North American Juniors Game Night: 4-9-12

OHL

(W5) Saginaw Spirit 5 @ (W1) London Knights 2
Western Conference Semifinals – Saginaw leads best of 7 series 2-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, E, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Saginaw stole home ice advantage away from top-seeded London on Monday night by winning in the Knights’ barn, 5-2. Spirit goalie Jake Paterson (pictured), who was ranked No.3 among North American goalies by Central Scouting in their final draft rankings for 2012, stopped 42 of 44 shots for first star honors. Paterson could be a target of the Lightning with one of their second round picks. Among the saves he had was a remarkable stop on a Vlad Namestnikov slapshot that reportedly seemed like a sure goal. It would have been Namestnikov’s second point in his last six games. He has been in a defensive role, matched-up against Saginaw’s Brandon Saad (Blackhawks). However, Saad was on the ice for three Spirit goals on Monday, but Namesntikov was on the bench each time. Game 4 is Wednesday in Saginaw.