Just two games on the ice tonight in the CHL playoffs, it was Game 5 between Quebec and Gatineau and Game 4 in the Portland and Spokane series. There were 19 goals between the two games though so plenty of action in major junior hockey on Friday.
The Quebec Remparts were looking to move on to the QMJHL finals against Saint John as the series shifted scenes back to the Pepsi Colisee. The Gatineau Olympiques had other plans though. The visitors scored first and never trailed in the game after that although twice the Remparts fought back to equalize the score.
Gatineau came away with a 5-3 road win led by Jean-Gabriel Pageau's 3-goal effort. The 2011 eligible forward had 79 points as a rookie this year and has added 23 more in just 16 playoff games.
Martin Lefebvre recorded 3 assists for the Remparts in the losing cause.
Game 6 goes Sunday back in Gatineau. There were 13,264 people in attendance in Quebec City on Friday - fantastic!
The lone Western Hockey League tilt featured two bitter U.S. Division rivals but it ended up being a very lopsided game according to the score board. Spokane evened the series with a dominating 8-3 victory over Portland with Edmonton product Levko Koper (ATL) scoring three times and adding an assist. Collin Vallcourt also had a 4-point game for the Chiefs and Tyler Johnson (TBY) came away with three points.
The Winterhawks' Ryan Johansen (CLB) was in on all three Portland goals.
Portland hosts game 5 on Saturday night.