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Extraliga Playoff Game Day: 3-12-15

Quarterfinal Round
(4)Sparta Praha 5 vs. (5)Mountfield HK 3
Sparta Praha Leads the Series 2-0
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, 1/1, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Jaroslav Janus stopped the only shot he faced in 4:31 of relief in Sparta's 5-3 win over Mountfield HK. Jan Buchtele led the way for Sparta with a pair of goals while ex-Leafs 5th rounder Juraj Mikas also contributed a goal. Ex-Sharks 6th rounder Jaroslav Kudrna contributed a pair of goals for Mountfield in defeat. Game Three is scheduled for Sunday.

Liiga Game Day: 3-12-15

The end.

TPS 5 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 3-5-8, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen actually got to get on the ice (for 13:48, no less) and contributed a helper in HPK's season-ending 5-2 loss to TPS. TPS got 2 goals and 3 points from Mikko Rantanen, an 18 year old power forward who is expected to be a first rounder in the June draft. The 18-year old finished his campaign with 9 goals and 28 points in 56 games.

HPK will miss the Liiga playoffs by 12 points, sitting in 11th on the 14 team Liiga table.

Juniors Game Night: 3-11-15

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ North Bay Battalion 4

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
With SSM: 24 GP, 13-35-48, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-63-86, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo scored his 23rd goal of the season midway through the third period to cut North Bay’s lead, which was once 3-0, to 3-2. The Battalion got the game’s final goal for a 4-2 final. DeAngelo’s point streak is now at 23 games, currently the longest in the OHL. Connor McDavid’s 27-game streak ended Wednesday.

Extraliga Playoff Game Day: 3-11-15

Quarterfinal Round
(4)Sparta Praha 3 vs. (5)Mountfield HK 0
Sparta Praha Leads the Series 1-0
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Filip Novotny stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout victory in Sparta's 3-0, Game One win over Mountfield HK. Jaroslav Janus sat backup for the contest. Ex-Canucks pick Adam Polasek was among the goal scorers for Sparta. Game Two is tomorrow.

Prospect of the Week: 3-11-15

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for March 11, 2015 is … Brayden Point, C, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL – Canada).

Reading junior hockey game recaps over the last decade has taught me something – it’s always hard for a visiting player to make the game star list as a visitor. It either has to be a no-doubt performance or the home team’s media has to really like the player.

Lightning prospect Brayden Point frequently falls into both categories, resulting in a plethora of game stars.

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