North American Juniors

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-27-10

OHL

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Barrie Colts 3 (OT)
OHL Finals, Game 1. Windsor leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Taylor Hall (likely 2010 first or second pick) scored at 2:35 of overtime to help the defending OHL and Memorial Cup champs steal Game 1 of the OHL Finals. Barrie had 2-0 and 3-2 leads, but couldn’t hold on, losing just their second game of the playoffs. Hutchings, who had been operating at a point-per-game pace in the playoffs, was held off the scoresheet. Game 2 is Thursday in Barrie.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-25-10

WHL

Tri-City Americans 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2
Western Conference Finals, Game 6. Tri-City wins Best of 7 Series 4-2
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 7-9-16, +1, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -4, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Drew Owsley (undrafted) again earned First Star honors as the goaltender stopped 30 of 32 shots to help the Americans win Game 6 5-2 and send them on to the WHL Finals. The Giants, who held a 2-1 lead in this series with Game 4 at home, and were also tied 2-2 at home in Game 6, have been eliminated. Wright finished the series with a goal, two assists, and a minus-2 rating over the six games. His junior career is now complete and the signed forward who played with Tampa Bay for the first half of the season will either begin next year with the Bolts or AHL Norfolk Admirals. His 16 playoff points in 16 games are by far a career high, topping the 10 points in 17 games he registered last year with the Giants in the postseason.

Elsewhere in the CHL, Windsor defeated Kitchener to complete a 0-3 series comeback. Taylor Hall and the Spits will now face Alex Hutchings and Barrie for the OHL title and Memorial Cup invitation.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-23-10

QMJHL

No.5 Moncton Wildcats 4 @ No.2 Drummondville Voltigeurs 2
Semifinals, Game 5. Moncton wins Best of 7 Series 4-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 5-10-15, +6, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Moncton won their third of the series on the road to finish off the Volts 4-1 and advance to the QMJHL Finals. The Wildcats will face the winner of St. John and Victoriaville, currently 3-1 St. John. Barberio finished the Drummondville series with two goals and three points in the five games. He continues to lead all league defensemen in playoff scoring with 15 points. Despite the Moncton win in Game 5, hometown Drummondville swept the three star awards for the game.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley scored his first goal of the playoffs into an empty net. He was also plus-3 in the game with two shots. Gormley Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 1-13-14, +11, 2 PIM.

WHL

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Tri-City Americans 4
Western Conference Finals, Game 5. Tri-City leads Best of 7 Series 3-2
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 7-8-15, +4, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Drew Owsley (undrafted) stopped 40 shots for First Star honors as the Americans are now one win away from disposing of Wright and the Giants and advancing to the WHL Finals to face Calgary. Game 6 is Sunday in Vancouver.

Elsewhere in the CHL, Windsor defeated Kitchener 6-4 in Kitchener to force a Game 7. Windsor had been down 3-0 in the series. Game 7 is Sunday in Windsor.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-22-10

WHL

Tri-City Americans 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2
Western Conference Finals, Game 4. Best of 7 Series tied 2-2
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 7-8-15, +4, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright had an early power play assist to help the Giants to a 1-0 lead, but TC struck twice and then three more times after Vancouver tied the game at two to win Game 4 5-2 and tie the series at two games apiece. Kruise Reddick (undrafted), who has been in the WHL seemingly forever, had a goal and three assists for the Americans. Game 5 is Friday night in Kennewick, Washington.

Elsewhere in the CHL, Windsor shut out Kitchener in Game 5 3-0 and are now “only” down 3-2 in the series after being down 3-0 two games ago. The winner will play Alex Hutchings and Barrie in the OHL Finals.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-21-10

QMJHL

No.2 Drummondville Voltigeurs 0 @ No.5 Moncton Wildcats 4
Semifinals, Game 4. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 3-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 5-10-15, +7, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Nicola Riopel (Flyers 5/09) registered his third shutout of the playoffs and Moncton got a goal and assist from Lightning prospect Mark Barberio (pictured) to put the Wildcats within one game of advancing to the QMJHL Finals. Barberio’s fifth goal of the playoffs gave Moncton a 2-0 lead in the second period. He currently leads all defensemen in Q playoff scoring with 15 points. His seven shots on goal in Game 4 led the Wildcats. Moncton can close out the series in Game 5 in Drummondville on Friday.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley was scoreless, even, and had two shots on goal in the game. Gormley Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 0-13-13, +8, 2 PIM.

OHL

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2 @ Barrie Colts 4
Conference Finals, Game 5. Barrie wins Best of 7 Series 4-1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Hutchings scored 14 seconds after Stefan Della Rovere (Capitals 7/08) scored the game’s opener to open up an early 2-0 lead and help send the Colts on to a 4-2 Game 5 win and 4-1 series win. Della Rovere would add another goal to earn First Star honors. The Eastern Conference champion and Bobby Hull Trophy-winning Colts will now await the winner of Kitchener-Windsor (currently 3-1 Kitchener) to play for the Robertson Cup in the OHL Finals. Hutchings’ goal broke a personal seven game goal-less drought and two-game streak without a point. He finished the St. Mike’s series with a goal and two assists in five games. The Colts are 12-1 in the playoffs.

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