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BLOG: Bear and Bouchard post big nights

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

A pair of Oilers prospects had big nights in their respective junior playoffs series on Wednesday.

Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear and the Seattle Thunderbirds have edged ahead of the Everett Silvertips in their WHL Playoffs series.

Seattle is now up 2-1 in the series, following a 5-0 blanking of the Tips in Game 3 on Wednesday. Bear was named the game’s First Star after scoring a goal, adding an assist and finishing +3 on the night.

Bear’s goal, a snipe from the high slot, at 9:14 of the second period put Seattle up 2-0. Bear also assisted on the game’s opening goal, which served as the game winner.

The series stays in Everett for Game 4 on Friday, as Seattle looks to push their opponent to the brink of elimination.

Bear was taken 124th overall in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Oilers draft pick Keven Bouchard is among the top goalie performers in the QMJHL playoffs. The Moncton goaltender is 6-3 in the playoffs and has a .919 save percentage.

Bouchard was named the first star of the game Wednesday night as he made 31 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over Gatineau. Their quarter final series is tied 2-2, and continues Friday in Moncton.

Bouchard was selected by the Oilers in the seventh round, 183rd overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft.

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