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Storm, Bulls Tally Wins In Playoffs

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Panthers Defensive Prospect Corey Syvret
Down 1-0 and heading into the third period against the second-seeded Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in their first game of the OHL Conference Semis, the Guelph Storm needed a jump.

A goal or two would do.

But instead, the Storm scored four times in the final period and won the contest 4-1 to take home-ice advantage away from the Greyhounds. Panthers defensive prospect Corey Syvret (6th Round Choice (181st overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft) was the hero for the Storm as he netted the game-winner at 11:42 for his second goal of the OHL playoffs.

Michael Caruso, the Panthers’ 4th-round selection (103rd overall) in the 2006 Draft had a strong game along the blue line as well, finishing with a plus-2 rating as he was on the ice for the Storm’s last two goals. He also picked up a roughing penalty 13:02 into the second period.

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The Belleville Bulls are doing their part to make sure they reach the Conference Finals in the OHL and hopefully with that, the return of Panthers prospect Shawn Matthias (possible Mononucleosis), as the Bulls took a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Barrie Colts Thursday night.

A day after defeating the Colts 7-2 in Belleville, the Bulls won 5-1 in Barrie as they took a close 2-1 lead after two periods and pulled away with three in the third. Belleville had a diverse attack as five different Bulls netted goals and nine got on the score sheet.

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The Florida Everblades (the Panthers ECHL affiliate) have released their first round playoff schedule even though they do not know who their opponent will be.

Florida, the fourth seed in the South Division will either play the Columbia Inferno or the Charlotte Checkers when they open up their run for the Kelly Cup. The first two games will be in Estero (near Naples) as Game 1 is Wednesday, April 9th at 7:30pm while Game 2 is Friday, April 11th at 7:30pm.

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John Lee, the Panthers 5th-round selection (131st overall) in the 2007 draft, and his Waterloo Black Hawks finish out their regular season with two home games this weekend.

Waterloo hosts Green Bay tonight and Cedar Rapids tomorrow and while the Hawks already have a playoff spot sown up, they still want to win these two games, badly. Three points, behind the Indiana Ice in the East Division standings, the Hawks could take over the top spot if they make up those three points in any way since they own the tiebreaker over the Ice.

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