North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/28/11

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.7 Guelph Storm 7 @ No.2 Saginaw Spirit 3
Guelph leads best of seven series 2-1

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

Richard Panik had two assists and Michael Latta and Taylor Beck both had two goals as Guelph scored a huge playoff road win over Saginaw to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Thursday in Guelph. (OHL photo)

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/27/11

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.2 Saginaw Spirit 3 @ No.7 Guelph Storm 2
Best of seven series tied 1-1

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, check to the head)
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 6 PIM

Panik’s first career playoff goal gave Guelph a 2-0 first period lead and the Storm never looked back, winning at home in Game 2, 6-2. Game 3 is Monday in Michigan.

WHL

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 5
Saskatoon leads best of seven series 2-0

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2 +3, 2 PIM

Yes, you read that right. On a team full of stars, Teigan Zahn was First Star tonight for Saskatoon in their Game 2 win over Prince Albert. Zahn is now at a point-per-game pace for the playoffs. Sure, it’s just two games, but Zahn, a rugged defenseman known more for his fists and leadership, is a PPGer officially. Game 3 is Wednesday in Prince Albert.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/26/11

USHL

Fargo Force 3 @ Tri-City Storm 0
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 20-33-53, +26, 24 PIM

Mullin had five points in his last three games coming into Saturday night’s game, but he’s probably fine “only” walking away with a much-needed win.

QMJHL

QMJHL First Round – Game 2

No.12 Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 3 (OT)
Gatineau leads best of seven series 2-0

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

Janosik (pictured) had a power play assist in the first period. Gatineau led 2-0 before allowing two third period goals to the Oceanic. Tye McGinn (Flyers) scored in overtime for the Olympiques. Game 3 is Tuesday in Rimouski.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2

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

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO

Top-seeded Owen Sound is a Game 1 overtime goal away from being down 2-0 to eighth-seeded London. The Knights scored three second period goals and Michael Houser (2011) stopped 52 shots in the win. Game 3 is Tuesday in Owen Sound.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Tri-City Americans 5
Tri-City leads best of seven series 2-0

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

TC held their one goal lead throughout the third period to win the game and take a 2-0 series lead. Emotions ran high as there was a full line brawl, including goalies, when the final horn sounded. Game 3 is Tuesday in Vancouver.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2

No.7 Prince George Cougars 4 @ No.2 Kelowna Rockets 7
Kelowna leads best of seven series 2-0

RW Brett Connolly, PG: Did not play (injured - shoulder)
Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Connolly left Game 1 in the first period with an apparent shoulder injury. He did not dress for Game 2. The Tampa Tribune reported Connolly has a shoulder separation, but Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he was unsure how long Connolly would be out. PG had a 4-2 lead in Game 2 before Kelowna exploded for the game’s final five goals, including four in the third period. Game 3 is Tuesday in Prince George.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2

Spokane Chiefs 5 @ Chilliwack Bruins 0
Spokane leads best of seven series 2-0

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

Johnson didn’t hit the scoresheet but that didn’t hold the Chiefs back as they won big in Chilliwack, 5-0. Game 3 is Wednesday in Spokane. The series will follow a 2-3-1-1-1 format.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 8
Saskatoon leads best of seven series 1-0

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

Saskatoon had no problem with the Raiders in Game 1, winning handily, 8-1. Matej Stransky (2011) had a goal and three assists for the Blades. Game 2 is Sunday.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/25/11

QMJHL

QMJHL First Round – Game 1

No. 12 Rimouski Oceanic 0 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 6
Gatineau leads best of seven series 1-0

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

Rimouski actually outshot Gatineau 25-22. Janosik earned his eighth career playoff point with an assist. He had five goals and two assists in nine games for Gatineau last postseason.

QMJHL First Round – Game 2

No.15 Halifax Mooseheads 0 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 6
Montreal leads best of seven series 2-0

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +4, 2 PIM

Landry was scoreless as Montreal put a beating on Halifax in Quebec. Game 3 is Tuesday in Nova Scotia.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.7 Guelph Storm 2 @ No.2 Saginaw Spirit 3
Saginaw leads best of seven series 1-0

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

Guelph had a 2-1 lead entering the third period on the road but gave up two goals in the middle of the final stanza to drop Game 1, 3-2. Game 2 is Sunday in Guelph. Panik was on the ice for the game winner.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.8 London Knights 2 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3 (OT)
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 1-0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO

As expected, Jordan Binnington got the start for the Attack. Panthers prospect Garrett Wilson scored the overtime winner, his second of the game for Owen Sound. Game 2 is Sunday in London. Schemitsch is listed as day-to-day.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.5 Vancouver Giants 1 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 2 (OT)
Tri-City leads best of seven series 1-0

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ashton scored on the power play with just 2.2 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Ams a Game 1 win over the Giants. He threw the puck at the net from the corner and it banked in off Vancouver goaltender Mark Segal (undrafted), who stopped 44 shots in the loss. TC outshot Vancouver 27-9 in the third period. Game 2 is Saturday in Washington. This was only Ashton’s second career playoff goal. He had one in 11 games two years ago for Lethbridge and none in 19 games for Lethbridge the year before that. It’s safe to say he’s improved a lot since then. (TC Americans photo)

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.7 Prince George Cougars 1 @ No.2 Kelowna Rockets 4
Kelowna leads best of seven series 1-0

RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Connolly, the Cougars’ captain, left the game early with an apparent shoulder injury after being hit by Rockets forward Mitchell Callahan. PG is calling it an "upper body injury" and not giving details, which is not a surprise at this time of the year. Kelowna scored three times in the third period to take Game 1. Game 2 is Saturday in Kelowna.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Game 1

No.3 Spokane Chiefs 3 @ No.6 Chilliwack Bruins 2 (OT)
Spokane leads best of seven series 1-0

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

Johnson scored the game-tying goal in the third period then earned an assist on Darren Kramer’s (undrafted) overtime winner as the Chiefs took Game 1 in Chilliwack, 3-2. Kramer had two goals in the game after only scoring seven times during the season. Spokane peppered Chilliwack goaltender Lucas Gore (undrafted) with 63 shots, including 23 in the second period. Game 2 is Saturday in Chilliwack because of a women’s basketball tournament in Spokane. The series will go 2-3-1-1-1. Johnson’s goal was his 14th career playoff score.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/24/11

QMJHL

QMJHL First Round – Game 1

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Montreal Juniors 5
Montreal leads best of seven series 1-0

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

Landry’s sixth career playoff goal was the first for the Juniors this postseason and tied Game 1 between Halifax and Montreal at one. Landry’s goal sparked a five-goal outburst by the Juniors, who allowed two late goals to Halifax. Game 2 is Friday. Landry had three postseason goals last season with Drummondville in 14 games. He had two with the Volts in their Memorial Cup run under Guy Boucher in 2008-09.

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