N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/31
Another multipoint night for Fadden ... The Wright Stuff ... Tokarski and Spokane on the ropes ... Witkowski ready for the playoffs ... Barberio and Moncton defeat Cunti and Rimouski.
Lincoln Stars 4 @ Fargo Force 3 (Regular Season)
D Luke Witkowski , FGO: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (tripping, roughing), 2 SOG[i]
Season totals: 55 GP, 6-16-22, +30, 118 PIM
Witkowskiâ€™s three game point streak came to an end, and he finishes his final USHL regular season with career highs in every category. Fargo will play Omaha in the first round.
QMJHL Playoffs â€“ Conference Semi-Finals
Rimouski Oceanic 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 3
Best of 7 series tied 1-1
[i]W/C Luca Cunti , RIM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 6 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 20-25-45, +10, 32 PIM
D Mark Barberio , MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-4-4, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 15-30-45, +9, 42 PIM
Cunti had his five game point streak snapped. Barberio hasnâ€™t hit the scoresheet since his four assist playoff opener vs. PEI. He is playing more of a defensive role in the playoffs, but is still getting plenty of power play time. He sets up on the right point in the umbrella and looks to use his one-timer. He looked hesitant to pinch in at times on the power play when the weak side was wide-open, but Moncton was nursing a 2-0 lead at the time. Reminder: Most Q games are available to watch free online via the lhjmq.ca web site. Barberio stopped Cunti on a one-on-one move early in the third when Cunti was attempting to stickhandle through the defense. Game 3 is Tuesday.
WHL Playoffs â€“ Conference Semi-Finals
Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Tri-City Americans 3
Tri-City leads Best of 7 series 2-0
C Mitch Fadden , TC: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 2-11-13, +5, 2 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 37-39-76, +24, 49 PIM
This is virtually a re-print from Friday: TC captain Taylor Procyshen (undrafted) scored with under [three] minutes to go to give the Americans the win. Fadden had two assists and a Third Star award â€¦ for the second straight night. He has a five game MULTI-point streak going, and a six game streak overall. Heâ€™s been named a game star in 5 of TCâ€™s 7 games and is one point behind Tyler Ennis for the WHL playoff scoring lead. TC overcame a 2-0 deficit with 3 third period goals. Game 3 is Tuesday in Kelowna.
Spokane Chiefs 1 @ Vancouver Giants 4
Vancouver leads Best of 7 series 2-0
G Dustin Tokarski , SPO: Loss, 30 saves on 34 shots
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 4-3-0, 2.15 GAA, .934 sv%
Season totals: 54 GP, 34-18-0-2, 1.97 GAA, .937 sv%, 7 shutouts
C James Wright , VAN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, +4, 4 PIM
Season totals: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM
High powered Vancouver had leads of 2-0 and 4-0 after the first two periods and coasted to a Game 2 victory and what looks to be a strong lead in the series. While Spokaneâ€™s defensive effort is admirable as always, the team is having a difficult time generating shots. For the second straight game there was a 15-plus shot advantage for the Giants. Wright has really elevated his offensive game in the playoffs, despite centering a checking line. Tokarksi sees his GAA rise above 2 for the first time since early last fall. Game 3 is Tuesday in Spokane.