After an evenly played first four games of the series, St. Michael's and Toronto parted ways in dramatic fashion as the Jr. Canadiens breezed into the next round with convincing victories in games five and six, winning 7-3 and 12-3. Erik Axell scored a goal and picked up two assists, while Nick D'Agostino added a helper over the two final games.
Alberni Valley concluded its disappointing season on a high note with two wins this weekend. The Bulldogs defeated Cowichan Valley, 5-4, on Friday, and then polished off Nanaimo, 5-2, on Saturday. Chris Moulson picked up an assist in Friday's game and went scoreless in Saturday's event.
Alberni finished in last place in the Coastal Conference's Island Division with a record of 16-36-1-7 (overtime losses).
Westside also swept its final two games of the regular season. The Warriors knocked off Vernon, 4-3, on Friday, then dispatched Salmon Arm, 4-2, on Saturday. Vince Mihalek added a helper on Friday and went scoreless on Saturday.
Westside finished in a third place tie with Penticton in the Interior Conference with a record of 37-18-1-4 (overtime losses).
Andy Iles stopped 33 shots to help Salisbury to a 4-0 win over Avon Old Farms on Saturday. Salisbury begins the final week of its regular season with a game on Wednesday against Hotchkiss.
In a game played on Thursday, which had late results trickling in, Salisbury dropped a 4-3 decision to Gunnery. Andy Iles stopped 30 shots in the loss. Also of note, Ithaca High alumnus, Gabe French scored a goal for Gunnery. French, a former Little Red teammate of Iles, is spending a PG year at Gunnery.
College Charles-Lemoyne concluded its regular season with a weekend sweep. The Riverains defeated divisional leader Laval-Bourassa, 5-4, in overtime on Friday. Mathieu Brisson scored a goal and added two helpers, including one on the game-winner, and was named the game's 1st-Star. On Saturday, CCL defeated Lac St-Louis, 7-2. Mathieu did not play.
The playoffs are in full bloom up in Ontario. Defending champion, Oakville, swept through its opening round against Brampton and begins its best-of-seven round versus Burlington on Thursday. In other best-of-seven sets, St. Mike's and Toronto are tied up at two games each, with game five at St. Mike's on Friday; and Stouffville is deep in a hole, trailing Wellington 3 games to zero, with game four on Thursday at Stouffville.
Notre Dame wrapped up its regular season by splitting its final two games with Kindersley on Monday and Tuesday. The Klippers won the first game, 6-4, and the Hounds took the finale, 3-2, in overtime. John Esposito picked up an assist in the Hounds' win.
Notre Dame finished last in the Sherwood Conference with a 23-33 record and missed the playoffs.
John finished the season with 15 goals and 22 assists in 51 games, which was good for sixth among all rookie scorers in the SJHL.
Salisbury had no trouble with a struggling Albany Academy in its 8-0 win on Wednesday. Andy Iles stopped 5 shots in one period of play; Evan Casamento stopped the 9 shots he faced in finishing off the shutout.
Mathieu Brisson has been named the Defensive Player of the Week in the Quebec Midget AAA League. During this past week, Mathieu helped College Charles-Lemoyne to two wins by scoring three goals and helping out with four assists.
The Riverains head into the final weekend of the season in second place in the CCM Division behind Laval-Bourassa.
Northwood picked up a 5-2 win over South Kent School on Sunday. Kevin Cole was scoreless. On Wednesday, Northwood defeated Green Mountain (EJHL), 7-2. Kevin scored a goal and added four helpers against the Glades.
On Saturday, Salisbury tied Berkshire, 2-2. Andy Iles stopped 23 shots for the Crimson Knights. A shocker, however, came on Wednesday when Trinity-Pawling pulled out a 3-2 win in overtime. Andy had 24 saves in the loss.
Salisbury is off until Wednesday when it hosts Taft.
Armand de Swardt has joined the Chicago Steel (USHL). Armand had spent 11 games with the Dallas Stars AAA team before the holiday break, where he had scored a goal and picked up two assists in 11 games. In 11 games with the Steel, Armand has scored two goals.
Heading into the second half of its season, Chicago is currently in 5th place in the East Division with a record of 18-19-2 (overtime losses).