BCHL Playoffs Game Night 3/5: Victoria Advances

BCHL Coastal Conference, First Round

Game 5: No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ No.4 Burnaby Express 2 (OT)
Victoria wins Best of 5 Series 3-2

W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Series: 5 GP, 2-0-2, 4 PIM

Victoria's Jonathan Millhouse scored on a wrist shot at 2:44 of overtime to give the Grizzlies a first round series win over the higher seeded Burnaby Express. Victoria will open their conference semi-final matchup against the second-seeded Langley Chiefs on Friday. In the other Coastal Conference first round matchup, sixth ranked Powell River, fresh off a first round upset of Surrey, will play top seeded Nanaimo.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/5

WHL
Seattle Thunderbirds 5 @ Prince George Cougars 2
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, stopped 22 of 24 shots
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping)

After battling a knee sprain and a tandem goaltender on a hot streak, Helenius made his first start since February 20 and earned a win for Seattle. Seattle sits in fourth in the Western Conference, four points ahead of Everett and five ahead of Kelowna. Tyrell and PG have long been out of the running for a playoff spot. Tyrell has just two assists in his last five games.

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 1
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did not play

Vancouver outshot Kelowna 35-17 in the game. Jung has not started a game since February 23 and has not won a start since January 30. Kelowna is currently in sixth in the Western Conference with a secured playoff spot. They could move up as high as fourth with a strong finish, but will more likely be the fifth or sixth seed.

The WHL regular season ends March 16.

AHL Game Night 3/5: Admirals at Sharks

Denis drops the donut on Worcester.

NOR-4
WOR-0

Marc Denis stopped 32 of 32 shots faced to register the shutout victory.

First Period
NOR Smaby, (1) , 1:44
NOR Smolenak, (9) (Henrich, Quick), 10:21

Second Period
NOR Kearns, (5) (Rosehill), 17:13

Third Period
NOR Keller, (11) (Quick), 18:23

Matt Smaby, Denis, and Adam Henrich were the game's three stars.

Kevin Quick registered his first two points as a pro with a pair of helpers.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

BCHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/4

BCHL Coastal Conference, First Round

Game 4: No.4 Burnaby Express 5 @ No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 2
Best of 5 Series tied 2-2

W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Series: 4 GP, 2-0-2, 4 PIM

The decisive Game 5 will be played tonight (Wednesday) in Burnaby.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/4

QMJHL
St. John Sea Dogs 1 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 shot on goal

Lewiston, the defending QMJHL champions, is holding down the fifth seed right now in the Eastern Division, but is just two points out of third and seven points out of first with five games left. They have clinched a playoff spot.

WHL
Everett Silvertips 5 @ Tri-City Americans 2
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM

Seattle Thunderbirds 5 @ Prince George Cougars 1
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Made 1 save on 1 shot in 3:50 of work.
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*

Jacob DeSerras started for the T-Birds but left late in the third period. Helenius finished the game and is expected to start tonight (Wednesday) in a rematch with PG. Seattle is currently two points ahead of Everett for the Western Conference’s fourth seed. The WHL is using a new playoff format this year, where the division winners (2) in each conference automatically get the top two conference seeds and the rest fall in line in a traditional format. Previously teams would play within their own division during the first round (1-4, 2-3).

An example of some WHL craziness from this game (per Jim Swanson of the Prince George Citizen): “(Prince George goaltender Real) Cyr stopped the (Holloway) shot, but slid into the net, across the line, and after a lengthy discussion involving the four on-ice officials and the goal judge, it was correctly ruled a goal. Interesting that the third period was played without a goal judge at that end -- the story is the original goal judge walked away because he disagreed with the referees' decision. A child sat in his chair for part of the period, but no one sat in the seat for the final 15 minutes.”

NHL Game Night 3/4: Penguins at Lightning

Unfortunately, this is the team we have right now: the kind of team that can lose a game (in essence) 1-0.

PIT-2
TB-0

Mike Smith took the tough loss allowing 1 goal on 22 shots. Smith also stopped a Peter Sykora penalty shot in the game.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
1. Pittsburgh, 17:13, Talbot (13), (Dupuis, Crosby)
2. Pittsburgh, 19:55, Malkin (38), (Talbot)

This is a one line team right now, and the Lightning needs to seriously re-tool their second line in the offseason, particularly at the center position now that Richards is gone.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Monday and Tuesday's Elitserien Scores

Monday
Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 3-1 loss to Djurgardens.

Tuesday
Andreas Holmqvist had a pair of assists in Frolunda's 5-4 win over MODO.

BCHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/3

BCHL Coastal Conference, First Round

Game 3: No.4 Burnaby Express 3 @ No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 4
Victoria leads Best of 5 Series 2-1

W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (interference)
Series: 3 GP, 2-0-2, 2 PIM

Courtnall scored the second of three Victoria goals in the third period to help the Grizzlies turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 regulation win. The Grizzlies can end the series tonight (Tuesday) at home.

BoltProspects 2007-2008 Mid-Term Rankings Report

This is a bit late (for a variety of pseudo-reasons), but at last the lengthy evaluation process is complete.

Today, Bolt Prospects is releasing its Mid-Term Rankings for the 2007-2008 season. Defenseman Mike Lundin has joined the graduated prospect list; therefore, he is no longer on the prospect rankings list. Mario Scalzo, acquired earlier in the season from the Dallas Stars organization, makes his debut on the rankings list.

Prep Seasons End for Marshall, Killorn

Lightning draft picks and New England Prep stars Matt Marshall (2007 - 5th round) and Alex Killorn (2007 3rd round) finished up their respective high school careers last week. Neither Nobles (Marshall) or Deerfield (Killorn) will be participating in the post-season.

Final season stats are as follows:

W/C Matt Marshall, Noble and Greenough School: 29 GP, 25-26-51

Marshall, who will attend the University of Vermont next season, had 5 goals and 6 assists in his last 4 games to end the year. As a junior, Marshall accumulated 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points in 27 games for Nobles.

C Alex Killorn, Deerfield Academy: 25 GP, 24-27-55

Killorn, who will play for Harvard next year, finished with 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games. Last season Killorn had 19 goals and 14 assists for 33 points in 23 games.

Note: Thanks to Crimson Hockey for assistance with statistical updates this year.

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