North American Juniors

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-26-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4
QMJHL First Round
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Saint John held serve at home, winning Game 2, 4-2. Joseph had two more points for the Sea Dogs, both coming late in the third period. Game 3 is Tuesday in the Titan’s barn.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3
QMJHL First Round
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan averted disaster by evening the series in Game 2 with a 3-2 win after falling behind 2-0 early. Yan started on the second line and scored the Catarctes’ first goal. Game 3 is Tuesday in Sherbrooke.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Kingston leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 16/29 FO
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM

The Gens couldn’t come close to Kingston for the second straight game, losing 7-3 in Game 2. Oshawa has been outscored 13-3 in the series thus far. Carolina third rounder Warren Foegele had four goals for the Fronts. Game 3 is Tuesday in Oshawa.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 6
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Kitchener leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor blew an early 3-0 lead in Game 1 and relinquished a 3-1 lead in Game 2 and now find themselves down 2-0 in the series. Game 3 is Monday in Windsor.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 2
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Moose Jaw leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM

Moose Jaw took a commanding 2-0 series lead on the road with a 4-2 win Saturday in Prince Albert. Point scored in the middle of the third period to move Moose Jaw from a 3-2 to 4-2 lead. Game 3 is Monday in Moose Jaw.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-25-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4
QMJHL First Round
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph returned after missing a handful of games and scored a goal, and Boko Imama returned after a 1-game suspension, helping the Sea Dogs to a Game 1 win over the Titan. Game 2 is Saturday.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2
QMJHL First Round
Sherbrooke leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Sherbrooke stole home ice advantage away from the second-seeded Cataractes with a 3-2 win in Game 1. Shawinigan outshot the Phoenix, 32-31. Game 2 is Saturday.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 0 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Kingston leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM

The young Generals were outmatched by the top-seeded Fronts, losing 6-0. Canes prospect Roland McKeown had two goals for Kingston. Game 2 is Saturday.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ North Bay Battalion 2
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
North Bay leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 8-32-40, +24, 50 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 5-19-24, +1, 46 PIM

The teams traded first period goals with the Petes opening the series scoring. North Bay was outshot in the third period, 8-6, but scored the only goal. Masin was playing his first OHL playoff game after missing last year’s postseason. Spencer played the 17th postseason game of his career. Game 2 of the series is Sunday.

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Erie Otters 5
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 20-19-39, -3, 14 PIM

Erie had a 5-0 lead before the midway point of the game and coasted to a convincing Game 1 win. Stephens was held without a shot. Erie outshot the Spirit 36-16 despite only registering three shots in the third period. They outshot Saginaw 19-3 in the opening period. Game 2 is Sunday.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 2
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Moose Jaw leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM

Moose Jaw won in its first playoff appearance since 2012, and Brayden Point was first star with a goal and two assists Friday against Prince Albert in Game 1. Noah Gregor (2016) had two goals for the Warriors. Game 2 is Saturday. (Moose Jaw Warriors photo)

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-24-16

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 5 @ Kitchener Rangers 6 (OT)
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Kitchener leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor blew an early 3-0 lead and had to fight to force overtime, but there’s no benefit to overtime points in the playoffs. Kitchener’s Brandon Robinson (undrafted) scored his second goal of the game at 2:39 of overtime to give the Rangers Game 1.

Juniors Game Night: 3-20-16

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Oshawa Generals 2

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: Did not play
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

The Gens kept a lot of their regulars out of the lineup in preparation for the playoffs. Oshawa will play top-seeded Kingston in the first round.

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Sarnia Sting 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor heads into the postseason with a win after beating Sarnia. The Spits will play the Rangers in the first round.

Juniors Game Night: 3-19-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph remains out with an injury and Imama may have been suspended for words said to an official Friday night that earned him a misconduct. Saint John’s next game will be in their first round series against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 7 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6 (SO)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan had two assists and Brendan Gignac (2016) had a hat trick for Shawinigan, but the Cataractes lost in a shootout to the Armada. Shawinigan is the No. 2 seed for the playoffs in the Q and will face Sherbrooke in Round 1. Yan finished the year with 12 points (4 goals) in his last 22 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Niagara IceDogs 4 (OT)

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 57 GP, 8-32-40, +24, 50 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 60 GP, 5-19-24, +1, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Peterborough gave up two goals in the second half of the third period, but prevailed in overtime. Peterborough will find out its first round opponent after the regular season ends tomorrow. The Petes have completed their schedule.

Sarnia Sting 6 @ Saginaw Spirit 4

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 9/17 FO
Season totals: 39 GP, 20-19-39, -3, 14 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Saginaw had a 4-1 lead after two periods, then gave up five in the final frame. Flyers pick Travis Konecny had two goals and three assists. The Spirit will play top-seeded Erie in the first round. It doesn’t look to be a long series.

Western Hockey League

Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point surpassed last year’s point total in 12 fewer games with two assists Saturday night. His career high is 91 points, set in his draft year in 72 games. He did set a new best in plus/minus, however. As for the Warriors, with the win they stay out of the wild card spot and will face Prince Albert as the third seed in the East Division.

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 10

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 74 GP, 8-20-28, -35, 50 PIM
With Vancouver: 60 GP, 8-17-25, -25, 40 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas’ season ended with a dud as the Giants were crushed in Kelowna, 10-1. Thomas could join AHL Syracuse on a tryout contract and at least practice with the club to get further evaluation. Syracuse is pretty full at defense at the moment, and especially on the right side. Thomas is up for a contract this spring.

United States Hockey League

Fargo Force 2 @ Omaha Lancers 3

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 30 GP, 12-14-4, 2.81 GAA, .906 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Omaha broke an 0-8-2 streak with a win over Luke Witkowski’s former team. They are sixth of eight teams in the Western Conference. The regular season ends April 10.

Waterloo Black Hawks 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 0-25-25, -7, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 9 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

The Saints are three points behind Cedar Rapids for first in the Eastern Conference.

Juniors Game Night: 3-18-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Imama had one minor penalty and two misconducts, one for “abuse of officials.” He’s on a short leash since his suspension earlier in the year for abuse of officials. Joseph remains out injured. The Sea Dogs finish the regular season Saturday in Sydney against the Eagles. They’re sitting as the 3-seed overall after winning the Maritime Division.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 61 GP, 32-35-67, +8, 82 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Shawinigan had a 5-0 lead after two periods and coasted to a 5-2 win over Sherbrooke. The Cataractes have one game left in the regular season. They are currently two points ahead of Saint John for the league’s 2-seed.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 0 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/15 FO
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

The Fronts took the Gens behind the woodshed Friday to the tune of a 7-0 win. With Hamilton’s loss, Oshawa clinched the final playoff spot in the East. They’ll face Kingston in Round 1.

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Saginaw Spirit 1

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 62 GP, 16-26-42, +14, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/21 FO
Season totals: 38 GP, 20-19-39, -1, 14 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens scored his 20th goal of the season in 38 games, but it wasn’t near enough for the struggling Spirit to beat the Spits. Saginaw will be the 8-seed in the West, Windsor the 5-seed.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 56 GP, 8-32-40, +25, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 59 GP, 5-19-24, E, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

The Steelheads scored twice in the third period to break a 3-3 tie with Peterborough. Mississauga caught the Petes as the 6-seed in the West.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 19 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 35-51-86, +22, 34 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point nearly matched his season total for penalty minutes in one period as he had a minor for holding, then an instigator, fighting major, and 10-minute misconduct (Note: Misconduct minutes don't count toward season total). Moose Jaw had the game tied 2-2 at one point. The Warriors are tied with Regina for third in the division – and the first Wild Card spot. Regina and Swift Current were headed to overtime at the time of this posting.

Kelowna Rockets 5 @ Vancouver Giants 3

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 73 GP, 8-19-27, -32, 50 PIM
With Vancouver: 59 GP, 8-16-24, -22, 40 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Preds pick Justin Kirkland scored his 29th goal of the season to pace the Rockets.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 1 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 0-25-25, -7, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

The Saints scored four times in the second half of the third period turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 win.

Juniors Game Night: 3-17-16

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 6

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 61 GP, 16-26-42, +14, 103 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto snapped a 6-game pointless streak with an assist on Windsor’s opening goal. The game served as a preview of the clubs’ first round playoff series against each other. The Rangers have home ice for the series.

United States Hockey League

Bloomington Thunder 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 0-25-25, -8, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

The Saints scored four times in the second half of the third period turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 win.

Juniors Game Night: 3-16-16

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Mississauga Steelheads 3 (OT)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 11/22 FO, *Third Star*
Season totals: 60 GP, 21-36-57, -14, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli scored the game-tying goal with just over eight minutes left in regulation, and added an assist to help Oshawa to a road win in Mississauga. The Gens are four points ahead of Hamilton for the last playoff spot in the East with two games remaining for both clubs.

Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 15/30 FO
Season totals: 37 GP, 19-19-38, E, 14 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens scored the game-winning goal with 37 seconds left in regulation to lift the Spirit to a rare road win. Speedy Bruins first rounder Zach Senyshyn scored two goals to give him 45 on the year. Saginaw has clinched the No. 8 spot in the West and will play London or Erie in the first round.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 35-51-86, +22, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Moose Jaw pulled within three points of the Raiders for second place in the East Division. The two teams will likely meet in the first round of the playoffs.

Juniors Game Night: 3-15-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 1 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2 (OT)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Reilly Pickard (2016) stopped 34 of 35 shots in a Titan overtime victory over Saint John. Mathieu Joseph continues to miss time with an injury. The Sea Dogs have already clinched their division but are tied for the league’s 2-seed with Shawinigan. The regular season ends this weekend.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 2 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 8-32-40, +27, 44 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 58 GP, 5-19-24, -2, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Peterborough overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the visiting Colts, 4-2. Masin hit 40 points for the season. He’s on a 6-game point streak. The Petes are in the 5-spot in the East with two games remaining.

NCAA Game Night: 3-13-16

Lake Superior State Lakers 0 @ No. 16 Minnesota State Mavericks 3
MSU wins best-of-3 WCHA Quarterfinals, 2-1

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, -1, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

The Mavericks finally solved Gordon Defiel, who had a 57-save shutout in Game 2, and eliminated the Lakers with a 3-0 shutout win of their own Sunday. Colorado native Cole Huggins (undrafted) had 22 saves for Minnesota State. The second-seeded Mavs will play the 3-seed, Bowling Green, in the WCHA semifinals.

*USCHO poll used

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