NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-9-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Guelph Storm 4
Storm win best-of-7 OHL Finals, 4-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 22 GP, 4-6-10, +1, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Guelph clinched the 2014 OHL title with another come-from-behind victory, winning 4-3 in Game 5 to win the series, 4-1. North Bay, who had a one-goal lead going into the final minute of Game 3 before losing in regulation, held a 3-2 lead entering the final period. The Storm scored twice on 13 shots, including the championship-winner with 27 seconds left. Guelph will now move on to the Memorial Cup, hosted by nearby London.

North Bay’s elimination means Dylan Blujus’ junior career is likely over. The 2012 second rounder can be signed and play in the AHL next season for Syracuse. Blujus' right-handed shot is needed in the Tampa Bay organization. He projects as a defense-first defenseman with above-average skating ability.

World Championships Game Day: Day One

Group A
Slovakia 2 vs. Czech Republic 3
Richard Panik, Slovakia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Jaroslav Janus, Slovakia, DNP
Tournament totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Richard Panik was scoreless in 16:56 in Slovakia's 3-2 loss to Czech Republic. Jaroslav Janus sat backup to Jan Laco in the loss. Devils forward Jaromir Jagr had a goal in the win.

Group B
Switzerland 0 vs. Russia 5
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Andrei Vasilevskiy sat backup for Sergei Bobrovsky's 27 save shutout of Switzerland in Russia's World Championships opener. Russian captain Alexander Ovechkin had a pair of helpers in the win. Former Lightning signee Retu Suri was scoreless in 14:56 in defeat.

Belarus 1 vs. USA 6
Tyler Johnson, USA, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM

Dmitry Korobov, Belarus, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

Tyler Johnson had 2 power play helpers as Team USA wrecked Belarus 6-1. Johnson played 16:26 in the game and was also 59% on draws. Dmitry Korobov played 20:03 and was -2 in defeat. Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba had a pair of goals in the win for the Americans.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-7-14

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 10 @ North Bay Battalion 1
Storm lead best-of-7 OHL Finals, 3-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 21 GP, 4-6-10, +3, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Guelph picked up where they left off in the last minute of Game 3, scoring early and often in Game 4 en route to a whopping, 10-1 win. All three Finals games prior to Wednesday were one-goal games. The Storm scored three times in the first period in Game 4, five times in the second, and twice in the third. Guelph can close out the championship series on Friday at home.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-6-14

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 4 @ North Bay Battalion 3
Storm lead best-of-7 OHL Finals, 2-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 20 GP, 4-6-10, +5, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

This one will hurt for North Bay. Blujus’ goal at 9:03 of the third period gave North Bay a 3-2 lead, but a funny thing happened on the way to North Bay’s series lead – the Storm scored twice in the final 30 seconds of regulation to steal the game and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 OHL Finals. Zack Mitchell scored at 19:30 to tie the game with the goalie pulled, then Brock McGinn scored the winner with 11 seconds left. Blujus was on the ice for the 6-on-5 goal, but was off for the game winner. He was named first star for the game. Game 4 is Wednesday night.

Bolts Ink Goalie Prospect Vasilevskii

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskii to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Vasilevskii, 6-foot-3, 203 pounds, played in 28 games with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League this season, posting a 14-8 record with three shutouts, a 2.21 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He led all Ufa goaltenders for games played, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. Vasilevskii also led his team to the semi-finals of the KHL playoffs in 2014, posting a 9-9 record with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage with one shutout. He ranked tied for fourth in the KHL during the playoffs for save percentage and eighth for goals-against average.

The native of Tyumen, Russia made his KHL debut last season, playing in eight games for Salavat Yulaev. He went 4-1 with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. In all, Vasilevskii has appeared in 36 KHL games, with an 18-9 record, a 2.21 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage with four shutouts. Prior to joining Salavat Yulaev, he played for their junior team, Tolpar Ufa, in the MHL.

Vasilevskii has shined on the international stage with Russia, appearing in each of the previous three IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships. He won the Silver Medal in 2012 as well as Bronze Medals in 2014 and 2013. Vasilevskii was voted by participating coaches as one of Russia’s top three players in each of the tournaments he has played in. He also participated in the 2011 IIHF U-18 World Junior Championships where he won the Bronze Medal.

The 19-year-old was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 19th overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-2-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 4 @ Guelph Storm 3 (OT)
Best-of-7 OHL Finals tied, 1-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 19 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

For the second straight game, the OHL Finals went to overtime, but this time North Bay came out on top, beating Guelph, 4-3, to even the series at one game apiece. North Bay outshot the league’s top team, 41-24, including 30-13 over the final three periods of play. Dylan Blujus had a power play assist for North Bay, cutting Guelph's early 2-0 lead to 2-1. Battalion captain Barclay Goodrow (free agent) scored the game winner. Game 3 is Tuesday in North Bay.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-1-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 2 @ Guelph Storm 3 (OT)
Storm lead best-of-7 OHL Finals, 1-0

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 18 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Guelph’s Jason Dickinson (Stars first rounder) scored his sixth goal of the playoffs in the first minute of overtime on Thursday, lifting the Storm to a 3-2 win over North Bay in Game 1 of the OHL Finals. Dylan Blujus was not on the ice for the overtime winner against, but did take a minus on Guelph’s tying goal, scored with eight minutes left in regulation. The win snapped North Bay’s six-game winning streak. Game 2 is Friday night in Guelph.

Report: Vasilevskiy Coming to North America

Igor Eronko of Sports.ru's hockey department tweeted this morning that prized Lightning prospect goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy has decided to leave Salavat Ufa of the KHL and sign with Tampa Bay.

The Lightning have not announced the signing.

Vasilevskiy, who led Salavat to the KHL semifinals, was under contract in the KHL until the end of April. With the turn of the calendar page, he was eligible to sign with the Lightning and come to North America. Reports surfaced during the KHL playoffs that Salavat was going to offer the 2012 19th overall pick a hefty deal to remain in Russia for at least one more year. At the time of the reports, Vasilevskiy said he wasn't going to discuss his options until after the KHL playoffs were over.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-30-14

KHL Gagarin Cup Finals
(1)Magnitogorsk 7 vs. (3)Praha 4
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-3
Magnitogorsk Wins the Gagarin Cup
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 43/47, 4.00 GAA, .915 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 21 GP, 16-5-0, 2 SO, 1.97 GAA, .934 sv%

Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 4 points to help lead Magnitogorsk to their Cup clinching 7-4 win over Praha in Game Seven of the Gagarin Cup Finals. Former Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win and former Lightning draft pick Dmitri Kazionov also had a helper in the match for Metallurg. Vasily Koshechkin wins his first Gagarin Cup and the victory also marks the first time the Gagarin Cup was won by a non-Russian coach as Metallurg's bench boss this season was none other than Iron Mike Keenan.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-29-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2
Foreurs win best-of-7 semifinal series, 4-3

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 Hits, 10 SOG, 12/20 FO
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 13-28-41, +9, 18 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Maxime Pressault scored his first goal of the playoffs 13 minutes into the third period to break a 2-2 tie and propel the Foreurs to the QMJHL Finals with a Game 7 win. Halifax outshot their opponent, 41-16, including 17-3 in the third period, but they couldn’t beat VDO goalie Antoine Bibeau (Leafs). Halifax scored both of their goals in the first period when they had a 2-1 lead entering the second.

This will end the junior career of Jonathan Drouin, barring some greatly unforeseen circumstances in which he wouldn’t make the Lightning next fall. Drouin’s junior career goes down as one of the best in recent memory as he accumulated 344 points in 178 regular season and playoff games, won dozens of awards, and set multiple records. He ended his career with 77 points in his last 28 games.

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