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Extraliga Playoff Game Day: 4-2-15

Semifinal Round
(4)Sparta Praha 2 vs. (1)Trinec 1 (OT)
Series Tied 2-2
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, DNP
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 5.71 GAA, .846 sv%
Regular season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Ex-Av Jaroslav Hlinka scored just 1:45 into OT to life Sparta Praha to a 2-1 Game Four victory and knot their Semifinals series with top seed Trinec at 2-2. Hlinka also had Sparta's regulation goal and ex-Leafs pick Karel Pilar had a pair of helpers in the win.

Yzerman Wins Wilcox Over

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Adam Wilcox to a two-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced late Wednesday night. He also signed an ATO with the Syracuse Crunch for the remainder of the season.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-1-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 1
Best-of-7 series tied, 2-2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/22 FO, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 4 GP: 5-3-8, +3, 6 PIM
With Sherbrooke: 37 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke took back home ice advantage from the Islanders, winning Game 4 on the road, 2-1. Game 5 is Friday in Charlottetown, then the final two games are back in Sherbrooke.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-3 Calgary Hitmen 7 @ East-6 Kootenay Ice 2
Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

The Hitmen made a big statement in Cranbrook, taking both Game 3 and 4 from the Ice while scoring 15 goals. Connor Rankin (undrafted) had a hat trick in Game 4 and overtime hero (Games 1, 3) Adam Tambellini (New York Rangers) had four points. Lightning prospect Ben Thomas didn’t figure in on the scoring for any of the 15 goals, though he had an assist in both games in Calgary. The series goes back to Calgary for Game 5 on Friday.

Crunch Fall in OT, Miss Chance to Clinch Playoff Spot


By Jeremy Houghtaling

With a chance to clinch a playoff berth, the Syracuse Crunch came up just short.

Albany lost in Manchester and Syracuse battled back from a pair of deficits, but the Crunch couldn't convert on five power play opportunities -- including one in overtime -- as they fell to the Binghamton Senators, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

"There were significant opportunities both ways," said Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler. "At the end of the day, we couldn't get one on the power play. We had a chance 4-on-3 in overtime and we couldn't get it past him. We definitely had our chances to win it, we just couldn't. I was happy with the effort and I was happy with the chances, we just couldn't finish it off."

AHL Game Night: 4-1-15 Senators at Crunch

Crunch lose a tight one with reinforcements on the way.

BNG-3
SYR-2 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the OT loss. He made several key stops to allow the Crunch to secure 1 point in the contest.

First Period
BNG Prince, (24) (Camper), 4:05
SYR Angelidis, (20) (Courtnall, Vermin), 12:32
BNG Camper, (14) (Schneider, A. Grant), 17:53 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Martindale, (13) (Marchessault), 1:23

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
BNG Wideman, (17) (Dzingel), 3:06

Gudlevskis was the game's third star.

Syracuse has already lost Namestnikov and three regular defensemen to recall because of various injuries up top in Tampa Bay. They've gotten a little help with the signing of Brayden Point to an ATO and bringing the likes of Jared Nightingale back into the fold for a spell. They're about to get even more reinforcements, though, with today's signing of forward Matthew Peca and the word that goaltender Adam Wilcox is also likely to sign with the Lightning and may be assigned to Syracuse, as well. If they can get Koekkoek and Witkowski, at least, back from Tampa Bay and the likes of Tanner Richard back from injury, this could take a decent Syracuse roster to the level of a reasonable title contender in the playoffs. If one or two other active junior players can also join in the fun, all the better.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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