Three Stars of the Week: April 22-28, 2013
1st Star: C Alex Broadhurst, London (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 3A, +2 plus/minus
Broadhurst recorded points in all three of London’s playoff contests last week, including two consecutive three-point outings (4G, 2A) on April 24 and April 26. The 2011 seventh-round draft selection picked up the primary assist on the game-winning goal in Game 3 on April 23, tallied a pair—including the game-winner—the next night in Game 4, and added two more goals in Game 5, helping the Knights wrap up the Western Conference Championship with a 4-1 series win over the Plymouth Whalers. Broadhurst ranks second on the team with 21 points (9G, 12A) in 14 playoff games so far. London will face either the Belleville Bulls or the Barrie Colts, who will play Game 7 to decide the Eastern Conference title tonight.
2nd Star: G Mac Carruth, Portland (WHL)
The Line: 3GP, 2-1, 1 SO
Another year, another WHL Final appearance. Carruth and the Portland Winterhawks hope the third time is the charm for their Chynoweth Cup hopes, as they await the winner of the Eastern Conference; the Edmonton Oil Kings are tied 3-3 with the Calgary Hitmen, with Game 7 scheduled for Tuesday evening. Portland dropped Game 3 of their Western Conference Final series against Kamloops on April 23, but roared back in Games 4 and 5, outscoring the Blazers 7-1. Carruth made 51 saves on 52 shots in those two games, including a 29-save shutout in Game 4 on April 24. Carruth’s four postseason blankings this year are tied for second-most in a single WHL playoff year; the league record is six.
3rd Star: RW Ben Smith, Rockford (AHL)/Chicago (NHL)
The Line: 1 NHL GP, 1G, +1
Smith joined the Blackhawks for the last game of the regular season in St. Louis and tallied his first goal of the season and fourth in the NHL at 8:23 of the third period to break Blues goalie Brian Elliott’s shutout bid and ensure that Chicago remained one of three NHL teams to tally in every single game this season (Boston, Pittsburgh). Smith logged a +1 plus/minus rating in 18:21 of ice time, second-most among team forwards.
Fournier tallied a goal and an assist in Game 4 of the Huskies’ conference semifinal series against Halifax on April 25, finishing his postseason with 12 points (4G, 8A), second among team defensemen. Rouyn-Noranda was swept in four games by the top-seeded Mooseheads.
Hinostroza finished his playoff run with a four-game point streak, including a goal on April 23 in Game 4 and an assist the next night in Game 5. Hinostroza tallied four goals and three assists in five postseason appearances for Waterloo, as the Black Hawks fell to Fargo 4-1 in the first round.
Around the system:
- Forwards Jeremy Morin and Jimmy Hayes each tallied an assist on Ben Smith’s goal on April 27 in St. Louis... Defensemen Ryan Stanton and Shawn Lalonde made their NHL debuts with Chicago in that game, both finishing the game with +1 ratings... Goaltender Carter Hutton also made his NHL debut on Saturday, making 25 saves on 28 shots in the 3-1 loss.