CHL Playoffs: Three Moving On, One Going Home ... or to Norfolk

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/25

Three Lightning prospects helped their clubs to opening round sweeps, while goaltender Torrie Jung and his Oil Kings finished their season. Also, Fadden returns to First Star status and Tokarski wins another close one.

QMJHL Playoffs – Round 1

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ PEI Rocket 5
Moncton leads Best of 7 series 3-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-4-4, +8, 2 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 15-30-45, +9, 42 PIM

PEI was able to live another day, scoring the eventual game winner half-way through the third period, then hanging on for their playoff lives. The teams will play again in Moncton on Saturday.

Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3
Rimouski wins Best of 7 series 4-0
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 6 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 20-25-45, +10, 32 PIM

Playing from his spot centering the third line, Cunti notched a point in his fourth straight playoff game to help Rimouski complete their sweep of Chicoutimi.

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 2
Cape Breton wins Best of 7 series 4-0
D Michael Ward, CB: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, E, 8 PIM
Season totals: 65 GP, 7-27-34, +9, 105 PIM

Ward and Cape Breton are moving on, sweeping the Sea Dogs in four games.

WHL Playoffs – Round 1

Tri-City Americans 4 @ Everett Silvertips 2
Tri-City leads Best of 7 series 2-1
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM (holding), *First Star*
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 37-39-76, +24, 49 PIM

The Americans take a 2-1 game lead on the ‘Tips, as Fadden scored his first of the playoffs to open the scoring. He’d add an assist as TC took a 3-0 lead in the second. Game 4 is Friday in Everett.

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 1
Calgary wins Best of 7 series 4-0

G Torrie Jung, EDM: Loss, 39 saves on 43 shots
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-3-1, 3.63 GAA, .917 sv%
Season totals: 48 GP, 20-20-3-5, 2.58 GAA, .911 sv%, 3 shutouts

Despite another strong effort from Jung, Edmonton was finally crushed by the giant that is the Calgary Hitmen. Edmonton, playing in the franchise’s first playoff series, managed just three goals in the four games, but scored first Wednesday night and held a 1-0 lead going into the second period. Calgary scored the eventual game winner with about a minute to go in the second and never looked back. Calgary outshot the Oil Kings 43-20.

Jung finishes a very strong season – his first as a true No.1 goaltender – and can be signed by Tampa Bay and placed in its minor league system, or be signed to a tryout agreement with the Norfolk Admirals and join the team for the rest of the year. He is eligible to return to the WHL next year as an overager.

Spokane Chiefs 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 2
Spokane leads Best of 7 series 3-1
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 28 saves on 30 shots, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 1.81 GAA, .951 sv%
Season totals: 54 GP, 34-18-0-2, 1.97 GAA, .937 sv%, 7 shutouts

The Chiefs were down 2-1 in the first period before ultimately winning when Andrej Roman scored on the power play midway through the second period. Tokarski and Spokane held the lead, despite being outshot 25-18 in the final two periods. The defending WHL champs can close out the series at home on Saturday.

Vancouver Giants 3 @ Prince George Cougars 2
Vancouver wins Best of 7 series 4-0
C James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM

Wright had the primary assist on Vancouver’s game winning goal early in the third period on the power play. That goal gave Wright a point in all four games, and sends the Giants on to the second round of the playoffs. This also officially ends the season of Prince George captain and Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell, who was out for the year with a knee injury anyway. Tyrell, who holds an NHL contract, will be in Lightning camp next fall.