North American Juniors

Clark Cup Playoffs (USHL): 4-25-18

United States Hockey League

Fargo Force 2 @ Omaha Lancers 1 (Saturday)
Fargo Force 3 @ Omaha Lancers 6 (Sunday)
Omaha Lancers 5 @ Fargo Force 6 (Tuesday)
Omaha Lancers 0 @ Fargo Force 2 (Wednesday)
Western Conference Round 2
Force wins series 3-1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 14 PIM, 13 SOG, *Third Star*
Playoffs: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 56 GP, 4-25-29, +19, 38 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

After Fargo won a best-of-three wildcard series 2-0 against Tri-City, the Force and Lancers tangled for their Round 2 battle. The teams split games at Ralston Arena last weekend in Omaha, with Bolt prospect Nick Perbix earning Third Star honors in Game 2 with a pair of assists and 14 PIMs in a six-goal win. The series switched to Scheels Arena in Fargo with the Force prevailing on home ice to eliminate Omaha 3-1 in the best-of-five series.

This likely draws a close to Perbix’s impressive single rookie USHL campaign, as he is a 2018-19 commit to St. Cloud State University, and we look forward to the start of his NCAA career this fall.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-25-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ #9 Charlottetown Islanders 4 (OT) (Game 4)
Semifinals
Series tied at 2-2

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 12/19 FO
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 8-7-15, +11, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

For the second time in as many games, the Islanders win in overtime and knot the series at two apiece, both teams holding serve on home ice. After Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) opened the scoring early in the first for the Armada, last night’s OT hero Brett Budgell (2019 draft eligible) scored the equalizer for Charlottetown and the two teams went to first intermission tied 1-1. Bolt prospect Barre-Boulet setup Alexandre Alain (undrafted) for power play goal late in the 2nd period to give the Armada a 2-1 lead at the 2nd intermission. When Thomas Ethier (2018 draft eligible) gave the Armada a 3-1 lead early in the 3rd period, it would seem victory was a scant 18 minutes away. But the Islanders would rally with goals by Derek Gentile (2018 draft eligible) and Sullivan Sparkes (undrafted), and forced the extras session once again with Keith Getson (2018 draft eligible) scoring the OT game-winner for the Game 4 victory. The series shifts back to Boisbriand Friday night for Game 5.

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ #2 Kitchener Rangers 7 (Game 4)
Western Conference Finals
Series tied 2-2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 13-11-24, +10, 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: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/6 FO
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +3, 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 Soo scored four goals in the last 20:07 of the game, but it was too little too late after spotting the home team Rangers six goals in the first 38:14 of the match. Kitchener was paced by two goals from Givani Smith (DET, 2016 2nd round pick) and four assists from Joseph Garreffa (undrafted). With the Rangers up 6-0, Bolt prospect Boris Katchouk set up fellow Bolt prospect Taylor Raddysh for a power play goal with 7 seconds left in the 2nd period. Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) and Keeghan Howdeshell (undrafted) helped lead the 3rd period rally for the Soo, with Howdeshell scored twice and Gettinger scoring a goal and an assist. After both teams held serve on home ice, the series pivots back to Sault Ste. Marie Friday night for Game 5.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-24-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ #9 Charlottetown Islanders 3 (OT) (Game 3)
Semifinals
Armada leads series 2-1

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 6/16 FO
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 8-6-14, +13, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Sixteen-year-old Brett Budgell (2019 draft eligible) scored 1:14 into overtime to give Charlottetown the Game 3 victory in front of 3400+ fans at EastLink Centre, taking their first game of the series. The Armada played catch-up the whole game, falling behind by a goal twice before Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) scored with a scant 55 seconds left in regulation to force the extra session. Islanders netminder Matthew Welsh (2018 draft eligible) stopped 37 of 39 Armada shots, as he continues to stymie the potent Armada offense. The series continues in Charlottetown Wednesday night with Game 4.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-23-18

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 0 @ #2 Kitchener Rangers 3 (Game 3)
Western Conference Finals
Soo lead series 2-1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 13-10-23, +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: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0/4 FO
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 9-12-21, +4, 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

With the series shifting to Kitchener and the Rangers down two games nil, Kitchener goalie Mario Culina (undrafted) pitched a 24-shot shutout in front of 6500+ home fans at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Sixteen-year-old blueliner Michael Vukojevic (2019 draft eligible) assisted on all three Ranger goals. These two teams combat once again Wednesday night in Kitchener for Game 4.

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