North American Juniors Game Night: 5/2/11


Western Conference Finals

No.1 Portland Winterhawks 6 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3
Portland wins best of seven series 4-2

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 9 PIM

Spokane certainly had their leads and chances in this series, but it’s the Portland Winterhawks who are moving on to the WHL Finals. Monday night in Washington the Chiefs scored first again, and had a 2-0 lead 3:32 into the game but Portland scored the game’s next three goals and finished it with three more in the third period to win handily. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson was scoreless in the final game of his junior career. To say the overager had an outstanding year would be an understatement, as he led the WHL in goals scored, was second in points, and was the Western Conference Player of the Year. He earned an entry level contract from Tampa Bay in the process. His playoffs were mired by a head injury and suspension, but he still finished at a point-per-game. Johnson will no doubt be in Tampa Bay’s prospect camp(s) the next time we see him and he’s likely to begin next year with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.