N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/14
Two prospects going home ... one moving on.
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/13
QMJHL Playoffs â€“ Conference Semi-Finals
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0 @ Quebec Remparts 3
Best of 7 series tied 3-3
D Michael Ward, CB: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 65 GP, 7-27-34, +9, 105 PIM
Quebec forces Game 7 with a shutout win in Game 6. The Remparts got a goal in the second period, then a power play marker with under 2 minutes left in the third. They would add an empty netter shortly after. Kelsey Tessier (Avalanche) had the game winner and the empty net goal. Charles Lavigne (undrafted) stopped 34 shots in net for Quebec, who were outshot by Cape Breton 34-22. He had 6 shutouts in the regular season, but this was his first in the playoffs. Lavigne starts in front of Jonathan Roy, son of Quebec coach and GM Patrick Roy. Game 7 is Tuesday in Quebec City.
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/13
Wright's big game sends series to seventh game ... Fadden finished ... Witkowski scores first playoff goal as Force advances.
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/11
USHL â€“ Division Semifinals
Fargo Force 4 @ Omaha Lancers 2
Fargo leads Best of 5 series 2-0
D Luke Witkowski, FGO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 6-16-22, +30, 118 PIM
Witkowski and No.3 Fargo completed the road sweep of No.2 Omaha, and return home Sunday to try to close out the series in North Dakota.
In the CHL, Kelowna (over Fadden's Americans), Cape Breton (Ward), and Spokane (Tokarski) can all close out their series Sunday.
All bad things must come to an end.
Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 15 shots for the loss before giving way to Karri Ramo, who allowed 2 goals on 11 shots the rest of the way. The Lightning have a signing decision with McKenna coming up this offseason, and I doubt allowing a goal to go through him and then being pulled was the final impression "Mack" wanted to make on management. Just my opinion, but we've probably seen the last of McKenna with the development of Riku Helenius in the AHL and the arrival of Dustin Tokarski to the pro ranks next season.
07:10 ATL Armstrong (21), (Bogosian, Enstrom)(PP)
16:30 ATL Perrin (7), (Reasoner, Exelby)(SH)
17:17 TB Pettinger (8), (Halpern, Quick)(PP)
09:15 ATL Kovalchuk (43), (White, Hainsey)
14:09 ATL Hainsey (6), (Peverley)(PP)
16:32 ATL Armstrong (22), (Kozlov, Peverley)
00:46 TB Stamkos (23), (unassisted)
06:20 ATL Stuart (5), (Reasoner)
The Lightning end up dropping from 31 wins and 71 points a year ago to 24 wins and 66 points this season. You know, for the amount of crap OK Hockey and their GM Brian Lawton talked garbage about the former GM, coaches, and scouts, I sure hope they man up and take accountability for the fact they did even worse this season, and then learn some valuable lessons (like defense and coaching are important, for instance). Post mortem to follow in the coming days. Draft lottery Tuesday night.
Noah Welch was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 14:58. He came on toward the end after an awful start to his stint with the Lightning. My preference would be to have Welch as a depth player in the organization offering veteran presence to the Norfolk Admirals next season. I'd love to see he and Richard Petiot wear the battleship next year.
Zenon Konopka was -1 with 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 9:05. He was also 57% on draws. He does offer energy to the fourth line in the form of being an agitator and fighter, but I wanted to see more on the forecheck from Konopka. I like a fourth line that chews the ends off the boards, personally.
David Koci was -1 in 6:01. Long term, I think the Lightning need to draft and cultivate somebody who can play 8-10 minutes a night and fight the other team's heavies. I'm not sure Koci is that guy.
Paul Szczechura was -1 with 4 shots, and 3 hits in 17:05. He was also 36% on draws. In the last week or two, I don't think there's another bubble guy who helped his stock more to make the team next season than Szczechura.
Martins Karsums was -1 with 1 shot in 11:26. I didn't see enough from Karsums to make me believe he shouldn't be ticketed for Norfolk next season, if he stays in North America.
Kevin Quick got his first NHL point, and assist, and was -1 with 1 shot in 14:57. There were shifts he looked overmatched tonight defensively and he reminded you that he's still got a couple of years in the making.
Matt Lashoff was -3 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 23:02. He'll want to burn the tape of this game, methinks.
Vladimir Mihalik was -1 with 2 blocked shots in 15:59. In his final callup of the year, his positioning and poise seemed to improve. However, you'd still like to see the assertiveness and aggression level go way up. He is just way too soft for a man his size right now. There's no excuse for anybody to ever physically beat him coming out from behind the net or the corners.