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Cats Prospects G David Shantz and LW Kendall McArdle Battle for Junior League Titles

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers prospects G David Shantz (Ontario Hockey League) and LW Kendall McArdle (Western Hockey League) opened play in their respective junior league championship series last weekend. Shantz and his Peterborough squad lead London 2-0, while McArdle and the Moose Jaw Warriors trail the Vancouver Giants 3-0 in the best-of-seven series (complete results can be found below).

Shantz, 19, has played in 17 postseason games going 14-3, with a 2.63 GAA and a .924 save percentage, including a perfect 9-0 mark in overtime contests during the playoffs. He appeared in 49 regular season contests with Peterborough posting a 31-16-1 mark with a 2.87 GAA. The Burlington, Ontario native was originally drafted by Florida with their second choice (37th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

McArdle, 19, has played in all 21 of his team's playoff games scoring five goals with nine assists and 43 penalty minutes. He also played in all 72 games with Moose Jaw placing fourth on the club with 71 points (28-43-71) and 135 penalty minutes. The Burnaby, British Columbia native was drafted by the Panthers with their first choice (20th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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1. Friday, May 5 – Peterborough 6 @ London 5 (2OT) 1. Friday, May 5 – Moose Jaw 1 @ Vancouver 5

2. Sunday, May 7 – London 3 @ Peterborough 4 (OT)2. Saturday, May 6 – Moose Jaw 5 @ Vancouver 7

3. Tuesday, May 9 – Peterborough @ London3. Monday, May 8 – Vancouver 2 @ Moose Jaw 1

4. Thursday, May 11 – London @ Peterborough4. Tuesday, May 9 – Vancouver @ Moose Jaw

5. Friday, May 12 – Peterborough @ London5. Thursday, May 11 – Vancouver @ Moose Jaw

6. Sunday, May 14 – London @ Peterborough6. Saturday, May 13 – Moose Jaw @ Vancouver

7. Tuesday, May 16 – Peterborough @ London7. Sunday, May 14 – Moose Jaw @ Vancouver

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