Mac Carruth has backstopped the Portland Winterhawks to the brink of the WHL title and a trip to the Memorial Cup—held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, later this month—after allowing just two goals in his last two games. Carruth made 38 saves on 39 shots in a 3-1 Game 3 victory on May 7 and followed that that performance with 29 saves on 30 shots the next night, as Portland won 2-1. The Winterhawks now lead the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-1 in the WHL final and can clinch their first Chynoweth Cup since 1998 with a win in front of their home fans on Friday night.
In London, the Knights are looking for a miraculous comeback to achieve their goal of repeating as OHL champions after losing Games 3 and 4 by a combined score of 12-7 at Barrie. Blackhawks prospect Alex Broadhurst collected a pair of helpers on May 6 in Game 3 and was held without a point on May 8; he ranks second on the team with 24 points (10G, 14A) in his first OHL postseason campaign. London will try to come back from their 3-1 series deficit as they host Game 5 tomorrow night.
Drew LeBlanc appeared in both of Team USA’s games at the this week At the 2013 World Championship in Helsinki. The Americans dropped a 5-3 decision to Russia on Tuesday, then came back to defeat the hosts 4-1, featuring a hat trick by Nashville forward Craig Smith. LeBlanc was held without a point in both games and has two assists in the first four games of the tournament. The 2013 Hobey Baker Award winner ranks fifth among team forwards in ice time, averaging 15:02 per game.