Sunday, March 02, 2008

Playoff time for Terrier recruits

Playoffs are under way in most of the U.S. and Canadian junior leagues and Terrier recruits have been at the center of the action. In the OPJHL, Stouffville tied its division semi-final series with Huntville at three games apiece today behind a pair of Ethan Werek goals. In nine playoff games, Werek has a team-high 14 points (6g-8a), tying him with Corey Trivino, who had an assist in today’s win.

In the first round of AJHL playoffs, Spruce Grove goalie Kieran Millan is at the top his game, shutting out Lloydminster 4-0 Friday and stopping 36 shots. The next night, he held the Bobcats in check again, in a 5-1 win, earning his coach’s praise.

BU’s two newest recruits will playoff action, too. On Friday in first round BCHL play, Grant Rolleheiser stopped 37 of 40 shots, keeping Trail in the game against a bigger, and more-high powered Vernon Vipers team in a 3-2 loss. Last night, the Vipers put a thumping on Trail, 7-2, chasing Rollheiser after two periods. Details on Shawn’s Smoke Eaters’ Blog.

Note: Trail Blogger Shawn Mullin advises Terrier fans that "when the Smokies play at home in the playoffs [Monday night] there should be a live video feed of the game on the BCHL website. You just have to sign up for a free Fanzone membership and apparently they'll have at least one home game you can watch."

In the EJHL, Kevin Gilroy netted a pair today to lead the South Shore Kings to a 6-3 win over Syracuse, tying the first round series at one game apiece.

Vinny Saponari had a goal in the NTDP U18s 3-3 tie with Nebraska-Omaha Saturday and an assist in a 4-2 loss to Alpena/NAHL today. Saponari’s 30 points (13g, 17a) are second best on the U18s.

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