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AHL Playoff Game Night: 4/23/11 Admirals at Penguins

A brave Norfolk Admirals team has nothing to be ashamed about effort-wise in this playoffs.

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Wins the Series 4-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 27 shots, including an unsuccessful third period penalty shot by Joe Vitale in the third period. Considering the winning goal was essentially a 3-on-1, there's not much more Tic could've done tonight. He finishes the playoffs with 1 shutout, a 2.20 GAA, and a .924 save percentage, and he looks like a lock to be Norfolk's starter next season. In all likelihood, Cedrick Desjardins will be the backup in Tampa Bay next season, and Tokarski's play down the stretch seems to indicate he's the type of netminder who wants and needs to be the clear cut #1 in order to be at his best after struggling a bit as a tandem starter with Desjardins. He's regained the title of the Lightning's "Goaltender of the Future" and the priority for next season, his third pro season, will be for Tokarski to prove he can be that consistent #1 goalie before potentially moving up to the NHL in the 4th season of his pro career. At least, that seems to be what the plan is for Tic.

First Period
WBS Wagner, (1) (Walker, Craig), 2:13 (PP)
WBS Wagner, (2) (Potter, Walker), 3:58 (PP)
WBS Wagner, (3) (Wallace, Potter), 18:36

Second Period
NOR Pouliot, (4) (Ritola, Vernace), 14:18
NOR Jones, (1) (Ritola, Milam), 16:03 (PP)

Third Period
WBS Vitale, (2) (Wallace, Collins), 7:23
NOR Wright, (1) (Fornataro, Pouliot), 10:35 (PP)
WBS Wallace, (1) (Vitale, Potter), 18:57 (EN)
WBS Sill, (1) (Strait, Thiessen), 19:21 (EN)

Marc-Antoine Pouliot was the game's third star.

When you consider the Penguins came into this series the best team in the Eastern Conference, and the Admirals had to win their last game just to avoid having to cross over into the Atlantic Division, the Admirals have nothing to feel ashamed of in playing this series so tightly. The hard work and character of this Admirals team is worthy of mention, and the team and organization have come such a long way in 4 seasons since the Lightning started their affiliation with Norfolk.

Coincidentally, the East's crossover team, Binghamton, just knocked off Manchester in Game 7 to advance to the Atlantic Division final against Portland. One wonders what shape a Norfolk/Manchester series might have taken if Norfolk hadn't beaten Connecticut to close the regular season.

The big question now is what this Norfolk Admirals team will look like next season, with several of their older players facing contract decisions and several of the Lightning's best young prospects ticketed for Virginia next season.

Will veterans like Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Chris Durno, Mike Vernace, Mathieu Roy, and Troy Milam be back with the team next year? What about long-time pros like Blair Jones, Mike Angelidis, Mattias Ritola, and Vladimir Mihalik? Mihalik and Ritola just finished their 4th years of pro hockey and Jones and Angelidis finished their 5th. Many of these players will surely have opportunities to play in European leagues next season. We know Johan Harju will, for instance, and the question is whether Johan will stay in North America after a disappointing second half. And will Kevin Quick's time in the Lightning organization be over as well?

Conversely, the Admirals will need to free up spots for several of the Lightning's top prospects. Carter Ashton and Charles Landry have already made appearances for the club this season in the playoffs. Richard Panik and Tyler Johnson seem like locks to be in Norfolk next season, too.

Next season could be a big change for the Admirals organization, as the last vestiges of previous regimes pass on. Change is inevitable for a minor league club, but the Admirals seem destined for even more change than is the norm. The good news is that they seem to have good goaltending locked down and even better coaching after a successful inaugural campaign by Head Coach Jon Cooper and assistant Mike Flanagan along with player development consultant Steve Thomas. This group seems to have taken a decent foundation laid by earlier teams and made it even stronger this year, and that foundation can help the new Admirals grow to be even more successful than this year's edition, in time. Look at how well guys like Mark Barberio and Radko Gudas took to the league this season. It portends good things.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/19/11

OHL

Western Conference Finals

No.4 Windsor Spitfires 1 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 8
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 1-0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-6-6, +3, 2 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

A springtime snowman in Owen Sound. Andrew Shaw (undrafted) and Joey Hishon (Avalanche) each had two goals and Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch had two helpers to lead the Attack to a stomping of Windsor in the opening game of the OHL Western Conference Finals. Michael Zador did not dress for the Attack, and at the rate Scott Stajcer is going in net for Owen Sound, he likely won’t see the ice again outside of a possible trophy-carrying parade around the rink. Dallas Stars first rounder Jack Campbell allowed all eight goals for the Spits. Game 2 is Thursday in Windsor.

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.4 Tri-City Americans 4 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 5 (OT)
Spokane wins best of seven series 4-2

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 3-5-8, E, 4 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 15 PIM (major-kneeing, game misconduct)
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 5-4-9, -1, 17 PIM

Tri-City held a 3-0 lead entering the third period against an opponent whose leading scorer, Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson, was forbidden to return to the game due to a misconduct. Before the Ams could stop dreaming about a Game 6 win and 3-3 series tie, Spokane had scored four times in the first nine minutes of the period to take a one goal lead. TC needed a power play goal to send the game to overtime, but Spokane’s Levko Koper (Thrashers) scored for the Chiefs to send the club on to the conference finals against Portland beginning Friday in Oregon.

With his team eliminated, Lightning prospect Carter Ashton’s junior career is now complete. The former Lightning first rounder, who already holds an NHL contract, can join the Norfolk Admirals if the organization so chooses. Next season he’ll be competing for a spot with the big club out of camp.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/17/11

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 6
Gatineau wins best of seven series 4-2

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 2-3-5, E, 10 PIM

Gatineau won their fourth game in a row and eliminated the higher seeded Volts in the process. Adam Janosik’s second goal of the playoffs gave the Olympiques a brief 3-2 lead in the third period. Gatineau, who scored five times in the final stanza, moves on to the league semifinals to face the winner of Game 7 between No.3 Quebec and No.7 Shawinigan.

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.2 Montreal Juniors 3 @ No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 6
Lewiston wins best of seven series 4-2

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 12 PIM

Eighth-seeded Lewiston broke a 2-2 tie late in the second period and held on to defeat the second-seeded Montreal Juniors in Game 6 and advance to the league semifinals. Lightning prospect Charles Landry finished the playoffs with three points. He already holds an NHL contract, which will officially begin next year. He could join AHL Norfolk in some capacity in the coming days should the Lightning organization choose to extend his season.

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 (OT)
Spokane leads best of seven series 3-2

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 5-4-9, -1, 2 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 3-4-7, +1, 4 PIM

Lightning prospect Carter Ashton scored with just over a minute left in regulation after a timeout call to tie the game for Tri-City and send the game to overtime. Spokane’s Blake Gal came out of the penalty box in overtime and scored the game winner to give the Chiefs a 3-2 series lead. Tyler Johnson had an assist for the Chiefs. Game 6 will be in Spokane Tuesday. The winner of the series will take on Portland in the West Finals. Kootenay and Medicine Hat will battle in the East Finals.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/14/11

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 4 (2OT)
Best of seven series tied 2-2

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 5-3-8, E, 2 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 2-4-6, E, 4 PIM

Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson scored at the 12-minute mark of the third period to tie the game, but Ams defenseman Tyler Schmidt (undrafted) scored his first of the playoffs in the second overtime to give Tri-City the win and tie the series at 2. Johnson had a shorthanded goal early in the second period that gave Spokane a brief 2-0 lead. Carter Ashton had an assist for Tri-City. Game 5 will be Sunday in Spokane.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/12/11

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4
Drummondville leads best of seven series 2-1

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 8 PIM

Gatineau earned a much-needed win Tuesday at home to avoid going down 3-0 in their league quarterfinal series with the Volts. The Olympiques scored twice early in the first period and survived a Drummondville goal by likely 2011 top-5 pick Sean Couturier to hold on for the win. Game 4 is Wednesday in Gatineau.

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.2 Montreal Juniors 1 @ No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 2
Lewiston leads best of seven series 2-1

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +7, 12 PIM

Second-seeded Montreal is a Game 1 overtime goal away from being down 3-0 to eighth-seeded Lewiston in their QMJHL quarterfinals series. Etienne Brodeur, an undrafted free agent, scored with five seconds left in regulation to give the MAINEiacs the win in Game 3. Brodeur had 53 goals in 68 games this season. Game 4 is Wednesday in Maine.

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 1
Best of seven series tied 1-1

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 4 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 2 PIM

Spokane got home ice advantage back in the series by taking Game 3 on the road vs. the Americans. Both Lightning prospects were scoreless in the game. Game 4 is Thursday in Kennewick.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

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

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3 E, 8 PIM

No one saw this coming. The WHL’s top team is one game away from being swept in the second round of the playoffs. On Tuesday in Cranbrook, the Ice scored once in each period and Nathan Lieuwen (undrafted) stopped 22 shots to give Kamloops a 3-0 win. Game 4 is Wednesday at the home of the Ice.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/10/11

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 6
Best of seven series tied 1-1

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

Spokane made a strong statement in Game 2, outshooting Tri-City 40-15 and beating them handily, 6-3. The Chiefs were up 5-1 entering the third period and the Americans got a last minute power play goal to make the score look closer than it was. Tyler Johnson scored a power play goal for Spokane and fellow Lightning prospect Carter Ashton had two third period assists for TC. Senators prospect Jared Cowen had four assists for the Chiefs. The game had 89 minutes in penalties. Game 3 is Tuesday in Kennewick. Games 4 and 5 will also be at the home of the Americans.

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: 3/31/11

USHL

Des Moines Buccaneers 3 @ Fargo Force 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (holding), 2 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 20-34-54, +26, 26 PIM

Mullin has just one assist in his last three games, two of those being losses. Fargo has clinched a playoff spot despite a mediocre 13-11-3 home record. They are in fourth in the West, but are two points out of second place.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.2 Saginaw Spirit 4 @ No.7 Guelph Storm 3
Best of seven series tied 2-2

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 6 PIM

Guelph had a chance to go up 3-1 at home as underdogs in their series and held a 2-0 lead going into the second period before giving up four goals in the middle stanza. The pivotal Game 5 is Saturday in Michigan.

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.1 Owen Sound Attack 2 @ No.8 London Knights 5
Best of seven series tied 2-2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: 12 saves on 12 shots
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO

Zador entered the game down 5-1 at 8:02 of the third period and was perfect for the remainder of the game. The Knights pounded Top seeded Owen Sound is struggling with London as the series goes back to Owen Sound for Game 5 Saturday.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.7 Chilliwack Bruins 2 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4
Spokane leads best of seven series 3-1

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

Johnson missed the game due to an injury sustained when he was elbowed by Chilliwack’s Tyler Stahl in the second period of Game 3. Stahl was suspended for Thursday’s game. No timetable has been given for Johnson’s return. Spokane was able to overcome not playing with the WHL’s leading goal scorer and second leading point producer in Game 4, but unless Johnson returns, their shot at the conference and/or league titles is in jeopardy. The Bruins have their own distractions now since there are heavy rumors the team is moving to Victoria, B.C. after being sold. The Chiefs can close it out Saturday at home in Game 5.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

No.1 Saskatoon Blades 2 @ No.8 Prince Albert Raiders 5
Best of seven series tied 2-2

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (goaltender interference, roughing)
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2 +1, 6 PIM

The WHL’s top team, Saskatoon, now finds themselves tied with upstart Prince Albert 2-2 in their conference quarterfinals series. The Raiders outshot the Blades by a wide margin (41-30) for the second straight game. Game 5 is Saturday in Saskatoon.

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.
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