North American Juniors

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-26-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4 (OT)
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 semifinal series, 3-2

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 5 SOG, 21/34 FO
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 13-24-38, +9, 12 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Halifax won its third straight game in the series to take a 3-2 lead over the Foreurs. The Mooseheads got a goal by Maxime Fortier, his first of the playoffs, in the first overtime to claim the win. Halifax outshot Val-d’Or, 28-8 over the last two periods of regulation, but the Foreurs outscored the Mooseheads, 3-2, during that time. Jonathan Drouin did not register a point for the first time in 26 games. He had 75 points in those 26 games. Game 6 of the series is Monday in Val-d’Or.

OHL Note: Dylan Blujus and North Bay will play West champion Guelph in the OHL Finals, starting on Thursday.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-23-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 4
Best-of-7 semifinal series tied, 2-2

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-3-5, +1, 0 PIM, 2 Hits, 9 SOG, 20/35 FO, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 13-24-38, +9, 12 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Jonathan Drouin’s second goal of the game at 13:37 of the third period put Halifax up 5-3 and turned out to be the game-winner as the Mooseheads won Game 4, 5-4, to tie the series at two games apiece. The Foreurs won both opening games in Halifax and returned home for a chance to close out the series, but dropped both games – both by one goal. QMJHL MVP Anthony Mantha (Red Wings) had a goal for the Foreurs. Kevin Darveau stopped 31 shots for Halifax, starting over Habs pick Zack Fucale. Drouin leads the QMJHL in playoff scoring by 12 over Val-d’Or’s Louick Marcotte. Game 5 is Saturday in Halifax.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 2 @ North Bay Battalion 3
Battalion win best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals, 4-0

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 17 GP, 3-4-7, +5, 16 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

No one saw this coming. North Bay completed the four-game sweep over top-seeded Oshawa, winning Game 4, 3-2. North Bay will now play the winner of Guelph and Erie for the OHL championship. The Storm lead the Otters, 3-1 in the West semifinals.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-22-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 6 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 (OT)
Foreurs lead best-of-7 semifinal series, 2-1

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 Hits, 2 SOG, 14/31 FO, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 11-21-33, +8, 12 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Desperately needing a win to avoid falling behind 3-0 in the series, the Mooseheads scored the final four goals of regulation, then got an overtime-winner by Jesse Lussier to top the Foreurs, 6-5. Jonathan Drouin had three points and was named second star. Fellow MVP candidate (and winner) Anthony Mantha (Red Wings) had a hat trick for Val-d’Or. He was third star. Game 4 is Wednesday night.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ North Bay Battalion 5
Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals, 3-0

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 3-4-7, +5, 16 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

North Bay didn’t let up when they returned home, beating the Gens 5-3 in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead over the conference’s top seed. North Bay outshot Oshawa, 30-18. The Battalion can close out the series Wednesday night at home.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-20-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 5 @ Oshawa Generals 2
Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals, 2-0

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

North Bay took control of their Eastern Conference Finals series against top-seeded Oshawa, winning 5-2 on the road in Game 2. Dylan Blujus had two assists – one while shorthanded and one on an empty-net goal. Game 3 is Tuesday in North Bay.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-19-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2
Foreurs lead best-of-7 semifinal series, 2-0

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 Hit, 7 SOG, 10/22 FO
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 10-19-20, +7, 12 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Like the Lightning with Montreal, Halifax finds themselves in a 2-0 hole after losing their first two games of the series at home. On Saturday night, Val-d’Or skated out to a 3-0 lead before the midway point of the first period, and held on for a 4-2 win. Drouin scored on the power play for Halifax to extend his point streak to 24 games. Anthony Mantha had an assist for the Foreurs. He has 1+2 in the series to Drouin’s 1+1. Neither QMJHL superstar has been an overwhelming factor thus far in the series. Game 3 is Tuesday in Val-d’Or.

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