North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/27/11

OHL

Western Conference Finals

No.4 Windsor Spitfires 4 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 10
Owen Sound wins best of seven series 4-1

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 0-10-10, +6, 2 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

Owen Sound got three assists from Geoffrey Schemitsch and three goals from Matt Petgrave (2011) to crush Windsor 10-4 and win the Wayne Gretzky Trophy as Western Conference champions. That title earns the Attack not only a match-up with Bobby Orr Trophy champion Mississauga for the OHL championship, but because the Majors are Memorial Cup hosts and have an automatic bid to that tournament, Owen Sound earns an invitation too as – at minimum – the OHL’s second best team. In Game 5 with Windsor the Spits had 1-0 and 2-1 leads and the game was just 4-2 Attack entering the third period. Owen Sound got two quick goals in the third and then added four more, including three power play goals. Two of Schemitsch’s assists were with the man advantage. Jack Campbell let in all 10 goals for Windsor.

WHL

Western Conference Finals

No.1 Portland Winterhawks 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 2 (OT)
Portland leads best of seven series 2-1

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 5-5-10, +2, 0 PIM

Portland Rookie Brendan Leipsic scored his second goal of the playoffs at 7:44 of overtime to lead the Winterhawks to a 3-2 Game 3 win and take back home ice advantage in the series. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson had an assist and was on the ice for both of Spokane’s goals. Spokane outshot Portland 43-32 in the match and had a 31-16 shot advantage after two periods. Reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week Mac Carruth (Blackhawks) was strong between the pipes for Portland. Game 4 is Friday in Spokane. Kootenay swept Medicine Hat and awaits the winner of Portland-Spokane.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/26/11

QMJHL Semifinals

No.4 Quebec Remparts 2 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 1
Quebec leads best of seven series 2-1

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 3-4-7, -1, 10 PIM

Janosik’s point streak was stopped at three games as Quebec scored the game’s final two goals to win Game 3, 2-1. Alexander Grenier (undrafted), scored his eighth goal of the playoffs with just under five minutes to go to give the Remparts the win. The 6’5” Grenier, who had nine goals in 31 regular season games, has eight goals and 15 points in 11 playoff games.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/25/11

OHL

Western Conference Finals

No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3 @ No.4 Windsor Spitfires 2
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 3-1

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 0-7-7, +4, 2 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

Panthers prospect Garrett Wilson was First Star once again with a goal and an assist to lead Owen Sound to a road win in Windsor and a 3-1 series lead. The attack scored twice in the third to take a 3-1 lead, then hung on to win 3-2. Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch was scoreless in the game, but has six points in his last seven games. Michael Zador did not dress for Owen Sound. Stars pick Jack Campbell was Second Star with 41 saves for the Spits. Game 5 is Wednesday in Owen Sound.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/24/11

WHL

Western Conference Finals

No.2 Spokane Chiefs 1 vs. No.1 Portland Winterhawks 2
Best of seven series 1-1

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 5-4-9, E, 0 PIM

After defeating the top-seeded Winterhawks 2-1 in Game 1, Spokane was looking to take a stranglehold on the series Sunday and took a 1-0 lead late in the first period, but Portland replied less than 30 seconds later to tie the game and eventually win it on a second period power play goal. Ryan Johansen (Blue Jackets) scored the winner for Portland. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson was scoreless in his return to the Chiefs lineup. He was suspended for Game 1 for a kneeing major taken in the last game of the Tri-City series. Spokane outshot Portland 13-5 in the final period to try to get the game tying goal, but were turned away by Mac Carruth (Blackhawks). Portland outshot Spokane 20-5 in the second period. Game 3 is Wednesday in Spokane. The series will follow a traditional 2-2-1-1-1 format.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/23/11

USHL Western Conference Semifinals

No.1 Dubuque Fighting Saints 3 @ No.4 Fargo Force 0
Dubuque wins best of five series 3-0

C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 23-37-60, +29, 26 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

And that’s that. Dubuque scored twice in the first period while outshooting the Force 13-5, then withstood a 14-1 shot onslaught in the third period to defeat Fargo 3-0 and advance to the conference finals. Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin, who led the team in scoring during the regular season, was shut out of both this series and the qualifying round. That said, he had a great first (and only) season in the USHL and will take his talents to the Miami Redhawks of the NCAA next season.

Results from the QMJHL and OHL after the flip.

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