CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4/8

OHL WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Game 3: (6) Sarnia Sting 2 @ (1) Kitchener Rangers 6
Kitchener leads Best of 7 series 3-0

C Steven Stamkos*, SAR:
Game: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Series: 3 GP, 2-0-2, -1, 6 PIM
Playoffs: 8 GP, 11-0-11, +1, 16 PIM
Season: 61 GP, 58-47-105, +18, 88 PIM

The top team in all of Canadian juniors and Memorial Cup hosts, the Kitchener Rangers are one win away from putting away the Cinderella Sarnia Sting and super-prospect Steven Stamkos. Kitchener broke a 2-2 tie late in the first period and never looked back on their way to a 6-2 win in Kitchener while holding Stamkos scoreless for the second time in three games. All-everything goalie Steve Mason (Columbus – 3rd round ’06) left the Kitchener net late in the second period when, according to the Waterloo Record, it appeared his leg buckled and he fell over. Neither Mason nor the Rangers are saying what’s wrong with the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week. Game 4 is tonight (Wednesday) in Sarnia.

*Stamkos, though not Tampa Bay Lightning property, is the consensus No.1 pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Lightning holds the top pick.

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Game 3: (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ (5) Kootenay Ice 2
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 2-1

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (holding-opponent’s-stick)
Series: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 9 PIM
Playoffs: 9 GP, 4-7-11, -1, 13 PIM (plus 10 min misconduct)

To say Lethbridge dominated may be an understatement as they went into Kootenay and outshot the Ice 51-13, including 17-6 after one period. Despite the first period shot advantage, Kootenay took a 1-0 lead into the second period until the Hurricanes onslaught began. Lethbridge would score the game’s next 5 goals, including Fadden’s power play marker to make it 2-1. Lethbridge had 16 power play opportunities to Kootenay’s 4. Game 4 is tonight (Wednesday) in Kootenay.

For results from Seattle, see: Helenius Makes 42 Saves in Thunderbirds’ Loss

Helenius Stops 42 shots in Thunderbirds' Loss

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Game 3: (1) Tri-City Americans 3 @ (4) Seattle Thunderbirds 2
Tri-City leads Best of 7 series 2-1

G Riku Helenius, SEA:
Game: Loss, 42 saves on 45 shots
Playoffs: 9 GP, 4-4-1, 2.70 GAA, .911 sv%

Kvapil Reassigned to Mississippi

Our Sports Central reported yesterday that Norfolk Admirals GM Claude Loiselle has reassigned forward Marek Kvapil to Mississippi of the ECHL.

Lightning Wins NHL Draft Lottery

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the draft lottery for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and secured the #1 pick in the draft.

Dave Andreychuk, who sat in as the Lightning's representative for the draft drawing, has the magic mojo.

Steven Stamkos is a Bolt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-xcuktoTiw

Can you say, "skill?"

Welcome to Tampa Bay, young man.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4/5

Game 2 summaries for Lethbridge and Seattle.

USHL Game Night: 4/5

Green Bay Gamblers 2 @ Chicago Steel 3
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 shots on goal

Chicago ended their season with a win over last place Green Bay. As the East Division’s No.4 seed, the Steel will open their first round playoff matchup against the top-seeded Indiana Ice on Thursday. Indiana won the season series 4-3 over Chicago, though the Steel pounded the Ice 10-3 in November.

Cunti ended his regular season with 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points in 34 games. He had a plus-16 rating and 37 penalty minutes while averaging more than 2 shots per game.

Ads Release Hurley from ATO

The Norfolk Admirals have announced they have released defenseman Sean Hurley from his ATO contract. Hurley may have become expendable when the team signed Lightning prospect Dane Crowley to an ATO earlier this week.

NHL Game Night 4/5: Lightning at Thrashers

The Lightning pull out a dramatic victory in the Steve Stamkos sweeps in the final game of the year.

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ATL-4

Mike Smith stopped 20 of 23 shots for the loss.

Matt Smaby was -1 in 17:27 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot.

The big payoff? The Lightning now have a 48.2% chance of getting the #1 pick in the draft this summer and super prospect center Steve Stamkos of Sarnia.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 4/5: River Rats at Admirals

Paul Szczechura brings the house down in the home finale.

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Marc Denis stopped 27 of 29 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Segal, (11) (Rosehill), 13:35
NOR Kearns, (9) (Wanvig, Keller), 17:09

Second Period
ALB Mormina, (4) (McLeod, Blanchard), 0:11
ALB Blanchard, (9) (Ward, Murray), 8:12

Third Period
NOR Keller, (14) (Szczechura, Segal), 2:38
NOR Szczechura, (14) (Quick, Jones), 4:29 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (15) (Wanvig, Schneider), 19:07 (EN)

Justin Keller, Szczechura, and Brandon Segal were the game's three stars.

The Admirals finish the season 18-19-3 at home.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4/4

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

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

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoffs: 7 GP, 2-6-8, -3, 4 PIM (plus a 10 min misconduct)

After winning 5 of 6 regular season games from Lethbridge, Kootenay took Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semi-finals series by turning a 2-0 third period deficit into a 3-2 win. Ben Maxwell (undrafted) scored his fifth of the playoffs to win the game for the Ice at the 13 minute mark of the third period. Game 2 is Saturday night in Lethbridge.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Game 1: (4) Seattle Thunderbirds 7 @ (1) Tri-City Americans 1
Seattle leads Best of 7 series 1-0

G Riku Helenius, SEA:
Game: Win, 29 saves on 30 shots
Playoffs: 7 GP, 4-2-1, 2.41 GAA, .913 sv%

The T-Birds chased All-WHL goalie Chet Pickard when they jumped out to a 6-1 lead less than 3 minutes into the third period then added one more for good measure on their way to a 7-1 win. Pickard led the WHL with a 46-12-2-2 record this year and is expected to be one of the first goalies taken at this summer’s draft. Colton Yellow Horn and Jason Reese had a short-handed breakaway for Tri-City with 30 seconds left in the first, but couldn't get the puck past Helenius. A goal there would have cut Seattle's lead to 2-1. Seattle got a hat trick from Ian MacKenzie (undrafted) to help them steal home-ice advantage from the Americans, who hadn’t played in 9 days after sweeping Kamloops. No.1 Tri-City was 5-4 against Seattle this year with both teams earning an overtime win. Game 2 is Saturday night in Kennewick, Washington.

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