Sudbury 8 Ottawa 7 OT - Sudbury leads series 1-0
Game 1 was played in the home of the Ottawa Senators and had everything you could think of, lead changes, Hat tricks, goaltending changes, great saves, you name it, it had it.
Michael Sgarbossa led the way for Sudbury with 1 goal and 5 assists. Josh Leivo added 3 goals and 2 assists as did Andrey Kuchin. Three draft eligible defensemen played small rolls. Frank Corrado had 2 assists and was a plus 2, Charlie Dodero had 1 assist and was a plus 2 and Justin Sefton was a plus 2.
For Ottawa, Ryan Martindale had the hat trick, Tyler Toffoli had 2 goals and 2 assists and Thomas Nesbitt had 2 goals and 1 assist. Shane Prince is still out with an injury and did not play.
Sudbury forward Eric O'Dell was given a 5 minute major and game misconduct for boarding in the first period and the league will certainly look at this one for supplementary discipline.
Windsor 4 Erie 3 2OT - Series tied 1-1
A wide open game with plenty of chances in this one but the goaltending was strong. Windsor's Jack Campbell made 40 saves including all 18 in overtime while Erie's Ramis Sadikov 45 saves, also 18 in overtime.
Jeff Brown had a pair of goals for Windsor while Mike Cazzola had a goal and 2 assists for Erie. Browns second goal at 11:09 of the second overtime session was the game winner.
Alex Khokhlachev had an assist for Windsor
Mississauga 1 Belleville 0 - Mississauga leads series 2-0
Malcolm Subban got the start over Tyson Teichmann for Belleville and it almost paid off. He stopped 28 of 29 shots to keep the Bulls in this game. And yes, he is P.K. Subban's little brother and not draft eligible until 2012.
At the other end, J.P. Anderson stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shut out.
Two time Memorial Cup Champion, and one of my favorites, Justin Shugg, scored the games only goal.
Plymouth 3 Kitchener 2 - Plymouth leads series 2-0
What's wrong with the Rangers? They have now lost 9 straight going back to the regular season !
Brandon Maxwell stopped 35 of 38 shots including 5 in overtime for the Rangers while Scott Wedgewood stopped 29 of 31 and didn't have to face a shot in overtime.
Jerry D'Amigo had both Ranger goals. As for Kitchener's "Power Ranger" draft eligible, Gabriel Landeskog and Tobias Rieder were pointless and Ryan Murphy added a single assist.
Robbie Czamik score Plymouth's overtime winner just 2:23 into the extra session and Austen Levi added a pair of assists. Stefan Noesen had an assist while Garrett Meurs and Alex Aleardi were pointless.
London 5 Owen Sound 1 - Series tied 1-1
This game had more scouts then it did fans! Well, that's an exaggeration, but there were plenty of NHL scouts on hand at this one. And they saw a goaltending performance of the ages again as Michael Houser stole the show for the second consecutive game.
He stopped 52 of 53 shots including 16 in the first when his team had a 1-0 lead that enabled the Knights to go on and win this one.
Roman Berdnikov was the only Attack player able to beat Houser. For the Knights, Jared Knight had a goal and an assist and was a force all night. Seth Griffith, another of my favorites, scored once and added a helper as did fellow draft eligible teammate Vladislav Namestnikov.
This is the performance the Knights needed from Houser to have a chance in this series and he has now stopped 97 of 101 shots faced in the 2 games.