It’s not just the NHL where the playoffs are in full swing right now.
Hockey junior Canadian offers us its most intense hockey for a few days.
The three Canadian leagues began their respective final series during the Weekend. Let’s see what happened…
Falls 2 – Islanders 0
The Serie (four of seven) leading up to the President’s Cup opening Saturday in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
On Saturday, the Falls quickly overcame the Islanders, winning by a score of 5-1. Recall that Xavier Simoneau, the Canadian’s sixth-round pick last summer, was suspended for this matchup.
yesterday, foreverPEIto them cats He did it again: he escaped with a victory in extra-time thanks to a goal from Xavier Bourgault (who else?).
— LHJMQ (@LHJMQ) June 6, 2022
Bourgault (3 goals and 1 assist), Mavrik Bourque (3 goals and 3 assists), Jordan Tourigny (3 assists), and all waterfalls they have been the best so far.
Xavier Simoneau picked up two assists yesterday. Defender William Trudeau has so far been acquitted.
Note that Simoneau was ejected at the end of the third for face-to-face offense…and that the Falls tied the game in power play with six seconds left in the third, to force an overtime period.
Numerical advantage at the end of the match @Cataracts_Shaw in this sequence where Simoneau @IslandersHKY he “closed” his hand on the puck at the faceoff when the referees’ whistles had been in the pockets during the third period. The linesman’s decision and more! https://t.co/Jzr7PpUVHellof
— of the plant (@jfplante_Droit) June 6, 2022
Let’s just say Simoneau didn’t find it funny…
CH hopes that Xavier Simoneau was furious with the work of the officials at the end of Game #2 of the Islanders-Cataractes series. https://t.co/a2UAlsceKs pic.twitter.com/XgMvxwho5m
—RDS (@RDSca) June 6, 2022
Stéphane Leroux came out in defense of the managers of Q after the meeting.
There are refereeing decisions that are questionable and depending on which side the fans are on, we get frustrated/happy depending on the case.
After 32 years of experience, you may not believe me but in general, the #QMJHL is the best referee of the 3 leagues
— Stephane Leroux (@StephRDSJunior) June 6, 2022
next game: Wednesday at Shawinigan. Will Cataratas take a serious option in the President Cup and in participation in the Memorial Cup (June 20-29)?
Outscored 38-22 in the shooting column, the Falls lead Charlottetown 2-0.
All the pressure is now on the islanders. Only two clubs in the history of the #QMJHL knocked down and won a final 0-2:
CHI vs. LAV in 1994
RIM vs. WHAT in 2015
— Mikaël Lalancette (@MikLalancette) June 6, 2022
Bulldogs 1 – Spitfires 1
Jan Mysak, Arber Xhekaj, and the Bulldogs were visited by the Spitfires on Friday and Sunday in the OHL Final. On Friday he lost in overtime (4-3), suffering his first loss in 13 playoff games.
Yesterday, the Bulldogs found their way to victory by winning 5-4. Both (close) games were played in Hamilton.
Mysak and Xhekaj, both under contract to the Canadiens, were scratched from Friday’s minutes. Defenseman Daniel Sobolov (Spitfires) as well. Sobolev is a 2021 fifth-round pick from CH. He was playing in Russia before.
Yesterday, however, Xhekaj shone. He scored the (superb) winning goal. See for yourself the quality of his backhand on the winning streak.
backhand with bar
— Canadian Hockey League (@CHLHockey) June 5, 2022
It should be noted that Xhakej also got an assist, five minutes left to fight, two minor penalties, three shots on goal, and the third star of the match.
Arber Xhekaj and Andrew Perrott remove their gloves on the opening faceoff in response to Xhekaj’s hit in Game 1, which resulted in a 5-minute penalty and in-game misconduct handed to the #bulldogs D-man.
—Brandon Caputo (@Caputz13_AGM) June 5, 2022
A goal, an assist, a fight… we call it Gordie Howe’s hat trick!
With 11 points in 13 games, Xhekaj has been one of the best defensemen in the OHL since the start of the playoffs…even though he’s played far fewer games than most defensemen.
Mysak hasn’t accumulated a point since the start of the series.
next game: this night at Windsor. Will the Bulldogs take the lead in the series?
Oil Kings 1–Thunderbirds 1
After losing Game 1 of the WHL Finals on Friday night (2-1), the Oil Kings found their way back to victory last night (5-4).
Kaiden Guhle has not scored a point since the start of the series, but he has increased the number of shoulders and has been used. VERY frequently. In short, it does its job. The
next game: this tomorrow in Seattle (United States). It’s a safe bet that the two teams will cross the border by bus to avoid random COVID-19 testing…
How many CH players will participate in the Memorial Cup at the end of the month? There will be at least one (Sobolev or Mysak and Xhekaj)… but there could be five, including possibly two future CH defenders in Guhle and Xhekaj. To follow.
#habs well represented in all CHL league finals:
QMJHL: CHA-Xavier Simoneau, William Trudeau
OHL: HAM- Jan Mysak, Arber Xhekaj, WIN- Daniil Sobolev
WHL: EDM – Kaiden Guhle
— Andrew Zadarski (@AZadarski) June 6, 2022
A lot of
– Will the Canadiens draft Shane Wright?
Draft Shane Wright or not, 4 recruiters in the shoes of the Canadienshttps://t.co/s5uZDbu904
—RDS (@RDSca) June 6, 2022
– Memory: Kent Hughes, Jeff Gorton, and Martin St-Louis watched the Rocket win yesterday at Springfield.
Martin St-Louis was an attentive spectator yesterday in Springfield.
He did not fail to draw a parallel between his presence in the final of the AHL in Saint-Jean in 1998 and the importance that the youth of the entity is experiencing at the moment. https://t.co/HfMVAld9jf
— Alexandre Gascon (@GasconAlexandre) June 6, 2022
– Charlie Lindgren has done less well than Joel Hofer since the beginning of the Rocket series against Thunderbirds.
Lindgren energized the Rocket by allowing goals from Gignac and Ylonen. Good plays from both Rocket players, but shots that would probably have been stopped by a Hofer in full possession of his mids.
—Patrick Friolet (@PFrioletRDS) June 6, 2022
— Curveball (@curveball) June 6, 2022
– Chris Wideman: first signing traded by Kent Hughes.
Five months after being hired, Kent Hughes was granted his first contract extension since becoming general manager. The other contracts signed by the players since signing him were entry contractshttps://t.co/194AAIH17a
— Guillaume Lefrançois (@glefrancoisLP) June 6, 2022
#Xhekajs #Gordie #Howe #hattrick #Simoneaus #frustration