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Bolts in the Pipeline: The Soo Greyhounds take the bus home

Meanwhile the Otters, Petes, and Sea Dogs move on.

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The CHL playoffs are still underway, and a few Bolts prospects remain standing.

The Erie Otters survived their series against the London Knights. Goalie Tyler Parsons was trying to win the entire series himself, it seems. In game one the Otters outshot the Knights 46-12, but London won 2-0. To bookend the series, the Otters took over 60+ shots on net, but Parsons let in just five. A lot of goals, but it’s the same ratio as allowing 2 on 20 shots, no one would shame any goalie in that game.

The Soo Greyhounds and London Knights are eliminated, so we say good bye until next year to Mitchell Stephens and Boris Katchouk.

As always check out our comrades at Bolt Prospects for daily coverage.

Ontario Hockey League

Matthew Spencer (D) / Christopher Paquette (F) / Jonne Tammela (F)
0G, 3A, +6 / 3G, 1A, +4 / Did Not Play
Peterborough Petes
Sweep series vs Kingston Frontenacs 4-0

April 6th - Home
W 4-2 - 0G, 1A, +1 / 1G, 0A, +1 / Did Not Play
April 9th - Home
W 4-1 - 0G, 1A, +1 / 1G, 1A, +1 / Did Not Play
April 11th - Away
W 3-1 - 0G, 1A, +1 / 0G, 0A, +1 / Did Not Play
April 13th - Away
W 6-2 - 0G, 0A, +3 / 1G, 0A, +1 / Did Not Play

The Peterborough Petes will now play in the OHL Eastern conference final for the first time since they won the OHL Championship in 2006. The series versus the Mississauga Steelheads begins tomorrow night at 7 PM in Peterborough.


Mitchell Stephens (F) - 3G, 3A, -2
London Knights
Lose series vs Erie Otters 3-4

April 6th - Away
W 2-0 - 1G, 0A, +1
April 7th - Away
L 5-1 - 0G, 0A, -1
April 11th - Home
L 3-1 - 0G, 0A, -1
April 13th - Home
W 4-2 - 0G, 1A, +1
April 15th - Away
L 6-3 - 0G, 1A, -1
April 16th - Home
W 2-1 OT - 1G, 0A
April 18th - Away
L 5-4 OT - 1G, 1A, -1

The defending OHL and Memorial Cup Champions will not defend their title. Mitchell Stephens has signed a contract and will leave the OHL behind.


Taylor Raddysh (F) / Anthony Cirelli (F) / Eric Cernak (D)
Erie Otters
Win series vs London Knights 4-3

April 6th - Home
L 2-0 - 0G, 0A, -1 / No Points / 0G, 0A, -2
April 7th - Home
W 5-1 - 1G, 2A, +1 / 0G, 1A, +1 / 0G, 1A, +1
April 11th - Away
W 3-1 - No Points / 1G, 0A, +1 / No Points
April 13th - Away
L 4-2 - 0G, 0A, -4 / 1G, 0A, -1 / 0G, 0A, -1
April 15th - Home
W 6-3 - 1G, 2A, +2 / 1G, 1A, +3 / 0G, 1A, +1
April 16th - Away
L 2-1 OT - 0G, 1A / No Points / 0G, 0A, +1
April 18th - Home
W 5-4 OT - 0G, 0A, +1 / 1G, 0A, +1 / 0G, 1A, +3

The Erie Otters will now advance to the Western Conference Finals for the fourth time in four years. Only once have they made it to the OHL Finals, and that was 2015 when they lost to the Oshawa Generals.

The Otters face off with the Owen Sound Attack starting Friday, the team that eliminated Bolts prospect Boris Katchouk and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.


Boris Katchouk (F) - 3G, 2A, +2
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Lose series vs Owen Sound Attack 4-2

April 5th - Home
W 4-1 - 0G, 1A
April 7th - Home
W 4-1 - 0G, 1A
April 9th - Away
L 4-1 - 1G, 0A, +1
April 11th - Away
L 4-2 - 1G, 0A, +1
April 13th - Home
L 4-3 - 1G, 0A
April 15th - Away
L 1-0 - No Points

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds always try to be the best, but always fall just short. Is it the OHL’s playoff format, making it harder to succeed in the western conference? Are the Geyhounds the OHL’s Washington Capitals? Something gets in their way each year and yet again, they won’t play for the OHL title. Boris Katchouk can return to the OHL next year if he isn’t signed to a pro deal.


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Mathieu Joseph (F) / Bokondji Imama (F)
4G, 3A, +3 / 0G, 2A, +4
Saint John Sea Dogs
Sweep series vs Val d’Or Foreurs 4-0

April 7th - Home
W 2-1 OT - 0G, 1A, -1 / 0G, 0A, -1
April 8th - Home
W 4-1 - 1G, 1A, +1 / 0G, 0A, +1
April 11th - Away
W 7-3 - 3G, 0A, +3 / 0G, 2A, +2
April 12th: Away
W 7-1 - 0G, 1A / 0G, 0A, +2

The favourites to win the QMJHL title will play the Chicoutimi Sagueens in the semi-finals. The Sagueens knocked off the defending QMJHL Champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in seven games in the quarters, and will have the confidence of giant killers in their heads. The Sea Dogs look to build off of sweeping the Foreurs and if they do, it will be an all maritimes QMJHL final, as Charlottetown, PEI and Acadie-Bathurst, NB play in the other semi-final series.


Completed Seasons:

Boris Katchouk (F) - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Mitchell Stephens (F) - London Knights

Otto Somppi (F) - Halifax Mooseheads
Somppi will rest and recover from injuries accumulated over the season now.

Brett Howden (F) - Moose Jaw Warriors
Connor Ingram (G) - Kamloops Blazers
Denis Yan (F) - Shawinigan Cataractes
Libor Hajek (D) - Saskatoon Blades

All are now playing with the Syracuse Crunch.

Kris Oldham (G) - U. Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks
Ross Colton (F) - U. Vermont Catamounts
Ryan Lohin (F) - U. Mass-Lowell River Hawks
Johnathan MacLeod (D) - Boston U. Terriers
Ryan Zuhlsdorf (D) - U. Minnesota Golden Gophers

All NCAA players will return to school in the fall.