North American Juniors Game Night: 4-11-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ (13) Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3
Quarterfinals – Saint John wins best of 7 series 4-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 4 Hits
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 7-3-10, +8, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

While Baie-Comeau could congratulate themselves for being the first team to come within two goals of Saint John in a playoff game, that party will have to be held while they are packing up their locker room as the Sea Dogs completed the sweep of the Drakkar with a 5-3 win Wednesday. Gauthier was held scoreless for the first time in six games, though he tied for the team lead with seven shots on goal. Saint John will await the lowest seed to advance to the semifinals.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 5 @ (W5) Saginaw Spirit 2
Western Conference Semifinals – Best of 7 series tied 2-2

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Vladislav Namestnikov’s second goal of the playoffs, scored in the first period, gave London a 3-0 lead and turned out to be the game winner as the Knights scored four times in the first period, chasing Saginaw goalie Jake Paterson, and added an empty netter late for the 5-2 score to even the series at two games apiece. London takes back home ice advantage in the series, which shifts back to London for Game 5 on Friday night. Namestnikov’s goal was scored when he banged in a rebound off a Seth Griffith shot. He was on the ice for a “plus” when the empty net goal was scored by Gregg McKegg (Leafs). Panthers prospect Vincent Trocheck had two goals for the Spirit.