MORIN, RIMOUSKI IN THE Q FINALS
Sam Morin and the Rimouski Oceanic completed a decisive clean sweep of the Val d’Or Foreurs in four games to advance to the QMJHL Final and play for the President’s Cup.
Rimouski posted a 6-0 victory in Game Four on Wednesday night with Morin recording an assist and a +3 rating.
Morin has six points (1g-5) in 12 games through the playoffs thus far and is tied for third overall in the QMJHL with a plus-minus rating of +14.
Rimouski has all 12 wins in the playoffs with Morin in the lineup with their only loss coming with Morin out of the lineup in Game One of the Quarterfinal series. Rimouski is currently riding an eight-game winning streak into the Finals.
In 13 games, the Oceanic have allowed just 20 goals for a 1.54 goals allowed per-game, compared to the 54 goals for scored at 4.15 goals per-game and a goals for/allowed differential of +34 which leads all teams in the QMJHL playoffs.
Oceanic’s victory means the season ends for second round pick (48th overall) in 2014, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, who recorded 15 points (5g-10a) in 17 postseason games for the Foreurs.
Morin and the Oceanic will now meet the Quebec Remparts, who also swept their Semifinal series and are 12-3 in the postseason, for the President’s Cup and berth in the Memorial Cup Tournament. Game One is slated for Tuesday at Rimouski.
In the Western Hockey League, the Calgary Hitmen won Game Three, but fell behind to the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-1 in the series and could not recover. The Hitmen fell to the Wheat Kings in five games ending the seasons for Flyers prospects Travis Sanheim and Radel Fazleev.
For the 19-year-old Sanheim, he leaves the playoffs as the leading scorer among defensemen with 13 assists and 18 points in 17 games played, and his 18 points are in the Top 10 (T-9th) among all players in the WHL Playoffs.
Sixth round pick, Radel Fazleev built on his success at the end of last season and made great strides into the playoffs again this year. He finished averaging nearly a point per-game with four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in 17 games. Overall, Fazleev appeared in 88 of 89 total games the Hitmen played this season.
GOULBOURNE INJURED, HAS SURGERY
Another Flyers prospect competing in his junior playoffs will be out of action, but not because his team is. Kelowna Rockets forward Tyrell Goulbourne is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a laceration to his calf, suffered in Game Five of the WHL semifinal game vs. Portland on Friday night.
According to the Rockets, Goulbourne is expected to make a full recovery. The Flyers third round pick (72nd overall) in 2013 had his calf muscle cut by a skate, after he went into the boards with a Portland player.
Prior to that incident Goulbourne had been contributing in the playoff success for Kelowna, who won the series and will now face the Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League Final.
Goulbourne scored the game-winning goal on the power play in the Kelowna Rockets 3-2 win over Portland in Game Four.