Maine 4 - UMass 1
East Region Final
Mike Lundin and Maine will return to the Frozen Four for the fourth time in the last six years. The trip will be the third for Lundin, a senior who was one of four Black Bears named to the All East Regional Team. He also played in the 2006 and 2004 Frozen Fours. Neither Lundin or Lightning prospect John Wessbecker (UMass) found the scoresheet for their respective clubs in the regional championships. Maine scored their goals 4 on 4, on the power play, and an insurance goal on a 5 on 3. UMass also scored on the power play to cut the Black Bears' lead to 2-1, but could never get the equalizer.
Boston College 4 - Miami 0
Northeast Region Final
BC defeated Dan Boyle's alma mater, Miami of Ohio, 4-0 on the back of Canucks first rounder Cory Schneider to earn a trip to the Frozen Four. Goaltender and Lightning prospect Joe Pearce serves as Schneider's backup.
Maine will face Michigan State, who punched their ticket to St. Louis on Saturday. North Dakota beat WCHA rival Minnesota 3-2 in overtime when Chris Porter (Blackhawks 9th rounder in 2003) scored in overtime on an innocent looking wraparound. Gophers goalie Jeff Frazee (NJ 2nd rounder in 2005) left his stick away from his body and Porter, who took over as UND captain when Matt Smaby left school, banked the puck off the stick and between Frazee's legs. UND will play Boston College for the second year in a row in the semi-finals. BC won last year 6-5.
London 2 @ Owen Sound 1 (Overtime)
London leads best-of-7 series 2-0
One night after outshooting the OHL's top club 48-24, Owen Sound peppered London's goalie Steve Mason (Columbus) with 62 shots to the Knights' 26, but the Attack again came up on the short end. Though the team is filled with stars, London got a goal from center Matt Clarke, who had just 5 goals all season, with 4:41 left in the first overtime to take a commanding 2 games to 1 lead in their first round series. Marek Bartanus had a first period primary assist and was plus-1 in the game for Owen Sound. Game 3 is Tuesday night in London.
Prince George 5 @ Kamloops 4 (Overtime)
Prince George leads best-of-7 series 2-0
San Jose Sharks first rounder Devin Setoguchi scored at 4:17 of the first overtime to give the Prince George Cougars a 5-4 win and a commanding 2 games to 0 lead over Kamloops heading back to Prince George.Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless and minus-1 for the Cougars. Game 3 is Tuesday.
Spokane 2 @ Everett 3 (Overtime)
Everett leads best-of-7 series 2-0
Dane Crowley set up the WHL's Bob Clarke Trophy winner for being the league's leading scorer Zach Hamill (2007 draft eligible) at 7:06 of the first overtime enabling top-seeded Everett to escape with a 3-2 win. The Silvertips now lead the series, which turns to Spokane on Tuesday. Crowley was also plus-1 in the game.
Big win. They're all big at this point.
Ryan Munce stopped 45 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping all six Dayton attempts he faced in the shootout. Maxime Boisclair and Radek Smolenak had the Johnstown goals while Gus Katsuras, Geoff Waugh, Rob Lehtinen and Eric Przepiorka added assists. Zbynek Hrdel scored the lone goal of the shootout session. Hrdel and Smolenak were named first and third stars of the game.
Johnstown's win temporarily moved them within 5 points of a playoff spot, pending the final outcome of Reading's game which is in overtime. Johnstown will hold 3 games in hand on the Royals at night's end.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
That's not the response I expected tonight.
Marc Denis allowed 5 goals on 23 points in the loss before being spelled by Karri Ramo who allowed 2 goals on 5 shots the rest of the way. Just a bad spot for the kid to get into. Dan Boyle had both Lightning goals and Vincent Lecavalier had a pair of assists. Vaclav Prospal and Martin St. Louis added individual helpers.
The Lightning squandered an opportunity to climb to even with the Thrashers with the loss after having watched Atlanta lose an afternoon game to Pittsburgh. With just six games left to go in the season, the Lightning remain two points back with one head-to-head matchup left in the finale of the regular season.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Khimik defeated Kazan in a shootout 3-2 in Game Three of their quarterfinal playoff series. Kazan's lead in the series now slips to 2 games to 1. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the match for Ak Bars.
Omsk shut out Yaroslavl 2-0 to take a 2-1 lead in their quarterfinal playoff series. Evgeny Artyukhin did not play for the Lokomotive.