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NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4-24-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

(2)Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 @ (3)Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4
Best-of-7 Semifinals tied, 2-2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 7-5-12, +6, 29 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 27-56-83, +29, 103 PIM

The Armada tied their semifinal series with the Drakkar, scoring a 4-3 win on Wednesday night. Red Wings prospect Xavier Ouellet, a defenseman, had a hat trick for Blainville-Boisbriand. Cedric Paquette’s scoreless streak hit five games. He was 14 of 28 on faceoffs. Tuesday’s game was marred by a brawl after time expired. Both goalies were involved in the melee. Paquette received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a game misconduct penalty after the game. Game 5 is Friday.

Ontario Hockey League

(E1)Belleville Bulls 3 @ (E2)Barrie Colts 4 (OT)
Barrie leads Best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals, 3-1

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 1-4-5, +6, 21 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Barrie is one win away from reaching the OHL finals, thanks to an overtime goal by rookie Brendan Lemieux, his first of the playoffs. The Colts can close the series out on Friday in Belleville.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4-23-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

(1)Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ (8)Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 (OT)
Halifax leads Best-of-7 Semifinals, 3-0

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 9-11-20, +9, 10 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 29-34-63, +17, 14 PIM
With R-N: 27 GP, 26-27-53, +18, 12 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

For the second straight game Halifax won in overtime and for the second straight game the Mooseheads kept Nikita Kucherov off the scoresheet. Both accomplishments resulted in a 3-2 win for Halifax and a commanding 3-0 series lead. Jonathan Druin scored the game-winner off a give-and-go down low with Nathan MacKinnon. Both players are expected to go top-3 in this summer's draft and as of this posting the Lightning have a legitimate shot at one of them. The Huskies were outshot 49-24 in the game, including 11-1 in overtime. Their task is now even more monumental, having to win four straight against arguably the best team in junior hockey. Game 4 is Thursday.

(2)Baie-Comeau Drakkar 0 @ (3)Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3
Drakkar leads Best-of-7 semifinals, 2-1

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 7-5-12, +6, 25 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 27-56-83, +29, 103 PIM

The Armada got back in the series with the Drakkar, shutting out the visitors for a 3-0 win. Paquette was scoreless and 9 of 21 on faceoffs. After his torrid start to the playoffs, he has not registered a point in four games. The Armada limited the Drakkar to 17 shots on goal on Tuesday. Etienne Marcoux (undrafted) had the shutout.

Bolts Sign D Mathieu Roy for Remainder of Season

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Mathieu Roy (WAH) to a NHL contract for the remaining games of the 2012-13 season today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Roy, 6-foot-2, 214 pounds, played in 51 games with the Hamburg Freezers of the German Elite League this season, recording eight goals and 26 points. He led all Freezers defensemen for goals and was tied for the lead for points. Roy also had a plus-10 rating. He also played in six playoff games, recording five assists, tied for the most on the team during the postseason.

A native of St. Georges, Quebec, Roy has played in 65 career NHL games with the Lightning, Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers. He has amassed two career goals and 13 points. Roy played in four games with Tampa Bay during the 2010-11 season, also playing in 45 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL under current Lightning head coach Jon Cooper. Roy made his NHL debut with Edmonton during the 2005-06 season.

Roy was selected by Edmonton in the seventh round, 215th overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4-22-13

Ontario Hockey League

(E1)Belleville Bulls 4 @ (E2)Barrie Colts 5 (OT)
Barrie leads Best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals, 2-1

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 1-4-5, +7, 21 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Bolt prospect Jake Dotchin scored his first career playoff goal, helping his Colts to a 5-4 overtime win and a 2-1 series lead over Belleville. Dotchin’s goal was scored in the second period and gave the Colts a 3-2 lead. Bruins first rounder Malcolm Subban stopped 43 of 48 shots for the overtime loss. It was another Bruins prospect, Anthony Camara, who scored the game winner for Barrie against Subban. Game 4 is Wednesday.

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