Helenius, Riku

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/27

WHL FIRST ROUND -- WESTERN CONFERENCE

Game 5: (5) Kelowna Rockets 2 @ (4) Seattle Thunderbirds 6
Seattle leads Best of 7 series 3-2

G Torrie Jung, KEL:
Game: No decision, 17 saves on 20 shots in relief
Series: 1 GP, 0-0, 3.82 GAA, .850 sv%

G Riku Helenius, SEA:
Game: Win, 25 saves on 27 shots
Series: 4 GP, 2-2, 3.01 GAA, .900 sv%

Helenius reclaimed the No.1 spot for Seattle and though he gave up a goal 22 seconds into the game on the Rockets' first shot, he shut down Kelowna the rest of the way to give the T-Birds a 3-2 lead in the series. As for Jung, he came into the game mid-way through the first period after Kristofer Westblom, who had a shaky Game 4, gave up 3 goals on 8 shots. Jung may be the favorite to start Game 6 for the Rockets Saturday night in Kelowna. Seattle has won 3 in a row in the series.

The game ended on an ugly note when Kelowna’s James McEwan, a former T-Bird, blatantly tackled Helenius after the final horn resulting in both teams getting involved in a shoving match.

According to the Seattle Times, Helenius, who was uninjured, tried to laugh it off.

"Their guys were chirping at me all series," Helenius told the newspaper. "So it was a little surprising, but I don't care that much."

Kelowna’s coach, Ryan Huska, responded to he incident by praising McEwan’s fiery nature: “That’s why he’s our leader.”

Ah, the WHL.

Just in case the McEwan tackle wasn’t dirty enough, Doyle Potenteau of the Kelowna Daily Courier reports seeing this sign in the stands in Seattle regarding one of Kelowna’s defensemen:

Colin Joe illegally downloads.

Now that's just cold.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/25

Results posted for Lewiston, Lethbridge (another star for Fadden), and Kelowna/Seattle (Helenius back in net).

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/24

WHL First Round -- WESTERN CONFERENCE

Game 3: (4) Seattle Thunderbirds 3 @ (5) Kelowna Rockets 2 (OT)
Kelowna leads Best of 7 series 2-1

G Torrie Jung, KEL:
Game: Did not play
Series: 0 GP

G Riku Helenius, SEA:
Game: Did not play
Series: 2 GP, 0-2, 3.09 GAA, .885 sv%

Seattle got back into the series when David Richard scored on the T-Birds’ 14th shot of overtime to narrow Kelowna’s series lead to 2 games to 1. Seattle made a change in net that could be permanent as Jacob DeSerres stopped 30 shots for the win. Kristofer Westblom stopped 37 for Kelowna while both Lightning drafted goaltenders watched from the bench.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/22

QMJHL FIRST ROUND -- EASTERN DIVISION

Game 2: (5) Lewiston MAINEiacs 0 @ (4) Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3
Cape Breton leads Best of 7 series 2-0

D Michael Ward, LEW:
Game: 0-0-0, 4 PIM
Series: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 4 PIM (was suspended for Game 1)

Cape Breton has won 4 straight over Lewiston in the past week, including regular season games. Game 3 of the series is Tuesday in Lewiston.

WHL FIRST ROUND -- EASTERN CONFERENCE

Game 2: (6) Brandon Wheat Kings 3 @ (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 4
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 2-0

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Series: 2 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 0 PIM

Brandon scored early in the third to make it a 4-3 game but couldn’t come all the way back. Both of Fadden’s assists came on the power play. He’s been 2nd Star in both games so far. Game 3 is Tuesday in Brandon.

WHL FIRST ROUND -- WESTERN CONFERENCE

Game 2: (6) Everett Silvertips 1 @ (3) Spokane Chiefs 4
Spokane leads Best of 7 series 2-0

D Dane Crowley, EVT:
Game: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Series: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Spokane again got out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back. Game 3 is Tuesday in Everett and the Silvertips have a lot of work to do to get back in the series.

Game 2: (5) Kelowna Rockets 3 @ (4) Seattle Thunderbirds 1
Kelowna leads Best of 7 series 2-0

G Torrie Jung, KEL:
Game: Did not play
Series: 0 GP

G Riku Helenius, SEA:
Game: Loss, 23 saves on 26 shots
Series: 2 GP, 0-2, 3.09 GAA, .885 sv%

Kelowna will return home Monday for Game 3 with a commanding lead in the series and home ice advantage. Kristofer Westblom has played well as Kelowna’s No.1 with a 1.50 GAA and a .943 save percentage in two games. Five of Kelowna’s six goals in the series have come on the power play. The game winning goal Saturday was scored when a centering pass deflected off a Seattle skate and behind Helenius.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/21

QMJHL FIRST ROUND -- EASTERN DIVISION

(5) Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 @ (4) Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 8
Cape Breton leads Best of 7 series 1-0

D Michael Ward, LEW:
Game: Did not play (suspension)

King's pick Jonathan Bernier was lit up and pulled for Lewiston.

WHL FIRST ROUND -- EASTERN CONFERENCE

(6) Brandon Wheat Kings 1 @ (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 2
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 1-0

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*

After trailing 1-0 mid-way through the third period, Dwight King and Zach Boychuk scored on back-to-back power plays within a minute of each other to give Lethbridge the win.

WHL FIRST ROUND -- WESTERN CONFERENCE

(6) Everett Silvertips 2 @ (3) Spokane Chiefs 5
Spokane leads Best of 7 series 1-0

D Dane Crowley, EVT:
Game: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)

Spokane got out to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back. Kyle Beach returned to the Everett lineup and was scoreless with 2 PIM.

(5) Kelowna Rockets 3 @ (4) Seattle Thunderbirds 2
Kelowna leads Best of 7 series 1-0

G Torrie Jung, KEL:
Game: Did not play.

G Riku Helenius, SEA:
Game: Loss, 23 saves on 26 shots

One of the two Lightning property goaltenders in this series got the start for their respective teams, but Helenius and Seattle couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead and dropped Game 1. Brady Leavold (undrafted) scored the GTG and GWG for Kelowna. His GTG came with 14 seconds left in the second period.

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