The battle for the post-season in junior and college hockey is in full-swing. Of the seven Devils prospects that started a post-season run, only three remain battling for a championship heading into the second round of their playoff series.
Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs, WHL (2018, 1st round, #17)
Smith earned one goal and two assists in the first round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs when the Spokane Chiefs faced off against the Portland Winterhawks. The Chiefs defeated the Winterhawks 4-1 in the best-of-seven series to advance to the second round, which kicked off Saturday, April 6. Currently, the Chiefs are up 2-0 in the series against the Everett Silvertips. They earned a 6-3 victory in Game 1 and a 3-1 victory in Game 2. Smith earned his fourth point of the post-season in Game 2 when he recorded an assist.
The Chiefs are currently 4-0 on the road during their 2019 playoff push. Game 3 will take place on Wednesday, April 10 for a 7:05 PM faceoff in Spokane.
Mitchell Hoelscher, Ottawa 67's, OHL (2018, 6th round, #172)
Hoelscher recorded four points, three goals and one assist, in the first round of the 2019 OHL Playoffs when the Ottawa 67's swept the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-0. The 67's kicked off the second round of their post-season run on Friday, April 5 against the Sudbury Wolves in Ottawa. In Game 1, the 67's earned an 8-5 victory over the Wolves and Hoelscher picked up one assist. In Game 2, the forward also recorded one assist in Ottawa's 5-0 win over Sudbury. Hoelscher has earned one point in each post-season matchup so far this season. He even took some time after the game to meet with some young fans.
Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is set for Tuesday, April 9 at 7:05 PM in Sudbury.
Jocktan Chainey, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL (2017, 7th round, #191)
Chainey earned one goal and one assist in the first round of the 2019 QMJHL Playoffs, helping the Halifax Mooseheads defeat the Quebec Remparts 4-3 in the best-of-seven series. The Mooseheads kicked off Round 2 on Friday, April 5 and are up 2-0 in the series against the Moncton Wildcats. In Game 1, the Mooseheads walked away with a 5-3 victory. In Game 2, Chainey recorded his second goal of the post-season, helping Halifax to a 3-2 victory over the Wildcats.
Game 3 will take place on Tuesday, April 9 for a 7 PM puck drop in Moncton.
To follow along with each teams' post-season, fans can follow the Spokane Chiefs on Twitter at @spokanechiefs, 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.