EDMONTON, AB - The Saginaw Spirit and Halifax Mooseheads are both one game away from sweeping their respective OHL and QMJHL second rounds after increasing their series advantages to 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Centre Ryan McLeod was a solitary plus-one and took a team-high 26 draws in a 7-5 win for the Spirit in Game 3 against the Soo Greyhounds. The Spirit have nipped the twine 17 times in their last six periods, and could face off against the London Knights and defenceman Evan Bouchard in the OHL semi-finals if both teams can cap off their three-game leads.
The Niagara IceDogs dropped a 4-1 scoreline to the Oshawa Generals to drop their lead to 2-1 in their series on the other side of the bracket, with Kirill Maksimov being ruled out prior to game time due to injury.
The Halifax Mooseheads and winger Ostap Safin know they'll be in this year's Memorial Cup as hosts, but there's no reason to slack in their race for the QMJHL championship. After needing seven games to get by the Quebec Remparts the series prior, Halifax looks to make quick work of the quarter-finals after trouncing the Moncton Wildcats 4-2 in Game 3 of the semis.
A clean bill of health for Safin throughout these playoffs is a boost to Halifax as they hope to have a fully-able Safin at their disposal for the remainder of playoffs and into next month's hosting of the Memorial Cup.
The Prague, Czech Republic product and Oilers fourth-round pick from 2017 has two assists in nine games this QMJHL post-season.