Fadden, Mitch

WHL Championship Game Night 5/2: Chiefs Take Game 1

WHL FINALS

Game 1: (E-3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ (W-3) Spokane Chiefs 4
Spokane leads Best of 7 series 1-0

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (hooking)
Playoffs: 16 GP, 5-15-20, +2, 17 PIM (plus 10 min misconduct)

Spokane posted a Game 1 win in the WHL championship series by jumping out to 1-0 and 3-0 end-of-period leads and cruising to a 4-1 victory. The Chiefs were coming off a tough seven game series with Tri-City and Lethbridge hadn’t played in nine days after sweeping Calgary. The teams meet again tonight (Saturday) in Spokane for Game 2.

Fadden Earns Praise From THN

Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden earned some praise this week checking in at number ten on The Hockey News' hot list for his performance thus far in the playoffs for Lethbridge of the WHL. The talented centerman is likely to be signed this summer and start his professional career next season in the Lightning organization.

Fadden, Lethbridge to Face Spokane for Championship

After disposing of the Calgary Hitmen rather easily in the minimum of four games, the wait is over for Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden and the Lethbridge Hurricanes for their next opponent.

The Western Conference's No.3 seeded Spokane Chiefs won Game 7 in Tri-City Tuesday night 4-1 to close out one of the closest series ever played. Five of the 7 games went to overtime, with 3 going to 2 overtimes. In Game 7, Dustin Tokarski (2008 eligible) stopped 31 shots and the Chiefs scored 3 times in the third period (one empty netter) for the win. Former Traverse City Lightning Colton Yellow Horn had the Americans' goal, and the WHL MVP candidate finished the playoffs with 10 goals and 21 points in 16 games.

On their way to the Western Conference championship, Spokane defeated Dane Crowley and No.6 Everett 4-0, No.2 Vancouver 4-2, and No.1 Tri-City 4-3.

Lethbridge topped No.6 Brandon 4-2, No.5 Kootenay 4-1, and No.1 Calgary 4-0.

The WHL championship series between the two No.3 seeds will begin Friday, May 2 in Spokane, with Games 3-5 played in Lethbridge before returning to Spokane for 6 and 7 if necessary.

The clubs played just once during the regular season, with the Hurricanes winning 2-1 in Lethbridge. Fadden was scoreless in the game.

Fadden is the only Lightning prospect left playing this season.

CHL Playoffs Game Night 4/22: Lethbridge One Win Away

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Game 3: (1) Calgary Hitmen 0 @ (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 6
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 3-0

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Series: 3 GP, 1-6-7, +4, 0 PIM
Playoffs: 14 GP, 5-15-20, +3, 13 PIM (plus 10 min misconduct)

While Calgary’s NHL club was in the process of being knocked out of the playoffs last night, its WHL team was being pushed the brink elimination. Lethbridge broke open a scoreless game with 3 second period goals and followed that up with 3 more in the third in front of their home crowd to take a 3-0 lead in the Best of 7 Eastern Conference Finals series. Fadden scored the game’s 4th goal early in the third period and assisted on the ‘Cane’s 6th goal, a power play marker. Lethbridge can close out the series tonight (Wednesday) at home.

CHL Playoffs Game Night 4/18: 'Canes in Control

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Game 2: (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 @ (1) Calgary Hitmen 3 (OT)
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 2-0

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Series: 2 GP, 0-5-5, +3, 0 PIM
Playoffs: 13 GP, 4-14-18, +2, 13 PIM (plus 10 min misconduct)

Austin Fyten (1991) scored his first WHL goal at 2:37 of overtime to give Lethbridge a 4-3 Game 2 win and a commanding 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Finals series with Calgary. Fadden had 2 more assists for Lethbridge, giving him 5 in the series so far. Just 31 seconds after Calgary had taken a 3-1 lead on the power play in the second period, Fadden set up Zach Boychuk (2008 eligible) to make it 3-2. The ‘Canes scored the game-tier with under 4 minutes remaining in the third period. The series now moves to Lethbridge for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

CHL Playoffs Game Night 4/17: First Star Fadden

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Game 1: (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ (1) Calgary Hitmen 2
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 1-0

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Playoffs: 12 GP, 4-12-16, E, 13 PIM (plus 10 min misconduct)

Lethbridge struck first in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Finals by getting out to a quick 2-0 lead and staying ahead of the Hitmen long enough for a 5-2 win. Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden had 3 assists for the Hurricanes, earning first star honors for the third time in the playoffs. Game 2 is tonight (Friday) in Calgary.

Fadden, Lethbridge to open vs. Calgary on Thursday

The Lethbridge Hurricanes and Calgary Hitmen will begin their WHL Eastern Conference championship series on Thursday in Calgary. There was a question of when and if No.1 Calgary would host the first couple games because the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League have a home game Saturday night and the NHL Flames would play the Sharks on Sunday should that series go 6 games.

Game 2 will be Friday night in Calgary before moving to Lethbridge Tuesday and Wednesday for Games 3 and 4.

Lethbridge, the East's No.3 seed who had the second-most points in the conference, went 5-1 vs. Calgary this year, including two shutouts. In their last meeting on March 9, the 'Canes won 4-3 in a game in which Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden had a goal and an assist and was named first star. For the regular season series, Fadden had 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in the 6 games.

Fadden currently has 13 points in 11 playoff games, including 4 goals.

In the Western Conference, No.1 Tri-City, fresh off their 5 game series win over Riku Helenius and Seattle, will meet No.3 Spokane, who disposed of No.2 Vancouver in 6 games. That series will begin Friday.

CHL Playoffs Game Night 4/11: Fadden Advances, Helenius Finished

Mitch Fadden notches two assists to help Lethbridge move on to the Conference Finals and an injured Riku Helenius watches as the Thunderbirds end their season.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4/9

Results from Sarnia, Lethbridge, and Seattle.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4/8

OHL WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Game 3: (6) Sarnia Sting 2 @ (1) Kitchener Rangers 6
Kitchener leads Best of 7 series 3-0

C Steven Stamkos*, SAR:
Game: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Series: 3 GP, 2-0-2, -1, 6 PIM
Playoffs: 8 GP, 11-0-11, +1, 16 PIM
Season: 61 GP, 58-47-105, +18, 88 PIM

The top team in all of Canadian juniors and Memorial Cup hosts, the Kitchener Rangers are one win away from putting away the Cinderella Sarnia Sting and super-prospect Steven Stamkos. Kitchener broke a 2-2 tie late in the first period and never looked back on their way to a 6-2 win in Kitchener while holding Stamkos scoreless for the second time in three games. All-everything goalie Steve Mason (Columbus – 3rd round ’06) left the Kitchener net late in the second period when, according to the Waterloo Record, it appeared his leg buckled and he fell over. Neither Mason nor the Rangers are saying what’s wrong with the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week. Game 4 is tonight (Wednesday) in Sarnia.

*Stamkos, though not Tampa Bay Lightning property, is the consensus No.1 pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Lightning holds the top pick.

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Game 3: (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ (5) Kootenay Ice 2
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 2-1

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (holding-opponent’s-stick)
Series: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 9 PIM
Playoffs: 9 GP, 4-7-11, -1, 13 PIM (plus 10 min misconduct)

To say Lethbridge dominated may be an understatement as they went into Kootenay and outshot the Ice 51-13, including 17-6 after one period. Despite the first period shot advantage, Kootenay took a 1-0 lead into the second period until the Hurricanes onslaught began. Lethbridge would score the game’s next 5 goals, including Fadden’s power play marker to make it 2-1. Lethbridge had 16 power play opportunities to Kootenay’s 4. Game 4 is tonight (Wednesday) in Kootenay.

For results from Seattle, see: Helenius Makes 42 Saves in Thunderbirds’ Loss

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