Thursday, 28 April 2011

DeSerres a Step Closer, and Other Thursday Ramblings

- The Kootenay Ice have advanced to the Western Hockey League Final. Max Reinhart tied a WHL playoff record with five goals, leading the Ice to a 7-2 win over Medicine Hat last night and completing a four-game sweep of the Eastern Conference Final. Reinhart tied three other players for the record for most goals in one playoff game including former Brandon Wheat King Dave Chartier, who scored five times in Brandon 13-4 victory over Regina back on March 27, 1981. The Ice have won 11 straight playoff games, one shy of the WHL record, as they move into the WHL Final for the first time since 2002.

- Winnipeg product Brendan Leipsic scored 7:44 into overtime as the Portland Winterhawks beat the Spokane Chiefs 3-2 last night to take a 2-1 lead in the WHL's Western Conference Final. Game #4 is Friday in Spokane.

DeSerres
- Former Wheat King Jacob DeSerres and the Saint John Sea Dogs have earned a berth in the QMJHL Final. DeSerres stopped 25 shots to help Saint John to a 6-5 victory over the Lewiston Maineiacs last night, allowing the Sea Dogs to sweep the League Semifinal. DeSerres didn't start the final three games of the series after getting pulled in Game #1, but came on just 2:43 in Game #4 last night after Mathieu Corbiel had allowed goals on the first two shots he faced. Saint John will play either Quebec or Gatineau in the QMJHL Final. Quebec leads the other semifinal 3-1. For more on the Sea Dogs, as always, check out http://stationnation.blogspot.com/

- I tried for a few minutes this morning, but couldn't find an anwer that I would say is 100 per cent accurate, but DeSerres might be the first player to ever appear to back-to-back Memorial Cups with teams from two different leagues if Saint John captures the QMJHL title. If he's not the first, he certainly would be one of the very few to accomplish that feat.

- The OHL Final is set. Owen Sound knocked off the two-time defending Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires 10-4 last night to win the OHL's Western Conference Final 4-1. Owen Sound will face the Memorial Cup host Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the OHL Final, meaning both teams are guaranteed spots in the big show.

Jordin Tootoo
- The former Brandon Wheat Kings' search for a Stanley Cup ring is down to seven participants:

Washington - Eric Fehr; Jason Chimera; Bob Woods (assistant coach)
Tampa Bay - None
Boston - None
Philadelphia - John Paddock (assistant GM);

Vancouver - None
Nashville - Jordin Tootoo
Detroit - Brad McCrimmon (assistant coach); Brent Raedeke
San Jose - None

Of course, props also to the players/staff from Western Manitoba still in the hunt in Boston's Shane Hnidy (Neepawa), Nesbitt's Aaron Rome (Vancouver) and Brandon's Dean Evason (a'sst coach, Washington).

- The Western Hockey League will host the 2011 WHL Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 4th in Calgary. The following day (May 5th), the annual WHL Bantam Draft will also take place in Calgary.

- The Brandon Wheat Kings will be in a much different position at the Bantam Draft than they were a year ago. The club didn't selection until the third round (65th overall) last year, but have three of the first 32 picks this year at #11 and #22 in the first round and #32 in the second round. In fact, Brandon has eight of the first 99 selections including three in the fifth round.

1 comment:

Luber said...

Thanks to Fred Mostowy in Winnipeg, and Neate Sager from Yahoo! Canada Sports Buzzing The Net (http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/juniorhockey/blog/buzzing_the_net) for this information about player(s) that have appeared in back-to-back Memorial Cups with teams in different leagues.


Defenseman Robert Savard appeared in three straight Memorial Cups, as follows:

1979-80 Cornwall Royals QMJHL
1980-81 Cornwall Royals QMJHL
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers OHL

Each of these teams won the Memorial Cup.

Thanks guys. If anyone knows of anyone else, feel free to email me.