NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3-29-13
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
(9)Drummondville Voltigeurs 4 @ (8)Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6
Rouyn-Noranda wins best-of-7 first round series, 4-1
W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 3-6-9, +7, 4 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 29-34-63, +17, 14 PIM
With R-N: 27 GP, 26-27-53, +18, 12 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM
Nikita Kucherov (pictured) scored twice and Jean-Sebastien Dea (undrafted) had a hat trick to lead the Huskies to the second round of the QMJHL playoffs. Rouyn-Noranda rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to win.
(3)Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ (14)Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2
Blainville-Boisbriand wins best-of-7 first round series, 4-1
C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 2-3-5, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 27-56-83, +29, 103 PIM
The Armada advanced to the second round with a 3-2 win over the Titan. Cedric Paquette tied the game at two late in the second period on the power play. B-B won the game in the third period.
(7)PEI Rocket 1 @ (10)Val-d’Or Foreurs 3
Val-d’Or leads best-of-7 first round series, 3-2
D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-0-1, +2, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 6-33-39, +20, 65 PIM
Val-d’Or took a 3-1 series lead with a big 3-1 home win on Friday. Sergeev scored his second career playoff goal, into an empty net while shorthanded. Game 6 is Sunday in Charlottetown.
Ontario Hockey League
(W5)Sudbury Wolves 1 @ (W4)Brampton Battalion 0 (OT)
Sudbury wins best-of-7 Western Conference Quarterfinals, 4-1
D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP 2-2-4, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Brampton started back-up goalie Jake Smith, and the move nearly worked as he carried a shutout into overtime. Sudbury, who was outshot 10-5 in the extra session, advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals with the win. Blujus played his last game in Brampton as the team is moving to North Bay next year. Blujus will return to juniors next season. After a slow year offensively, he came in the game’s final two weeks and in the playoffs. He remains a prospect to watch in the Lightning system.
(W5)Guelph Storm 2 (W4)Kitchener Rangers 4
Kitchener wins best-of-7 Western Conference Quarterfinals, 4-1
C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, E, 6 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 11-51-62, +18, 94 PIM
Richard’s junior career ended on Friday night as the Storm fell to division rival Kitchener, 4-2. The Rangers won the series, 4-1. Richard, who was brought to the Lightning-Leafs game last week, can join the Syracuse Crunch, who are desperate for forwards, should the Lightning decide to sign him or coordinate a tryout agreement with the Crunch. Richard had a fine year, setting career highs in assists, points, plus/minus, and penalty minutes.