Canadiens Prospects: Mailloux Headed To OHL Championship
Three Montreal Canadiens prospects were in action on Sunday, with all three players hoping to make it one step closer to their respective league championships.
Logan Mailloux and London Knights eliminated the Sarnia Sting in six games, clinching a trip to the Ontario Hockey League Championship and a Western Conference title in the process. Mailloux scored his sixth goal of the playoffs late in the second period, yet another powerplay goal.
But rather than a big blast from the point or a seeing-eye shot, which are his specialties, Mailloux put his hand-eye coordination to good use by jumping into the rush and fooling the Sting goaltender with a perfect shot, which secured an insurance goal for the Knights during their one-sided 5-1 win.
The goal pushed his playoff totals to 17 points in 15 games, good for third overall among OHL defencemen.
Mailloux’s intensity was on full display during the series, as the Sting attempted to goad him into taking reckless penalties. For the most part, it did not work, though the Canadiens prospect did oblige the Sting during Game Six.
#gohabsgo Logan Mailloux has a tilt with Zach Filak. Mostly jersey wrestling going on. pic.twitter.com/EzYgAtj27V
— Matt Drake (@DrakeMT) May 7, 2023
Full marks have to be given to the Sting for their effort. They were outclassed in both size and talent but gave the Knights a good run for their money despite the discrepancy of skill between both teams.
With the win, the Knights knew they had booked their ticket to the Championship, but had to await the outcome of the Peterborough Petes versus North Bay Battalion series to know which team they’d face.
Beck Stays Alive
Owen Beck and the Petes staved off elimination with a clutch 4-3 overtime win, a well-deserved result for a team that has already exceeded expectations throughout the playoffs.
They outshot the Battalion 40-25 during Game Six. The game included Beck’s 12th point, a secondary assist on Chase Stillman’s second goal of the playoffs.
The deciding game of the series is set to take place on Monday, at 7 PM ET.
The Halifax Mooseheads turned a 0-2 series deficit into a 3-2 series lead, In what is easily the most impressive performance of the CHL playoff.
And they did so without Jordan Dumais.
The Phoenix were blanked 5-0 in Game 5, which marked the first time a team managed to win in the series while also hosting their opponents. Joshua Roy had two shots in the losing effort.
Game Six was a little different.
The Phoenix put together one of their best performances of the season, peppering Mooseheads goaltender Mathis Rousseau with 42 shots, but it was all for naught, as Rousseau saved every puck he faced on his way to a 1-0 shutout win and a 4-2 series victory.
Roy finished the playoffs having scored 12 goals and 12 assists in 14 games, good for third among all players participating in the QMJHL playoffs.
#gohabsgo Joshua Roy puts everyone in a blender, draws a penalty, but no call on L'Heureux for hitting him post-whistle. pic.twitter.com/lZH2Tm2RqK
— Matt Drake (@DrakeMT) May 7, 2023
Next On The Docket
Canadiens prospect Jared Davidson and the Seattle Thunderbirds will attempt to clinch their ticket to the Western Hockey League Championship on Monday night.
They currently hold a 3-2 series lead over the Kamloops Blazers and are coming off a rather difficult 4-2 loss in which the Thunderbirds were out-played significantly for the first time in a long time.
The puck drop for Game Six of the series is scheduled for Monday at 10:05 PM ET.
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