NA Juniors Game Results

  • 1 day 19 hours ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    #9 Charlottetown Islanders 0 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 (Game 2)
    Semifinals
    Armada leads series 2-0

    C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2/4 FO
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 8-6-14, +12, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
    ’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

    Barre-Boulet set up Alexandre Alain (undrafted) for a power play goal 5:02 in the 2nd period, and it stood as the game-winner behind a 28-shot shutout by Emile Samson (2018 draft eligible). The Armada win both home games to start this series, which has the storyline of a being a goaltender’s duel this far. Islanders netminder Matthew Welsh (2018 draft eligible) has stopped 49 of 53 Armada shots. The series shifts to PEI for Game 3 on Tuesday.

    Ontario Hockey League

    #2 Kitchener Rangers 2 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (Game 2)
    Western Conference Finals
    Soo lead series 2-0

    W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
    Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 13-10-23, +14, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
    ’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

    W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2/5 FO, *Third Star*
    Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 9-12-21, +6, 10 PIM
    Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
    Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
    Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

    Katchouk (pictured) and Raddysh both notched three-point games to lead the Soo to a Game 2 win over the Rangers. Katchouk earned First Star honors for a pair of goals and an assist, while Raddysh earned the Third Star for a goal and two assists. After Adam Mascherin (FLA, 2016 2nd round pick) opened the scoring for Kitchener just 1:44 in the game, the Greyhounds reeled off three straight to put the game away. Katchouk and Raddysh combined to set up linemate Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) for the equalizer just past the midpoint of the game. With the score knotted 1-1 in the 3rd period, Raddysh set up Katchouk for the first of this two goals to give the Soo its first lead. Katchouk scored his second goal with the Rangers goalie pulled and Kitchener on the power play with just 72 seconds remaining – a short-handed marker that would eventually be the game-winner. Logan Stanley (WPG, 2016 1st round pick) would raise the tension in Essar Centre when he scored for the Rangers with 27 seconds remaining to draw Kitchener to within one at 3-2, but Raddysh would seal the game with an empty netter with 8 seconds left. The series travels to Kitchener for Game 3 Monday night.

  • 2 days 16 hours ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    #9 Charlottetown Islanders 1 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 (Game 1)
    Semifinals
    Armada leads series 1-0

    C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/10 FO
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 8-5-13, +12, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
    ’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

    Emile Samson (2018 draft eligible) stopped 19 of 20 Islanders shots to lead the Armada to a Game 1 victory in the QMJHL semifinals. Bolt prospect Alex Barré-Boulet returned to the Armada lineup after sitting out Game 5 of the quarterfinal series against Moncton after suffering an injury in Game 4. The Armada got goals from three skaters, the first of which a Joel Teasdale (2018 draft eligible) marker just 1:35 into the game. After a late 2nd period equalizer by Charlottetown’s Derek Gentile (2018 draft eligible), the Armada got goals from Alexander Katerinakis (2018 draft eligible) and Alexandre Alain (undrafted) in the 3rd period to pull away. The teams are right back at it Saturday for Game 2 in Boisbriand.

    Ontario Hockey League

    #2 Kitchener Rangers 2 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (Game 1)
    Western Conference Finals
    Soo lead series 1-0

    W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 11-9-20, +11, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
    ’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

    W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/3 FO
    Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 8-10-18, +5, 10 PIM
    Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
    Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
    Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

    The Soo rallied from a 2-1 deficit behind a pair of goals from Conor Timmins (COL, 2017 2nd round pick), including a dramatic game-winning shortie with 1 second left in regulation. It was a heartbreaking loss for Kitchener as the Greyhounds snatched a victory in Game 1 of the OHL Western Conference finals. Bolt prospect Taylor Raddysh (pictured) earned the primary assist on the heroic Timmins short-handed game-winner, and fellow Bolt prospect Boris Katchouk earned an assist on Timmins’ equalizer earlier in the 3rd period. The Rangers jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the 1st period with Blue Jacket prospect Kole Sherwood and Adam Mascherin (FLA, 2016 2nd round pick) set up a Connor Bunnamen (PHI, 2016 4th round pick) power play goal. After Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) knotted the score at 1-1 with a power play goal of his own for the Soo, Sherwood and Mascherin would once again set up a Kitchener power play marker, this time from the stick of Givani Smith (DET, 2016 2nd round pick) to give the Rangers the 2-1 lead. The Soo and Rangers square off for Game 2 Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie.

  • 5 days 17 hours ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    #4 Owen Sound Attack 7 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 9 (Game 7)
    Western Conference Semifinals
    Soo win series 4-3

    W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 3-1-4, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/2 FO, *First Star*
    Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 11-8-19, +9, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
    ’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

    W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-3-4, +4, 4 PIM, 5 SOG, 5/8 FO
    Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 8-9-17, +3, 10 PIM
    Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
    Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
    Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

    Katchouk notched a hat trick and four points to lead the Soo in a wild 16-goal Game 7 victory, earning a berth in the Western Conference finals against the Kitchener Rangers. Katchouk capped off a five-goal 1st period with a short-handed marker with just 12-seconds left to give the Soo a 4-1 lead at the first intermission. He added an even strength goal in the 2nd to extend the Greyhound lead to 5-1, and the teams exchanged goals with the Soo taking a 6-2 lead into the second intermission. The Attack would mount a furious comeback, scoring five 3rd period goals, but Katchouk would score a power play marker that would eventually be the game winner to complete his hat trick. Raddysh would scratch out an empty netter late in the game to preserve the Soo victory, his only goal of the game. Raddysh would muster three assists on the night, for a four-point game of his own. Noah Carroll (CAR, 2016 6th round pick) would also score a pair of goals for the Greyhounds. Right-handed blueliner Sean Durzi (2018 draft eligible) starred for Owen Sound, scoring a pair of goals and ringing up a game-high five points.

    The Soo and Rangers square off Friday and Saturday for Game 1 and 2 in Sault Ste. Marie. Katchouk is tied for 1st in OHL playoff goals and sits third in points.

  • 6 days 19 hours ago

    Western Hockey League

    #2 Swift Current Broncos 6 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 0 (Game 7)
    Eastern Conference Semifinals
    Broncos win series 4-3

    D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 0-0-0, -6, 4 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

    Stuart Skinner (EDM, 2017 3rd round pick) turned away 25 Moose Jaw shots, pitching a Game 7 shutout. Former Blues prospect and now Flames free agent signee Glenn Gawdin scored twice and added two assists, as the Swift Current Broncos punched their ticket to the WHL Eastern Conference finals against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Broncos had their backs against the wall after Game 5, down 3-2 in the series, and then preceded to outscore the potent Warriors offense 13-1 in elimination games 6 and 7. Devils free agent signee Colby Sissons, Tyler Steenbergen (ARI, 2017 5th round pick), an Aleksi Heponiemi (FLA, 2017 2nd round pick) all had multi-point games.

    For Bolt prospect Oleg Sosunov, he could join the Syracuse Crunch for their Calder Cup Playoff run, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the organization allows him to close out his season. After scoring 7 goals and 26 points in a breakout campaign in his first year in North America, Sosunov hit a wall down the stretch statistically for the Warriors. He was never scratched, even on a loaded Moose Jaw blueline, but the offense dried up in the last 15-20 games of the regular season and the playoffs. There’s certainly something to be said for never having too much depth for the Syracuse playoff run, but one gets the sense that Sosunov kind of ran out of the gas. Unlike the watch on Otto Sompii, Sosunov does already have an NHL contract with the Lightning.

  • 1 week 19 hours ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ #4 Owen Sound Attack 7 (Game 6)
    Western Conference Semifinals
    Series tied at 3-3

    W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0/1 FO
    Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 8-7-15, +6, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
    ’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

    W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/3 FO
    Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 7-6-13, -1, 6 PIM
    Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
    Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
    Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

    Katchouk and Raddysh set up top prospect Barrett Hayton (2018 draft eligible) for the game-opening goal at 14:41 of the 1st period, but the Attack responded 38 seconds later to knot the score 1-1 at the end of the 1st period, with the Soo also holding an 11-8 advantage on shots. But Owen Sound turned on the afterburners in front of 3000+ fans at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre, peppering Soo netminders Matthew Villalta (LAK, 2017 3rd round pick) and Tyler Johnson (undrafted) with 38 shots in the 2nd and 3rd periods. In all, seven different Attack skaters scored, and five notched multi-point games. Owen Sound was facing elimination, down 3-2, and their win forces a Game 7 Tuesday night back in Sault Ste. Marie.

    The winner of Tuesday night’s Game 7 will face off against the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL Western Conference finals, who eliminated the Sarnia Sting in six games. The Eastern Conference finals is set with the Hamilton Bulldogs squaring off against the Kingston Frontenacs.

  • 1 week 1 day ago

    Western Hockey League

    #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ #2 Swift Current Broncos 2 (3OT) (Game 6)
    Eastern Conference Semifinals
    Series tied at 3-3

    D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 0-0-0, -6, 4 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

    Sharks free agent signee Jayden Halbgewachs scored a triple-overtime power play goal at the 101:14 mark to stave off a Warriors elimination and force a Game 7 Monday night back at the Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw. It was an epic goaltenders dual as Moose Jaw netminder Brody Willms (undrafted) turned aside 58 shots and Swift Current goalie Stuart Skinner (EDM, 2017 3rd round pick) turned away 35.

    After a scoreless first period, Former Jets prospect Matteo Gennaro scored a power play goal in the 2nd period, followed by a goal from Tyler Steenbergen (ARI, 2017 5th round pick) early in the 3rd to give Swift Current a 2-0 edge. But then former Lightning and now Rangers prospect Brett Howden put the team on his back, first setting up top prospect Jett Woo (2018 draft eligible) for his 2nd goal of the playoffs, and then scoring the equalizer himself to force the extra sessions.

    The winner of Monday night’s Game 7 will draw the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals, who eliminated the Brandon Wheat Kings four games to one.

  • 1 week 1 day ago

    United States Hockey League

    ** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

    The Dubuque Fighting Saints finished as the #5 seed in the Eastern Conference, but it’s unknown if Guttman will return from injury for the Clark Cup playoffs.

    Sioux City Musketeers 2 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (SO)

    D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals: 56 GP, 4-25-29, +19, 38 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
    Committed to: St. Cloud State University

    F Sammy Walker, SC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 2-7-9, -6, 4 PIM
    ’16-’17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
    Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
    Committed to: University of Minnesota

    With playoff berths and #1 seeds on the line, Sioux City and Omaha closed out their 2017-18 USHL regular season campaign Saturday night. The Musketeers needed two points and a couple other teams to lose in order to sneak into the playoffs, and Lancers were in a battle with Waterloo for the #1 seed in the Western Conference.

    The Lancers lit the lamp first, just 1:49 into the game, in front of 3700+ home fans at the Ralston Arena. But Luke Johnson (Providence commit) would set up a pair of Sioux City goals later in the 1st period, including a power play goal with one second left in the first, giving the Musketeers a 2-1 lead at the end of the first frame. Johnson was a former captain of Edina high school and teammate of Sammy Walker. Omaha would bury a power play marker of their own in the 2nd period to knot the score, and after a scoreless 3rd period and overtime session, the post season hopes of both teams would be decided by a skills competition. Both goalies turned aside the first 5 rounds of shooters before a pair of Miami (Ohio) commits squared off, with Ryan Savage (2018 draft eligible) finally solving Musketeer goalie Ben Kraws (2018 draft eligible) for the Lancer win.

    One point for the shootout loss was not enough for Sioux City to clinch a playoff berth no matter the outcome of the other teams, and that mean that the 2017-18 hockey campaign for Bolt prospect Sammy Walker is for all intents an purposes over. It was a great season for Walker, the recipient of the prestigious Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award as the best high senior hockey player in the state. His helped lead his Edina, MN high school team to a 3rd place finish in the MN Class AA State championships, and his two goals and nine points for the Musketeers in 13 games after his high school season ended was a preview of what might be in store when he dons the Maroon and Gold for the Minnesota Golden Gophers this Fall.

    For Omaha, the shootout win was not enough to clinch the top spot in the Western Conference, with Waterloo also winning their game Saturday night. Bolt prospect Nick Perbix and the Lancers will enter the Clark Cup playoffs as the #2 seed in the West.

  • 1 week 2 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 8 @ ] #14 Moncton Wildcats 3 (Game 5)
    Quarterfinals
    Armada wins series 4-1

    C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: Injury Scratch
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 8-5-13, +12, 6 PIM
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
    ’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

    The Armada punched their ticket to the QMJHL semifinals, putting up snowman on the Wildcats scoreboard en route to closing out the series on the road. Recently minted Bolt prospect Alex Barré-Boulet sat out the game after leaving Game 4 early with an injury. The Armada was paced by two goals each from Alexander Katerinakis (2018 draft eligible) and Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick), with Katerinakis also serving up a 4-point night. James Phelan (undrafted), by far and away Moncton’s best player in the series, scored and added an assist for the outmatched Wildcats along with Alexander Khovanov (2018 draft eligible). Former Lightning camper Mark Grametbauer (undrafted) was pulled at the 11:22 mark of the 2nd period after allowing Armada’s 5th goal on 18 shots. Matthew Waite (undrafted) would allow just 1 goal on 16 shots for the balance of the game.

    Barré-Boulet has time to heal up as Game 1 of the Armada’s semi-finals series against the upstart #9 seed Charlottetown Islanders doesn’t start until Friday, April 20th. The lslanders defeated the #8 seed Quebec Remparts in a Game 7 in Round 1 and then swept #4 seed Halifax Moosehead in Round 2.

    Ontario Hockey League

    #4 Owen Sound Attack 1 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (Game 5)
    Western Conference Semifinals
    Greyhounds lead series 3-2

    W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2/2 FO, *Second Star*
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 8-6-14, +8, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
    ’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

    W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/7 FO, *Third Star*
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 7-5-12, E, 6 PIM
    Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
    Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
    Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

    Katchouk and Raddysh starred for the Soo in Game 5, helping the Greyhounds take their first lead in the series against the Attack. Katchouk earned Second Star honors, assisting on three of the Soo’s four goals, and Raddysh earned Third Star honors for his goal and assist. Top prospect Barrett Hayton (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for Sault Ste. Marie, in what might be the Soo’s best game of the OHL playoffs thus far. Raddysh scored 58 seconds after Owen Sound’s game-opening goal in the 1st period, and then Hayton gave the Soo a 2-1 lead later in the period with a power play goal. Hayton scored his second in 2nd period to give the Greyhounds some breath room before Raddysh and Katchouk set up Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) for the empty netter with less than a minute remaining to seal the victory. Despite not scoring a goal in this contest, Katchouk remains tied for 3rd in OHL playoff goals scored. The series shifts back to Owen Sound for Game 6 on Sunday, with the Soo having a chance to a clinch a spot in the Western Conference finals against either the Kitchener Rangers or the Sarnia Sting. Kitchener leads that series 3-2 win Game 6 also scheduled for Sunday.

    Western Hockey League

    #2 Swift Current Broncos 2 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 0 (Game 5)
    Eastern Conference Semifinals
    Broncos lead series 3-2

    D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 0-0-0, -5, 4 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

    After being down 2-1 in the series, the Broncos have reeled off two straight to take a 3-2 series lead back to Swift Current Saturday night and a chance to advance to the WHL Eastern Conference finals against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Broncos netminder Stuart Skinner (EDM, 2017 3rd round pick) turned away 36 Moose Jaw shots for the road shutout in front of 4700+ Warriors fans at the Mosaic Place. Bolt prospect Oleg Sosunov was on the ice for both Swift Current goals.

    Over in the WHL West, Tri-City followed up their 1st round sweep of Kelowna with a 2nd round sweep of Victoriaville and will meet the Everett Silvertips in the Eastern Conference Finals. Everett won both their Round 1 and 2 series 4-1 against Seattle and Portland, respectively.

  • 1 week 2 days ago

    United States Hockey League

    ** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

    Lincoln Stars 1 @ Omaha Lancers 4

    D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals: 55 GP, 4-25-29, +19, 36 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
    Committed to: St. Cloud State University

    The Lancers got goals from four skaters and goalie Zach Driscoll (Bemidji State commit) stopped 35 of 36 Lincoln shots to lead the Lancers to the win. Omaha closes out their USHL regular season Saturday against Sammy Walker and the Sioux City Musketeers at Ralston Arena in Omaha. Perbix is one-point shy of a 30-point season going into the Lancers’ final game. Omaha sits one point behind the Waterloo Black Hawks for the best record in the Western Conference.

    Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Tri-City Storm 2

    F Sammy Walker, SC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 2-7-9, -6, 4 PIM
    ’16-’17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
    Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
    Committed to: University of Minnesota

    The Storm scored a couple of late 3rd period goals to attempt a 3-0 deficit rally to the Musketeers, but Sioux City goalie and Miami (Ohio) commit Ben Kraws (2018 draft eligible) didn’t surrender the third. The Musketeers close out their USHL regular season Saturday against Nick Perbix and the Omaha Lancers at Ralston Arena in Omaha. Sioux City is in a three-way battle with the Chicago Steel and the Cedar Rapid Roughriders for that final 12th slot in the USHL playoffs, although it will a longshot for Musketeers with 59 points to leap frog Chicago with 61 and Cedar Rapids with 60. Chicago is playing Central Illinois, by far the worst team in the league, and Cedar Rapids is playing Madison, the 3rd worst team in the league. With Walker’s NCAA eligibility to play for the Minnesota Gophers next season, there’s no chance he would join the Crunch in the event of Sioux City not making the playoffs.

  • 1 week 4 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ #14 Moncton Wildcats 5 (Game 4)
    Quarterfinals
    Armada leads series 3-1

    C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0/1 FO
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 8-5-13, +12, 6 PIM
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
    ’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

    The Wildcats staved off elimination in a stirring twice-rally Game 4 win by virtue of a 4-point night of heroics from James Phelan (undrafted). Moncton jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the 1st when Phelan assisted on both a short-handed and a power play goal. But the Armada rallied with three straight to close out the 1st with a 3-2 lead, behind a pair of goals from Luke Henman (2018 draft eligible). The two teams swapped 2nd period goals before Phelan scored twice late in the 2nd period to put the Wildcats up 5-4 and former Lightning camper Mark Grametbauer (undrafted) closed the door on 14 3rd period Armada shots for the win. The teams get a night off before the series resumes Friday for Game 5 at the Moncton Coliseum.

    #4 Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ #9 Charlottetown Islanders 4 (Game 4)
    Quarterfinals
    Islanders win series 4-0

    C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 6/14 FO
    Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
    ’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

    The Islanders got goals from four different players en route to a Game 4 win in front of 3600+ fans to give them a shocking four-game sweep of the Halifax Mooseheads. Lightning prospect Otto Somppi returned to the Halifax lineup for the first time since Game 1 of Round 1 in a do-or-die situation for the Mooseheads. After a scoreless 1st period, Somppi assisted on the game-opening marker by Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible), following by another Halifax goal less than three minutes later to give the Mooseheads a 2-0 lead. But Charlottetown would score four unanswered in the 2nd and 3rd periods to take the game and the series, and advanced the QMJHL semifinals.

    There’s a minor watch on for Somppi to join the Syracuse Crunch now that Halifax’s CHL playoff run ended prematurely, but it would seem that Somppi is likely still injured and only played Game 4 because the Mooseheads were facing elimination, and as such perhaps the Lightning may choose to shut him down for the season and let him heal. However, the more likely thing to watch for is the signing of Somppi’s entry-level contract, which surely is coming given his breakout year of 55 assists and 83 points, and that the Lightning must sign him or let him return to the draft.

    Ontario Hockey League

    #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ #4 Owen Sound Attack 2 (Game 4)
    Western Conference Semifinals
    Series tied at 2-2

    W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 9 SOG, 2/3 FO
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 8-3-11, +6, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
    ’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

    W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2/4 FO
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 6-4-10, E, 6 PIM
    Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
    Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
    Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

    Katchouk and Raddysh (pictured) kick-started the Soo in Game 4, scoring the first two goals to give the Greyhounds an early 2-0 lead, and Keeghan Howdeshell (undrafted) scored twice to keep the Soo ahead when the Attack attempted to rally. Katchouk fired a game-high nine shots and opened the scoring in the 1st with an assist from Raddysh, who then scored his own goal early in the 2nd. Righty blueliner Mac Hollowell (2018 draft eligible), Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) and Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) all notched two assists to help pace the Greyhounds to victory. The Soo return home Friday night for Game 5 looking to take their first lead in the series.

    Western Hockey League

    #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ #2 Swift Current Broncos 3 (OT2) (Game 4)
    Eastern Conference Semifinals
    Series tied at 2-2

    D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

    Former Winnipeg Jets prospect Matteo Gennaro scored a hat trick — all three of the Broncos’ goals — including the double overtime game-winner at the 98:14 mark. Gennaro scored a pair of power play markers in the 1st and 3rd periods, respectively, for Swift Current, sandwiched around a pair of 2nd period Moose Jaw goals and forcing overtime for Game 4. Broncos netminder Stuart Skinner (EDM, 2017 3rd round pick) made 51 saves, allowing just those two 2nd period Warriors goals. The win knots the series at two games apiece with the series returning to Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw on Friday for Game 5.

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