North American Juniors

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-22-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 6 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 (OT)
Foreurs lead best-of-7 semifinal series, 2-1

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 Hits, 2 SOG, 14/31 FO, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 11-21-33, +8, 12 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Desperately needing a win to avoid falling behind 3-0 in the series, the Mooseheads scored the final four goals of regulation, then got an overtime-winner by Jesse Lussier to top the Foreurs, 6-5. Jonathan Drouin had three points and was named second star. Fellow MVP candidate (and winner) Anthony Mantha (Red Wings) had a hat trick for Val-d’Or. He was third star. Game 4 is Wednesday night.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ North Bay Battalion 5
Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals, 3-0

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 3-4-7, +5, 16 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

North Bay didn’t let up when they returned home, beating the Gens 5-3 in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead over the conference’s top seed. North Bay outshot Oshawa, 30-18. The Battalion can close out the series Wednesday night at home.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-20-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 5 @ Oshawa Generals 2
Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals, 2-0

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

North Bay took control of their Eastern Conference Finals series against top-seeded Oshawa, winning 5-2 on the road in Game 2. Dylan Blujus had two assists – one while shorthanded and one on an empty-net goal. Game 3 is Tuesday in North Bay.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-19-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2
Foreurs lead best-of-7 semifinal series, 2-0

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 Hit, 7 SOG, 10/22 FO
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 10-19-20, +7, 12 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Like the Lightning with Montreal, Halifax finds themselves in a 2-0 hole after losing their first two games of the series at home. On Saturday night, Val-d’Or skated out to a 3-0 lead before the midway point of the first period, and held on for a 4-2 win. Drouin scored on the power play for Halifax to extend his point streak to 24 games. Anthony Mantha had an assist for the Foreurs. He has 1+2 in the series to Drouin’s 1+1. Neither QMJHL superstar has been an overwhelming factor thus far in the series. Game 3 is Tuesday in Val-d’Or.

Lightning Sign Dotchin to ELC

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Jake Dotchin to an entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Dotchin, 20, skated in 63 games with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2013-14 regular season, posting 11 goals and 36 points. He led the Colts for penalty minutes with 121 and was third with a plus-22 rating. He ranked second among defensemen on Barrie for power-play goals with six and first for shorthanded goals with two. The Cambridge, Ontario native has also appeared in 11 playoff games for the Colts, recording three goals and five points.

The 6-foot-3, 209-pound defenseman has played in 193 career OHL games over his three year junior career, collecting 18 goals and 77 points to go along with 279 penalty minutes. Dotchin set career-highs in 2013-14 for goals (11), assists (25) and points (36).

Dotchin was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 161st overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft.

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NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-18-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2
Foreurs lead best-of-7 semifinal series, 1-0

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 0 Hits, 8 SOG, 12/19 FO
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 9-19-28, +7, 10 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Third-seeded Val-d’Or handed second-seeded Halifax its first home loss and second loss overall in the playoffs, winning 5-2 in Game 1 of their QMJHL semifinal series against the Mooseheads. Drouin registered a late assist when Halifax cut the Foreurs’ lead to 4-2, extending his point streak to 23 games. His multipoint game streak ended at 12 and his game-star streak ended at 11. The match-up to watch in this series is Drouin vs QMJHL MVP Anthony Mantha (Red Wings), who won the league scoring title. Mantha had the Foreurs’ empty net goal and an assist in Game 1. Game 2 is Saturday in Halifax.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 1 @ Oshawa Generals 0
Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals, 1-0

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 16 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

North Bay stole home ice advantage away from the top-seeded Gens as they shut out Oshawa in Game 1, 1-0. Blujus and the Battalion defense limited Oshawa to 24 shots on goal and North Bay peppered Gens goalie Daniel Altshuller (Hurricanes) with 54 shots. Jake Smith had his third shutout of the playoffs for North Bay. Game 2 is Sunday in Oshawa.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-13-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Barrie Colts 2
Battalion win best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 4-2

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 14 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 11 GP: 3-2-5, +1, 13 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

Second-seeded North Bay became the first team in the series to win a road game, eliminating the Barrie Colts in Game 6, 3-2. The Battalion led 3-1 until Barrie scored with 13 seconds left on a goal by likely top-3 pick in 2014, Aaron Ekblad. Dylan Blujus and North Bay move on to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will face top-seeded Oshawa. Jake Dotchin’s junior career is likely over for Barrie as he is eligible to play in the AHL next season. He’s got a good chance at a contract from Tampa Bay. He could join the Crunch this week for Syracuse’s final three games.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-11-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1
Mooseheads win best-of-7 second round series, 4-1

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM, 1 Hit, 4 SOG, 11/30 FO
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 9-18-27, +7, 8 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Halifax advanced to the league semifinals with a 4-1 win Friday night in Gatineau. Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin had three more points to maintain his three-points-per-game playoff pace. The Mooseheads gave up the first goal, but had a 3-1 lead by the end of the second period. Drouin’s goal came on the power play. He extended his multi-point game streak to 12 and his point streak to 22 games. No game stars were listed. Halifax will wait to see who they play next. Only 2-seeded Halifax and top-seeded Baie-Comeau have advanced to the semifinals.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 1 @ North Bay Battalion 4
Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 3-2

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 12 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 10 GP: 3-2-5, +1, 13 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

The home team won again in the series, this time with North Bay holding serve at home vs Barrie, 4-1. Neither Lightning prospect registered a point in the game. The Battalion can close out the series with a road win in Barrie on Sunday. This is the only series still going in the AHL; Guelph, Erie, and Oshawa have all advanced to the conference finals.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-10-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 4 @ Barrie Colts 7
Best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals tied, 2-2

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 12 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -2, 7 PIM
Playoff totals: 9 GP: 3-2-5, +1, 13 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

Barrie evened the series with a big, 7-4 win on Thursday night. North Bay lost two three-goal leads early in the game as the Colts came storming back. Barrie scored the game’s final six goals. The game got ugly late in the third period with a line brawl. Dotchin was on the ice and received a five-minute fighting penalty and a game misconduct for being in a “second fight.” Game 5 is Friday in North Bay.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-9-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 second round series, 3-1

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM, 3 Hits, 3 SOG, 13/28 FO, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 8-16-24, +7, 8 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Halifax scored three times in the second period, building a 3-0 lead they’d never relinquish. Drouin had primary assists on two of those three goals, and a secondary assist on Halifax’s empty netter at the end of the game. He extended his streak of multi-point games to 11 and his point streak to 21. He was a game star for the 10th consecutive game. Halifax can close out the series at Gatineau on Friday.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-8-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 second round series, 2-1

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-0-2, -1, 2 PIM, 1 Hit, 6 SOG, 8/22 FO, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 8-13-21, +6, 6 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Halifax suffered their first defeat of the 2014 playoffs, losing 5-2 in Gatineau. Jonathan Drouin continued his multi-point game streak, which rose to nine, and he still has been a game star in every playoff game so far. Game 4 is Thursday.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 1 @ Barrie Colts 2
Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 2-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 3-0-3, E, 10 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 8 GP: 3-2-5, +3, 6 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

Barrie got back in the series with a 2-1 home win on Tuesday night. Jake Dotchin scored the game’s first goal. Barrie would add another then hold on for the win. Game 4 is Thursday.

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