North American Juniors

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-11-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2
QMJHL Second Round
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 6 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play (injured – out for playoffs)
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Imama scored his first career playoff goal in 32 games to help the Sea Dogs to a 5-2 Game 3 win in Sydney. He also had an assist. Game 4 is Tuesday.

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Charlottetown Islanders 4
QMJHL Second Round
Charlottetown leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 3-4-7, +8, 18 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Charlottetown and Shawinigan combined for 95 shots in the Islanders’ 4-3 Game 3 win. The Cataractes are down 2-1 in the series facing a pivotal Game 4 Tuesday.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-9-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4 (OT)
QMJHL Second Round
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 5 Hits
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 6 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play (injured – out for playoffs)
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Saint John escaped Game 2 with an overtime win, preventing the Sea Dogs from going to Sydney down 2-0. Former first overall pick in the QMJHL draft, Joe Valeno (2018), scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 5
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Brandon leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 4-10-14, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM

The Warriors fell in Game 2 against Brandon and now return home down 2-0 in the series. Brayden Point had a goal and an assist for the second straight game against the Wheat Kings. Game 3 is Tuesday in Moose Jaw.

Juniors Game Night: 4-9-16

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 5 @ Tri-City Storm 4 (OT)

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 31 GP, 12-15-4, 2.82 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Omaha got a big win over Tri-City for the second night in a row, so they will finish their year with a win. The Lancers did not make the playoffs. Oldham's junior career ends quietly as he was relegated to backup duty the last month or so. He is committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Dubuque Fighting Saints 6 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 0-27-27, -2, 59 PIM
With Dubuque: 16 GP, 0-4-4, +5, 8 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Dubuque outshot JT Brown’s former club, 40-22, en route to a 6-2 win. The Saints made the playoffs.

USHL Game Night: 4-8-16

United States Hockey League

Tri-City Storm 4 @ Omaha Lancers 5

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 31 GP, 12-15-4, 2.82 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Omaha got a big home win over Tri-City and are two points ahead of Des Moines for sixth in the West. Oldham has sat for seven of the past eight games.

Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 0-27-27, -3, 57 PIM
With Dubuque: 15 GP, 0-4-4, +4, 6 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf was scoreless, but plus-2 against his former club.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-8-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2
QMJHL Second Round
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3 Hits
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 3-4-7, +9, 16 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Charlottetown evened its series with Shawinigan Friday, winning 3-2 on the road. Yan opened the game’s scoring with his third goal of the playoffs before Charlottetown struck twice. The Cataractes tied the game at 14:33 of the third period before the Islanders notched the game-winner three minutes later. Game 3 is Sunday on PEI.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 5
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Brandon leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 3-9-12, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM

The Warriors dropped a 5-3 decision in Game 1 to Brandon in Manitoba. Point was second star for earning a goal and an assist in the game. Moose Jaw had leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 in the game before ultimately falling. Game 2 is Saturday.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-7-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 1
QMJHL Second Round
Cape Breton leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6 Hits
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 6 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play (injured – out for playoffs)
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Cape Breton stole home ice advantage with a 4-1 win in Game 1 of their best-of-7 second round series with third-seeded Saint John. Lightning prospect Mathieu Joseph remains out of the playoffs with a cut calf muscle that required surgery. Boko Imama led the Sea Dogs in hits with six, twice as many as everyone else. Saint John’s scorers will have to step up in the absence of Joseph, who was a team leader on and off the scoresheet.

Charlottetown Islanders 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 5
QMJHL Second Round
Shawinigan leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 2-4-6, +8, 16 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

The Cataractes had a 4-0 lead by the time the second period was only five minutes old, then got a little scare when the Islanders scored two quick goals in the next six minutes. Shawinigan held on for the victory. Yan had two primary assists. He had only two regular season multi-point games after January 11, one of which was the last game of the season.

NOTES: AHL Syracuse added three prospects yesterday, including Dominik Masin and Matthew Spencer of Peterborough, and Jonne Tammela, who was recently signed by the Lightning after his season completed in Finland.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-5-16

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 1 @ North Bay Battalion 4
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
North Bay wins best-of-7 series, 4-3

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +3, 12 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 8-32-40, +24, 50 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 11 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 5-19-24, +1, 46 PIM

Peterborough took North Bay to the limit, but ultimately fell to the Battalion and is now out of the playoffs. Peterborough scored first, but North Bay responded with four goals, including a late empty-netter. The game marks the close of Dominik Masin’s junior career. He’s signed to an entry-level contract already and will likely join AHL Syracuse in the next few days. He could have played in the AHL this year but returned to the OHL to get ice time after missing the second half of last season. He started slow, but was near a point-per-game player over the last couple months while playing on the top pair with fellow Lightning prospect Matt Spencer. Spencer, who was a team-worst -4 in the series, will return to the OHL next season. It’s unclear if he’ll be one of the prospects brought into Syracuse to finish the AHL season.

Notes:

Second round match-ups involving Lightning prospects:

QMJHL
• (2) Shawingan (Dennis Yan) vs (9) Charlottetown
• (3) Saint John (Bokondji Imama, Mathieu Joseph*) vs (7) Cape Breton
* = Joseph out 2-3 months with a cut calf muscle requiring surgery

OHL
• No Lightning prospects left
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw), Anthony Cirelli (Oshawa) have joined AHL Syracuse
• No official news on Cristiano DiGiacinto (Windsor)

WHL
• (East Division 2) Moose Jaw (Brayden Point) vs (East Division 1) Brandon
Ben Thomas (Vancouver) has joined AHL Syracuse

USHL Game Night: 4-3-16

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Chicago Steel 3

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 31 GP, 12-15-4, 2.82 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Zackarias Skog was back in net for Omaha, but the Lancers couldn’t grab a road win. They are sixth in the 8-team Western Conference.

Dubuque Fighting Saints 1 @ Green Bay Gamblers 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 0-27-27, -5, 57 PIM
With Dubuque: 14 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 6 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Coming off scoring 15 goals in two games, the Saints could only manage one against Jon Cooper’s former club.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-3-16

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 5 @ Peterborough Petes 7
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Best-of-7 series tied, 3-3

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 12 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 8-32-40, +24, 50 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 11 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 5-19-24, +1, 46 PIM

The Petes staved off elimination with a 7-5 comeback win Sunday against North Bay. Jonathan Ang (2016) had a goal and three assists to be named first star. The Battalion skated out to a 3-0 lead by the midway point of the second period before Peterborough scored the next five goals. North Bay pulled the game to 6-5 with 37 seconds left in the game, but the only goal scored before the end was a Petes empty-netter. Game 7 is Tuesday in North Bay.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-1-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4 (OT)
QMJHL First Round
Saint John wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 6 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hit
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph sustained a significant cut on his leg early in the game, per Rogers TV, and left the arena on a stretcher put in an ambulance. He tweeted: "People who wanted to know, everything's fine! I'll know more tmr after the operation ! Thanks everyone for the support !" No timetable has been announced for his return, or if he will return. If not, that's a huge blow for the Sea Dogs.

Sens prospect Thomas Chabot scored in the first overtime to advance Saint John to the second round of the QMJHL playoffs.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 1 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 4
QMJHL First Round
Shawinigan wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 2-2-4, +5, 16 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

The Cataractes moved on to the next round of the playoffs with a 4-1 home win over Sherbrooke to win the series, 4-1. Yan led Shawinigan in penalty minutes in the series.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 0 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Kingston wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/24 FO
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 2-3-5, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM

Oshawa’s season ended in Game 5 against the Fronts, losing 6-0. Cirelli, who captained the Gens for the latter part of the season, had a fine year – his first as a scoring liner. He’s now a candidate to join AHL Syracuse, at least in practice.

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 5
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Kitchener wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 16-26-42, +15, 105 PIM

The Rangers eliminated the Spits Friday night with a 5-2 win. DiGiacinto, who practiced with AHL Syracuse last season when Windsor was done, could return to the Crunch shortly. He’s up for a contract this spring, but his lackluster second half has added some doubt that will happen. At the least, the Crunch/Lightning can give him an extended evaluation in the next couple weeks.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ North Bay Battalion 2 (OT)
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
North Bay leads best-of-7 series, 3-2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 12 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 8-32-40, +24, 50 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 11 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 5-19-24, +1, 46 PIM

After shutting out Peterborough in Game 4, North Bay goalie Jake Smith (undrafted) stopped 34 of 35 shots to earn an overtime win for the Battalion and put the Petes on the brink of elimination. Game 6 is Sunday in Peterborough.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Prince Albert Raiders 0
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Moose Jaw wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 2-8-10, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM

The Warriors knocked out the Raiders Friday with a 5-0 commanding win. Moose Jaw, in the playoffs for the first time in four years, moves on to the second round. Brayden Point averaged two points-per-game in the series.

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