CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-11-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ #14 Moncton Wildcats 5 (Game 4)
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)
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.