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Western Hockey League
Sam Reinhart opened the WHL playoffs with a bang by producing two goals and one assist in a 5-2 win over the Calgary last Thursday. However, he was held off the scoresheet in Game 2, as the Hitmen rebounded with a 5-0 victory. Reinhart is eligible for the 2014 draft and he is doing a fine job of cementing himself as the top prospect in the class. New York Islanders draft pick Ryan Pulock was selected as the WHL Player of the Week after he generated two goals and four points in two road games for the Brandon Wheat Kings against the Regina Pats. Brandon won both contests. Pulock had 63 points from the back end in 66 games during the regular season and he was the 15th overall choice in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Taran Kozun of the Seattle Thunderbirds earned the CHL Goaltender of the Week after he posted a 2-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .970 save percentage. The 19-year-old netminder just finished his second full WHL season. His club currently has a 3-0 series lead against Everett. Philadelphia Flyers prospect Taylor Leier notched a goal and three helpers in two postseason victories for Portland versus Vancouver last week. He amassed a total of 79 points over 62 contests during the regular season and was taken in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.
Ontario Hockey League
The Oshawa Generals' Hunter Smith was awarded with the OHL Player of the Week after he registered one goal and six assists in just two games against Mississauga to open the playoffs. The 18-year-old winger had 16 goals and 40 points, along with 100 penalty minutes, in 64 regular season matches. Chris Tierney, who is a second-round selection of the San Jose Sharks in 2012, picked up two goals and three assists in two playoff wins for the London Knights against Windsor. He finished the 2013-14 regular season with career highs in goals (40), assists (49) and points (89). Dane Fox, who signed with the Vancouver Canucks as an undrafted free agent in late December, earned three goals and four points in two postseason wins versus Saginaw last week. He concluded the regular season in second place in OHL scoring with 107 points in 67 games. Fox also led the league with 64 goals. Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse collected four assists in two games for Sault Ste. Marie last week. The Greyhounds split the opening two contests of their best-of-seven series against Owen Sound. Nurse was the seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft and he enjoyed a great year in the OHL in 2013-14. The talented blueliner picked up 50 points and 91 penalty minutes in 64 games.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Tampa Bay Lightning top prospect Jonathan Drouin carried over his strong finish from the regular season into the playoffs. He helped Halifax outscore Charlottetown by a score of 13-4 in a pair of wins to kick off the QMJHL playoffs. Drouin compiled three goals and four assists in those contests. He was awarded with the QMJHL's first star of March after he exploded for 22 points, including 17 assists, in just six matches. Anaheim second-round draft pick Nick Sorensen tallied four goals and added two assists, as Quebec won one and lost one to Rouyn-Noranda in the opening round of the playoffs. In Quebec's 7-3 victory on Saturday, Sorensen was an offensive force with a hat trick and two assists. He had 61 points in 44 games during the regular season. Martin Reway picked up two goals and seven points in two contests to help Gatineau dominate Cape Breton last week. The Olympiques won both games by a combined score of 15-4. Reway, who had 62 points in 43 games during the regular season, was chosen in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. His teammate, Simon Tardif-Richard earned the CHL Player of the Week distinction after he potted four goals and three assists in two playoff matches. He recorded his first career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in Game 1 of the series on Friday. The 20-year-old forward had 42 points in 55 games during the regular season.
American Hockey League
Lake Erie goaltender Sami Aittokallio was the AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 23. He was an impenetrable wall in two games against Rochester, as he turned aside all 48 shots he faced to pick up his third and fourth shutouts of the season. He entered this week's action with a 12-11-2 record along with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. Brett Richie notched two goals and two assists in three contests for the Texas Stars last week. The AHL rookie has 17 goals and 40 points in 62 matches this campaign. Devante Smith-Pelly netted four goals in three games for Norfolk last week. He leads the team with 26 markers on the year and he has 42 points in 52 contests. Jordan Weal had a goal and a helper in two games for the Manchester Monarchs to give him 58 points in 67 outings on the season. He leads his team in scoring and sits ninth in the league.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Winnipeg prospect Connor Hellebuyck stopped 65 shots in a pair of shutout victories over Notre Dame and the University of New Hampshire last week. He has whitewashed the opposition six times this season and has posted a 17-8-2 record with 1.73 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in 27 appearances with UMass-Lowell this year. He was a fifth-round choice of the Jets in the 2012 draft. Pittsburgh Penguins second rounder Teddy Blueger potted a goal and added three assists in a pair of wins for Minnesota State-Mankato over Bowling Green State and Ferris State last week. He has recorded 26 points and 55 penalty minutes in 39 matches during his sophomore season. Nicolas Kerdiles has produced 15 goals and 37 points in 27 games for the University of Wisconsin this year. He contributed four assists in a pair of wins over Penn State and Ohio State. The Ducks selected him in the second round (36th overall) in the 2012 draft. Ottawa Senators sixth-round pick Max McCormick also had four helpers in two games last week. His Ohio State Buckeyes were defeated by Wisconsin on Saturday in the inaugural Big Ten Tournament championship. McCormick, who was chosen with the 171st overall pick in 2011, had 35 points in 37 games this campaign.