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Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-11-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2
QMJHL Second Round
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 6 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play (injured – out for playoffs)
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Imama scored his first career playoff goal in 32 games to help the Sea Dogs to a 5-2 Game 3 win in Sydney. He also had an assist. Game 4 is Tuesday.

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Charlottetown Islanders 4
QMJHL Second Round
Charlottetown leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 3-4-7, +8, 18 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Charlottetown and Shawinigan combined for 95 shots in the Islanders’ 4-3 Game 3 win. The Cataractes are down 2-1 in the series facing a pivotal Game 4 Tuesday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-11-16

KHL Gagarin Cup Final
Magnitogorsk 2 vs. CSKA 3
CSKA Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 34/37, 2.35 GAA, .919 sv%
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 11-4-0, 2 SO, 1.67 GAA, .944 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Senators farmhand Stephane Da Costa scored a power play goal 18:12 into OT to deliver Magnitogorsk a 3-2 Game Three win over Magnitogorsk. Da Costa also had an even strength goal in the match. Ex-NHLer Alexander Semin had a helper in defeat for Magnitogorsk.

Tammela Looks to Get Head Start With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jonne Tammela stepped onto the ice for the first time in Syracuse Monday morning.

The Finnish forward, who arrived Saturday after signing an amateur tryout to finish this season with the Crunch, went through skating drills with a handful of teammates during the split practice at the Onondaga County War Memorial.

Tammela is hoping his stint in Syracuse gives him a head start in transitioning to the North American game next fall.

“I hope I can learn more about the system we play and more about North American hockey,” Tammela said. “It’s quite different in Europe, so it will be helpful for me.”

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-9-16

KHL Gagarin Cup Final
CSKA 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Series Tied 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/26, 1.01 GAA, .962 sv%
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 11-3-0, 2 SO, 1.60 GAA, .946 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Undrafted 21 year old defenseman Alexei Bereglazov scored the GWG 1:30 into the Third Period to lift Magnitogorsk to a 2-1 Game Two victory over CSKA. Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had the other goal for Magnitka.

Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 4-9-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4 (OT)
QMJHL Second Round
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 5 Hits
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 6 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play (injured – out for playoffs)
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Saint John escaped Game 2 with an overtime win, preventing the Sea Dogs from going to Sydney down 2-0. Former first overall pick in the QMJHL draft, Joe Valeno (2018), scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 5
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Brandon leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 4-10-14, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM

The Warriors fell in Game 2 against Brandon and now return home down 2-0 in the series. Brayden Point had a goal and an assist for the second straight game against the Wheat Kings. Game 3 is Tuesday in Moose Jaw.

Juniors Game Night: 4-9-16

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 5 @ Tri-City Storm 4 (OT)

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 31 GP, 12-15-4, 2.82 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Omaha got a big win over Tri-City for the second night in a row, so they will finish their year with a win. The Lancers did not make the playoffs. Oldham's junior career ends quietly as he was relegated to backup duty the last month or so. He is committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Dubuque Fighting Saints 6 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 0-27-27, -2, 59 PIM
With Dubuque: 16 GP, 0-4-4, +5, 8 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Dubuque outshot JT Brown’s former club, 40-22, en route to a 6-2 win. The Saints made the playoffs.

NHL Game Night: 4-9-16 Lightning at Canadiens

Lightning mail in meaningless game before a very meaningful postseason.

TB-2
MTL-5

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Vasiy had a respectable season for a young backup, and I think anyone who didn't have such high expectations on him as Andrei does would take that at 21 years old and be pretty happy with it. That said, he can get a lot better and he eventually will.

First Period
5:11 MTL Galchenyuk(29), (Gallagher)
16:27 MTL Plekanec(14), (Eller, Emelin)

Second Period
0:27 MTL Pacioretty(29), (Galchenyuk, Markov)
3:44 MTL Galchenyuk(30), (Pacioretty, Markov)(PP)

Third Period
6:33 TB Palat(16), (Filppula)
13:00 TB Drouin(4), (Carle, Palat)
19:54 MTL Pacioretty(30), (Gallagher)(EN)

Jonathan Drouin was the game's third star. It may have been garbage time, but it's certainly nice to see him developing some chemistry with some of the Lightning's scoring liners like Palat.

Coming into the game with nothing to gain and Hedman and Kucherov being held out with nagging injuries, the only thing the Lightning wanted was to get out of town healthy. This game had less meaning than a preseason game, if that's possible, and unfortunately they couldn't even pull that off after Greg Pateryn boarded Tyler Johnson shoulder-first into the boards after the whistle late in the First Period. I am thoroughly unimpressed with Pateryn. The guy's a bum, quite frankly, and the play he made was about as blatant and egregious a late hit as it comes. The guy deserves a suspension that carries over into the next regular season, in my opinion.

The Lightning will draw Detroit in a rematch of last year's opening round series by virtue of the epic meltdown the Bruins had against Ottawa. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of guys (Boston melting down, that is). I'd like to say that's a favorable outcome for the Lightning, but with so much uncertainty now with Johnson possibly being banged up too, the biggest matchup of all looks like it's between Tampa Bay and the injury bug. The big thing in Game One, I think, will be Ben Bishop giving the Lightning a good performance and helping them ease their way into the series while they continue to figure out lines and pairing combinations and ice time rotations. There's just so much retrofitting on the fly and Ben's going to need to be the spackle to cover up some of that mess.

Matt Taormina had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 15:30.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-9-16 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch score bittersweet victory against one of the league's top teams.

TOR-2
SYR-3 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 34 shots and stopped all 5 shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the victory.

First Period
TOR Conacher, (2) (C. Smith, Valiev), 0:33
SYR Tambellini, (27) , 6:33
SYR Stephens, (1) (Broll), 11:53

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
TOR Arcobello, (25) (Corrin, Leivo), 4:45

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TOR- None
SYR- Vermin

Joel Vermin and Gudlevskis were the game's first and second stars. Recent ATO signee Mitchell Stephens scored his first pro goal in the win, as well, and led all Crunch skaters with 5 shots on goal.

It was a big win against a very talented Toronto team that by far and away has had the best regular season in the AHL. Unfortunately, the Crunch didn't get any help in the other games around the league and were eliminated from making the postseason. It's a shame for a Syracuse team that's really seemed to find itself in the last quarter of the regular season and had a nice stretch run. As it is, they should finish well over .500 for the campaign with some momentum going into the offseason and some nice new blood coming onto the roster.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Top Marlies, But Playoff Hopes Dashed


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch pulled out a win, but their playoff hopes were dashed.

Joel Vermin netted the game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout, as the Crunch topped the Toronto Marlies, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. Both Utica and Bridgeport also earned points to mathematically eliminate Syracuse from earning a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs.

“We knew it was going to be a tough stretch and we needed a (lot) of help to make it happen,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “We put ourselves in this position. … It was good to get the win, but it’s certainly disappointing that we’re in this position and not in the playoffs.”

AHL Game Night 4-8-16: Devils at Crunch

Syracuse leaves a critical point on the rink.

ALB-4
SYR-3 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 32 shots and 1 of 3 to convert in the penalty shot session for the Shootout loss.

First Period
SYR Gourde, (14) (Erne, Richard), 9:29 (PP)
ALB O’Neill, (12) (Lorito, Novak), 12:10

Second Period
SYR Erne, (14) (Gourde, Witkowski), 5:26
ALB Lorito, (18) (Lappin, O’Neill), 13:23

Third Period
ALB Kujawinski, (5) (Rooney), 2:05
SYR Richard, (11) (Vermin, DeAngelo), 5:35

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
ALB- Thompson
SYR- NONE

Adam Erne and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse falls 7 points back of Utica and Bridgeport in the playoff chase with both teams holding a game in hand on the Crunch. At this point, to make the postseason, it's pretty much going to take Syracuse winning out and one of those other two clubs losing out. Both scenarios seem incredibly unlikely.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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