CHL playoffs: Generals complete 2nd straight series sweep
Oshawa to meet North Bay or Barrie in conference final
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — There were no magical comebacks this time for the Peterborough Petes.
Bradley Latour scored twice as the Oshawa Generals beat the Petes 5-2 on Thursday to sweep their second-round Ontario Hockey League playoff series. The Generals also swept Mississauga 4-0 in the first round.
Cole Cassels, Jacob Busch and Mitchell Vande Sompel also scored for the Generals, who will play either North Bay or Barrie in the Eastern Conference final.
Clark Seymour and Hunter Garlent replied for the Petes, who had rallied from a 3-0 series deficit in the first round to advance past Kingston.
Daniel Altshuller stopped 27 shots for Oshawa, while Andrew D'Agostini made 32 saves at the other end of the ice.
Storm 6, Knights 3
LONDON, Ont. — Guelph used a four-goal third period to put the Knights on the brink of elimination.
Scott Kosmachuk and Zack Mitchell each scored twice while Ben Harpur and Robby Fabbri added singles as the Storm took a 3-1 series lead.
Gemel Smith, Chandler Yakimowicz and Dakota Mermis had a goal apiece for London.
Storm goaltender Justin Nichols made 35 saves in the win. Jake Patterson allowed five goals on 27 shots in net for London before Justin Tugwell took over with 10 minutes left to stop five-of-six shots.
Colts 7, Battalion 4
BARRIE, Ont. — The Colts scored six unanswered goals to tie their series with North Bay at two games apiece.
Brendan Lemieux had a hat trick for Barrie, while Liam Maaskant, Tyson Fawcett, Garrett Hope and Zach Hall also scored.
Kyle Wood, Mike Amadio, Barclay Goodrow and Ben Thomson replied for the Battalion.
Mackenzie Blackwood was yanked from Barrie's goal after allowing four goals on seven shots, but the Colts regained stability in net when Daniel Gibl came on to stop 23 shots. Jake Smith, meanwhile, allowed all seven goals on 33 shots in North Bay's net.
Ice 7, Tigers 4
CRANBROOK, B.C. — Jaedon Descheneau scored a hat trick as the Kootenay Ice beat the Medicine Hat Tigers 7-4 to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Hockey League playoff series.
Kyle O'Connor, Luke Philp, Zach Franko and Sam Reinhart also scored for the Ice, who benefited from three empty-net goals in the final minutes of the game after rallying from a 4-1 deficit.
Miles Koules, Curtis Valk, Chad Labelle and Dylan Bredo replied for the Tigers.
Kootenay started Mackenzie Skapski in net but he allowed four goals on 18 shots. Wyatt Hoflin took over and stopped 21 shots. In the Tigers' net, Marek Langhamer stopped 27 of 31 shots.
Winterhawks 5, Royals 1
PORTLAND, Ore. — Chase De Leo scored twice as the Winterhawks swept Victoria in four games.
Adam De Champlain, Taylor Leier and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored for Portland, which will play Kelowna in the Western Conference final.
Steven Hodges had the lone goal for the Royals.
Portland goaltender Brendan Burke stopped 31 shots, while Patrik Polivka allowed all five goals on 40 shots in Victoria's net.