HO-SANG, ICEDOGS ONE WIN AWAY FROM OHL FINAL
Joshua Ho-Sang and the Niagara IceDogs are one win away from the Ontario Hockey League Finals, as they lead the Barrie Colts 3-0 in the OHL’s Eastern Conference Finals.
The IceDogs took Game 1 in dramatic fashion, scoring three third-period goals in just 1:08 to top the Colts 3-2. Ho-Sang scored the game-tying for Niagara.
The Ice Dogs followed up the come-from-behind-win with a convincing 4-1 win in Game 2 on Saturday, sweeping both games in Barrie. Ho-Sang, the Islanders first-round pick in 2014, tallied the primary assist on Niagara’s game winner.
Ho-Sang exploded for a four point (1G, 3A) game in Game 3 in Niagara to help give the IceDogs a commanding 3-0 series lead. Ho-Sang’s four-point night was enough to earn him the game’s second star.
Ho-Sang (5G, 16A) has notched at least one point in 11 of Niagara first 12 games in the OHL playoffs, six of which were multi-point games. Ho-Sang, who has set career-highs for playoff goals, assists and points, is currently riding a three-game point steak.
The IceDogs will look to close on the series on Wednesday night in Niagara.
BARZAL, THUNDERBIRDS LEAD ROCKETS 2-0
Mathew Barzal and the Seattle Thunderbirds opened up the third round of the Western Hockey League playoffs with a pair of road wins over the Kelowna Rockets.
Barzal opened the scoring for the Thunderbirds in each of the first two games – a 3-2 and 2-1 win, respectively – helping boost Seattle to a 2-0 series lead over the Rockets. On Tuesday, the series shifts back to Seattle as the Thunderbirds look to maintain home ice advantage at ShoWare Center. Barzal, the Islanders first-round pick in 2015, has been named one of the game’s three stars in each of the first two game this series.
The Coquitlam, BC native leads the Thunderbird in points (14) and assists (10) this post season. Coming off a career-regular season that saw the WHL forward set new career-high in every offensive category, Barzal has followed suit in the post-season, setting career post-season highs in games played (11), goals (4), assists (10) and points (14).
BEAUVILLIER, CATARACTES TIED IN SEMI'S
Anthony Beauvillier and the Shawinigan Cataractes are tied 1-1 in the QMJHL semi-finals against the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday night at home in Centre Gervais Auto Arena.
Beauvillier, the Shawinigan captain, tallied a goal and an assist in Friday’s overtime loss to the Sea Dogs. The Cataractes rebounded on Saturday, exploding to a 7-1 victory to even the series at one game apiece. Beauvillier, another Islanders 2015 first-round pick, recorded two goals and added a helper on his way to being named the Games No. 1 star.
This postseason, the Sorel-Tracy, QC native, ranks second in the QMJHL in post-season scoring with a career-high 19 points (9G, 10A) in just 13 games. Beauvillier is currently riding a six game point streak, notching an impressive 13 points (7G, 6A) in that span.
Beauvillier’s two-goal night on Saturday boosted him over the 100 goal mark in his QMJHL career.
Puck drop for Game 3 is on Tuesday night in Saint John.
SOUND TIGERS DOWN 2-0 AGAINST MARLIES
Bridgeport trails best-of-five series 2-0
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers trail the Toronto Marlies 2-0 in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
The Sound Tigers opened the scoring in the series on a Justin Florek unassisted tally but couldn’t hold off the Marlies, notched four unanswered goals, resulting in a 4-1 victory.
Game 2 saw more of the same for Bridgeport, who, despite outshooting the Marlies 36-32, fell 3-0 to Toronto on Sunday. The Sound Tigers will look to avoid the sweep as they head to Toronto for Game 3 on Thursday night.
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MAVERICKS SWEEP QUAD CITY
Missouri to play winner of Idaho-Allen series
The Missouri Mavericks are advancing to the second round of the ECHL playoffs after completing the series sweep against the Quad City Mallards in the opening round.
The Mavs opened their postseason with four straight wins over the Mallards, outscoring them 16-6 in the sweep. Forward Rocco Carzo leads all Mavs with six points (1G, 5A) in four games this postseason.
Missouri goaltenders, Josh Robinson and Parker Milner, came up big for the Mavericks stopping 84-of-90 shots they faced in the series. Robinson, on the heels of being named the ECHL Goaltender of the Year, posted three big wins in the opening round for the Mavs.
The Mavericks will play the winner of the Idaho Steelheads and Allen Americans series (Idaho leads series 3-2). The Mavs will host Round 2, Game 1 on Friday night.
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PROSPECT PLAYOFF STATS (APR. 26)
|CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE |
|PLAYER ||POS. ||HT. ||WT. ||BORN (BIRTHPLACE) ||2015-16 TEAM ||GP ||G ||A ||P ||W2W PTS |
|Barzal, Mathew ||F ||5'11 ||200 ||5/26/97 (Coquitlam, BC) ||Seattle (WHL) ||11 ||4 ||10 ||14 ||+2 |
|Beauvillier, Anthony ||F ||5'11 ||170 ||6/8/97 (Sorel-Tracy, QC) ||Shawinigan, (QMJHL) ||13 ||9 ||10 ||19 ||+5 |
|Ho-Sang, Joshua |
|F ||6'0 ||166 ||1/22/96 (Toronto, ON) ||Niagara (OHL) ||12 ||5 ||16 ||21 ||+6 |