Xhekaj's "Gordie Howe hat-trick";  Simoneau's frustration

Xhekaj’s “Gordie Howe hat-trick”; Simoneau’s frustration

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?).

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.

Let’s just say Simoneau didn’t find it funny…

Stéphane Leroux came out in defense of the managers of Q after the meeting.

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)?

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.

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.

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.

A lot of

– Will the Canadiens draft Shane Wright?

Memory: Kent Hughes, Jeff Gorton, and Martin St-Louis watched the Rocket win yesterday at Springfield.

– Charlie Lindgren has done less well than Joel Hofer since the beginning of the Rocket series against Thunderbirds.


– Chris Wideman: first signing traded by Kent Hughes.

#Xhekajs #Gordie #Howe #hattrick #Simoneaus #frustration

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