The CHL playoffs have advanced to the Conference Finals. In the process of cutting down from eight to four teams, some Panthers prospects advanced while some were sent home. The Cats have two prospects still alive in the QMJHL, and one prospect still going in the OHL. Here is a look at how the matchups have shaken out.
(2) Halifax Mooseheads def. (8) Gatineau Olympiques 4-1
The Halifax Mooseheads continued their march through the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs, stomping out the Gatineau Olympiques in five games. Florida’s 7th round pick in the 2013 draft, MacKenzie Weegar, played a central role for the Mooseheads, quarterbacking the Halifax offensive attack from the blueline while recording six points (2-4-6) in the process. With 14 points through nine games, Weegar is tied for 8th in QMJHL playoff scoring. The Mooseheads will take on the third ranked Val-d’Or Foreurs in the QMJHL semifinals.
(1) Baie-Comeau Drakkar def. (10) Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4-0
Francis Beauvillier (6th round, 2012) and the 10th ranked Rouyn-Noranda Huskies made a surprising run past the first round but their potential Cinderella story ran out of legs against the top ranked Drakkar. Beauvillier recorded an assist in the series stretching his playoff total to seven points (2-5-7) in nine games.
(5) Blainville-Boisbriand Armada def. (4) Rimouski Oceanic 4-3
In one of the few second round series to extend past five games, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada defeated Rimouski Oceanic in a thrilling seven game series that ended with an 8-7 overtime victory for the Armada in game seven. Forward Christopher Clapperton (5th round, 2013) scored a second period goal in the win giving him six points (3-3-6) in the series. The Armada have a tough test ahead in the third round as they will face the top-seeded Drakkar who have gone undefeated through their first two rounds.
(1) Kelowna Rockets def. (4) Seattle Thunderbirds 4-0
The Seattle Thunderbirds were swept by the top-ranked Kelowna Rockets but it was not due to lack of production from forward Alexander Delnov (4th round, 2012). Delnov fired home three goals in the four game series accounting for three of the Thunderbirds’ 11 goals scored. Delnov finished his playoffs with four goals in nine games.
(2) Portland Winterhawks def. (3) Victoria Royals 4-1
Forward Steven Hodges (3rd round, 2012) had a productive series against the Portland Winterhawks, accumulating four goals and two assists in the five game series, but his Victoria Royals were knocked out by Portland in five games. Hodges finished the playoffs tied for the team scoring lead with ten points (4-6-10) in nine games.
(1) Oshawa Generals def. (6) Peterborough Petes 4-0
The top-ranked Oshawa Generals took care of the Peterborough Petes, sweeping the quarter-final series in four straight. The Generals have marched through the first two rounds of the OHL playoffs, using consecutive sweeps to advance to the semis. Generals defenseman and team captain Joshua Brown (6th round, 2013) held things down on the defensive end, helping limit the Petes to just three goals during the four game series. Brown finished the four game series with a +8 rating. Brown and the Generals will take on the second seeded North Bay Battalion in the semi-final.