CHL Playoffs Game Night 4/17: First Star Fadden

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Game 1: (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ (1) Calgary Hitmen 2
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 1-0

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Playoffs: 12 GP, 4-12-16, E, 13 PIM (plus 10 min misconduct)

Lethbridge struck first in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Finals by getting out to a quick 2-0 lead and staying ahead of the Hitmen long enough for a 5-2 win. Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden had 3 assists for the Hurricanes, earning first star honors for the third time in the playoffs. Game 2 is tonight (Friday) in Calgary.

Scalzo Signs With European Club

Eurohockey.net is reporting that defenseman Mario Scalzo has signed with Austrian club Salzburg for next season. If Scalzo indeed chooses to leave North America for Europe, it makes an already depleted Norfolk blueline for next season even thinner. Of course, it also probably helps prospect Dane Crowley's quest to get an NHL contract.

Lightning/Artyukhin Talking Contract

Damian Crisdotero is reporting in his blog that the Lightning are in talks with Russian forward and Bolt Prospects alumni Evgeny Artyukhin. Artyukhin has spent the past two seasons in the Russian Superleague after leaving the NHL due to a prolonged contract dispute with the Lightning.

USHL Playoffs Game Night 4/15: Cunti Scores GWG for Chicago

2008 USHL CLARK CUP PLAYOFFS – ROUND 1

Game 3: (1) Indiana Ice 1 @ (4) Chicago Steel 3
Chicago leads Best of 5 series 2-1

W/C Luca Cunti, CHI:
Game: 1-0-1, +1, 5 shots on goal, *Third Star*
Series: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 8 shots on goal

Cunti scored what would be the game winning goal midway through the second period to give Chicago a 2-1 lead and the Steel is now one win away from upsetting top seeded Indiana in the first round of the Clark Cup playoffs. Chicago would add an insurance goal on a penalty shot in the third to cap the win. Cunti was named third star for his efforts. Chicago can close out the series at home on Friday night.

Fadden, Lethbridge to open vs. Calgary on Thursday

The Lethbridge Hurricanes and Calgary Hitmen will begin their WHL Eastern Conference championship series on Thursday in Calgary. There was a question of when and if No.1 Calgary would host the first couple games because the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League have a home game Saturday night and the NHL Flames would play the Sharks on Sunday should that series go 6 games.

Game 2 will be Friday night in Calgary before moving to Lethbridge Tuesday and Wednesday for Games 3 and 4.

Lethbridge, the East's No.3 seed who had the second-most points in the conference, went 5-1 vs. Calgary this year, including two shutouts. In their last meeting on March 9, the 'Canes won 4-3 in a game in which Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden had a goal and an assist and was named first star. For the regular season series, Fadden had 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in the 6 games.

Fadden currently has 13 points in 11 playoff games, including 4 goals.

In the Western Conference, No.1 Tri-City, fresh off their 5 game series win over Riku Helenius and Seattle, will meet No.3 Spokane, who disposed of No.2 Vancouver in 6 games. That series will begin Friday.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night 4/13: Sea Wolves Lose Game and Series

2008 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs - Series B
American Conference - Division Quarterfinals

Game 4: (1) Texas Wildcatters 5 @ (8) Mississippi Sea Wolves 3
Texas wins Best of 5 series 3-1

G Ryan Munce: 58:45 mins (L), 39 shots, 34 Saves, 5 GA
F Marek Kvapil: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIMs, 6 SOG, *THIRD STAR*
F Zbynek Hrdel: DNP

The Texas Wildcatters defeated the Mississippi Sea Wolves Sunday night by a score of 5-3, ending the Wolves' bid to continue post-season play. Marek Kvapil scored a power play marker in the first period and assisted on Michael Couch's second period goal. The Wolves would knot the game at 3-3 early in the third period before Ryan Munce would give up two Wildcatter goals down the stretch. Munce stopped 34 shots, but surrended 5 goals to the top-seed Texas. Kvapil finished the playoffs 2-3-5 in 3gp including 2 power-play goals.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night 4/12: Sea Wolves OT Win Keeps Hope Alive

2008 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs - Series B
American Conference - Division Quarterfinals

Game 3: (1) Texas Wildcatters 3 @ (8) Mississippi Sea Wolves 4 (OT)
Texas leads Best of 5 series 2-1

G Ryan Munce: 64:06 mins (W), 38 shots, 35 Saves, 3 GA
F Marek Kvapil: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIMs (slashing), 4 SOG
F Zbynek Hrdel: DNP

Ryan Munce bounced back in front of a home crowd of 2,172 Saturday night stopping 35 shots as the Mississippi Sea Wolves pulled off a sudden death OT winner in Game 3 against top-seed Texas. Marek Kvapil scored a 2nd period power play marker to put the Wolves up 3-2, and then assisted on Mike Hartwick's OT stunner forcing Game 4 tonight at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

The Wildcatters lead the series 2-1, but can still end the Wolves' season with a Game 4 victory tonight in Biloxi, MS.

USHL Playoffs Game Night 4/12: Indiana Explodes to Even Series

2008 USHL CLARK CUP PLAYOFFS – ROUND 1

Game 2: (4) Chicago Steel 2 @ (1) Indiana Ice 7
Best of 5 series tied 1-1

W/C Luca Cunti, CHI:
Game: 0-0-0, -1, 1 shot on goal
Series: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM, 3 shots on goal

Chicago took a 2-1 lead into the second period, then watched as top-seeded Indiana scored the game’s next 6 goals to tie the first round series at 1. Game 3 is Tuesday in Chicago.

AHL Game Night 4/12: Admirals at Penguins

The Ads send a season ending message: "We'll be back." Punctuation mark.

NOR-3
WBS-2 (OT)

Marc Denis stopped 27 of 29 shots for the victory to help spoil Dennis Bonvie's final regular season game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

First Period
WBS Smith, (22) , 14:53
WBS Gove, (23) (Stone, Engelland), 19:31

Second Period
NOR Tyrell, (1) (Jones, Klinkhammer), 7:47

Third Period
NOR Wanvig, (23) (Szczechura, Schneider), 17:35

Overtime
NOR Szczechura, (16) (Segal), 0:41

Congratulations to Dana Tyrell on scoring his first professional goal. The 2007 2nd round pick finishes his ATO with Norfolk with 1 goal and 6 points in 11 games with a +1 rating and 6 penalty minutes.

With the win, Norfolk surpassed the 28 wins of the Springfield Falcons of a year ago and finished 6 points ahead of the former Lightning affiliate's total from a season ago. It's progress, however modest.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night 4/11: Fadden Advances, Helenius Finished

Mitch Fadden notches two assists to help Lethbridge move on to the Conference Finals and an injured Riku Helenius watches as the Thunderbirds end their season.

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