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  • Nevin Guy had 5 points for the 67's in their 8-2 win over Niagara (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)Nevin Guy had 5 points for the 67's in their 8-2 win over Niagara (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

    Both of Saturday's games had the same 8-2 scorelines as Ottawa and Sault Ste. Marie took 2-0 series leads, but that's where the similarities ended. On with the post-game questions:

    Eastern Conference

    Ottawa 8 Niagara 2 (67's lead 2-0, IceDogs host Game 3 on Monday) — How much are the 67's braced for a different Niagara team on Monday? Following the matinee mauling at TD Place, 67's coach Jeff Brown was quick to seize on the fact the 'Dogs ended up with 24-20 edge on the shot counter. His team, which had seven goal scorers after having six in the opener (Dante Salituro had a double again, while defendder Nevin Guy had five points), has scarcely missed a scoring chance so far. But they are shifting to St. Catharines, where the IceDogs are 16-1-2-0 since the calendar flipped to 2015.

    "I don't want to take anything away from our guys, they scored some nice goals, but at the same time [Niagara] outshot us today," Brown said. "This series is a long way from being over. We've got to learn

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  • Ottawa 67's Travis Konecny has command performance in OHL playoff win

    Konecny has 6 points so far in the Niagara-Ottawa series (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Konecny has 6 points so far in the Niagara-Ottawa series (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    Travis Konecny revealed a bit about why he is a ballyhooed prospect and captain of the Ottawa 67's as a sophomore on Saturday.

    There are talents who can take over for a span, as Konecny did while getting three prettier-than-the-last primary assists in fewer than six minutes during the 67's second decisive win against the Niagara IceDogs in their OHL Eastern Conference quarter-final. It's rarer to have the same player also reining his team in, keeping them cognizant that a run like the 67's had — five goals on nine shots in a seven-minute, 45-second span after spotting the more marquee-player filled IceDogs the icebreaker — happens rarely.

    "It's kind of in the moment — you just ride it and if it's going for you, it's going and you take advantage of the opportunities," said Konency, who finished with four assists to help the 67's go up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series, which resumes in St. Catharines, Ont., on Monday. "The opportunities kept coming one shift after another for me. 

    "You

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  • Stadnyk had a hat trick on Friday night (Larry MacDougal, The Canadian Press)Stadnyk had a hat trick on Friday night (Larry MacDougal, The Canadian Press)

    No. 1 star: Carson Stadnyk, Everett Silvertips (WHL)

    The 19-year-old Stadnyk got his Bill Mosienko on during the first 4½ minutes of the third period, scoring a natural hat trick to turn a one-goal deficit into a lead as 'Tips won 5-1 against Spokane in Game 1 of their U.S. Division semifinal. Spokane, which lost its last five games of the regular season, had a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.

    Then Stadnyk (3G-1A, +2) awesomed all over the place. The Saskatoon native scored 17 seconds into the frame off a setup from Dawson Leedahl. Stadnyk then scored twice while his line was matched up against 87-point scorer Adam Helewka, scoring unassisted at 1:34 and 4:03. Stadnyk also picked up an assist on Ivan Nikolishin's power-play goal with 8:29 remaining, as Everett finished the game with a strong statement.

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  • Mitchell Marner of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL ImagesMitchell Marner of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

    London and Kitchener is as abrasive as advertised, Erie evens it up and every other game was one-sided. On with the post-game questions: 

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  • OHL, QMJHL, WHL playoffs begin in earnest: the coast-to-coast

    Senators prospect Ben Harpur scored the winning goal for Barrie against Belleville (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)Senators prospect Ben Harpur scored the winning goal for Barrie against Belleville (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

    Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

    WHL

    Moose Jaw's Tim Hunter will helm Team Canada for the world under-18 championship, which is the hipsters' favourite age-group tournament. Interestingly, a university coach, the Alberta Golden Bears' Ian Herbers, is on staff. (Canadian Press)

    Operative word for the Brandon Wheat Kings on Thursday? "Tentative." (Luber's Lounge)

    Sean Rooney has previews for all series. So do Andy Eide and Tim Pigulski, as well as Lukas Punkari. And so does everyone and her/his aunt or uncle. (Medicine Hat News, MyNorthwestSort Of A Protest)

    It's put-up time for the Kelowna Rockets after winning 50 games again, but having yet to win a league title during this cycle. (Kelowna Capital News)

    The last time Victoria's Alex Forsberg appeared in a playoff game, the franchise was still in Chilliwack. And the forward was playing for the Prince George Cougars, whom he'll face on Friday. (Prince George Citizen)

    Speaking

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  • LONDON, ON - MAY 20: Tristan Jarry #30 of the Edmonton Oil Kings takes a breather against the Val-d'Or Foreurs in Game 5 of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup at Budweiser Gardens on May 20, 2014 in London, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)LONDON, ON - MAY 20: Tristan Jarry #30 of the Edmonton Oil Kings takes a breather against the Val-d'Or Foreurs in Game 5 of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup at Budweiser Gardens on May 20, 2014 in London, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

    Thank goodness for the overhead camera, since it captured a special save by goalie Tristan Jarry during the Edmonton Oil Kings' 4-1 takedown against the top-seeded Brandon Wheat Kings during the first night of the Western Hockey League playoffs.

    The Wheat Kings' Rihards Bukarts bisected Jarry's five-hole with a backhand for what momentarily looked like it would be a goal. Jarry, though, had a great safety, kicking his right pad in to stop the puck just before it crossed the goal line. That's a fallback positon that the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect has no doubt honed over the years. Jarry finished the night with 25 saves as Edmonton, which won the Memorial Cup last season but took the last WHL Eastern Conference wild card berth this season, dominated play against Brandon.

    There is quite the juxtaposition with Jarry stoning one of junior hockey's highest-scoring teams on Thursday, while Zach Fucale, who won the world junior gold medal with Team Canada, isstarting the playoffs on the

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  • Travis Konecny was one of Ottawa's six goal scorers against Niagara (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Travis Konecny was one of Ottawa's six goal scorers against Niagara (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    Pavel Zacha and Sarnia stymie Connor McDavid and Erie and steal Game 1 on the road; Ottawa overcomes a four-goal game by Vince Dunn to get the jump on the Niagara IceDogs; Barrie rides a big second period to top Belleville in the other Eastern series opener. 

    On with the post-game questions!


    Eastern Conference

    Ottawa 8 Niagara 5 (67's lead 1-0, host Game 2 on Saturday) — To what extent did the 67's get away with getting away from the game plan? In a strange and sloppy game, Ottawa scored on two of its first three shots on IceDogs goalie Brandon Hope, as well as three of its first four in the third. Who was it who scored 34 fewer goals in the regular season?

    "Wasn't your typical 2-1 playoff game, was it?" Ottawa coach Jeff Brown said. "That's how good they [Niagara] are. No lead is safe. We did what we had to do, but we're going to have to tighten some things up before Game 2 if we want to be successful again. There will be a lot of teaching points on the video.  .

    "In the playoffs you

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  • Addison's line combined for 12 points on Thursday (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)Addison's line combined for 12 points on Thursday (Terry Wilson, OHL Images)

    No. 1 star: Jeremiah Addison, Ottawa 67's (OHL)

    Addison (2G-2A, +4), one of the few 67's who has had post-season exposure, had his first four playoff points in the final 20 minutes of a wild and woolly 8-5 Game 1 win over the Niagara IceDogs in the nation's capital.

    Ottawa coach Jeff Brown adjusted his lines, moving Sam Studnicka (1G-2A, +4) to centre while keeping Addison and fellow 18-year-old Dante Salituro (2G-3A, +4) united. The new line combined for 12 points and Addison provided energy throughout the night, squaring off in a second-period scrap with Arizona Coyotes first-rounder Brendan Perlini that denied the IceDogs, up 3-2 at the time, the services of their best left wing.

    Addison buried a feed from Salituro 1:30 into the third, just 49 seconds after a go-ahead goal, to put Ottawa up 5-3. The Brampton, Ont., native pried the puck away from a defenceman and fed Studnicka for another goal. Addison also used a screen to score top-shelf for a 7-4 advantage with 13:24 left in the

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  • Buzzing The Net CHL Chatravaganza, Thurs., March 26, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT!

    Canucks prospect Jordan Subban's Belleville team is a big underdog against Barrie (OHL Images)Canucks prospect Jordan Subban's Belleville team is a big underdog against Barrie (OHL Images)

    Come one, come all for the Buzzing The Net CHL Chatravaganza that is slated for Thursday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.

    Please join Sunaya Sapurji, Mike Sanderson, Kelly Friesen, Neate Sager and the rest of the Yahoo! Jr. Hockey crew for the blogetariat's most popular, approximately one hour long discussion dedicated to all things junior hockey. With the playoffs beginning in all three Canadian Hockey League circuits on Thursday and starting full bore on the weekend, there should be much to discuss.

    OHL Eastern preview | OHL Western preview

    Please remember the Chatravaganza is BYOP — bring your own peanuts.


    Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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  • Alex Tonge (22) hugs Adam Brady after his overtime goal that squared Kingston's series vs. Aurora (OJHL Images).Alex Tonge (22) hugs Adam Brady after his overtime goal that squared Kingston's series vs. Aurora (OJHL Images).

    From losing their coach late in the season, to injuries during the playoffs, the Kingston Voyageurs built a deep well of resolve on the way to surmounting an 3-0 series deficit and ousting the nationally ranked Aurora Tigers in the Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs.

    The Voyageurs completed one of sport's more improbable feats on Tuesday, winning 6-2 in Game 7 over the Tigers, who were No. 3 in the Canadian Junior Hockey League's rankings. It's the first time since 2010 an OJHL team has overcome a three-game deficit. It's a safe bet the feat likely hasn't been pulled off by a team whose coach was suspended at the end of the regular season. The Vees, paced offensively by Robert Morris University recruits Adam Brady and Alex Tonge, had to adapt after coach-GM Colin Birkas was suspended by the OJHL at the end of the regular season, with assistants Dan Clarke and Ben Munroe assuming the reins.

    All things considered, being one loss from elimination after a Game 3 loss didn't seem like

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