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 WHLâ€™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.
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.
Results from Sarnia, Lethbridge, and Seattle.
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 â€“ 3rd round â€™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 whatâ€™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-opponentâ€™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 gameâ€™s next 5 goals, including Faddenâ€™s power play marker to make it 2-1. Lethbridge had 16 power play opportunities to Kootenayâ€™s 4. Game 4 is tonight (Wednesday) in Kootenay.
For results from Seattle, see: Helenius Makes 42 Saves in Thunderbirdsâ€™ Loss