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Prospect of the Week: 4-8-15

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 April 8, 2015 is … Adam Erne, W/C, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL – Canada).

It’s Tuesday night, Game 7, and fourth-seeded Quebec is trying to avoid an embarrassing upset to Cape Breton. Adam Erne’s Remparts are down 2-0 late in the first period before the Lightning’s 2013 second round pick starts a play that finishes with the puck in the back of the Eagles’ net to cut their lead to 2-1 with eight seconds left before intermission.

The original 2-0 lead flips to 4-2 for the Remparts by the end of the second so the lead isn’t considered secure by any means. Erne scores at 1:18, prompting an exuberant Remparts play-by-play announcer to scream “Big Ern!”

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-7-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 6
Quebec wins best-of-7 series, 4-3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/10 FO, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 6-2-8, +1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne scored two goals for the second straight game, helping the Remparts to a 6-3 Game 7 win at home over the Eagles. Quebec was down 2-0 until the waning seconds of the first period when they scored (Erne assist), then scored three more times in the second period and once early in the third to take a 6-2 lead. The Remparts avoided the upset and now take on Charlottetown in the quarterfinals. Quebec moves up to the third seed now that Blainville-Boisbriand -- Cedric Paquette's former team -- was upset in the first round. The top two seeds are Rimouski and Moncton.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-6-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
First round

QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 4 @ QMJHL-8 Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 (OT)
Charlottetown wins best-of-7 series, 4-2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/20 FO, 0 Hits
Playoff totals: 6 GP: 5-4-9, +1, 8 PIM
With Sherbrooke: 37 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Cam Darcy’s season and junior career ended Monday night with a 4-3 overtime loss to Charlottetown. The Islanders won the series, 4-2. Darcy can now join the Syracuse Crunch in some capacity should the Lightning/Crunch be interested. He was an eyelash away from making the team in the fall but was returned to juniors for his overage year. He could provide Syracuse with some skill depth at center.

QMJHL-13 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 3 (OT)
Best-of-7 series tied, 3-3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, -2, 0 PIM, 10 SOG, 7/11 FO, 5 Hits, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 4-1-5, -2, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne scored with under 30 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but the Remparts couldn’t close out the series in the extra session. Game 7 is Tuesday night in Quebec City.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-6 Kootenay Ice 2 @ East-3 Calgary Hitmen 6
Calgary wins best-of-7 series, 4-3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

The Hitmen limited Kootenay to just 13 shots on goal in Game 7 while peppering the Ice with 35 shots. They scored on six of them to take Game 7 and the series. Connor Rankin (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Hitmen. Calgary moves on to face fourth-seeded Medicine Hat in the conference semifinals.

Extraliga Playoff Game Day: 4-6-15

Semifinal Round
(4)Sparta Praha 2 vs. (1)Trinec 3
Trinec Wins the Series 4-2
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, Loss, 12/13, 1.52 GAA, .929 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 2.95 GAA, .889 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 took the backdoor loss for Sparta Praha after starter Filip Novotny allowed 2 goals on his first 4 shots in Sparta's 3-2 Game Five loss to Trinec. Trinec got the series clinching goal from ex-Preds pick Zbynek Irgl with just 3:12 left to go in regulation.

The loss may be the end of the road for Janus on Bolt Prospects, as he appears unlikely to have his rights retained past this summer. Janus was a key contributor the Norfolk's Calder Cup championship run back in the 2011-2012 season when he went 23-8-2 with a .914 save percentage and 1 shutout while splitting time with current Canadiens backup Dustin Tokarski.

Peca Looks to Step Up for Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

In his second professional game, Matthew Peca had some big shoes to fill.

With Crunch captain Mike Angelidis scratched due to an upper body injury, Peca slotted into Syracuse’s third line between Joel Vermin and Justin Courtnall. The center, looking to make an adjustment to the pro game during his tryout with the Crunch, excelled in his increased ice time and registered his first pro point on an assist to briefly tie the game against Bridgeport Saturday.

Peca is looking to become a regular contributor for the Crunch, whose depth is being tested with so many players banged up late in the season.

“He’s got good speed, he is highly competitive, and seems to be a high character guy,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “We’ll get to know more as we move along here, but if Saturday night is any indication, there were no issues with him fitting in or adjusting. He was good.”

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