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03-26-2004, 07:20 PM
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Au revoir Quebec.

PEI 7, Quebec 1

Jonathan Boutin 24 saves on 25 shots to seal the Rocket's first round victory. Tres bien.

Dominic Soucy avec 1G 2A for PEI... so even with JF gone, Soucyholism still runs rampant for Rocket fans.

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Harvard chokes a 3 goal lead in the third period to lose 5-4 to Maine in the first round of the NCAAs. Packard 1G.

And a nation mourns together....

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One of the truly great choke jobs of all time. Harvard was the Washington Capitals for one night. Packard did score, actually. More below.

NCAA:

Maine 5
Harvard 4
-Packard 1G (PP), 6 SOG, +1
-Maine advances to play Wisconsin

I watched every second of this game and can't believe HU lost. I can't really pin the blame on the goaltending or the coaching... they just lost. The defense was not very good in their own end and Noah Welch (Pitt 2001 2nd rounder) was horrible. This would have been HU's first National Tournament victory in 10 years. They chase Jimmy Howard, who just gave up his first 5 on 5 goal since DECEMBER 5 (my gosh, that's impressive), but had maybe 2 decent chances in the third to build on their 4-1 lead entering that period. Maine just kept coming.

As for Packard... He was on the ice for all four HU goals, and Maine's first PP goal. On the first and second goals he had his butt in front of Howard. The first one he wasn't setting a screen, the second one he had a dman tied up when another HU player banked in a rebound. Packard's goal (HU's third) came off a lucky bounce. Packard had just gotten on the ice off a line change and took a gorgeous feed from Pettit, who had drawn the RD to him just over the blue line, and Packard used his reach to corral the puck and cut in on Howard. He tried to do the Alexeev move (from the Philly game last year) by putting the puck up over Howard on the short side, and actually did - just not in the means he had planned. Howard poked-checked the puck back into Packard, which hit his leg, and flew over Howard's right shoulder.

If it was the NHL, he would have been credited with an assist on HU's fourth goal. He blocked a clearing attempt to Howard's right with his stick, and the puck landed right on a teammate's stick. The teammate shot and then put in his own rebound.

Packard was all over the ice last night and got the last shift of the game with his goalie pulled. He had a few decent shots, but his shot isn't very good at all. Had a good slapper at one point, but his wrister was weak when he tried to put a good shot on net. He's got a grinder's mentality when it comes to shooting, as he basically just swipes at the puck or gets a shot off as quickly as possible and keeps going toward the net. He didn't use his size extremely effectively along the wall, but had a few nice checks. With some coaching from Barber or whoever next year in Springfield he could develop into a nice bottom-six guy and maybe a PP guy for in front. I think if he ever makes the 2nd line in the NHL it will be gravy, but he'll be solid at what he does. A very smart player with an Andreychuk-like reach.

I think, overall, he played well his last collegiate game. He contributed to all four goals, and on the Maine goal he was on the ice for it wasn't his fault. There was a blind clearing attempt from a teammate that hit a Maine player in the chest at the circles. He easily potted a goal.

On to other games...

North Dakota 3
Holy Cross 0
-Smaby ns, 0 SOG, E, 2 PIM (checking after the whistle)
-UND plays Denver next

CHL:

@PEI 7
Quebec 1
-Boutin W, 24/25
-PEI wins series 4-1
-#5 PEI vs. #4 Moncton next

@Mississauga 5
Oshawa 1
-Ranger -2, 2 PIM
-Miss leads 3-2

@Medicine Hat 8
Swift Current 0
-Reid 1G (SH), +3
-MH wins series 4-1, holds #1 seed for Eastern Semis


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-#5 PEI vs. #4 Moncton next
Good test for Boutin... Moncton has some very good offensive players like Bernier. That series could be a really interesting one. Edge to Moncton IMO...

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03-28-2004, 10:01 AM
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Saturday:

Smaby goes home. Egener alive for at least one more game.

Brampton 4
@Ottawa 2
-Henrich ns, E, 4 PIM
-#7 BRA leads series 3-2 going home today for game 6

Calgary 3
@Red Deer 1
-Egener ns, +1, 4 PIM
-Huge win for CAL in RD to stave off elimination.
-RD leads series 3-2

NCAA:

Minnesota 5
Notre Dame 2
-Atherton DNP
-Minn plays Minn-Duluth to go to Frozen 4

Boston College 5
Niagra 2
-Pearce DNP
-BC plays Michigan to go to Frozen 4

Denver 1
North Dakota 0
-Smaby ns, 3 SOG, E
-Finally got to see Smaby unload a slapper from the blueline. Very hard shot.
-Truly an upset (though it was played in Colorado) as UND controlled the play for most of the third but couldn't score. Hit the post at least twice. Denver did well collapsing in their own end and go their goal when a slapper from just inside the blueline hit something and landed right inside the far post.
-Seems a shame that UND spends most of the year #1 and has to play Denver IN Colorado and doesn't even make the Frozen 4.
-Smaby's season is over, and it is one in which he should be proud of, IMO. In the games I saw he was very solid (especiallly toward the end of the year, and IMO he is a bright prospect. His skating is fantastic and he plays with a mean streak. I think he's a sure-fire NHLer, not as a top pair guy, but in the same Sarich/Egener mold.

Note: Maine beat UNH in OT to advance to the Frozen 4 with Denver.

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03-28-2004, 10:29 AM
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London Knights - Coleman

Selected quotes from a SLAM! article:

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The Knights meet the Erie Otters in the Western Conference semifinals; Game 1 is likely Thursday at the John Labatt Centre at 7 p.m., with Game 2 Saturday in Erie at 7:30 p.m.

Hunter has made no decision on his Game 1 goalie. Ryan MacDonald played goal Game 4 against Windsor after Coleman played the first three.

The Knights and Otters have met six times his season, London winning 4-0-1-1. Overall, the Knights were 53-11-2-2 for a league-record 110 points while the Otters went 29-26-6-7 for 71 points
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Sunday:

Ottawa 6
@Brampton 3
-Henrich 1G, 1A, E, 2nd Star
-Henrich, at 4-1-5 in 6 games, has matched his playoff output exactly from last playoff year (11 games, 4-1-5)
-Brampton fails to take advantage of a HUGE opportunity to send the 2nd seed home in Brampton. Goes back to Ottawa for Game 7.
-Series tied 3-3

UMD 3
Minnesota 1
-Atherton DNP
-Minnesota will not (with credit to Pat Riley) 3-Peat.

BC 3
Michigan 2 (OT)
-Pearce DNP
-BC plays Maine in Frozen 4; Denver-UMD in the other match-up


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Monday:

@Oshawa 3
Mississauga 2 (OT)
-Ranger ns, -1
-Teams combined for nearly 100 SOG
-Series tied 3-3

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Drama and intrigue from the Lightning's OHLers. Who will survive (Unlike Dimitry Kazionov and Lada Togliatti)?

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The London goalie backstopped the first three games in the sweep of Windsor
By JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

It's back to square one for London Knights goaltender Gerald Coleman.

He started the first game of the season, he was in there for the opening of the playoffs, and now he returns to the crease tomorrow night as the Knights begin their OHL Western Conference semifinal against the Erie Otters. "I was hoping for it," Coleman said yesterday after being told he had drawn the Game 1 assignment
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Drama and intrigue from the Lightning's OHLers. Who will survive (Unlike Dimitry Kazionov and Lada Togliatti)?

-Pete Choquette
One goes on, one goes home.. a WHLer survives another day.

Brampton 3
@Ottawa 1
-Henrich ns, E
-#7 Brampton beats #2 Ottawa 4-3
-Both OHL #2 seeds (Sarnia to Erie, also) lose.

@Mississauga 6
Oshawa 1
-Ranger ns, -4, 2 PIM
-Miss. wins series 4-3

Like last year, Ranger has a bad playoff, going 0-1-1 in 7 games with a -9 rating. This, after accumulating a career best 43 points in the regular season. Last year he was 0-3-3, -5 in 13 playoff games after getting 38 regular season points and a +25 regular season rating.

Ranger now waits for a contract.

WHL:

@Calgary 3
Red Deer 0
-Egener 1A, +2
-CAL fights back from 3-1 down to tie series at 3. Game 7 tonight in Red Deer.

Next round playoff matchups:

(TB prospect teams listed first)

QMJHL:

1-Gatineau
8-Rouyn-Noranda

3-Rimouski
6-Shawinigan

5-PEI
4-Moncton

OHL:

1-London
7-Erie

7-Brampton
1-Toronto

WHL:

1-Medicine Hat
7-Brandon

If Calgary wins, they play Moose Jaw.

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Calgary had better win... they were jacking their jaws about being a Memorial Cup contender before the series. Lord knows between Getzlaf, Ladd, Egener, and the rest of the oak trees on their blueline they should be.

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Henny

Just as a sidenote, Henrich had a spectacular series including some key goals, excellent forechecking and some suprisingly good backchecking. I don't think he's played this well defensively in four years in Brampton. He's always played well against St. Mikes, and if Henny keeps playing as well as he has, the Lightning may need to wait a little longer before they can sign him.

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Just as a sidenote, Henrich had a spectacular series including some key goals, excellent forechecking and some suprisingly good backchecking. I don't think he's played this well defensively in four years in Brampton. He's always played well against St. Mikes, and if Henny keeps playing as well as he has, the Lightning may need to wait a little longer before they can sign him.
I hope they do have to wait. If you have the time, keep checking in with updates for us.

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Egener Done

@Red Deer 4
Calgary 2
-Egener ns, E, 10 PIM
-RD wins series 4-3
-3/5 Egener penalties were matching. (5= 3 Roughing, 1 USC, 1 Tripping)
-I wonder if they would consider putting Egener in the Pensacola for their playoffs. Doubtful, I would think.

OHL Second Round:

@London 6
Erie 2
-Coleman W, 23/25
-LDN leads series 1-0

As mentioned in the O'Brien thread, O'Brien awarded the Emile "Butch" Bouchard Trophy as the Q's Top Defenseman for the season. Many congrats to our favorite Newfie.

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I hope they do have to wait. If you have the time, keep checking in with updates for us.
Just spoke with Feaster and the TBL really doesn't have any intentions of signing our junior prospects for the purposes of placing them on any minor league team for the playoffs. Contracts negotiations will be later this month or early May.

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Just spoke with Feaster and the TBL really doesn't have any intentions of signing our junior prospects for the purposes of placing them on any minor league team for the playoffs. Contracts negotiations will be later this month or early May.
Thanks, Ex. I've been meaning to drop Feaster a line and ask him myself, but never got around to it.

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No TB prospects in action last night in the CHL. Q teams, Brampton, Medicine Hat all in action tonight.


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OHL Second Round:

@London 6
Erie 2
-Coleman W, 23/25
-LDN leads series 1-0
Per SLAM! Hockey, Coleman to sit next game, McDonald to start

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Friday:

@Rimouski 4
Shawinigan 2
-Hrdel ns, -1, 3 SOG
-RIM leads series 1-0

@Gatineau 3
R-N 1
-O'Brien ns, E, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
-GAT leads series 1-0

@Toronto 4
Brampton 2
-Henrich ns, E, 2 PIM
-TOR leads series 1-0

@Medicine Hat 5
Brandon 1
-Reid ns, E, 2nd Star
-MH leads series 1-0

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Nice start for Boutin.

PEI 5
@Moncton 1
-Boutin W, 36/37, 1st Star
-PEI leads series 1-0

@Rimouski 5
Shawinigan 1
-Hrdel 2A, +3
-Crosby with a hatter. 4 goals in his first 2 playoff games, including an ENer.
-RIM leads series 2-0

London 5
@Erie 1
-Coleman DNP
-MacDonald 34/35
-LDN leads series 2-0

@Medicine Hat 4
Brandon 2
-Reid 1G, E
-MH leads series 2-0

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Can anyone compare Boutin and Coleman to some of the other young goalies in the NHL at present?

I mean, are they or will they be as good as say, Lehtonen (sp) or (and I doubt) DiPietro? And how long before we see them, 2 years or longer?

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It'll be a long lone time (4 years at least) before we see either of these guys. Lehtonen and Dipietro are special prospects, particularly Lehtonen who impersonated a big FC goaltender very well last night IMO... and you all know that's high praise in my books.

Coleman has the ability to make himself into a bigger version of John Grahame with a lot of hard work.

Boutin, being only 6'1-1/2", is going to have to rely on technique and athleticism moreso than Coleman. Boutin can become a little bigger version of Jocelyn Thibault IMO.

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