MONTREAL – There may be a few weeks to go before the NHL playoffs get underway but for the last 10 days, those in the Canadian junior ranks have been fully into the postseason swing.
In the QMJHL, two Canadiens prospects have seen their first-round series already decided. Olivier Fortier
and the Rimouski Oceanic edged the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Wednesday to sweep their opening round matchup. Fortier picked up six points in the series (three goals, three assists), with four of them coming in Game 2 alone, when he tallied twice and added two assists.
While the Oceanic don’t yet know the identity of their next opponent, they could get that answer as early as tonight, when the Quebec Remparts try and seal the deal against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. The Remparts lead the series 3-1.
On the other end of the scale, Robert Mayer
and the Saint John Sea Dogs have seen their season come to an end, falling in four straight to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. The Czech netminder saw an average of 35.2 shots per game and finished the series with an .858 save percentage. While Mayer led his team to overtime in the opening tilt, in the end Cape Breton came out on top and never looked back.
Out in the OHL, the Belleville Bulls have hit some bumps on their road to Round 2. Despite tossing 45 shots at Sudbury Wolves goaltender Andrew Loverock, the netminder was steady as stone, giving up just two goals. Defenseman P.K. Subban
has four assists in the five games thus far, which the Bulls lead 3-2. Game 6 goes on Monday.
About 90 minutes west, the curtain has closed on the Peterborough Petes’ 2008-09 campaign, swept by the Brampton Battalion. Despite the four losses on his record, backstop Jason Missiaen held the fort, earning a .904 save percentage. The Petes took Game 2 to overtime largely due to their goaltender, who faced a 64-shot barrage while his teammates mustered a mere 14 shots on the opposing net.Heather Engel is a writer for canadiens.com