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Duco's Trick Leads Rangers To Sweep

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Mike Duco
Panthers prospect Mike Duco struck early and often in Game 4 of the Kitchener Rangers-Sarnia Sting matchup.

Duco first hit the scoresheet, recording his sixth of the postseason 3:47 into the game. After Sarnia tied the game at one heading into the second period, Duco took it upon himself to make sure the Rangers advanced to the OHL Western Conference Championships.

He scored his second of the game 11:39 into the second period and then finished off the natural hat trick 4:13 later with his second power play tally of the game. Duco ended up outscoring the Sting by himself, as the Rangers won a 6-2 affair to sweep the seven game series. Duco’s eight goals in the postseason are one shy of the team lead.

Kitchener will now await the Sault Ste. Marie/Guelph winner in the next round.

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The Florida Everblades opened up their first-round ECHL matchup against the Columbia Inferno with a tough 3-2 overtime loss as the Inferno’s suffocating defense didn’t allow the Blades to get their offense going.

The Blades got on the scoreboard first, with help from Panthers prospect Peter Aston. The Toronto, Ontario native recorded the first assist on Kirk MacDonald’s power play goal 12:11 into the first period.

They held that 1-0 lead until 1:05 left in the second period when Columbia’s Steve McJannet found the back of the net.

After trading goals less than two minutes apart midway through the third period, Mac Faulkner scored 4:43 into the extra session, giving Columbia the first win in the best-of-five series.

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After three close contests with the top-seeded Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Michael Frolik and the Rimouski Oceanic ran out of gas in Game 4.

A day after losing a 4-3 affair, the Oceanic allowed six goals in their 6-1 loss as the Huskies swept the QMJHL  quarterfinals against the seventh-seeded Oceanic.

Frolik finished the game with four shots on net and a -3 rating.

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It was a tough ending for the Vancouver Giants in their game against the Spokane Chiefs.

Twice the Giants went down a goal in the second period, and twice they fought back to tie it. But Spokane scored the game-winner 5:48 into the final period, and Vancouver could not tie it again.

After winning the first game in the series, the Giants have lost the last two to the Chiefs.

Michal Repik once again found the scoresheet, setting up Mike Piluso to tie the score at two with 2:12 left in the second period. Repik has recorded a point in all seven of the Giants playoff games and his 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) lead the team in scoring.

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