CHL Conference Finals Set to Begin

By League Press Release

The three Canadian Hockey League leagues are down to their Conference
championships series, with just 12 teams left with a chance to join the host
Guelph Storm at the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup, to be held May 18-26,

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the
Western Hockey League all announced their conference championship schedules
today. The full schedules are listed below for all three leagues.

Among the teams still alive for a MasterCard Memorial Cup berth are the
defending champion Red Deer Rebels (1) of the WHL, the No. 2 ranked
Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL and the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors (6),
the highest ranked team remaining from the OHL.

Four top 10 teams have already been eliminated – the Plymouth Whalers (3) of
the OHL, the Swift Current Broncos (4) of the WHL, the Regina Pats (9) of
the WHL and the Halifax Mooseheads (10) of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey

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.

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

Starting April 18, a special MasterCard Memorial Cup section will also be
available at the official website of the CHL,

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,, daily right up until the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup.


There are no games in the WHL playoffs Monday night. WHL semi-final action
begins Friday night.see the schedules below.

Also below are the complete second round and first round results for the WHL



(1) Red Deer Rebels vs. (7) Brandon Wheat Kings

Fri., April 19 at Red Deer 7:30
Sat., April 20 at Red Deer 7:30
Tues., April 23 at Brandon 7:00
Wed., April 24 at Brandon 7:00
Fri., April 26 at Red Deer 7:30*
Sun., April 28 at Brandon 6:00*
Tues., April 30 at Red Deer 7:00*


Kootenay Ice vs. Kelowna Rockets

Fri., April 19 at Kootenay 7:00
Sat., April 20 at Kootenay 7:00
Tues., April 23 at Kelowna 7:00
Wed., April 24 Kelowna 7:00
Fri., April 26 at Kootenay 7:00*
Sun., April 28 at Kelowna 5:00*
Tues., April 30 at Kootenay 7:00*

* – If Necessary
All times local


There was one game in the OHL playoffs Monday night as the Barrie Colts
defeated the Belleville Bulls 3-2 in overtime to win that best-of-seven
second round series 4-2.

At Barrie, Erik Reitz scored at 2:19 of overtime to give the Colts the
series win. Reitz also had one assist, while Blaine Down and Mark Langdon
also had one goal and one assist as the Colts came back from a 2-0 deficit
again to win the game.

Matthew Stajan had one goal and one assist for the Bulls, who were out-shot
38-28. Michael Mole made 35 saves in goal for the Bulls, while David Chant
stopped 26 shots form the winners.

The OHL semi-final playoff schedule is listed below. Also below is the
entire OHL second round schedule and results along with complete first round



(6) Toronto St. Michael’s Majors vs. Barrie Colts

Fri., April 19 at Toronto 7:30
Sun., April 21 at Barrie 6:00
Mon., April 22 at Toronto 7:00
Wed., April 24 at Barrie 7:30
Thur. , April 25 at Toronto 7:00*
Sat., April 27 at Barrie 6:00*
Sun., April 28 at Toronto 7:00*


(8) Erie Otters vs. Windsor Spitfires

Fri., April 19 at Erie, 7:30
Sun., April 21 at Windsor, 6:00
Tues., April 23 at Erie, 7:30
Thurs., April 25 at Windsor, 7:30
Sat., April 27 at Erie, 7:30*
Sun., April 28 at Windsor, 6:00*
Tues., April 30 at Erie, 7:30*

* – If Necessary
All times local


There was one playoff game in the QMJHL Monday night as the Cape Breton
Screaming Eagles defeated the Halifax Moosheads 6-4 to win that series four
games to two.

At Cape Breton, Dominic Noel had two goals and one assist to lead the
winners to victory. Pierre-Luc Laprise added one goal and two assists for
Cape breton, while Robbie Sutherland scored once and added one assist for

For full QMJHL statistics, check the official QMJHL web site. Here are the
QMJHL schedules.


Victoriaville vs. (5) Shawinigan

Fri., April 19 at Shawinigan, 20h00
Sat., April 20 at Shawinigan, 16h00
Mon., April 22 at Victoriaville, 19h00
Tues., April 23 at Victoriaville, 19h00
Fri., April 26 at Shawinigan, 20h00*
Sun., April 28 at Victoriaville, 16h00*
Tues., April 30 at Shawinigan, 19h00*

Cape Breton vs. (2) Acadie-Bathurst

Fri., April 19 at Acadie-Bathurst, TBA
Sat., April 20 at Acadie-Bathurst, TBA
Tues., April 23 at Cape Breton, TBA
Wed., April 24 at Cape Breton, TBA
Fri., April 26 at Acadie-Bathurst, TBA*
Sun., April 28 at Cape Breton, TBA*
Tues., April 30 at Acadie-Bathurst, TBA*

* = si nécessaire / if necessary