North American Juniors

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-16-10

QMJHL

No.5 Moncton Wildcats 5 @ No.2 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3
Semifinals, Game 1. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 3-9-12, +7, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

The Wildcats struck first in their QMJHL semifinal series, beating the Volts on the road, 5-3. Drummondville had won 17 straight home games. Barberio didn’t score in the game, but reportedly made one of its most important defensive plays when he batted a shot destined for the back of the net out of mid-air as it was crossing the goal line. Game 2 is Sunday night in Drummondville.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley was minus-1 with three shots on goal. Gormley is regarded as one of the best defenseman in the upcoming draft and could fall to the Lightning at No.6. Gormley playoff totals: 11 GP, 0-11-11, +7, 0 PIM.

OHL

Barrie Colts 2 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5
Eastern Conference Finals, Game 2. Best of 7 Series tied 1-1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-7-8, +7, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

The Colts lost their first game of the playoffs after nine contests, falling 5-2 on the road to the Majors. Hutchings extended his point streak to 10 games going back to the regular season. He’s registered a point in all six of his playoff games. He missed four due to an injury. Game 2 is Saturday.

WHL

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Tri-City Americans 2
Western Conference Finals, Game 1. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 6-6-12, +4, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Vancouver stole home ice advantage from the Americans, beating Tri-City in their barn in Game 1, 4-2. Wright was scoreless in the match. The Giants were down 2-1 in the game before mounting a comeback win. Game 2 is Saturday.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-14-10

OHL

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 0 @ Barrie Colts 3
Conference Finals, Game 1. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-6-7, +7, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Hutchings returned to the Colts lineup after missing the Brampton series with a groin injury. He promptly earned an assist on the game’s opening goal on the power play, giving him a point in each game he’s played this post-season. Going back to the regular season, Hutchings has a nine-game point streak and points in 21 of his last 22 games. Barrie back-up goalie Mavric Parks (undrafted), named after Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun, picked up his first shutout of the playoffs and First Star honors. He’s filling in for Barrie’s top netminder, Peter Di Salvo, who was knocked out indefinitely with cartilage damage to his knee four games ago. Parks has a sparkling .962 save percentage and 1.25 GAA in four playoff games so far this year. Game 2 is Friday. Kitchener is playing Windsor in the Western Conference finals.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-13-10

WHL

Vancouver Giants 3 @ Portland Winterhawks 1
Conference Semifinals, Game 6. Vancouver wins Best of 7 Series 4-2
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 6-6-12, +4, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright set up the eventual game winning goal by Tomas Vincour (Stars 5/09) on the power play in the second period to help the Giants go 3-0 in Portland and take the Conference Semifinal series 4-2. Wright finished the series with 10 points (six goals) in the six games. Vancouver will now play the West’s top seed, Tri-City, who defeated Chilliwack 4-2 in Round 1 and Kelowna 4-1 in the second round. No.1 Calgary faces Memorial Cup host Brandon in the Eastern Finals.

Draft Watch
Portland winger Nino Niederreiter, a prime candidate for the Lightning to pick at No.6 in this summer’s draft, scored the lone Winterhawk goal in Game 6 and was named Second Star. He finished the playoffs with eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in 13 games. He had 35-24-60 in 65 games in the regular season, and missed time with Portland when he was excelling for Switzerland at the World Junior Championships (7 GP, 6-4-10).

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-10-10

QMJHL

No.4 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ No.5 Moncton Wildcats 3
Quarterfinals, Game 5. Moncton wins Best of 7 Series 4-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 3-9-12, +6, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

The Wildcats finished off the Huskies in five games by winning 3-1 at home Saturday. Barberio had an assist to give him two goals and five assists in the series. He had at least a point in all five games. No.5 Moncton will now face second-seeded Drummondville in the semifinals. No.1 St. John will play No.6 Victoriaville in the other.

Draft Watch - Possible Lightning First Round Targets
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley had two assists in Game 5 and was named the game’s Third Star. Playoff totals: 10 GP, 0-11-11, +8, 0 PIM.

WHL

Portland Winterhawks 5 @ Vancouver Giants 4
Conference Semifinals, Game 5. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 3-2
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Series Totals: 5 GP, 6-3-9, +2, 2 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 6-5-11, +4, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Possible Lightning draft target Nino Niederreiter had two goals and an assist for First Star honors to lead Portland to a 5-4 Game 5 road win and send the series back to Portland for Games 6 and 7. Wright saw his five-game point streak and four game goal streak come to an end. Game 6 is Tuesday night.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-9-10

QMJHL

No.4 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 @ No.5 Moncton Wildcats 4 (2OT)
Quarterfinals, Game 4. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 3-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Series Totals: 4 GP, 2-4-6, +3, 6 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 3-8-11, +6, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

The Wildcats had a chance to finish a sweep of the Huskies, but former Rimouski Oceanic Phillipe Cornet (Oilers 5/08) scored in the second overtime to extend the series for Rouyn-Noranda. Moncton outshot the Huskies 20-14 in the extra sessions and 50-47 overall, but were unable to complete the sweep. Barberio had two primary assists on the night, including one with under 30 seconds to play that forced overtime on a goal by Kelsey Tessier (Avalanche 4/08). Barberio has six points in the series so far (two goals), which will see it's next game Saturday in Moncton. No.1 St. John, No.2 Drummondville, and No.6 Victoriaville (swept No.3 Quebec) have already advanced to the semifinals.

Draft Watch
Moncton’s Brandon Gormley, a defenseman expected to go in the 3-8 range this summer, was scoreless and minus-2 in the game. He has nine assists in nine playoff games, to go with a plus-6 rating. Gormley had 43 points (nine goals) in 58 regular season games for the Wildcats and was plus-31.

WHL

Portland Winterhawks 3 @ Vancouver Giants 5
Conference Semifinals, Game 4. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 3-1
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Series Totals: 4 GP, 6-3-9, +2, 2 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 6-5-11, +4, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright (pictured) had two goals for the second straight game, giving him six goals this series, as the Giants took a … well … giant step forward toward eliminating the Winterhawks with a 5-3 win Friday. They now lead the series 3-1 and can close it out Saturday night at home.

Draft Watch
Portland winger Nino Niederreiter, expected to go in the top-10 this summer, scored Portland’s third goal to cut Vancouver’s lead to 5-3 late in the third. El Nino is 5-7-12 in 11 playoff games.

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