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Prospect Roundup: Five Out Of Six

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

Looking For Championships

Several Panthers prospects are aiming for league and national championships this spring.


(OHL) Niagara 5, Brampton 1 - GAME SHEET
(OHL) Owen Sound 5, London 3 - GAME SHEET
(OHL) Kingston 7, Oswhawa 4 - GAME SHEET
(QMJHL) Quebec 9, Val-d'Or 0 - GAME SHEET
(WHL) Moose Jaw 4, Kootenay 0 - GAME SHEET
(AJHL) Camrose 3, Okotoks 2 - GAME SHEET

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It was a good night for the prospects as five of the six teams were on the winning side with the lone loss coming in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as Val-d'Or was trounced by Quebec. Kingston was able to stay alive with a victory in OHL play while Kodiaks capped a 3-1 series comeback to win game seven and move on to play for the AJHL championship.

Niagara 5, Brampton 1
Niagara leads series 4-1

The Niagara IceDogs are now one game away from moving on to the next round as they scored two goals in the first two periods in a 5-1 victory over Brampton. The hosts scored their first goal of the game when Jason Wilson scored 7:03 into the first. Freddie Hamilton would double their lead with the eventual game-winner with 5:23 left in the stanza. Panthers prospect David Pacan found the back of the net for the first time in the series when his goal made it 3-0 7:34 into the second. Then with time running out in the period (43 seconds left), Andrew Agozzino scored for a 4-0 lead. Brampton would ruin Mark Visentin's shutout bid as Zach Bell scored 8:02 into the third. David Archibald ended the scoring with 3:51 left to play. Pacan finished with the goal and a plus-two. Game four is Thursday in Brampton.

Owen Sound 5, London 3
Owen Sound leads series 2-1

Owen Sound came back from two goals down on two different occasions to win 5-3 and take a 2-1 advantage in their series against London. It was actually a battle of the power play all game as five of the seven (one empty netter) were scored on the man advantage. The game's first four goals were all scored while a man up with the first two coming off London sticks. Seth Griffith scored 9:16 into the first while Ryan Rupert made it 2-0 3:41 later. Matt Stanisz would answer for Owen Sound making it a 2-1 game going into intermission. Rupert would net his second power play goal 26 seconds into the second to give the Knights a 3-1 lead. Unfortunately for them, their power play dried up and it was all Owen Sound the rest of the way. The Attack scored three times in a 4:11 span in the middle period off goals from Brendan Childerley, Joey Hishon (power play) and Jesse Blacker with the last one being set up by Panthers prospect Garrett Wilson. The two teams played a scoreless game until there was 49 seconds left as Liam Heelis scored into the empty net. Game four is in London.

Kingston 7, Oshawa 4
Oshawa leads series 3-1

It was a win or go home situation for Kingston as they trailed Oshawa 3-0 in their first round series. The Frontenacs will live to fight another day as jumped out to a five goal lead 8:43 into the second period on their way to a 7-4 victory. Panthers prospect Erik Gudbranson helped get the home team on the board 12:45 in as he set up Mitch Lebar. The home team would score once more in the first 23 seconds later for a 2-0 advantage. They would add two goals in the opening 2:10 of the second and after a Nathan Moon goal, Oshawa finally put a damper in the home spirits, connecting on the next two goals within a three minute span. Ryan Spooner closed out the scoring in the second stanza when he scored with 4:46 left. In the third period, Oshawa scored 7:47 in on a power play while Moon answered with a shorthanded tally letting the hats rain down with 6:41 left. Calvin de Haan scored the last goal for Oshawa with a power play goal with one minute left. Gudbranson finished with the assist and was a plus-one. The teams will get two days off as Game five will be played in Oshawa on Friday.

Quebec 9, Val-d'Or 0
Quebec leads series 3-0

Val-d'Or is one game from being eliminated and Panthers prospect Jonathan Hazen might miss it as he sits out the last of a three-game suspension that he picked up in the first game as the Foreurs were soundly beaten by a score of 9-0. The visitors scored five times in the first period and then potted another four goals in the third on their way to the victory. Quebec was led by Alexandre Grenier as he had a hat trick. Six other players also netted a goal. Game four is Wednesday.

Moose Jaw 4, Kootenay 0
Moose Jaw lead series 2-1

After stealing game one in Kootenay, the Moose Jaw Warriors made sure the same thing didn't happen to them in their own barn as the series moved to Moose Jaw. The Warriors scored twice in the first period, again in the second and added a goal late in the third as they shut out the Kootenay Ice 4-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. Spencer Edwards would give the home crowd something to cheer about as he connected on a power play goal 12:15 into the contest. Then like a dagger to the heart, Joey Kornelsen doubled the Warriors' lead with just 31 seconds left in the period. Antonin Honejsek would score on a pretty power play 10:37 into the middle stanza as Panthers prospect Quinton Howden helped set up the tally for his fourth point of the series. Kootenay had a golden opportunity to get back in the game with 3:06 left in the middle stanza as they had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:23 but the Warriors defense, led by netminder Thomas Heemskerk (26 saves) thwarted their attempt. Dylan Hood would score with X left in the game to close out the scoring. Game four is Wednesday in Moose Jaw.

Camrose 3, Okotoks 2
Camrose Wins Series 4-3

Trailing 3-1 in their series against Okotoks, Camrose scratcher their way back in as they won 2-1 in overtime in Game Five on Friday and then 3-1 in Game six on Sunday. With one last game to complete the comeback, the Kodiaks did just that as they went into Okotoks territory and skated away with the 3-2 victory. They will now play the Spruce Grove Saints for the Enerflex Cup. What makes their comeback even more fascinating is that they did it without one of their defensive rearguards, Panther prospect Ben Gallacher. The fifth-round pick was suspended for three games for a match penalty for checking from behind during game five. That means he'll miss the first game of the championships series. Okotoks, just like the rest of the series, had the lead in the game as they scored 4:17 into the contest. The visitors came back with a power play goal from Tyler Skauge 5:33 later to knot it at two. They then added two goals in the second when John Lidgett found the back of the net 1:58 in and Jonathan Lashyn scored at the 9:09 mark. After failing to get closer for more than a period, Okotoks finally found a way to beat Dalyn Fiette (36 saves) as they would get to within one with 18 seconds left in the game when Nick Bell scored. That was all they could muster.
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