North American Juniors

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-2-10

QMJHL

St. John Sea Dogs 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 9
QMJHL Finals, Game 2. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 5-13-18, +8, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Moncton held at home in Game 2, destroying St. John 9-3. It was the first time the Sea Dog’s franchise has allowed at least eight goals in a playoff game. Barberio is tied for the league lead in playoff points among defensemen with the Sea Dogs’ Simon Despress (Penguins 1/09). Game 3 is Tuesday in St. John.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley scored had two assists for the Wildcats. He was also plus-1 in the game. Gormley Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 2-15-17, +14, 2 PIM.

OHL

Barrie Colts 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
OHL Finals, Game 3. Windsor leads Best of 7 Series 3-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Series Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Windsor won their seventh straight game, defeating the Colts 5-2 at home. Barrie is one loss away from being eliminated. Hutchings has not registered a point in the series. Game 4 is Tuesday in Windsor.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-30-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ St. John Sea Dogs 1
QMJHL Finals, Game 1. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 5-11-16, +6, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Moncton stole home ice advantage by winning Game 1 of the QMJHL Finals against St. John, 5-1. Barberio had a primary assist. Game 2 is Sunday.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley scored for the second consecutive game. He was also plus-2 in the game. Gormley Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 2-13-15, +13, 2 PIM.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-29-10

OHL

Windsor Spitfires 5 @ Barrie Colts 4
OHL Finals, Game 2. Windsor leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 2-7-9, +6, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Windsor took both the Finals’ early games in Barrie and will return home with a 2-0 series lead. The Spits jumped out to 3-1 and 4-2 leads in Game 2 and held on for the win, being outshot 37-22. Hutchings is scoreless and minus-2 so far in the series. Game 3 is Sunday.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-27-10

OHL

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Barrie Colts 3 (OT)
OHL Finals, Game 1. Windsor leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Taylor Hall (likely 2010 first or second pick) scored at 2:35 of overtime to help the defending OHL and Memorial Cup champs steal Game 1 of the OHL Finals. Barrie had 2-0 and 3-2 leads, but couldn’t hold on, losing just their second game of the playoffs. Hutchings, who had been operating at a point-per-game pace in the playoffs, was held off the scoresheet. Game 2 is Thursday in Barrie.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-25-10

WHL

Tri-City Americans 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2
Western Conference Finals, Game 6. Tri-City wins Best of 7 Series 4-2
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 7-9-16, +1, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -4, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Drew Owsley (undrafted) again earned First Star honors as the goaltender stopped 30 of 32 shots to help the Americans win Game 6 5-2 and send them on to the WHL Finals. The Giants, who held a 2-1 lead in this series with Game 4 at home, and were also tied 2-2 at home in Game 6, have been eliminated. Wright finished the series with a goal, two assists, and a minus-2 rating over the six games. His junior career is now complete and the signed forward who played with Tampa Bay for the first half of the season will either begin next year with the Bolts or AHL Norfolk Admirals. His 16 playoff points in 16 games are by far a career high, topping the 10 points in 17 games he registered last year with the Giants in the postseason.

Elsewhere in the CHL, Windsor defeated Kitchener to complete a 0-3 series comeback. Taylor Hall and the Spits will now face Alex Hutchings and Barrie for the OHL title and Memorial Cup invitation.

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