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Prospect Roundup: Sweeps And Ties

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(OHL) Niagara 5, Brampton 1 - GAME SHEET
(OHL) Saginaw 4, Guelph 3 - GAME SHEET
(OHL) London 5, Owen Sound 2 - GAME SHEET
(WHL) Red Deer 5, Edmonton 1 - GAME SHEET
(WHL) Portland 6, Everett 2 - GAME SHEET

By Glenn Odebralski for floridapanthers.com

It was an either or situation Thursday night. A team that was going for a sweep ended up winning in dominating fashion to close out their opponent while the team that was trailing by a 2-1 margin in theirs won to tie up the series. Niagara, Red Deer and Portland all moved on from their first round series while Saginaw and London squared their series against Guelph and Owen Sound respectively.

Niagara 4, Brampton 1
Niagara wins series 4-0

Dominant over their six-seeded counterparts the Brampton Battalion in each of the first three games of the series, the third-seed Niagara IceDogs did it again as they rolled to a 4-1 victory in Game four and swept their series and move on to the OHL Eastern Conference semi-finals. The visitors jumped on the board just 4:21 into the game as Johnson Andrews scored. Myles Doan would up their lead to two with his goal at the 15:13 mark. Ahead 2-0 after a period of play, Andrew Agozzino took over, scoring two power play goals in the first 3:02 of the period. His first tally came just 46 seconds in. Thorne would ruin Mark Visentin's quest for a third shutout in the series when he scored 6:52 into the third.

Saginaw 4, Guelph 3
Series tied at 2-2

Trailing in their seven-game series against Guelph, the Saginaw Spirit also found themselves down after one period of play. The Spirit would tie the series at two games a piece as they used a four-goal second to put themselves ahead 4-2 and eventually win 4-3.. Guelph gave the home fans a lot to cheer about early as they scored twice in the first five minutes of the game. Francis Menard netted his second of the series 2:22 in while Kyle Pereira made it a 2-0 advantage at the 4:52 mark. Down, Saginaw fought back with two goals in the first 5:31 of the second. Jordan Szwarz scored a shorthanded goal 3:39 to cut the Storm lead in half while Brad Walch tied the game 5:31 in. Panthers prospect John McFarland netted his second goal of the series on a Saginaw power play with 3:32 left in the second. They would double their lead just 33 seconds later when Josh Shalla found the back of the net. Guelph made it 4-3 with a power play goa from Francis Menard 9:30 into the third but the they couldn't find the equalizer. Game five is Saturday in Saginaw.

London 5, Owen Sound 2
Series is tied at 2-2

Owen Sound got on the scoreboard first but London scored the next five goals of the game on their way to a 5-2 victory to tie it up at two games a piece. Keevin Cutting scored the lone goal of the first, 13:07 into the frame, giving the Attack the 1-0 lead. London answered with two straight in the first half of the second. Jared Knight netted his third of the series 3:57 in to tie the game and Dane Fox scored 7:16 in to give them the lead. They would pot another with just two seconds left in the period on a power play goal from Matt Rupert. Knight made the score 4-1 with his second of the game 1:17 into the third and Seth Griffith scored a second London power play goal with 8:02 gone.  Brendan Childerley scored the bookend goal for Owen Sound with 8:40 left to play. Game five is Saturday in Owen Sound.

Red Deer 5, Edmonton 1
Red Deer wins series 4-0

The Red Deer Rebels scored four times in the second period on their way to a 5-1 victory and a series sweep of the Oil Kings in Edmonton. Matthew Dumba got the scoring parade started when he scored 5:52 into the second. Then it was potential top pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with his fourth of the series denting the twine at the 10:01 mark. Panthers prospect Alex Petrovic set up Andrej Kudrna for a power play goal and a 3-0 lead just 1:39 later. Finally, Brett Ferguson scored with 20 seconds left in the period for a 4-0 lead. Edmonton would jump on the board and kill Darcy Kuemper's shut out bid when Curtis Lazar beat the netminder with 5:56 left in the contest. Ferguson would put the finishing touches on the game and the series with an empty net goal with 54 seconds left.

Portland 6, Everett 2
Portland wins series 4-0

Everett scored the game's first goal but the top seeded Portland WinterHawks responded with five straight and won going away 6-2 to sweep their series againsthe Silvertips. J. Erricson scored the game's first goal 5:22 in. They held that lead for 11 minutes when Riley Boychuk the first of two straight. The X prospect tied the game at 16:28 and then gave the visitors a lead with a power play goal at the 18:51 mark. Portland would pull away from Everett by scoring three times in the first 4:39 of the second off of goals by C Cunningham (:45 seconds), Sven Bartschi (4:10) and Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter (4:39). Everett got some hope when they cut the lead to 5-2 after Manraj Hayer scored at the 10:08 mark of the second but Brad Ross made it a four-goal game once again with 3:03 left to play in the second. Panthers prospect Josh Birkholz ended the series with two assists in four games played, a minus-two and two PIM.

From Wednesday, March 30

Quebec 5, Val-d'Or 2
Quebec wins the series 4-0

Val-d'Or's season came to a close Wednesday night as they lost to Quebec 5-2 and were swept by the third seed in four straight. Quebec and Val-d'Or traded goals early in the first. There, the Remparts rattled off three straight to build a 4-1 lead through the next two periods. The fourth goal came with 5:39 left in the contest. Val-d'Or got to within two when Alexandre Carrier scored with 5:01 left in the game but the Remparts iced it with their fifth goal of the game off the stick of Jonathan Audy-Marchessault with 4:42 left.

Kootenay 5, Moose Jaw 0
Series tied at 2-2

Kootenay tied the series at two games a piece in what has turned out to be a shut-out series. Nathan Lieuwen blanked Moose Jaw in stopping all 25 shots as the Ice earned the 5-0 victory. Moose Jaw shut out Kootenay in both of their victories this series. Joe Antilla scored twice for the visitors, including one shorthanded in the second period and added an assist to lead all scorers. Game five is Friday in Kootenay.

Portland 5, Everett 4
Portland leads series 3-0

The Everett Silvertips were closer in their third game of the series against the top seeded Portland WinterHawks but still came out on the wrong end in a 5-4 defeat. Panthers prospect Josh Birkholz picked up two assists for the home team in the loss.
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