North American Juniors

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-23-10

QMJHL

No.5 Moncton Wildcats 4 @ No.2 Drummondville Voltigeurs 2
Semifinals, Game 5. Moncton wins Best of 7 Series 4-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 5-10-15, +6, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Moncton won their third of the series on the road to finish off the Volts 4-1 and advance to the QMJHL Finals. The Wildcats will face the winner of St. John and Victoriaville, currently 3-1 St. John. Barberio finished the Drummondville series with two goals and three points in the five games. He continues to lead all league defensemen in playoff scoring with 15 points. Despite the Moncton win in Game 5, hometown Drummondville swept the three star awards for the game.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley scored his first goal of the playoffs into an empty net. He was also plus-3 in the game with two shots. Gormley Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 1-13-14, +11, 2 PIM.

WHL

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Tri-City Americans 4
Western Conference Finals, Game 5. Tri-City leads Best of 7 Series 3-2
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 7-8-15, +4, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Drew Owsley (undrafted) stopped 40 shots for First Star honors as the Americans are now one win away from disposing of Wright and the Giants and advancing to the WHL Finals to face Calgary. Game 6 is Sunday in Vancouver.

Elsewhere in the CHL, Windsor defeated Kitchener 6-4 in Kitchener to force a Game 7. Windsor had been down 3-0 in the series. Game 7 is Sunday in Windsor.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-22-10

WHL

Tri-City Americans 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2
Western Conference Finals, Game 4. Best of 7 Series tied 2-2
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 7-8-15, +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 had an early power play assist to help the Giants to a 1-0 lead, but TC struck twice and then three more times after Vancouver tied the game at two to win Game 4 5-2 and tie the series at two games apiece. Kruise Reddick (undrafted), who has been in the WHL seemingly forever, had a goal and three assists for the Americans. Game 5 is Friday night in Kennewick, Washington.

Elsewhere in the CHL, Windsor shut out Kitchener in Game 5 3-0 and are now “only” down 3-2 in the series after being down 3-0 two games ago. The winner will play Alex Hutchings and Barrie in the OHL Finals.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-21-10

QMJHL

No.2 Drummondville Voltigeurs 0 @ No.5 Moncton Wildcats 4
Semifinals, Game 4. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 3-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 5-10-15, +7, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Nicola Riopel (Flyers 5/09) registered his third shutout of the playoffs and Moncton got a goal and assist from Lightning prospect Mark Barberio (pictured) to put the Wildcats within one game of advancing to the QMJHL Finals. Barberio’s fifth goal of the playoffs gave Moncton a 2-0 lead in the second period. He currently leads all defensemen in Q playoff scoring with 15 points. His seven shots on goal in Game 4 led the Wildcats. Moncton can close out the series in Game 5 in Drummondville on Friday.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley was scoreless, even, and had two shots on goal in the game. Gormley Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 0-13-13, +8, 2 PIM.

OHL

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2 @ Barrie Colts 4
Conference Finals, Game 5. Barrie wins Best of 7 Series 4-1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Hutchings scored 14 seconds after Stefan Della Rovere (Capitals 7/08) scored the game’s opener to open up an early 2-0 lead and help send the Colts on to a 4-2 Game 5 win and 4-1 series win. Della Rovere would add another goal to earn First Star honors. The Eastern Conference champion and Bobby Hull Trophy-winning Colts will now await the winner of Kitchener-Windsor (currently 3-1 Kitchener) to play for the Robertson Cup in the OHL Finals. Hutchings’ goal broke a personal seven game goal-less drought and two-game streak without a point. He finished the St. Mike’s series with a goal and two assists in five games. The Colts are 12-1 in the playoffs.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-20-10

QMJHL

No.2 Drummondville Voltigeurs 2 @ No.5 Moncton Wildcats 1 (OT)
Semifinals, Game 3. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 2-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Series Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 4-9-13, +5, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

The Wildcats had a big opportunity to take a commanding 3-0 series lead at home, but Charles Landry (undrafted in 2009) scored at 9:54 of overtime to get the Volts back into the series. Canada WJC goaltender Jake Allen (Blues 2/08) was First Star for Drummondville, stopping 40 shots. Game 4 is Wednesday in Moncton.

On the other side, Victoriaville beat No.1 St. John 6-3 to pull within two games to one of the Sea Dogs.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley was even with three shots on goal in the game. 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: 13 GP, 0-13-13, +8, 2 PIM.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 2 @ Vancouver Giants 3 (OT)
Western Conference Finals, Game 3. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 2-1
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 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) scored early in the first and the Giants would add another in the period to lead 2-0 after one, but Tri-City clawed their way back to force overtime in Game 3. Wright then set up Tomas Vincour (Stars 5/09) for his seventh goal of the playoffs at 3:49 of overtime to give Vancouver a 3-2 win and take a 2-1 series lead. The two points were the first of the series for Wright. Game 4 is Thursday in Vancouver.

On the other side, Calgary defeated Brandon 6-3 to take a 2-1 series lead in the East. What we’d like to see here for Vancouver/Wright is Brandon win the East and Vancouver the West, so even if Memorial Cup host (automatic bid) Brandon wins the championship, the Giants would be invited to the Cup tournament.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-19-10

OHL

Barrie Colts 3 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 1
Conference Finals, Game 4. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 3-1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 1-7-8, +7, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Barrie avenged a road loss to the Majors earlier in the series by beating them 3-1 in Game 4 in Mississauga. Barrie can advance to the OHL Finals on Wednesday when Game 5 is played in Barrie where the Colts are 6-0 in the playoffs. Hutchings was scoreless for the second straight game and “fell” to a point-per-game average in the playoffs. He has two assists in the four games this series. The last time Hutchings went two consecutive games without a point was Barrie’s first two games in February. He then went on a 12-game point streak. He has gone seven games without a goal, his longest streak of the season by three games.

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