Tokarski Contributes on Offense in Spokane Win
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/7
Tokarski helps on offense, defense ... Fadden extends point streak, but in a big loss ... Cape Breton wastes a big opportunity ... Cunti and Rimouski use overtime to beat Barberio and Moncton.
QMJHL Playoffs â€“ Conference Semi-Finals
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 3 (2 OT)
Rimouski leads Best of 7 series 2-1
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 6 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 20-25-45, +10, 32 PIM
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-4-4, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 15-30-45, +9, 42 PIM
Rimouskiâ€™s Patrice Cormier (Devils) scored in the gameâ€™s final minute to tie the game, then earned an assist on a goal by Jordan Caron (No.20 CSS mid-season for 2009; No.5 prelim for QMJHL) at the 24 second mark of the second overtime. Moncton had taken a 2-1 lead in the 15th minute of the third period. Barberio hasnâ€™t registered a point in 7 games. Game 4 is Wednesday in Rimouski.
Quebec Remparts 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2
Cape Breton leads Best of 7 series 2-1
D Michael Ward, CB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 1-4-5, +4, 12 PIM
Season totals: 65 GP, 7-27-34, +9, 105 PIM
Cape Breton gave up a third period tiebreaking goal and missed a glorious chance to put Quebec on the ropes in Nova Scotia. Game 4 is Wednesday night.
WHL Playoffs â€“ Conference Semi-Finals
Tri-City Americans 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 7
Tri-City leads Best of 7 series 2-1
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 2-12-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 37-39-76, +24, 49 PIM
A big win for Kelowna, and they came out flying to get it. The Rockets scored the gameâ€™s first 5 goals, paced by Jamie Bennâ€™s (Dallas) 1 goal and 4 point night. Tyson Barrie had two assists for Kelowna. Fadden extended his points streak to 7 games. Chet Pickard allowed 5 goals on 23 shots and was pulled. TC was without the hero for Games 1 and 2, Taylor Procyshen (undrafted - injured), as well as three other regulars, including Faddenâ€™s linemate, Jason Reese (undrafted - injured). Game 4 is Wednesday in Kelowna.
Vancouver Giants 2 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
Vancouver leads Best of 7 series 2-1
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 16 saves on 18 shots, 1 assist, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 5-3-0, 2.13 GAA, .931 sv%, 1 assist
Season totals: 54 GP, 34-18-0-2, 1.97 GAA, .937 sv%, 7 shutouts
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM
This was quite a turnaround for Spokane, who was badly outshot in Games 1 and 2 in Vancouver. They limited the Giants to just 18 shots Tuesday night (2 in the third period), while managing 27 of their own. Tokarski reportedly made a huge save on a goalmouth scramble just before Drayson Bowman (Hurricanes) scored the eventual game winner. Tokarski, who has been a game star in each Chief playoff win so far, also earned a secondary assist on the game tying goal. Wright was kept off scoresheet for just the second game of his 2009 playoffs. The Giants held a 2-1 lead after one period. To say that this game was huge for Spokane is an understatement. The beat Vancouver for the first time all season and were able to start the climb back into the series. Game 4 is Wednesday in Spokane.