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CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-8-17

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 3 @ Mississauga Steelheads 4
OHL Finals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 1-8-9, +14, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/14 FO
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 14-13-27, +17, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 9-19-28, +15, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Erie responded to a 2-0 Mississauga lead with three goals of their own, including Anthony Cirelli’s 14th of the playoffs scored in the final minute of the second period to put the Otters up, 3-2. The Steelheads scored twice in the final period, with the winner coming at 14:52 from Michael McLeod (Devils). Game 4 is Wednesday in Mississauga.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-7-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 0 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4 (Saturday)
QMJHL Finals
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 5 Hits
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 7-7-14, +16, 20 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 40-14-54, +10, 103 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 13-14-27, +17, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 36-44-80, +37, 57 PIM

Hurricanes prospect Callum Booth stopped 27 shots and fellow Carolina pick Julien Gauthier had two goals to lead the Sea Dogs to a 4-0 shutout win over the Armada in Game 2 of the QMJHL Finals Saturday. Mathieu Joseph had a goal and a helper for Saint John. Game 3 is Tuesday.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Erie Otters 3
OHL Finals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 1-7-8, +15, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 8/18 FO, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 13-13-26, +18, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 9-17-26, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Erie’s Warren Foegele scored with just under two minutes left in regulation to break a 1-1 tie and send the Otters to a Game 2 win Sunday. ‘Hawks pick Alex DeBrincat added an empty-netter with just over a minute left before Mississauga cut the lead to 3-2 with 29 seconds remaining. They couldn’t find an equalizer and now the Otters go to Mississauga up 2-0 in the Finals. Anthony Cirelli was third star Sunday with two apples.

Crunch Surge Early, Hang On Late in Game 2 Win Over Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch surged early, but had to hang on at the end.

The Crunch scored three times before the Marlies got a shot on goal and limited the Marlies to two shots in the first 20 minutes. Toronto was able to capitalize on three power plays to cut its deficit to two, but Syracuse held on for an 8-5 win in Game 2 of the North Division Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

Syracuse leads the series 2-0 as the series continues in Toronto Tuesday.

“I think tonight showed some of our best hockey and then later in the game maybe not some of our best,” Crunch forward Matthew Peca said. “Limiting a team to two shots is pretty good. It’s all a part of how well we started. We were hitting. We were shooting. We were keeping the puck in their zone. We just have to play in their end and we’ll be fine.”

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-6-17 Marlies at Crunch

Crunchning Death Star snowmans unsuspecting Marlies.

TOR-5
SYR-8

Syracuse Leads the Series 2-0

Mike McKenna allowed 5 goals on 19 shots for the victory. Maybe not a banner night for McKenna, but he got that sweet nectar known as goal support.

First Period
3:27 SYR Conacher (2), (Froese, Thomas)(SH)
4:48 SYR Bournival (1), (Conacher, Gourde)
9:30 SYR Peca (1), (Bournival, Erne)
15:15 TOR Johnsson (3), (Holl)
19:39 SYR McGinn (3), (Froese, Taormina)(PP)

Second Period
2:29 SYR Vermin (2), (Walcott, Lynch)
4:00 SYR Peca (2), (Condra, McGinn)
8:15 TOR O'Reilly (1), (Grundstrom, Griffith)(PP)
12:00 TOR Kapanen (1), (Dermott)(PP)

Third Period
10:46 TOR Grundstrom (1), (Nielsen, Griffith)(PP)
11:58 SYR Conacher (3), (Gourde)(SH)
16:18 SYR Vermin (3), (Masin, Gourde)(EN)
18:56 TOR Griffith (1), (Greening)

Cory Conacher, Matthew Peca, and Michael Bournival were the game's three stars. There's little doubt this has been a veteran-heavy effort in the playoffs thus far, but it's good to see Matthew Peca having a good playoff run too, and he's now up to a point a game so far.

Syracuse did an excellent job to hold serve at home in Game One and Two, making sure that Toronto suffered properly for stubbing their toe in their regular season finale on the way to losing the North Division crown. That said, the old adage is still true: it's not a series until someone loses a game at home. Syracuse's challenge now is to win at least one game in the Marlies' barn with a view toward winning this series as quickly as possible in preparation for the colossal challenge that awaits if they can make it to the conference final.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Froese Haunts Former Team, Crunch Take Game 1 Against Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dealt at the deadline, Byron Froese had a chance to show what he could do against his former team.

Froese finished with a goal and an assist to lift the Syracuse Crunch over the Toronto Marlies, 3-1, in Game 1 of the North Division Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. Game 2 is set for Saturday in Syracuse.

“It’s not personal, but you always want to play well against a team that traded you away, right?” Froese said. “I don’t think I left on bad trms at all, but it’s an exciting series and it’s a big series for us.”

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-5-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 6
QMJHL Finals
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 7-6-13, +15, 20 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 40-14-54, +10, 103 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-2-3, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 12-13-25, +16, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 36-44-80, +37, 57 PIM

Mathieu Joseph scored with 15 seconds left in the second period to extend Saint John’s lead to 5-3, and the Dogs held the Armada off the scoresheet in the third period until they got an empty-netter to seal the win. Saint John takes a 1-0 lead the Q Finals, with Game 2 set for Saturday.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 1 @ Erie Otters 2 (Thursday)
OHL Finals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 1-7-8, +15, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 4/21 FO
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 13-11-24, +17, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 9-17-26, +13, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Erie took Game 1 in the OHL Finals against Mississauga, who was coming off a sweep of Peterborough. Anthony Cirelli didn’t have a great night in the faceoff circle (4/21), but managed an assist on the game-opening goal. Erie had a 2-0 lead through two periods before the Steelheads cut it to 2-1 with just over two minutes remaining. The Otters limited Mississauga to just 14 shots for the game and only five in the third period. Game 2 is Sunday.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-5-17 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch win Game Uno on Cinco de Mayo.

TOR-1
SYR-3

Syracuse Leads the Series 1-0

Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:39 TOR Johnsson (2), (Nielsen, Moore)
14:40 SYR Condra (3), (Froese, Taormina)(PP)

Second Period
16:15 SYR Froese (2), (Erne, Walcott)

Third Period
18:43 SYR Gourde (1), (Conacher, Condra)(EN)

Byron Froese, McKenna, and Erik Condra were the game's three stars. Froese, the ex-Marlie, with a first taste of vengeance against his ex-organization.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-30-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 5
QMJHL Semifinals
Saint John wins best-of-7 series, 4-2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 7-6-13, +15, 20 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 40-14-54, +10, 103 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 11-11-22, +17, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 36-44-80, +37, 57 PIM

Down 5-3 early in the third period, Saint John mounted a comeback to tie the game, then win it on Boko Imama’s seventh goal of the playoffs with just over five minutes remaining. Joseph had the primary assist on the game-winner. The win by the Sea Dogs puts them in the QMJHL Finals against fifth-seeded Blainville-Boisbriand, who beat Charlottetown, 4-1, in the other semifinal. Cedric Paquette and Daniel Walcott both played for the Armada. Saint John is the top seed.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 7 @ Owen Sound Attack 2
Western Conference Finals
Erie wins best-of-7 series, 4-2

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 1-7-8, +14, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 3-1-4, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/15 FO, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-10-23, +16, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 9-17-26, +14, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Erie won its third in a row after being down 2-1 in the series, eliminating the Attack in six games. Anthony Cirelli had a hat trick and four points in the series-clincher, including one shorthanded goal and one on the power play. He’s second in the OHL in playoff goals, one behind the Steelheads’ Spencer Watson (Kings). Dylan Strome (Coyotes) scored twice Sunday for the Otters, who will face Mississauga for the OHL championship and right to go to the Memorial Cup in Windsor.

Crunch Top IceCaps in OT, Advance to North Division Finals


By Jeremy Houghtaling

A former member of the IceCaps came back to haunt the team.

Gabriel Dumont scored 2:18 into overtime to lift the Syracuse Crunch to a 2-1 overtime win over St. John’s in Game 4 of the North Division Semifinals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

The Crunch take the series 3-1 and advance to the North Division Finals, while the IceCaps’ franchise is set to move to Laval next season.

“There was two guys in front, so I didn’t really see it go in. I just heard the puck hit the middle post and the goal light go on,” Dumont said. “I was pretty excited and I didn’t know what to do.”

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-28-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

@ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 0 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4
QMJHL Semifinals
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 3-2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 6-5-11, +14, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 40-14-54, +10, 103 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 11-9-20, +15, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 36-44-80, +37, 57 PIM

Callum Booth (Hurricanes) stopped 23 shots as Saint John rebounded from a Game 4 loss to take a pivotal Game 5, 4-0. Joseph had at least a point in every playoff game until Friday. The Sea Dogs can advance to the finals with a Game 6 win Sunday.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Erie Otters 4
Western Conference Finals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 3-2

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 1-7-8, +14, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/20 FO
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 10-9-19, +15, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 9-17-26, +13, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Erie won its second in a row against the Attack, going up 3-2 in the series with a 4-2 Game 5 win at home Friday. Anthony Cirelli had two assists, Taylor Raddysh had an empty net goal, and Erik Cernak got his first point of the series. Owen Sound was up 2-1 in the game before Erie’s two second period goals. Erie can advance to the finals against Mississauga with a win Sunday.

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