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Playoff Heroics For Duco

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Mike Duco
111 Minutes, 30 Seconds.

That’s how much hockey the Kitchener Rangers and Sarnia Sting played in their second game of the OHL Conference Finals.

And that’s where Panthers prospect Mike Duco put an end to the game as he scored his fifth goal of the playoffs with a quick shot beating the Sarnia netminder at 11:30 of the third overtime, giving the Rangers a 3-2 victory and a 2-0 series lead.

The Rangers built a 2-0 lead through the first two periods but two goals by Sarnia 3:06 apart in the third tied the game at two before it set up Duco’s heroics.

Duco also picked up a matching roughing penalty at 9:34 of the second period and a tripping penalty at 12:28 of the first overtime.

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The Belleville Bulls moved one game closer to the Conference Finals in the OHL playoffs as their 2-1 victory over Barrie gave them a 3-0 series lead.

The Bulls have won six straight in the playoffs as Eric Tangradi scored the winning goal in the second period.

They can wrap up the series with a win in Barrie on Tuesday.

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The Rimouski Oceanic lost another tough fight to the number-one seeded Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

A day after allowing the Huskies to come back from a three-goal deficit with four unanswered, Oceanic lost a 2-1 double overtime affair. Maxime Macenauer scored the game winner at 11:57 as the Huskies were on the power play.

Panthers prospect Michael Frolik was named the game’s second star as he led Rimouski led the team in shots with 10, including 3 “dangerous shots” and won 20 of the 36 faceoffs he took and had a two-minute penalty in the third period.

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The Florida Everblades have found out their first-round opponent as they will face the Columbia Inferno in the 4vs5 matchup.

The Blades open up their series against the Inferno on Wednesday at Germain Arena in Estero.

Florida wrapped up their regular season with a 5-3 victory over the Texas Wildcatters as Panthers prospect Peter Aston scored the Blades third goal.

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John Lee and his Waterloo Black Hawks also found out who they will be playing in the first round of the ECHL playoffs as they wrapped up their regular season on Saturday.

The Black Hawks won their final game of the season, a 3-2 overtime decision over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Lee finished with two shots on net.

Ironically, these same two teams that finished the regular season against each other, will continue to face each other as they battle in the five-game first round series. Waterloo hosts the first two games (April 11th and 12th) before the series moves to Cedar Rapids on April 16th.

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