahl was given a major penalty and game misconduct and now faces a possible suspension. The Bruins scored the game’s next four goals. Kevin Sundher (Sabres) had both the game tying and overtime winning goals for the Bruins. Game 4 is Thursday in Spokane. The series is following a 2-3-1-1-1 format. [b]Eastern Conference Quarterfinals[/b] [b] No.1 Saskatoon Blades 3 @ No.8 Prince Albert Raiders 6[/b] [i] Saskatoon leads best of seven series 2-1[/i] [i]D [b][url=/teigan-zahn]Teigan Zahn[/url][/b], SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM[/i] Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2 +1, 2 PIM The Raiders came out flying, outshooting the Blades 22-6 in the first period, but needed a three goal third period to beat the WHL’s best team 6-3. Zahn was scoreless after his First Star award and two assists in Game 2. Brandon Herrod (undrafted) had two goals and was First Star for the Raiders. Game 4 is Thursday in Prince Albert.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/29/11

QMJHL

QMJHL First Round

No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ No.12 Rimouski Oceanic 7
Gatineau leads best of seven series 2-1

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM (hooking, slashing), 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 4 PIM

Janosik’s sixth career playoff goal wasn’t enough as Rimouski got back in the series with a big home win over Gatineau. Game 4 is Wednesday in the former home of Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, and Sidney Crosby.

No.2 Montreal Juniors 2 @ No.15 Halifax Mooseheads 0
Montreal leads best of seven series 3-0

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (interference), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +5, 4 PIM

Trevor Parkes (undrafted) broke a scoreless tie with just over a minute left in the game and Rapael Pouliot (undrafted) scored into an empty net 47 seconds later to give the Juniors a 2-0 win and commanding 3-0 series lead. Landry’s plus-5 rating is tied for second on the club in the playoffs. Game 4 is Wednesday in Halifax.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.8 London Knights 3 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 5
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 2-1

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO

He’s back! Geoffrey Schemitsch (pictured) played his first game since breaking his arm February 10. He did not register a point, but helped the Attack to an important Game 3 home win over upset-minded London. Game 4 is Thursday in London.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.4 Tri-City Americans 4 @ No.5 Vancouver Giants 0
Tri-City leads best of seven series 3-0

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM

The Ams scored once in the late second period and three more times in the third period to beat the Giants in Vancouver 4-0 and take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Ashton hasn’t registered a point since scoring the winner in overtime in Game 1. Game 4 is Wednesday in B.C.

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.2 Kelowna Rockets 7 @ No.7 Prince George Cougars 6
Kelowna leads best of seven series 3-0

RW Brett Connolly, PG: Did not play (injured - shoulder)
Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Prince George put up a good fight, outshooting Kelowna 41-29, but didn’t get the goaltending they needed and fell 7-6. Connolly, who is publicly considered day-to-day with an upper body injury (shoulder separation), has not played since the opening period of Game 1. His season and possibly junior career is now potentially one game away from being over. (Note: His junior career would be over if he made the Lightning next season. He is not eligible to begin a season in the AHL until 2012. He could join AHL Norfolk – if healthy – this season when the Cougars are finished).

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/26/11

USHL

Fargo Force 3 @ Tri-City Storm 0
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 20-33-53, +26, 24 PIM

Mullin had five points in his last three games coming into Saturday night’s game, but he’s probably fine “only” walking away with a much-needed win.

QMJHL

QMJHL First Round – Game 2

No.12 Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 3 (OT)
Gatineau leads best of seven series 2-0

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM

Janosik (pictured) had a power play assist in the first period. Gatineau led 2-0 before allowing two third period goals to the Oceanic. Tye McGinn (Flyers) scored in overtime for the Olympiques. Game 3 is Tuesday in Rimouski.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2

No.1 Owen Sound Attack 1 @ No.8 London Knights 5
Best of seven series tied 1-1

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO

Top-seeded Owen Sound is a Game 1 overtime goal away from being down 2-0 to eighth-seeded London. The Knights scored three second period goals and Michael Houser (2011) stopped 52 shots in the win. Game 3 is Tuesday in Owen Sound.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Tri-City Americans 5
Tri-City leads best of seven series 2-0

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

TC held their one goal lead throughout the third period to win the game and take a 2-0 series lead. Emotions ran high as there was a full line brawl, including goalies, when the final horn sounded. Game 3 is Tuesday in Vancouver.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2

No.7 Prince George Cougars 4 @ No.2 Kelowna Rockets 7
Kelowna leads best of seven series 2-0

RW Brett Connolly, PG: Did not play (injured - shoulder)
Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Connolly left Game 1 in the first period with an apparent shoulder injury. He did not dress for Game 2. The Tampa Tribune reported Connolly has a shoulder separation, but Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he was unsure how long Connolly would be out. PG had a 4-2 lead in Game 2 before Kelowna exploded for the game’s final five goals, including four in the third period. Game 3 is Tuesday in Prince George.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2

Spokane Chiefs 5 @ Chilliwack Bruins 0
Spokane leads best of seven series 2-0

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

Johnson didn’t hit the scoresheet but that didn’t hold the Chiefs back as they won big in Chilliwack, 5-0. Game 3 is Wednesday in Spokane. The series will follow a 2-3-1-1-1 format.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 8
Saskatoon leads best of seven series 1-0

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM

Saskatoon had no problem with the Raiders in Game 1, winning handily, 8-1. Matej Stransky (2011) had a goal and three assists for the Blades. Game 2 is Sunday.

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