Gauthier, Danick

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-26-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ (8) Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 (OT)
Semifinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 3-1

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, +1, 3 SOG, 0 PIM, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 9-5-14, +9, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Minnesota prospect Charlie Coyle scored his second goal of the game in overtime to propel the Sea Dogs to a 3-2 win over Chicoutimi on Thursday night. With the win, Saint John takes a 3-1 series lead and can advance to the QMJHL Finals with a win on Saturday in New Brunswick. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier had an assist on Jonathan Huberdeau’s (Panthers) goal, which gave Saint John a 2-1 lead in the game for all of 20 seconds.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-24-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ (8) Chicoutimi Sagueneens 5 (OT)
Semifinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-1

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, -1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing), 2 Hits
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 9-4-13, +8, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Shocker! Etienne Brodeur (undrafted) scroed at 7:26 of overtime for the Sags, handing Saint John their first loss of the playoffs. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier scored his ninth goal of the playoffs in the game, a go-ahead score with just over three minutes to play. Chicoutimi tied the game under a minute later to force overtime. Game 4 is Thursday in Chicoutimi. Saint John leads the series, 2-1.

OHL

(W3) Kitchener Rangers 2 @ (W1) London Knights 5
Western Conference Finals – London leads best of 7 series 3-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM (
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 3-8-11, +8, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Likely 2012 first round defenseman Olli Maata had two goals for London, leading the Knights to a 5-2 home win and a commanding 3-0 series lead over division-rival Kitchener. Maata could be a target of the Lightning this summer. Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov had his five game point streak come to an end. London chased Ducks second rounder John Gibson from the Kitchener nets by scoring four goals in just over a period of play. London can close out the series at The Aud in Kitchener on Wednesday.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-22-12

QMJHL

(8) Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 5
Semifinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM, 2 Hits
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 8-4-12, +9, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist to lead Saint John to their 10th straight playoff win, 5-2 over Chicoutimi. Gauthier tied for the team lead in shots. He has at least one point in seven of his last eight games and eight of 10 overall. Game 3 is Tuesday in Quebec. In the other QMJHL semifinal, Rimouski leads Halifax, 2-0.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 6 @ (W3) Kitchener Rangers 4
Western Conference Finals – London leads best of 7 series 2-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (check to the head)
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 3-8-11, +7, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London scored four times in the third period to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 win. The Knights’ final goal was scored into an empty net. Namestnikov teamed with former Lightning camper Seth Griffith to score the game-tying goal while shorthanded. The assist extended Namestnikov's point streak to five games. Griffith was named the game’s first star. The teams will drive an hour west to London for Game 3 on Tuesday. In the series opposite this one, Ottawa and potential Lightning draft pick Cody Ceci won Game 2 to tie their sereis with Niagara, 1-1.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-20-12

QMJHL

(8) Chicoutimi Sagueneens 1 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 4
Semifinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 1-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, +1, 3 SOG, 4 PIM (goaltender interference, roughing after the whistle), 3 Hits
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 8-3-11, +9, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Gauthier scored his eighth goal in nine playoff games to help the Sea Dogs to a Game 1 win over Chicoutimi in the opener of their QMJHL Semifinal series. Gauthier’s goal came on the power play, and was one of three goals scored in the third period by Saint John. Gauthier also led the team in hits during the game. The Sea Dogs are now 9-0 in the playoffs. Their four goals on Friday night were the fewest they’ve scored in a game in the 2012 playoffs.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-11-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ (13) Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3
Quarterfinals – Saint John wins best of 7 series 4-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 4 Hits
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 7-3-10, +8, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

While Baie-Comeau could congratulate themselves for being the first team to come within two goals of Saint John in a playoff game, that party will have to be held while they are packing up their locker room as the Sea Dogs completed the sweep of the Drakkar with a 5-3 win Wednesday. Gauthier was held scoreless for the first time in six games, though he tied for the team lead with seven shots on goal. Saint John will await the lowest seed to advance to the semifinals.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 5 @ (W5) Saginaw Spirit 2
Western Conference Semifinals – Best of 7 series tied 2-2

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Vladislav Namestnikov’s second goal of the playoffs, scored in the first period, gave London a 3-0 lead and turned out to be the game winner as the Knights scored four times in the first period, chasing Saginaw goalie Jake Paterson, and added an empty netter late for the 5-2 score to even the series at two games apiece. London takes back home ice advantage in the series, which shifts back to London for Game 5 on Friday night. Namestnikov’s goal was scored when he banged in a rebound off a Seth Griffith shot. He was on the ice for a “plus” when the empty net goal was scored by Gregg McKegg (Leafs). Panthers prospect Vincent Trocheck had two goals for the Spirit.

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