Sointu, Matias

Lightning Relinquish Rights to DeCoste, Sointu

With the June 1 signing deadline for 2008 draftees now come and gone, the Lightning have relinquished the rights to prospects Kyle DeCoste (Belleville, OHL) and Matias Sointu (Sudbury, OHL).

There was some question about Sointu's rights as he was drafted out of Finland, but Bolt Prospects confirmed with the Lightning that Sointu did indeed need to be signed by June 1 to retain his rights.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-21-10

OHL

East-8 Sudbury Wolves 2 @ East-1 Barrie Colts 6
Conference Quarterfinals, Game 3. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 3-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (delay of game, delay of game)
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3, E, 0 PIM [/i]
Season Totals (OTT, SBY): 51 GP, 8-21-29, -3, 24 PIM

Hutchings extended his point streak to seven games. He took two delay of game penalties in the game's first five minutes. Barrie can close out the series Wednesday in Sudbury.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-20-10

QMJHL

Atlantic-3 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0 @ Atlantic-2 Moncton Wildcats 6
First Round, Game 2. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Barberio’s power play goal in the third period gave the Wildcats a 5-0 lead. It was his first career playoff goal. Game 3 is Tuesday in Sydney.

OHL

East-1 Barrie Colts 2 @ East-8 Sudbury Wolves 1
Conference Quarterfinals, Game 2. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM (slashing, slashing)
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3, E, 0 PIM [/i]
Season Totals (OTT, SBY): 51 GP, 8-21-29, -3, 24 PIM

Barrie’s Bryan Cameron (Kings 3/07) scored the tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Colts held on for the win. Game 3 is Sunday in Barrie. Going back to the regular season, Hutchings has points in six consecutive games.

WHL

West-7 Kamloops Blazers 3 @ West-2 Vancouver Giants 6
Conference Quarterfinals, Game 2. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

This was a convincing win for Vancouver, led by Craig Cunningham's (undrafted) two goals and three assists. The 5-9 forward had 97 points during the season and has seven already in two playoff games. Game 3 is Tuesday in Kamloops.

In other WHL news, East No.8 seed Moose Jaw has taken both early games from No.1 Calgary in Calgary.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-18-10

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Barrie Colts 11
OHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 1. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-2-3, +4, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-3-3, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals (OTT, SBY): 51 GP, 8-21-29, -3, 24 PIM

Sudbury scored first in the game when Sointu set up John McFarland on the power play at 1:13. From there, it was all Barrie as the Colts scored the game’s next eight goals. They had a snowman on the scoreboard at the 11-minute mark of the second period. Sudbury clawed back to 8-4 early in the third before Barrie scored three more times. Alex Burmistrov, who is expected to go in the top-10 in this summer’s draft, was First Star for Barrie with two goals and two assists. Hutchings and Barrie were knocked out of the first round last year, with Hutchings registering seven points (three goals) in five games. This was Sointu’s OHL playoff debut – and a good one statistically, especially considering he was even despite 11 goals against. Sointu now has 12 points in his last eight games.

CHL Game Night: 3-14-10

[b][i]QMJHL[/b][/i] [b] St. John Sea Dogs 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 5[/b] [i]D [b][url=/mark-barberio]Mark Barberio[/url][/b], MCT: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG[/i] Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM In a game broadcast on NHL Network, Barberio and Moncton defeated top-seeded St. John to end the regular season on a winning note. Barberio scored twice, the first on the power play when he pinched in from the point and buried a cross-crease pass. The second came while shorthanded into an empty net. Moncton finishes with the league’s third-best point total at 102, two points behind Drummondville and seven behind St. John. They’ll play Cape Breton in the first round. After a slow start to the season in the goal department, Barberio finished with a bang, scoring 14 times after Christmas. Barberio set career highs in goals (+1), assists (+12), points (+14), and plus/minus (+31). He finished fifth in the Q in points among defensemen, sixth in goals, fifth in assists, and seventh in plus/minus. Barberio and Moncton should have a long playoff season ahead, at least until the conference finals, which should be vs. the same Sea Dogs they defeated Sunday night. [b][i]OHL [/b][/i] [b] Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 3 (OT)[/b] [i]W [b]Matias Sointu[/b], SBY: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM [/i] Season Totals: 51 GP, 8-21-29, -3, 24 PIM [i]With Sudbury: 29 GP, 5-14-19, -8, 18 PIM With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM[/i] With Niagara’s loss, Sudbury was a second point away from avoiding Barrie in the East’s first round, but it was not to be as Sointu’s former team scored in overtime. The Wolves, who had 59 points on the year, will indeed play Alex Hutchings and Barrie, who finished the year 57 points better than Sudbury. Sointu finished the regular season very strong, scoring nine points in his last seven games. [b]OHL Scoring Race[/b] Speaking of Hutchings, he finished the year fourth in the OHL in goals (tie - 47), 14th in points (81), first in shorthanded goals (11; 7 more than anyone else), first in game winning goals (tie – 11), second in insurance goals (tie – 7), and fifth in plus/minus (+44). Overall, Plymouth’s Tyler Seguin (48-58-106) and Windsor’s Taylor Hall (40-66-106), who will battle for the No.1 draft spot this summer, finished tied for the league lead in points. [i][b]WHL[/b][/i] [b] Vancouver Giants 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 4 (OT)[/b] [i]C/W/D [b][url=/james-wright]James Wright[/url][/b], VAN: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM (boarding, roughing)[/i] Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM [i]With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM [/i] The Giants, who have struggled the last two weeks, played ninth place Seattle for a chance to enter the playoffs on a win streak, but were foiled by T-Birds goalie Calvin Pickard (2010 eligible), who stopped 51 shots in a First Star performance. Wright, a noted two-way player who skated for Tampa Bay of the NHL for most of the season because of his two-way abilities, finished his regular season with Vancouver with a surprising minus-3 rating. Wright and Vancouver will have to regroup as they enter the playoffs against seventh-seeded Kamloops. In other WHL news, Calgary’s Brandon Kozon (Kings 6/09) won the league scoring title by one point over Regina’s Jordan Eberle (Oilers 1/08), 107-106.

CHL Game Night: 3-12-10

QMJHL

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 64 GP, 15-43-58, +37, 70 PIM

This was a preview of a QMJHL first round playoff series that Moncton hopes has a different result. That series begins Friday. Moncton will close out their season Sunday against the top-seeded St. John Sea Dogs on NHL Network.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 4 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2
C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM (roughing), *Second Star*
Season Totals: 59 GP, 20-20-40, +4, 51 PIM
With Bulls: 26 GP, 11-11-22, -11, 32 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: Did not play.
Season Totals: 57 GP, 19-14-33, -19, 51 PIM
With Bulls: 44 GP, 17-13-30, -17, 31 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

Panik (pictured) may not be headed to the OHL playoffs, but he’s certainly performing at a high level to finish the year and giving Tampa Bay something to think about. He hit 20 goals and 40 points on the season thanks to a three-point game Friday. Panik now has nine points in his last six games and five in his last two. DeCoste missed his fourth game due to a concussion.

Barrie Colts 4 @ Brampton Battalion 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 46-34-80, +43, 56 PIM

Hutchings tied his previous career high for assists in a season, set last year in 63 games. Barrie has one game remaining and the league's top seed sewn up.

Sudbury Wolves 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 50 GP, 8-20-28, -4, 22 PIM
With Sudbury: 28 GP, 5-13-18, -9, 16 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sointu’s empty net goal provided the final piece to a playoff spot clinching win for the Wolves. Sudbury is tied with Niagara for seventh in the East, but Niagara has a game in hand.

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Ottawa 67’s 4
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 42 saves on 46 shots
Season Totals: 48 GP, 14-27-2-1, 4.06 GAA, .886 sv%, 2 SO

The Gens needed a miracle to happen to get into the playoffs, starting with a win over Ottawa, but they blew a 3-1 lead entering the third period and will stay home during the playoff season. They were outshot 46-29 in the game, including 22-6 in the final period.

WHL

Brandon Wheat Kings 9 @ Regina Pats 3
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, -5, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 24-27-51, -11, 102 PIM
With Regina: 35 GP, 11-14-25, -3, 50 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

This was the Pats’ final home game of the season, which meant it was the last time the Regina faithful could see Jordan Eberle up close. Eberle was awarded the game’s First Star despite the blowout loss to the Memorial Cup hosts. Eberle did have a goal in the game and remains two points up on Brandon Kozon for the league scoring title. He’s rumored to possibly be joining the Oilers before the end of the NHL season. Ashton, meanwhile, had a horrific night in the plus/minus department and will play his final junior game Saturday in Brandon. He has an NHL contract in hand and will likely join the AHL Norfolk Admirals next week.

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Vancouver Giants 3
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 19 GP, 5-11-16, -3, 13 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

The Giants finally returned home after a 10-game Olympic road trip, but fell to the Rockets 4-3. They had battled back from a 3-0 first period deficit only to see the game winner scored late in the third. Wright has been playing a little defense lately at the request of his coach, Don Hay. Vancouver is locked into the West’s No.2 seed despite having the conference’s fifth best point total. Winning the B.C. Division will do that. They will play Chilliwack or Kamloops in the first round.

CHL Game Night: 3-11-10

QMJHL

PEI Rocket 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 63 GP, 15-43-58, +38, 70 PIM

Barberio has six points in his last six games after opening the game’s scoring with an unassisted goal. His goal tied his career high for goals in a season at 15, set last year in 66 games. His point total is 12 more than his previous career high, set two seasons ago in 70 games. Moncton, who is tied with Drummondville for the league’s second-best overall record behind St. John, will play Cape Breton in the first round of the playoffs.

OHL

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Barrie Colts 7
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-3-4, +4, 2 PIM (tripping), *First Star*
Season Totals: 66 GP, 46-33-79, +42, 56 PIM

This was Hutchings’ (pictured) seventh game this season in which he’s scored at least three points. He has five three-point games, one four-point game (last night), and a five-pointer. He moved into fourth in the league in plus/minus with the plus-4 night. Hutchings is within one assist of his previous career high in that category, set last season in 63 games. His goal total this year is 12 better than his previous best. Unofficially, this was his ninth First Star award of the season. Barrie has clinched the league’s best record and will play Niagara, Sudbury, or Oshawa in the first round.

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Peterborough Petes 4
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (hooking), *Third Star*
Season Totals: 49 GP, 7-20-27, -5, 20 PIM
With Sudbury: 27 GP, 4-13-17, -10, 14 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sointu earning the Wolves’ lone game star on the road is impressive, even if the result for Sudbury was not. The Wolves’ loss, combined with a Niagara shootout loss, means Niagara clinches a playoff spot and Sudbury and Oshawa are the lone teams in the league who haven’t clinched yet still with a chance at going to the postseason. Sudbury is in eighth, three points up on the Gens, with each team having two games remaining.

CHL Game Night: 3-6-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4 (OT)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 60 GP, 14-42-56, +38, 64 PIM

Barberio had a rare minus game and saw his three-game point streak come to an end, but still got a Third Star on the road for his good play.

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 4
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 47 GP, 7-19-26, -5, 18 PIM
With Sudbury: 25 GP, 4-12-16, -10, 12 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

A big win for Niagara, who jumped Sudbury into seventh in the East, leaving the Wolves just one point ahead of Oshawa for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Oshawa Generals 3 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 45 GP, 14-24-2-1, 4.07 GAA, .886 sv%, 2 SO

The Gens are just one point behind Sudbury for the final playoff spot having swept their weekend home-and-home series with the Frontenacs. Zador did not play in either game.

WHL

Prince Albert Raiders 3 @ Regina Pats 6
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (elbowing)
Season Totals: 62 GP, 24-26-50, -6, 102 PIM
With Regina: 34 GP, 11-13-24, +2, 50 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

The Pats have won two in a row since being eliminated from playoff contention.

Vancouver Giants 0 @ Kelowna Rockets 3
C/W James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 17 GP, 4-10-14, -2, 6 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

The Giants have now lost four in a row. Wright hasn’t registered a point in his last five games and is minus-seven during that time.

CHL Game Night: 3-5-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ St. John Sea Dogs 3 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 59 GP, 14-42-56, +39, 64 PIM

A big, confidence-building win for the Wildcats over the CHL’s second-ranked team on the Sea Dog’s home ice. Moncton is ranked No.4 in the CHL. Barberio’s goal came in the first period on the power play to tie the game at two for Moncton. He has goals in two straight games and is one off his career high with five games left. He did not participate in the shootout.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM (spearing double-minor)
Season Totals: 56 GP, 19-16-35, +4, 47 PIM
With Bulls: 23 GP, 10-7-17, -11, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: Did not play.
Season Totals: 57 GP, 19-14-33, -19, 51 PIM
With Bulls: 44 GP, 17-13-30, -17, 31 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-4-4, +2, 2 PIM (holding opponent’s stick), *First Star*
Season Totals: 46 GP, 7-19-26, -4, 18 PIM
With Sudbury: 24 GP, 4-12-16, -9, 12 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sointu (pictured) has six points in his last two games. The four points in a game were a career high for the young Finn. Panik scored for the second game in a row, but took a double-minor for spearing as the game ended.

Barrie Colts 3 @ Ottawa 67’s 6
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 64 GP, 45-29-74, +38, 54 PIM

A rare loss for the CHL’s top-ranked team from Barrie. Hutchings saw his point streak end at 12 games and his goal streak end at seven. He’s five goals short of 50 with four games remaining.

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 45 GP, 14-24-2-1, 4.07 GAA, .886 sv%, 2 SO

The Gens are two points behind Niagara for the East’s last playoff spot with five games remaining.

WHL

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Regina Pats 4
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 61 GP, 24-26-50, -5, 100 PIM
With Regina: 33 GP, 11-13-24, +3, 48 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

The Pats get a win despite being out of the playoff race. Ashton’s goal, which came on the power play, was his first in eight games. He tied his career high for points in a season at 50, set in 70 games last year with the Hurricanes (30 goals).

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Kamloops Blazers 6
C/W James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 16 GP, 4-10-14, -1, 6 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

The Giants have now lost three in a row. Wright hasn’t registered a point in his last four games and is minus-six during that time.

CHL Game Night: 3-2-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 13-42-55, +39, 64 PIM

Barberio scored what turned out to be the game winner less than five minutes into the first period. The ‘Cats would add another goal less than a minute later, then hold the Eagles off the scoresheet for the rest of the game. Moncton has won eight straight.

OHL

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 5 (OT)
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 44-30-74, +41, 52 PIM
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 7-15-22, -6, 16 PIM
With Sudbury: 23 GP, 4-8-12, -11, 10 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Hutchings scored his 44th goal of the year at 2:45 of overtime to give the Colts the road win and extend his point streak to 11 games. He has goals in six straight. This was his 11th game winning goal of the season, tying him with Ottawa's Cody Lindsay (undrafted) for the league lead. Sointu’s two assists gave him his first multi-point game since January 31. Sointu finished February with no goals and three assists in 10 games. Hutchings had 10 goals and five assists in 12 February games.

WHL

Regina Pats 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 5
RW Carter Ashton, REG: Did not play.
Season Totals: 60 GP, 23-26-49, -5, 100 PIM
With Regina: 32 GP, 10-13-23, +3, 48 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

That’s two huge losses to the eighth-place Broncos in the last week for Regina, which drops them 11 points back of Swift Current with five games remaining. That means they’re officially done. No word yet as to why Ashton was scratched. If he’s healthy, there’s a good chance he joins AHL Norfolk when the Pats are finished with their season. I’d also expect (and look forward to seeing) Jordan Eberle join the Oilers.

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