CHL playoffs: Kuchmey walks out on Spitfires in 10-2 loss
Starting goalie pulls self from net
Knights 10, Spitfires 2
The Windsor Spitfires were left with just one goaltender Tuesday after having their starter walk out on them midway through Game 3 of their Ontario Hockey League playoff matchup with the London Knights.
Dalen Kuchmey pulled himself from Windsor's net, went to the dressing room, changed and drove away from the arena after giving up eight goals on 26 shots, leaving the Spitfires trailing 8-1 with 5:34 remaining in the second period.
London went on to win the game 10-2.
"You're going to have to ask him," Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner said when asked about Kuchmey's whereabouts during the third period. "He left the ice and the rink before the (second) period was over. He quit on our team and he quit on his teammates."
Kuchmey was making his first start of the series, filling in for regular starter Alex Fotinos who came down sick after starting Game 1 and 2.
London jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes of play and Boughner spoke to Fotinos about replacing Kuchmey to start the second, but decided to stick with the healthier 19-year-old despite the score.
"I asked our backup goalie (Fotinos) who had been sick all day at the end of the first period if he could go in if we had to pull Kuch at some point," Boughner said. "He said, 'if you need me, great, but I don't feel good at all'.
Added Boughner: "Our backup was sick. It is what it is and I really don't have anything more to say as I haven't talked to (Kuchmey). But once you quit on our team .... I'd rather concentrate on the guys who want to be here."
Ryan Rupert and Bo Horvat each had a goal and three assists for the Knights, who have a commanding 3-0 series lead. Zach Bell, Chandler Yakimowicz, Michael McCarron, Matt Rupert, Nikita Zadorov, Chris Tierney, Josh Anderson and Mitchell Marner added the others.
London's Anthony Stolarz made 24 saves for the win. Stolarz received a two-minute minor for high sticking at the 15:56 mark of the first period after hitting Josh Ho-Sang in the back of the head with his stick.
Josh Ho-Sang and Ben Johnson scored for the Spitfires as Fotinos wound up stopping 11-of-13 shots in 25 minutes of relief.
Boughner added that goaltender Brendan Johnston could be called up from Chatham Jr. B in time for Game 4 on Thursday.
Icedogs 2, Battalion 0
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Brent Moran made 42 saves as the IceDogs shut out North Bay to take a 2-1 lead in their series.
Billy Jenkins and Eric Ming supplied the offence for Niagara.
Jake Smith made 24 saves for the Battalion.
North Bay's defence pairing of Dylan Blujus and Marcus McIvor were caught on the ice for both goals against.
Whalers 2, Storm 1
PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Zach Lorentz's goal eight minutes into the third period stood as the winner as the Whalers downed Guelph to take Game 3.
Victor Crus Rydberg also scored for Plymouth, while Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 52 shots.
Ryan Horvat was the lone scorer for the Storm and Justin Nichols turned aside 25 shots.
Guelph leads the series 2-1.
Colts 6, Wolves 4
SUDBURY, Ont. — Brendan Lemieux and Andrew Mangiapane had two goals each as Barrie skated past the Wolves to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Jake Dotchin and Aaron Ekblad also scored for the Colts, while Mackenzie Blackwood made 32 saves for the win.
Nicholas Baptiste led Sudbury with a goal and two assists. Radek Faksa, Connor Crisp and Brody Silk chipped in as well.
Franky Palazzese stopped 27-of-32 shots for the Wolves.
Frontenacs 4, Petes 2
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Samuel Schutt scored twice and Matt Mahalak made 43 saves as Kingston doubled up the Petes to go up 3-0 in its first-round matchup.
Michael Moffat and Sam Bennett also scored for the Frontenacs.
Steven Lorentz and Nick Ritchie scored for Peterbrough.
Petes goaltender Andrew D'Agostini stopped 44-of-47 shots in defeat.
Generals 6, Steelheads 5 (2OT)
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Josh Sterk scored 11:28 into the second overtime to lift Oshawa to a 3-0 series lead over the Steelheads.
Michael Dal Colle scored twice for the Generals. Cole Cassels had a goal and two assists, while Scott Laughton and Dylan Smoskowitz each added a goal and an assist.
Sam Babintsev led Mississauga with three goals while Austin Gerhart and Lucas Venuto added the others.
Oshawa's Daniel Altshuller made 28 saves for the win as Spencer Martin stopped 58 shots for the Steelheads.
Foreurs 3, Titan 2
BATHURST, N.B. - Anthony Mantha set up two goals and then scored the winner as the Val-d'Or Foreurs edged the host Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff action.
Louick Marcotte had a pair of goals in regulation for the Foreurs, who lead the first-round series 3-0, and Samuel Henley chipped in with two assists.
Val-d'Or's Antoine Bibeau stopped 17 shots for the victory.
Scott Oke and Nicholas Blanchard scored for the Titan and Jacob Brennan kicked out 39-of-42 shots in a losing cause.
The Foreurs can sweep the series Wednesday when the Titan host Game 4.
Mooseheads 4, Islanders 1
CHARLOTTETOWN — Philippe Gadoury scored three times and Zachary Fucale made 16 saves as Halifax toppled the Islanders to go up 3-0 in its first-round matchup.
Jonathan Drouin had a goal and an assist for the Mooseheads while Andrew Ryan, Nikolaj Ehlers and Matt Murphy each tacked on two assists.
Daniel Sprong scored the lone goal for Charlottetown.
Islanders netminder Mason MacDonald turned away 38-of-42 shots in defeat.
Armada 4, Wildcats 3
MONCTON, N.B. — Danick Martel had a pair of goals as Blainville-Boisbriand edged the Wildcats in Game 4 of its opening-round series.
Ryan Tesink and Daniel Walcott also scored for the Armada, who lead the series 3-1, and Philippe Sanche had two assists.
Vladimir Tkachev scored all three goals for Moncton, which trailed 4-0 after two periods of play.
Blainville-Boisbriand's Etienne Marcoux made 20 saves for the win. Alex Dubeau played the first two periods for the Wildcats and allowed four goals on 30 shots. Jason Rioux faced only two shots in a period of relief.
Olympiques 7, Screaming Eagles 2
SYDNEY, N.S. — Vaclav Karabacek scored twice and Simon Tardif-Richard had a goal and two assists as Gatineau took Game 3 against Cape Breton in its first-round tilt.
Alexis Pepin, Emile Poirier, Jonathan Bourcier and Adam Stevens also scored for the Olympiques, who lead the series 3-0, and Robert Steeves made 18 saves for the victory.
Kyle Farrell and Julien Pelletier responded for the Screaming Eagles.
Cape Breton's Zachary Fortin was relieved at the 10:33 mark of the second period after giving up four goals on 26 shots. Alex Bureau stopped 11-of-14 shots in relief.
Drakkar 3, Cataractes 0
SHAWINIGAN, Que. — Philippe Cadorette made 26 saves as Baie-Comeau blanked the Cataractes to go up 3-0 in its first-round matchup.
Robby Graham, Jeremy Gregoire and Francis Turbide supplied the scoring for the Drakkar.
Marvin Cupper gave Shawinigan an opportunity to win by stopping 50-of-53 shots in defeat.
Nicholas Welsh led the Cataractes with five shots in net.
Oceanic 4, Sagueneens 0
CHICOUTIMI, Que. — Michael Joly scored three times as Rimouski downed the Sagueneens in Game 3 of Round 1 action.
Peter Trainor also scored for the Oceanic, who lead the series 3-0, while Philippe Desrosiers stopped 19 shots for the shutout.
Chicoutimi's Simon Tremblay led his lcub with three shots against Desrosiers.
Domenic Graham stopped 30-of-34 shots for the Sagueneens.
Voltigeurs 6, Tigres 3
VICTORIAVILLE, Que. — Alexandre Grande-Maison scored twice and Olivier Caouette and Frederick Gaudreau each had a goal and two assists as Drummondville doubled up the Tigres to take Game 3 in Round 1 play.
Matthew Boudens and Joey Ratelle also scored for the Voltigeurs, who lead the series 2-1.
Yan Pavel Laplante, Angelo Miceli and Philippe Hudon scored for Victoriaville.
Drummondville's Louis-Philip Guindon made 19 saves for the win as Francois Tremblay turned away 24-of-29 shots for the Tigres.
Huskies 5, Remparts 2
ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. — Mathieu Lemay scored twice as the Huskies beat Quebec to take a 2-1 lead in first-round series action.
Jean-Sebastien Dea, Francis Beauvillier and Francis Perron also scored for Rouyn-Noranda.
Alexandre Belanger made 19 saves for the Huskies, who outshot the Remparts 54-21.
Nick Sorensen scored both goals for Quebec and Francois Brassard stopped 49 shots in defeat.
Thunderbirds 4, Silvertips 3
KENT, Wash. — Mathew Barzal scored 3:47 into overtime as the Seattle Thunderbirds downed the visiting Everett Silvertips 4-3 on Tuesday in Western Hockey League playoff action.
Scott Eansor had a pair of goals in regulation for the Thunderbirds, who lead the first-round matchup 3-0, and Branden Troock added a single goal.
Patrick Bajkov scored twice for the Silvertips, Mirco Mueller had a goal and an assist and Manraj Hayer assisted on all three of his club's goals.
Taran Kozun made 28 saves for Seattle while Everett's Austin Lotz turned away 25-of-29 shots in a losing cause.
The Thunderbirds can clinch the series on Friday when the Silvertips host Game 4.
Oil Kings 4, Raiders 3
PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Riley Kieser broke a 3-3 deadlock at 17:28 of the third period as the Oil Kings edged Prince Albert to go up 3-0 in their first-round series.
Griffin Reinhart, Edgars Kulda and Brett Pollack also scored for Edmonton, which trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes of play.
Jayden Hart, Chance Braid and Leon Draisaitl supplied the scoring for the Raiders.
Tristan Jarry stopped 24 shots for the Oil Kings while Prince Albert's Cole Cheveldave turned away 33-of-37 shots in defeat.
Broncos 3, Tigers 1
SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Eetu Laurikainen stopped 30-of-31 shots as the Broncos took Game 3 of their first-round matchup against Medicine Hat.
Julius Honka, Nathan Burns and Jake DeBrusk scored for Swift Current, which still trails the series 2-1.
Cole Sanford scored the lone goal for the Tigers.
Medicine Hat's Marek Langhamer made 36 saves in a losing cause.
Ice 5, Hitmen 4
CRANBROOK, B.C. — Jaedon Descheneau scored the winner with 52 seconds remaining in regulation as Kooteny slipped past Calgary to even its first-round series at two games apiece.
Luke Philp, Zach Franko, Sam Reinhart and Levi Cable also scored for the Ice.
Kootenay's Mackenzie Skapski allowed four goals on 18 shots before giving way to Wyatt Hoflin, who stopped all 20 shots he faced in 26 minutes of relief.
Ben Thomas, Greg Chase, Jake Virtanen and Pavel Padakin scored for the Hitmen while Chris Driedger kicked out 27 shots in defeat.
Winterhawks 6, Giants 3
VANCOUVER — Brendan Leipsic had two goals and two assists as Portland doubled up the Giants in Game 3 of Round 1 action.
Derrick Pouliot, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Taylor Leier each had a goal and an assist for the Winterhawks, who lead the series 3-0, and Paul Bittner added a single goal.
Vancouver got goals from Joel Hamilton, Trent Lofthouse and Alec Baer.
Portland's Brendan Burke made 25 saves for the win as Payton Lee turned away 28-of-34 shots for the Giants.
Americans 4, Rockets 3
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Eric Comrie stopped 52 shots, including 34 through the first two periods of play, as Tri-City downed Kelowna to take Game 3 in Round 1 play.
Philip Tot, Justin Gutierrez and Brian Williams each had a goal and an assist for the Americans, who led 3-0 heading into the third period, and Jessey Astles scored once.
Marek Tvrdon, Myles Bell and Justin Kirkland scored third-period goals for the Rockets, who lead the series 2-1.
Kelowna's Jordon Cooke made 33 saves in a losing cause.