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CHL Round 3 Primer

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Canucks freelance writer

Three off to the third round. One waits.

Olli Juolevi and the London Knights saw their season come to an end in heartbreaking fashion, losing in Game 7 overtime to the Erie Otters. Rodrigo Abols and Acadie-Bathurst fell to Blainville-Boisbriand in Game 7 of the QMJHL Playoffs, ending Abols' season and junior hockey career.

Despite that, four Canucks prospects remain alive in the quest for the Memorial Cup, including Jalen Chatfield and the Windsor Spitfires despite having been eliminated from contention for the OHL Championship. Windsor has an automatic berth into the Memorial Cup as the host team.

Meanwhile, three Canucks prospects remain alive in the QMJHL as Guillaume Brisebois, Carl Neill and the Charlottetown Islanders continue to roll, while Dmitry Zukenov and the Chicoutimi Saguenéens pulled off a second-round upset in spectacular fashion.

QMJHL Third Round Series

Charlottetown Islanders (46-18-4) vs. Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (43-19-6)

Prospects: Guillaume Brisebois, Charlottetown & Carl Neill, Charlottetown

Notes: The Islanders have breezed through the QMJHL Playoffs so far, sweeping back-to-back series for a perfect 8-0 record. After being held without a point in the first round, Brisebois rebounded with four points, all assists, in the second round against Cape Breton. Neill added a goal and assist, giving him six points (1-5-6) through eight post-season games.

Charlottetown and Blainville-Boisbriand met twice during the regular season with Charlottetown winning both games by identical scores of 3-0. Brisebois and Neill each picked up two assists in the season series.

Series Schedule:

April 21: Blainville-Boisbriand @ Charlottetown (3:00pm PT)
April 22: Blainville-Boisbriand @ Charlottetown (3:00pm PT)
April 25: Charlottetown @ Blainville-Boisbriand (4:30pm PT)
April 26: Charlottetown @ Blainville-Boisbriand (4:30pm PT)
*April 29: Blainville-Boisbriand @ Charlottetown (12:00pm PT)
*April 30: Charlottetown @ Blainville-Boisbriand (1:00pm PT)
*May 2: Blainville-Boisbriand @ Charlottetown (3:00pm PT)
*If Necessary

QMJHL Third Round Series

Chicoutimi Saguenéens (38-25-5) vs. Saint John Sea Dogs (48-14-6)

Prospect: Dmitry Zhukenov, Chicoutimi

Notes: Chicoutimi got here in thrilling fashion, edging Rouyn-Noranda in Game 7 overtime on a goal assisted by Zhukenov, who had eight points in the series and now sits with 16 points (5-11-16) in 11 post-season games, good for third overall in QMJHL Playoff scoring.

Zhukenov and the Saguenéens will be in tough against a powerful Sea Dogs squad that hasn't lost yet in the post-season, going 8-0 while averaging 5.25 goals per-game. The Sea Dogs, which feature a trio of NHL first-round picks, were the lone QMJHL team to top 100 points during the regular season, 21 more than the Saguenéens. Saint John swept the season series with wins of 1-0 and 4-2.

Series Schedule:

April 21: Chicoutimi @ Saint John (3:00pm PT)
April 22: Chicoutimi @ Saint John (3:00pm PT)
April 25: Saint John @ Chicoutimi (4:30pm PT)
April 26: Saint John @ Chicoutimi (4:30pm PT)
*April 28: Chicoutimi @ Saint John (3:00pm PT)
*April 30: Saint John @ Chicoutimi (1:00pm PT)
*May 2: Chicoutimi @ Saint John (3:00pm PT)
*If Necessary

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