Sunday, March 27, 2016

3/26 Recap: Karabacek steps up

In Saturday action, Vaclav Karabacek provided two goals including the overtime winner and one assist to propel Moncton to a 6-5 victory over Victoriaville. At 18:23 of the extra frame, Karabacek stole a puck at the Tigres blueline, skated to the left wing and unloaded a quick wrist shot to gives his Wildcats a 2-0 series lead. Historically a strong playoff producer, Karabacek's big night gives him 12 goals and 26 points in 23 career post-season contests.

In the WHL, Devante Stephens logged a minus-one rating as Kelowna gave up four third-period goals in dropping a 5-4 decision to Kamloops in Game Two of their opening round series. The teams are deadlocked at a game apiece entering Tuesday's Game Three.

Defenseman Brendan Guhle was unable to connect as Prince Albert was dealt a 4-2 loss to Moose Jaw. The Raiders trail the best-of-seven opening round series 2-0.

Brycen Martin was quiet statistically as Everett earned a 3-1 win over Portland. The Silvertips have a 2-0 series advantage on the Winterhawks heading into Tuesday's Game Three.

Giorgio Estephan was shut down as Lethbridge was defeated by Regina 3-0. The Hurricanes and Pats split the first two games with the clubs heading to Regina for Game Three Tuesday.

In the college ranks, Chris Brown was unable to produce for the second night in a row as Boston College advanced to the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota-Duluth in the Northeast region final. The freshman forward has appeared in all 40 of the Eagles' games this season, notching two goals and 11 total points.

In the NCAA Tournament West Regional Semifinal, Will Borgen and Judd Peterson each recorded one shot on goal as St. Cloud State was upset by Ferris State 5-4 in overtime. Borgen's rookie collegiate season ends with 14 points (1+13) and a plus-17 rating in 37 games. Peterson ends with 16 goals and 23 points in 38 contests.

In Sweden, Victor Olofsson saw his three-game goal streak snapped and Gustav Possler was unable to record any shots on goal as MODO was defeated by Leksand 2-1 in Game Four of their SHL Qualification series. MODO will host Game Five of the best-of-seven series on Monday.