North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/10/11

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 6
Best of seven series tied 1-1

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 2-3-5, E, 4 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 0 PIM

Spokane made a strong statement in Game 2, outshooting Tri-City 40-15 and beating them handily, 6-3. The Chiefs were up 5-1 entering the third period and the Americans got a last minute power play goal to make the score look closer than it was. Tyler Johnson scored a power play goal for Spokane and fellow Lightning prospect Carter Ashton had two third period assists for TC. Senators prospect Jared Cowen had four assists for the Chiefs. The game had 89 minutes in penalties. Game 3 is Tuesday in Kennewick. Games 4 and 5 will also be at the home of the Americans.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/9/11

USHL

Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Fargo Force 3 (OT)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 23-37-60, +29, 26 PIM

Mullin’s assist gave him 60 points for the year, good enough to finish seventh in the league scoring race. That race was won by Mullin’s future Miami-Ohio teammate Blake Coleman (undrafted) of Indiana, who had 92 points – 17 more than anyone else in the league. No.4 Fargo’s recent stretch of sub-par play means they won’t get a first round bye in the playoffs. They’re set to meet Lincoln for a best of three series starting Friday in Fargo. All games will be played in North Dakota. Considering the Force had a better road record than at home, that might not be a good thing.

QMJHL

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 0 @ No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3
Drummondville leads best of seven series 2-0

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: 6 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 6 PIM

Gatineau will go home for games three and four of the series in a 0-2 hole. Drummondville scored twice in the first period Saturday and cruised to a 3-0 win. Game 3 – a must-win game for the Olympiques – is Tuesday.

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 6 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 2
Best of seven series tied 1-1

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (roughing), 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +8, 12 PIM

Second-seeded Montreal is a Game 1 overtime goal away from being down 0-2 to eighth-seeded Lewiston in their QMJHL quarterfinals series. Olivier Dame-Malka (undrafted) scored four times Saturday to lead the MAINEiacs to a 6-2 win. Lightning prospect Charles Landry has points in consecutive games. Game 3 is Tuesday in Maine.

OHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3 @ No.6 Plymouth Whalers 2
Owen Sound leads best of seven series 2-0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 0 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

Geoffrey Schemitsch (pictured) scored his first two points of the playoffs en route to First Star honors in Game 2 as the Attack took a 2-0 lead on Plymouth in their conference semifinal series. Michael Zador, the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week, was pulled after the second period of Game 1 in favor of Scott Stajcer. Stajcer played all of Game 2 and Zador was relegated to the bleachers as a healthy scratch. Game 3 is Monday in Ontario.

WHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 1
Tri-City leads best of seven series 1-0

RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (charging)
Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 4 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, E, 0 PIM

Tri-City’s 5’8” goaltender Drew Owsley (undrafted) stopped 34 of 35 shots to steal Game 1 for the Americans and give his team home ice advantage in the series. If there was good news for Spokane, leading scorer Tyler Johnson was back on the ice after he was injured in Game 3 vs. Chilliwack. Neither Johnson nor fellow Lightning prospect Carter Ashton registered a point in Game 1. Game 2 is Sunday in Spokane.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

No.4 Kootenay Ice 3 @ No.1 Saskatoon Blades 2 (OT)
Kootenay leads best of seven series 2-0

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3 +1, 8 PIM

Saskatoon fell to 2-4 in their last six games and now find themselves with a tough uphill climb down 0-2 to fourth-seeded Kootenay going to the Ice’s home barn for the next two games. On Saturday, Kings super-prospect Brayden Schenn scored with just over a minute left in regulation for Saskatoon to tie the game, but the Ice’s Joe Antilla (undrafted) potted the overtime winner with 1:28 left in the extra session. Game 3 is Tuesday.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/8/11

USHL

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Fargo Force 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 23-36-59, +28, 26 PIM

Mullin’s 23rd goal of the season gave the Force a 1-0 lead in the second period, but Fargo gave up two in the third and fell to visiting Omaha. Mullin, who has six points in his last three games, led the team with nine shots on goal Friday. Fargo cannot finish higher than fourth in the East, but could fall to fifth as Lincoln is one point behind and both have one game remaining in the regular season.

QMJHL

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3
Drummondville leads best of seven series 1-0

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 6 PIM

Janosik tied for second on the club in shots and hits as Gatineau lost Game 1 to Guy Boucher’s former club, Drummondville, 3-1. Game 2 is Saturday at the home of the Volts.

QMJHL Quarterfinals

No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 6 (OT)
Montreal leads best of seven series 1-0

D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, +9, 10 PIM

David Rose (undrafted) scored at 4:52 of overtime to give Montreal a Game 1 win over Lewiston, who had tied the game with 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Lightning prospect Charles Landry earned his first assist of the post-season in his fifth game. His plus-9 rating is second on the club for the playoffs. Game 2 is Saturday in Montreal.

WHL

Eastern Conference Semifinals

No.4 Kootenay Ice 4 @ No.1 Saskatoon Blades 1
Kootenay leads best of seven series 1-0

D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3 +2, 8 PIM

Saskatoon ran away with the best record in the WHL during the regular season, but is 2-3 in their last five games. Friday night could have been worse, the East's No.2 seed Red Deer lost 9-1 at home to No.3 Medicine Hat. Zahn, the Blades’ captain, had his third assist of the postseason Friday. Game 2 is Saturday in Saskatoon.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4/7/11

OHL

Western Conference Semifinals

No.6 Plymouth Whalers 3 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 4 (OT)
Owen Sound 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: 5 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: 20 saves on 23 shots in 40 minutes
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

Zador, the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week, got the start for the Attack in Game 1 vs. Plymouth, but was pulled after the second period down 3-2. No injury was reported. Attack goalie Scott Stajcer, who missed most of the season, stopped 14 of 14 shots the rest of the way to get the win. Geoffrey Schemitsch tied for the team high with a plus-2 rating. He was on the ice for the game tying goal mid-way through the third period. Maple Leafs draft pick Jesse Blacker had the game winner in overtime. Game 2 is Saturday in Michigan, and one would think Stajcer is starting Game 2, but nothing has been reported yet.

Zador Named CHL Goaltender of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Owen Sound Attack netminder Michael Zador is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending April 3.

Zador was perfect between the pipes stopping all 48 shots he faced in 123 minutes of action producing a 2-0 record with a goals-against-average of 0.00 and save percentage of 1.000. He earned one individual shutout and split time with Scott Stajcer combining for a second team shutout victory.

Zador helped the Attack earn a first round playoff series win over the London Knights highlighted by a 23-save performance to backstop the club to a 1-0 shutout win in the Game six finale on Sunday where he earned second star honours. Zador made his first start of the series in Game five on Saturday and stopped all 13 shots he faced in the first 51 minutes of action before teammate Scott Stajcer finished the game with the two goalies combining for a 6-0 shutout win. Zador also made 12 saves in the final 12 minutes of a Game four loss 5-2 to the Knights on Thursday.

Zador, a 19-year-old from Toronto, ON, is playing in his third full OHL season and was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
--Canadian Hockey League (OHL photo)

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