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Prospect news: Sambrook’s Otters advance to OHL Conference Final; Walleye lose in Kzoo

Of prospect-related note:

In playoff action, in the OHL, Jordan Sambrook finished at +2 as his Erie Otters defeated the London Knights 5-4 in overtime, advancing to the OHL's Conference Final in 7 games.

Erie will play the Owen Sound Attack in one of the OHL's Conference Final match-ups; Vili Saarijarvi's Mississauga Steelheads will play the Peterborough Petes in the other final.

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye lost a wild one in Kalmazoo, dropping 1-0, 2-1 and 3-1 leads en route to a 6-4 loss at the hands of the Kalamazoo K-Wings.

Kyle Bonis registered 2 goals and an assist for the Walleye, Shane Berschbach and Tyson Spink had 2 assists apiece and Dan Walters had a goal and an assist, but Jake Paterson stopped 47 of 52 shots as the Walleye suffered their first playoff loss. Toledo still leads the best-of-7 playoff series 2 games to 1.

The Walleye's website posted a recap:

Walleye taken down by Wings in Game Three

April 18, 2017

(Kalamazoo, MI) Kyle Bonis had a three point night but it wasn’t enough as the Walleye lose 6-4 in game three Tuesday night at Kalamazoo. Toledo leads the best of seven series two games to one with game four Wednesday night in Kalamazoo.

Toledo started the scoring when Kyle Bonis (3rd) took a Shane Berschbach pass and backhanded a shot over the right arm of goaltender Nick Riopel at 6:45 for a 1-0 lead. Kalamazoo tied the game when Justin Taylor got his stick on a blue line shot that went past Jake Paterson with 1:23 left in the first.

Just 49 seconds into the second period Kyle Bonis picked up his second goal of the game when he fed the puck in front of the Kalamazoo net and it went in off of Wings defenseman Eric Kattelus. The Wings evened the score at 6:17 of the second before Evan Rankin made a great play to keep the puck inside the Kalamazoo zone. Tyson Spink sent the puck to the front of the net and Rankin (4th) deflected it past Riopel at 13:21 for the 3-2 lead.

Kalamazoo scored twice in the first 6:21 to take their first lead of the game. Toledo scored on the rush to tie the game when Shane Berschbach found Dane Walters (1st) in front of the Kalamazoo net. Brian Hart put the Wings in front for good at 17:19 of the third period and he took down Tylor Spink behind the Wings net and then ended the Kalamazoo rush of the ice for the winner.

Goaltender Jake Paterson finished with 47 saves and is 2-1 in the playoffs. Kyle Bonis and Evan Rankin each have scored a goal in all three playoff games with both scoring a total of four.

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Primis's avatar

Seems like Kalamazoo’s guns showed up, given the number of shots they got on Paterson.  I’m still pulling for at least 1 more Kzoo win so I can maybe go see a Game 6 on Sunday.

and it went in off of Wings defenseman Eric Kattelus

That’s still really weird to see, a guy that’s always been a winger his whole career listed as a d-man.  Bootland is never shy about converting forwards to d-men and vice-versa.  He likes that versatility.

Posted by Primis on 04/19/17 at 09:39 AM ET

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