North American Juniors Game Night: 4/19/11
Western Conference Finals
No.4 Windsor Spitfires 1 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 8
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 1-0
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-6-6, +3, 2 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
A springtime snowman in Owen Sound. Andrew Shaw (undrafted) and Joey Hishon (Avalanche) each had two goals and Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch had two helpers to lead the Attack to a stomping of Windsor in the opening game of the OHL Western Conference Finals. Michael Zador did not dress for the Attack, and at the rate Scott Stajcer is going in net for Owen Sound, he likely wonâ€™t see the ice again outside of a possible trophy-carrying parade around the rink. Dallas Stars first rounder Jack Campbell allowed all eight goals for the Spits. Game 2 is Thursday in Windsor.
Western Conference Semifinals
No.4 Tri-City Americans 4 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 5 (OT)
Spokane wins best of seven series 4-2
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 3-5-8, E, 4 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 15 PIM (major-kneeing, game misconduct)
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 5-4-9, -1, 17 PIM
Tri-City held a 3-0 lead entering the third period against an opponent whose leading scorer, Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson, was forbidden to return to the game due to a misconduct. Before the Ams could stop dreaming about a Game 6 win and 3-3 series tie, Spokane had scored four times in the first nine minutes of the period to take a one goal lead. TC needed a power play goal to send the game to overtime, but Spokaneâ€™s Levko Koper (Thrashers) scored for the Chiefs to send the club on to the conference finals against Portland beginning Friday in Oregon.
With his team eliminated, Lightning prospect Carter Ashtonâ€™s junior career is now complete. The former Lightning first rounder, who already holds an NHL contract, can join the Norfolk Admirals if the organization so chooses. Next season heâ€™ll be competing for a spot with the big club out of camp.