2008 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs - Series B
American Conference - Division Quarterfinals
Game 1: (8) Mississippi Sea Wolves 1 @ (1) Texas Wildcatters 4
Texas leads Best of 5 series 1-0
Ryan Munce stopped 51 shots against the league-best Texas Wildcatters in their first game of the ECHL playoffs Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough as Texas took a 1-0 series lead by winning 4-1 in front of a sparse home crowd of 688. The Wildcatters threw a jaw-dropping 55 shots on goal en route to the victory.
Game 2 of the series is tonight in Beaumont, TX.
Tampa Bay Lightning ECHL Regular Season Stats on the flip.
Results from Sarnia, Lethbridge, and Seattle.
Admirals lose with just 50 seconds left on the clock. Ouch.
Marc Denis stopped 24 of 26 shots in the loss.
ALB Blanchard, (10) (McLeod, Angelidis), 7:21
NOR Segal, (12) (Mihalik, Jones), 17:50
ALB Conboy, (2) (Jensen, Petruzalek), 19:10
In his last 17 games Brandon Segal has notched 7 goals and 11 points. Segal was acquired at the deadline for veteran defenseman Jay Leach and has one year remaining on his NHL contract.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
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 â€“ 3rd round â€™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 whatâ€™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-opponentâ€™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 gameâ€™s next 5 goals, including Faddenâ€™s power play marker to make it 2-1. Lethbridge had 16 power play opportunities to Kootenayâ€™s 4. Game 4 is tonight (Wednesday) in Kootenay.
For results from Seattle, see: Helenius Makes 42 Saves in Thunderbirdsâ€™ 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%
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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.
Can you say, "skill?"
Welcome to Tampa Bay, young man.
Game 2 summaries for Lethbridge and Seattle.
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 Divisionâ€™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.