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CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-8-15

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Semifinals

West-4 Guelph Storm 4 @ West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7
Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

[i]D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-3-3, E, 0 PIM]
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-10-10, +6, 8 PIM
With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

The Soo drew first blood in their conference semifinal series with Guelph, winning 7-4 Wednesday night. Anthony DeAngelo had three helpers to give him seven in his last two games. All three assists in Game 1 were primary assists and two were on the power play. Game 2 is Thursday.

Prospect of the Week: 4-8-15

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for April 8, 2015 is … Adam Erne, W/C, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL – Canada).

It’s Tuesday night, Game 7, and fourth-seeded Quebec is trying to avoid an embarrassing upset to Cape Breton. Adam Erne’s Remparts are down 2-0 late in the first period before the Lightning’s 2013 second round pick starts a play that finishes with the puck in the back of the Eagles’ net to cut their lead to 2-1 with eight seconds left before intermission.

The original 2-0 lead flips to 4-2 for the Remparts by the end of the second so the lead isn’t considered secure by any means. Erne scores at 1:18, prompting an exuberant Remparts play-by-play announcer to scream “Big Ern!”

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-7-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 6
Quebec wins best-of-7 series, 4-3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/10 FO, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 6-2-8, +1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne scored two goals for the second straight game, helping the Remparts to a 6-3 Game 7 win at home over the Eagles. Quebec was down 2-0 until the waning seconds of the first period when they scored (Erne assist), then scored three more times in the second period and once early in the third to take a 6-2 lead. The Remparts avoided the upset and now take on Charlottetown in the quarterfinals. Quebec moves up to the third seed now that Blainville-Boisbriand -- Cedric Paquette's former team -- was upset in the first round. The top two seeds are Rimouski and Moncton.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-6-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 4 @ QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 (OT)
Charlottetown wins best-of-7 series, 4-2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/20 FO, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 6 GP: 5-4-9, +1, 8 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

Cam Darcy’s season and junior career ended Monday night with a 4-3 overtime loss to Charlottetown. The Islanders won the series, 4-2. Darcy can now join the Syracuse Crunch in some capacity should the Lightning/Crunch be interested. He was an eyelash away from making the team in the fall but was returned to juniors for his overage year. He could provide Syracuse with some skill depth at center.

QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 3 (OT)
Best-of-7 series tied, 3-3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, -2, 0 PIM, 10 SOG, 7/11 FO, 5 Hits, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 4-1-5, -2, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne scored with under 30 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but the Remparts couldn’t close out the series in the extra session. Game 7 is Tuesday night in Quebec City.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-6 Kootenay Ice 2 @ East-3 Calgary Hitmen 6
Calgary wins best-of-7 series, 4-3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 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 limited Kootenay to just 13 shots on goal in Game 7 while peppering the Ice with 35 shots. They scored on six of them to take Game 7 and the series. Connor Rankin (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Hitmen. Calgary moves on to face fourth-seeded Medicine Hat in the conference semifinals.

Extraliga Playoff Game Day: 4-6-15

Semifinal Round
(4)Sparta Praha 2 vs. (1)Trinec 3
Trinec Wins the Series 4-2
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, Loss, 12/13, 1.52 GAA, .929 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 2.95 GAA, .889 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%

Jaroslav Janus took the backdoor loss for Sparta Praha after starter Filip Novotny allowed 2 goals on his first 4 shots in Sparta's 3-2 Game Five loss to Trinec. Trinec got the series clinching goal from ex-Preds pick Zbynek Irgl with just 3:12 left to go in regulation.

The loss may be the end of the road for Janus on Bolt Prospects, as he appears unlikely to have his rights retained past this summer. Janus was a key contributor the Norfolk's Calder Cup championship run back in the 2011-2012 season when he went 23-8-2 with a .914 save percentage and 1 shutout while splitting time with current Canadiens backup Dustin Tokarski.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-4-15

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-3 Calgary Hitmen 2 @ East-6 Kootenay Ice 4
Best-of-7 series tied, 3-3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Kootenay forced a Game 7 after being down in the series, 3-1. On Saturday, the Ice had a 3-1 lead until Calgary scored shorthanded with just under 90 seconds remaining in regulation. Kootenay added an empty netter late. Thomas had an assist on the shorthanded goal. Game 7 is Monday in Calgary.

AHL Game Night: 4-4-15 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Comeback bid comes close to paying off.


Allen York allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss. Again, paging Adam Wilcox?

First Period
BRI Mouillierat, (21) (Halmo, Collberg), 17:49

Second Period
BRI Pulock, (16) (Quine, Ness), 3:47 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Marchessault, (22) (Kunyk, Dotchin), 3:50
SYR Lynch, (2) (Peca, Dodero), 7:34
BRI Sundstrom, (7) (Pulock, Quine), 14:50 (PP)

One thing about the Crunch this year, when changes to the roster have come it's taken a few games for them to adjust. Once they do, though, it's lights out. So, I expect Syracuse to settle in here, soon, and especially when they get Koekkoek and Witkowski back from Tampa Bay. They could be frightening when that happens, especially if they get more good goaltending from Gudlevskis and possibly Wilcox.

Matthew Peca got his first pro point on a fantastic setup on what was, at the time, the tying goal at 2-2 for the Crunch.

Syracuse remains 4 points up on Hartford in the division with both teams having 6 games left on the regular season slate.

Box score from

NHL Game Night: 4-4-15 Lightning at Panthers



Ben Bishop stopped all 34 shots he faced for the shutout win. That's some U of Maine Justice right there for the Panthers. I think he's been off a little mechanically the past couple of games, either due to being banged up or being fatigued, but he's a battler and he battled his way to getting the goose egg tonight.

First Period

Second Period
6:10 TB Stamkos (41), (Johnson, Nesterov)(PP)
11:19 TB Stamkos (42), (Callahan)

Third Period
1:03 TB Callahan (24), (Stamkos)
18:13 TB Johnson (27), (Drouin)

Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, and Bishop were the game's three stars.

There's so much good wrapped in this game, it's hard to make sure you hit all the high notes. From an in-game standpoint, the Lightning had 4 regular defensemen out of the lineup going against what should've been a desperate Panthers squad, and they managed to shut them out. Kudos to the young defensemen, and kudos to Coach Zettler and the staff in Syracuse. It's been fantastic to watch the sharp progress this season by Nesterov and the steady progress of the likes of Witkowski, Koekkoek, Blujus, and Dotchin. It's a really hard act following a guy who is arguably an all-time great AHL coach like Jon Cooper, but Zettler has shown some developmental mojo with these young defensemen and it makes you excited to see what he can accomplish working with a prospect like Anthony DeAngelo.

The Lightning also got a power play goal for the fourth straight game and Steven Stamkos snapped out of his funk with a vintage PP goal and a laser beam from the right wing faceoff dot. Stamkos needs to be Stamkos if the Lightning are going to do anything in the playoffs, and if he were to find his PP mojo, that alone could win the Lightning a playoff series or two they might not otherwise deserve.

From a standings standpoint, the Lightning clinched home ice in the first round of the playoffs and tied Montreal in the standings with the Habs holding a game in hand. The Lightning have the ROW tiebreaker, so all the pressure is on Montreal right now. The Lightning get 4 days to rest and heal now while Montreal has to keep getting points if they want to maintain control of their own destiny in the division title pursuit. If they lose a game, the Lightning may be able to get Hedman, Sustr, and Killorn back on the ice for the final 2 games at home with the real prospect of earning a banner in the balance.

Oh, and the Lightning eliminate the Panthers from playoff contention. It's never a bad thing to kick dirt on their grave, is it?

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 16:19. This wasn't quite the same effort for Slater as against Ottawa, IMO, but it was still a solid performance for the rookie. If I was a Syracuse fan, I'd be very excited to see him in the playoffs because he's going to go back to the Crunch with a ton of confidence.

Luke Witkowski had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 15:34. Quiet is good.

Nikita Nesterov had a helper and was +2 with 4 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 21:18. There was a lot of gushing about Nesterov tonight and rightfully so. He ate big minutes and he changes the complexion of the Lightning power play with his shoot first mentality and ability to get pucks through and on net. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I think he's essentially running Barberio out of town for next season. They're similar players, but Nesterov's ceiling seems so much higher and he's already shown himself to be just as good, if not better, in his own third.

Vladislav Namestnikov played 11:36. He had one memorable rush where he slithered into the Panthers zone, but it was a quiet night for Namestnikov with Tyler Johnson returning and pushing him down off the line with Palat and Kucherov. Tonight was Namestnikov's 41st game of the season, so he graduated from prospect status on the website. Congratulations, Baby Faced Killer.

Box score and extended statistics from

Extraliga Playoff Game Day: 4-4-15

Semifinal Round
(1)Trinec 3 vs. (4)Sparta Praha 2 (SO)
Trinec Leads the Series 3-2
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-Preds 6th rounder Zbynek Irgl had the shootout winner to propel Trinec to a 3-2 Game Five win and a 3-2 series lead over Sparta Praha. Yes, the Czech's do shootouts in the playoffs. No, it's not a concept that Bolt Prospects can co-sign on. Jaroslav Janus again sat backup in the match for Sparta.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-3-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 0 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 4
Charlottetown leads best-of-7 series, 3-2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/24 FO, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 5 GP: 5-3-8, E, 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 will head home down in the series 3-2 after a shutout loss Friday night. Daryl MacCallum (2015) stopped 43 shots for the win. Game 6 is Monday. MacCallum had an .859 save percentage in 22 regular season games, but is sporting a .962 in the playoffs.

QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 3 @ QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1
Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 3-2

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 12/13 FO, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, E, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

The Remparts won a pivotal Game 5 to head back to Quebec City with a 3-2 lead in the series after being behind 1-0 and 2-1. Adam Erne led the Remparts in shots in Game 5 and was dominant in the faceoff circle. Game 6 is Monday.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-6 Kootenay Ice 5 @ East-3 Calgary Hitmen 4 (OT)
Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 3-2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

The Ice crawled back from a 4-2 deficit in the second period to force overtime, then eventually win Game 5 in Calgary, 5-4. Kootenay is now 2-1 in Calgary in the series. Game 6 is in Cranbrook on Saturday.

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