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CHL Playoffs Today: 4/8

[b]QMJHL[/b] Gatineau avenged the embarassment of last night defeating Chicoutimi 5-3 to tie their second round series at 1-1. [url=stanislav-lascek]Stan Lascek[/url] had 1 goal and 1 assist but was -2 in the game. [b]OHL[/b] Marek Bartanus was a scratch as Owen Sound defeated London 5-3 to tie their second round series at 1-1. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw was shut out by Calgary 3-0 in the opening game of their second round WHL playoff series. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] was scoreless and -1 in the game.

NHL Changes Minor League Waiver Rule

The Winnipeg Free Press [url=http://www.moosehockey.com/news/05-06/20060407a.php]reports that the NHL and PHPA have agreed to change the 75K waiver rule which forced many veteran players on the bubble for NHL service to move overseas.[/url] Any skater with more than 320 games of experience at the NHL, AHL and ECHL level will be exempt from the rule. Any goaltender with more than 180 appearances in those leagues will also be exempt. The rule adopted this year made any veteran recalled making more than $75,000 elligible for waivers. As a consequence, many veterans were forced to choose between lower salaries in North America or higher pay in Europe. In the case of players like Shane Willis, who went to Davos in Switzerland and Linkopings in Sweden, the choice was Europe. The rule change could pave the way for Willis and center Eric Perrin's return to the Lightning organization.

HPK/HIFK Game Three

[url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] and HPK blew a three goal lead today to fall to HIFK 5-4. HIFK now leads their semifinal series 2-1. Ramo allowed 2 goals on 27 shots faced before being replaced midway through the third by Miika Wiikman who allowed 1 goal on 3 shots faced before Ramo re-entered the game and allowed 2 goals on 15 shots faced the rest of the way including Janne Hautonen's overtime game winner at 75:38 of overtime. In total, Ramo stopped 38 of 42 shots faced in the game.

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]
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