North American Juniors Game Night: 4-22-12
(8) Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 5
Semifinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-0
C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM, 2 Hits
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 8-4-12, +9, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM
Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist to lead Saint John to their 10th straight playoff win, 5-2 over Chicoutimi. Gauthier tied for the team lead in shots. He has at least one point in seven of his last eight games and eight of 10 overall. Game 3 is Tuesday in Quebec. In the other QMJHL semifinal, Rimouski leads Halifax, 2-0.
(W1) London Knights 6 @ (W3) Kitchener Rangers 4
Western Conference Finals – London leads best of 7 series 2-0
C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (check to the head)
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 3-8-11, +7, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM
London scored four times in the third period to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 win. The Knights’ final goal was scored into an empty net. Namestnikov teamed with former Lightning camper Seth Griffith to score the game-tying goal while shorthanded. The assist extended Namestnikov's point streak to five games. Griffith was named the game’s first star. The teams will drive an hour west to London for Game 3 on Tuesday. In the series opposite this one, Ottawa and potential Lightning draft pick Cody Ceci won Game 2 to tie their sereis with Niagara, 1-1.