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.

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