The Colorado Eagles ended the suspense in their second round series a lot sooner than in their first with a four game sweep of the Idaho Steelheads in order to move on to the Western Conference finals. The series was more challenging than the sweep indicated with a pair of 1-0 overtime victories needed and some outstanding performances from key players. JC Beaudin was the story again in game three with a pair of goals in a 3-2 win. The first was a great feed from Julien Nantel as seen below and the second was just a complete individual effort to grab the puck in the neutral zone and then rifle a shot. Those goals gave Beaudin eight for the playoffs and the league lead in goals and a tie for points at 12. Joe Cannata stood on his head in game four and made 47 saves in that 1-0 overtime shutout. The Eagles now await the winner between the Ft. Wayne and Toledo series plus get some rest before getting back on the ice this weekend.
Julien Nantel with the forced turnover and the perfect feed to J.C. Beaudin for his seventh goal of the #KellyCupPlayoffs@ColoradoEagles lead @Steelheads 2-0 in the second period pic.twitter.com/wheyCwiIc4
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Conor Timmins helped the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds pick up a decisive 4-2 win in game two of the OHL finals with a pair of power play helpers. They fell in game three 6-5 to Hamilton and are now down 2-1 in the series. Time will tell if the Greyhounds have one more round of magic left.
The Swift Current Broncos looked like they were going to drop both opening home games in the WHL finals against Everett but made a heroic comeback in a 4-3 overtime victory in game two. The series stand at a 1-1 split currently heading into the next two games in Everett. Not unexpected but no points yet for Josh Anderson this series.
Credit to the Colorado Eagles for the photo