Tambellini scores his third OT winner of the playoffs
Tuesday night was a pretty good evening for the New York Ranger prospects with all five of the remaining prospects in action. The results were not bad either with just one prospect having a “struggle” of a night but the star of the night was the clear best Ranger prospect of the year Adam Tambellini.
His team was down 0-2, they were missing three of their top scorers and they were facing the team that finished the season with the best record in the WHL. Not a problem for Adam Tambellini (2013 third) as he did what you want to see your top prospects do in the playoffs, he put his team on his back and led them to victory.
The game’s first star, Tambellini’s second goal of the game scored at 3:07 of the first overtime gave his Calgary Hitmen a 2-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings and new life in their playoff lives. Tambellini picked up a loose puck and fired it over the glove hand of Brandon’s goalie Jordan Papimy.
It was Tambellini’s 12th goal of the playoffs and his third overtime winner and maybe the biggest goal of the season for Tambellini. Tambellini’s first goal of the game was the one that sent the game to overtime as the WHL’s leading scorer in the playoffs is up to 12-13-25.
Oh and Tambellini even found himself as trending on twitter after his game winning goal. Tambellini and his Hitmen look to tie up the series at 2-2 on Wednesday when they host Brandon in game 4.
Ryan Graves (2013 fourth) and his Quebec Remparts became the first team to clinch a spot in their league finals when the Remparts blew the Moncton Wildcats out of the playoffs with a 7-0 win that capped off a four game sweep. This one was over before the game was even seven minutes old as the Remparts scored three times and made it a five goal first period.
Graves had two secondary assist for the game starting with the first goal of the game which came at 1:13 of the first period. Graves would add a power play assist on the Remparts fourth goal of the period as he finished 0-2-2 with a +1 on one shot. Have to mention that former Ranger’s prospects Anthony Duclair had a 1-4-5 evening in the win.
Graves improves to 5-6-11 as he earns his chance to win a second QMJHL championship. Congrats do need to go to the Remparts for becoming the first hosts of the Memorial Cup in four seasons to make it to their league final.
Troy Donnay (2013 UFA) and his Erie Otters moved to one win away from a date in the OHL finals after they defeated Brandon Halverson (2014 second) and his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7-5. The Otters take a commanding 3-1 lead in their OHL Western Conference finals over the Greyhounds.
This one was like watching two heavyweight boxers throwing bombs at the other to see which one would go down. The Greyhounds struck first scoring just 38 seconds into the contest by Erie responded with a power play goal 1:57 later at 2:35 to tie the score. The Otters were on the power play because Halverson was called for slashing which set off a scrum that sent four Greyhounds and three Otters to the penalty box.
The two teams would wind up tied at 2-2 after the first period with Halverson stopping seven out of the nine shots he faced. The second period would see the teams again trade goals with Halverson stopping 13 out of the 14 shot he faced. In the third period is where Halverson and the Greyhounds would find themselves on the short end as the Otters would score four times with Halverson charged for three goals on just nine shots.
Altogether Halverson would give up six goals on 32 shots as he suffered his third straight loss in the series. The biggest difference was Erie scoring three goals on four power play attempts (one goes on Halverson’s slashing minor) as you cannot put a team with the firepower Erie has on repeated power plays.
Donnay did not have a great game himself as he was lucky that the Greyhounds failed to connect on any of their power plays (Donnay handed them two) going 0 for 5. Donnay was also a -2 to go along with his two minor penalties.
Halverson is now 9-3 with a 2.75 goals against and a 0.900 save percentage as the Greyhounds are heading home facing elimination in game five on Thursday.
Keegan Iverson (2014 third) and his Portland Winterhawks handed the Kelowna Rockets a 7-3 spanking in game three of their WHL Western Conference final’s series. Iverson had a secondary assist on the Hawk’s first goal but he also took two minors during the game, the first a goalie interference call was not that bad but Iverson took a roughing call in the third that he should have avoided.
In any case Iverson is 2-7-9 which is a new career high for playoff points for Iverson but more importantly the Winterhawks have a 2-1 series lead. Iverson and the Winterhawks will face Kelowna on Wednesday in game 4 of their series.