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Prospects in the Post-Season: Round 4

Two Devils prospects will advance to the final round of their post-season run

by Caela McLoughlin /

Ty Smith, Mitchell Hoelscher, and Jocktan Chainey went to the semi-final rounds of their post-season runs, but just two will move on to face off in the final round for a 2019 Championship title.

Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs, WHL (2018, 1st round, #17)

Ty Smith earned nine points recording one goal and eight assists in 15 games played in the 2019 WHL Playoffs. He helped his team to the third round, in which the Spokane Chiefs faced off against the Vancouver Giants in a best-of-seven series last week. The Chiefs dropped the first two games in Vancouver before returning to home ice in Spokane for Game 3. They were able to earn a victory during the matchup, but then dropped Game 4 at home on Wednesday, April 24 in a 4-3 overtime loss. Game 5 took place back in Vancouver, but the Chiefs were unable to keep their post-season run alive, as they fell 3-2 to the Giants. Smith earned one assist in Round 3, which he recorded in Game 5. 

Mitchell Hoelscher, Ottawa 67's, OHL (2018, 6th round, #172)

Mitchell Hoelscher has earned 12 points in 12 games played, with six goals and six assists so far in the Ottawa 67's post-season run. Hoelscher helped his team to the final round of the 2019 OHL Playoffs after sweeping the Oshawa Generals in Round 3. The 67's have swept all three rounds thus far in the post-season, winning Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at home in Ottawa, before finishing the series in Oshawa for Games 3 and 4. Ottawa will face off against the Guelph Storm for the Championship with Game 1 on Thursday, May 2 in Ottawa for a 7 PM puck drop. 

Jocktan Chainey, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL (2017, 7th round, #191)

Jocktan Chainey has recorded six points in 17 games played so far in the 2019 QMJHL Playoffs after earning two goals and four assists in the first three rounds. Chainey helped the Mooseheads to the Championship round after beating the Drummondville Voltiguers in Round 3 last week. Halifax visited Drummondville for Games 1 and 2 and came back to home ice with the series tied at one. The Mooseheads went ahead in the series 3-1 during their two home games but dropped Game 5 in Drummondville. They returned home for Game 6, which they defeated the Voltiguers 2-1 in overtime to advance to the Championship against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Game 1 will take place on Thursday, May 2 for a 7 PM puck drop in Rouyn-Noranda.

To follow along with the championship rounds, fans can follow the Ottawa 67's on Twitter at @Ottawa67sHockey and the Halifax Mooseheads on Twitter at @HFXMooseheads. To stay up-to-date on all Devils-related news, follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @NJDevils.

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