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Armia wins championship; Austin and Lepkowski still alive in the OHL

Monday, 04.29.2013 / 10:37 AM / Features
By Kris Baker  - SabresProspects.com
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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Joel Armia (2011, first round) and his Assat Pori teammates were crowned champions Wednesday thanks to a 3-2 victory over Tappara Tampere in Game Six of the SM-Liiga championship series.

Joel Armia (2011, first round) and his Assat Pori teammates were crowned champions Wednesday thanks to a 3-2 victory over Tappara Tampere in Game Six of the SM-Liiga championship series. The top-line winger recorded one assist in the final round, finishing the playoffs with three goals and eight points in 16 games en route to the Aces collecting their first league title since 1978. Armia joins Mark Pysyk (Edmonton - 2012) and Brayden McNabb (Kootenay - 2011) as recent Sabres prospects to win a league championship.

Despite finishing the year mired in an eight-game goal drought, Armia continued to use his big frame in the offensive zone, competing hard to win board battles and rotating into position as an active shooter. Perhaps even more noticeable was his effective defensive play in the six-game series, a noteworthy development for the scorer on the eve of his expected jump to North America in 2013-14.

OHL
Belleville defenseman Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) was named the game’s number three star Friday as the Bulls downed Barrie 3-1 in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final. The Bulls rode the momentum to another 3-1 victory on Saturday to set up a deciding Game Seven on Monday for the right to face the London Knights for the league championship.

A steady rock for the Bulls, Austin has amassed five assists and a plus-14 rating in 16 post-season contests while skating alongside 2013 draft eligible Jordan Subban. Defenseman Alex Lepkowski (2011, fifth round) has continued his physical, stay-at-home play on the Colts blueline, posting a minus-four rating and a fighting major through the series’ first six games.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82