A pair of Flyers prospects are still in contention for their respective league championships and a berth in the prestigious Memorial Cup Tournament.
PROVOROV ONE STEP AWAY
Ivan Provorov and the Brandon Wheat Kings have advanced to the WHL Finals with their 5-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels in Game 5 on Friday night. They will now face off against the Seattle Thunderbirds, who have lost just one game in the playoffs thus far, going 12-1.
Provorov had two points (1g-1a) in the Western Conference Final series vs. the Rebels and recorded a +5 rating. Overall in the playoffs, he has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 16 games while ranking second among all players in the postseason with a plus-minus rating of +17.
The Wheat Kings, who lead the playoffs with 71 goals through 16 games, are looking to win their first WHL title in 20 years, since the 1995-96 season, and first berth in the Memorial Cup Tournament since 2010 when they were the host city.
After being drafted by the Flyers seventh overall last summer, Provorov led all WHL defensemen in scoring with 73 points (21g-52a) in 62 games, and ranked second (to another Flyers prospect, Travis Sanheim) in points per-game (1.18). He also led the entire league with a plus-minus rating of +64 in 62 games.
TWO IN THE Q
|Philippe Myers |
In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, defenseman Philippe Myers and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are one win away from advancing to the President Cup Final by holding a 3 games to 2 semifinal series lead over Moncton, who extended the series with a 2-1 win on Friday.
Myers recorded an assist on the Huskies lone goal and was a +1 in the contest. He now has nine assists and 10 points to go along with a +10 rating through 14 games in the QMJHL playoffs.
Rouyn-Noranda will be looking to capture their first President Cup in QMJHL history after finishing as runner-ups in 2007-08 in their only other Final appearance.
The undrafted Myers signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers at the team’s rookie camp in September. Upon returning to the Huskies after camp, he recorded 17 goals and 28 assists for 45 points in 63 regular season games which were all new career highs. He also led all QMJHL players with a plus-minus rating of +52.
A 6-3 win by the Shawinigan Cataractes eliminated forward prospect Samuel Dove-McFalls and the Saint John Sea Dogs in five games on Friday. Dove-McFalls had three goals in the five-game series, giving him six goals and seven points in 17 postseason games.
Selected in the fourth round (98th overall) in 2015 by the Flyers, Dove-McFalls suffered a knee injury in early October that caused him to miss three months. He returned to the lineup and recorded nine of his 12 points (4g-5a) in his last 18 games.