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).