UHS Coach Nye Talks Junior Hockey
Great CHL playoff action has been going on for the past week, so we need to catch up to it now!
Some frist round series have been completed and the teams are waiting for the others to finish off so we will have a look at those happening.
Quickly to the OHL then off west to the WHL and traveling back to the QMJHL to see all the exciting action going on in the east. Hitch up and let’s get rolling!
Now with 6 out the 8 series finished and waiting for the Belleville vs Mississauga series ( game 6 goes tomorrow, April 1st, Belleville up 3-2) and then the last series, Owen Sound vs Sault Ste. Marie (game 6 goes tonight, March 31st, O.S up 3-2) the other winners of their series are waiting and practicing to find out who will be the next opponents ? Once everything gets lined up there will be some exciting hockey going on. Keep you eyes out for those Barrie Colts as they are running on all cylinders right now but you can’t also forget the power house London Knights, sitting at home licking their chops for their newest victims, it’s going to be great!
Check back in a couple of days to find out who is matched up for the second round of the OHL playoffs. Off to the Wild West now!
Ah the ‘Wild West’, just as you thought things were going the way you had planned it, ‘wham bamm’ everything goes out to the wash!
Again with 5 out of the 8 first round series all wrapped up and the Edmonton Oil Kings already schedule to do battle with Medicine Hat in the second round, along with Calgary Hitmen going up against Red Deer we sit patiently waiting for the rest of the teams to finish.
Still doing battle are Portland vs Everett with Portland leading 3-2 in the series. Game 6 goes April 1st (no not a Aprils fools joke!) This has been a back and forth series as when Portland wins, they win big and when Everett comes in to win they have been close games and not much of a homer type series as they both have won games in the visitors barns.
With the other two series still moving along we see that Kelowna against Seattle and where they have gone into 3 out of the first 5 games to overtime, so this series is way from over. The other close series, Kamploops vs Victoria has also been going back and forth with close scoring and one OT game in the records. Look for Kamploops to finish things off on Monday night in Victoria.
With great playoff action happening over the past week or so here is the WHL Player of the Week, Congrats!!
Player of the Week
Heading back east to the ‘Q’ to catch up with all the first round playoffs happening in the QMJHL, here we go!
Undisciplined play cost the P.E.I. Rocket Wednesday in losing 3-0 to the Val-d’Or Foreurs in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff action.
The Foreurs went two-for-nine with the man advantage en route to tying the best-of-seven series 2-2.
“Playoff hockey is pretty emotional hockey and we have to be better in that aspect,” coach Gordie Dwyer told The Guardian. “We can’t give the referees an opportunity to make a call.”
Penalties can have a lasting impact even after the penalized player returns to the ice.
“Obviously when we’re killing penalties you’re taxing a few of our guys that are on the ice a lot,” Dwyer said. “As much as you can build momentum off a big kill, it’s tough to get that rhythm after.”
One of the momentum swings Wednesday came midway through the game when Rocket winger Victor Provencher was assessed a kneeing penalty and a double minor for spearing at 11:48 of the second period. Loik Poudrier scored 67 seconds later to give the home side of 2-0 lead.
“We’ll learn from tonight,” Dwyer said. “It’s a best-of-three and we have home ice.”
Game 5 is Friday in Val-d’Or at 8:30 p.m. AT while Game 6 will be Monday at 7 p.m. at the Charlottetown Civic Centre.
The Foreurs led 1-0 after the first and 2-0 after 40 minutes.
Anton Zlobin and Cedrick Henley also scored for Val-d’Or. Henley, Brandon Hynes, Randy Gazzola, Vincent Dunn, Jeremie Fraser and Anthony Mantha had assists.
Philippe Trudeau turned aside all 31 shots he faced to record the shutout while Antoine Bibeau stopped 34 of 37 shots he faced in the loss.
Playoff hockey is pretty emotional hockey and we have to be better in that aspect- Gordie Dwyer, P.E.I. Rocket head coach
The Rocket had six power-play opportunities, but could not find the back of the net.
“We did have quite a few chances, we just seemed snake-bitten around the net,” Dwyer said.
He added the Rocket has to increase the forecheck pressure on the Foreurs’ defence and get more traffic and pucks to the net.
As for the other series in the ‘Q’ going on we have 5 series all wrapped up out of the 8 series. With Quebec vs Chicoutimi at 3-2 in games respectfully and Rimouski vs Gatineau also at a 3-2 margin in games they continue to do battle this Sunday with both series start times at 4pm and the Val-d’Or taking on P.E.I. on Monday at 7pm. Great exciting action still going on and once they wrap it all up the schedules for the second round will be made up and posted.
While we are waiting for them to finish off have a look at these nifty plays and sit back to watch some great action.
Well that wraps it up for this week at the CHL playoffs join me next week as we go into round 2!
Until next week,
See you after the game,