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CHL Round 2 Primer

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Canucks Freelance Writer

Ten Canucks prospects entered the CHL Playoffs, and only five remain.

Tate Olson (Prince George) and Jakob Stukel (Calgary) each saw their seasons come to an end with first-round losses in the WHL. Jalen Chatfield (Windsor) and Cole Candella (Hamilton) were ousted in the OHL, while Zack MacEwan (Gatineau) lost in a Game 7 overtime heartbreaker in the QMJHL.

The season isn't quite over for Chatfield as his Windsor Spitfires have an automatic berth into the Memorial Cup as the host team.

OHL Western Conference Semifinal

London Knights (46-15-7) vs. Erie Otters (50-15-3)

Prospects: Olli Juolevi, London

Notes: Juolevi scored three times, including the Game 7 winner, in London's first-round series win over the Windsor Spitfires. Things will get a lot tougher for the Knights in Round 2 as they faceoff against the OHL's top team in the regular season, the Erie Otters, which are coming off a four-game sweep over Sarnia. The Otters took four-of-six regular season meetings.

Series Schedule:

April 6: London @ Erie (4:00pm PT)
April 7: London @ Erie (4:00pm PT)
April 11: Erie @ London (4:00pm PT)
April 13: Erie @ London (4:00pm PT)
*April 15: London @ Erie (4:00pm PT)
*April 16: Erie @ London (3:00pm PT)
*April 18: London @ Erie (4:00pm PT)
*If Necessary

QMJHL Second Round Series

Charlottetown Islanders (46-18-4) vs. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (39-25-4)

Prospect: Guillaume Brisebois, Charlottetown & Carl Neill, Charlottetown

Notes: Brisebois, Neill and the Islanders swept Baie-Comeau in the opening round and now have a date with the Screaming Eagles. Charlottetown is the favorite on paper, but it was Cape Breton that won six-of-nine regular season meetings. Neill finished the first round with four assists in four games, while Brisebois was held off the scoresheet.

Series Schedule:

April 6: Cape Breton @ Charlottetown (3:00pm PT)
April 8: Cape Breton @ Charlottetown (3:30pm PT)
April 11: Charlottetown @ Cape Breton (3:00pm PT)
April 12: Charlottetown @ Cape Breton (3:00pm PT)
*April 14: Cape Breton @ Charlottetown (3:00pm PT)
*April 16: Charlottetown @ Cape Breton (4:00pm PT)
*April 18: Cape Breton @ Charlottetown (3:00pm PT)
*If Necessary

QMJHL Second Round Series

Acadie-Bathurst Titan (39-23-6) vs. Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (43-19-6)

Prospect: Rodrigo Abols, Acadie-Bathurst

Notes: Abols posted points in every game of the Titan's first-round sweep over Quebec, finishing with three goals and two assists in the series. They know take on Blainville-Boisbriand, which is coming off a four-game sweep over Drummondville.

Series Schedule:

April 6: Acadie-Bathurst @ Blainville-Boisbriand (4:30pm PT)
April 8: Acadie-Bathurst @ Blainville-Boisbriand (4:00pm PT)
April 11: Blainville-Boisbriand @ Acadie-Bathurst (3:00pm PT)
April 12: Blainville-Boisbriand @ Acadie-Bathurst (3:00pm PT)
*April 14: Blainville-Boisbriand @ Acadie-Bathurst (3:00pm PT)
*April 17: Acadie-Bathurst @ Blainville-Boisbriand (4:30pm PT)
*April 18: Acadie-Bathurst @ Blainville-Boisbriand (4:30pm PT)
*If Necessary

QMJHL Second Round Series

Chicoutimi Saguenéens (38-25-5) vs. Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (43-18-7)

Prospect: Dmitry Zhukenov, Chicoutimi

Notes: Zhukenov was on fire in the Saguenéens' first-round sweep over Victoriaville, registering eight points (2-6-8) in four games, giving the Russian 14 points (5-9-14) in 10 career QMJHL post-season games. They will be the underdogs in Round 2 against the well-balanced Huskies.

Series Schedule:

April 7: Chicoutimi @ Rouyn-Noranda (4:30pm PT)
April 8: Chicoutimi @ Rouyn-Noranda (4:00pm PT)
April 11: Rouyn-Noranda @ Chicoutimi (4:30pm PT)
April 12: Rouyn-Noranda @ Chicoutimi (4:30pm PT)
*April 14: Rouyn-Noranda @ Chicoutimi (4:30pm PT)
*April 17: Chicoutimi @ Rouyn-Noranda (4:00pm PT)
*April 18: Chicoutimi @ Rouyn-Noranda (4:00pm PT)
*If Necessary

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