Thinking of Joanne Boogaard and other mothers in her situation on days like this. Be safe!
WHL PLAYOFF NOTES:
Darren Steinke, the travellin’ blogger from Saskatoon, made the trek to Winnipeg for the first two games of the WHL’s championship final between the Seattle Thunderbirds and Winnipeg Ice. Here’s his Game 1 report. . . .
On Saturday night, the three visiting teams each won and now all three CHL championship finals are even at 1-1. . . . In Winnipeg, the Seattle Thunderbirds beat the Ice, 4-2. The series will resume in Kent, Wash., on Tuesday night. . . . In the QMJHL, the Halifax Mooseheads beat the host Quebec Remparts, 6-3 in front of a second straight sellout crowd. They will get back at it in Halifax on Tuesday night. . . . In the OHL, the Peterborough Petes beat the Knights, 5-3, in London. That series is all even as they head for Peterborough and a Monday night game. . . .
Remember that TSN has said it will televise Games 3-7 in each of the championship series, so check your TV listings.
SATURDAY IN THE WHL PLAYOFFS:
Seattle (2) at Winnipeg (1) — F Brad Lambert, who began this season with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, scored twice to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Ice in Game 2. . . . The series is tied, 1-1, with the teams heading to Kent, Wash., for games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. . . . The Ice won the opener, 3-2, on Friday night. . . . Lambert, a 19-year-old native of Lahti, Finland, was a first-round selection by the Winnipeg Jets in the NHL’s 2022 draft. He began this season with the Moose, then left to play for Finland at the 2023 World Junior Championship. After the tournament, the Jets assigned him to Seattle, which had acquired his rights from the Saskatoon Blades. . . . Lambert put up 17 goals and 21 assists in 26 regular-season games with Seattle. In the playoffs, he has 23 points, including 18 assists, in 14 games. . . . F Zach Benson, who turned 18 on Friday, gave the Ice a 1-0 lead at 4:11 of the first period. . . . D Jeremy Hanzel (3) got Seattle even at 1:24 of the second period. . . . The remainder of the scoring occurred in the third period. . . . Lambert (4) gave Seattle the lead at 5:02 and F Reid Schaefer (8) made it 3-1 just eight seconds later. Schaefer has goals in five straight games. . . . Benson (6) got his guys back to within a goal at 8:27, but Lambert (5) added insurance at 17:14. . . . Seattle got three assists from F Dylan Guenther, who now has 25 points, including 11 assists, in 16 playoff games. . . . Seattle was 0-for-3 on the PP; Winnipeg was 0-for-5. . . . Seattle held a 39-31 edge in shots, although Winnipeg led 14-8 in the third period when the Thunderbirds scored three times. . . . G Thomas Milic stopped 29 shots for Seattle, six fewer than Winnipeg’s Daniel Hauser. . . . Seattle remains without F Jordan Gustafson, while Winnipeg is without D Wyatt Wilson. . . . The announced attendance in the Canada Life Centre, home of the Jets, was 5,691. . . . Kelly Moore of Winnipeg radio station CJOB has a game story with some quotes right here.
F Alexandre Doucet scored twice and added two assists to lead the visiting Halifax Mooseheads to a 6-3 victory over the Quebec Remparts before 18,259 fans on Saturday night. . . . The QMJHL’s championship final is tied, 1-1, with the next two games in Halifax on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Game 5 is to be played in Quebec City on Friday. . . . The Remparts led 2-0 late in the first period, but Doucet scored at 19:49 and Halifax added four straight second-period goals to take control. . . . Doucet’s second goal, his 12th, was into an empty net. . . .
In the OHL, the visiting Peterborough Petes beat the London Knights, 5-3, to even the championship series, 1-1. . . . The Knights took a 3-2 lead into the third period, but gave up the game’s last three goals. . . . F Tucker Robertson had two goals and two assists for the Petes, who got 51 stops from G Michael Simpson, who just happens to be from London. . . . The Knights had won their previous nine home playoff games. . . . Announced attendance was 9,046. . . . London had won, 3-0, on Friday night. . . . They’ll play the next two games in Peterborough, on Monday and Wednesday nights, before returning to London for Game 5 on Friday. . . .
In the BCHL, the host Penticton Vees erased a 2-1 second-period deficit en route to beating the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, 4-3, in Game 2 of the championship series. . . . The Vees hold a 2-0 lead in the series as it heads to Alberni Valley and games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. . . . F Josh Nadeau had a goal and two assists for Penticton. . . . The announced attendance was 3,148.
Prior to the release of the NFL’s regular-season schedule, Bob Molinaro of the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot hit the nail on the head with this:
“Up next: In its ongoing quest to eclipse all other sports news and conversation, the NFL will grab headlines again . . . with the release of its regular-season schedule. As always, media will treat it like the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.”
Thanks to an old friend and former NHL scout for pushing Dorothy past the $4,000 mark as she fund-raises for the Kidney Foundation. . . . The 2023 Kamloops Kidney Walk is scheduled for June 4, and Dorothy is taking part once again. She will celebrate 10 years as a kidney-transplant recipient in September, so the annual Kidney Walk is a big deal for her. In fact, she is participating for a 10th straight year and is closing in on a personal-best. . . . If you are interested in helping, you are able to do so on her home page, which is right here.
If you are interested in being a living kidney donor, more information is available here:
Living Kidney Donor Program
St. Paul’s Hospital
6A Providence Building
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6
Toll free: 1-877-922-9822
Vancouver General Hospital Living Donor Program – Kidney
Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre
Level 5, 2775 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
604-875-5182 or 1-855-875-5182
Or, for more information, visit right here.