Cedric McNicoll has led the Shawinigan Cataractes to a 3-1 series lead over Kelsey Tessier and the Quebec Remparts in their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semifinal.
McNicoll scored a hat trick in Shawinigan’s 4-1 victory over Quebec in Game 3 on Tuesday and followed that up with a goal and two assists in the Cataractes’ 5-4 win in Game 4 on Wednesday. He was the first star in both victories.
McNicoll, who signed an entry-level contract with the Avalanche last month, leads his club and ranks fifth overall in the QMJHL with 23 points (11g/12a) in 13 postseason games.
Tessier was held off the scoresheet in each of the past two contests. He ranks second on the Remparts with nine goals in 16 games this postseason (9g/2a).
Shawinigan will look to close out the series in Game 5 on Friday at the Quebec Colisee. The winner of that series will face Drummondville in the President Cup Final. Drummondville, the league’s regular season champs, has yet to lose a game this postseason, sweeping all three series.QUEBEC vs. SHAWINIGAN (Shawinigan leads 3-1)
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The “overtime series” came to an end on Wednesday night, as Trevor Cann
, Kevin Montgomery and the London Knights were eliminated by the Windsor Spitfires with a 4-3 OT loss in Game 5 of the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference Championship Series. All five contests were decided in overtime, a first in OHL history.
The wild series included a combined seven blown two-goal leads and featured the winning team rallying from a third-period deficit in four of the five games.
Cann, a second-round pick in 2007, finished 9-4 in 13 postseason games with a 2.83 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
"I learned a lot in this series about how you have to prepare," Cann told the Knights' official website. "I came back and felt better, but just felt it came too late. I wish it happened a few games earlier and it might have been a different story.”
Cann, 20, ranked third among all OHL goaltenders with 35 wins during the regular season, while finishing second in the league in shutouts (6), third in Sv% (.919) and fourth in GAA (2.62).
Montgomery skated in all 14 playoff contests for London, tallying four points (0g/4a) and a +4 rating.
The Spitfires will await the winner of the Eastern Conference Championship series between the Belleville Bulls and Brampton Battalion. Brampton currently holds a three games to one series lead.LONDON vs. WINDSOR (Windsor won series 4-1)USHLNathan Condon
and the Fargo Force opened their best-of-five second round series with a 4-1 win over the Lincoln Stars on Wednesday. Condon was held off the scoresheet in the opening game and has two points (0g/2a) in four playoff contests thus far. The teams will meet again in Lincoln on Friday for Game 2 of the series.FARGO vs. LINCOLN (Fargo leads series 1-0)
|Game ||Date ||Location / Result |
|Game 1 ||Wed, April 22 ||Fargo 4 at Lincoln 1 |
|Game 2 ||Fri, April 24 ||Fargo at Lincoln |
|Game 3 ||Sat, April 25 ||Lincoln at Fargo |
|Game 4* ||Mon, April 27 ||Lincoln at Fargo |
|Game 5* ||Wed, April 29 ||Fargo at Lincoln |
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