North American Juniors

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.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-20-10

QMJHL

No.2 Drummondville Voltigeurs 2 @ No.5 Moncton Wildcats 1 (OT)
Semifinals, Game 3. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 2-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Series Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 4-9-13, +5, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

The Wildcats had a big opportunity to take a commanding 3-0 series lead at home, but Charles Landry (undrafted in 2009) scored at 9:54 of overtime to get the Volts back into the series. Canada WJC goaltender Jake Allen (Blues 2/08) was First Star for Drummondville, stopping 40 shots. Game 4 is Wednesday in Moncton.

On the other side, Victoriaville beat No.1 St. John 6-3 to pull within two games to one of the Sea Dogs.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley was even with three shots on goal in the game. Gormley is regarded as one of the best defenseman in the upcoming draft and could fall to the Lightning at No.6. Gormley Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 0-13-13, +8, 2 PIM.

WHL

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

Wright (pictured) scored early in the first and the Giants would add another in the period to lead 2-0 after one, but Tri-City clawed their way back to force overtime in Game 3. Wright then set up Tomas Vincour (Stars 5/09) for his seventh goal of the playoffs at 3:49 of overtime to give Vancouver a 3-2 win and take a 2-1 series lead. The two points were the first of the series for Wright. Game 4 is Thursday in Vancouver.

On the other side, Calgary defeated Brandon 6-3 to take a 2-1 series lead in the East. What we’d like to see here for Vancouver/Wright is Brandon win the East and Vancouver the West, so even if Memorial Cup host (automatic bid) Brandon wins the championship, the Giants would be invited to the Cup tournament.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-19-10

OHL

Barrie Colts 3 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 1
Conference Finals, Game 4. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 3-1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 1-7-8, +7, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Barrie avenged a road loss to the Majors earlier in the series by beating them 3-1 in Game 4 in Mississauga. Barrie can advance to the OHL Finals on Wednesday when Game 5 is played in Barrie where the Colts are 6-0 in the playoffs. Hutchings was scoreless for the second straight game and “fell” to a point-per-game average in the playoffs. He has two assists in the four games this series. The last time Hutchings went two consecutive games without a point was Barrie’s first two games in February. He then went on a 12-game point streak. He has gone seven games without a goal, his longest streak of the season by three games.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-18-10

QMJHL

No.5 Moncton Wildcats 5 @ No.2 Drummondville Voltigeurs 2
Semifinals, Game 2. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 4-9-13, +7, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

The Wildcats swept both Games 1 and 2 in Drummondville, and now return home for Game 3 on Tuesday with a comfortable 2-0 lead and home ice advantage. Barberio scored Moncton’s insurance goal on the power play.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley was plus-1 with two assists in the game. Gormely is regarded as one of the best defenseman in the upcoming draft and could fall to the Lightning at No.6. Gormley Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 0-13-13, +8, 0 PIM.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-17-10

OHL

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 1 @ Barrie Colts 3
Conference Finals, Game 3. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 2-1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-7-8, +7, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Hutchings saw his point streak (going back to the regular season) end at 10 games, but Barrie took the lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, 2-1. Luke Pither (undrafted) scored two goals for the Colts to erase a 1-0 Majors lead and help Barrie to victory. Game 4 is Monday in Mississauga. On the other side, Kitchener defeated Windsor 5-2 in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead over the defending Memorial Cup champs.

WHL

Vancouver Giants 0 @ Tri-City Americans 4
Western Conference Finals, Game 2. Best of 7 Series tied 1-1
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 6-6-12, +4, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Top-seeded Tri-City came back strong in Game 2, scoring once in the first period and twice in the second to help secure the win and tie the series. Diminutive 5’-8” netminder Drew Owsley (undrafted) earned First Star honors for the Americans. Game 3 is Tuesday in Vancouver. On the other side, No.1 Calgary defeated Memorial Cup host Brandon 3-2 to tie their series at one.

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