The Colorado Eagles picked up where they left off with their round two sweep and stretched their winning streak to six with a 3-2 defeat of Fort Wayne in overtime in game one of the ECHL Western Conference finals. Michael Joly was the hero in this one as he completed the hat trick to claim the victory off a neat back pass from JC Beaudin as seen below.
Who else but Michael Joly tonight???
Joly completes the hat trick and gives @ColoradoEagles a 3-2 OT victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals
— ECHL (@ECHL) May 13, 2018
Game two didn’t go quite as well. Beaudin didn’t suit up due to a suspected hand/wrist injury, no word on his availability for the rest of the series. Ft. Wayne decided to set the goon tone in warm-up as a brawl started at center ice and apparently it worked. The Eagles fell 3-2 after they mounted a valiant comeback but the first two periods were full of penalties and bad play. Nicolas Meloche scored Colorado’s second goal with a quick shot off of a rebound for his first of the playoffs and brought the Eagles within one. Meloche played a big role offensively and defensively as he’s earning the coach’s trust. Games three through five will be in Ft. Wayne next week starting Wednesday, May 16th through the weekend.
— Justin A. Cohn (@SportsiCohn) May 14, 2018
Conor Timmins also didn’t have a great weekend as Sault Ste. Marie was eliminated by Hamilton in game six of the OHL finals. Timmins absorbed a big hit in game five but ultimately returned to the game but wasn’t able to suit up for game six in what was called due to a concussion. Timmins finishes with 18 points including five goals in 23 postseason games and three assists in the series against Hamilton.
Josh Anderson and Swift Current enjoyed the opposite fortune as they won their game six match against Everett to take home the WHL title and punch their ticket to the Memorial Cup. No points for Anderson this series and he stands at two post season assists. It will be good for Anderson to get on the big stage and show what his game is beyond the box score for those who haven’t seen him play.
The Memorial Cup is finally here!
Swift Current (WHL), Hamilton (OHL) and Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) join host Regina to vie for the ultimate prize in major-junior hockey. Games should be available on Sportsnet and NHL Network.
Game 1 – OHL vs. Regina on Friday, May 18 at 7:00 pm MT
Game 2 – WHL vs. QMJHL on Saturday, May 19 at 1:00 pm MT
Game 3 – Regina vs. QMJHL on Sunday, May 20 at 4:00 pm MT
Game 4 – WHL vs. OHL on Monday, May 21 at 5:00 pm MT
Game 5 – QMJHL vs. OHL on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 pm MT
Game 6 – Regina vs. WHL on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm MT
Tie-Breaker (if necessary) – Thursday, May 24 at 5:00 pm MT
Semi-Final – Friday, May 25 at 7:00 pm MT
Championship Final – Sunday, May 27 at 4:00 pm MT
Credit to Colorado Eagles for the photo