The second to last weekend of the CHL regular season saw jockeying for playoff seeding while at the NCAA side there was a shocking upset. In game one of the Hockey East quarterfinals, Tyler Wall (2016 sixth) and his top-seeded UMass-Lowell River Hawks were upset by 10th seeded University Of New Hampshire 3-1.
New Hampshire scored their three goals on just nine shots as they jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead and never looked back. Wall just did not play a strong enough game to give his team a chance to win. Wall’s seven-game winning streak ends as his River Hawks now need to win on Saturday and Sunday in order to advance to the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament.
Wall drops to 21-8-1 with a 2.11 goals against and a 0.917 save percentage.
Tim Gettinger (2016 fifth) recorded his 29th goal of the season as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds earned a 6-1 win over the Kitchener Rangers. Gettinger scored the Greyhounds fifth goal of the game as the Greyhound are unbeaten in their last eight games.
The win clinches the OHL’s West Division for the Greyhounds but also puts them three points behind the Erie Otters for the OHL’s best record. Both teams have four games remaining in the regular season.
Gettinger is now 29-21-50 on the season for the Greyhounds.
Ryan Gropp (2015 second) earned the game’s second star with a primary assist as well as solid play at both ends of the ice to help his Seattle Thunderbirds earn a 3-2 win over the Everett Silvertips. It was a huge win for the Thunderbirds who once again only had 16 skaters (11 forwards, five defensemen).
Gropp’s assist came on Seattle’s second goal, a shorthanded goal which at the time gave Seattle a 2-1 lead. Seattle with the win regains the top spot in the WHL’s Western Conference by a point over Everett. Everett does hold two games in hand.
Gabriel Fontaine (2016 sixth) did not score but his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies would have little trouble with the Val-d’Or Foreurs 6-2. Fontaine only took three shots but he was 14-0 on his faceoffs.
The Huskies have won nine straight games but cannot catch the Saint John Sea Dogs for the best record in the QMJHL. With four games remaining they trail the Sea Dogs by five points.
Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 third)was scoreless and a +2 as his Regina Pats shut out the Moose Jaw Warriors 5-0. The win clinched the WHL’s East Division title for the Pats as they open up a seven point lead for the best record in the WHL.
Zborovskiy leads the WHL in plus/minus with a huge +63 but has gone nine games without a point and 36 since his last goal.
Sean Day (2016 third) was held scoreless with a -4 on one shot as his Windsor Spitfires lost to the Sarnia Sting 6-2. The loss drops the Spitfires four points behind Owen Sound for the fourth seed in the OHL’s Western Conference.
Owen Sound has two games in hand as Windsor has just four games remaining in the regular season.
Someone needs to show Ty Ronning (2016 seventh) some mercy as his Vancouver Giants got crushed by the Kelowna Rockets 8-1. Ronning had a secondary assist and was a -2 as his Giants are winless in their last seven games.
Ronning is 24-27-51 on the season.
No Brad Morrison (2015 fourth) for the Prince George Cougars as they took on the Tri-City Americans. Morrison has been out since February 24th with a lower-body injury (believed to be an ankle) and this makes six games that he has missed.
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