Fargo to Finals; Giants Drop Game 5 at Home

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/25[/b][/i] [b]USHL – Division Finals[/b] [b] Lincoln Stars 0 @ Fargo Force 2[/b] [b] Fargo wins Best of 5 series 3-0[/b] [i]D [b][url=luke-witkowski]Luke Witkowski[/url][/b], FGO: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (interference), 1 SOG [/i] Playoff totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, +4, 8 PIM Season totals: 55 GP, 6-16-22, +30, 118 PIM The Force improved to 6-0 in the playoffs with their second straight series sweep, this time over West No.1 seed Lincoln. Fargo advances to the Clark Cup Finals, where they will await the winner of Green Bay and Indiana, who are currently tied 1-1 in their best of five series. [b]WHL Playoffs – Conference Finals[/b] [b] Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Vancouver Giants 0 [/b] [b] Kelowna leads Best of 7 series 3-2[/b] [i]C [b][url=/james-wright]James Wright[/url][/b], VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM (fighting) [/i] Playoff totals: 16 GP, 3-7-10, E, 11 PIM Season totals: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM Mark Guggenberger (undrafted) stopped 25 shots for the shutout and Kelowna got a first period goal from Ryley Grantham (Flames) to win Game 5 1-0 and take a 3-2 series advantage. Kelowna was outshot by James Wright and the Giants, 25-23. Wright was involved in one of two first period fights between the teams, taking on Cody Almond (Wild). The Rockets can advance to the WHL Finals with a win at home in Game 6 on Monday.

World Championships Day Two: 4/25

Johan Harju had a goal and an assist and was +3 as Sweden smoked Austria 7-1. Harju also had 3 shots on goal in 15:29 of ice time for the Swedes. Harju's lifelong teammate Linus Omark, an Edmonton property who will join Harju in Russia's KHL next season, had 5 (count 'em) 5 assists and was +5 in the match.

Elsewhere, Karri Ramo watched from the bench as Nashville's Pekka Rinne notched a 30 save shutout in Finland's 5-0 blanking of Norway.

Update:
Many apologies to Martins Karsums, who had a goal and was +1 in 15:35 with 3 shots on goal in Latvia's 4-2 loss to Team USA.

Fargo One Win Away from Finals

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/24[/b][/i] [b]USHL – Division Finals[/b] [b] Fargo Force 7 @ Lincoln Stars 3[/b] [b] Fargo leads Best of 5 series 2-0[/b] [i]D [b][url=luke-witkowski]Luke Witkowski[/url][/b], FGO: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG [/i] Playoff totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 6 PIM Season totals: 55 GP, 6-16-22, +30, 118 PIM The Force remained just that as they improved to 5-0 in the playoffs and 4-0 on the road in defeating the Stars in Lincoln 7-3. Fargo raced to a very early 3-0 lead and was up 4-2 by the end of the opening period. That proved to be enough, but they still added three goals, including Witkowski’s power play goal early in the third period. Fargo can close out the series and move to the Clark Cup Finals with a win Saturday night at home.

World Championships Day One: 4/24

Steven Stamkos potted a pair of goals and was +1 for Canada in their 6-1 victory over Belarus. Martin St. Louis had 1 assist and was +1 for the Canadians in the match.

Lackluster Giants Drop Game 4

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/23

WHL Playoffs – Conference Finals

Vancouver Giants 0 @ Kelowna Rockets 3
Best of 7 series tied 2-2
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 3-7-10, +1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM

Vancouver had 8 shots on goal in a scoreless first period, then managed just 6 (4, 2) the rest of the game for 14 total. That’s not the effort you want when you can sweep a team on the road and bring a 3-1 lead back home to potentially close out the series. As it was, Minnesota native Mark Guggenberger (undrafted) stopped those 14 shots for a shutout and Jamie Benn (Stars) had a goal and an assist to lead the Rockets to a 34-14 shot advantage and a 3-0 win. Game 5 is Saturday in Vancouver.

Fargo Steals Game 1; Rimouski Done ... For Now

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/22[/b][/i] Fargo wins again in Nebraska ... Drummondville bullies the Oceanic ... John Tavares and other CHL notes.

Elmira Advances in ECHL Playoffs

The playoff seasons of Lightning prospects Riku Helenius and Kevin Quick will last at least another week as Elmira defeated Trenton in a decisive Game Seven matchup in Trenton 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Helenius lost Game Two, allowing 6 goals on 38 shots in a 6-5 defeat. He has spent the rest of the series backing up Michael Teslak.

Quick joined the club for a 5-0 shutout win in Game Three after finishing up the regular season with the Lightning in Atlanta. Quick is scoreless in 5 games with a -3 rating.

Elmira now moves on to face Cincinnati in the second round of the playoffs, beginning Friday night. The Cyclones survived a 7 game encounter with Wheeling in their opening round playoff series. They were the top team in the ECHL's North Division during the regular season.

Volts Too Strong for Oceanic; Giants Take Lead

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/21[/b][/i] Drummondville has Oceanic on ropes … Giants get late goal to lead series … Cunti and Wright continue to get points … Note on Vancouver-Kelowna rivalry … Fargo begins Lincoln series Wednesday.

Two More Bolts at Worlds

A current Lightning player, a prospect, and a recent prospect will be suiting up for their respective countries at the upcoming World Championships in Switzerland.

Harju Named to Team Sweden

According to the IIHF web site, Tampa Bay Lightning forward prospect Johan Harju has been named to the preliminary roster of the Swedish team for the 2009 World Hockey Championships. Harju recently announced that he had signed a contract to play with the Moscow Dynamo of the KHL for the 2009-2010 season, foregoing a possible pro contract with the Lightning. Harju finished the 2008-09 SEL season scoring 27 goals and 22 assists in 55 games for Lulea.

Prospect phenom Victor Hedman, the likely 2009 1st round draft pick by the Lightning, was omitted from the Team Sweden preliminary roster.

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