North American Juniors

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.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-16-10

QMJHL

No.5 Moncton Wildcats 5 @ No.2 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3
Semifinals, Game 1. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 3-9-12, +7, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

The Wildcats struck first in their QMJHL semifinal series, beating the Volts on the road, 5-3. Drummondville had won 17 straight home games. Barberio didn’t score in the game, but reportedly made one of its most important defensive plays when he batted a shot destined for the back of the net out of mid-air as it was crossing the goal line. Game 2 is Sunday night in Drummondville.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley was minus-1 with three shots on goal. 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: 11 GP, 0-11-11, +7, 0 PIM.

OHL

Barrie Colts 2 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5
Eastern Conference Finals, Game 2. Best of 7 Series tied 1-1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-7-8, +7, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

The Colts lost their first game of the playoffs after nine contests, falling 5-2 on the road to the Majors. Hutchings extended his point streak to 10 games going back to the regular season. He’s registered a point in all six of his playoff games. He missed four due to an injury. Game 2 is Saturday.

WHL

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Tri-City Americans 2
Western Conference Finals, Game 1. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 11 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

Vancouver stole home ice advantage from the Americans, beating Tri-City in their barn in Game 1, 4-2. Wright was scoreless in the match. The Giants were down 2-1 in the game before mounting a comeback win. Game 2 is Saturday.

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