North American Juniors Game Night: 3/31/11

USHL

Des Moines Buccaneers 3 @ Fargo Force 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (holding), 2 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 20-34-54, +26, 26 PIM

Mullin has just one assist in his last three games, two of those being losses. Fargo has clinched a playoff spot despite a mediocre 13-11-3 home record. They are in fourth in the West, but are two points out of second place.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.2 Saginaw Spirit 4 @ No.7 Guelph Storm 3
Best of seven series tied 2-2

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 6 PIM

Guelph had a chance to go up 3-1 at home as underdogs in their series and held a 2-0 lead going into the second period before giving up four goals in the middle stanza. The pivotal Game 5 is Saturday in Michigan.

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.1 Owen Sound Attack 2 @ No.8 London Knights 5
Best of seven series tied 2-2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: 12 saves on 12 shots
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO

Zador entered the game down 5-1 at 8:02 of the third period and was perfect for the remainder of the game. The Knights pounded Top seeded Owen Sound is struggling with London as the series goes back to Owen Sound for Game 5 Saturday.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.7 Chilliwack Bruins 2 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4
Spokane leads best of seven series 3-1

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: Did not play.
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM

Johnson missed the game due to an injury sustained when he was elbowed by Chilliwack’s Tyler Stahl in the second period of Game 3. Stahl was suspended for Thursday’s game. No timetable has been given for Johnson’s return. Spokane was able to overcome not playing with the WHL’s leading goal scorer and second leading point producer in Game 4, but unless Johnson returns, their shot at the conference and/or league titles is in jeopardy. The Bruins have their own distractions now since there are heavy rumors the team is moving to Victoria, B.C. after being sold. The Chiefs can close it out Saturday at home in Game 5.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

No.1 Saskatoon Blades 2 @ No.8 Prince Albert Raiders 5
Best of seven series tied 2-2

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (goaltender interference, roughing)
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2 +1, 6 PIM

The WHL’s top team, Saskatoon, now finds themselves tied with upstart Prince Albert 2-2 in their conference quarterfinals series. The Raiders outshot the Blades by a wide margin (41-30) for the second straight game. Game 5 is Saturday in Saskatoon.