Namestnikov, Vladislav

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-11-12

OHL

(E1) Niagara IceDogs 1 @ (W1) London Knights 2
OHL Finals – London wins best of 7 series 4-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 4-14-18, +10, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

The London Knights won the 2011-2012 J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions Friday night with a 2-1 win over Niagara in Game 4 of the Ontario Hockey League finals. Namestnikov stretched his point streak to six games when he flipped the puck to former Lightning camper Seth Griffith while on a 2 on 1. Griffith one-timed the puck into the net for what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Namestnikov finished the playoffs at just under a point-per-game. Predators prospect Austin Watson, who scored the game's first goal, won the Wayne Gretzky 99 Trophy as playoff MVP. Namestnikov will face off against fellow Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier and the QMJHL champion Saint John Sea Dogs on May 19th in the first game of the Memorial Cup for both teams. Shawinigan is in the tournament as hosts, and Edmonton leads Portland 3-2 in the WHL Finals to determine the final participant. Congratulations to Vladdy and Danick on their championships.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-9-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ (7) Rimouski Oceanic 4
QMJHL Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 3-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-0-2, E, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing), 2 Hits, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 12-7-19, +10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Danick Gauthier earned first star honors for scoring twice and Saint John moved within one win of the QMJHL championship Wednesday night with a 6-4 win in Rimouski. Gauthier’s goals gave the Sea Dogs leads of 3-1 and 5-2. Game 4 is Thursday night in Rimouski. If Saint John wins, they will claim their second-straight league championship and second-straight invitation to the Memorial Cup tournament. They won the Cup last season. This year the tournament is in Shawinigan, Quebec.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 4 @ (E1) Niagara IceDogs 1
OHL Finals – London leads best of 7 series 3-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM (closing hand on puck)
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 4-13-17, +9, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Namestnikov stretched his point streak to five games with what turned out to be the game-winning goal as London topped Niagara in St. Catherines 4-1 on Wednesday night. Undrafted yet draft eligible goaltender Michael Houser was first star for the Knights, stopping 36 of 37 shots. London was outshot 37-21 in the game. The Knights can win the OHL championship on Friday night at home. If they are successful, they will earn an invitation to the Memorial Cup.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-7-12

OHL

(E1) Niagara IceDogs 2 @ (W1) London Knights 3
OHL Finals – London leads best of 7 series 2-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross checking)
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 3-13-16, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Namestnikov earned the primary assist on Predators prospect Austin Watson’s game-tying power play goal late in the second period, and Chris Tierney (2012) scored the game-winner in the third period to lift London to a 3-2 Game 3 win Monday night. London now leads the series 2-1. Namestnikov has a four-game point streak and has at least a point in nine of his last 10 playoff games. Game 4 is Wednesday in St. Catherines.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-5-12

QMJHL

Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 3
QMJHL Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, E, 4 SOG, 0 PIM, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 10-7-17, +10, 22 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Danick Gauthier scored the game’s opening goal and Saint John made an eventual 3-0 lead stand up to defeat Rimouski 3-2 and take Game 2 of the President Cup Final series. Gauthier, who scored his 10th goal of the postseason, extended his point streak to 7 games. He has at least a point in 12 of his last 13 playoff games and in 13 of 15 overall. He is tied for seventh in the league in goals scored during the playoffs. The Sea Dogs, who outshot the visitors 32-16, are now up two games to none on the Oceanic. Game 3 is Wednesday in Rimouski.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 5 @ (E1) Niagara IceDogs 3
OHL Finals – Best of 7 series tied 1-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross checking)
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 3-12-15, +9, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London earned a huge win on Saturday to take back home ice advantage in the OHL Finals. The Knights had lost to the IceDogs in double overtime at home on Thursday. Lightning 2011 first rounder Vladislav Namestnikov had an assist in Game 2 to give him points in three straight games and eight of his last nine games. London overcame a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals in Game 2. London was outshot 42-24 in the game. Andrew Agozzino (undrafted), a 40-goal scorer in the regular season for the second-straight year, had a hat trick for Niagara. He has 11 goals in the postseason. Game 3 is back in London on Monday night.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-3-12

OHL

(E1) Niagara IceDogs 3 @ (W1) London Knights 2 (2OT)
OHL Finals – Niagara leads best of 7 series 1-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (holding)
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 3-11-14, +8, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Coyotes prospect and 2010-11 OHL Goaltender of the Year Mark Visentin made 41 saves and Bruins’ 2011 first rounder Dougie Hamilton (pictured) scored in double overtime as Niagara took Game 1 of the OHL Finals, 3-2 on Thursday night. Lightning prospect Vlad Namestnikov had an assist on Lightning camper Seth Griffith’s third period goal, which tied the game at two three minutes in to the final period of regulation. This year’s OHL Goaltender of the Year, Michael Houser (undrafted), made 51 saves for London. Niagara had all six shots in the second overtime. Game 2 is Saturday in St. Catherines.

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