North American Juniors

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-22-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 first round, 2-0

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-2-4, +1, 2 PIM, 0 Hits, 9 SOG, 14/24 FO, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 3-4-7, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Drouin was first star for the second straight game, leading the Mooseheads to a 2-0 series lead over Charlottetown. This game got ugly in the third period with several fights in the last five minutes. Drouin has 21 shots in the two games. The series moves to PEI this week.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3 @ Quebec Remparts 7
Best-of-7 first round series tied, 1-1

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

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Barrie Colts 4 (OT)
Colts lead best-of-7 quarterfinals, 2-0

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

Barrie held serve at home thanks to an overtime win on Saturday night. Dotchin had the only assist on the overtime winner. He scored his second career playoff goal earlier in the game on the power play. Game 3 is in Sudbury.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3-21-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 first round series, 1-0

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 12 SOG, 15/28 FO, *First Star*
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Halifax took Game 1 of their first round series with Charlottetown, 6-3, outshooting the visiting Islanders, 51-18. Drouin, who was named QMJHL First Star for the month of March, had three points and a team-leading 12 shots on goal.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 @ Quebec Remparts 4 (OT)
Huskies lead best-of-7 first round series, 1-0

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

Niagara IceDogs 0 @ North Bay Battalion 4
Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 1-0

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

Blujus scored his fourth career playoff goal to help North Bay to a 4-0 Game 1 shutout win over Niagara. Blujus’ goal was the game-winner, scored early in the second period on the power play. All of North Bay’s goals came in the middle frame.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Kingston Frontenacs 4
Frontenacs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 1-0

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

Ikonen scored his first goal of the playoffs mid-way through the second period to give the Fronts a 3-0 lead. They never looked back en route to a 4-1 Game 1 win.

Bolt Prospect of the Week: March 17, 2014

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for March 17, 2014 is … Jonathan Drouin, C, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL – Canada).

He did it again.

Jonathan Drouin had a six-point game a week ago, earning him our Bolt Prospect of the Week. We jokingly said it was because the previous week’s winner, Matt Peca, had a six-point game and Drouin had never hit six points in a regular season game.

Not only did Drouin do it again, but he topped it.

In the final regular season game of his junior career, Drouin had seven points on Saturday vs Cape Breton – the same team he scored six against a week earlier. With 13 points in his last two games against the Screaming Eagles, Drouin is probably banned from visiting Sydney, Nova Scotia, for life.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-16-14

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 1 @ North Bay Battalion 12

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

Ouch. North Bay scored six times in the second period to take a 9-0 lead, then scored three more in the third. Kyle Locke was plus-8 for North Bay. No one had more than two goals for the Battalion, who finish their regular season as Central Division champs. They’re the No. 2 seed in the East and will face Niagara in the first round. Blujus finishes his final junior regular season (presumably) with 30 points in 55 games and a plus-12 rating. He was minus-double digits at one point mid-season.

Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Mississauga Steelheads 1

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

Kingston finished their regular season with a win. Ikonen was scoreless, ending his final junior regular season at 70 points. The Fronts are the No. 3 seed in the East and will play Peterborough in Round 1.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-15-2014

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6 @ Halifax Mooseheads 8

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-6-7, E, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 6 SOG, 12/18 FO, *First Star*
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Remember when we talked about how Drouin had never had a six-point game, then he got one a game later? Well, a week after that he hit seven points in one game – against the same team. Cape Breton will be glad Drouin is destined for Tampa Bay next season. Drouin set a career high for points in a game, obviously, but also finished the regular season with new career highs in assists, points, plus/minus, and penalty minutes. His goals weren’t the same without Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado) and Martin Frk (AHL Grand Rapids) with him this year, but he managed to beat his point total. Super prospect Nik Ehlers (2014), who scored 49 goals this season, doesn’t even play on Drouin’s line. The two team up on power play situations only.

Halifax enters the playoffs as the league’s No. 2 seed. They will play Charlottetown in Round 1. The Islanders are coached by former Lightning player Gordie Dwyer.

Note: Quebec Rempart Adam Erne tweeted that he’ll return to action at the end of March. He’s been out with a lacerated spleen. Seventh-seeded Quebec will face No. 8 Gatineau in Round 1.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Barrie Colts 6

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

Barrie scored five times in the third period to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The Colts will play Sudbury in Round 1.

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