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CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-16-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 0 @ Owen Sound Attack 1
Western Conference Semifinals
Owen Sound wins best-of-7 series, 4-2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 8-5-13, +6, 12 PIM
Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Owen Sound eliminated the higher-seeded Soo from the playoffs with a 1-0 shutout in Game 6 Sunday. Habs prospect (and free agent signing) Michael McNiven made 23 saves for the Attack, while Joseph Raaymakers (undrafted) made 41 saves for the Hounds. Katchouk had his 10-game playoff point streak broken in the shutout loss. With the Soo eliminated, Katchouk is eligible to join a packed Syracuse roster for at least practice duty. His combination of size, grit, and skill could be an asset in the playoffs for the Crunch if both parties agree. Katchouk is unsigned.

Erie Otters 1 @ London Knights 2 (OT)
Western Conference Semifinals
Best-of-7 series tied, 3-3

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 5-2-7, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 22-32-54, +19, 26 PIM

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 1-5-6, +8, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/20 FO
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 7-4-11, +8, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 5-13-18, +7, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Erie scored in the first minute, but spent the rest of the game trying (unsuccessfully) to beat London goalie Tyler Parsons (Flames), who was the story in Game 6. Parsons made 44 saves and was under near constant pressure in the third period and overtime against Erie’s skill. Mitchell Stephens scored the game winner when 2017 draft eligible forward Robert Thomas beat two defenders down the left wing and set him up for a weak-side goal into the top of the net. That kept London alive another game. The two teams will play Game 7 Tuesday.