CHL playoffs: Storm ousts Knights in battle of OHL powerhouses
Guelph to meet Erie for Wayne Gretzky Trophy
Storm 5, Knights 4
The Guelph Storm are moving on to the Western Conference final after defeating the visiting London Knights 5-4 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.
Robby Fabbri, Jason Dickinson, Scott Kosmachuk and Zack Mitchell each had a goal and an assist for the Storm, who took the second-round series in five games, while Tyler Bertuzzi added a single goal.
Josh Anderson had a pair of goals for the Knights, Mitchell Moroz scored once and set up two more and Matt Rupert scored the other.
Guelph's Justin Nichols made 29 saves for the win as London's Jake Patterson stopped 31 of 36 shots in defeat.
The Storm will now face the Erie Otters for the Wayne Gretzky Trophy, beginning Apr. 17 in Guelph.
Despite being eliminated from the OHL playoffs, the season isn't over for the Knights, who will be
back in action on May 16 as the hosts of the Memorial Cup.
Battalion 4, Colts 1
NORTH BAY, Ont. — Nick Paul and Marcus McIvor scored 32 seconds apart in the third period as the hometown Battalion went on to defeat Barrie in Game 5 of their second-round series.
Barclay Goodrow had a goal and two assists for North Bay, which scored four unanswered goals in the third period to go up 3-2 in the series. Ben Thomson had the other Battalion goal.
Jake Smith stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Battalion.
Brendan Lemieux opened the scoring for the Colts 42 seconds into the third while Daniel Gibl turned away 18 of 22 shots in defeat.
Mooseheads 4, Olympiques 1
GATINEAU, Que. — Jonathan Drouin and Nikolaj Ehlers continued to stack up their point totals as the Halifax Mooseheads eliminated the Gatineau Olympiques from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs with a 4-1 victory on Friday.
Drouin scored once and set up two more for the Mooseheads, who took the second-round series in five games, while Ehlers had a goal and an assist.
The pairing sit one-two in playoff scoring, with Drouin leading the way with 27 points in nine games while Ehlers has 20 in his nine appearances.
Philippe Gadoury had a goal and three assists for Halifax, which gives him 17 points in nine outings and third spot in post-season scoring behind his teammates.
Luca Ciampini also scored for the Mooseheads and Zachary Fucale made 22 stops for the win.
Alexandre Carrier scored for the Olympiques while Robert Steeves turned away 25 of 29 shots in defeat.
Foreurs 5, Voltigeurs 2
VAL-D'OR, Que. — Anthony Mantha scored three times and added an assist and Antoine Bibeau made 30 saves as the Foreurs took Game 5 and a 3-2 second-round series lead against Drummondville.
Louick Marcotte scored once and set up two more for Val-d'Or and Nicolas Aubel-Kubel scored what turned out to be the eventual winner.
Philippe Pelletier-Leblanc and Frederick Gaudreau responded for the Voltigeurs.
Louis-Philip Guindon started in net for Drummondville and allowed all five goals on 27 shots in 42:59 of action. Joe Fleschler stopped all sevens shots he faced in relief.
Oceanic 4 Armada 3 OT
BOISBRIAND, Que. — Peter Trainor scored 2:40 into extra time as Rimouski beat the Armada to go up 3-2 in its second-round tilt.
Anthony DeLuca and Michael Joly had a goal and an assist apiece for the Oceanic while Sebastien Sylvestre scored once.
Danick Martel had a pair of goals for Blainville-Boisbriand and Marc-Olivier Roy had the other.
Rimouski's Philippe Desrosiers made 30 saves for the win as Etienne Marcoux kicked out 23 of 27 shots for the Armada.
Oil Kings 5, Wheat Kings 1
EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oil Kings are advancing to the Eastern Conference final after defeating the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-1 on Friday in Western Hockey League playoff action.
Henrik Samuelsson and Mitchell Moroz each had a goal and an assist for the Oil Kings, who took the second-round matchup in five games 4-1, while Cody Corbett, Reid Petryk and Brett Pollock added the others.
Eric Roy scored the lone goal for the Wheat Kings, who trailed 3-0 after the first 20 minutes of action.
Edmonton's Tristan Jarry made 19 saves for the win as Jordan Papirny turned away 33-of-38 shots for Brandon.
The Oil Kings will face either the Medicine Hat Tigers or the Kootenay Ice for the Eastern Conference championship. The Ice currently lead their series 3-1 and can eliminate the Tigers on Saturday with a win in Medicine Hat.
The Western Conference final is already set as the Kelowna Rockets will square off with the Portland Winterhawks.