#1 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies vs. #13 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
Series tied 1-1
After completing one of the biggest upsets in not only the QMJHL but the entire CHL playoffs thus far the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada shutout the heavily favoured Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in game one of their series despite being outshot 29-19. The Huskies would respond in game two however as Timo Meier would score the second goal of the game on route to a 5-0 victory in game two. The Huskies would outshoot the Armada 33 to 18 and for the first time, these playoffs make Armada goalie Samuel Motembeault look human.
Game three of this series is tonight as the Huskies will look to continue their momentum on the first of back to back games in Blainville-Boisbriand as they continue their quest to represent the QMJHL in the MasterCard Memorial Cup.
#2 Shawinigan Cataractes vs. #9 Charlottetown Islanders
Islanders lead series 2-1
The Charlottetown Islanders have already upset the defending QMJHL champions in the Rimouski Oceanic now they appear to be at it again leading the heavily favoured Shawinigan Cataractes by a two games to one margin. The Cataractes started the series with an impressive 5-3 win in game one where Sharks Prospect Cavan Fitzgerald had a +3 rating while Alexis Vanier was -1 in the loss. Islanders Mason McDonald would be pulled after the second period of the loss. The Islanders would get outshot 36-32.
The Islanders would even up the series in game two by a 3-2 score. Sharks prospect Alexis Vanier would be held off the score sheet in the win while Cavan Fitzgerald would record an assist in the law. Mason McDonald would rebound from his previous outing in total making 37 saves on 39 shots as the Islanders were outshot for the second game in a row 31-39.
In game three the Islanders were able to once again come out with a victory after spending the game exchanging goals with the Cataractes. The Sharks on both sides of this matchup were held off the scoresheet as the Cataractes outshot the Islanders 51-44 in a wild game. The Teams will play game four tonight.
Eastern Conference Semi-Finals
#2 Barrie Colts vs. #3 North Bay Batallion
Colts leads series 2-0
After a big first round scare at the hands of the Mississauga Steel Heads, the Barrie Colts have jumped out to a two games to zero lead on the North Bay Batallion. In game one Sharks prospects Kevin Labanc jumped got assists on the opening pair of Colts goals as well as an empty net goal finishing with a +2 rating in a 5-2 victory.
In game two the Colts would have to come back from an early two-goal deficit on a pair of goals by Batallion forward Mike Amadio. Kevin Labanc would get an assist on a pair of Justin Scott goals that would open the scoring for the Colts and win the game in overtime. Justin Scott the undrafted overage forward has been playing on a line with Labanc and Mangiapane and attracting some attention from NHL teams as he now leads the colts with 13 goals and has been a huge part of their offense. Labanc currently leads all Sharks prospects and his team with 17 points this postseason.
The Colts will look to take a huge stranglehold on their series tonight as they play game three as the series shifts to North Bay. Game four will be on Thursday and could be the return of Dylan Sadowy to the lineup who has now missed three games due to an upper-body injury.
Eastern Conference, East Division Finals
#2 Red Deer Rebels vs. WC1 Regina Pats
Rebels lead series 2-0
After defeating the top-seeded Lethbridge Hurricanes in the first round the pundits seemed very split who would win this series largely in part to the play of Pats forward Adam Brooks. The Rebels have not been totally able to contain him this far as he has already scored 4 points in 2 games (1 goal, 3 assists) they have been able to stay ahead of him beating the pats by a 3-2 score in game one followed by a 4-3 score in game two. The Rebels now lead the series 2-0 and Sharks prospect Adam Helewka has added a pair of goals so far.
The Rebels will look for a commanding three games to zero series lead tonight before locking horns again tomorrow night in the second half of back to back games both in Regina.
Western Conference, BC Division Finals
#1 Victoria Royals vs. #2 Kelowna Rockets
Royals lead series 2-0
I had a feeling that this would be a tough series for the Kelowna Rockets as their injury issues are well documented at this point and they are frankly outclassed by the Royals who look impressive. The Rockets have not been terrible mind you, it’s just that you don’t know if and where the offense will come from on this team. Game one saw the Rockets drop a 2-1 decision even though they outshot the royals by a 41-31 margin. In game two the Rockets would lose again despite a strong game by Tyson Baillie. Sharks prospect Rourke Chartier has had a rough series so far and is -3 over the two games.
Sharks Prospect Playoff Point Totals
|Player Name||Team||League||Games Played||Goals||Assists||Points||+/-||PIM|
|Timo Meier||Rouyn-Noranda Huskies||QMJHL||6||9||5||14||5||6|
|Cavan Fitzgerald||Shawinigan Cataractes||QMJHL||8||2||6||8||8||0|
|Alexis Vanier||Charlottetown Islanders||QMJHL||9||5||2||7||-2||4|
|Jeremy Roy||Sherbrooke Phoenix*||QMJHL||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Dylan Sadowy||Barrie Colts||OHL||6||2||1||3||1||11|
|Kevin Labanc||Barrie Colts||OHL||9||4||13||17||10||12|
|Adam Helewka||Red Deer Rebels||WHL||7||7||2||9||1||10|
|Rourke Chartier||Kelowna Rockets||WHL||9||2||3||5||-5||5|
|Alex Schoenborn||Portland Winterhawks*||WHL||4||1||0||1||-3||8|
* = Team eliminated from playoffs.