North American Juniors

CHL Game Night: 11-30-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 1 @ Rimouski Oceanic 6

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 15 GP, 4-8-12, +2, 20 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Salda had a quiet night on the scoresheet as the Oceanic scored a 6-1 win over visiting Victoriaville. This was a battle between the No. 5 teams in each conference. Rimouski improved to 16-9-2-0 on the year.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 7 @ Kitchener Rangers 2

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/10 FO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 5-5-10, -14, 8 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

First-place Niagara put seven on the scoreboard in Kitchener, beating the Rangers, 7-2. Kirill Maksimov (Oilers, 5th round, 2017) had a hat trick for the IceDogs, who 10 days ago sent two players and 11 draft picks to Kingston for forward Jason Robertson (Stars, 2nd round, 2017) and defenseman Jacob Paquette (Predators, 7th round, 2017). Robertson had a goal and three assists Friday, while Paquette had an assist. Kitchener fell beneath .500 at 12-13-2-0.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-13-18

The last juniors game night installment of the season...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ #2 Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 (Game 6)
Finals
Titan wins series 4-2

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 4/11 FO
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 13-14-27, +11, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Titan scored goals in the first and in the second to build a 2-0 lead at the 2nd intermission. Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) scored late in the 3rd to pull the Armada within one, but the equalizer never came as Titan goalie Evan Fitzpatrick (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) stopped 29 Armada shots. For the 20-year-old Alex Barré-Boulet, that’s the end of his illustrious QMJHL career in which he compiled 140-197-337 in 263 regular season games, and 28-32-60 in 42 playoff games. He’ll be suiting up for the Syracuse Crunch in the fall as he begins his pro career.

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ #2 Hamilton Bulldogs 5 (Game 6)
OHL Finals
Bulldogs wins series 4-2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-2-3, -2, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Playoff Totals: 24 GP, 19-18-37, +7, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Playoff Totals: 24 GP, 13-21-34, -4, 14 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Soo built a 3-2 lead by the 2nd intermission behind a goal and a power play assist by Katchouk. But the Bulldogs stormed back with three straight 3rd period markers to take a 5-3 lead late into the game. Katchouk and Raddysh would combine each for their 2nd assist of the game on Jordan Sambrook’s (DET, 2016 5th round pick) first goal of the playoffs to draw the Greyhounds to within one with 45 seconds to go. The equalizer would not come as Hamilton punches their ticket to vie for the Memorial Cup in Regina. Robert Thomas (STL, 2017 1st round pick) and MacKenzie Entwistle (ARI, 2017 3rd round pic) paced the Bulldogs each with a goal and an assist. For Katchouk and Raddysh, this bring an end to their OHL careers, with both players expected to suit up for the Syracuse Crunch in their first pro seasons. Kachouk finishes 101-101-202 in 199 regular season OHL games, and 32-25-57 in 46 playoff games. Raddysh finishes 120-172-292 in 241 OHL regular season games, and 32-47-79 in 77 playoff games.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-11-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#2 Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 (Game 5)
QMJHL Finals
Titan leads series 3-2

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 5/13 FO
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 13-14-27, +11, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Titan pulled off a huge road win getting goals from five different skaters to push the Armada to the brink of elimination when the teams play again Sunday in Acadie. The Armada opened the scoring with a power play marker just three minutes into the game, but that would be their only lead. The Titan would reel off three straight goals to take command of the contest, and set themselves up to punch their ticket to the Memorial Cup in front of their home fans.

Ontario Hockey League

#2 Hamilton Bulldogs 6 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (Game 5)
OHL Finals
Bulldogs lead series 3-2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Playoff Totals: 23 GP, 18-16-34, +9, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 23 GP, 13-19-32, -5, 12 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Bulldogs built a commanding 5-1 lead behind a pair of 2nd period goals by Robert Thomas (STL, 2017 1st round pick), and then weathered a furious 3rd period rally by the Soo. Bolt prospect Boris Katchouk scored his 18th of the playoffs, a power play marker set up by fellow Lightning prospect Taylor Raddysh, amid a five-minute three-goal flurry that closed the gap to 5-4 with five-and-a-half minutes left to play. But with the Soo goalie pulled, Brandon Saigeon (eligible for 2018 draft) set up Nick Caamano (DAL, 2016 5th round pick) for the empty net dagger with 85 seconds left in regulation. Saigeon scored his 17th of the playoffs and added two assists to help pace Hamilton to gutsy road win that pushes the Greyhounds to possibility of elimination Sunday back in Hamilton. Depending on the outcome of this series, the OHL playoff MVP arguable comes down to Katchouk (1st points, goals, shorties), Thomas (3rd points, 2nd assists, 1st PP assists), or Saigeon (2nd goals, 1st PP goals, 1st GW goals).

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-9-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ #2 Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 (Game 4)
Finals
Series tied at 2-2

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/7 FO
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-14-27, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) scored twice in the 3rd and the Armada evened the series with the Titan impressively in a road must-win game. After a scoreless 1st period, the Armada scored thrice in the 2nd period, including Barre-Boulet setting up Alexander Katerinakis (2018 draft eligible) for what would be the eventual game-winner. The series returns to Boisbriand for Game 5 on Friday night.

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ #2 Hamilton Bulldogs 2 (OT) (Game 4)
OHL Finals
Series tied at 2-2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 22 GP, 17-16-33, +12, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Playoff Totals: 22 GP, 13-18-31, -1, 10 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Wonder Twins scored 34 seconds into the game, Bolt prospects Taylor Raddysh setting up Boris Katchouk for his league leading 17th goal of the playoffs. Katchouk’s 33 points and Raddysh’s 31 points also lead the league in playoff points. Nick Caamano (DAL, 2016 5th round pick) scored a short-handed marker for the Bulldogs, and period ended tied 1-1. Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) scored in the 2nd to give the Soo a 2-1 lead at the second break. Hamilton rallied in the 3rd with Rily Stillman (FLA, 2016 4th round pick) knotting the score at 2-2 and forcing OT. Noah Carroll (CAR, 2016 6th round pick) scored at 9:13 in the extra session to give the Soo the Game 4 victory, tying the series at 2-2 as the team’s head back to Sault Ste. Marie for Game 5 on Friday.

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