Draft stuff: Ehlers bags beauty; Dal Colle goes big

Nikolaj Ehlers showed why his draft stock keeps rising Friday, using his speed and hands to score a beautiful power play goal as Halifax opened the playoffs with a 6-3 doubling of Charlottetown. Give a kid a little bit of light, and he'll kick it into gear and make something happen. That's exactly what Ehlers did to give the Mooseheads a 1-0 lead late in the first period.

After scoring 49 goals during the regular season, Ehlers now has a cumulative 50 strikes in his first 64 games of North American junior. Not too shabby.

Elsewhere in the QMJHL, Vladimir Tkachev (+3) notched two goals including the overtime winner plus an assist, and Ivan Barbashev (+2) kicked in a goal and three helpers as visiting Moncton outgunned Blainville-Boisbriand 6-5. Tkachev previously collected 30 points (10+20) in 20 games after joining the Wildcats in January. The hard-nosed Barbashev finished the regular season with 25 goals and 68 points in 48 games.

In OHL action, Michael Dal Colle erupted for a five-point night with two goals and three assists as Oshawa cruised to a 6-0 shutout win over Mississauga. The productive effort represents Dal Colle's highest single game output since a five-assist night back on Nov. 5 versus Ottawa.

Jared McCann scored a pair of goals as Sault Ste. Marie was defeated in overtime by Owen Sound 5-4. McCann's marks, which came 5:46 apart in the third period, swung the momentum in favor of the Hounds before the Attack would claw back to force extra time.

In the WHL, Julius Honka scored a power play goal to earn the game's number three star as Swift Current dropped a 2-1 decision at Medicine Hat. Eight of Honka's 16 goals in the regular season came with the man advantage.

Connor Chatham posted in front of the net and tipped a shot for a late power play goal as Plymouth was downed by Guelph 5-2. The Belleville, IL native scored 13 goals as an OHL rookie, but captured just one in his last dozen games.

On Thursday, Sam Reinhart scored twice and added an assist to lead Kootenay to a 5-2 win over Calgary in the first game of their best-of-seven series. The playmaking pivot entered the series having collected just three points in his first 16 postseason games.

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