CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/25

Results posted for Lewiston, Lethbridge (another star for Fadden), and Kelowna/Seattle (Helenius back in net).

QMJHL FIRST ROUND -- EASTERN DIVISION

Game 3: (4) Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ (5) Lewiston MAINEiacs 2
Cape Breton leads Best of 7 series 2-1

D Michael Ward, LEW:
Game: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Series: 2 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM (was suspended for Game 1)

Jonathan Bernier stopped 37 shots to help Lewiston get back in the series. Game 4 is Wednesday in Lewiston.

WHL FIRST ROUND -- EASTERN CONFERENCE

Game 3: (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 @ (6) Brandon Wheat Kings 3
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 3-0

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Series: 3 GP, 2-4-6, E, 0 PIM

Brandon outshot Lethbridge 34-20 but still fell to the Hurricanes 4-3. Both of Fadden’s goals – his first of the playoffs – came at even strength. He has one First Star and two Seconds in the three games of this series. Lethbridge takes their commanding 3-0 series lead into Wednesday’s game in Brandon.

WHL FIRST ROUND -- WESTERN CONFERENCE

Game 4: (4) Seattle Thunderbirds 6 @ (5) Kelowna Rockets 4
Best of 7 series tied 2-2

G Torrie Jung, KEL:
Game: Did not play
Series: 0 GP

G Riku Helenius, SEA:
Game: Win, 19 saves on 21 shots
Series: 3 GP, 1-2, 2.79 GAA, .890 sv%

Jacob DeSerres started the game for Seattle, but was pulled less than 5 minutes into the first period after giving up 2 goals on 5 shots. The T-Birds erased that 2 goal deficit by scoring 4 unanswered goals until Kelowna fought back to tie the game at 4, including a shorthanded penalty shot goal. Greg Scott scored shorthanded mid-way through the third for Seattle and the T-Birds added an empty netter for the final score and tie the series. Kristofer Westblom stopped 16 of 21 shots for Kelowna. It will be interesting to see who both coaches go with in Game 5 Thursday night.

Note: Game 3 between Dane Crowley and Everett and Spokane is Wednesday in Everett. Spokane leads the series 2-0.