North American Juniors Game Night: 4/9/11
Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Fargo Force 3 (OT)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 23-37-60, +29, 26 PIM
Mullinâ€™s assist gave him 60 points for the year, good enough to finish seventh in the league scoring race. That race was won by Mullinâ€™s future Miami-Ohio teammate Blake Coleman (undrafted) of Indiana, who had 92 points â€“ 17 more than anyone else in the league. No.4 Fargoâ€™s recent stretch of sub-par play means they wonâ€™t get a first round bye in the playoffs. Theyâ€™re set to meet Lincoln for a best of three series starting Friday in Fargo. All games will be played in North Dakota. Considering the Force had a better road record than at home, that might not be a good thing.
No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 0 @ No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3
Drummondville leads best of seven series 2-0
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 6 PIM
Gatineau will go home for games three and four of the series in a 0-2 hole. Drummondville scored twice in the first period Saturday and cruised to a 3-0 win. Game 3 â€“ a must-win game for the Olympiques â€“ is Tuesday.
No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 6 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 2
Best of seven series tied 1-1
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (roughing), 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +8, 12 PIM
Second-seeded Montreal is a Game 1 overtime goal away from being down 0-2 to eighth-seeded Lewiston in their QMJHL quarterfinals series. Olivier Dame-Malka (undrafted) scored four times Saturday to lead the MAINEiacs to a 6-2 win. Lightning prospect Charles Landry has points in consecutive games. Game 3 is Tuesday in Maine.
Western Conference Semifinals
No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3 @ No.6 Plymouth Whalers 2
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 2-0
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 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 (pictured) scored his first two points of the playoffs en route to First Star honors in Game 2 as the Attack took a 2-0 lead on Plymouth in their conference semifinal series. Michael Zador, the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week, was pulled after the second period of Game 1 in favor of Scott Stajcer. Stajcer played all of Game 2 and Zador was relegated to the bleachers as a healthy scratch. Game 3 is Monday in Ontario.
Western Conference Semifinals
No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 1
Tri-City leads best of seven series 1-0
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (charging)
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 4 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, E, 0 PIM
Tri-Cityâ€™s 5â€™8â€ goaltender Drew Owsley (undrafted) stopped 34 of 35 shots to steal Game 1 for the Americans and give his team home ice advantage in the series. If there was good news for Spokane, leading scorer Tyler Johnson was back on the ice after he was injured in Game 3 vs. Chilliwack. Neither Johnson nor fellow Lightning prospect Carter Ashton registered a point in Game 1. Game 2 is Sunday in Spokane.
Eastern Conference Semifinals
No.4 Kootenay Ice 3 @ No.1 Saskatoon Blades 2 (OT)
Kootenay leads best of seven series 2-0
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3 +1, 8 PIM
Saskatoon fell to 2-4 in their last six games and now find themselves with a tough uphill climb down 0-2 to fourth-seeded Kootenay going to the Iceâ€™s home barn for the next two games. On Saturday, Kings super-prospect Brayden Schenn scored with just over a minute left in regulation for Saskatoon to tie the game, but the Iceâ€™s Joe Antilla (undrafted) potted the overtime winner with 1:28 left in the extra session. Game 3 is Tuesday.