CHL Playoffs Tonight: 4/7

[b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi bludgeoned Gatineau 5-1 in the opening game of their second round QMJHL playoff series. Stanislav Lascek had 4 assists for the Sangueneens and was named 2nd star of the game. Chicoutimi leads the series 1-0. [b]OHL[/b] Peterborough ran roughshod over Sudbury beating Kevin Beech 6 times in a 6-1 victory in game two of their series. Beech made 26 saves in the loss. Peterborough leads the series 2-0. Underdog Owen Sound played tough with London before the Knights pulled away in the third period tonight for a 6-3 game one win. Marek Bartanus was scoreless and even in the game. London leads the series 1-0. [b]WHL[/b] Kelowna fell to Everett 5-3 in game one of their second round playoff series. Justin Keller had 1 assist and was -1 in the game. Kelowna trails in the series 1-0.

Game Night 4/7: Monarchs at Falcons

Run n' gun hockey. MAN-4 SPR-7 Gerald Coleman stopped 25 of 29 for the win. David Spina led the way for Springfield with 2 goals, 1 assist and a +3 rating. He was named first star of the game. Ryan Vesce had 1 goal and 2 helpers for third star honors. Norm Milley had 3 assists in the win. Making a late season push for 30 goals, Jason Jaspers scored his 27th and 28th goals of the season and was named second star. Marek Kvapil had 2 helpers on the contest to bring him to 44 points this season. Tryout amateur Kevin Croxton had his first AHL goal in the game while Jay Rosehill, Zdenek Blatny and Todd Rohloff had single assists. Rosehill's return from injury prompted the scratching of PJ Atherton. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002045]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 4/7: Chiefs at Storm

The Chiefs squandered an outstanding goaltending effort by Disher and Cey. JHN-1 TOL-3 Josh Disher stopped 37 of 39 before giving way to Morgan Cey who stopped 2 of 2 in relief. Veteran Dimitri Tarabrin had the Chiefs' only goal. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3141]ECHL.com.[/url]

HPK/HIFK Game Two

With Miika Wiikman getting shelled in game one of the series, HPK turned to Karri Ramo and the 19 year old phenom did not disappoint. Ramo followed up his shutout in game four of the Ilves series with a 2-1 overtime victory over HIFK to even up their semifinal series at 1-1. Ramo stopped 29 of 30 shots faced in 72:37 of play and was named third star of the game.

Hrdel Sent to Johnstown

Yesterday the Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=7541]announced that left winger Zbynek Hrdel has been reassigned to Johnstown of the ECHL. [/url] In 46 games with the Falcons this year, Hrdel has 5 goals and 10 assists for 15 points. He has also played 13 games for Johnstown, collecting 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points.

Smaby Unsure of Future

Fresh off a disappointing Frozen Four National Semi-Final loss to Boston College, University of North Dakota captain and defenseman Matt Smaby is unsure if he'll be back with the Sioux next year, or choose to sign with the Lightning. Smaby told the [i]Grand Forks Herald[/i] that he hasn't thought through the decision just yet. "My thoughts have been focused on other things," said Smaby, who was voted team captain before the season. Smaby and Buffalo draft pick and fellow junior Drew Stafford are drawing the most interest from Sioux fans already saying "Wait 'til next year."

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 4/6

[b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi and Gatineau begin their series Friday night. [b]OHL[/b] Kevin Beech put forth a heroic effort, stopping 34 of 37 shots, but it wasn't enough as Sudbury fell to Peterborough 3-1. Beech was named the game's Third Star. The Petes lead the series 1-0. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw and Calgary get underway Saturday night. Kelowna hosts Everett in Game 1 of their series starting Friday night.

Game Night 4/6: Thrashers at Lightning

The Lightning had an opportunity to put the stake completely through the Thrashers' heart tonight. They only managed to drive the stake halfway through. ATL-2 TB-3 (SO) It was Sean Burke versus Mike Dunham in a matchup of the two slowest goaltenders in the league. Burke stopped 29 of 31 before stopping 2 of 3 in penalty shots. This I know for certain: Brad Richards is money in shootouts. Ryan Craig scored the 15th goal of his rookie season on the power play. Pavel Kubina's return tonight pushes Timo Helbling out of the lineup. Paul Ranger played 18:41 with 1 shot and 4 blocked shots. Craig was -1 in 15:37 with 4 shots and 1 block. Evgeny Artyukhin played 5:19 with 1 hit. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021136.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

NCAA Tournament Tonight

Boston College defeated North Dakota 6-5 today to advance to the national championship game on Saturday. Despite going scoreless in the contest, Matt Smaby was a physical force for the Fighting Sioux landing open ice hit after open ice hit in the game. The Matt Smaby signing watch begins now. Despite a third period goal by Mike Lundin, Maine fell 5-2 to Wisconsin. Lundin put up big minutes of the Black Bears' blueline in the game. Boston College and Wisconsin will meet Saturday in the national championship game.

Linkopings/Frolunda Game Seven

Frolunda, who at one point was down 3-1 in their semifinal series with Linkopings, defeated Linkopings 2-0 today in a deciding game seven. Fredrik Norrena stopped 23 of 25 in the loss. Frolunda will play Farjestads in the Elitserien finals. Linkopings dropped game six to Frolunda on Tuesday 4-1 as Fredrik Norrena allowed 4 goals on 29 shots faced. The loss marks the end of the season for Fredrik Norrena, Andreas Holmqvist and Shane Willis.
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