It is the tale of three prospects, one whose team forced a game seven, another whose team came back to win a series in seven and one whose team was eliminated. Give those prospects a lot of credit as they each played their butts off trying to help their team win.
Gabriel Fontaine (2016 sixth) has emerged as the unlikely offensive leader in a key stat, game-winning goals. With his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies facing elimination in game six, Fontaine played a solid all-around game that included scoring the game-winning goal to help the Huskies force game seven in their QMJHL playoff series against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens.
The Huskies unleashed a five-goal barrage in the second period on their way to a 9-2 win over the Saguenéens. Fontaine would score the third goal of the game for the Huskies which turned out to be the game-winner.
Fontaine’s goal came on an odd-man rush as he finished off a play with a nice backhanded shot that beat the Sagueneens goal (starts at 41 seconds of clip)>
Fontaine with his prospect leading sixth goal of the playoffs and his fourth game-winning goal (also prospect leading) was also a +3 on six shots with a 10-7 record on faceoffs and two hits. Overall Fontaine is 6-4-10 which also leads the Ranger prospects as the Huskies will host game seven on Tuesday night.
Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 third) and his Regina Pats completed their comeback, the Pats defeated the Swift Current Broncos 5-1 to win game seven and advance to the WHL Eastern Conference finals. The Pats who at one point trailed the series 3-1 and were facing elimination won the last three games to knock off the Broncos.
The Pats scored twice in the first five minutes of the first period and never looked back. Zborovskiy was scoreless and a +1 but helped hold the Bronco power play to a 1-6. The Pats now await the winner of the Lethbridge/Medicine Hat series for the right to play for the WHL Championship.
Not all the news was good, on Sunday Tim Gettinger (2016 fifth) and his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds saw their season come to an end after a 1-0 loss to the Owen Sound Attack. The Greyhounds lost their OHL Western Conference semifinals series in six games 4-2.
Gettinger had a breakout regular season for the Greyhounds recording career bests in all offensive categories after a 31-23-54 +26 with three power-play goals, two shorthanded goals, and two game-winning goals. Gettinger also set new highs in the playoffs with a 4-3-7 +4 with one goal each in power-play, shorthanded and game-winning.
While Gettinger has signed his entry-level contract with the Rangers, at 19 he is not eligible for the AHL. Unless he can somehow earn a roster spot with the Rangers.
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