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Big Weekend Victories for Flyers Prospects in Junior Playoffs

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

A pair of Flyers prospects, both defensemen, are getting closer to their junior league title and berth in the Memorial Cup Tournament after big weekend victories.

ONE WIN AWAY

Philippe Myers and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are one win away from the President’s Cup title as QMJHL Champions after earning a 2-1 win in Game Three on Sunday night to take a 3 games to 0 lead over the Shawinigan Cataractes.

Myers opened up the series with a goal and an assist along with a plus-2 rating to help the Huskies earn a 4-2 win over Shawinigan then took back-to-back games on Saturday (4-1) and Sunday (2-1) to put them on the brink of their first President Cup championship in QMJHL history.

Myers has a plus-4 rating through the first three games of the series and now leads all players in the playoffs with a plus-18 rating through 18 games. He is fifth among all defensemen in scoring with 13 points (2g-11a).

The Huskies will go for the series sweep in Game Four on Tuesday, May 10 at Shawinigan.

TWO DOWN, TWO TO GO

Ivan Provorov and the Brandon Wheat Kings took a 2 games to 0 series lead over the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL Final series with a pair of overtime victories, both decided by a 3-2 score, over the weekend.

After opening Game 1 with a 1-0 lead, Brandon surrendered two straight goals to fall behind 2-1 in the third period, but scored early on in the final period to force overtime when a goal from Tanner Kaspick at 6:22 of the extra session gave the Wheat Kings the win on Friday night.

Provorov was a minus-1 in the opening game, but bounced back with a plus-1 and recorded an assist on a shorthanded goal from Nolan Patrick in Game Two, which tied the game up a 1-1 in the second period.

The Wheat Kings ended Game Two in nearly identical fashion as Game 1 when they scored the game-winning goal at 6:56 of overtime to give them the opening two games of the Final on home ice.

Provorov now has 11 points (3g-8a) in 18 games to go along with a plus-17 rating, which ranks third among all WHL players in the postseason.

The series now shifts to Seattle where Games Three and Four will be played on back-to-back nights on Tuesday (May 10) and Wednesday (May 11).

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