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NCAA West Regional Semifinal - Friday, March 29, 2019

NCAA West Regional Semifinal – Fargo, ND

#3 Ohio State Buckeyes 0 vs #2 Denver Pioneers 2
#4 American International Yellow Jackets 2 vs #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 1

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 5-15-20, +24, 16 PIM

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1/9 FO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 12-11-22, +15, 18 PIM

The Yellow Jackets of American International College pulled the proverbial 16th-seed upset of the top-ranked Huskies in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championships on Friday night. Despite outshooting American by a margin of 34-13, St. Cloud fell behind to goals in the first and second periods by Joel Kocur (undrafted) and Brennan Kapchek (undrafted). Easton Brodzinski scored a power-play marker for the Huskies in the 3rd to pull the tourney favorites to within one, but St. Cloud could never muster the equalizer. Yellow Jacket netminder Zackarias Skog (undrafted) made 33 saves, including 27 over the 2nd and 3rd periods, to preserve the upset and advance his team to the West Regional finals on Saturday night. For the Huskies, their 2018-19 season ends with a spectacular record of 30-6-3 along with Bolt prospect Nick Perbix who had an equally stellar freshman campaign.

Fellow Lighting prospect Cole Guttman and the David Carle led Denver Pioneers shutout the Ohio State Buckeyes in the other West Regional Semifinal Friday night. Denver netminder and Red Wings prospect Filip Larsson (DET, 2016 6th round pick) saved all 24 shots, leading his team to West Regional Finals against American International on Saturday night. Les Lancaster (undrafted) and Colin Staub (undrafted) scored for the Pioneers.

ECHL Game Night: 3-28-19 Solar Bears @ Gladiators

Orlando Solar Bears 1 @ Atlanta Gladiators 5

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 25 GP, 10-28-38, +5, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 33 GP, 6-16-22, -5, 26 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Connor Ingram, ORL: Did not play
Season Totals (ORL): 7 GP, 3-2-0, 3.63 GAA, .893 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 17 GP, 8-10-18, +6, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

Atlanta scored early and often Thursday, beating up on the Solar Bears 5-1 to keep Orlando’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot at two. Connor Ingram, fresh off his most recent demotion to the ECHL, sat backup to Clint Windsor, who allowed four goals on 39 shots.

The Solar Bears (36-24-4-1) head to South Carolina for games against Greenville Friday and Sunday, sandwiched around a Saturday tilt in Charleston against the Stingrays.

CHL Game Night: 3-28-19

Ontario Hockey League

OHL Western Conference Quarterfinals

West-4 Guelph Storm 5 @ West-5 Kitchener Rangers 1
Guelph wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 4/11 FO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 12-18-30, -36, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Guelph made quick work of the Rangers in the series, winning Game 4, 5-1, to sweep Kitchener and advance to the conference semi-finals. While Guelph loaded up with trades at the OHL trade deadline, Kitchener had been playing well since the calendar turned to 2019 and was expected to put up more of a fight against the Storm. As it was, Kitchener’s season ended after four playoff games with Lightning prospect Alexey Lipanov managing just an assist in the series. The former Lightning third rounder will now join the pro ranks with Tampa Bay, either in AHL Syracuse or ECHL Orlando. Considering Syracuse already has Troy Bourke and Otto Somppi playing in Orlando, it’s hard to see the organization putting Lipanov with the Crunch for anything other than practice time and instruction. Lipanov concludes his CHL career in a near worst-case scenario after a strong start to his North American career last year with Barrie. He was traded to Sudbury mid-season last year and his numbers plummeted, then after a trade to Kitchener Lipanov, who boasts high-end raw skills, fell out of the top-6 with the Rangers and ended up with just 30 points (12 goals) in 62 games and was among the worst plus/minus players in the league. Had he been most other prospects, he may not have received a contract offer, but the Lightning signed the young Russian before he even came to North America (perhaps that was part of the agreement). Lipanov has an excellent wrist shot and good vision, but he is a major project and one Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx will have to be patient with. That could start as soon as this weekend if the Lightning choose to get him immediately into a Syracuse practice jersey.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-27-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

First Round

No. 4 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ No. 13 Moncton Wildcats 3
Best-of-7 series tied, 2-2

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 6/15 FO, 2 Hits
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Moncton’s Mika Cyr (undrafted) scored his second goal of the game and third of the series at 11:31 of the third period to break a 2-2 tie and knot up the series with Baie-Comeau, 2-2. Gabriel Fortier had his first point of the playoffs - a primary assist early in the third period to tie the game at 2. Fortier was stationed at the right wing circle and put a one-timer low, far pad that created a rebound for an easy tap-in. Cyr’s second goal came on the power play from beneath that same circle off a one-timer. Game 5 is back in the Drakkar’s rink Friday.

No. 5 Rimouski Oceanic 6 @ No. 12 Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3
Rimouski wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

C Jimmy Huntington, RIM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit, 5/18 FO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 4-3-7, +2, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 66 GP, 40-52-92 +41, 52 PIM
17-18 Totals (Vic): 68 GP, 18-40-58, +5, 42 PIM

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Jimmy Huntington redirected a point shot early in the first period to put Rimouski up 1-0 and the Oceanic never looked back, building a 6-1 lead and finishing with a 6-3 win that finished off the Sags in the series, 4-0. Game 1-3 were close, but this one was not. Rimouski got a plus-3 effort from Radim Salda and will now wait to see how the rest of the Q’s first round turns out before learning their second-round opponent. Huntington finished the series with four goals and seven points, second on the team to Alexis Lafreniere (2020) and third in the league behind Samuel Poulin of Sherbrooke (9). Poulin is the son of former Lightning player Patrick Poulin. He’s expected to go early in the 2019 draft.

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