WHL â€“ Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Edmonton Oil Kings 0 @ Calgary Hitmen 5
Calgary leads Best of 7 series 1-0
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Loss, 32 saves on 37 shots
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 5.00 GAA, .865 sv%
Season totals: 48 GP, 20-20-3-5, 2.58 GAA, .911 sv%, 3 shutouts
No.1 Calgary easily took Game 1 of this opening round match-up, scoring once in the first period, then blowing the game open with three in the second against No.8 Edmonton. Martin Jones (Kings FA signee) had the shutout for the Hitmen â€“ the CHLâ€™s No.1 ranked team. Joel Broda (Capitals) had two goals and an assist for Calgary.
Mark Barberio was not among the three finalists named for the QMJHL Defenseman of the Year award. While not a huge surprise, a New Brunswick newspaper recently conducted a survey among a panel of experts and Barberio finished third. Likely 2009 first rounder Dmitry Kulikov, a defenseman for Drummondville, was named a finalist.
Luca! Luca! Luca! He's done it again! ... Barberio gets a goal against Ward's Screaming Eagles in regular season finale ... Another multi-point night for Fadden ... Jung stellar, but Edmonton's nearly choked this opportunity away.
Victoria fails to clinch ... Barberio and Moncton don't fail to clinch ... Luca! Luca! Luca! ... Tokarski beats Fadden's Americans to keep pace with Kelowna ... Wright and Vancouver lose again ... CHL playoff race updates.
Victoria one win from moving on ... Barberio in the running for Top Defenseman ... Jung and Tokarski give their teams much-needed victories ... and of course, a Yogi Svejkovsky sighting.
BCHL Playoffs â€“ Island Division Finals â€“ Game 3
Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ Cowichan Valley Capitals 1
Victoria leads Best of 7 series 2-1
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 22-41-63, 98 PIM
Top-seeded Victoria takes Game 3 on the Capitalsâ€™ home ice. Courtnallâ€™s got a little work to do here in the post-season. Last season Courtnall was nearly a point-per-game player for Victoria, yet in the playoffs he only managed 5 points in 11 games. Justin is a team leader, and while heâ€™d go through a wall for his teammates, theyâ€™re going to need him to contribute on the scoresheet, too. Courtnall has just 1 even strength goal (3 total) and 8 points in 26 career BCHL playoff games.
Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 5
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 64 GP, 14-29-43, +9, 42 PIM
Barberio had his second straight 2-point night and is heating up at the right time. Moncton is now 4 points up on Cape Breton for the Atlantic Division title and both teams have 2 games left, including one against each other to end the regular season.
Montreal Juniors 3 @ Rimouski Oceanic 6
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 14-24-38, +5, 30 PIM
Rimouski is back in the win column after having their 17 game win streak snapped against Drummondville this past weekend. Cunti took a stick to the face resulting in a Rimouski power play less than a minute into the game. Rimouski scored on that power play and never looked back. The Memorial Cup hosts are firmly in second in the Telus Eastern Division with 83 points, 16 fewer than first place Quebec and well ahead of Chicoutimi's 58.