The CHL Daily News: Playoff Edition

By League Press Release

The Toronto St. Michael’s Majors (6) became the first CHL team to advance to
the second round of the playoffs Tuesday night, as the North Bay Centennials
became the first team to be eliminated from the post-season.

Toronto defeated North Bay 5-2 Tuesday night, winning the best-of-seven
Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference opening round series in four
consecutive games. As a result, there are now 45 teams still alive in the
fight to join the host Guelph Storm at the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup May
18-26 in Guelph, Ontario.

It was the final OHL game in North Bay, which has been home to the
Centennials for 20 years. The team was recently sold to a group that will
transfer the team to Saginaw, Michigan next season.

Tuesday night was a busy night in the CHL playoffs as 17 games were played.
Details on all of the games are listed below.

In each edition of the CHL Daily News (Monday through Friday) right up until
the conclusion of the CHL playoffs, the playoff results of all three CHL
leagues will be included. First round playoff action in all three leagues
will be completed by April 3.

Wrap-ups from all of the games are included daily, along with that day’s
schedule of games.

Starting April 3, a special MasterCard Memorial Cup section will also be
available at the official website of the CHL, www.chl.ca.

The complete playoff schedules of the three leagues are listed below. Be
sure and follow all of the CHL playoff action at the official website of the
CHL, www.chl.ca, daily right up until the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are seven playoffs games in the WHL Wednesday night. Swift Current (4)
plays at Calgary, Kamloops visits Kelowna, Red Deer (1) is at Lethbridge,
Spokane is at Tri-City, Saskatoon is in Brandon (7), Regina (9) plays at
Moose Jaw and Kootenay is at Prince George.

On Tuesday night there were six games: Swift Current (4) defeated Calgary
5-1, Red Deer (1) stopped Lethbridge 5-2, Seattle edged Portland 3-2,
Brandon (7) stopped Saskatoon 3-1, Regina (9) edged Moose Jaw 2-1 and
Kootenay defeated Prince George 6-0.

At Lethbridge, Mikhail Yakubov scored three goals to give the Rebels another
win in their opening round series. The defending MasterCard Memorial Cup
champions are now up three games to none. Jeremy Jackson had two goals for
the losers.

At Calgary, Brent Twordik had one goal and two assists to lead Swift Current
(4) to its win and a 2-1 series lead. Ian White added one goal and one
assist to the winners’ attack.

At Seattle, Brooks Laich scored the game-winning goal at 16:29 of the third
period to lead Seattle to a 2-1 series lead. Trevor Johnson had one goal and
one assist for the winners as Nick Pannoni made 29 saves in goal.

At Brandon, Travis Young had one goal and one assist to lead the Wheat Kings
(7) to victory. Daniel Volrab had the lone Saskatoon goal as Brandon took a
2-1 series lead after losing the opening game of the series.

At Moose Jaw, Josh Harding made 40 saves to lead Regina (9) to the win.
Grant Jacobsen scored the game-winning goal at 13:22 of the third period
while Steven Crampton scored the lone goal for Moose Jaw, as the Pats took a
2-1 series lead.

At Prince George, B.J. Boxma made 25 saves to pick up the shutout as
Kootenay got back into its series with Prince George in a penalty-filled
game. Duncan Milroy had one goal and two assists for the Ice, with Prince
George still leading the series 2-1.

Below are the latest results from the WHL playoffs to date.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

East Division

(7)Brandon Wheat Kings vs. Saskatoon Blades(Series A)
(Brandon leads best-of-seven series 2-1)

23-Mar Saskatoon 2, Brandon 1 (OT) 24-Mar Brandon 2, Saskatoon 0 26-Mar Brandon 3, Saskatoon 1 27-Mar Saskatoon @ Brandon (WPG), 7:30 31-Mar Brandon @ Saskatoon, 7:00 * 2-Apr Saskatoon @ Brandon (WPG), 7:30 * 3-Apr Saskatoon @ Brandon, 7:00 * WPG - Winnipeg Arena * - If necessary (9)Regina Pats vs. Moose Jaw Warriors (Series B) (Regina leads best-of-seven series 2-1) 22-Mar Moose Jaw 3, Regina 2 (OT) 23-Mar Regina 5, Moose Jaw 3 26-Mar Regina 2, Moose Jaw 1 27-Mar Regina @ Moose Jaw, 7:30 29-Mar Moose Jaw @ Regina, 7:00 * 31-Mar Regina @ Moose Jaw, 7:00 * 2-Apr Saskatoon @ Regina, 7:00 * * - If necessary Central Division (1)Red Deer Rebels vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes (Series C) (Red Deer leads best-of-seven series 3-0) 22-Mar Red Deer 4, Lethbridge 2 23-Mar Red Deer 5, Lethbridge 3 26-Mar Red Deer 5, Lethbridge 2 27-Mar Red Deer @ Lethbridge 7:00 30-Mar Lethbridge @ Red Deer 7:30 * 1-Apr Red Deer @ Lethbridge 7:00 * 2-Apr Lethbridge @ Red Deer 7:00 * * - If necessary (4)Swift Current Broncos vs. Calgary Hitmen(Series D) (Swift Current leads best-of-seven series 2-1) 22-Mar Calgary 4, Swift Current 2 23-Mar Swift Current 4, Calgary 2 26-Mar Swift Current 5, Calgary 1 27-Mar Swift Current @ Calgary 7:00 29-Mar Calgary @ Swift Current 7:30 * 31-Mar Swift Current @ Calgary 2:30 * 2-Apr Calgary @ Swift Current 7:30 * * - If necessary WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. Division Kamloops Blazers vs. Kelowna Rockets (Series E) (Kelowna leads best-of-seven series 2-0) 22-Mar Kelowna 4, Kamloops 1 23-Mar Kelowna 3, Kamloops 0 27-Mar Kamloops @ Kelowna, 7:00 28-Mar Kamloops @ Kelowna, 7:00 30-Mar Kelowna @ Kamloops, 7:30 * 1-Apr Kamloops @ Kelowna, 7:00 * 3-Apr Kelowna @ Kamloops, 7:30 * * - If necessary Kootenay Ice vs. Prince George Cougars (Series F) (Prince George leads best-of-seven series 2-1) 22-Mar Prince George 4, Kootenay 1 23-Mar Prince George 3, Kootenay 1 26-Mar Kootenay 6, Prince George 0 27-Mar Kootenay @ Prince George, 7:30 29-Mar Kootenay @ Prince George, 7:30 * 1-Apr Prince George @ Kootenay, 7:00 * 2-Apr Prince George @ Kootenay, 7:00 * * - If necessary U.S. Division Portland Winter Hawks vs. Seattle Thunderbirds(Series G ) (Seattle leads best-of-seven series 2-1) 22-Mar Portland 4, Seattle 3 23-Mar Seattle 6, Portland 2 26-Mar Seattle 3, Portland 2 28-Mar Portland @ Seattle, 7:00 29-Mar Seattle @ Portland, 7:00 * 30-Mar Portland @ Seattle, 7:00 * 2-Apr Seattle @ Portland, 7:00 * Portland's Games will be played in the Rose Garden * - If necessary Spokane Chiefs vs. Tri-City Americans (Series H) (Spokane leads best-of-seven series 2-0) 22-Mar Spokane 4, Tri-City 1 23-Mar Spokane 7, Tri-City 3 27-Mar Spokane @ Tri-Cities, 7:00 29-Mar Spokane @ Tri-Cities, 7:30 30-Mar Tri-Cities @ Spokane, 7:00 * 2-Apr Spokane @ Tri-Cities, 7:00 * 3-Apr Tri-Cities @ Spokane, 7:00 * * - If necessary All times are local

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are three playoffs games in the OHL Wednesday night. Oshawa is at
Belleville, Erie (8) plays in Sarnia and Sault Ste. Marie plays at Windsor.

There were six games in the OHL playoffs Tuesday night. The Toronto St.
Michael’s Majors (6) became the first CHL team to move on to the next round
of the playoffs, stopping North Bay 5-2 to win their series four games to
none. In other action: Sudbury beat Barrie 4-3 in overtime, Peterborough
stopped Ottawa 5-2, London edged Plymouth (3) 3-2, Sarnia got by Erie (8)
4-3 in overtime and Guelph hammered Kitchener 7-1.

At North Bay, Drew Fata had one goal and two assists to lead the Majors to
victory, ending their series with the Centennials. Josh Tataryn had one goal
and one assist for North Bay, which played its final game in North Bay as
the franchise is moving to Saginaw, Michigan next season.

At Ottawa, Greg Chambers scored a pair of goals for the Petes as
Peterborough won its first game of that series. Jamie Chamberlin had one
goal and two assists for the Petes, who now trail the series 2-1. Corey
Locke had one goal and one assist for Ottawa.

At Barrie, Brody Todd scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give the
Wolves their victory. Bobby Chaumont had two goals and one assist for the
Wolves, who now trail the series 2-1. Mike Smith made 36 saves in the
Sudbury goal.

At Plymouth, Rick Nash scored twice to lead the Knights to a 2-1 series lead
over the Whalers (3). Kristopher Vernarsky had one goal and one assist for
the Whalers, who have lost two straight games in the series.

At Guelph, the Storm took a 3-0 series lead with a big win. Kevin Dallman
and Dustin Brown had two goals and two assists for the Storm, while Fedor
Tjutin added one goal and two assists in a penalty-filled game.

At Sarnia, Reg Thomas scored the game-winning goal at 1:11 of the overtime
period to lead the Sting to victory. Dusty Jamieson had a pair of goals for
the winners, who now trail the series 2-1. Cory Pecker had three goals for
Erie.

Below is the entire OHL schedule.

EASTERN CONFERENCE Series "A" (6)TORONTO (1) vs. NORTH BAY (8) (Toronto wins best-of-seven series 4-0) Thurs., March 21 - Toronto 5, North Bay 1 Sat., March 23 - Toronto 5, North Bay 0 Sun., March 24 - Toronto 6, North Bay 5 (OT) Tues., March 26 - Toronto 5, North Bay 2 Series "B" BELLEVILLE (2) vs. OSHAWA (7) (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1) Fri., March 22 - Oshawa 4, Belleville 3 Mon., March 25 - Belleville 3, Oshawa 0 Wed., March 27 at Belleville, 7:05 Fri., March 29 at Oshawa, 7:35 Sat., March 30 at Belleville, 7:15* Sun., March 31 at Oshawa, 6:35* Tues., April 2 at Belleville, 7:05* Series "C" BARRIE (3) vs. SUDBURY (6) (Barrie leads best-of-seven series 2-1) Sat., March 23 - Barrie 4, Sudbury 1 Mon., March 25 - Barrie 2, Sudbury 1 Tues., March 26 - Sudbury 4, Barrie 3 (OT) Thurs., March 28 at Sudbury, 7:30 Sat., March 30 at Barrie, 7:30* Sun., March 31 at Sudbury, 7:00* Tues., April 2 at Barrie, 7:30* Series "D" OTTAWA (4) vs. PETERBOROUGH (5) (Ottawa leads best-of-seven series 2-0) Fri., March 22 - Ottawa 3, Peterborough 2 Sun., March 24 - Ottawa 5, Peterborough 2 Tues., March 26 - Peterborough 5, Ottawa 2 Thurs., March 28 at Peterborough, 7:00 Fri., March 29 at Ottawa, 7:35* Sun., March 31 at Peterborough, 7:00* Tues., April 2 at Ottawa, 7:05* * - If necessary Conference standings position in brackets WESTERN CONFERENCE Series "A" (3)PLYMOUTH (1) vs. LONDON (8) (London leads best-of-seven series 2-1) Fri., March 22 - Plymouth 3, London 2 Sun., March 24 - London 4, Plymouth 1 Tues., March 26 - London 3, Plymouth 2 Thur., March 28 at London, 7:35 Sat., March 30 at Plymouth, 7:30* Sun., March 31 at London, 6:05* Tues., April 2 at Plymouth, 7:30* Series "B" (8)ERIE (2) vs. SARNIA (7) (Erie leads best-of-seven series 2-0) Fri. March 22 - Erie 4, Sarnia 1 Sat. March 23 - Erie 6, Sarnia 3 Tues. March 26 - Sarnia 4, Erie 3 (OT) Wed. March 27 at Sarnia, 7:30 Fri. March 29 at Erie, 7:30* Sat. March 30 at Sarnia, 7:30* Sun. March 31 at Erie, 6:00* Series "C" SAULT STE. MARIE (3) vs. WINDSOR (6) (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1) Fri., March 22 - Sault Ste. Marie 4, Windsor 2 Sat., March 23 - Windsor 5, Sault Ste. Marie 2 Wed., March 27 at Windsor, 7:35 Thur., March 28 at Windsor, 7:30 Sat., March 30 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:00* Sun., March 31 at Windsor, 6:00* Tues., April 2 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:00* Series "D" GUELPH (4) vs. KITCHENER (5) (Guelph leads best-of-seven series 3-0) Fri., March 22 - Guelph 2, Kitchener 1 Sun., March 24 - Guelph 4, Kitchener 2 Tues., March 26 - Guelph 7, Kitchener 1 Thurs., March 28 at Kitchener, 7:00 Fri., March 29 at Guelph, 7:30* Sun., March 31 at Kitchener, 6:30* Tues., April 2 at Guelph, 7:30* * - If necessary Conference standings position in brackets

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are five playoff games in the QMJHL on Wednesday night. Chicoutimi is
in Quebec, Halifax (10) plays at Rimouski, Cape Breton travels to
Baie-Comeau, Hull visits Montreal, Victoriaville is in Rouyn-Noranda and
Drummondville visits Val-d’Or.

At Quebec, Josh Hennessy had one goal and two assists to lead the Remparts,
while Chris Montgomery had one goal and one assist. Pierre-Marc Bouchard and
Christian Larrivee both had one goal and one assist for the losers, who now
trail the series 3-0.

At Rimouski, Thatcher Bell scored five goals and added one assist to lead
the Oceanic to its win. Michel Ouellet had one goal and three assists for
the winners, while Brandon Benedict had two goals and one assist for Halifax
(10), while Jason King scored two goals. Rimouski leads the series 2-1.

At Baie-Comeau, Dominic Noel had one goal and one assist for Cape Breton,
while Yanick Lehoux had one goal and one assist for the losers. Cape Breton
now leads the series 2-1.

At Rouyn-Noranda, Matthew Lombardi had two goals and one assist for the
winners, while Danny Groulx added one goal and one assist. Victoriaville now
leads the series 3-0.

At Val-d’Or, Eric Fortier and Nicolas Pelletier scored the goals while
Maxime Daigneault made 30 saves to spark the Foreurs. Drummondville still
leads the series 2-1.

For full QMJHL statistics, check the official QMJHL web site.

LA CONFÉRENCE DILIO

(2)ACADIE-BATHURST (1er / 1st Dilio) obtient un laissez-passer pour la 2e
ronde/ have a bye

Series "A" Québec vs. Chicoutimi

(Quebec leads best-of-seven series 3-0)

Thurs., March 21 Quebec 5, Chicoutimi 2
Sun., March 24 Quebec 4, Chicoutimi 3 (OT)
Tues., March 26 Quebec 6, Chicoutimi 5
Wed., March 27 at Québec, 7:30
Fri., March 29 at Chicoutimi, 7:30*
Sun., March 31 at Québec, 2:00*
Tues., April 2 at Chicoutimi, 7:30*

Series "B" Rimouski vs. (10)Halifax

(Rimouski leads best-of-seven series 2-1)

Fri., March 22 Halifax 3, Rimouski 2 (OT)
Sat., March 23 Rimouski 4, Halifax 2
Tues., March 26 Rimouski 7, Halifax 5
Wed., March 27 at Rimouski, 7:30
Fri., March 29 at Halifax, 7:00*
Sun., March 31 at Rimouski, 2:00*
Tues., April 2 at Halifax, 7:00*

Series "C" Baie-Comeau vs. Cape Breton

(Cape Breton leads best-of-seven series 2-1)

Fri., March 22 Baie-Comeau 7, Cape Breton 5
Sat., March 23 Cape Breton 4, Baie-Comeau 3 (OT)
Tues., March 26 Cape Breton 3, Baie-Comeau 2
Wed., March 27 at Baie-Comeau, 7:30
Fri., March 29 at Cape Breton, 7:30*
Sun., March 31 at Baie-Comeau, 4:00*
Tues., April 2 at Cape Breton, 7:30*
* - If necessary

LA CONFÉRENCE ROBERT-LEBEL

(5)SHAWINIGAN (1er / 1st) obtient un laissez-passer pour la 2e ronde / have
a bye

Series "D" Montréal vs. Hull

(Montreal leads best-of-seven series 2-1)

Fri,. March 22 Hull 3, Montreal 1
Sat., March 23 Montreal 4, Hull 3
Mon., March 25 Montreal 4, Hull 1
Wed., March 27 at Montréal, 7:00 (Molson Ctr - Mtl)
Fri., March 29 at Hull 7:35*
Mon., April 1 at Montréal, 1:00 (CJBéliveau - Longueuil)*
Tues., April 2 at Hull, 7:35*

Series "E" Rouyn-Noranda vs. Victoriaville

(Victoriaville leads best-of-seven series 3-0)

Fri., March 22 Victoriaville 5, Rouyn-Noranda 1
Sat., March 23 Victoriaville 4, Rouyn-Noranda 3 (OT)
Tues., March 26 Victoriaville 5, Rouyn-Noranda 3
Wed., March 27 at Rouyn-Noranda, 7:30
Fri., March 29 at Victoriaville, 8:00*
Sun., March 31 at Rouyn-Noranda, 4:00*
Tues., April 2 at Victoriaville, 7:00*

Series "F" Val-d'Or vs. Drummondville

(Drummondville leads best-of-seven series 2-1)

Fri., March 22 Drummondville 6, Val-d'Or 5 (OT)
Sat., March 23 Drummondville 4, Val-d'Or 2
Tues., March 26 Val-d'Or 2, Drummondville 1
Wed., March 27 at Val-d'Or, 7:30
Fri., March 29 at Drummondville, 7:30*
Sun., March 31 at Val-d'Or, 7:30*
Tues., April 2 at Drummondville, 7:00*
* - If necessary