CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4/8

OHL WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Game 3: (6) Sarnia Sting 2 @ (1) Kitchener Rangers 6
Kitchener leads Best of 7 series 3-0

C Steven Stamkos*, SAR:
Game: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Series: 3 GP, 2-0-2, -1, 6 PIM
Playoffs: 8 GP, 11-0-11, +1, 16 PIM
Season: 61 GP, 58-47-105, +18, 88 PIM

The top team in all of Canadian juniors and Memorial Cup hosts, the Kitchener Rangers are one win away from putting away the Cinderella Sarnia Sting and super-prospect Steven Stamkos. Kitchener broke a 2-2 tie late in the first period and never looked back on their way to a 6-2 win in Kitchener while holding Stamkos scoreless for the second time in three games. All-everything goalie Steve Mason (Columbus – 3rd round ’06) left the Kitchener net late in the second period when, according to the Waterloo Record, it appeared his leg buckled and he fell over. Neither Mason nor the Rangers are saying what’s wrong with the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week. Game 4 is tonight (Wednesday) in Sarnia.

*Stamkos, though not Tampa Bay Lightning property, is the consensus No.1 pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Lightning holds the top pick.

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Game 3: (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ (5) Kootenay Ice 2
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 2-1

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (holding-opponent’s-stick)
Series: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 9 PIM
Playoffs: 9 GP, 4-7-11, -1, 13 PIM (plus 10 min misconduct)

To say Lethbridge dominated may be an understatement as they went into Kootenay and outshot the Ice 51-13, including 17-6 after one period. Despite the first period shot advantage, Kootenay took a 1-0 lead into the second period until the Hurricanes onslaught began. Lethbridge would score the game’s next 5 goals, including Fadden’s power play marker to make it 2-1. Lethbridge had 16 power play opportunities to Kootenay’s 4. Game 4 is tonight (Wednesday) in Kootenay.

For results from Seattle, see: Helenius Makes 42 Saves in Thunderbirds’ Loss