The score in headline above can refer to both the series and Game 6 itself, as Nick Ritchie and the Peterborough Petes are one win away from overcoming the deepest of deficits against the Kingston Frontenacs. Meantime, North Bay is back to level ground against Niagara, setting up a pair of Game 7 showdowns on Tuesday. One will be hosted by a team that is reeling, the other by a Battalion bunch that has come to life. On with the post-game questions:Read More »from Peterborough Petes, once down 3-0, force Game 7 vs. Kingston Frontenacs: OHL post-game questions
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- Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Sun, 30 Mar, 2014 10:08 PM EDTNick Ritchie has 4 goals in as many games for the surging Petes (OHL Images)
- Cam Charron | Buzzing The Net – Sun, 30 Mar, 2014 1:38 PM EDT
Now out of the hospital, Tim Bozon was the subject of a goosebumps-inducing moment Saturday night, as he came out to drop the ceremonial puck prior to Game 6 of his Kootenay Ice teammates' first round series.
Bozon was admitted to a Saskatoon hospital back on March 3. It turned out he had contracted a rare form of bacterial meningitis and was placed in a medically-induced coma until his release from hospital on Friday.
Saturday, Bozon, whose season is over as he will be returning to Switzerland, returned to Cranbrook, B.C., to say goodbye to his teammates, who closed out their first round series against Calgary with a wild 5-3 win, winning 4-2 and advancing to the second round of the playoffs.Read More »from VIDEO: Tim Bozon drops puck prior to Ice-Hitmen game in emotional ceremony
Brandon Wheat Kings’ Jayce Hawryluk gets out of hospital, scores big goal to oust Regina Pats (VIDEO)By Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Sat, 29 Mar, 2014 10:05 AM EDT
Hawryluk collapsed in the dressing room after Brandon's win Wednesday (Larry MacDougal, CP)Just call him Hollywood Hawryluk, since this script sounds like something directly out of a cheesy sports movie.
Jayce Hawryluk of the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings, who collapsed after his team's game on Wednesday, got released from hospital on Friday and scored a dagger goal during an elimination game against the Regina Pats fewer than 10 hours later.
It was a pretty nice toe-drag move from the 18-year-old native of Roblin, Man., too, as he pulled the puck back and used a defenceman as a screen.
That goal early in the third period gave the Wheat Kings a two-goal lead. It pulled away for a 5-1 win to oust the long-time rival Pats and earn a second-round matchup vs. the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Hawryluk "experienced shortness of breath and bec[a]me lightheaded" after scoring a hat trick during Brandon's win on Wednesday. That causing concern for his overall well-being to ripple across the junior hockey universe. The Wheat Kings were ready to "rally around it" if he was unable to play.Read More »from Brandon Wheat Kings’ Jayce Hawryluk gets out of hospital, scores big goal to oust Regina Pats (VIDEO)
Guelph Storm say ‘game on’ to London Knights, Sudbury Wolves turn in fitting final fizzle: OHL post-game questionsBy Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Sat, 29 Mar, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
The second round — London-Guelph and Erie-Sault Ste. Marie is set. The Sudbury Wolves finished a nearly three-month-long faceplant by going out with a whimper, and visions of epic comebacks abound in North Bay and Peterborough. On with the post-game (and post-sleep) questions:Read More »from Guelph Storm say ‘game on’ to London Knights, Sudbury Wolves turn in fitting final fizzle: OHL post-game questions
Everett Silvertips carry on after Khaira’s hat trick, Volts’ Gaudreau scores 5 in clincher: Friday’s 3 StarsBy Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Sat, 29 Mar, 2014 9:20 AM EDT
No. 1 star: Jujhar Khaira, Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Quiet offensively through Everett's three losses to start the series, the Edmonton Oilers pick came alive with a hat trick in the 6-1 that helped the Silvertips force Game 5 against the Seattle Thunderbirds. The skilled 6-foot-4, 215-pound centre has nights where he's almost untouchable, and Friday was just that as he scored his fourth hat trick of the season. The 19-year-old made a power move and beat Seattle's Taran Kozun, who's been taxing the 'Tips throughout the series, just 1:27 in to give Everett a desperately needed early lead.
Everett built off that to get out to a 3-0 edge. It was up by two coming into the final third period, where Khaira (3G-1A, +2) bagged two power-play goals on setups from 17-year-old Dawson Leedahl (2A, -1)Read More »from Everett Silvertips carry on after Khaira’s hat trick, Volts’ Gaudreau scores 5 in clincher: Friday’s 3 Stars
Outlined against a giant get-well card, rasping out words in short bursts, Tim Bozon strode into a room at Royal University Hospital, embodying a cautious hope.
Exactly four weeks ago, the Montreal Canadiens draft choice played his last game with the Western Hockey League's Kootenay Ice before taking ill and being rushed to Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital, where he was diagnosed with Neisseria Meningitis and had to be put into a medical induced coma. On Friday, he began the next step, which begins with plans to perform a ceremonial faceoff on Saturday in Cranbrook, B.C., when the Ice host a playoff game against the rival Calgary Hitmen.
"I'm doing good, I've been through a lot," Bozon, who marked his 20th birthday on Monday while in the hospital, said during a press conference streamed by Global News. "It's been about a month and I've improved a lot and I'm feeling better now. As you can tell, my voice is not 100 per cent recovered, but I'm feeling better. I'm excited to leave the hospital.
"It's going to be exciting to get back to Kootenay and see the boys, say bye one more time for I leave back for Europe."
Bozon confined himself to a few short comments during the press conference. His Switzerland-based parents Helene and Philippe, who have spent nearly four weeks in Saskatchewan, were also present. The Habs prospect's former NHLer father had to manage some tears.Read More »from Montreal Canadiens pick Tim Bozon out of hospital after being stricken by meningitis; doctor ‘very optimistic’ about WHL player’s comeback hopes
- Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Fri, 28 Mar, 2014 10:51 AM EDT
Jonathan Drouin, chances are, could be in his final weeks as a junior player, so there's no need to show restraint when the Halifax Mooseheads star does something awesome on the ice that produces a goal.
Halifax completed its anticipated cakewalk over the young Charlottetown Islanders with an 11-3 win on Thursday, completing a sweep where it had a lopsided 28-8 goal differential. (A less cash-grabby league would probably give its top four seeds a week off and have the fifth through 12th-place finishers play a shorter first round instead of letting 16 teams into the dance, but that is neither here nor there.) Drouin's 13-point gorging included one definitive highlight-reel play, a behind-the-back pass that projected NHL first-rounder Nikolaj Ehlers converted.Read More »from Jonathan Drouin’s behind-the-back assist caps Halifax Mooseheads’ first-round sweep
- Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Fri, 28 Mar, 2014 2:28 AM EDT
Armada forward Ryan Tesink (Ghyslain Bergeron, The Canadian Press)Getting ejected from his final junior game in his native New Brunswick is likely not the way Ryan Tesink intended to come full circle, but it happened.
The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada centre has been one of the chippier and probably one of the more determined players in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League over the past four years, repeatedly coming back from injuries to be a contributor to winning teams. However, the Armada, who are up 3-2 on the Moncton Wildcats in their best-of-7 first-round series with Game 6 (and 7, if necessary) slated for its home ice at the Centre d'excellence Sports Rousseau, might have to do it without the centre.
On Thursday, Tesink got a major and game misconduct after a brutal, gratuitous check from behind that injured the Wildcats' rookie defenceman Adam Holwell. It did not appear that Holwell did anything to turn into the illegal contact, and Tesink should have had a good view of his opponent's back. Granted, applying the concept of 'if you can see the numbers, lay off' is hard to apply at game speed.Read More »from Blainville-Boisbriand Armada’s Ryan Tesink ejected for check from behind in QMJHL playoffs (VIDEO)
- Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Fri, 28 Mar, 2014 1:30 AM EDT
No. 1 star: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Reinhart (1G-4A, +3) and his right-hand man Jaedon Descheneau (2G-1A, +2) are all but making the Saddledome their personal fiefdom, as they took over to lead the Ice to a 6-5 Game 5 win over the Calgary Hitmen and a 3-2 series lead.
Calgary scored on its first shot of the game for the second time in the series and that proved moot. The Reinhart-Zach Franko-Descheneau line, which combined for 10 points, got the goal back quickly. Reinhart, showing why he's a consensus top 5 pick for the NHL draft, scored unassisted in the last minute of the opening period and then came right back by assisting on a tally in the opening minute of the second. Those goals gave the Ice a little nest egg, as they scored twice in 65 seconds a bit later in frame and widened the gap to 6-3 when a Descheneau goal was ruled to have gone with 0.1 second on the clock.
It was a command performance from Reinhart, who's now got 13 points in five playoff games. Not to bury a lede, but one can only imagine what kind of emotional lift the Ice will get for Game 6 from this bit of news. Winger Tim Bozon, who contracted meningitis during a road trip a month ago, will be cheering on his teammates.
— Kootenay ICE (@WHLKootenayICE) March 28, 2014
Read More »from Sam Reinhart gets 5 points in Kootenay Ice’s big win: Thursday’s 3 Stars
— tim bozon (@timbozon94) March 28, 2014
London Knights, Oshawa Generals complete sweeps, but Petes and Wolves stay alive: OHL post-game questionsBy Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Fri, 28 Mar, 2014 12:50 AM EDT
Zach Bell's season-ending broken leg looms large over a busy night. Niagara has pushed North Bay's back to the wall, while overtime was once again the Oshawa Generals' time in a series clincher and the Peterborough Petes and Sudbury Wolves kept elimination at bay. On with the post-game questions:Read More »from London Knights, Oshawa Generals complete sweeps, but Petes and Wolves stay alive: OHL post-game questions
- Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Thu, 27 Mar, 2014 10:50 PM EDT
Overage players ideally get a chance to go out on their own merits, whether it's raising a trophy or going out with a gut-wrenching loss. It's not supposed to end the way it did on Thursday for Zach Bell, whose London Knights' potential for a three-peat might have also become diminished due to the defenceman breaking his leg on a controversial play.
During the first period, Bell was in no-man's land a few feet out of the boards when the Windsor Spitfires' Josh Ho-Sang shoved him from behind. The overage defenceman, who came back from the ECHL this season to join London for its push to win the Memorial Cup, went into the boards awkwardly. Ho-Sang was called for a holding penalty; it looked like a classic instance of a lack of respect for an opponent, although you could see similar plays dozens of times in a game without the same disastrous consequences.Read More »from London Knights’ Zach Bell breaks leg, ending the overage defenceman’s OHL career (VIDEO)
- Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Thu, 27 Mar, 2014 10:34 AM EDT
The Buzzing The Net CHL Chatravaganza is back on Thursday at 12 noon ET/1 p.m. AT/9 a.m. PT.
Please join Cam Charron, Sunaya Sapurji, Mike Sanderson and a cast of many for the blogetariat's most wide-ranging approximately one-hour-long weekly discussion dedicated to all things junior hockey. There is ever so much to discuss, including grisly injuries, suspensions, a goalie who quit his team in the middle of the game, and if there's time, maybe even the actual playoff series.
The Chatravaganza is BYOP — bring your own peanuts.Read More »from Buzzing The Net CHL Chatravaganza, Thursday 12 noon ET/9 a.m. PT!
- Kelly Friesen | Buzzing The Net – Thu, 27 Mar, 2014 1:29 AM EDT
No. 1 star: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Heading to Brandon for Game 3 down 2-0, the Regina Pats knew they needed to win this one to get back into the series. It seemed the Queen City Kids were going to pull off the victory with a 4-1 lead just 15 minutes into the game, but then Jayce Hawryluk happened. The 18-year-old centre scored two quick even-strength goals within three minutes of each other at the end of the opening frame to pull the Wheat Kings within one. He completed his hat trick by scoring the game-winner at the 15:10 mark in the third period after overage forward Chad Robinson tied the game up at four in the second period.
Hawryluk’s four-point night (assisted Jesse Gabrielle’s opening goal) in the 5-4 affair gives the Roblin, Man., native four goals and four assists in the playoffs. His exceptional play in the post-season combined with his 24 goals and 64 points from the regular-season makes it hard to believe that he wasn’t invited to the CHL’s TopRead More »from Wheat Kings’ Jayce Hawryluk scores a hatty to secure 3-0 series lead on Pats: Wednesday’s 3 Stars
- Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Thu, 27 Mar, 2014 12:30 AM EDT
For a news cycle or two, there was upset potential percolating in the Western Conference, but now it does not have that anymore after the top three seeds pushed their challengers one more step toward the door with decisive wins on Wednesday. On with the post-game questions:Read More »from Jared McCann shaken up as ‘Hounds, Otters, Storm take strangleholds: OHL post-game questions
- Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 10:30 PM EDT
Dalen Kuchmey is not the first 19-year-old to realize his heart wasn't in playing major junior hockey, but it is a given that acting on that epiphany in the middle of a game guarantees a certain notoriety.
On Wednesday, the goalie opened up to The Windsor Star's Jim Parker about why he left the arena in during the second period of the Windsor Spitfires' blowout loss to London the previous night. The main takeaways one can extract from it are that (a) Kuchmey claimed Spitfires staff did check on him later in the evening; (b) that Kuchmey apologized to "teammates" but not the organization.
In the short term, Kuchmey won't play again for Windsor.Read More »from Dalen Kuchmey explains why he quit Windsor Spitfires midgame
- Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 1:15 PM EDT
Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...
Today's should-read: Brandon Wheat Kings coach and owner Kelly McCrimmon on how he rides out the "hard days" after the 2011 air crash death of his brother, Brad McCrimmon. (Regina Leader-Post)
The TSN commentator Craig Button is part of the search team for the Saskatoon Blades' new general manager and coach; assistant coach Curtis Leschyshyn was also part of the shakeup. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)
The Seattle Thunderbirds are up 3-0 in a first-round series after Mathew Barzal's OT winner on Tuesday. This is not a time for them to fall back on recent experience. (Seattle Times, The Pipeline Show)
Since the Swift Current-Medicine Hat series involves import goalies, is it safe to say anyone who enjoys it too much must do penance? The Broncos are back in the series after their win on Tuesday. Hats are off to Swift Current's Jake DeBrusk for scoring the winner after overcoming the condition of having a conventionally spelled first name. (Medicine Hat News, Southwest Booster)
Are Winnipeg Jets fans cheering an Edmonton Oilers-owned WHL team to finish off Prince Albert so Josh Morrissey can get more late-season run in the AHL? Kind of cavalier but it does make sense. (Edmonton Journal, P.A. Daily Herald)
Former Oil Kings goalie Laurent Brossoit back in pads at Rexall Place. It feels right. (Edmonton Journal)
Just what we need, more teenage male hockey players put on a pedestal without the emotional tools to handle it. Thanks, Don Cherry.
Read More »from Hamhuis confirms stake in Prince George Cougars, Huskies’ Fuchs recovering well: the coast-to-coast
— Scott Moore (@MooreScottmoore) March 26, 2014
- Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 10:43 AM EDT
Buffalo sports fans can use a pick-me-up only like always, and their first-round draft choice Nikita Zadorov furnished one on Tuesday. For many others, it might just be a reminder of how life is unfair.
A 6-foot-5, 228-pound defenceman whose birth certificate says he won't turn 19 until April is supposed to be stopping one-on-one rushes, not turning defenders inside out to score splendid short-handed goals during the Ontario Hockey League playoffs. The Knights had three shorties during their 10-2 win over the Windsor Spitfires, none more prettier than Zadorov's marker where he used his reach to swoosh around Montreal Canadiens-drafted centre Brady Vail and zip a backhand into the far corner by goalie Dalen Kuchmey.Read More »from Buffalo Sabres pick Nikita Zadorov scores sweet short-handed goal in OHL playoffs (VIDEO)
Kingston Frontenacs, Peterborough Petes have 2 line brawls in last minute of OHL playoff game (VIDEO)By Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 9:58 AM EDT
Once wasn't enough for two OHL rivals to let some latent hostility out on Tuesday.
With 30 seconds left in the first Ontario Hockey League playoff game in Peterborough in four seasons, projected high NHL first-rounder Sam Bennett scored an empty-net goal that dashed the Petes' remaining hope of winning and assured the Kingston Frontenacs of taking a 3-0 series lead. Petes centre Michael Clarke (not shown on camera) cross-checked Kingston's Henri Ikonen after the puck went in the net and pretty much everyone on the ice, save Ikonen since he was the odd man out in a 6-on-5 situation, proceeded to grab a grappling partner.
Once order was restored, both coaches put out their tougher players. Following a Kingston offside, some pushing and shoving escalated into everyone on the ice fighting again, and the ex-NHLers behind the benches, Petes coach Jody Hull and the Fronts' Todd Gill, traded accusations about who started it.Read More »from Kingston Frontenacs, Peterborough Petes have 2 line brawls in last minute of OHL playoff game (VIDEO)
- Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 1:30 AM EDT
A 42-save shutout by Niagara's Brent Moran, a 52-save effort by fellow sophomore stopper Alex Nedeljkovic, and a Sudbury Wolves club that loaded up for a playoff run is staring down the barrel of a 3-0 series deficit. Plus there was a double-overtime game and a line brawl in two other series that are now one game from being over.
Pretty quiet Tuesday night, eh? On with the post-game questions:Read More »from Guelph Storm lose for first time, Sudbury and Peterborough in 3-0 holes: OHL post-game questions
Philadelphia Flyers goalie prospect Anthony Stolarz gets 8 games for slashing OHL opponent in head (VIDEO)By Neate Sager | Buzzing The Net – Tue, 25 Mar, 2014 10:55 PM EDT
Slashing an opponent whose back is turned in the head might play well with hardcore Philadelphia Flyers fans, but for civilized people, probably not as much.
On Tuesday, Flyers prospect Anthony Stolarz, the 6-foot-6 goalie for the Memorial Cup host London Knights, covered up a puck to stop play and didn't much like the Windsor Spitfires' leading scorer Josh Ho-Sang getting an extra slash in with his stick. The referees caught the slash and gave Ho-Sang a penalty. The retaliation by Stolarz, a one-handed stick swing that connected with the back of Ho-Sang's head and neck area, was also deemed worthy of just a two-minute high-sticking minor, even though it was exponentially more emphatic and forceful:
(Update, 3:25 p.m. Wednesday: Stolarz has received an eight-game suspension. If London sweeps Windsor, he would not be able to play in the next round of playoffs, where the Knights are likely to face top-seeded Guelph.)
Read More »from Philadelphia Flyers goalie prospect Anthony Stolarz gets 8 games for slashing OHL opponent in head (VIDEO)
Anthony Stolarz of the @GoLondonKnights has been suspended for 8 games for his high stick on Josh Ho-Sang.
— Mike Stubbs (@stubbs1290cjbk) March 26, 2014