Joel Armia (2011, first round) scored a goal and an assist Friday as Assat Pori took a commanding three-game lead in the SM-Liiga semifinals with a 4-1 win over defending league champion JYP Jyvaskyla. The game’s number two star, Armia has yielded three goals and six points through nine post-season games for the Aces, who squandered their chance for the sweep with a 2-1 loss on Saturday. Game Five takes place Monday with Assat looking to advance to the league championship for a date with Tappara Tampere.
Dan Catenacci (2011, third round) maintained his point-per-game playoff pace over the weekend by rounding up two assists as Owen Sound opened the Western Conference semifinal with a road split at Plymouth. Catenacci's helpers give him eight points (2+6) through eight postseason tilts. The series will shift back to Owen Sound for Tuesday’s Game Three with the teams deadlocked at one game apiece.
Belleville defenseman Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) finished plus-one Monday as Belleville skated to a 3-1 victory over Mississauga to close out the first-round series in six games. The steady rearguard continued to operate on cruise control as the top-seeded Bulls shot out to a two-game lead on Sudbury in the Eastern Conference semifinal. Austin has gathered four assists and a plus-10 rating through the first eight games of the post-season. Game Three is set for Tuesday in Sudbury.
Alex Lepkowski (2011, fifth round) continued his tough defensive play as Barrie took control of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with three straight victories over Oshawa. The Colts will go for the sweep of the Generals on Tuesday in Oshawa.
Mikhail Grigorenko (2012, first round) went without a point for the second straight game Saturday as Quebec downed Rouyn-Noranda 4-2 to even the second round series at one game apiece. Despite the two-game lull, the creative pivot has amassed three goals and 12 points through eight postseason contests. Grigorenko will look to avoid his first three-game point drought of the year when the Remparts take the ice for Tuesday’s Game Three.
Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) finished with a minus-one rating as Victoria was eliminated from the playoffs with a 6-2 loss to Kamloops. The big forward registered two goals and six points in the six-game series loss following a 43-point (14+29) regular season.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) posted a minus-one rating Friday as Cedar Rapids was defeated in overtime by Chicago 2-1. The St. Cloud State commit has notched 10 goals and 25 points in 44 games this season for the RoughRiders, who finish the regular season next weekend at home versus Team USA.
In Monday action, Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) made 27 saves as MODO J20 fell in the SuperElit championship game 4-3 to HV71. Ullmark ends the junior league playoffs with a 4-1 record, while posting a 1.39 GAA and a .947 save%. Following the game, the 19-year old stopper joined Sweden’s national team, where he made his debut Wednesday with 23 saves in a 6-1 exhibition victory over Slovakia. Team Sweden continues their World Championship preparation this week with a tune-up against Latvia.
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