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CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-25-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ #9 Charlottetown Islanders 4 (OT) (Game 4)
Semifinals
Series tied at 2-2

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 12/19 FO
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 8-7-15, +11, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

For the second time in as many games, the Islanders win in overtime and knot the series at two apiece, both teams holding serve on home ice. After Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) opened the scoring early in the first for the Armada, last night’s OT hero Brett Budgell (2019 draft eligible) scored the equalizer for Charlottetown and the two teams went to first intermission tied 1-1. Bolt prospect Barre-Boulet setup Alexandre Alain (undrafted) for power play goal late in the 2nd period to give the Armada a 2-1 lead at the 2nd intermission. When Thomas Ethier (2018 draft eligible) gave the Armada a 3-1 lead early in the 3rd period, it would seem victory was a scant 18 minutes away. But the Islanders would rally with goals by Derek Gentile (2018 draft eligible) and Sullivan Sparkes (undrafted), and forced the extras session once again with Keith Getson (2018 draft eligible) scoring the OT game-winner for the Game 4 victory. The series shifts back to Boisbriand Friday night for Game 5.

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ #2 Kitchener Rangers 7 (Game 4)
Western Conference Finals
Series tied 2-2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 13-11-24, +10, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/6 FO
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +3, 10 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Soo scored four goals in the last 20:07 of the game, but it was too little too late after spotting the home team Rangers six goals in the first 38:14 of the match. Kitchener was paced by two goals from Givani Smith (DET, 2016 2nd round pick) and four assists from Joseph Garreffa (undrafted). With the Rangers up 6-0, Bolt prospect Boris Katchouk set up fellow Bolt prospect Taylor Raddysh for a power play goal with 7 seconds left in the 2nd period. Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) and Keeghan Howdeshell (undrafted) helped lead the 3rd period rally for the Soo, with Howdeshell scored twice and Gettinger scoring a goal and an assist. After both teams held serve on home ice, the series pivots back to Sault Ste. Marie Friday night for Game 5.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-24-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ #9 Charlottetown Islanders 3 (OT) (Game 3)
Semifinals
Armada leads series 2-1

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 6/16 FO
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 8-6-14, +13, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Sixteen-year-old Brett Budgell (2019 draft eligible) scored 1:14 into overtime to give Charlottetown the Game 3 victory in front of 3400+ fans at EastLink Centre, taking their first game of the series. The Armada played catch-up the whole game, falling behind by a goal twice before Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) scored with a scant 55 seconds left in regulation to force the extra session. Islanders netminder Matthew Welsh (2018 draft eligible) stopped 37 of 39 Armada shots, as he continues to stymie the potent Armada offense. The series continues in Charlottetown Wednesday night with Game 4.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-21-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#9 Charlottetown Islanders 0 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 (Game 2)
Semifinals
Armada leads series 2-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2/4 FO
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 8-6-14, +12, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet set up Alexandre Alain (undrafted) for a power play goal 5:02 in the 2nd period, and it stood as the game-winner behind a 28-shot shutout by Emile Samson (2018 draft eligible). The Armada win both home games to start this series, which has the storyline of a being a goaltender’s duel this far. Islanders netminder Matthew Welsh (2018 draft eligible) has stopped 49 of 53 Armada shots. The series shifts to PEI for Game 3 on Tuesday.

Ontario Hockey League

#2 Kitchener Rangers 2 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (Game 2)
Western Conference Finals
Soo lead series 2-0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 13-10-23, +14, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2/5 FO, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 9-12-21, +6, 10 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk (pictured) and Raddysh both notched three-point games to lead the Soo to a Game 2 win over the Rangers. Katchouk earned First Star honors for a pair of goals and an assist, while Raddysh earned the Third Star for a goal and two assists. After Adam Mascherin (FLA, 2016 2nd round pick) opened the scoring for Kitchener just 1:44 in the game, the Greyhounds reeled off three straight to put the game away. Katchouk and Raddysh combined to set up linemate Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) for the equalizer just past the midpoint of the game. With the score knotted 1-1 in the 3rd period, Raddysh set up Katchouk for the first of this two goals to give the Soo its first lead. Katchouk scored his second goal with the Rangers goalie pulled and Kitchener on the power play with just 72 seconds remaining – a short-handed marker that would eventually be the game-winner. Logan Stanley (WPG, 2016 1st round pick) would raise the tension in Essar Centre when he scored for the Rangers with 27 seconds remaining to draw Kitchener to within one at 3-2, but Raddysh would seal the game with an empty netter with 8 seconds left. The series travels to Kitchener for Game 3 Monday night.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-20-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#9 Charlottetown Islanders 1 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 (Game 1)
Semifinals
Armada leads series 1-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/10 FO
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 8-5-13, +12, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Emile Samson (2018 draft eligible) stopped 19 of 20 Islanders shots to lead the Armada to a Game 1 victory in the QMJHL semifinals. Bolt prospect Alex Barré-Boulet returned to the Armada lineup after sitting out Game 5 of the quarterfinal series against Moncton after suffering an injury in Game 4. The Armada got goals from three skaters, the first of which a Joel Teasdale (2018 draft eligible) marker just 1:35 into the game. After a late 2nd period equalizer by Charlottetown’s Derek Gentile (2018 draft eligible), the Armada got goals from Alexander Katerinakis (2018 draft eligible) and Alexandre Alain (undrafted) in the 3rd period to pull away. The teams are right back at it Saturday for Game 2 in Boisbriand.

Ontario Hockey League

#2 Kitchener Rangers 2 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (Game 1)
Western Conference Finals
Soo lead series 1-0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 11-9-20, +11, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/3 FO
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 8-10-18, +5, 10 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Soo rallied from a 2-1 deficit behind a pair of goals from Conor Timmins (COL, 2017 2nd round pick), including a dramatic game-winning shortie with 1 second left in regulation. It was a heartbreaking loss for Kitchener as the Greyhounds snatched a victory in Game 1 of the OHL Western Conference finals. Bolt prospect Taylor Raddysh (pictured) earned the primary assist on the heroic Timmins short-handed game-winner, and fellow Bolt prospect Boris Katchouk earned an assist on Timmins’ equalizer earlier in the 3rd period. The Rangers jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the 1st period with Blue Jacket prospect Kole Sherwood and Adam Mascherin (FLA, 2016 2nd round pick) set up a Connor Bunnamen (PHI, 2016 4th round pick) power play goal. After Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) knotted the score at 1-1 with a power play goal of his own for the Soo, Sherwood and Mascherin would once again set up a Kitchener power play marker, this time from the stick of Givani Smith (DET, 2016 2nd round pick) to give the Rangers the 2-1 lead. The Soo and Rangers square off for Game 2 Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-13-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 8 @ ] #14 Moncton Wildcats 3 (Game 5)
Quarterfinals
Armada wins series 4-1

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: Injury Scratch
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 8-5-13, +12, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Armada punched their ticket to the QMJHL semifinals, putting up snowman on the Wildcats scoreboard en route to closing out the series on the road. Recently minted Bolt prospect Alex Barré-Boulet sat out the game after leaving Game 4 early with an injury. The Armada was paced by two goals each from Alexander Katerinakis (2018 draft eligible) and Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick), with Katerinakis also serving up a 4-point night. James Phelan (undrafted), by far and away Moncton’s best player in the series, scored and added an assist for the outmatched Wildcats along with Alexander Khovanov (2018 draft eligible). Former Lightning camper Mark Grametbauer (undrafted) was pulled at the 11:22 mark of the 2nd period after allowing Armada’s 5th goal on 18 shots. Matthew Waite (undrafted) would allow just 1 goal on 16 shots for the balance of the game.

Barré-Boulet has time to heal up as Game 1 of the Armada’s semi-finals series against the upstart #9 seed Charlottetown Islanders doesn’t start until Friday, April 20th. The lslanders defeated the #8 seed Quebec Remparts in a Game 7 in Round 1 and then swept #4 seed Halifax Moosehead in Round 2.

Ontario Hockey League

#4 Owen Sound Attack 1 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (Game 5)
Western Conference Semifinals
Greyhounds lead series 3-2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2/2 FO, *Second Star*
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 8-6-14, +8, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/7 FO, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 7-5-12, E, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk and Raddysh starred for the Soo in Game 5, helping the Greyhounds take their first lead in the series against the Attack. Katchouk earned Second Star honors, assisting on three of the Soo’s four goals, and Raddysh earned Third Star honors for his goal and assist. Top prospect Barrett Hayton (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for Sault Ste. Marie, in what might be the Soo’s best game of the OHL playoffs thus far. Raddysh scored 58 seconds after Owen Sound’s game-opening goal in the 1st period, and then Hayton gave the Soo a 2-1 lead later in the period with a power play goal. Hayton scored his second in 2nd period to give the Greyhounds some breath room before Raddysh and Katchouk set up Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) for the empty netter with less than a minute remaining to seal the victory. Despite not scoring a goal in this contest, Katchouk remains tied for 3rd in OHL playoff goals scored. The series shifts back to Owen Sound for Game 6 on Sunday, with the Soo having a chance to a clinch a spot in the Western Conference finals against either the Kitchener Rangers or the Sarnia Sting. Kitchener leads that series 3-2 win Game 6 also scheduled for Sunday.

Western Hockey League

#2 Swift Current Broncos 2 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 0 (Game 5)
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Broncos lead series 3-2

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 0-0-0, -5, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

After being down 2-1 in the series, the Broncos have reeled off two straight to take a 3-2 series lead back to Swift Current Saturday night and a chance to advance to the WHL Eastern Conference finals against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Broncos netminder Stuart Skinner (EDM, 2017 3rd round pick) turned away 36 Moose Jaw shots for the road shutout in front of 4700+ Warriors fans at the Mosaic Place. Bolt prospect Oleg Sosunov was on the ice for both Swift Current goals.

Over in the WHL West, Tri-City followed up their 1st round sweep of Kelowna with a 2nd round sweep of Victoriaville and will meet the Everett Silvertips in the Eastern Conference Finals. Everett won both their Round 1 and 2 series 4-1 against Seattle and Portland, respectively.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-8-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#14 Moncton Wildcats 3 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 9 (Game 2)
Quarterfinals
Armada leads series 2-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 3-0-3, +3, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 7/13 FO, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 7-2-9, +10, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet claimed his second straight First Star honor, following up a two-goal Game 1 outing with a hat trick in Game 2, as the Armada buried Moncton with nine goals. Barre-Boulet opened the scoring with a pair of goals in the 1st and then completed the hat trick later in the 2nd period to give the Armada a commanding 5-0 lead. Alexandre Alain (undrafted) and Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) both had four-points for the Armada with Batherson’s all coming in the form of assists while Alain had two of each. James Phelan (undrafted) scored twice, once short-handed and once on the power play, for the Wildcats. The series shifts to Monction on Tuesday night for Game 3.

#9 Charlottetown Islanders 7 @ #4 Halifax Mooseheads 4 (Game 2)
Quarterfinals
Islanders leads series 2-0

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Injury Scratch
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

A night after taking Game 1 off the hometown Mooseheads in overtime, the Islanders crushed Halifax with a seven-goal outburst to take both road games and go up 2-0 in the series. It’s beginning to look like the Mooseheads are missing their top line center Otto Somppi, who hasn’t played since the first game of the first round of the playoffs. After getting behind 6-1, Halifax reeled off three straight in the 3rd to close the deficit to 6-4, but the rally was too little too late. Charlottetown was paced with two goals each from Nikita Alexandrov (2019 draft eligible) and right-handed blueliner Hunter Drew (2018 draft eligible), with Alexandrov also adding two assists as well. The series shifts to Charlottetown home ice with the Islanders poised to take a stranglehold on the series when these two teams clash for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Western Hockey League

#2 Swift Current Broncos 4 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 0 (Game 2)
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Series tied at 1-1

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Broncos did what the needed to do in Moose Jaw, taking Game 2 in an impressive manner as Bronco goalie Stuart Skinner (EDM, 2017 3rd round pick) turned away 20-shots for the shutout. New Jersey Devil free agent signee Colby Sissons led Swift Current with three assists. The series travels to Swift Current for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-6-18

Friday night's results...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#14 Moncton Wildcats 1 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6 (Game 1)
Quarterfinals
Armada leads series 1-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 7/15 FO, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 4-2-6, +7, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet retuned to the Armada and claimed First Star honors, scoring twice including a power play marker and the game-winner. The outmatched Wildcats scored first, but the Armada reeled off six straight. Game #2 of the series is scheduled for Sunday

#9 Charlottetown Islanders 4 @ #4 Halifax Mooseheads 3 (OT) (Game 1)
Quarterfinals
Islanders leads series 1-0

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Injury Scratch
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi remained out of the Halifax lineup as the Islanders rallied to take Game 1 on the road in overtime. After the Mooseheads took a 1-0 lead, Charlottetown scored twice to open a 2-1 that evaporated to two Halifax goals to re-take the lead at 3-2. Keith Getson (2018 draft eligible) scored the equalizer for the Islanders, his second of the game, to force overtime, and then Pascal Aquin (undrafted) netted the OT game-winner. Both teams fired 40+ shots. These two team are back at it Saturday for Game #2.

Ontario Hockey League

#4 Owen Sound Attack 4 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 (OT) (Game 2)
Western Conference Semifinals
Series tie at 1-1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/2 FO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 7-3-10, +5, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 2/4 FO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 5-3-8, E, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh scored a power play marker and added an assist as the Soo knotted the series with a Game 2 overtime win against the Attack. Recent Canadiens free agent signee Hayden Verbeek opened the scoring with a pair of 1st period goals. Owen Sound rallied with a pair of goals early in the 2nd period to knot the score before Raddysh’s power play goal reinstated the Greyhounds lead. The Attack equalized the score twice more in the 3rd period, ending with Golden Knight prospect Nick Suzuki tying the game once more with a power play goal with just 85 seconds left in regulation, but the Soo would prevail in overtime. Game #3 shifts back to Owen Sound on Monday night.

Western Hockey League

#2 Swift Current Broncos 3 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 5 (Game 1)
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Warriors lead series 1-0

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Moose Jaw lept out to a 3-0 lead that the Broncos could just never overcome, as the Warrior took Game #1 behind a pair of goals from recent Predator free agent signee Tanner Jeannot. The line of former Blues prospect and now Flames free agent signee Glenn Gawdin, Aleksi Heponiemi (FLA, 2017 2nd round pick), and Tyler Steenbergen (ARI, 2017 5th round pick) scored in the 3rd to draw the Broncos within a goal, but Jeannot potted an empty with nine seconds left to preserve the Warrior victory. The series resumes Saturday night with Game #2 in Moose Jaw.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-3-18

Western Hockey League

#8 Prince Albert Raiders 4 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 5 (Game 7)
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Warriors win series 4-3

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Game 7 of this tightly fought series lived up to all expectations as both clubs held leads and both clubs rallied in this see-saw affair. The Raiders jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring twice in the first six minutes of the contest before Shark’s free agent signee Jayden Halbgewachs and Ryan Peckford (2018 draft eligible) scored within a span of 25 seconds to knot the score at 2-2. Senators free agent signee Parker Kelly responded with his second goal of the period to restore Prince Albert’s lead before the teams broke for the first intermission. Coyote’s free agent signee Brayden Burke and Kale Clague (LAK, 2016 2nd round pick) set up Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) for a pair of power play goals in the 2nd and 3rd periods to give Moose Jaw its first lead at 4-3. The Raiders received some heroics from tough guy blueliner Brayden Pachal (undrafted), who scored short-handed to knot the score at 4-4, but those heroics were short-lived as Clague and former Lightning prospect Brett Howden setup Burke for the game-winning power play marker just 30 seconds after Pachal’s shortie. Clague paced Moose Jaw with four assists, Burke tallied three points, and Almeida scored twice as the Warriors’ best players showed up to help clinch the series win.

Moose Jaw advances to Round 2, the WHL’s Eastern Conference semifinals, against a very tough Swift Current Broncos team that features former Blues prospect and now Flames free agent signee Glenn Gawdin, Aleksi Heponiemi (FLA, 2017 2nd round pick), and Tyler Steenbergen (ARI, 2017 5th round pick). Along with Moose Jaw’s Halbgewachs, Burke, and Almeida, these are six of the WHL’s Top 10 regular season point leaders. Game 1 starts Friday night at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw.

Elsewhere in the CHL, the 2nd round brackets for all leagues are finally set. The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the hopeful return to the lineup of Alex Barré-Boulet takes on the Moncton Wildcats in Game 1 on Friday. Likewise, the hopeful return of Otto Somppi to the Halifax lineup as the Mooseheads begin their series with the Charlottetown Islanders also on Friday night as the QMJHL quarterfinals get underway. In the OHL, the Western Conference semifinals get underway Thursday night with Lightning prospects Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh and Flyer 2017 1st rounder Morgan Frost lead the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in Game 1 against the Owen Sound Attack that features Vegas 2017 #13 overall pick Nick Suzuki.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-28-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ #16 Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 (Game 4)
Round of 16
Armada wins series 4-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: Did not play
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +6, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet missed his second straight game, but the Armada didn’t miss a beat behind a goal and three points from Alexander Katerinakis (2018 draft eligible). After a scoreless 1st period, the two teams traded 2nd period goals before Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) scored just past the midpoint of the 3rd for what would be the game and series winner. Katerinakis scored and assisted on two empty netters late in the game as Val-d’Or threw everything at the Armada to keep the series alive. The Armada are the first to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals. The QMJHL playoff bracket is re-seeded after the first round, so it may be later in the weekend before Blainville-Boisbraind’s next opponent is named.

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ #16 Val-d’Or Foreurs 2 (Game 3)

On Tuesday night, the series shifted to Val-d’Or for Game 3, giving a spark to the Foreurs who twice led 1-0 and 2-1 in the 2nd period after a scoreless 1st period. But the Armada scored three straight down the stretch to take a 3-0 series lead. Barre-Boulet was scratched with an apparent injury.

#4 Halifax Mooseheads 8 @ #13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1 (Game 4)
Round of 16
Mooseheads leads series 3-1

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Injury Scratch
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

A night after losing Game 3 in Baie-Comeau, the Mooseheads came out firing on all cylinders, running up a snowman on the scoreboard and splitting the games on Drakkar home ice. Blue Jackets free agent signee Maxime Fortier scored twice and Xavier Parent (2019 draft eligible) notched three assists to pace Halifax to the win. Somppi missed this third straight game. Both teams take a night off before coming back in Baie-Comeau for Game 5 on Friday night.

#4 Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ #13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 (Game 3)
#13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 @ #4 Halifax Mooseheads 5 (Game 2)

After getting injured in Game 1, Somppi was an injury scratch for Game 2 on Saturday night, but the Mooseheads powered through without Otto to take a 2-0 series lead. Halifax got goals from five players and Joel Bishop (undrafted) led the way with a goal and three points. The Drakkar twice tied the game, before Benoit Olivier-Groulx (2018 draft eligible) and Xavier Parent (2019 draft eligible) scored goals in the 3rd period to deliver a Halifax win.

On Tuesday night, the series shifted to Baie-Comeau and the Drakkar did not disappoint the 1800+ fans at the Centre Henry-Leonard, delivering a 4-2 win behind two goals from Gabriel Fortier (2018 draft eligible). The Mooseheads got off to a 1st period 2-0 lead, but the Drakkar scored four unanswered. Somppi was an injury scratch for the second straight playoff game.

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ #8 Saginaw Spirit 3 (Game 4)
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Greyhounds wins series 4-0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 3-0-3, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 6-3-9, +5, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0/5 FO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 4-2-6, +1, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The Soo punched their ticket to the Western Conference semifinals behind an empty net hat trick by Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk, who now leads the OHL playoffs in goals and points. Katchouk earned the First Star after knotting the score 1-1 with his first goal, and then a power play goals later before getting the hat trick with empty net insurance marker with 71 seconds remaining with the Spirit pulling out all stops in hopes of extending the series. The OHL reseeds the bracket after each round, so it will be later in the weekend before the Soo’s next opponent is determined.

#8 Saginaw Spirit 0 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8 (Game 2)
#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ #8 Saginaw Spirit 3 (Game 3)

In Game 2 on Sunday afternoon, the Soo pasted a snowman on the scoreboard and Matthew Villalta (LAK, 2017 3rd round pick) pitched a 21-save shutout. Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) and Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) each scored a pair of goals, and Katchouk scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play.

On Monday night, the series shifted to Saginaw for Game 3 and the Soo continuing to light the lamp, scoring seven goals to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the series. The Wonder Twins, Bolt prospects Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk, earned First and Second Stars respectively, with both players notching a pair of goals and Raddysh three points on the night. With the scored tied 2-2 after two periods, Katchouk and Hayden Verbeek scored 13 seconds apart to break open the game, with the Soo going on to scored three more times in the 3rd. Verbeek, nephew of Lightning AGM, and Director of Player Personnel Pat Verbeek, signed a free agent three-year entry level contract late last week with the Montreal Canadiens. Both of Raddysh’s goals were on the power play.

Western Hockey League

#3 Kelowna Rockets 3 @ #7 Tri-City Americans 5 (Game 3)
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Americans lead series 3-0

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -1, 1 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoffs Totals: 3 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 60 GP, 19-51-70, +31, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

After sweeping the Rockets 2-0 in Kelowna, the series shifted to the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington, but Morgan Geekie (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick) kept it rolling scoring his 5th and 6th goals of the series and 2017 #9 overall Red Wings pick Michael Rasmussen scored and notched a three-point night. The Americans now have a shocking 3-0 stranglehold on the series and can clinch a spot in the Western Conference semifinals with a sweep on Thursday night.

#7 Tri-City Americans 9 @ #3 Kelowna Rockets 7 (Game 2)

Game 2 last Saturday night in Kelowna was a wild affair, with the teams combining for sixteen goals. Bolt prospect Cal Foote earned First Star honors in a losing effort with a goal and three assists, and Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) scored twice and also had a four point night for the Rockets. But the Nolan Yaremko (undrafted) would lead the Americans with an empty hat trick and Morgan Geekie (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick), Michael Rasmussen (DET, 2017 1st round pick), and Isaac Johnson (2018 draft eligible) would all score twice and notch four points each

#1 Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ #8 Prince Albert Raiders 0 (Game 4)
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Warriors lead series 3-1

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brody Willms pitched a 32-save shutout for the Warriors, as Moose Jaw takes a 3-1 lead in the series. Game 5 shifts back to the Mosaic Place Saturday night, with the Raiders facing elimination.

#8 Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (OT) (Game 2)
#1 Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ #8 Prince Albert Raiders 4 (Game 4)

In Game 2 last Saturday night, former Lighting prospect Brett Howden who was traded to the Rangers organization at the deadline in the McDonagh and Miller trade, scored twice for the Warriors to help secure Moose Jaw’s first win of the series.

For Game 3, the series moved to Prince Albert Tuesday night and saw Arizona Coyote free agent signee Brayden Burke score twice and Howden adding a goal and an assist to pace the Warriors to a 2-1 series lead.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-23-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#16 Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5
Round of 16
Armada leads series 2-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM, 11 SOG, 7/14 FO
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +6, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet assisted on linemate Alexandre Alain’s (undrafted) goal just 10 seconds into Game #2 and Alain would score again on the power just 74 seconds before the end of the 1st as the Armada jumped to an early 2-0 lead. Alain earned First Star honors for the second straight game and already has 4 goals in the playoffs. Barre-Boulet would later score a goal of his own in the 2nd and Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) would notch a goal and two assists as the Armada dug a two-loss series hole for the Foreurs. The series shifts to the Centre Air Creebec in Val-d’Or for Game #3 on Tuesday night.

#13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ #4 Halifax Mooseheads 5
Round of 16
Mooseheads lead series 1-0

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The kickoff of the 2018 QMJHL playoffs continued Friday with Game #1 of the series between #13 seed Baie-Comeau Drakkar against #4 seed Halifax Mooseheads. Halifax finished second in the Maritimes Division, just a scant three points back from division winner Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Bolt prospect Otto Somppi left the game in the 2nd period with an apparent upper body injury after a taking a Drakkar hit and will be evaluated on Saturday. Blue Jackets free agent signee and Moosehead captain Maxime Fortier led Halifax with two goals and Alexis Gravel, one of the top 2018 draft eligible goalies, made 36 saves as the Mooseheads gutted out a win in a penalty-filled affair. Game #2 is Saturday night right back at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.
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Ontario Hockey League

#8 Saginaw Spirit 2 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Greyhounds lead series 1-0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 5/9 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The kickoff of the 2018 OHL playoffs continued Friday with Game #1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals series between #8 seed Saginaw Spirit against #1 seed and winner of the OHL best regular season record of 55-7-3-3 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Bolt prospect Taylor Raddysh broke open a 1-1 game in the 2nd period with a pair of back-to-back late in the period to give the Soo a 3-1 lead heading to 2nd intermission. Fellow Bolt prospect Boris Katchouk assisted on both of Raddysh’s goals, with Raddysh earning First Star honors and Katchouk named as the Third Star. Right-hand blueliner Mac Hollowell (2018 draft eligible) scored once for the Soo and contributed a pair of assists. Game #2 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon back at the Essar Centre.

Western Hockey League

#8 Prince Albert Raiders 5 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 3
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Raiders lead series 1-0

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The kickoff of the 2018 WHL playoffs continued Friday with Game #1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series between #8 seed Prince Albert Raiders against #1 seed and Eastern Conference-best with a 52-15-2-3 record Moose Jaw Warriors.

Much like Thursday night when the upstart Tri-City Americans rolled into Kelowna and served up some notice, likewise, the Raiders pulled into Mosaic Place serving up the same to the Warriors in the form of a 5-3 win. Jordy Stallard (WPG, 2016 5th round pick) scored twice for Prince Albert in the 1st and Cole Fonstad (2018 draft eligible) scored twice in the 2nd to put the game out of reach for Moose Jaw. These two teams square off for Game #2 Saturday night back at Mosaic Place.

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