The Canadian junior playoffs are in full swing. David Quenneville and Mathew Barzal have advanced, while Parker Wotherspoon has been eliminated and Mitchell Vande Sompel gets set for a Game 7 showdown vs. Windsor. Keep track of the junior prospects, as well as Linus Soderstrom, who is in the second round of the SHL playoffs. Click here for The Sound Tigers Report.
Quenneville Leading the Way for Medicine Hat
David Quenneville's regular season success has carried over to the Western Hockey League Playoffs as the defenseman has put up nine points (3G, 6A) in four games for the Medicine Hat Tigers. Medicine Hat swept the Brandon Wheat Kings in the first round to advance to the second round.
Quenneville had at least a point in every game and leads both the Tigers and all WHL defensemen in playoff points. The Islanders 2016 seventh-rounder has been producing at a 2.25 points per game rate.
The offensive defenseman had three points (1G, 2A) in Game 3 en route to being named the First Star of the game. Quenneville followed it up with a pair of goals - including the game-winner - in a 3-2 series-clinching win over Brandon in Game 4, as Medicine Hat knocked out the reigning WHL champions.
The Tigers will advance to the second round of the playoffs for the 13th time in the last 15 seasons and will face-off against the winner of the Lethbridge Hurricanes/Red Deer Rebels series in the next round.
Barzal, T-Birds Advance in WHL Playoffs After Eliminating Wotherspoon, Tri-City
The Seattle Thunderbirds move on to the second round of the WHL playoffs after completing a first round of sweep of the Tri-City Americans. Mathew Barzal did not appear in any of Seattle's first round games as he has been sidelined since March 7. Parker Wotherspoon dressed in all four games for the Americans, posting one assist in the series.
Wotherspoon set new career highs in assists (56) and points (66) this season with the Americans. The Tri-City defenseman finished the season ranking second in assists among fellow defensemen and fourth in points.
Seattle advances to the second round against the Everett Silvertips, beginning on Friday April 7. The T-birds hope for the return of Barzal at some point in the series but the team has not announced any updates on his status.
Game 1 - Seattle at Everett, Fri. Apr. 7
Game 2 - Seattle at Everett, Sat. Apr. 8
Game 3 - Everett at Seattle, Tues. Apr. 11
Game 4 - Everett at Seattle, Fri. Apr. 14
Game 5 - Seattle at Everett, Sat. Apr. 15
Game 6 - Everett at Seattle, Tues. Apr. 18
Game 7 - Seattle at Everett, Wed. Apr. 19
Vande Sompel and the London Knights Force a Game Seven
After falling behind 3-1 in the first round of the OHL playoffs to the Windsor Spitfires, Mitchell Vande Sompel and the London Knights have won consecutive games to force a seventh and deciding game on Tuesday night.
Vande Sompel has recorded four assists in the series, including the primary helper on the game-winning goal in Game 5. The defenseman is tied for third on the Knights in playoff scoring.
Game 1 - Windsor 4, London 3, Fri. Mar 24
Game 2 - Windsor 2, London 5, Sun. Mar 26
Game 3 - London 1, Windsor 3, Tues. Mar 28
Game 4 - London 2, Windsor 3, Thurs. Mar 30
Game 5 - Windsor 1, London 2, Fri. Mar 31
Game 6 - London 5, Windsor 3, Sun. Apr 2
Game 7 - Windsor at London - Tues. Apr 4
Soderstrom Opens Semifinals with a Win
Linus Soderstrom continued his strong play for HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League playoffs as he opened the semifinals with a 5-2 win over the Malmo Redhawks. Soderstrom allowed two goals on 22 shots in the meeting to secure his league leading fifth win of the playoffs. The Swedish netminder also ranks third among goaltenders in the playoffs in both goals against average (1.79) and save percentage (.929).
Soderstrom was solid in net in the quarterfinals against Farjestad as HV71 ousted them in a four game sweep. The goaltender posted a .933 save percentage and a 1.74 goals against average in the series.
Game 1 - Malmo 2, HV71 5, Sat. Apr. 1
Game 2 - HV71 at Malmo - Mon. Apr. 3
Game 3 - Malmo at HV71 - Wed. Apr. 5
Game 4 - HV71 at Malmo - Fri. Apr. 7
Game 5 - Malmo at HV71 - Sun. Apr. 9
Game 6 - HV71 at Malmo - Tues. Apr. 11
Game 7 - Malmo at HV71 - Thurs. Apr. 13
Missouri Travels to Utah for Final Weekend of Regular Season
Missouri Mavericks: 32-29-3-5; 6th in Mountain Division; 10th in Western Conference
The Missouri Mavericks head into the final weekend of the ECHL regular season after going 1-3 this week. Missouri sits 6th in the Mountain Division with a 32-29-3-5 record.
The Mavericks dropped a pair of road games against the Allen Americans before recording an 8-2 win over the Wichita Thunder. Missouri capped off the week with a 5-3 loss to Wichita in the team's final home game.
Missouri will wrap up the regular season with a three game road trip against the Utah Grizzlies.
Mitchell Vande Sompel