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Dal Colle vs. Ho-Sang in OHL Playoffs

by Peter Kaplan / New York Islanders

Dal Colle, Oshawa to face Ho-Sang, Niagara

The second round of the OHL playoffs has created a matchup that Islander fans will keep an eye on as the Oshawa Generals face the Niagara Ice Dogs. It’s a battle of 2014 Islanders’ first-round picks with a trip to the OHL Eastern Conference finals and bragging rights  on the line between highly-touted forwards Michael Dal Colle and Joshua Ho-Sang. Niagara swept the regular season series wining both games. Ho-Sang had five assists while, Dal Colle had one goal in the lone game he dressed. Game one is set for Friday, April 10th in Oshawa. 

Oshawa (1)  vs. Niagara (5)
Game 1: Fri., April 10  Niagara at Oshawa, 7:35.
Game 2: Sun., April 12  Niagara at Oshawa, 6:05
Game 3: Tues., April 14 Oshawa at Niagara, 7:00
Game 4: Thurs., April 16 Oshawa at Niagara, 7:00
Game 5: Fri., April 17  Niagara at Oshawa, 7:35*
Game 6: Sun., April 19 Oshawa at Niagara, 2:00*
Game 7: Tues., April 21  Niagara at Oshawa, 7:05*
*if necessary

Round 1 Recap:
Ho-Sang, Niagara Win Four Straight, Beat Ottawa In Six
After being out-scored 16-7 and losing both games to begin their opening-round playoff series, Joshua Ho-Sang and Niagra Ice Dogs returned home looking to right the ship. Niagara’s offense turned it on, out-scoring the Ottawa 67’s 22-11 in the next four games - all Ice Dog wins. Islanders prospect Joshua Ho-Sang was a catalyst for Niagara, scoring 10 points (one goal, nine assists) tying him for second in OHL playoff scoring.

Dal Colle’s Eight Points Lead Oshawa Past Peterborough in Five
Michael Dal Colle and the top-seeded Oshawa Generals made quick work of the Peterborough Petes, ousting them in five games. Dal Colle finished the series tied for the team lead in points with eight (one goal, seven assists). The Generals took the first two games in Oshawa before dropping the third game in Peterborough. Oshawa rallied, winning the next two to advance to the second round of the OHL playoffs.

Burroughs, Medicine Hat Down Red Deer in Five
Kyle Burroughs’ primary assist on Trevor Cox’s goal with just 1:46 left in the third period sent the Medicine Hat Tigers to second round of the WHL Playoffs. The Tigers beat the Red Deer Rebels in five games with Burroughs collecting two assists.. The 2013 Islanders’ draft pick and his teammates await their opponent, as the Calgary Hitmen and Kootenay Ice face off in a game seven tonight.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers:  26-36-6-1, 5th in Northeast Division, 14th in Eastern Conference

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers split their two home contests this week. On Wednesday, C.J. Motte stopped 35-of-37, but it was not enough as Bridgeport dropped a 2-1 contest. Mike Halmo scored the lone Sound Tiger goal. On Saturday night, Kael Mouillierat and Ryan Pulock sparked a 2-0 lead after two frames on the Syracuse Crunch. The Crunch rattled off two goals in three minutes and forty-four seconds to even the game, but Johan Sundstrom’s power-play goal with 5:10 remaining sealed a Bridgeport win. Newly signed netminder Stephon Williams made 30 saves on 32 shots in his first professional debut.  

Bridgeport Signs UVM Forward Markison to ATO

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced March 29th that Colin Markison has been signed to an amateur try out. The 5’10” forward played four years with the University of Vermont finishing with 52 points (23 goals, 29 assists) in 127 games.

Stockton Thunder: 19-48-1-1, 7th in Pacific Division, 14th in Western Conference

The lone Thunder game this week was in Ontario, California against the Reign. Klarc Wilson, Tyler Shattock, Garrett Ladd, and Brad Stebner all tallied for the Thunder in the high-scoring affair that saw 11 goals between the two teams. In the end, Ontario prevailed 7-4 in the last ever ECHL meeting ever between the two teams.   

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