North American Juniors

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-5-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#2 Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 0 (Game 2)
Finals
Series tied at 1-1

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0,-2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/12 FO
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 12-13-25, +13, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Titan struck back after a loss to the Armada in Game1, as Evan Fitzpatrick (STL, 2016 2nd round pick) pitched a 27-shot shutout to lead Acadie-Bathurst to a Game 2 victory. Antoine Morand (ANA, 2017 2nd round pick) paced the Titan with two goals, both scored during a three-goal 3rd period. After the teams skated to a 0-0 tie at the 1st intermission. Top-ranked righty blueliner Noah Dobson (2018 draft eligible) finally broke through for the game’s first tally early in the 2nd period, and Ethan Crossman (2018 draft eligible) topped off the Titan 3rd period flurry with the final goal at 24 seconds left in the game. The series flips to Centre régional K.C. Irving in Bathurst for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Ontario Hockey League

#2 Hamilton Bulldogs 2 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (Game 2)
OHL Finals
Series tied at 1-1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 16-13-29, +13, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 13-16-29, +3, 10 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

After dropping Game 1 on home ice, the Soo fought back with a strong 2nd period that was the difference maker in the Game 2 equalizer for the Greyhounds. The Soo were paced by a two-goal, three-point night by Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) and by a 36-save performance by Matthew Villalta (LAK, 3rd round pick). Frost set up top prospect Barret Hayton (2018 draft eligible) for a power play talley early in the first, but Game 1 hero MacKenzie Entwistle (ARI, 2017 3rd round pick) scored a power play marker of his own just 25 seconds before the 1st intermission to knot the score. Bolt prospect Taylor Raddysh would then set up Frost for his power play goal in the 2nd to reestablish the Soo lead, followed by what would eventually be the game-winner by Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th round pick). Later in the 3rd period, Brandon Saigeon (2018 draft eligible) would notch his 2nd of the series and 14th of the playoffs, a power play goal that would draw the Bulldogs within one, but Frost would seal the victory with an empty net shortie with 14 seconds left in the game. The series moves to Hamilton Monday night for Game 3.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-4-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#2 Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 (Game 1)
Finals
Armada leads series 1-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 7/13 FO
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 12-13-25, +14, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Bolt prospect Alex Barré-Boulet set up Charles-Antoine Giguere (undrafted) for the game-opening goal just 1:14 into game, and then scored a talley of his own in the 3rd precisely 1:14 after the Titan’s lone goal of the game, a short-handed marker by Justin Ducharme (2018 draft eligible). The Armada built up a three goal lead en route to a Game 1 win in the QMJHL finals. These two teams battle again in Game 2 in Boisbriand on Saturday.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-3-18

Ontario Hockey League

Hamilton Bulldogs 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (OT) (Game 1)
OHL Finals
Bulldogs lead series 1-0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 16-13-29, +13, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 13-15-28, +3, 10 PIM
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

MacKenzie Entwistle (ARI, 2017 3rd round pick) scored his second goal of the game just shy of two minutes into overtime for the Game 1 winner, as the Bulldogs steal a road game off the Soo. The Greyhounds spotted Hamilton three goals with Entwistle opening the scoring late in the 1st, followed by goals from Robert Thomas (STL, 2017 1st round pick) and Brandon Saigeon (2018 draft eligible) early in the 2nd. But the Soo would regroup and some familiar faces to Lightning prospect followers would rise up. After Barrett Hayton (2018 draft eligible) broke the seal, Bolt prospects Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh would help spark with rally, scoring in the 2nd and 3rd to eventually force OT. These two teams are back at it Saturday night for Game 3 in Saulte Ste. Marie.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-1-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#9 Charlottetown Islanders 1 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6 (Game 7)
Semifinals
Armada wins series 4-3

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 1-3-4, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 7/12 FO, *Second Star*
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 11-12-23, +14, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Armada scored early and often, pasting six goals on the scoreboard at the Centre d'excellence Sports Rousseau, punching their ticket to the QMJHL Finals against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Bolt prospect Alex Barré-Boulet scored short-handed early in the 1st period in what would be the eventual Game 7 winner, adding an additional three assists to earn a Second Star. Barre-Boulet’s linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) notched a hat trick and five points to pace the Armada. Barre-Boulet, Alain, and teammate Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) own the Top 3 slots in practically every playoff offensive statistical category.

The top-two regular season teams in the Q will square off Friday night in Boisbriand for Game 1. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and the Hamilton Bulldogs, the two best OHL regular season teams, kick off the OHL Finals Thursday in Sault Ste. Marie. Game 1 of the WHL Finals between the Swift Current Broncos and the Everett Silvertips gets underway Friday night in Swift Current.

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