Adam Courchaine
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Adam Courchaine

Hometown:

Kanata Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-02-20

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2007

Catches:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2007

Weight:

181 lbs.

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History

2006-07: Played for the Orleans Blues of the CJHL, a junior A level league in Canada. He posted a 19-11-5-2 record in 39 appearances, 3.12 GAA and .921 dave percentage. Courchaine had one shutout on the season, a 4-0 win over the Brockville Braves in February 2007, where he stopped 37 shots.The Blues finished second in their division and went on to have a brief 6 game run in the playoffs. Courchaine appeared in all six games, picking up a 2-2-2 record, 2.58 GAA and .921 save percentage.

Ottawa 67's (OHL) acquired rights to Courchaine from Barrie Colts in January 2007

Invited to Boston Bruins 2007 training camp; signed three-year contract with Bruins in Sept 2007

2007-08: Played his rookie season with Ottawa and made the majority of starts. He earned two shutouts; one on December 16th vs. Mississauga, and the other on December 30th vs. Erie. He joined the Providence Bruins (AHL) on an ATO following the close of the season. 

2008-09: The early-season groin injury that kept Courchaine from Bruins camp also kept him from securing the starting goalie role this season. He started 17 fewer games than he did last year and saw his save percentage drop below .900.  Consistency was a struggle, especially during February when he went 1-3 in six appearances with a 5.49 goals-against average and .841 save percentage. At times, his butterfly style revealed a tendency to go down early and get beat high. At other times, he was prone to giving up dangerous rebounds. He managed to finish the season with a 13-11-2 record and 3.28 goals against average. Confidence and consistency were better throughout the playoffs. He finished 2-2-1 with a 3.00 goals against average and a .920 save percentage that included one shutout. Ottawa lost to Niagara Falls in overtime of game 7 for a first-round defeat, despite 45 saves from Courchaine.

2009-10: Courchaine split time between two OHL clubs this season, playing for the Sarnia Sting and Erie Otters.  In 27 games for the Sting, Courchaine compiled a record of 8-16-1-1 while posting a 3.51 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage.  Courchaine was traded to the Otters, where he played in 21 games.  His record with that club was 12-8-0-0, with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.  Courchaine was on the losing end of 2 playoff contests, where he registered a 4.50 goals-against average and a .886 save percentage.

2010-11: Courchaine spent his first season in pro hockey with the Kelly Cup champion Alaska Aces backing up one-time Lightning product Gerald Coleman. In 28 games with the Aces, Courchaine was 17-7 with 2 overtime losses and 4 shutouts in 28 games. He posted an impressive 2.39 GAA and .907 save percentage for the Aces. Courchaine appeared in one playoff game for the Aces and stopped 35 of 37 shots to get the win. The successful season erased any memory of his forgettable ECHL debut – an October game with the Reading Royals in which he allowed 4 goals on 9 shots in seven minutes of action against Trenton; his lone appearance for the Royals.

Talent Analysis

A butterfly style goaltender, Courchaine stays square with the shooter and is quick to react. He has the ability to remain calm and focused during tough games, even when he is bombarded with shots. More often than not, he will come up with the big save.

Future

Helped Alaska win a championship last season, but will still have a hard time making the Providence squad. Expect him to play for Reading of the ECHL this season.

Rockets blast back into series

by Jeff Bromley
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If you thought it was going to be easy, think again, the Kelowna Rockets still has something so to say about the outcome of the Western Conference final. In fact, a decisive 5-1, game three victory at Skyreach Place in Kelowna Wednesday night to guarantee a fifth game in Cranbrook Friday proves the Rockets are going to do anything but go away quietly.

After a two, one-goal victories last Friday and Saturday by the Kootenay ICE (3-2 and 5-4) to take a two games to none lead in their best of seven Western Final, Kootenay coach Ryan McGill knew this series was far from over. “To say that being up by two games, it’s nothing,” said McGill. “This team came back from Spokane as well.” The resiliency McGill alluded to was the come-from-behind series win over the Spokane Chiefs by the Rockets. It was an ability to bounce back shown by the Kelowna Rockets that got them back into the series. “They do keep coming,” said McGill. “Our dressing room between the second and third period’s (Sat.) wasn’t down at all. We knew that the breakdowns that we had were put in our net, some nights it happens, some nights it doesn’t.” On Wednesday night it happened again and it prevented the ICE from mounting a comeback similar to game two.

In a series that from the outset most thought would be physical from a Rocket perspective, the first two games would be just that, physical. Only Kelowna would be on the receiving end of the hits rather than the giving and save for perhaps Shane Bendera’s stellar play in the first two games, that physical aspect would be the difference in the first two Read more»

Bears eliminate Admirals….again

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Bears Eliminate Admirals once again 
by: Brad Johnson
04/17/2002

South Division rivals, Norfolk Admirals and the Hershey Bears met for
the second straight season in the Calder Cup Playoffs…. After the Admirals took the first game
of the series by a 4-1 count last Friday night, the Admirals then saw their
impressive Division Title winning season come to a heartbreaking close as they
surrendered three consecutive contests to give the Bears a 3-1 series
edge.  Two of the three losses in the series for the Admirals were decided
by just a single goal.  In the series clinching victory for the Bears in
game four at Hershey Park Arena the Admirals held a 1-0 lead going into the
final period of play, the Bears rallied to tie the game midway through the third
to force overtime, and it was the chocolate town heroes who scored the
game-winner just a minute-and-a-half into the second overtime to send the
Admirals packing for the second straight season in the postseason.  The
Admirals owned the Bears in the regular season besting them in the season series
6-2-1-1, but as time after time goes to show you can throw the numbers out the
window once the quest for the cup begins.  
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Baby Buds on the ropes

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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Your Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t the only team in Blue and White playing tonight. The Baby Buds are down to a fifth and deciding game against the Lowell Loch Monsters (Carolina Hurricanes) in Lowell tonight to find out who goes on to face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders). Lowell won the first two contests 3-2 and 4-1 but the boys from St. John’s came back to take the last two 6-4 and 2-0 to deadlock everything. Now comes the get it done or go home game.

Imperative for the St.John’s Leafs here is going to be the ability for them to establish their heavy forechecking game early and often on the Lowell defense. It has been the motor of all things good offensive for the Blue and White this series. They are also going to have to pick it up defensively as the team has become too dependant on goaltender Sebastien Centomo to bail them out. Of particular interest here are Jeff Heerema and Teddy Drury, Lowell’s main threats up front.

Lowell, on the other hand, need to contain Donald Maclean but especially Bobby House, who has been on fire as of late. It was he who did all the scoring necessary in the 2-0 game four St. John’s victory. They’ll also need to find a way to neutralize the blueline pairing of Anders Eriksson and Francois Bouchard who have been playing great defensive hockey lately. Finally, Lowell has to somehow derail the Buds powerplay, which they haven’t been able to do as of yet.

Kevin Kelly contributed to this article.

UHL Muskegon Fury Win the Western Division

by Steve Feldman
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The Muskegon Fury knocked off the top seed in the Western Division to advance to the Colonial Cup Finals. It took seven hard fought games for the Fury to eliminate the Quad City Mallards but they were able to shutout the Mallards in the seventh game.

In the first four games the home team cam up the victor. Quad City took game one in overtime by a score of 3-2. In game two the Mallards toped the Fury by a score of 5-3.

In Muskegon the Fury won game three by a final score of 5-3. In game four the Fury tied the series with a 4-1 win.

The last three games saw the road teams became the victors. The Fury took game five by two goals and a final of 3-1. In game six it was back to Muskegon and the Mallards blanked the Fury 5-0, to tie the game and send the series to a seventh and final game back in the Mallards home rink. The Fury responded to being shutout, by blanking the Mallards 4-0 and advancing to the finals.

The Fury will be facing off against the Elmira Jackals for the Colonial Cup, no game dates have been scheduled as of this time.

Under-18 WJC: Czech Republic’s Final Group games recap

by Robert Neuhauser
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The new playing system of the Under-18 WJC wellcomed the top three teams from the two
preliminary groups with a scheme, where the points from matches with the opponents, which
also qualified for the Final group, were valid also in the Final group. So the Czech team
went into the final group with two points for defeating Canada. The same number of points had
also the USA team, only the Russians had the full number of four points. Quite surprisingly
the young Swedes didn’t qualify for the final group, after their shaky performance in the
Group B they had to fight in the relegation group. The Czech team still faced lots of
trouble due to various injuries of the players, star Jiri Hudler injured his knee prior
to the tournament and huge Jakub Koreis still battled the injured ankle. Other players
also felt often some pain, but had to forget them when the game time rolled around. They
made a historical success of the Czech hockey and finally brought the long-awaited medals
home. Let’s have a look how the ‘bronze guys’ did in the Final group games!

Czech Republic – Belarus 5:1

The first Czech opponent in the final group was also relatively the easiest one. The Belarus
squad relies on the performance of 2003 sleepers Andrei Kastsitsyn and Konstantin Zakharov,
the rest of the team being just average. The prospect-stocked Czech team should not have
a very heavy route to victory. Read more»

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