Dowzak Advances; Grachev Falls

This occured over the weekend, but due to Mother’s Day, we were unable to post until this morning. Evgeny Grachev, sitting out his second game in a row with the flu, watched his Brampton Battalion lose Game 5 in OT. Brampton lost the series 4-1.

Meanwhile, Tysen Dowzak and his Kelowna Rockets won Game 6 in similarly OT dramatic fashion 3-2, and took home the WHL Championship, winning the series 4-2. Dowzak was held off the scoreboard and finished even for the game, but his contributions were essential to Kelowna winning the series. Dowzak is a very big (6’5 212 lbs) stay-at-home defensemen, who has shown great awareness in his own end. At just 20 years old, He is still a long ways away from the NHL, but he should develop into a solid defenseman.

Congratulations to Dowzak. Up next for him and the Rockets, QMJHL champion Rimouski in the Memorial Cup playoffs, on Friday May 15.