North American Juniors

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-17-15

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Semifinals

East-3 Medicine Hat Tigers 3 @ East-2 Calgary Hitmen 4 (2OT)
Calgary wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 4-3 double-overtime win Friday night. The Hitmen scored on their ninth shot of the second extra session and led in shots overall, 58-55. Calgary’s Jake Virtanen (Canucks) tied the game in the final minute of regulation with a power play goal. Travis Sanheim (Flyers) won it. Calgary gets top-seeded Brandon in the conference finals.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-16-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quarterfinals

QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 5 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 2
Quebec wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 1/5 FO, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 11-3-14, +4, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec completed the four-game sweep of the Islanders, winning 5-2 Thursday night on PEI. The Remparts have now won five straight games since losing Game 6 to Cape Breton in the first round. Adam Erne’s five-game goal streak came to an end, though he had an assist. The Remparts will wait to see who they play next; the other three series are still going.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-15-15

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Semifinals

East-3 Calgary Hitmen 3 @ East-2 Medicine Hat Tigers 2 (OT)
Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary was outshot 36-21 but won the game on the scoreboard with a 3-2 overtime win. The Hitmen were outshot 6-0 in overtime before their first shot went in. Rookie Jordy Stallard scored the game-winner, his third of the playoffs. He had six goals all year. The Hitmen, who were 1 for 2 on penalty shots in Game 4, can close out the series on Friday at home.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-14-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quarterfinals

QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 5 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 2
Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/7 FO, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 11-2-13, +3, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne extended his goal-scoring streak to five games with a second period marker as the Quebec Remparts moved to within one win of eliminating the Charlottetown Islanders in their QMJHL quarterfinal series. Erne came into the game with at least two goals in his last four games played. After struggling against Cape Breton in the opening round, the Remparts seem to have found their groove. They can eliminate the Islanders Thursday.

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Semifinals

West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ West-4 Guelph Storm 2
Sault Ste. Marie wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 0-14-14, +12, 10 PIM
With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Guelph managed to stay within a goal of the Soo on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough to win the game or extend the series as the Greyhounds completed the sweep, 3-2. The Storm were down 3-0 in the game before climbing back to 3-2 on a shorthanded goal early in the third period. That was as close as they came. The Soo now moves on to take on Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters in the Western Conference Finals. The Otters swept the London Knights, 4-0, and are 8-1 overall in the playoffs. Sault Ste. Marie is 8-0. This one will be a doozy. On the other side of the bracket, Oshawa is up 2-1 on Niagara and North Bay leads Barrie, 2-1. The much-anticipated Erie-Soo match-up may not get started for a while, but should be worth the wait.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-12-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quarterfinals

QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 3 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 4 (OT)
Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 7/16 FO, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 10-2-12, +1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne scored two goals for the fourth straight game with one of the goals being the game-winner in overtime to give the Remparts a 2-0 series lead over Charlottetown. The Islanders had tied the game with just over a minute remaining in regulation. Erne, who scored at 16:19 of the extra session, has been first star in both games of the series. Game 3 is Tuesday on PEI.

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Semifinals

West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ West-4 Guelph Storm 1
Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 0-14-14, +11, 10 PIM
With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Guelph isn’t coming close to the Greyhounds on the scoreboard this series, including falling 6-1 on Sunday. The Soo has a plus-14 goal differential in the series after three games. They can eliminate the Storm in Guelph on Tuesday in Game 4.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-2 Medicine Hat Tigers 3 @ East-3 Calgary Hitmen 2 (OT)
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Medicine Hat needed overtime to beat Calgary on Sunday, winning Game 2 to tie the series at one. The Tigers got the game-winner with just over three minutes left in the first overtime. They scored on their 50th shot. Game 3 is Monday in Medicine Hat. The series is following a 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 format.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-10-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quarterfinals

QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 2 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 7
Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 8-2-10, +2, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne, our reigning Prospect of the Week, scored two goals for the third game in a row, leading the Remparts to a 7-2 Game 1 win over visiting Charlottetown. The Islanders are coached by former Lightning player Gordie Dwyer, who saw his team get down 6-0 by the end of the second period. Charlottetown beat out Cam Darcy and Sherbrooke 4-2 in the first round. Game 2 between the Islanders and Remparts is Sunday in Quebec City.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-3 Calgary Hitmen 3 @ East-2 Medicine Hat Tigers 1
Calgary leads best-of-7, 1-0

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

The Hitmen stole home ice advantage from the Tigers, winning Game 1 in Medicine Hat, 3-1. Calgary only mustered 14 shots on goal compared to 34 for Medicine Hat, but it was enough. Game 2 is Sunday.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-9-15

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Semifinals

West-4 Guelph Storm 3 @ West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 9
Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

[i]D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, +4, 2 PIM]
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-12-12, +10, 10 PIM
With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Guelph came out of the first two games of their series with the Soo with seven goals scored. Not too bad … until you consider the Greyhounds scored 16. Sheldon Keefe’s team scored on nine of 52 shots Thursday night to defeat the Storm, 9-3, and take a 2-0 series lead. Anthony DeAngelo had two more assists to add to his postseason totals, giving him 12 in six games. Game 3 is Sunday in Guelph.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-8-15

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Semifinals

West-4 Guelph Storm 4 @ West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7
Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

[i]D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-3-3, E, 0 PIM]
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-10-10, +6, 8 PIM
With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

The Soo drew first blood in their conference semifinal series with Guelph, winning 7-4 Wednesday night. Anthony DeAngelo had three helpers to give him seven in his last two games. All three assists in Game 1 were primary assists and two were on the power play. Game 2 is Thursday.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-7-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 6
Quebec wins best-of-7 series, 4-3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/10 FO, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 6-2-8, +1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne scored two goals for the second straight game, helping the Remparts to a 6-3 Game 7 win at home over the Eagles. Quebec was down 2-0 until the waning seconds of the first period when they scored (Erne assist), then scored three more times in the second period and once early in the third to take a 6-2 lead. The Remparts avoided the upset and now take on Charlottetown in the quarterfinals. Quebec moves up to the third seed now that Blainville-Boisbriand -- Cedric Paquette's former team -- was upset in the first round. The top two seeds are Rimouski and Moncton.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-6-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 4 @ QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 (OT)
Charlottetown wins best-of-7 series, 4-2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/20 FO, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 6 GP: 5-4-9, +1, 8 PIM
With Sherbrooke: 37 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Cam Darcy’s season and junior career ended Monday night with a 4-3 overtime loss to Charlottetown. The Islanders won the series, 4-2. Darcy can now join the Syracuse Crunch in some capacity should the Lightning/Crunch be interested. He was an eyelash away from making the team in the fall but was returned to juniors for his overage year. He could provide Syracuse with some skill depth at center.

QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 3 (OT)
Best-of-7 series tied, 3-3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, -2, 0 PIM, 10 SOG, 7/11 FO, 5 Hits, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 4-1-5, -2, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne scored with under 30 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but the Remparts couldn’t close out the series in the extra session. Game 7 is Tuesday night in Quebec City.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-6 Kootenay Ice 2 @ East-3 Calgary Hitmen 6
Calgary wins best-of-7 series, 4-3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

The Hitmen limited Kootenay to just 13 shots on goal in Game 7 while peppering the Ice with 35 shots. They scored on six of them to take Game 7 and the series. Connor Rankin (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Hitmen. Calgary moves on to face fourth-seeded Medicine Hat in the conference semifinals.

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