A little of everything on Thursday
Thursday was a mixed blessing for the New York Ranger prospects as one spent a lot of time in the penalty, another was suspended while a third saw his team lose and are facing elimination. The deeper we go into the playoffs then the more intense things tend to get.
In Portland, Keegan Iverson (2014 fifth) watched from the penalty box as his Portland Winterhawks would score four times over the 17 minutes that Iverson was serving. Iverson was sitting in the box for starting a fight and to be honest this was a case where Iverson stood up for his team even if it cost him personally.
Against the Everett Silvertips in game three in their WHL Western Conference semifinals, the referees for half the game were not calling anything so Iverson took matters into his own hands and went after Everett’s Dawson Leedahl. The fight got the home crowd into the game and the Winterhawks would score twice to take a 2-0 lead into the second intermission.
In the third, the Winterhawks would add two more goals while Iverson was still in the box and then one more once he exited the box for a 5-0 lead. The Silvertips would score three times in 1:46 to make the score interesting but the Winterhawks would hold on for a 5-3 win and a 2-1 lead in the series.
Game four will be Friday night in Portland.
In Niagara Ryan Mantha (2014 fourth) and his Niagara IceDogs dug themselves a 4-0 hole in game four of their OHL Eastern Conference semifinal series and could not find a way out. The IceDogs would lose 7-4 and now trail in the series 3-1 facing an elimination game in Oshawa on Friday evening.
Mantha was scoreless in this game as the Generals just have too much firepower for the IceDogs to match up with.
In Charlottetown, Ryan Graves (2013 fourth) was hit with a one game suspension for a cross-checking major in game three. Graves was lucky as it could have been much harsher. Without Graves his Quebec Remparts were still able to eliminate the Charlottetown Islanders after a 5-2 win in game four.
The Remparts advance to the QMJHL semifinals against a team to be determined.
Finally Adam Tambellini was at least skating on Thursday even if his Calgary Hitmen would not disclose what cause Tambellini to miss game four against Medicine Hat. No word if Tambellini will play in game five on Friday.