North American Juniors

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-5-10

OHL

East-5 Brampton Battalion 1 @ East-1 Barrie Colts 5
Conference Semifinals, Game 3. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 3-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Barrie improved to 7-0 in the playoffs despite missing Alex Hutchings for the third straight game. Hutchings, who reportedly may be able to play if the Colts were in danger of losing the series, remains out with a groin injury. With Barrie now on the verge of a sweep, speculation is Hutchings will be given additional time to heal before Barrie faces the winner of Ottawa and Mississauga (2-1 Ottawa). In Game 3, Barrie had a 4-0 lead after two as the outcome was never really in doubt. Alexander Burmistrov, a forward for Barrie who will likely be picked in the top-10 this summer, had a goal for the Colts. He has 13 points (7 goals) in seven playoff games so far. The Russian had 65 points (22 goals) in 62 regular season games. This was his first season in North America. In the West, Taylor Hall is winning the battle of the 2010 top prospects as he had Windsor are up 3-0 on Tyler Seguin and Plymouth. One of those two will be an Edmonton Oiler this time next year, barring a trade.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-4-10

OHL

Barrie Colts 3 @ Brampton Battalion 2 (OT)
Conference Semifinals, Game 2. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Hutchings missed his second consecutive game because of a groin injury he suffered late in the Sudbury series. According to the Barrie Examiner, he’s listed as day-to-day and it’s likely he’d return if the Colts faced a deficit in the series. The latest report said his status for Game 3 (Tuesday in Barrie) is unknown. In Game 2, Luke Pither (’89), an undrafted, 6-foot, 194- pound center who accumulated 94 points this season, scored his fourth of the playoffs at 3:32 of overtime to give the Colts a big two games to none lead in the series. Barrie is 6-0 in the playoffs.

WHL

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

The Giants remained undefeated in the playoffs by scoring four times in the first period en route to a 7-4 road win over Portland. Vancouver swept the Winterhawks in Oregon, averaging a snowman per game on the scoreboard. Wright now has five points in the series after scoring the Giants’ first goal, which tied the game a one halfway through the first. He added an assist on their empty net goal in the closing minute. Nino Niederreiter of Portland, a possible draft target of the Lightning this summer, had two assists in the game. The winger has 11 points (4-7-11) in nine playoff games so far. Portland now goes to Vancouver for the series’ next three games starting Wednesday.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-3-10

QMJHL

No.5 Moncton Wildcats 4 @ No.4 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3 (OT)
Quarterfinals, Game 2. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Daniel Pettersson (undrafted) scored his third of the playoffs at 2:43 of overtime to give the Wildcats a 4-3 victory and put the Huskies in a big 0-2 hole in the series heading back to Moncton. Barberio maintained his point-per-game average with an assist on the game’s opening goal.

WHL

West-2 Vancouver Giants 9 @ West-5 Portland Winterhawks 6
Conference Semifinals, Game 1. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 1-2-3, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

The Giants improved to 5-0 in the playoffs and drew first blood against Portland with a field-goal-heavy 9-6 win in Oregon. This game turned ugly in the late third as there was somewhat of a line brawl with about four minutes remaining, and more festivities as the final horn sounded. Wright’s first goal of the playoffs turned out to be the game winner as he gave the Giants a 7-5 lead midway through the third period. 5-foot-9 Brendan Gallagher (2011 draft) had four goals for Vancouver. Possible Lightning 2010 first round draft target Nino Niederreiter was scoreless and minus-1 in the game with four penalty minutes.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-2-10

QMJHL

No.5 Moncton Wildcats 6 @ No.4 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1
Quarterfinals, Game 1. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 2-4-6, +3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

There wasn’t much drama in this one as Moncton had a 5-1 lead after the opening period. Game 2 is Saturday at Rouyn-Noranda. QMJHL teams are re-seeded after the first round in a league-wide format. Moncton is the five-seed and the Huskies four despite the Huskies finishing the regular season 20 points behind Moncton. Rouyn-Noranda won the Telus Western Division; Moncton finished second to St. John in the Atlantic.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-1-10

OHL

East-5 Brampton Battalion 3 @ East-1 Barrie Colts 5
Conference Semifinals, Game 1. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Although Hutchings played all four games of the Sudbury series, he reportedly missed Game 1 vs. Brampton with an apparent “lower body injury.” Alex Burmistrov, who is expected to go near the top of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, had a goal and an assist to earn First Star honors in the game for the Colts. Game 2 is Sunday.

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