North American Juniors

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-30-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 5 @ Niagara IceDogs 1
Best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals tied, 3-3

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 8 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Second-seeded North Bay fought off elimination for the second-straight game, winning handily in St. Catherines, 5-1. Game 7 is Tuesday in North Bay. Dylan Blujus scored Game 6’s first goal on the power play. It was his second goal of the series. Mike Amadio (2014) had two goals for North Bay.

Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5
Best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals tied, 3-3

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-5-6, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Peterborough overcame a 4-3 deficit in the third period to win Game 6, 5-4, and tie their first round series with Kingston, 3-3. The Fronts were up 3-1 in the series and now must win Game 7 at home to advance. Power winger Nick Ritchie (2014) had two goals and an assist for the Petes. Game 7 is Tuesday.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-28-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6 @ Quebec Remparts 2
Huskies win best-of-7 first round series, 4-1

C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 5 Hits
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

Playing his first game since he blocked a shot with his stomach on February 16 and suffered a lacerated spleen, Adam Erne scored a goal, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Remparts alive in the playoffs. Seventh-seeded Quebec lost to 10th-seeded Rouyn-Noranda, 6-2, and dropped the series, 4-1. Erne was having a fine year before his injury, and if he’s truly healthy, he could be added to the Syracuse Crunch by Tampa Bay under a tryout agreement. Erne will likely return to Quebec next year as he’s not old enough for a full season in the AHL (he can join now because his junior team is done) and there isn’t a lot of room on the NHL roster for him.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 3 @ North Bay Battalion 4
IceDogs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-2

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 6 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

A desperate North Bay team outshot Niagara 36-13, but had to hold on to win Game 5, 4-3. Niagara cut the Battalion’s lead to one with half a period to go, but they couldn’t net the equalizer. Game 6 is Sunday in St. Catherines.

Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Barrie Coltes 7
Colts win best-of-7 Easter Conference Quarterfinals, 4-1

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

Barrie left little doubt they wanted to advance in the playoffs, crushing the visiting Wolves, 7-0, on Friday. Dotchin finished the opening round series with two goals and four points in five games.

Peterborough Petes 6 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5 (OT)
Frontenacs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-2

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-5-6, +4, 6 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Kingston lost a 3-1 lead and failed to close out their series with the Petes, losing in overtime in Game 5, 6-5. Game 6 is Sunday in Peterborough.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-27-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 11 @ Charlottetown Islanders 3
Mooseheads win best-of-7 first round series, 4-0

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 5 SOG, 4/14 FO, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 6-7-13, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

After a one-day delay due to a storm, Halifax completed their first round sweep of Charlottetown with a dominating 11-3 win. Drouin finished the series with 13 points in four games and three First Star awards. He has a 17-game point streak in which he has 50 points.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 5
IceDogs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -4, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 6 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Second-seeded North Bay is one loss away from elimination at the hands of seventh-seeded Niagara. Game 5 is Friday in North Bay.

Barrie Colts 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 2
Colts lead best-of-7 Easter Conference Quarterfinals, 3-1

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

Dotchin had another point, but the Colts couldn’t sweep out the Wolves in four games. Sudbury lives to play another day – and that day is Friday in Barrie for Game 5.

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3
Frontenacs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-1

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

The Petes got 46 saves from Andrew D’Agostini (undrafted) to stave off elimination with a 3-1 win. Game 5 is Friday in Kingston.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-26-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads vs Charlottetown Islanders - postponed
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 first round series, 3-0

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: - - -
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 4-5-9, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

The game was delayed until Thursday due to a major winter storm. If you're reading this in Florida, be happy.

Quebec Remparts 1 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4
Huskies lead best-of-7 first round series, 3-1

C/W Adam Erne, QUE: Did not play.
Season totals: 44 GP, 20-40-60, -3, 61 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

Erne remains out while recovering from a lacerated spleen. He is due back by the end of the month if the Remparts are still alive… and it’s not looking good at the moment. Game 5 is at Rouyn-Noranda. The series goes back to Quebec City for games 6 and 7 – if necessary. Erne can join the Crunch or Lightning when the Remparts are finished.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-24-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Charlottetown Islanders 1
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 first round series, 3-0

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 0 Hits, 4 SOG, 13/29 FO, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 4-5-9, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Philippe Gadoury (undrafted) had a hat trick and Jonathan Drouin had a goal and an assist to lead the Mooseheads to a 4-1 Game 3 win and a commanding 3-0 series lead. Drouin has been a game star in all three games so far. Halifax outshot Charlottetown in Game 3, 42-17.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5
Huskies lead best-of-7 first round series, 2-1

C/W Adam Erne, QUE: Did not play.
Season totals: 44 GP, 20-40-60, -3, 61 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

Erne remains out while recovering from a lacerated spleen. He is due back by the end of the month if the Remparts are still alive.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 0 @ Niagara IceDogs 2
IceDogs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 2-1

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

Second-seeded North Bay finds themselves down 2-1 in the series after a shutout loss in St. Catherines on Tuesday. Brent Moran (2014), one of the top undrafted goaltender prospects, stopped 42 shots for the win.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3
Colts lead best-of-7 Easter Conference Quarterfinals, 3-0

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

Dotchin scored a shorthanded goal for the Colts, helping Barrie to a 3-0 series lead over Sudbury with a 6-3 Game 3 win.

Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Peterborough Petes 2
Frontenacs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-0

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 2 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Kingston is one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals after a 4-2 win in Peterborough on Tuesday. Ikonen’s assist came on an empty net goal with 30 seconds left.

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