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North American Juniors Game Night: 4-17-12

USHL

(W6) Tri-City Storm 2 @ (W3) Waterloo Black Hawks 3
USHL First Round – Waterloo wins best of 3 series 2-0

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 28 saves on 31 shots
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 4.70 GAA, .842 sv%
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox’s USHL career came to an end Tuesday night in Iowa as the Waterloo Black Hawks overcame playing half the second period shorthanded to defeat Tri-City and advance in the USHL playoffs. Wilcox had a remarkable year for the Storm after being acquired midseason from Green Bay. He was First Star in nearly every other game it seemed like as he backstopped Tri-City to the playoffs. They were nowhere close when he was acquired. The magic ran out in the playoffs, however. Though a goalie is capable of stealing a best of 3 series on his own, one bad game and he can lose it. That happened in Game 1. Wilcox will next be seen at the Lightning’s prospect camp in early summer (most likely) before he heads to the University of Minnesota to play for his home state Gophers. Congrats on a great year, Adam.

CHL

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Kitchener beat Plymouth in Game 7 so Vladislav Namestnikov and the London Knights will play their hated rivals in the OHL Western Conference Finals. In the QMJHL, Chicoutimi beat Memorial Cup-host Shawinigan in Game 7 and Halifax came back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat Patrick Roy's Quebec Remparts in Game 7. Danick Gauthier and Saint John will play Chicoutimi in the league semifinals. Rimouski plays Halifax in the other semifinals.

SM-liiga Game Day: 4-17-12

SM-liiga Finals (Finland):
(4)JYP 6 @ (2)Pelicans Lahti 2
Series Tied at 1-1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 28/30, 2.00 GAA, .933 sv%
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 8-2-0, 0 SO, 1.71 GAA, .944 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin (pictured circa the old school) had 1 goal and 2 assists and was named first star in JYP's critical 6-2 Game Two win over Pelicans Lahti. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius improved to 8-2 in the postseason in the victory. Wild draft pick Niko Hovinen, who had a shutout in Game One, allowed 5 goals on 43 shots in defeat in Game Two. JYP again outshot Pelicans; this time by a 44-30 margin. Game Three is Thursday.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-16-12

USHL

(W6) Tri-City Storm 4 @ (W3) Waterloo Black Hawks 6
USHL First Round – Waterloo leads best of 3 series 1-0

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 20 saves on 26 shots
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 6.37 GAA, .769 sv%
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Ouch. Wilcox got four goals of offensive support against third-seeded Waterloo, but despite being one of the best goaltenders in the league during the year he couldn’t stop the Black Hawks from breaking open a close game in the second period. The Storm entered the middle frame tied 2-2, but Waterloo beat Wilcox three more times before the third period began. They’d add a sixth goal early in the third for a 6-2 lead before Tri-City scored a couple late goals. Wilcox played only about 90 minutes of action last year in the playoffs for Green Bay on their way to a championship. Game 2 is Tuesday at Waterloo and Wednesday the same if necessary.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-16-12

(E1) Elmira Jackals 4 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 5 (OT)
ECHL Eastern Conference Semifinals – Florida leads best of 7 series 2-1

D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play.
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-2-2, +1, 6 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 19 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 1-0-1, -3, 3 SOG, 0 PIM

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