April 29, 2008

Oakville Wins Hewitt Cup

Braden Birch picked a great time to pot his second goal of the season when he scored, what turned out to be the game-winner, at the 2:43 mark of the second period in Oakville's 6-3 win over Newmarket on Saturday.

The Blades advance to the Royal Bank Cup and will face Cornwall (CJHL) on Sunday.

The following teams will participate in the RBC:

  • Host: Cornwall
  • East: Weeks (Maritime JHL)
  • Central: Oakville
  • West: Humboldt (SJHL)
  • Pacific: Camrose (AJHL)
  • Omaha Splits Weekend

    Lincoln fought off elimination by defeating Omaha, 6-3, on Saturday. The Lancers had held a 2-0 lead in its series with the Stars after having picked up a 3-2 win on Friday. Keir Ross went scoreless for the Lancers in the weekend's two games.

    Game four is in Lincoln on Tuesday.

    April 25, 2008

    Oakville Advances To Hewitt Finals

    Oakville swept its final two games of the round-robin portion of the Dudley Hewitt Cup, defeating Sudbury, 5-3, on Wednesday and Newmarket, 5-2, on Thursday. Braden Birch went scoreless in the two games.

    The Blades will play the winner of Friday's game between Dryden and Newmarket on Saturday.

    April 22, 2008

    Lancers Strike First

    Omaha shut out Lincoln, 5-0, in the opening game of its semifinal series. Keir Ross went scoreless for the Lancers.

    Game two is in Lincoln on Friday.

    Chicago is facing Waterloo in the other semifinal. The Steel eliminated Indiana on Friday, 5-0. Locke Jillson was held scoreless in his season finale.

    Oakville Opens Hewitt Cup

    Oakville defeated Dryden, 5-1, in its opening game at the Dudley Hewitt Cup. Braden Birch picked up a helper on the Blades' first goal.

    The Blades play Sudbury in game two on Wednesday.

    April 18, 2008

    Lancers Advance

    Omaha scored three unanswered goals in the third period to defeat Sioux City, 3-2, on Thursday and win its opening series. Keir Ross assisted on Andrew Conboy's (Michigan State) game-winning goal.

    Omaha will face Lincoln in the semis.

    A RoughRider Sunset

    Cedar Rapids lost to Waterloo, 5-2, on Wednesday, giving the Black Hawks a 3-0 sweep in the series. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for Cedar Rapids.

    Waterloo will face the winner of the Indiana-Chicago series in the next round.

    Windy Indy

    Indiana is a game away from elimination after dropping a 3-1 decision to Chicago on Tuesday. Locke Jillson went scoreless for the Ice.

    Game four is Friday in Chicago.

    April 15, 2008

    Oakville: OPJHL Champs

    Congratulations to the Oakville Blades for winning the OPJHL championship on Sunday. The Blades defeated Markham, 4-1, on Friday, then put the Waxers away with a 6-3 decision in game five. Braden Birch went scoreless in the final two games for Oakville.

    The Blades move on the Dudley Hewitt Cup in Newmarket, which begins on Tuesday, April 22. Joining Oakville will be Sudbury (NOJHL champs), Dryden (SIJHL champs), and host Newmarket. The winner of the Dudley Hewitt moves on to the RBC championship.

    April 13, 2008

    Cedar Rapids Struggles

    Cedar Rapids lost a tough double-overtime game to Waterloo on Friday, 4-3, in the opener of its series. Vince Mihalek did not play in game one. On Saturday, Vince, as well as the rest of the RoughRiders, went scoreless in a 3-0 defeat.

    Game three is Wednesday at Cedar Rapids.

    Indiana Even After Two

    Indiana defeated Chicago, 7-2, on Saturday. Locke Jillson scored a goal for the Ice.

    Game three is Tuesday in Chicago.

    Omaha Takes 2-1 Lead

    Omaha and Sioux City split its games this weekend to give the Lancers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. The Musketeers won game two, 6-2, on Friday night. Keir Ross picked up a helper on each Lancer goal. On Saturday, Omaha won in overtime, 5-4. Keir scored the game's first goal to help the Lancers move to within one victory of advancing.

    Game four is Thursday at Sioux City.

    April 11, 2008

    Omaha's Up; Indy's Down

    Omaha defeated Sioux City, 3-0, to take a 1-0 lead in its opening round series. Keir Ross went scoreless for the Lancers.

    Game two is Friday in Sioux City.

    Indiana dropped a 4-3 decision to Chicago in its playoff opener. Locke Jillson went scoreless for the Ice.

    Game two is Saturday at Indiana.

    Vees Sweep Clippers

    Penticton polished off Nanaimo with a sterling 4-0 win in game four. The Clippers were never able to get the jump on the Vees, who won three one-goal games to take control of the series. Michael Garman had a rough series as he took three of the losses. Michael was pulled from game three after giving up four quick goals. Rookie, and Penticton native, Evan Smith started game four before giving way to Michael in the third period when the Vees had raced to a 4-0 lead.

    Blades, Waxers Split Games 2 & 3

    Oakville holds a 2-1 lead over Markham after splitting the past two games. The Waxers won game two at home, 4-2. Oakville regained home ice by winning game three, 6-4. Braden Birch went scoreless in each game for the Blades.

    Game four is Friday at Markham.

    April 6, 2008

    USHL Concludes Regular Season

    Indiana and Omaha swept their final two games of the regular season, which seemed fitting for the two divisional winners. Cedar Rapids, meanwhile, was swept in its final weekend of play.

    Indiana fell behind Cedar Rapids, 4-0, on Friday, before scoring the final six goals of the game. The Ice followed that up with a 7-0 blanking of Ohio on Saturday. Locke Jillson picked up an assist in Friday's win for Indy.

    The Ice opens its playoffs on Thursday when it hosts Chicago.

    Omaha defeated Sioux City, 7-1, on Friday. Keir Ross had an assist in the Lancers' win. Keir also scored a goal on Saturday to help Omaha to a 5-3 victory over Des Moines.

    The Lancers will entertain Sioux City on Tuesday in its playoff opener.

    Cedar Rapids dropped a 6-4 decision to Indy, as mentioned above. The RoughRiders also fell to Waterloo, 3-2, on Saturday. Vince Mihalek did not play in either game.

    The 'Riders visit Waterloo on Friday in their opener.

    Congratulations to Keir for finishing the regular season with a league-leading +38. Chicago's Brian O'Neill (Yale) was second with a +29.

    Nanaimo Drops Two

    Nanaimo opened their Fred Page Cup defense by dropping the first two games in Penticton. The Vees took game one, 4-3, and then followed up on Saturday with a 3-2 win. Michael Garman stopped 28 shots in game one and 32 in game two.

    Game three is Tuesday in Nanaimo.

    Oakville Jumps First

    Markham's run to the championship series has been one of the surprises of the OPJHL playoffs. The result of Saturday's opening game, however, was not so surprising as Oakville doubled-up the Waxers, 6-3. Braden Birch picked up a helper for the Blades.

    Game two is Monday at Markham.

    April 2, 2008

    Clippers Seek To Defend Cup

    Michael Garman stopped 31 shots to help Nanaimo defeat Langley, 5-4, and win their Coastal Conference championship series, 4-2. The Clippers will attempt to defend the Fred Page Cup against Penticton beginning on Friday.

    Oakville Advances

    Oakville needed six games to dispatch Aurora and advance to the OPJHL's championship round against Markham. The Blades dropped game five, 3-2, and then clinched their series with a 4-3 win on Monday. Braden Birch went scoreless in the last two games of the semis.

    Game one is Saturday at Oakville.

    April 1, 2008

    March Poll Recap

    It's difficult to believe another year has come and gone. Now it's time to take a look around and admire the beauty of the season sans ice. In those moments, however, that come between green and blue or flower and bird, when the mind drifts towards another edition of the puck story, know that the freshmen will soon be on campus and all will be right with the world, again.

    Last month, BRP asked the following question: "Which freshman has had the greatest impact this year?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 63% -- Riley Nash
  • 10% -- Patrick Kennedy
  • 8% -- Mike Devin
  • 5% -- Tyler Roeszler
  • 5% -- Jordan Berk
  • 4% -- Dan Nicholls
  • 3% -- Joe Devin
  • 2% -- Jacob Johnston

    Thank you, once again, for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.