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Regional Wins Set Up WCHA Clash

Sunday, 03.27.2011 / 12:57 AM ET / News
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Regional Wins Set Up WCHA Clash

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(NCAA) North Dakota 6, RPI 0 - GAME SHEET
(NCAA) Denver 3, Western Michigan 2 (2OT) - GAME SHEET
(NCAA) Minnesota-Duluth 5, Yale 3 - GAME SHEET
(QMJHL) Quebec 6, Val-d'Or 4 - GAME SHEET
(OHL) London 5, Owen Sound 1 - GAME SHEET
(WHL) Kootenay 5, Moose Jaw 2 - GAME SHEET
(WHL) Red Deer 5, Edmonton 1 - GAME SHEET
(WHL) Portland 4, Everett 0 - GAME SHEET

By Glenn Odebralski for

It was a busy Saturday night for the prospects as 12 of them saw their teams in action. It was a mixed bag at the end of each of their nights as two of the three college teams came out victorious while just only one of the five teams in juniors came out on top.

Denver and North Dakota will meet in the Midwest Region final Sunday afternoon (5:30pm ET on ESPNU). While North Dakota rolled, it  took Denver longer to get there to set up a rematch of the Final Five (WCHA) Championship. It also almost didn't happen.

In the early game in Green Bay, Wisc., North Dakota, the one-seed of the region, scored four times in the second period to turn a 1-0 lead into a 5-0 advantage against RPI. They would add one other goal 32 seconds into the third to roll past the Engineers 6-0. Corban Knight would set up North Dakota's second goal 3:58 into the second as his cross-crease pass found it's way to Brad Malone who potted his second of the game. The Panthers fifth-round pick (135th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft would give the Fighting Sioux a 5-0 lead as he scored on a short-handed breakaway with 2:49 to play in the middle stanza.

Ryan Watson and Western Michigan had Drew Shore, John Lee, Sam Brittain and Denver on the ropes, holding a 2-0 lead until late in the game. A power-play goal by Denver captain Kyle Ostrow cut the deficit to one with 4:29 left in regulation. Then Shore would set up the tying marker with 2:36 remaining as he won a face-off in the offensive zone and Jason Zucker got the puck back to the point where Matt Donovan let one rip that beat the Western Michigan netminder. It would take more than a period and a half of overtime for Zucker to send the Pioneers on to the next round as his initial shot was blocked by a defender but he followed up on the shot and roofed in with 11:14 gone. Brittain stopped 30 shots for the victory while Shore had the one assist.

Playing in the East Regional finals, Joe Basaraba and the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs used four second period goals to upset top-seed Yale 5-3. The region's third seed was helped by a five-minute major penalty after Brian O'Neill was ejected for a hit to the head. The Bulldogs would scored twice on that power play. It is the first time that Minnesota-Duluth has made the Frozen Four since 2004.

Over in the Ontario Hockey League, Owen Sound had their series tied at one after falling 5-1 in London. The Knights scored 19 seconds into the game and never looked back, adding a second goal five minutes into the second and then scoring three times in the third after Owen Sound got on the board. Garrett Wilson finished a minus-one on the night. The two teams will take two days off before Game Three with Owen Sound playing host on Tuesday.

Val-d"Or was much more competitive in their second game of their series against Quebec despite missing their regular season leading scorer for the game. Recently signed Jonathan Hazen was handed a three-game suspension for a hit in the back in Game One but his teammates kept it close before falling 6-4 to fall in a two-game disadvantage. Val-d'Or got to within 5-4 when they scored with four minutes left in the game but Frederick Roy gave the Remparts a two-goal cushion on a power play goal with 47 seconds left in the game.

After stealing game one of their series in Kootenay, Moose Jaw dropped game two by a score of 5-2. The Ice scored twice in the opening period and then again 56 seconds into the second to jump out to a three goal lead. Panthers prospect Quinton Howden would score his third in two games 2:16 into the third stanza to make it 3-1 and then the Warriors would get within one with 9:36 left. The visitors couldn't get any closer as the Ice scored twice into the empty net in the last minute of play.

With a 1-0 lead in their series after pulling away late in the third against Edmonton, the Red Deer Rebels had a little easier go at it in game two as they won 5-1. Potential first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored 10:39 into the opening period and the Rebels made it 2-0 with 2:16 left in the first. The Oil Kings scored their goal with 56 seconds left in the period but the Rebels regained their two-goal lead 14:05 into the middle period. They would add two goals in the third with the final tally coming on the power play with 44 seconds left in regulation.

In Portland, the top-seeded WInterhawks got almost all their scoring in the first period as they shut out Josh Birkholz and the Everett Silvertips 4-0. Riley Boychuk scored a power play goal 4:46 into the game, Brendan Leipaic netted one 2:40 later and Ryan Johansen potted a shorthanded goal 41 seconds later. Brad Ross recorded the fourth goal of the game with 7:32 left in the contest.




1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
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