North American Juniors Game Night: 5-9-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ (7) Rimouski Oceanic 4
QMJHL Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 3-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-0-2, E, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing), 2 Hits, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 12-7-19, +10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Danick Gauthier earned first star honors for scoring twice and Saint John moved within one win of the QMJHL championship Wednesday night with a 6-4 win in Rimouski. Gauthier’s goals gave the Sea Dogs leads of 3-1 and 5-2. Game 4 is Thursday night in Rimouski. If Saint John wins, they will claim their second-straight league championship and second-straight invitation to the Memorial Cup tournament. They won the Cup last season. This year the tournament is in Shawinigan, Quebec.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 4 @ (E1) Niagara IceDogs 1
OHL Finals – London leads best of 7 series 3-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM (closing hand on puck)
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 4-13-17, +9, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Namestnikov stretched his point streak to five games with what turned out to be the game-winning goal as London topped Niagara in St. Catherines 4-1 on Wednesday night. Undrafted yet draft eligible goaltender Michael Houser was first star for the Knights, stopping 36 of 37 shots. London was outshot 37-21 in the game. The Knights can win the OHL championship on Friday night at home. If they are successful, they will earn an invitation to the Memorial Cup.