North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/31/11

USHL

Des Moines Buccaneers 3 @ Fargo Force 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (holding), 2 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 20-34-54, +26, 26 PIM

Mullin has just one assist in his last three games, two of those being losses. Fargo has clinched a playoff spot despite a mediocre 13-11-3 home record. They are in fourth in the West, but are two points out of second place.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.2 Saginaw Spirit 4 @ No.7 Guelph Storm 3
Best of seven series tied 2-2

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 6 PIM

Guelph had a chance to go up 3-1 at home as underdogs in their series and held a 2-0 lead going into the second period before giving up four goals in the middle stanza. The pivotal Game 5 is Saturday in Michigan.

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.1 Owen Sound Attack 2 @ No.8 London Knights 5
Best of seven series tied 2-2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: 12 saves on 12 shots
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO

Zador entered the game down 5-1 at 8:02 of the third period and was perfect for the remainder of the game. The Knights pounded Top seeded Owen Sound is struggling with London as the series goes back to Owen Sound for Game 5 Saturday.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.7 Chilliwack Bruins 2 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4
Spokane leads best of seven series 3-1

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: Did not play.
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM

Johnson missed the game due to an injury sustained when he was elbowed by Chilliwack’s Tyler Stahl in the second period of Game 3. Stahl was suspended for Thursday’s game. No timetable has been given for Johnson’s return. Spokane was able to overcome not playing with the WHL’s leading goal scorer and second leading point producer in Game 4, but unless Johnson returns, their shot at the conference and/or league titles is in jeopardy. The Bruins have their own distractions now since there are heavy rumors the team is moving to Victoria, B.C. after being sold. The Chiefs can close it out Saturday at home in Game 5.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

No.1 Saskatoon Blades 2 @ No.8 Prince Albert Raiders 5
Best of seven series tied 2-2

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (goaltender interference, roughing)
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2 +1, 6 PIM

The WHL’s top team, Saskatoon, now finds themselves tied with upstart Prince Albert 2-2 in their conference quarterfinals series. The Raiders outshot the Blades by a wide margin (41-30) for the second straight game. Game 5 is Saturday in Saskatoon.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/30/11

[b][i]QMJHL[/b][/i] [b]QMJHL First Round [/b] [b] No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ No. 12 Rimouski Oceanic 3 (OT)[/b] [i]Gatineau leads best of seven series 3-1[/i] [i]D [b][url=/adam-janosik]Adam Janosik[/url][/b], GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit[/i] Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 4 PIM Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2011) scored his third goal of the series at 5:41 of overtime to lift Gatineau to a Game 4 win over Rimouski. Game 5 is Friday in Gatineau. [b] No.2 Montreal Juniors 4 @ No.15 Halifax Mooseheads 2 [/b] [i]Montreal wins best of seven series 4-0[/i] [i]D [b][url=/charles-landry]Charles Landry[/url][/b], MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, checking from behind), 3 SOG, 0 Hits[/i] Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, +6, 8 PIM Montreal made quick work of the Mooseheads, sweeping them in four games. Landry finished the series plus-6. The top four teams in the Q all swept their opponents, as did No.11 seed Victoriaville, who swept the Titan 4-0. In this new format, all teams are re-seeded in the second round, so the Juniors will play the second-lowest seed to come out; likely No.8 Lewiston, who is up 3-1 on Moncton. [i][b]WHL[/b][/i] [b]Western Conference Quarterfinals[/b] [b] No.4 Tri-City Americans 5 @ No.5 Vancouver Giants 1[/b] [i] Tri-City wins best of seven series 4-0[/i] [i]RW [b][url=/carter-ashton]Carter Ashton[/url][/b], TC: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM[/i] Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 2 PIM Carter Ashton scored his second game winning goal of the series as the Americans made a clean sweep of the Giants in their conference quarterfinal series. Vancouver, needing a win to stay alive, only registered 18 shots in the game as they went out with a whimper. Ashton’s goal came in the late first period on the power play. [b]Western Conference Quarterfinals [/b] [b] No.2 Kelowna Rockets 4 @ No.7 Prince George Cougars 2 [/b] [i] Kelowna wins best of seven series 4-0[/i] [i]RW [b][url=/brett-connolly]Brett Connolly[/url][/b], PG: Did not play (injured - shoulder) [/i] Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM The Cougars outshot the Rockets for the second straight game, but without their captain, leading scorer, and star player Brett Connolly, they couldn’t put the puck in the net enough and now are done for the year. Connolly missed all but half of a period in the series due to a shoulder separation. If he’s healthy, he can join the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL since Prince George is finished, but that’s a big “if” and Lightning GM Steve Yzerman may not want him rushing back into play to risk further injury. Despite missing a couple weeks with a knee injury, it was a successful year for Connolly, who flirted with 50 goals and played for Team Canada at the World Junior Tournament. Yzerman told the Tampa Tribune recently Connolly must get stronger if he is to play at the NHL level. Next year Connolly will either be back in Prince George or in Tampa with the Lightning as he cannot begin a season in the AHL until 2012, after he turns 20. [b]Western Conference Quarterfinals[/b] [b]No.7 Chilliwack Bruins 4 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3 (OT) [/b] [i] Spokane leads best of seven series 2-1[/i] [i]C [b][url=/tyler-johnson]Tyler Johnson[/url][/b], SPO: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM [/i] Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM Johnson had a goal and an assist, but was knocked out of the game in the second period after being elbowed by Chilliwack’s Tyler Stahl (pictured – Spokesman Review photo). Spokane had just scored to go up 3-0 when the incident occurred. Johnson, who had an assist on the goal being scored when the hit took place, is listed as questionable for Game 4. Stahl was given a major penalty and game misconduct and now faces a possible suspension. The Bruins scored the game’s next four goals. Kevin Sundher (Sabres) had both the game tying and overtime winning goals for the Bruins. Game 4 is Thursday in Spokane. The series is following a 2-3-1-1-1 format. [b]Eastern Conference Quarterfinals[/b] [b] No.1 Saskatoon Blades 3 @ No.8 Prince Albert Raiders 6[/b] [i] Saskatoon leads best of seven series 2-1[/i] [i]D [b][url=/teigan-zahn]Teigan Zahn[/url][/b], SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM[/i] Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2 +1, 2 PIM The Raiders came out flying, outshooting the Blades 22-6 in the first period, but needed a three goal third period to beat the WHL’s best team 6-3. Zahn was scoreless after his First Star award and two assists in Game 2. Brandon Herrod (undrafted) had two goals and was First Star for the Raiders. Game 4 is Thursday in Prince Albert.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/29/11

QMJHL

QMJHL First Round

No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ No.12 Rimouski Oceanic 7
Gatineau leads best of seven series 2-1

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, -2, 4 PIM (hooking, slashing), 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 4 PIM

Janosik’s sixth career playoff goal wasn’t enough as Rimouski got back in the series with a big home win over Gatineau. Game 4 is Wednesday in the former home of Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, and Sidney Crosby.

No.2 Montreal Juniors 2 @ No.15 Halifax Mooseheads 0
Montreal leads best of seven series 3-0

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (interference), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +5, 4 PIM

Trevor Parkes (undrafted) broke a scoreless tie with just over a minute left in the game and Rapael Pouliot (undrafted) scored into an empty net 47 seconds later to give the Juniors a 2-0 win and commanding 3-0 series lead. Landry’s plus-5 rating is tied for second on the club in the playoffs. Game 4 is Wednesday in Halifax.

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.8 London Knights 3 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 5
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 2-1

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO

He’s back! Geoffrey Schemitsch (pictured) played his first game since breaking his arm February 10. He did not register a point, but helped the Attack to an important Game 3 home win over upset-minded London. Game 4 is Thursday in London.

WHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.4 Tri-City Americans 4 @ No.5 Vancouver Giants 0
Tri-City leads best of seven series 3-0

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM

The Ams scored once in the late second period and three more times in the third period to beat the Giants in Vancouver 4-0 and take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Ashton hasn’t registered a point since scoring the winner in overtime in Game 1. Game 4 is Wednesday in B.C.

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.2 Kelowna Rockets 7 @ No.7 Prince George Cougars 6
Kelowna leads best of seven series 3-0

RW Brett Connolly, PG: Did not play (injured - shoulder)
Season Totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Prince George put up a good fight, outshooting Kelowna 41-29, but didn’t get the goaltending they needed and fell 7-6. Connolly, who is publicly considered day-to-day with an upper body injury (shoulder separation), has not played since the opening period of Game 1. His season and possibly junior career is now potentially one game away from being over. (Note: His junior career would be over if he made the Lightning next season. He is not eligible to begin a season in the AHL until 2012. He could join AHL Norfolk – if healthy – this season when the Cougars are finished).

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/28/11

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.7 Guelph Storm 7 @ No.2 Saginaw Spirit 3
Guelph leads best of seven series 2-1

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, E, 6 PIM

Richard Panik had two assists and Michael Latta and Taylor Beck both had two goals as Guelph scored a huge playoff road win over Saginaw to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Thursday in Guelph. (OHL photo)

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/27/11

OHL

Western Conference Quarterfinals

No.2 Saginaw Spirit 3 @ No.7 Guelph Storm 2
Best of seven series tied 1-1

C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, check to the head)
Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 6 PIM

Panik’s first career playoff goal gave Guelph a 2-0 first period lead and the Storm never looked back, winning at home in Game 2, 6-2. Game 3 is Monday in Michigan.

WHL

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 5
Saskatoon leads best of seven series 2-0

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2 +3, 2 PIM

Yes, you read that right. On a team full of stars, Teigan Zahn was First Star tonight for Saskatoon in their Game 2 win over Prince Albert. Zahn is now at a point-per-game pace for the playoffs. Sure, it’s just two games, but Zahn, a rugged defenseman known more for his fists and leadership, is a PPGer officially. Game 3 is Wednesday in Prince Albert.

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