Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -2, 5 PIM (plus match penalty), 0 shots on goal
After dropping their last two regular season games in Cape Breton, Lewiston (37-26-5-2), the Eastern Division's fifth seed, will open the playoffs this week in the same arena against the fourth seeded Screaming Eagles.
Update: Ward has been suspended by the QMJHL for one game "after he spit in the direction of an opponent during last Sundayâ€™s game versus the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles."
(6) Everett will play (3) Spokane in the first round.
(4) Seattle will host (5) Kelowna in the first round.
Prince George Cougars 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 2
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Tyrell and PG's tough season mercifully ends, but on a high note with a win.
Edmonton Oil Kings 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
(3) Lethbridge will face (6) Brandon in the first round.
*Final regular season stat update coming soon.
BCHL Coastal Conference Semifinals
Game 6: No.2 Langley Chiefs 3 @ No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 2 (OT)
Chiefs win Best of 7 series 4-2
W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Series: 6 GP, 1-2-3, 8 PIM
Playoffs: 11 GP, 3-2-5, 12 PIM
Langley wins four straight to end Victoria and Justin Courtnallâ€™s season.
Chicago Steel 6 @ Ohio Junior Blue Jackets 3
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 shots on goal
Everett Silvertips 1 @ Chilliwack Bruins 5
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (slashing, interference)
Everett will finish sixth in the Western Conference and play Spokane in the first round.
Kelowna will finish fifth in the Western Conference and play Riku Helenius and Seattle in the first round.
Portland Winter Hawks 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 8
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, 22 saves on 24 shots
Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 1
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-2-3, +2, 2 PIM (roughing), *First Star*
Lethbridge has clinched the third seed in the Eastern Conference and will play Brandon in the first round.
The Lightning suffer another crippling defeat in the Steve Stamkos derby tonight.
Mike Smith stopped all 20 shots he faced tonight for his first shutout in a Lightning uniform.
If you find these young goaltenders the goal support, I'm telling you, they'll make it stand up. This team is not that far away from turning this thing around. Heck, Smith even got an assist on the empty netter tonight to put the icing on the cake.
Tonight's game winning goal belonged to Alexandre Picard who now has 2 goals and 4 points in 10 games since joining the Lightning. That pro-rates to a 30+ point season over 82 games. Whoever scouted this young man with the Phantoms, and I kind of assume it was Bill Barber, deserves a steak dinner. This young man's been a bit of a revelation since coming over in the Prospal trade. He had 18:30 in ice time tonight, and is looking like a lock to be the team's #5 or #6 defenseman next season. Heaven help the NHL when he gains that extra 5-10 pounds of muscle and gets a little sturdier on those Bambi legs. "Make it so, Number Two."