MONDAY'S WHL PLAYOFF ROUND-UP

Apr 17, 2012 - 00:40 PDT

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BLAZERS RALLY TO EVEN SERIES WITH WINTERHAWKS – Bronson Maschmeyer scored his second goal of the game with just 21 seconds to play in the third period to lift the Kamloops Blazers to a 7-6 win over the visiting Portland Winterhawks in Game 6 of their Kal Tire WHL Western Conference semi-final series in WHL playoff action on Monday night.

With the win, the Blazers even up the best-of-seven series with the Hawks at 3-3, and force a seventh and deciding game on Wednesday night in Portland.  The Blazers have managed to rally back from an 0-3 deficit to tie the series.

Marek Hrbas, Jordan DePape, Aspen Sterzer and Colin Smith scored for the Blazers in a wild third period that saw them rally back from a 5-2 deficit.  Brendan Ranford had a goal and two assists and Brandon Herrod drew three assists for the Blazers, who are looking to become the only team since the 1996 Spokane Chiefs to overcome a 3-0 deficit and win a playoff series.

Brad Ross scored twice while Derrick Pouliot – with a goal and two assists – Oliver Gabriel, Brendan Leipsic and Cam Reid scored for the Winterhawks, who took a 5-2 lead into the third period but were outscored 5-1 in the third period to suffer the loss.

Cam Lanigan made 24 saves for the Blazers to earn his third straight victory.  Mac Carruth made 36 saves in the loss for the Hawks.

Best-of-seven series tied 3-3

Game Summary

 

CHIEFS 4, AMERICANS 3  O/T

Liam Stewart scored 9:33 into overtime to lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Tri-City Americans in Game 6 of their Kal Tire WHL Western Conference semi-final series on Monday.

The 17-year-old from Hermosa Beach, CA, took a pass in the slot from Connor Chartier and snapped a quick shot high over the glove of Ty Rimmer to seal the victory for the Chiefs as they even up the best-of-seven series at 3-3.  It was the third overtime victory of the series for the Chiefs.

Dominik Uher, Mitch Holmberg and Steve Kuhn also scored for the Chiefs, who converted two of four power play chances in the contest.  Eric Williams turned in a 27-save effort to claim his seventh victory of the post-season.

Patrick Holland sent the game to overtime with the tying goal 18:31 into the second period while Derek Ryckman and Justin Feser also scored for the Americans, who went scoreless on three man advantage chances.  Ty Rimmer made 20 saves in the loss.

The Americans will host the Chiefs for Game 7 of the series on Wednesday night in Kennewick, WA.

Best-of-seven series tied 3-3

Game Summary

 

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