The 2nd Round of the Major Junior Playoffs is now underway as the 24 teams that are still in the running for the Memorial Cup Tournament in Brandon, Manitoba continues. Unlike the Conference Quarterfinals, Calgary is making sure that Medicine Hat doesn't give the Hitmen a scare, Calgary gave the Tigers a 5-2 wake up call that the Hitmen have been on a roll since game 5 of the Moose Jaw Series.
Elsewhere in the West, the Brandon Wheat Kings continue to roll as the team took both games in Saskatoon 6-5 in OT & 4-1 in Game 2 last night. With the next 3 in Brandon, the Wheat Kings will be looking to make quick work of the Saskatoon Blades in the Conference Semifinals.
Finally the Kelowna Rockets are proving to be a tough team as players like Mark Guggenburger is looking to use their WHL Championship Experience from last year as the series is tied at 1-1. While the Vancouver Giants won a high-flying Game 1 as 15 goals were scored as the Giants won 9-6 where Brendan Gallagher used a 4 goal game to help the Giants overcome the Winterhawks in the series' opener.
The Ontario Hockey League has gone to form as the top seeds in Barrie and Windsor are leading 1-0 and 2-0. Barrie is currently playing the Brampton Battalion this afternoon in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal. On an ind. level, it's a battle of top prospects for this year's NHL Draft as Taylor Hall & Jonathan Seguin look to prove their cases that they should be the #1 Draft Pick this summer.
The #2 VS. #3 Series' is going to be where the drama is going to be as the Mississauga & Ottawa have traded blows in the first two games. While the Kitchener Rangers & London Knights have used high scoring games to win in the first 2 games, including a 13 goal game where the London won 8-5 in game 1 where 7 different players scored in the game led by Daniel Erlich who had 2 goals and an assist in the game.
The QMJHL has all 4 of their series at 2-0 as St. John, Drummondville, Victoriaville and Moncton are currently leading the best of 7 Quarterfinals Series' 2-0. This is not surprising as the 4 teams were the top 2 out of the Atlantic & Central Divisions as the Strongest divisions in the QMJHL During the season.
Major Junior Playoffs
Western Hockey League
Medicine Hat Tigers 2 Calgary Hitmen 5 (0-3, 2-1, 0-1)
Brandon Wheat Kings 6 Saskatoon Blades 5 (2-1, 3-4, 1-0)
Kelowna Rockets 3 Tri-City Americans 5 (2-2, 0-0, 1-3)
WHL Friday Wrap Up: http://whl.ca/friday-s-whl-playoff-round-up-p141849
Brandon Wheat Kings 4 Saskatoon Blades 1 (0-0, 2-1, 2-0)
Vancouver Giants 9 Portland Winterhawks 6 (2-1, 3-2, 4-3)
Kelowna Rockets 3 Tri-City Americans 2 (1-1, 0-0, 2-1)
WHL Saturday Wrap Up: http://whl.ca/saturday-s-whl-playoff-round-up-p141869
Current Series Update
Calgary Hitmen VS. Medicine Hat Tigers: Calgary Leads Series 1-0
Saskatoon Blades VS. Brandon Wheat Kings: Brandon Leads Series 2-0
Tri-City Americans VS. Kelowna Rockets: Series Tied at 1-1
Vancouver Giants VS. Portland Winterhawks: Vancouver Leads Series 1-0
Ontario Hockey League
Kitchener Rangers 5 London Knights 8 (1-3, 2-2, 2-3)
Plymouth Whalers 1 Windsor Spitfires 5 (0-2, 1-1, 0-2)
Mississauga St. Micheal's Majors 4 Ottawa 67s 1 (1-0, 1-1, 2-0)
Brampton Battalion 3 Barrie Colts 5 (1-2, 1-3, 1-0)
OHL Thursday Wrap Up: www.ontariohockeyleague.com/ohl-playoff-roundup-thursday-p141826
London Knights 2 Kitchener Rangers 5 (0-1, 1-2, 1-2)
Mississauga St. Micheal's Majors 2 Ottawa 67s 7 (1-2, 1-4, 0-1)
OHL Friday Wrap Up: www.ontariohockeyleague.com/ohl-playoff-roundup-friday-p141846
Windsor Spitfires 5 Plymouth Whalers 3 (1-1, 2-1, 2-1)
OHL Saturday Wrap Up: www.ontariohockeyleague.com/ohl-playoff-roundup-saturday-p141867
Current OHL Playoff Series' Update
Barrie Colts VS. Brampton Battalion: Barrie Leads Series 1-0
Mississauga St. Micheal's Majors VS. Ottawa 67s: Series Tied 1-1
Windsor Spitfires VS. Plymouth Whalers: Windsor Leads Series 2-0
London Knights VS. Kitchener Rangers: Series Tied 1-1
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Gatineau Olympiques 4 St. John Seadogs 7 (0-3, 3-1, 1-3)
Victoriaville Tigers 4 Quebec City Ramparts 1 (1-1, 3-0, 0-0)
Moncton Wildcats 6 Rouyn-Nornda Huskies 1 (5-1, 1-0, 0-0)
Rimouski Oceanic 4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 5 (OT) (1-1, 2-2, 1-1, 0-1)
Gatineau Olympiques 2 St. John Seadogs 7 (0-2, 0-1, 2-4)
Victoriaville Tigers 4 Quebec City Ramparts 2 (1-0, 2-1, 1-1)
Rimouski Oceanic 0 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 (0-1, 0-1, 0-1)
Moncton Wildcats 4 Rouyn-Nornda Huskies 3 (1-0, 2-1, 0-2, 1-0)
QMJHL Series' Update
St. John Seadogs VS. Gatineau Olympiques: St. John Leads Series 2-0
Drummondville Voltigeurs VS. Rimouski Oceanic: Druumondville Leads Series 2-0
Quebec City Ramparts VS. Victoriaville Tigers: Victoriaville Leads Series 2-0
Rouyn-Nornda Huskies VS. Moncton Wildcats: Moncton Leads Series 2-0
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