Canadiens Prospects: Mailloux and Beck Face Opposite Situations
The two Montreal Canadiens prospects still playing in the Ontario Hockey League are facing very different outcomes in their respective third-round series.
While Logan Mailloux and the London Knights took a chokehold in their series versus the Sarnia Sting, Owen Beck and the Peterborough Petes seem to have run out of steam in the other ongoing series.
Knights Approaching Championship
Thanks to Toronto Maple Leafian collapse in the third period by the Sting, the Knights scored twice in 39 seconds during an early third-period surge, which was enough to secure a 5-2 win.
Mailloux was held off the scoresheet for the majority of the game, but he did earn a secondary assist on the Knight’s fifth scoring play, an empty-net goal by Seattle Kraken prospect Ryan Winterton.
He was most active in the third period, participating in some late-game shenanigans that kicked off after the Knights took exception to a hit that occurred with just 45 seconds in the game.
Mailloux, along with Easton Cowan and Denver Barkley were all given game misconducts due to the incident. The Sting lost Sasha Pastujov and Ethan Del Mastro to misconduct penalties as well.
Logan Mailloux doesn't appreciate the hit on Easton Cowan, mixes it up at the end of a Knights win. Say what you will about Mailloux, he goes to bat for his teammates.
Multiple players booted, Denver Barkey hypes up the crowd on his way out. pic.twitter.com/GFYyoHG17b
— Matt Drake (@DrakeMT) May 6, 2023
With the win, the Knights hold a 3-2 series advantage and are now just one game away from clinching their ticket to the OHL Championship.
If they win the sixth or seventh game of the series, they’ll face the winner of the Petes vs. North Bay Battalion series, and as it stands, it seems likely the final will only include one Canadiens prospect.
After a strong start to the playoffs and a very solid start to their third-round series against the Battalion, the Petes have hit a wall. Another way of putting it is that the Battalion have been dominant throughout the majority of the series.
The good news is that Owen Beck scored on Thursday night, however, Peterborough’s 6-2 loss to North Bay gave their opponents a 3-2 lead in the series, which is heading back to Peterborough for Game Six.
On The Docket
There are two CHL games involving Canadiens prospects on Friday night, including Joshua Roy and the Sherbrooke Phoenix versus the Halifax Mooseheads. The series is currently tied at 2, with both teams winning their away games. The puck drop is scheduled for 1 PM ET
Jared Davidson and the Seattle Thunderbirds will be hoping to finish their third-round series against the Kamloops Blazers, a series that they currently lead 3-1. Despite putting together a relatively strong effort, the Blazers have been outclassed by Seattle in almost every facet of the game. If the Thunderbirds clinch, they’ll face the Winnipeg Ice in the WHL Championship, which could end up being the most entertaining series in the CHL this postseason. The puck drop is scheduled for 9:05 PM ET.
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Hey Marc. Here’s an article idea I’d love to see. Compare our prospect pool to that of the other Atlantic division teams. We have lots of kids we’re enamoured with and excited to see in the future. I’m sure fans of the other teams in our division feel the same way about their prospects. I’d like to see a team by team comparison based on position and a grade or score assigned for each position and a ranking of the teams by each position, and then an overall winner chosen. The definition of “prospect” will dramatically influence the rankings. Will it be kids not currently playing in the NHL yet, or will it include kids under a certain age or games played? The latter would be more accurate in determining the futures of the clubs imo. Revisiting the rankings after the draft would also provide another opportunity for another article. I have total respect for what you guys do, and appreciate how difficult it must be to come up with topics for articles in order to create content on a daily basis (especially in the off season). Maybe this could provide a little inspiration?