World Championships Day Six: 4/29

Martins Karsums had 25 penalty minutes and 2 shots on goal in 6:32 as Latvia defeated Austria 2-0. Karsums received a game misconduct for boarding midway through the match.

Johan Harju had 2 shots on goal and was -1 as Sweden rebounded to defeat Team USA 6-5 in overtime. Harju and his lifelong teammate Linus Omark were held scoreless for the first time in the tournament in the match.

Karri Ramo backed up Pekka Rinne as Finland defeated the Czech Republic 4-3.

World Championships Day Five: 4/28

Martin St. Louis had 4 helpers as Canada defeated Slovakia 7-3 in their first real test of the World Championships tournament. Steven Stamkos also had 1 goal and 1 assist for the Canadians despite seeing his ice time cut back to 12:24 in the match.

Kelowna Comeback Dooms Giants

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/27

Backlund's hat trick sends James Wright and the Giants home.

World Championships Day Four: 4/27

Johan Harju had an assist and 1 shot on goal in 14:05, but it was not enough as Latvia upset Sweden 3-2 in penalty shots. Martins Karsums had a power play assist and scored on his attempt in the shootout session. Harju's lifelong teammate and Edmonton property Linus Omark had 2 assists and 4 shots on goal in 16:15.

Karri Ramo allowed 1 goal on 19 shots in Finland's 5-1 win over Denmark.

World Championships Day Three: 4/26

Martin St. Louis had a hat trick and an assist to boot as Team Canada destroyed Hungary 9-0. St. Louis led the Canadians, who outshot Hungary 51-16 in the match, with 11 shots on goal, followed by fellow Lightning star Steven Stamkos who was scoreless despite registering 8 shots on goal in the game. You get the feeling St. Louis, who is wearing an assitant captain's "A" for Canada, along with Stamkos are approaching this tournament aggressively as a springboard for next season.

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.

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