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Duco, Repik Record Big Nights

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Michal Repik
The Vancouver Giants, looking to return to the Memorial Cup championship to defend their title as the top Canadian Junior team, got off to a good start in the Western Hockey League Conference Semifinals with a convincing 4-1 victory over the Spokane Chiefs.

Panthers prospect Michal Repik had a huge hand in the Giants victory which has taken home ice advantage away from the Chiefs. Repik, chosen in the 2nd-Round (40th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, recorded the second assist on Vancouver’s third goal at 3:18 of the third period and then tallied his team high fifth goal at 10:47. Repik now has nine points (5g, 4a) in just five games. He also finished a plus-one.

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Mike Duco and the Kitchener Rangers set the pace early and often in their first game against the Sarnia Sting in the OHL playoffs.

The Rangers scored a goal in each of the three periods in their 3-0 victory and outshot the Sting 44-38, including 24-14 in the first period.

Duco, a free agent who the Cats picked signed last year out or Rookie Camp, scored his fourth of the playoffs, a powerplay tally at 6:17 of the third period. He also picked up an interference on the goaltender penalty at 14:04 of the first period.

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Sault Ste. Marie tied up their series with the Guelph Storm despite a strong effort from Panthers prospect Mike Caruso as the Soo Greyhounds beat the Storm 3-1.

Caruso recorded his second goal of the playoffs and his sixth point in seven games. The goal actually ruined the Greyhounds shut out bid with just one second left in the game.

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It was a frustrating start for Michael Frolik and his Rimouski Oceanic in their Quebec Junior Major Hockey League (QJMHL) Conference Semis.

The seventh-seeded Oceanic held a 3-0 over the top-seeded Rouyn-Noranda Huskies until 18:36 of the second period when the Huskies got on the board with the first of his three from Hugo Carpentier. Carpentier would eventually win the game 18:06 into overtime.

Frolik was held off the scoresheet but was dominant in the face-off circle, winning 18 of the 29 face-offs he took (.621).

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The Florida Everblades played in their second to last regular season game as they prepare for their playoff series next week. Florida beat the Texas Wildcatters 4-2 as they got strong goaltending from Panthers prospect David Shantz.

Shantz, the Cats 2nd-Round Pick (37th overall) in the 2004 Draft, stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced (.926). Peter Aston recorded an assist on the Cats game-winner at 6:05 of the third period while Kenndal McArdle assisted on the Blades first goal of the game and scored the Blades second goal (3rd of season) of the game.

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John Lee and the Waterloo Blackhawks also played the second to last game of their season with a 7-1 victory over Green Bay in their USHL matchup.

Lee led the team with seven shots on net and picked up a matching roughing penalty at 10:30 of the second period.

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