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Islanders Prospect Report

Griffin Reinhart advances to the WHL Final, Stockton advances to the second round.

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 11:40 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Islanders Prospect Report
Griffin Reinhart advances to the WHL Final, Stockton advances to the second round.

Reinhart, Oil Kings Advance to WHL Championship

Griffin Reinhart and the Edmonton Oil Kings won their third straight WHL Eastern Conference Championship Saturday night, as they defeated the Medicine Hat Tigers in five games.

Reinhart scored four points (two goals, two assists) in the series. The Oil Kings get set to face the Portland Winterhawks for the Ed Chynoweth Cup – the Western League’s championship – for the third straight season.

These WHL powerhouses are looking to break a 1-1 deadlock in their championship trilogy and earn a berth in the 2014 Mastercard Memorial Cup.

Edmonton dominated the WHL’s Eastern Conference, winning 12-of-14 games – including a first-round sweep – en route to the finals. Portland followed suit, winning 12-of-14 in the same fashion.

The Oil Kings concede home-ice advantage for the first time this postseason, as the Winterhawks finished with 113 points in the regular season, 10 more than the Eastern champs.

Otters Eliminated

Adam Pelech and the Erie Otters were eliminated from the OHL playoffs Friday night, as they fell to the Guelph Storm in five games. After bulldozing their way to the OHL’s Western Conference Finals, the Otters ran into an equally-hot Storm team, looking to defend the Wayne Gretzky trophy as the West’s top team. While game one was a close 5-4 loss, the Otters let games two, three and five slip away, losing by a combined score of 19-3. Erie made some noise in game four, beating Guelph 5-2 on home ice. Pelech posted three assists in the five-game series and finished the playoffs with seven points (two goals, five assists).

Stockton Advances to Second Round:

The Stockton Thunder advanced to the second round of the ECHL playoffs after sweeping their California-rivals, the Ontario Reign, in four games. The seventh-seeded Thunder played the first two games at home, due to a scheduling conflict at Ontario’s arena, but took advantage of the opportunity rolling into Ontario and taking game three 5-2 and the series clincher 2-1. Nicholas Tremblay scored the series-winner in game four, while Joey Martin’s hat-trick powered the Thunder to the game-three victory. Goaltender Brian Foster improved to 4-0 in the playoffs with a 1.75 goals-against average.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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