(1) Edmonton Oil Kings vs. (4) Medicine Hat Tigers - Oil Kings lead series 2-0
Griffin Reinhart and the Edmonton Oil Kings continued their drive to the Ed Chynoweth Cup, taking a 2-0 lead over the Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. The well-rested Oil Kings thumped the weary Tigers 8-3 in the series opener on Friday night, opening up a 7-0 lead midway through the second period. Reinhart scored one goal in the 8-3 rout. Sunday’s game was a closer affair, with the Oil Kings prevailing 3-1. Reinhart, the Islanders’ fourth-overall pick in 2012, assisted on Edgars Kulda’s empty-netter to seal the win. The series shifts to Medicine Hat for back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Oil Kings have won 10 of their first 11 post-season games.
(3) Erie Otters vs. (1) Guelph Storm - Storm lead series 2-0
Adam Pelech and the Erie Otters trail the Guelph Storm 2-0 as the OHL’s titans meet in the third-round playoff action. The Storm and Otters led the league with 108 and 106 points and each finished with 52 wins. Pelech contributed an assist in the series opener, but the Otters fell 5-4 in Guelph. Saturday’s contest yielded an unexpected result, as the Otters – who only lost once on their way to the conference finals – were routed 7-2. Pelech and the Otters look to rebound as the series shifts back to Erie Monday night.PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATES
Stockton Thunder vs. Ontario Reign - Thunder lead series 2-0
|Jeremy Langlois leads the ECHL playoffs in scoring with seven points (4G, 3A) in two games. Photo: Stockton Thunder |
The Stockton Thunder have taken a 2-0 lead over the Ontario Reign in the first round of the ECHL playoffs. Jeremy Langlois, an undrafted free agent who was traded to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in March, leads the ECHL in playoff scoring with seven points (four goals, three assists) in two games for the Thunder. Langlois and Joey Martin each had a goal and two assists in Friday’s 3-1 win over the Reign, while Ryan Hayes scored the insurance goal in the third period. Langlois took over game two of the series, a 5-3 win for Stockton, scoring a hat trick en route to a four-point night. Martin, Hayes and Matt Bergland each had a pair of assists in game two, while Andrew Clark netted a goal and an assist. The trio of Langlois, Martin and Clark has combined for 15 points in the first two games of the series. Despite finishing as the seventh seed, Stockton opened the series at home due to a scheduling conflict at Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena. Because of the scheduling conflict, games three, four, six* and seven* will be played in Ontario. Click Here to View Stockton Thunder Season Stats
Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 28-40-2-6, 5th in Northeast Division, 14th in Eastern Conference
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers ended their season with a weekend split, beating Adirondack 3-2 in overtime on Friday, before falling 2-0 to Hartford on Saturday. Johan Sundstrom’s eighth goal of the season capped off a Sound Tigers comeback, as Bridgeport rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Phantoms in OT. Mike Halmo (power play) and Scooter Vaughan (shorthanded) scored third-period goals to force overtime while Ryan Pulock picked up his first professional point, assisting on Halmo’s game-tying goal. Aaron Ness chipped in with two assists, as five Sound Tigers defenseman hit the scoresheet. On Saturday, Kevin Poulin stopped 36-of-37 shots, but Bridgeport could not solve Wolf Pack goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris, who made 23 saves for the shutout. Hartford added an empty-netter to secure the 2-0 final.
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