Gauthier, Danick

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-9-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ (7) Rimouski Oceanic 4
QMJHL Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 3-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-0-2, E, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing), 2 Hits, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 12-7-19, +10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Danick Gauthier earned first star honors for scoring twice and Saint John moved within one win of the QMJHL championship Wednesday night with a 6-4 win in Rimouski. Gauthier’s goals gave the Sea Dogs leads of 3-1 and 5-2. Game 4 is Thursday night in Rimouski. If Saint John wins, they will claim their second-straight league championship and second-straight invitation to the Memorial Cup tournament. They won the Cup last season. This year the tournament is in Shawinigan, Quebec.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 4 @ (E1) Niagara IceDogs 1
OHL Finals – London leads best of 7 series 3-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM (closing hand on puck)
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 4-13-17, +9, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Namestnikov stretched his point streak to five games with what turned out to be the game-winning goal as London topped Niagara in St. Catherines 4-1 on Wednesday night. Undrafted yet draft eligible goaltender Michael Houser was first star for the Knights, stopping 36 of 37 shots. London was outshot 37-21 in the game. The Knights can win the OHL championship on Friday night at home. If they are successful, they will earn an invitation to the Memorial Cup.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-5-12

QMJHL

Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 3
QMJHL Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, E, 4 SOG, 0 PIM, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 10-7-17, +10, 22 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Danick Gauthier scored the game’s opening goal and Saint John made an eventual 3-0 lead stand up to defeat Rimouski 3-2 and take Game 2 of the President Cup Final series. Gauthier, who scored his 10th goal of the postseason, extended his point streak to 7 games. He has at least a point in 12 of his last 13 playoff games and in 13 of 15 overall. He is tied for seventh in the league in goals scored during the playoffs. The Sea Dogs, who outshot the visitors 32-16, are now up two games to none on the Oceanic. Game 3 is Wednesday in Rimouski.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 5 @ (E1) Niagara IceDogs 3
OHL Finals – Best of 7 series tied 1-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross checking)
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 3-12-15, +9, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London earned a huge win on Saturday to take back home ice advantage in the OHL Finals. The Knights had lost to the IceDogs in double overtime at home on Thursday. Lightning 2011 first rounder Vladislav Namestnikov had an assist in Game 2 to give him points in three straight games and eight of his last nine games. London overcame a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals in Game 2. London was outshot 42-24 in the game. Andrew Agozzino (undrafted), a 40-goal scorer in the regular season for the second-straight year, had a hat trick for Niagara. He has 11 goals in the postseason. Game 3 is back in London on Monday night.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-4-12

QMJHL

(7) Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 3 (2OT)
Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 1-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, +1, 3 SOG, 4 PIM (high sticking, roughing after the whistle), 4 Hits
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 9-7-16, +10, 22 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Minnesota first rounder Zack Phillips scored halfway through the second overtime to lift the Saint John Sea Dogs to a 3-2 win in the opening game of the 2012 President Cup Finals. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier took a team-high 30 faceoffs for the Sea Dogs. He was second on the team in hits with four and earned an assist on a goal by Thomas Jurco (Red Wings), which gave Saint John a 2-0 lead in the first period. Game 2 of the series is Saturday night in Saint John.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-28-12

QMJHL

(8) Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 4 (OT)
Semifinals – Saint John wins best of 7 series 4-1

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, E, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing), 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 9-6-15, +9, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Capitals prospect Stanislav Galiev scored in overtime – his 10th goal in 12 playoff games – to win the game and series for Saint John over Chicoutimi. The Sea Dogs continued their defense of the Memorial Cup by advancing to the QMJHL Finals, where they will face the winner of Rimouski and Halifax. The Oceanic are up 3-2 after a 9-0 home win on Friday. Saint John cruised through the first two rounds of the playoffs, but lost their first game of the postseason and needed overtime in two others to get passed the Sags. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier assisted on the game’s opening goal, which was scored on the power play.

Elsewhere, in the OHL, Niagara eliminated Ottawa on Saturday. The IceDogs will face Vladislav Namestnikov and London in the OHL Finals beginning on Thursday in London.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-26-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ (8) Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 (OT)
Semifinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 3-1

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, +1, 3 SOG, 0 PIM, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 9-5-14, +9, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Minnesota prospect Charlie Coyle scored his second goal of the game in overtime to propel the Sea Dogs to a 3-2 win over Chicoutimi on Thursday night. With the win, Saint John takes a 3-1 series lead and can advance to the QMJHL Finals with a win on Saturday in New Brunswick. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier had an assist on Jonathan Huberdeau’s (Panthers) goal, which gave Saint John a 2-1 lead in the game for all of 20 seconds.

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