North American Juniors

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.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-4-15

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-3 Calgary Hitmen 2 @ East-6 Kootenay Ice 4
Best-of-7 series tied, 3-3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 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

Kootenay forced a Game 7 after being down in the series, 3-1. On Saturday, the Ice had a 3-1 lead until Calgary scored shorthanded with just under 90 seconds remaining in regulation. Kootenay added an empty netter late. Thomas had an assist on the shorthanded goal. Game 7 is Monday in Calgary.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-3-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 0 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 4
Charlottetown leads best-of-7 series, 3-2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/24 FO, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 5 GP: 5-3-8, E, 6 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

Sherbrooke will head home down in the series 3-2 after a shutout loss Friday night. Daryl MacCallum (2015) stopped 43 shots for the win. Game 6 is Monday. MacCallum had an .859 save percentage in 22 regular season games, but is sporting a .962 in the playoffs.

QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 3 @ QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1
Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 3-2

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 12/13 FO, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, E, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

The Remparts won a pivotal Game 5 to head back to Quebec City with a 3-2 lead in the series after being behind 1-0 and 2-1. Adam Erne led the Remparts in shots in Game 5 and was dominant in the faceoff circle. Game 6 is Monday.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-6 Kootenay Ice 5 @ East-3 Calgary Hitmen 4 (OT)
Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 3-2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -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 Ice crawled back from a 4-2 deficit in the second period to force overtime, then eventually win Game 5 in Calgary, 5-4. Kootenay is now 2-1 in Calgary in the series. Game 6 is in Cranbrook on Saturday.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-2-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 6 @ QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5
Best-of-7 series tied, 2-2

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

It was close, but Quebec held off Cape Breton long enough to even its series with the Eagles, 2-2. The Remparts had six different goal scorers. Habs pick Zach Fucale got the start for Quebec over Callum Booth, but still allowed five goals. Game 5 is Friday night in Sydney.

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Quarterfinals

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ West-8 Saginaw Spirit 2
Sault Ste. Marie wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-4-4, +2, 4 PIM, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-7-7, +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

Break out the booms. Sault Ste. Marie completed a relatively smooth sweep of Saginaw with a 5-2 win Thursday. After going scoreless in Game 3, DeAngelo had four assists in Game 4 and was named first star.

Note: Dominik Masin (Peterborough) is out for the season due to injury.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-1-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 1
Best-of-7 series tied, 2-2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/22 FO, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 4 GP: 5-3-8, +3, 6 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

Sherbrooke took back home ice advantage from the Islanders, winning Game 4 on the road, 2-1. Game 5 is Friday in Charlottetown, then the final two games are back in Sherbrooke.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-3 Calgary Hitmen 7 @ East-6 Kootenay Ice 2
Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, E, 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 made a big statement in Cranbrook, taking both Game 3 and 4 from the Ice while scoring 15 goals. Connor Rankin (undrafted) had a hat trick in Game 4 and overtime hero (Games 1, 3) Adam Tambellini (New York Rangers) had four points. Lightning prospect Ben Thomas didn’t figure in on the scoring for any of the 15 goals, though he had an assist in both games in Calgary. The series goes back to Calgary for Game 5 on Friday.

Prospect of the Week: 4-1-15

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for April 1, 2015 is … Cameron Darcy, C, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL – Canada).

The QMJHL’s second season started last week and Cameron Darcy began with a bang.

The Lightning’s seventh round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft had a hat trick and five points in Game 2 of Sherbrooke’s first round series against Charlottetown. The Phoenix had lost the first game by a large margin and were sitting on the cliff of falling down 2-0 in the series at home. Darcy was named the game’s first star.

The Boston native followed up his Game 2 performance with two more goals in Game 3, a loss by the Phoenix on Prince Edward Island. His two goals gave him five goals and seven points in two games, and our Bolt Prospect of the Week award.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-31-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 5 @ QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6
Cape Breton leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 9/9 FO, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec fought back from 4-1 and 5-1 deficits to tie the game, only to lose it on a late goal by the Eagles. The heavily favored Remparts are in danger of falling two games behind Cape Breton in the series when the teams play again Thursday.

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Quarterfinals

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ West-8 Saginaw Spirit 0
Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3, +4, 4 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

Anthony DeAngelo failed to register a point for the first time in 27 games and only second time since joining the Greyhounds. The team got the road win, however, and the Hounds can close out the series Thursday.

Note: Dominik Masin (Peterborough) is out for the season due to injury.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-3 Calgary Hitmen 8 @ East-6 Kootenay Ice 7
Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

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

Calgary’s Adam Tambellini (New York Rangers) scored his second overtime winner of the series to lift the Hitmen to an 8-7 win Tuesday and a 2-1 series lead. Kootenay scored with four seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Ben Thomas was scoreless for the Hitmen.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-30-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 5
Charlottetown leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 9/19 FO, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 3 GP: 5-2-7, +3, 4 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

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-29-15

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-6 Kootenay Ice 2 @ East-3 Calgary Hitmen 3
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

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

Calgary’s Adam Tambellini (New York Rangers) scored at 16:36 of the first overtime to save the Hitmen from going down 0-2 in the series despite having home-ice advantage. Ben Thomas has had an assist in both games.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-28-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 4 @ QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 7
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 3-2-5, +4, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 11/24 FO, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 2 GP: 3-2-5, +4, 4 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

Sherbrooke showed up in a big way in Game 2, avenging an 8-2 Game 1 loss with a 7-4 win. Cam Darcy was first star for his hat trick and five points. Game 3 is Monday on PEI.

QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 2
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 5/9 FO, 3 Hits
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec evened the series with a shutout win Saturday on the back of goaltender Callum Booth (2015 eligible), the surprise series starter over Montreal pick and Team Canada goaltender Zach Fucale. The series now switches to Sydney, Nova Scotia, for the next three games starting Tuesday.

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Quarterfinals

West-8 Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8
Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 0 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 Greyhounds put a snowman on the scoreboard, scoring eight times on 52 shots. The Spirit managed 18 shots. This series could be over quick. DeAngelo had two assists to extend his overall point streak to 27 games, though the league only recognizes 25 as the regular season ended. Game 3 is Tuesday in Michigan.

Note: Dominik Masin (Peterborough) is out for the season due to injury.

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