North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 5/5/11

QMJHL Finals

No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ No.1 St. John Sea Dogs 2
St. John leads best of seven series 2-1

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 10 PIM

Underdog Gatineau kept it close, but Penguins prospect Simon Despres scored at 12:17 of the third period to give St. John the lead and the Sea Dogs held on for a 2-1 win in Game 1 of the QMJHL Finals. Game 2 is Saturday in New Brunswick.

OHL Finals

East No.1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 6 @ West No.1 Owen Sound Attack 2
Mississauga leads best of seven series 2-0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 0-10-10, +5, 2 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup).
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

Justin Shugg (Hurricanes) and Jordan Myer (undrafted) each had two goals to lead the Majors to a road win in Game 2 of the OHL Finals to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. Lightning prospect Michael Zador, who still leads the OHL in goals against average for the playoffs at 1.10 from his brief time as Owen Sound's starter, sat backup Thursday for Scott Stajcer, who stopped 33 of 38 in the loss. Geoffrey Schemitsch (pictured) was scoreless and minus-1 for the Attack, who needs a win Friday in Mississauga in Game 3 to stay close in the series.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5/3/11

QMJHL Semifinals

No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ No.4 Quebec Remparts 2
Gatineau wins best of seven series 4-3

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 10 PIM

Gatineau scored twice in 1:20 early in the third period to break a 2-2 tie, then added an empty net goal with three seconds left to win Game 7 vs. Quebec and advance to the QMJHL Finals. The Olympiques completed an improbable, but not impossible comeback from down 3-1 in the series over the higher seeded Remparts. Lightning prospect Adam Janosik was scoreless for Gatineau, but was plus-2 for the night and was on the ice for the game winning goal. Gatineau now gets the privilege of facing one of the CHL’s powerhouses, St. John, for the championship and right to go to the Memorial Cup. That series will begin Thursday in New Brunswick.

OHL

OHL Finals

West No.1 Owen Sound Attack 2 @ East No.1 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5
Mississauga leads best of seven series 1-0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 14 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

Casey Cizikas (Islanders) scored once and added two assists for First Star honors to lead the Majors to a 5-2 victory in the opening game of the OHL Finals. Owen Sound, who scored 10 times on Windsor in their last game, could only manage two against J.P. Anderson (2011) Tuesday. Schemitsch had the puck stolen from him for the empty net goal to end the game. Game 2 is Thursday in Owen Sound.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5/2/11

WHL

Western Conference Finals

No.1 Portland Winterhawks 6 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3
Portland wins best of seven series 4-2

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 9 PIM

Spokane certainly had their leads and chances in this series, but it’s the Portland Winterhawks who are moving on to the WHL Finals. Monday night in Washington the Chiefs scored first again, and had a 2-0 lead 3:32 into the game but Portland scored the game’s next three goals and finished it with three more in the third period to win handily. Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson was scoreless in the final game of his junior career. To say the overager had an outstanding year would be an understatement, as he led the WHL in goals scored, was second in points, and was the Western Conference Player of the Year. He earned an entry level contract from Tampa Bay in the process. His playoffs were mired by a head injury and suspension, but he still finished at a point-per-game. Johnson will no doubt be in Tampa Bay’s prospect camp(s) the next time we see him and he’s likely to begin next year with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5/1/11

QMJHL Semifinals

No.4 Quebec Remparts 0 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4
Best of seven series tied 3-3

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 10 PIM

Gatineau has fought back from a 3-1 series deficit to send their semifinal series to seven games. Sunday night the Olympiques scored twice in the first and twice in the second and goaltender Maxime Clermont (Devils) stopped 21 shots to make them hold up in the 4-0 win. Game 7 will be Tuesday in Quebec City. The winner will play top-seeded St. John in the finals. The Sea Dogs easily eliminated Lewiston, who had defeated No.2 seed Montreal and Lightning prospect Charles Landry, in a four games.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/30/11

WHL

Western Conference Finals

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

C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 9 PIM

Johnson scored on a wrist shot on a partial breakaway 59 seconds into the game to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead, but didn’t score again until the mid-third to cut a 3-1 deficit to 3-2. Spokane couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 3-2 in the game and now trail 3-2 in the series. The Winterhawks can close it out and move on to meet Kootenay by winning Game 6 Monday in Spokane. Game 5 highlights are on www.whl.ca.

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