North American Juniors

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-27-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 8 @ QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 16/20 FO, 0 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 37 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Charlottetown score eight goals in about a 13-minute span of the second period to demolish the home-sided Phoenix, 8-2, and take a 1-0 lead in their first round series. Game 2 is Saturday in Sherbrooke.

QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 2
Cape Breton leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 5 SOG, 7/11 FO, 3 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Cape Breton walked into Colisée Pepsi and stole home ice advantage from the Remparts, winning 3-2 Friday. The Eagles were up 2-0 before Erne scored Quebec’s first goal of the playoffs. Cape Breton scored again to go up 3-1 and Quebec cut the lead to one again, but couldn’t complete the comeback. Game 2 is Saturday at Quebec.

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Quarterfinals

West-8 Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5
Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Anthony DeAngelo extended his point streak to 26 games with an assist and Sault Ste. Marie got goals from five different scorers to win Game 1 against Saginaw, 5-1. DeAngelo’s assist came on a first period power play goal. Game 2 is Saturday in the Soo.

Note: Dominik Masin (Peterborough) is out for the season due to injury.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Semifinals

East-6 Kootenay Ice 4 @ East-3 Calgary Hitmen 3
Kootenay leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Kootenay lost its last two regular season games to Calgary, but struck first in the playoffs, winning 3-2 Friday. The Ice had leads of 2-0 and 4-2. Calgary cut Kootenay’s lead to 4-3 with seven minutes left, but couldn’t find the equalizer. Game 2 is Sunday.

Juniors Game Night: 3-22-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Playoff match-ups:

QMJHL-4 Quebec (Adam Erne) vs QMJHL-13 Cape Breton
QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke (Cameron Darcy) vs QMJHL-9 Charlottetown

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 0 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM
With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Anthony DeAngelo had the primary assist on the Soo’s first goal to extend his point streak to 25 games. He finishes the season with 89 points, and the Greyhounds finish the season with the league’s top overall seed. DeAngelo won the OHL and CHL scoring title for defensemen by 18 points. He was 25 points better the third place finishers, which included the WHL and QMJHL leading defensive scorers.

Playoff match-ups:

West-1 Sault Ste. Marie (DeAngelo) vs West-8 Saginaw
East-1 Oshawa vs East-8 Peterborough (Masin, who is out for the season)
Windsor (Cristiano DiGiacinto) did not make the playoffs

Western Hockey League

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary won the Central Division title by one point over Medicine Hat, thanks to a win over Kootenay on Sunday. Thomas finishes the year with the same point total as last year, but achieved in 12 fewer games. Calgary swept its weekend series with the Ice, and now gets them again in the first round of the playoffs.

Playoff match-ups:

East-3 Calgary (Thomas) vs East-6 Kootenay
Moose Jaw (Brayden Point) did not make the playoffs

Juniors Game Night: 3-21-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 37 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

In a possible playoff preview, the Huskies crushed the Phoenix, 7-3. If the two should meet in the first round, Sherbrooke gets the home ice advantage.

Quebec Remparts 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/30 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne and Quebec finished their regular season with back-to-back losses to the Oceanic. The good news is they won’t have to face Rimouski in the playoffs for a while as the Oceanic is the 1-seed and Quebec the 4 (of 16).

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 12

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -15, 100 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 2-0-2, +6, 0 PIM
With SSM: 25 GP, 15-35-50, +32, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 25-63-88, +33, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Anthony DeAngelo was back in the Soo’s lineup after resting two games, and scored two of the Greyhounds’ 12 goals to extend his point streak to 24 games. The Soo plays Kitchener on Sunday, two points up on Oshawa for the best record in the OHL. DiGiacinto had an assist for Windsor Saturday and finishes the season with 45 points. He somehow escaped Saturday with only a minus-1 rating. His teammate Trevor Murphy was minus-10. DiGiacinto could sign with AHL Syracuse if the Crunch want some extra forward depth.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 9

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Needing a win to stay alive in the playoffs (plus needing some help), Moose Jaw was unable to stay with the conference-leading Wheat Kings and fell hard, 9-2. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway as Swift Current won again and clinched the final playoff spot in the division. Point scored a goal for the ninth-straight game. He could take that streak to AHL Syracuse if the Crunch want to add skill to their lineup. Point will return to Moose Jaw next year due to AHL age restrictions, but can join the AHL now because his junior team’s season is over.

Juniors Game Night: 3-20-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 6 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 36 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke got two goals from Habs prospect Daniel Audette en route to a 6-3 road win Friday. Sherbrooke is sixth of 18 on the league table. The top 16 make the playoffs.

Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Quebec Remparts 3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 7/16 FO, 2 Hits
Season totals: 59 GP, 40-44-84, +22, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne was held off the scoresheet as Rimouski won in Quebec City.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Sarnia Sting 7

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 21-23-44, -15, 100 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto and Windsor have one game left this season after losing 7-2 in Sarnia Friday. The Spitfires are out of the playoff race. They play at Sault Ste. Marie Saturday.

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7 (SO)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 59 GP, 37-47-84, +9, 46 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

What a gutsy performance by Moose Jaw. Needing a win to stay alive in the playoff race, the Warriors scratched and clawed their way to a 7-6 shootout win over the conference’s top team. Point was the first shooter for Moose Jaw in the shootout, but had his attempt saved. Moose Jaw needs Swift Current, who is two points ahead of the Warriors, to lose its final game while the Warriors win theirs against the Wheat Kings.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Kootenay Ice 1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 59 GP, 7-24-31, +15, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary is one point ahead of Medicine Hat for the division title with both teams having one game remaining.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

Juniors Game Night: 3-19-15

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 7 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-23-44, -13, 100 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Likely 2015 top-5 picks Connor McDavid (3 assists) and Dylan Strome (1+3) combined for seven points in front of a sellout crowd in Windsor, leading the Otters to a 7-4 win. Windsor has been eliminated from playoff contention, which makes DiGiacinto available for AHL Syracuse or ECHL Florida should the Lightning want him to keep playing.

Juniors Game Night: 3-18-15

Western Hockey League

Red Deer Rebels 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 3 (OT)

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 7-24-31, +15, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary is one point ahead of Medicine Hat for the division title with both teams still to play twice. Medicine Hat has last place Saskatoon for two and Calgary has seventh place Kootenay.

Juniors Game Night: 3-17-15

Western Hockey League

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 36-45-81, +8, 46 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw scored a huge win in an elimination game against Swift Current, winning 6-2. Point left the game injured, but later returned and scored Moose Jaw’s third goal on an adept re-direct of a slap-pass from the point. The Warriors pulled within two points of the Broncos for the last playoff spot in the division. Both teams have two games remaining; however, while the Broncos have 11th place Lethbridge twice, Moose Jaw has first place Brandon twice. It would take a minor miracle for Moose Jaw to get in. In the event of a tie, the team with the most victories takes the spot (currently 32-31 Broncos). If that is tied, it goes to most points earned in head-to-head, which finished 6-6 in points (3-3 with no OTL or SOL). It would then go to goals-for/against differential, and Swift Current has about an eight goal lead there. The first question will be if Brandon is resting its stars or not, giving Moose Jaw a chance.

Juniors Game Night: 3-14-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Quebec Remparts 4

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3/4 FO, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 40-44-84, +24, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne scored his 40th goal of the season in Quebec’s 4-1 home win over visiting Val-d’Or. He was named first star for the second game in a row.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: Did not play
With SSM: 24 GP, 13-35-48, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-63-86, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo rested again for the Soo, who has already clinched the West’s top seed.

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Erie Otters 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 59 GP, 21-22-43, -11, 95 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Connor McDavid had two goals and a helper as Erie topped Windsor, 4-1. The Spits playoff hopes are fading as they’re now five points behind Saginaw for the eighth and final spot in the West.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Regina Pats 3 (SO)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 35-45-80, +8, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw avenged a loss to the Pats on Friday night with a shootout win Saturday night. Point scored in regulation, but missed his shootout attempt. The Warriors are four points behind Swift Current for the final playoff spot in the Central Division. Both teams have three games remaining.

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 7-24-31, +14, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary won the final game of their bazillion-game road trip and can now head home. Bazillion may have been a bit of an exaggeration. Calgary finished 7-4-0 on their road trip.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

NCAA Game Night: 3-14-15

No. 18 Harvard Crimson 0 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 2
ECAC Quarterfinals
Best-of-3 series tied, 1-1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Yale evened its series with the Crimson, forcing a deciding Game 3 on Sunday.

Merrimack Warriors 0 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 5
Hockey East Quarterfinals
BU wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-6-8, +13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod was a game-time decision for this game after missing the previous two with an injury. He sat again Saturday but all indications are he could be available for the Hockey East semifinals next weekend. Matt O’Conner, a free agent goaltender, stopped 27 shots for the shutout.

Colorado College Tigers 2 @ No. 1 North Dakota 3
NCHC Quarterfinals
UND wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 13-6-19, +12, 35 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

O’Donnell scored for the second straight night, setting a new career high for points in a season and helping UND to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff next weekend.

Union Dutchmen 3 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2
ECAC Quarterfinals
Best-of-3 series tied, 1-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 6-27-33, E, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Union came back from a 2-1 deficit, scoring the game-winner with about four minutes left in regulation. This game less than 24 hours after QU won in triple overtime Friday. The two teams meet again on Sunday.

Penn State Nittany Lions 2 @ No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 27 saves on 29 shots
Season totals: 35 GP, 20-11-3, 2.46 GAA, .909 sv%, 5 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox won his 20th game of the season, helping the Gophers to their fourth-straight conference title (2 Big 10, 2 WCHA). According to the Gophers’ website, the win was the 71st of Wilcox’s career, which is the most among all active college goaltenders. Minnesota will play the winner of Ohio State-Penn State next Friday in the Big 10 tournament.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 3-13-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 3

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 8/17 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 34 GP, 19-23-42, -8, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 20-36-56, -13, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

It took longer than expected, but Darcy hit the 20-goal mark for the season.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 3/8 FO, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 57 GP, 39-44-83, +23, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne is now within one goal of 40 for the season. He had a goal and two assists Friday to lead the Remparts to a home win over Nikita Kucherov’s former junior club (of course, he played a little for Quebec, too).

Ontario Hockey League

Plymouth Whalers 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: Did not play
With SSM: 24 GP, 13-35-48, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-63-86, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo and his 23-game point streak were not in the lineup Friday. According to the Sault Star, speculation was he was being rested. The Soo has already clinched the conference's top seed.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 34-45-79, +10, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

This loss will sting Moose Jaw as the Warriors held a 3-0 lead before giving up the game’s final four goals. The game-winner was scored shorthanded with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Point had a beauty of a goal, scored on the power play when he took a pass below the left wing circle, stepped into the slot and roofed a forehand into the far top-corner. The Pats did a nice job of collapsing on him whenever he got the puck to eliminate any time or space. He was clearly a marked man.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Red Deer Rebels 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 7-24-31, +14, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas match last year’s goal total of seven, scoring in the first period to give the Hitmen a 2-0 lead. Red Deer scored three times in the second period. Calgary has one game left on its month-long road trip.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

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