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Final: Owen Beck scores from an impossible angle to give the Petes the lead

Right now, in Canadian junior, we’re at the stage of seeing which teams will win their respective league finals to earn a ticket to Kamloops for the Memorial Cup.

For the moment, only the host Kamloops Blazers have qualified. And as the club is not in the WHL final, any Western team wishing to join them will have to win its series.

Speaking of which, out West, the Seattle Thunderbirds (the club of CH prospect Jared Davidson) will try to take a 2-1 lead tonight in Game 3 of the series against the Winnipeg ICE. So yes, the series is tied 1-1.

It’s the same story in the QMJHL, as the Quebec Remparts and Halifax Mooseheads cross swords tonight in the Maritimes in a series tied 1-1.

But in Ontario, game #3 took place yesterday. It’s a series that’s being closely watched by Canadiens fans, as London’s Logan Mailloux and Peterborough’s Owen Beck are both involved and looking to book their place in the next round.

In the end, it was Beck who came out on top in a 6-5 overtime win. The Petes now lead the series 2-1 and are just two games away from an appearance at the tournament in Kamloops.

The Petes are officially the closest (aside from the host Blazers), as the other five teams currently have just one win on the books.

It’s interesting to note that Beck, in yesterday’s game, scored from an impossible angle.

As Stéphane Leroux mentions, the Petes are currently playing the role of a Cinderella team, as they were not among the CHL favourites at the start of the playoffs.

It also doesn’t help that the Knights are without their #1 goaltender. And when you see replays of yesterday’s game, you get a better idea of what he means.

Yesterday, Beck also picked up an assist – in addition to his goal. He had been blanked in the first two games of the series and now has 15 points, including seven goals, in 20 playoff games.

As for Mailloux, he picked up an assist in yesterday’s loss. He had scored in Game #2, bringing his total to 19 points, including seven goals, in 18 playoff games.

In bursts

– Indeed.

– The Flyers want to do things the right way. [98.5 Sports]

– Hors Jeu 2.0 is no more. [Fanadiens]

– We can hear each other.

– A name to watch.

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