North American Juniors

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-5-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 second round series, 2-0

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-4-4, E, 0 PIM, 1 Hit, 4 SOG, 12/24 FO, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 6-13-19, +7, 4 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Halifax got two goals from Nik Ehlers (2014) and four assists from Jonathan Drouin on its way to a 6-2 Game 2 win. Drouin, who has been a game star in all six playoff games, extended his multi-point game streak to nine games. Game 3 is Tuesday in Gatineau.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-4-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 second round series, 1-0

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 1 SOG, 13/26 FO, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 6-9-15, +7, 4 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Halifax took a 1-0 series lead on Gatineau with an impressive 4-1 win on Friday night. Jonathan Drouin had two assists, giving him more than one point in eight straight games. One of his assists on Friday came shorthanded and the other was on the power play. Game 2 is Saturday.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 0 @ North Bay Battalion 1
Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 1-0

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 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

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

North Bay struck first in its second round series with Barrie, scoring a 1-0 win. Jake Smith (2014) stopped 21 shots for the Battalion, who got a the game-winning goal from Alex Henriksson (2014) with four and a half minutes left in regulation. Game 2 is Sunday.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-1-14

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 1 @ North Bay Battalion 2
Battalion win best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 4-3

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 2-0-2, -1, 8 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Comeback complete – twice. North Bay erased a 1-0 deficit in the third period of Game 7 to win the game, 2-1, and the series, 4-3. The Battalion were down 3-1 in the series before starting their climb. They will face Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin and Barrie in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 1 (OT)
Petes win best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 4-3

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 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

Kingston blew a 3-1 series lead, losing twice at home in the final three games, including Game 7 in overtime. Nick Ritchie (2014) scored for Peterborough on the first shot of overtime. This ends the junior career of Lightning prospect Henri Ikonen, who will likely join the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL on a tryout agreement. He’s a near lock for a Lightning contract after an impressive training camp last fall and a solid year. He’s an energetic, complimentary winger who can chip in offensively.

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.

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