As the first round of the NHL playoffs comes to an end, the Quebec League semifinals are heating up. Rimouski leads Halifax 2-1 (game 4 is tonight). Meanwhile, defending Memorial Cup champions Saint John are up 2-1 on Chicoutimi.
With just three weeks remaining until the puck drops on the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament, Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey fuels fans with playoff action from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as the Rimouski Oceanic host the Halifax Mooseheads in Game 5 of the President’s Cup Semifinal Series at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.
HOCKEY CENTRAL host Daren Millard and analyst Damien Cox set the stage for the showdown from the Sportsnet studio, while play-by-play announcer RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino and host Rob Faulds bring viewers all of the live playoff action from the Colisée de Rimouski.
Friday Night Hockey provides CHL playoff game coverage Friday nights throughout the post-season, culminating with wall-to-wall coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup beginning Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. ET through to the Championship Final on Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. ET. (Full MasterCard Memorial Cup broadcast schedule to be released at a later date).
Also of note, the 2nd round of the NHL playoffs begins Friday night when the Predators visit the Coyotes. Puck drop is 9pm ET. This series will likely be on TSN in Canada. The rest of the 2nd round schedule will be released late Thursday night.