North American Juniors Game Night: 4/13/11
No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 6
Best of seven series tied 2-2
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM (roughing), 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, E, 10 PIM
Gatineau held serve at home, winning games three and four by a combined 10-2 score. The Olympiques scored once in the first and three times in the second period to be up comfortably entering the third period. They were up 6-0 under three minutes into the final period. Adam Janosik notched his fourth point of the playoffs in the win. This game, as is to be expected with a lopsided score in the third period, got chippy late with a hoard of roughing penalties. Game 5 is Friday at the home of the Volts.
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No.2 Montreal Juniors 1 @ No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 4
Lewiston leads best of seven series 3-1
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 1-2-3, +7, 12 PIM
Second-seeded Montreal is now on the brink of elimination after being defeated Wednesday in Maine. Islanders draft pick Kirill Kabanov scored twice in the first five minutes of the third period to break a 1-1 tie and Lewiston got a late empty-netter to give the game its final score. Lightning prospect Charles Landry was scoreless for the second straight game. The series goes back to Montreal for Game 5 Friday.
Western Conference Semifinals
No.1 Owen Sound Attack 4 @ No.6 Plymouth Whalers 1
Owen Sound wins best of seven series 4-0
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO
Geoffrey Schemitsch had his short two game point streak come to an end, but he helped the No.1 Attack complete a sweep of Plymouth and advance to the Western Conference Finals against either Windsor or Saginaw. The Spirit is currently up 2-1 in that series. Michael Zador was pulled after the second period of Game 1 vs. Plymouth and never saw the ice again. He didnâ€™t dress in games 2-4 and may not see the ice again as long as Owen Sound keeps winning.
Eastern Conference Semifinals
No.1 Saskatoon Blades 2 @ No.4 Kootenay Ice 5
Kootenay wins best of seven series 4-0
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (interference)
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 0-3-3 E, 10 PIM
Wow. Saskatoon ran away with the leagueâ€™s best record, finishing with 11 more points than anyone else in the league and 18 more points than Kootenay, yet were eliminated in just four games in the second round of the playoffs to the Ice. The Blades, who finished the regular season on a 9-0-1 run, had a stacked roster that included The Hockey Newsâ€™ top prospect, Brayden Schenn (Kings). They lost six of their last eight games in the playoffs. They only lost 13 in regulation all season. This is going to hurt in Saskatoon, a city that had visions of Memorial Cup glory entering the playoffs. As for Lightning prospect Teigan Zahn, the Blades' captain, his future is up in the air. He was an overager this season, so he can't go back to juniors next year. The Lightning could sign him and have him compete for a spot in AHL Norfolk next year. He offers decent skating ability, good leadership, but most of all physical play and the ability to drop the mitts to protect a teammate. Considering he wasn't invited to participate in the Traverse City tournament with the Lightning doesn't bode well for him, though it's hard to imagine the Bolts gave up on him after one, early summer prospect camp. Stay tuned.