CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-28-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ #16 Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 (Game 4)
Round of 16
Armada wins series 4-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: Did not play
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +6, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet missed his second straight game, but the Armada didn’t miss a beat behind a goal and three points from Alexander Katerinakis (2018 draft eligible). After a scoreless 1st period, the two teams traded 2nd period goals before Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) scored just past the midpoint of the 3rd for what would be the game and series winner. Katerinakis scored and assisted on two empty netters late in the game as Val-d’Or threw everything at the Armada to keep the series alive. The Armada are the first to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals. The QMJHL playoff bracket is re-seeded after the first round, so it may be later in the weekend before Blainville-Boisbraind’s next opponent is named.

#1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ #16 Val-d’Or Foreurs 2 (Game 3)

On Tuesday night, the series shifted to Val-d’Or for Game 3, giving a spark to the Foreurs who twice led 1-0 and 2-1 in the 2nd period after a scoreless 1st period. But the Armada scored three straight down the stretch to take a 3-0 series lead. Barre-Boulet was scratched with an apparent injury.

#4 Halifax Mooseheads 8 @ #13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1 (Game 4)
Round of 16
Mooseheads leads series 3-1

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Injury Scratch
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

A night after losing Game 3 in Baie-Comeau, the Mooseheads came out firing on all cylinders, running up a snowman on the scoreboard and splitting the games on Drakkar home ice. Blue Jackets free agent signee Maxime Fortier scored twice and Xavier Parent (2019 draft eligible) notched three assists to pace Halifax to the win. Somppi missed this third straight game. Both teams take a night off before coming back in Baie-Comeau for Game 5 on Friday night.

#4 Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ #13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 (Game 3)
#13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 @ #4 Halifax Mooseheads 5 (Game 2)

After getting injured in Game 1, Somppi was an injury scratch for Game 2 on Saturday night, but the Mooseheads powered through without Otto to take a 2-0 series lead. Halifax got goals from five players and Joel Bishop (undrafted) led the way with a goal and three points. The Drakkar twice tied the game, before Benoit Olivier-Groulx (2018 draft eligible) and Xavier Parent (2019 draft eligible) scored goals in the 3rd period to deliver a Halifax win.

On Tuesday night, the series shifted to Baie-Comeau and the Drakkar did not disappoint the 1800+ fans at the Centre Henry-Leonard, delivering a 4-2 win behind two goals from Gabriel Fortier (2018 draft eligible). The Mooseheads got off to a 1st period 2-0 lead, but the Drakkar scored four unanswered. Somppi was an injury scratch for the second straight playoff game.

Ontario Hockey League

#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ #8 Saginaw Spirit 3 (Game 4)
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Greyhounds wins series 4-0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 3-0-3, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 6-3-9, +5, 4 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: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0/5 FO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 4-2-6, +1, 4 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

The Soo punched their ticket to the Western Conference semifinals behind an empty net hat trick by Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk, who now leads the OHL playoffs in goals and points. Katchouk earned the First Star after knotting the score 1-1 with his first goal, and then a power play goals later before getting the hat trick with empty net insurance marker with 71 seconds remaining with the Spirit pulling out all stops in hopes of extending the series. The OHL reseeds the bracket after each round, so it will be later in the weekend before the Soo’s next opponent is determined.

#8 Saginaw Spirit 0 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8 (Game 2)
#1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ #8 Saginaw Spirit 3 (Game 3)

In Game 2 on Sunday afternoon, the Soo pasted a snowman on the scoreboard and Matthew Villalta (LAK, 2017 3rd round pick) pitched a 21-save shutout. Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) and Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) each scored a pair of goals, and Katchouk scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play.

On Monday night, the series shifted to Saginaw for Game 3 and the Soo continuing to light the lamp, scoring seven goals to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the series. The Wonder Twins, Bolt prospects Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk, earned First and Second Stars respectively, with both players notching a pair of goals and Raddysh three points on the night. With the scored tied 2-2 after two periods, Katchouk and Hayden Verbeek scored 13 seconds apart to break open the game, with the Soo going on to scored three more times in the 3rd. Verbeek, nephew of Lightning AGM, and Director of Player Personnel Pat Verbeek, signed a free agent three-year entry level contract late last week with the Montreal Canadiens. Both of Raddysh’s goals were on the power play.

Western Hockey League

#3 Kelowna Rockets 3 @ #7 Tri-City Americans 5 (Game 3)
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Americans lead series 3-0

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -1, 1 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoffs Totals: 3 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 60 GP, 19-51-70, +31, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

After sweeping the Rockets 2-0 in Kelowna, the series shifted to the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington, but Morgan Geekie (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick) kept it rolling scoring his 5th and 6th goals of the series and 2017 #9 overall Red Wings pick Michael Rasmussen scored and notched a three-point night. The Americans now have a shocking 3-0 stranglehold on the series and can clinch a spot in the Western Conference semifinals with a sweep on Thursday night.

#7 Tri-City Americans 9 @ #3 Kelowna Rockets 7 (Game 2)

Game 2 last Saturday night in Kelowna was a wild affair, with the teams combining for sixteen goals. Bolt prospect Cal Foote earned First Star honors in a losing effort with a goal and three assists, and Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) scored twice and also had a four point night for the Rockets. But the Nolan Yaremko (undrafted) would lead the Americans with an empty hat trick and Morgan Geekie (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick), Michael Rasmussen (DET, 2017 1st round pick), and Isaac Johnson (2018 draft eligible) would all score twice and notch four points each

#1 Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ #8 Prince Albert Raiders 0 (Game 4)
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Warriors lead series 3-1

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brody Willms pitched a 32-save shutout for the Warriors, as Moose Jaw takes a 3-1 lead in the series. Game 5 shifts back to the Mosaic Place Saturday night, with the Raiders facing elimination.

#8 Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (OT) (Game 2)
#1 Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ #8 Prince Albert Raiders 4 (Game 4)

In Game 2 last Saturday night, former Lighting prospect Brett Howden who was traded to the Rangers organization at the deadline in the McDonagh and Miller trade, scored twice for the Warriors to help secure Moose Jaw’s first win of the series.

For Game 3, the series moved to Prince Albert Tuesday night and saw Arizona Coyote free agent signee Brayden Burke score twice and Howden adding a goal and an assist to pace the Warriors to a 2-1 series lead.