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Toronto Maple Leafs prospect report: All tied up.

The playoffs start with accusations of diving, staff fighting, and UMD making it to the final four.

Victoria Royals v Vancouver Giants Photo by Ben Nelms/Getty Images

Ah playoffs.

A time of upsets, a time of rivalries renewed, a time of coaches speaking their mind.

In case you didn’t want to/couldn’t watch, to summarize the Windsor Spitfires coach says they invented diving in London, and that’s why they had five power plays to Windsor’s one. These two teams have hated each other for a long time and it really shows in the playoffs.

When the arena staff and the visiting staff are arguing it’s going to be a good series.

Everyone is two games into their series, and only Korostelev (Peterborough) and Brooks (Regina) are leading their series. Everyone else is tied 1-1, aside from Desrocher (Kingston) who’s down 2-0. Some outstanding weekends from Adam Brooks (5 points) and Jack Walker (4 points).

Dominic Toninato is our lone surviving NCAA player, and UMD has made it all the way to the Frozen Four in Chicago. Two more games against the best of the NCAA and we’ll have our first champion crown. They have the week off, and pick up the finals April 6th & 8th.


Ontario Hockey League

JJ Piccinich (F) / Nicolas Mattinen (D)
0G, 1A, +1 / No Points
London Knights
Series vs Windsor Spitfires tied: 1-1

March 24: Home
L 4-3 OT - 0G, 0A, +1 / No Points
March 26: Home
W 5-2 - 0G, 1A / No Points


Stephen Desrocher (D) - 1G, 0A, -2
Kingston Frontenacs
Trails series vs Hamilton Bulldogs: 0-2

March 24: Home
L 2-0 - No Points
March 26: Home
L 5-4 - 1G, 0A, -2


Jeremy Bracco (F) - 0G, 0A, -3
Windsor Spitfires
Series vs London Knights tied: 1-1

March 24: Away
W 4-3 OT - 0G, 0A, -1
March 26: Away
L 5-2 - 0G, 0A, -2


Nikita Korostelev (F) - 1G, 1A, -1
Peterborough Petes
Leads series vs Niagara IceDogs: 2-0

March 23: Home
W 5-2 - 0G, 0A, -2
March 25: Home
W 6-3 - 1G, 1A, +1


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Martins Dzierkals (F) - 0G, 0A, +1
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Series vs Halifax Mooseheads tied: 1-1

March 24: Home
L 5-4 - 0G, 2A, +2
March 25: Home
W 3-2 OT - 0G, 0A, -1


Western Hockey League

Adam Brooks (F) - 3G, 2A, +2
Regina Pats
Leads series vs Calgary Hitmen: 2-0

March 24: Home
W 5-2 - 2G, 2A, +2

March 25: Home
W 5-1 - 1G, 0A


Jack Walker (F) / Vladimir Bobylyov (F)
1G, 3A / 1G, 0A, +1
Victoria Royals
Series vs Everett Silvertips tied: 1-1

March 24: Away
L 4-2 - 1G, 1A, -1 / No Points
March 25: Away
W 4-3 - 0G, 2A, +1 / 1G, 0A, +1


NCAA

Dominic Toninato (F)
U-Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs

March 24: vs Ohio State
W 3-2 OT - 1G, 0A, +2
March 25: vs Boston University
W 3-2 OT - No Points

UMD will play Harvard in the opening game of the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four. The championships take place Arpil 6th-8th.


Dakota Joshua (F)
Ohio State Buckeyes

March 24: vs U-Minnesota Duluth
L 3-2 OT - 0G, 1A

Ohio State is now eliminated from the NCAA tournament.


Completed seasons:

Dakota Joshua (F) - Ohio State
Will return to the Buckeyes for another season.

Nolan Vesey (F) - Maine Black Bears
Vesey has one more year to go with Maine, and is looking to return.

JD Greenway (D) - Wisconsin Badgers
The Freshman will return to the Badgers next year.

Joseph Woll (G) - Boston College Eagles
The Freshman will return to the Eagles next year.

Keaton Middleton (D) - Saginaw Spirit
Middleton could return for an overage year in the OHL next season.


Middleton seems to have the summer off, he hasn’t been called over to the Marlies to practice with the team or play on an ATO.