North American Juniors

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-1-15

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Finals

East-2 Calgary Hitmen 2 @ East-1 Brandon Wheat Kings 8
Brandon wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 17 GP, 0-4-4, -5, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Brandon scored eight goals for the second straight game, sending the Hitmen to the golf course by winning the series, 4-1. The Wheat Kings will play the winner of Kelowna and Portland in the WHL finals. That series is currently tied at two games apiece. This ends the season of Ben Thomas, who still has another year of juniors to play before being up for contract consideration. He didn’t put up many numbers in the postseason after a solid regular season. He was getting solid minutes for Calgary in their run to the Eastern Conference Finals.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-30-2015

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Finals

West-2 Erie Otters 2 @ West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 3-2

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 0-15-15, +14, 14 PIM
With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

The Greyhounds forced a Game 6 with a close-fought, 4-2 win at home Thursday night. The Soo outshot Erie 28-13 through two periods, but the score was 1-1 entering the final frame. The teams traded goals before Bryan Moore scored at 12:55 to give the Soo a 3-2 lead. They added an empty net shorthanded goal with DeAngelo in the box for delay of game in the final minute. DeAngelo had his first assist in his last four games played. Game 6 is Saturday in Erie.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-29-15

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Finals

East-1 Brandon Wheat Kings 8 @ East-2 Calgary Hitmen 3
Brandon leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 0-4-4, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

After an overtime loss in Game 3, Brandon made a statement in Game 4, thrashing the Hitmen 8-3. The Wheat Kings can close out the series Friday night.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-28-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Semifinals

QMJHL-2 Moncton Wildcats 0 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 7
Quebec wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-2-4, +5, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 3 Hits, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 15-5-20, +11, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne scored 1:13 into Game 4, and five minutes later had an assist and another goal to give Quebec an early 3-0 lead. Kurt Etchegary (undrafted) added on a natural hat trick and Quebec coasted to a 7-0 elimination-game win over the higher-ranked Moncton Wildcats. Erne is now averaging a goal a game in the playoffs. The Remparts await the winner of Rimouski-Val-d’Or, which is currently 3-0 Rimouski, in the QMJHL Finals.

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Finals

West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ West-2 Erie Otters 7
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 0-14-14, +14, 12 PIM
With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Anthony DeAngelo was back in the Soo lineup after missing Game 3 due to an injury. DeAngelo continued to quarterback the Greyhounds’ power play, but was unable to shoot with any force due to the injury. The Otters tried to shut off passing lanes as DeAngelo became predictable before managing to get at least one wrist shot on net. The game was tied 4-4 late before Erie exploded for two goals. SSM got it back within one before an empty net goal. DeAngelo took a late penalty with the frustrated Greyhounds down 6-4 and Connor McDavid on a breakaway looking to put the game away. McDavid was stopped, but at the other end DeAngelo got into a shoving match with an Erie defenseman. The ref watched closely as DeAngelo gave the defenseman a closed-hand glove to the jaw and called the penalty. DeAngelo was back on the ice with the goalie pulled down one, but the Nicholas Baptiste (Sabres) scored his fourth goal of the game. McDavid (future Oiler) had four assists. Game 5 is back in the Soo on Thursday.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Finals

East-1 Brandon Wheat Kings 1 @ East-2 Calgary Hitmen 2 (OT)
Brandon leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 0-4-4, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary scored on their second shot of overtime to beat the visiting Wheat Kings and get back in the series. Ben Thomas was on the ice for the OT winner. Game 4 is Wednesday in Calgary.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-27-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Semifinals

QMJHL-2 Moncton Wildcats 1 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 5
Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 4 Hits, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 13-3-16, +6, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec returned home but kept the momentum in the series, winning 5-1 and taking a commanding 3-0 series lead. Adam Erne scored for the second straight game. The Remparts can break out the brooms on Friday.

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