CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-5-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

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