4/4 Recap: Byron helps thrice as Piques pull even

In the QMJHL, Paul Byron had three assists as Gatineau downed Shawinigan, 5-3. The 5'9 wing now has 13 points (1+12) in seven playoff games. The win evens the second round series at one game apiece. T.J. Brennan was +2 with a team-best three shots on goal as Montreal lost to Drummondville in overtime, 4-3. The teams will travel back to Montreal where the Juniors will try to a halve a 2-0 series deficit on Tuesday. Nick Crawford (+1) had an assist as Saginaw fell to London, 4-3. Entering the playoffs with three career postseason points, the 6'1 defender how has four points over his current three-game point streak. The loss puts the Spirit in a 2-0 hole against the stacked Knights. Tyler Myers was even as Kelowna dropped a 3-2 decision to Tri-City. The Rockets held a 2-0 lead entering the third period, but 20:00 breakdown yielded three goals against to fall behind 2-0 in the series. Tyler Ennis (-4) had an assist as Medicine Hat got doubled up by Brandon, 6-3. The Ennis-Bosch-Okal line was flat, combining for a -13 as its motor (Ennis) looks to have his hands full facing 6'6 Wheaties defenseman Keith Aulie (CAL) all series long. 2009 eligible Brayden Schenn had an assist for the Wheat Kings. The two teams will play it back on Sunday for game two.
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Anonymous
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Sunday, April 05, 2009 ×

Not sure why you would say Ennis has his hands full with Aulie......he had 5 assists in tonight's game. Maybe also take a look at the Tiger's defence and the number of soft goals Brandon scored on Hofield. One player or one line can't be expected to win every game for a team and he leads all WHL players in palyoff points.

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Kris Baker
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Sunday, April 05, 2009 ×

Having only one player and one line is exactly why every single skeptic had Brandon picked as the easy winner in this series, and why Aulie, just like every other dman this season, can sit back and zero in on Ennis every time he touches the ice. That's the "hands full" message. Ennis didn't have a great night in game one, but it's not a slight to a guy who has shown that he can turn it on whenever he wants (like he did tonight).

Their D has been less than stellar for most of the year (alot of people thought they'd lose to Swift, too). Even with Hofield softies, the Wheaties always seem to have that little extra. So while it's nice to see a dominating night, the team around that top line needs to produce or they're toast.

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