The first round of WHL playoffs come to a close, while the USHL and AHL seasons come to a close over the next few weekends.
Jansen Harkins and the Prince George Cougars bowed out of the WHL Playoffs last night, losing in six games to the Portland Winterhawks. The BC Division Champions were heavy favourites in the series, giving up assets for a deep playoff run. Harkins ends the playoffs with seven points in six games, including a first star performance last Wednesday in Game Three (1 Goal / 4 Assists). Look for Harkins to join the Moose for the remainder of the season once again.
Matteo Gennaro scored a goal in Game Three against the Regina Pats, but the Hitmen were consistently outmatched throughout the series. Regina completed the sweep on Thursday in a 5-1 win. Gennaro could be joining Harkins in a short stint with the Moose.
Michael Spacek and the Rebels were up 3-1 in their series against the Lethbridge Hurricanes late last week, but two losses over the weekend tied the series. Game Seven will take place tonight at 8:00. Spacek is tied with Keegan Kolesar of the Thunderbirds with 11 points for the playoff scoring lead.
Mikhail Berdin played a single game this week, stopping 23 of 25 shots in a 3-0 loss at Des Moines. Sioux Falls will play two games at home on Friday and Saturday again Sioux City to close out the season. The team will not make the playoffs.
Final stats for the NCAA seasons can be seen above.
CJ Franklin is returning for his senior season. Matt Ustaski and Jack Glover seem likely to return to school as well. Erik Foley and Mason Appleton may be returning to school, but it is not set in stone.
Tucker Poolman signed a one-year entry level contract this past week, beginning in 2017-18. Poolman will undergo two shoulder surgeries with a recovery time of 4-6 months. It has been said that Poolman was playing with one shoulder most of the season, and was finally forced out of the lineup when the other was injured in the NCAA Tournament.
#NHLJets officially announce Tucker Poolman deal, press release also says he will have bi-lateral shoulder surgery.
— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) March 30, 2017
For those who don't know Tucker Poolman's story, he's a guy who struggled to find a junior team a few years ago: https://t.co/7WvzXL2EVJ
— Brad E. Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) March 30, 2017
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 30, 2017
Pavel Kraskovsky and Lokomotiv were eliminated by SKA St Petersburg this past Wednesday in the Conference Finals. Kraskovsky finishes the playoffs with three goals, one assist in 15 games.
Sami Niku and JYP had to go to Game Seven to decide a winner in the first round, and came out on top against HPK. They will face KalPa in the second round, beginning tomorrow. Niku had two assists in three games this week, including this one for the highlight reel.
Jacob Cederholm and the HV71 U20 team played a pair of one-game playoffs this week, losing both. A semifinal loss to MODO on the 1st was followed by a 3rd Place loss to AIK on the 2nd. Cederholm had two assists in the latter.
The Manitoba Moose played three games this week, a win over Bakersfield and two losses in San Jose. Jack Roslovic and Kyle Connor were the only two players on an NHL contract to score this week, earning themselves call-ups to the Jets.
Eric Comrie rebounded from last week, beginning with a 26-save performance last Tuesday. The Moose saw scoring from new additions Rob Flick and Francis Beauvillier, and Jack Roslovic scored an unassisted beauty.
The Moose traveled to San Jose for a weekend series and were shut out 3-0 on Friday. Eric Comrie stopped 27 of 30 shots.
The second game on Saturday saw more scoring, but the Moose were again beaten by three goals, losing 6-3. Jamie Phillips stopped 36 of 41 shots and the Barracuda added an empty net goal. Kyle Connor scored his 23rd of the season on a rebound to make it 4-3, but San Jose scored late to recover the two-goal lead.
The Moose return home for the next four games – today and tomorrow vs Grand Rapids, Friday and Sunday vs Tucson. The team finished the season on the road in Cleveland on the 13th and 14th.
All stats current as of this morning. Until next time, keep fit and have fun.
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