Namestnikov, Vladislav

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-25-12

OHL

(W1) London Knights 4 @ (W3) Kitchener Rangers 2
Western Conference Finals – London wins best of 7 series 4-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM (
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 3-10-13, +8, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Vladislav Namestnikov had two assists and former Lightning camper Seth Griffith scored the Knights’ final two goals to lead London to a 4-2 Game 4 win and a sweep of the Kitchener Rangers. London will now await the winner of Niagara and Ottawa to find out their opponent for the OHL Finals. Niagara is currently up 3-1 in games. London defenseman Olli Maata had a goal and two helpers tonight and he could be seeing his stock rising in the upcoming draft. Maatta is expected to go in the 10-20 range. At least one mock draft had him at eight. Maatta has five goals and 19 points in 14 games for London in the post-season. He had 32 points in 58 regular season games.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-24-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ (8) Chicoutimi Sagueneens 5 (OT)
Semifinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-1

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, -1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing), 2 Hits
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 9-4-13, +8, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Shocker! Etienne Brodeur (undrafted) scroed at 7:26 of overtime for the Sags, handing Saint John their first loss of the playoffs. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier scored his ninth goal of the playoffs in the game, a go-ahead score with just over three minutes to play. Chicoutimi tied the game under a minute later to force overtime. Game 4 is Thursday in Chicoutimi. Saint John leads the series, 2-1.

OHL

(W3) Kitchener Rangers 2 @ (W1) London Knights 5
Western Conference Finals – London leads best of 7 series 3-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM (
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 3-8-11, +8, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Likely 2012 first round defenseman Olli Maata had two goals for London, leading the Knights to a 5-2 home win and a commanding 3-0 series lead over division-rival Kitchener. Maata could be a target of the Lightning this summer. Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov had his five game point streak come to an end. London chased Ducks second rounder John Gibson from the Kitchener nets by scoring four goals in just over a period of play. London can close out the series at The Aud in Kitchener on Wednesday.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-22-12

QMJHL

(8) Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 5
Semifinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM, 2 Hits
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 8-4-12, +9, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist to lead Saint John to their 10th straight playoff win, 5-2 over Chicoutimi. Gauthier tied for the team lead in shots. He has at least one point in seven of his last eight games and eight of 10 overall. Game 3 is Tuesday in Quebec. In the other QMJHL semifinal, Rimouski leads Halifax, 2-0.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 6 @ (W3) Kitchener Rangers 4
Western Conference Finals – London leads best of 7 series 2-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (check to the head)
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 3-8-11, +7, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London scored four times in the third period to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 win. The Knights’ final goal was scored into an empty net. Namestnikov teamed with former Lightning camper Seth Griffith to score the game-tying goal while shorthanded. The assist extended Namestnikov's point streak to five games. Griffith was named the game’s first star. The teams will drive an hour west to London for Game 3 on Tuesday. In the series opposite this one, Ottawa and potential Lightning draft pick Cody Ceci won Game 2 to tie their sereis with Niagara, 1-1.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-19-12

OHL

(W3) Kitchener Rangers 2 @ (W1) London Knights 3 (OT)
Western Conference Finals – London leads best of 7 series 1-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 3-7-10, +6, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Defenseman Tyler Ferry (undrafted) scored his first of the playoffs on the first shot of overtime as London topped division rival Kitchener 3-2 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov had the secondary assist on the overtime winner. Ducks pick and former University of Michigan commit John Gibson had 45 saves for Kitchener, including 23 of 24 in the third period when the Knights were pushing for the equalizing goal. London outshot Kitchener 48-22 overall. With his assist, Namestnikov extended his point streak to five games. He has seven points during the streak. Game 2 is Saturday at The Aud in Kitchener.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-14-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 3 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede 2 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox got another night off as the Storm, who were playing in their last regular season game, prepare for the playoffs.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 5 @ (W5) Saginaw Spirit 5
Western Conference Semifinals – London wins best of 7 series 4-2

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 3-6-9, +5, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London closed out their conference semifinal series against Saginaw with a 5-3 road win. London is likely breathing a sigh of relief as the series was much closer than the 4-2 final game tally. London was down two games to one heading back to Michigan and got a big road win. Then Namestnikov made a strong individual effort in overtime of Game 5 to score the game winner and give London a pivotal win. Namestnikov has four points in his last two games after taking some criticism from the London fanbase for failing to make his mark early in the series. The Knights will await the winner of the Kitchener-Plymouth series. Plymouth leads 3-2 after shutting out the Rangers on Saturday.

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