USHL Playoffs Game Night 4/23: Waterloo Takes Game 1

Game 1: (4) Chicago Steel 1 @ (2) Waterloo Black Hawks 4
Waterloo leads Best of 5 series 1-0

W/C Luca Cunti, CHI:
Game: 0-0-0, E, 0 shots on goal
Playoffs: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 8 shots on goal

Waterloo struck first against Chicago in their East Division Finals series, winning 4-1 and taking a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is Friday at Waterloo.

CHL Playoffs Game Night 4/22: Lethbridge One Win Away

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Game 3: (1) Calgary Hitmen 0 @ (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 6
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 3-0

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Series: 3 GP, 1-6-7, +4, 0 PIM
Playoffs: 14 GP, 5-15-20, +3, 13 PIM (plus 10 min misconduct)

While Calgary’s NHL club was in the process of being knocked out of the playoffs last night, its WHL team was being pushed the brink elimination. Lethbridge broke open a scoreless game with 3 second period goals and followed that up with 3 more in the third in front of their home crowd to take a 3-0 lead in the Best of 7 Eastern Conference Finals series. Fadden scored the game’s 4th goal early in the third period and assisted on the ‘Cane’s 6th goal, a power play marker. Lethbridge can close out the series tonight (Wednesday) at home.

CHL Playoffs Game Night 4/18: 'Canes in Control

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Game 2: (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 @ (1) Calgary Hitmen 3 (OT)
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 2-0

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Series: 2 GP, 0-5-5, +3, 0 PIM
Playoffs: 13 GP, 4-14-18, +2, 13 PIM (plus 10 min misconduct)

Austin Fyten (1991) scored his first WHL goal at 2:37 of overtime to give Lethbridge a 4-3 Game 2 win and a commanding 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Finals series with Calgary. Fadden had 2 more assists for Lethbridge, giving him 5 in the series so far. Just 31 seconds after Calgary had taken a 3-1 lead on the power play in the second period, Fadden set up Zach Boychuk (2008 eligible) to make it 3-2. The ‘Canes scored the game-tier with under 4 minutes remaining in the third period. The series now moves to Lethbridge for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

USHL Playoffs Game Night 4/18: Chicago Completes Upset

2008 USHL CLARK CUP PLAYOFFS – ROUND 1

Game 4: (1) Indiana Ice 0 @ (4) Chicago Steel 5
Chicago wins Best of 5 series 3-1

W/C Luca Cunti, CHI:
Game: 0-0-0, E, 2 shots on goal
Series: 4 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 8 shots on goal

Chicago broke a 0-0 second period tie with two goals before adding three power play markers in the third period to close out their first round series with an upset over top-seeded Indiana. After being named third star in Game 3, Cunti was scoreless for the Steel in the clincher. Chicago will now play second-seeded Waterloo in the Clark Cup Semi-Finals.

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.

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