Johnson, Tyler

North American Juniors Game Night: 5/2/11

WHL

Western Conference Finals

No.1 Portland Winterhawks 6 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3
Portland wins best of seven series 4-2

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 9 PIM

Spokane certainly had their leads and chances in this series, but it’s the Portland Winterhawks who are moving on to the WHL Finals. Monday night in Washington the Chiefs scored first again, and had a 2-0 lead 3:32 into the game but Portland scored the game’s next three goals and finished it with three more in the third period to win handily. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson was scoreless in the final game of his junior career. To say the overager had an outstanding year would be an understatement, as he led the WHL in goals scored, was second in points, and was the Western Conference Player of the Year. He earned an entry level contract from Tampa Bay in the process. His playoffs were mired by a head injury and suspension, but he still finished at a point-per-game. Johnson will no doubt be in Tampa Bay’s prospect camp(s) the next time we see him and he’s likely to begin next year with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/30/11

WHL

Western Conference Finals

No.2 Spokane Chiefs 2 @ No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3
Portland leads best of seven series 3-2

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 9 PIM

Johnson scored on a wrist shot on a partial breakaway 59 seconds into the game to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead, but didn’t score again until the mid-third to cut a 3-1 deficit to 3-2. Spokane couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 3-2 in the game and now trail 3-2 in the series. The Winterhawks can close it out and move on to meet Kootenay by winning Game 6 Monday in Spokane. Game 5 highlights are on www.whl.ca.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/29/11

QMJHL Semifinals

No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ No.4 Quebec Remparts 3
Quebec leads best of seven series 3-2

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 3-4-7, -5, 10 PIM

Gatineau staved off elimination after losing the last three games of the series by beating Quebec in Quebec City 5-3 Friday. Game 6 is Sunday in Gatineau.

WHL

Western Conference Finals

No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 8
Best of seven series tied 2-2

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 6-7-13, +3, 9 PIM

Thrashers prospect Levko Koper had a natural hat trick and four points and Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson had a goal and three points to lead Spokane to a big 8-3 home win over Portland. Koper was a seventh round selection of Atlanta in 2009. This game got predictably rough in the third period, but only one fighting major occurred. Game 5 is back in Portland Saturday night.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/27/11

OHL

Western Conference Finals

No.4 Windsor Spitfires 4 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 10
Owen Sound wins best of seven series 4-1

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 0-10-10, +6, 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

Owen Sound got three assists from Geoffrey Schemitsch and three goals from Matt Petgrave (2011) to crush Windsor 10-4 and win the Wayne Gretzky Trophy as Western Conference champions. That title earns the Attack not only a match-up with Bobby Orr Trophy champion Mississauga for the OHL championship, but because the Majors are Memorial Cup hosts and have an automatic bid to that tournament, Owen Sound earns an invitation too as – at minimum – the OHL’s second best team. In Game 5 with Windsor the Spits had 1-0 and 2-1 leads and the game was just 4-2 Attack entering the third period. Owen Sound got two quick goals in the third and then added four more, including three power play goals. Two of Schemitsch’s assists were with the man advantage. Jack Campbell let in all 10 goals for Windsor.

WHL

Western Conference Finals

No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 2 (OT)
Portland leads best of seven series 2-1

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 5-5-10, +2, 0 PIM

Portland Rookie Brendan Leipsic scored his second goal of the playoffs at 7:44 of overtime to lead the Winterhawks to a 3-2 Game 3 win and take back home ice advantage in the series. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson had an assist and was on the ice for both of Spokane’s goals. Spokane outshot Portland 43-32 in the match and had a 31-16 shot advantage after two periods. Reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week Mac Carruth (Blackhawks) was strong between the pipes for Portland. Game 4 is Friday in Spokane. Kootenay swept Medicine Hat and awaits the winner of Portland-Spokane.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/24/11

WHL

Western Conference Finals

No.2 Spokane Chiefs 1 vs. No.1 Portland Winterhawks 2
Best of seven series 1-1

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 5-4-9, E, 0 PIM

After defeating the top-seeded Winterhawks 2-1 in Game 1, Spokane was looking to take a stranglehold on the series Sunday and took a 1-0 lead late in the first period, but Portland replied less than 30 seconds later to tie the game and eventually win it on a second period power play goal. Ryan Johansen (Blue Jackets) scored the winner for Portland. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson was scoreless in his return to the Chiefs lineup. He was suspended for Game 1 for a kneeing major taken in the last game of the Tri-City series. Spokane outshot Portland 13-5 in the final period to try to get the game tying goal, but were turned away by Mac Carruth (Blackhawks). Portland outshot Spokane 20-5 in the second period. Game 3 is Wednesday in Spokane. The series will follow a traditional 2-2-1-1-1 format.

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