North American Juniors

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-13-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 8 @ ] #14 Moncton Wildcats 3 (Game 5)
Quarterfinals
Armada wins series 4-1

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: Injury Scratch
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 8-5-13, +12, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Armada punched their ticket to the QMJHL semifinals, putting up snowman on the Wildcats scoreboard en route to closing out the series on the road. Recently minted Bolt prospect Alex Barré-Boulet sat out the game after leaving Game 4 early with an injury. The Armada was paced by two goals each from Alexander Katerinakis (2018 draft eligible) and Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick), with Katerinakis also serving up a 4-point night. James Phelan (undrafted), by far and away Moncton’s best player in the series, scored and added an assist for the outmatched Wildcats along with Alexander Khovanov (2018 draft eligible). Former Lightning camper Mark Grametbauer (undrafted) was pulled at the 11:22 mark of the 2nd period after allowing Armada’s 5th goal on 18 shots. Matthew Waite (undrafted) would allow just 1 goal on 16 shots for the balance of the game.

Barré-Boulet has time to heal up as Game 1 of the Armada’s semi-finals series against the upstart #9 seed Charlottetown Islanders doesn’t start until Friday, April 20th. The lslanders defeated the #8 seed Quebec Remparts in a Game 7 in Round 1 and then swept #4 seed Halifax Moosehead in Round 2.

Ontario Hockey League

#4 Owen Sound Attack 1 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (Game 5)
Western Conference Semifinals
Greyhounds lead series 3-2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2/2 FO, *Second Star*
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 8-6-14, +8, 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, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/7 FO, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 7-5-12, E, 6 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

Katchouk and Raddysh starred for the Soo in Game 5, helping the Greyhounds take their first lead in the series against the Attack. Katchouk earned Second Star honors, assisting on three of the Soo’s four goals, and Raddysh earned Third Star honors for his goal and assist. Top prospect Barrett Hayton (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for Sault Ste. Marie, in what might be the Soo’s best game of the OHL playoffs thus far. Raddysh scored 58 seconds after Owen Sound’s game-opening goal in the 1st period, and then Hayton gave the Soo a 2-1 lead later in the period with a power play goal. Hayton scored his second in 2nd period to give the Greyhounds some breath room before Raddysh and Katchouk set up Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) for the empty netter with less than a minute remaining to seal the victory. Despite not scoring a goal in this contest, Katchouk remains tied for 3rd in OHL playoff goals scored. The series shifts back to Owen Sound for Game 6 on Sunday, with the Soo having a chance to a clinch a spot in the Western Conference finals against either the Kitchener Rangers or the Sarnia Sting. Kitchener leads that series 3-2 win Game 6 also scheduled for Sunday.

Western Hockey League

#2 Swift Current Broncos 2 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 0 (Game 5)
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Broncos lead series 3-2

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 0-0-0, -5, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

After being down 2-1 in the series, the Broncos have reeled off two straight to take a 3-2 series lead back to Swift Current Saturday night and a chance to advance to the WHL Eastern Conference finals against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Broncos netminder Stuart Skinner (EDM, 2017 3rd round pick) turned away 36 Moose Jaw shots for the road shutout in front of 4700+ Warriors fans at the Mosaic Place. Bolt prospect Oleg Sosunov was on the ice for both Swift Current goals.

Over in the WHL West, Tri-City followed up their 1st round sweep of Kelowna with a 2nd round sweep of Victoriaville and will meet the Everett Silvertips in the Eastern Conference Finals. Everett won both their Round 1 and 2 series 4-1 against Seattle and Portland, respectively.

Juniors Game Night: 4-13-18

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Lincoln Stars 1 @ Omaha Lancers 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 55 GP, 4-25-29, +19, 36 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

The Lancers got goals from four skaters and goalie Zach Driscoll (Bemidji State commit) stopped 35 of 36 Lincoln shots to lead the Lancers to the win. Omaha closes out their USHL regular season Saturday against Sammy Walker and the Sioux City Musketeers at Ralston Arena in Omaha. Perbix is one-point shy of a 30-point season going into the Lancers’ final game. Omaha sits one point behind the Waterloo Black Hawks for the best record in the Western Conference.

Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Tri-City Storm 2

F Sammy Walker, SC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 2-7-9, -6, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Storm scored a couple of late 3rd period goals to attempt a 3-0 deficit rally to the Musketeers, but Sioux City goalie and Miami (Ohio) commit Ben Kraws (2018 draft eligible) didn’t surrender the third. The Musketeers close out their USHL regular season Saturday against Nick Perbix and the Omaha Lancers at Ralston Arena in Omaha. Sioux City is in a three-way battle with the Chicago Steel and the Cedar Rapid Roughriders for that final 12th slot in the USHL playoffs, although it will a longshot for Musketeers with 59 points to leap frog Chicago with 61 and Cedar Rapids with 60. Chicago is playing Central Illinois, by far the worst team in the league, and Cedar Rapids is playing Madison, the 3rd worst team in the league. With Walker’s NCAA eligibility to play for the Minnesota Gophers next season, there’s no chance he would join the Crunch in the event of Sioux City not making the playoffs.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-11-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ #14 Moncton Wildcats 5 (Game 4)
Quarterfinals
Armada leads series 3-1

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0/1 FO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 8-5-13, +12, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Wildcats staved off elimination in a stirring twice-rally Game 4 win by virtue of a 4-point night of heroics from James Phelan (undrafted). Moncton jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the 1st when Phelan assisted on both a short-handed and a power play goal. But the Armada rallied with three straight to close out the 1st with a 3-2 lead, behind a pair of goals from Luke Henman (2018 draft eligible). The two teams swapped 2nd period goals before Phelan scored twice late in the 2nd period to put the Wildcats up 5-4 and former Lightning camper Mark Grametbauer (undrafted) closed the door on 14 3rd period Armada shots for the win. The teams get a night off before the series resumes Friday for Game 5 at the Moncton Coliseum.

#4 Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ #9 Charlottetown Islanders 4 (Game 4)
Quarterfinals
Islanders win series 4-0

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 6/14 FO
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Islanders got goals from four different players en route to a Game 4 win in front of 3600+ fans to give them a shocking four-game sweep of the Halifax Mooseheads. Lightning prospect Otto Somppi returned to the Halifax lineup for the first time since Game 1 of Round 1 in a do-or-die situation for the Mooseheads. After a scoreless 1st period, Somppi assisted on the game-opening marker by Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible), following by another Halifax goal less than three minutes later to give the Mooseheads a 2-0 lead. But Charlottetown would score four unanswered in the 2nd and 3rd periods to take the game and the series, and advanced the QMJHL semifinals.

There’s a minor watch on for Somppi to join the Syracuse Crunch now that Halifax’s CHL playoff run ended prematurely, but it would seem that Somppi is likely still injured and only played Game 4 because the Mooseheads were facing elimination, and as such perhaps the Lightning may choose to shut him down for the season and let him heal. However, the more likely thing to watch for is the signing of Somppi’s entry-level contract, which surely is coming given his breakout year of 55 assists and 83 points, and that the Lightning must sign him or let him return to the draft.

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ #4 Owen Sound Attack 2 (Game 4)
Western Conference Semifinals
Series tied at 2-2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 9 SOG, 2/3 FO
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 8-3-11, +6, 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, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2/4 FO
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 6-4-10, E, 6 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

Katchouk and Raddysh (pictured) kick-started the Soo in Game 4, scoring the first two goals to give the Greyhounds an early 2-0 lead, and Keeghan Howdeshell (undrafted) scored twice to keep the Soo ahead when the Attack attempted to rally. Katchouk fired a game-high nine shots and opened the scoring in the 1st with an assist from Raddysh, who then scored his own goal early in the 2nd. Righty blueliner Mac Hollowell (2018 draft eligible), Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) and Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) all notched two assists to help pace the Greyhounds to victory. The Soo return home Friday night for Game 5 looking to take their first lead in the series.

Western Hockey League

#1 Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ #2 Swift Current Broncos 3 (OT2) (Game 4)
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Series tied at 2-2

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Former Winnipeg Jets prospect Matteo Gennaro scored a hat trick — all three of the Broncos’ goals — including the double overtime game-winner at the 98:14 mark. Gennaro scored a pair of power play markers in the 1st and 3rd periods, respectively, for Swift Current, sandwiched around a pair of 2nd period Moose Jaw goals and forcing overtime for Game 4. Broncos netminder Stuart Skinner (EDM, 2017 3rd round pick) made 51 saves, allowing just those two 2nd period Warriors goals. The win knots the series at two games apiece with the series returning to Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw on Friday for Game 5.

Juniors Game Night: 4-11-18

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Sioux City Musketeers 6 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 0

F Sammy Walker, SC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (USHL): 15 GP, 2-7-9, -6, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Musketeers goalie and Miami (Ohio) commit Ben Kraws (2018 draft eligible) pitched a 32-shot shutout of the Stampede and Walker notched a power play assist on the first of Parker Ford’s (Providence commit) two goals. Walker has two goals and nine points in 11 games since returning to Sioux City following the end of his high school career at Edina.

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