With the European leagues and the NCAA finished for this year, it’s all about the WHL, OHL and USHL playoffs and this is where you want to see your Boston Bruins Prospects – playing meaningful playoff hockey. As an organization and a fan, you want to see how these players perform under pressure and there is no better judge then playoff hockey.
What a start for Fabian Lysell and his Vancouver Giants on Friday night! Few people were giving the Giants a chance against the Everett Silvertips but the Giants went into Everett and after trailing by two goals on 3 different occasions in the game, the Giants fought back to take game 1 by a score of 5-4 in overtime. All Lysell did was assist on all 5 Giants goals and was named the games second star.
However, the result on Saturday wasn’t what Giants and Bruins fans wanted as Everett dominated and evened the series at a game each with a 7-3 victory. Lysell assisted on the Giants first goal – when Everett was already up 4-0. The Giants got the split they needed in Everett and now the series shifts to Vancouver.
Like Vancouver in the WHL, few are giving Ryan Mast and the Sarnia Sting a chance against the Marc Savard coached Windsor Spitfires in their OHL first round series. Even yours truly predicts Windsor in 5 games. Game 1 followed the script as the Spitfires left the WFCU Center with a 3-0 victory.
Game 2 followed the same script. Sarnia is having trouble scoring and it took 104:45 for the Sting to score their first and only goal in the series. If there is a bright side here, the Sting doubled their 11 shots on goal from game 1 with 23 in game 2. The series now shifts to Sarnia for games 3 and 4.
Over in the other OHL series, Brett Harrison and his Oshawa Generals are only given a slightly better chance then the Sting against the Kingston Frontenacs. Things got off to a good start for Oshawa as Harrison helped set up the opening goal of the game. And they were in it until the third period when Kingston erupted for 3 goals to take game 1 by a score of 6-1.
In game 2 on Sunday, it was all Kingston as they held a 5-0 lead early in the third. Led by Harrison’s goal and assist, the Generals tried to mount a comeback but fell short losing 6-4 and going down 2 games to none as they head home for games 3 and 4. The media tried to find a positive for the Generals by calling “winning the third period important”.
The USHL regular season came to an end on the weekend and for Philip Svedeback and his Dubuque Fighting Saints it came down to the last minutes of the season for the battle for top spot in the Eastern Conference. While Svedeback did not get the start on Saturday, Dubuque needed a win of any kind while the Chicago Steel had to lose in any way for Dubuque to claim top spot. However, it was Dubuque who lost in overtime and Chicago pulled out a victory and Dubuque had to settle for second spot. The difference came down to the loser points where Chicago had 10 loser points to Dubuque’s 6.
Svedeback finished his regular season appearing in 25 games with a 15-7-2-1 record, a 2.95 goals-against-average (fifth in the league) and .910 save-percentage (second in the league). He won his last 4 starts and 5 of his last 6 (his only loss is when he came in relief) stopping of 162 of 172 shots for a .941 save-percentage and a 1.70 goals-against-average.
Dubuque will have a bye in the opening round of the playoffs and will await the winner of Muskegon and Cedar Rapids (best of 3 series).
As for Andre Gasseau and Mason Langenbrunner and the Fargo Force, they finish the season with a .500 record and fifth place in the Western Conference. They will play a best of three opening round series against the Omaha Lancers beginning tonight and will play 3 in 3 if it goes the distance. Langenbrunner finished the season out going pointless in his last 6 games yet his 20 assists were good for 4th on his team. Gasseau finished the season scoring 4 goals in his last 5 games to lead the Force with 22 goals on the season. His 38 points were third on the squad.
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Coming up this week:
|GASSEAU||At OMA||At OMA||*At OMA|
|LANGENBRUNNER||At OMA||At OMA||*At OMA|
|HARRISON||Vs KGN||Vs KGN||*At KGN||*Vs KGN|
|MAST||Vs WSR||Vs WSR||*At WSR||*Vs WSR|
|LYSELL||Vs EVT||Vs EVT||At EVT|
* If necessary