CHL playoffs: Voltigeurs even series with Foreurs
Grand-Maison notches winning goal late in 3rd period
Alexandre Grand-Maison broke a tie game with less than three minutes to go, and Louis-Philip Guindon made 39 saves to give the hometown Drummondville Voltigeurs a 3-2 win over the Val-d'Or Foreurs on Wednesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff action.
The Voltigeurs, who tied their second-round series 2-2 with the win, opened the game with first-period goals from Ryan Culkin and Joey Ratelle.
Val-d'Or replied in the second period, as Shawn Ouellette-St-Amant and Phil Pietroniro scored within 24 seconds of each other. Pierre-Maxime Poudrier assisted on both goals.
Foreurs goaltender Antoine Bibeau made 26 saves in the losing effort.
Mooseheads 4, Olympiques 2
GATINEAU, Que. — Nikolaj Ehlers scored the eventual winner on a power play, and added an assist as Mooseheads extended their second-round playoff series lead over the Olympiques.
Luca Ciampini and MacKenzie Weegar also scored for Halifax, who leads the best-of-seven set 3-1. Brent Andrews added an empty-net goal at 19:05 of the third period.
Simon Tardif-Richard and Vaclav Karabacek replied for the Olympiques.
Mooseheads goalie Zachary Fucale made 25 saves for the win. Gatineau's Robert Steeves stopped 19 shots in the losing effort.
Drakkar 4, Huskies 2
ROUYN-NORANDA, Que.— Baie-Comeau got goals from four different skaters and outshot the Huskies 39-19 to complete the sweep of their second-round playoff series.
Charles Hudon, Denis Gorbunov and Valentin Zykov all had a goal and an assist apiece, and Alexandre Ranger also scored for the Drakkar, who won the series 4-0.
Jean-Sebastien Dea and Mathieu Lemay replied for the Huskies.
Baie-Comeau's Philippe Cadorette made 17 saves for the win. Rouyn-Noranda's Alexandre Belanger stopped 35 shots in the loss.
Armada 5, Oceanic 1
BOISBRIAND, Que. — Christopher Clapperton and Daniel Walcott each had a goal and two assists as Blainville-Boisbriand evened its second-round playoff series with Rimouski.
Emil Aronsson, Marc-Olivier Roy and Samuel Tremblay also scored for the Armada, who tied the series 2-2. Etienne Marcoux stopped 30 shots.
Jimmy Oligny had the lone goal for the Oceanic.
Philippe Desrosiers started in net for Rimouski but left the game after giving up all five goals on 25 shots through 44:27. Olivier Tremblay stopped all nine shots he faced in relief.
Rockets 5, Thunderbirds 2
SEATTLE — Rockets goaltender Jordon Cooke made 45 saves as Kelowna completed its four-game sweep over the Seattle Thunderbirds with a 5-2 victory in second-round Western Hockey League playoff action.
Damon Severson, Nick Merkley and Marek Tvrdon had a goal and an assist apiece for the Rockets, who advance to the Western Conference final to take on either Portland or Victoria. Cole Linaker and Tyson Baillie also scored.
Seattle's Ethan Bear opened the scoring on the power play at 14:22 of the first period. Sam McKechnie had the other Thunderbirds goal.
Taran Kozun stopped 42 shots in the losing effort.
Ice 3, Tigers 1
CRANBROOK, B.C. — Levi Cable scored a hat trick as Kootenay took a 2-1 series lead over Medicine Hat.
Sam Reinhart and Rinat Valiev had two assists apiece for the Ice, who were outshot 40-30.
Curtis Valk had the lone goal for the Tigers.
Kootenay's Mackenzie Skapski made 39 saves for the win. Marek Langhammer stopped 27 shots for Medicine Hat.
Wheat Kings 5, Oil Kings 2
BRANDON, Man. — Richard Nejezchleb scored two goals and assisted on another, and Jordan Papirny made 49 saves as Brandon staved off elimination with a win over Edmonton.
John Quenneville had a goal and an assist, and Tim McGauley and Jens Meilleur also scored for the Wheat Kings, who trail the series 3-1.
Cody Corbett and Luke Bertolucci replied for the Oil Kings, who outshot the Wheat Kings 51-31.
Edmonton's Tristan Jarry made 26 saves in the loss.