WHL Playoff Roundup: Joey Leach

Friday, 30.03.2012 / 12:51 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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WHL Playoff Roundup: Joey Leach

JOEY LEACH - DEFENCE - KOOTENAY ICE

Edmonton swept Kootenay in the opening round

Kootenay's time in the postseason did not go as well as they would have liked but Flames prospect Joey Leach played extremely well in the series and was named the Ice's playoff MVP for his efforts. The blueliner put up one goal in the series and despite the fact the Edmonton Oil Kings scored 16 times in four games, Leach - who has played big minutes for Kootenay all season - was still only a minus-two when the series concluded.

Kootenay head coach Kris Knoblaunch praised his team after the tough 3-1 loss on Thursday that ended their season.

"It's a tough team to play against when you're down 3-0 in the series. They scored early and being down 3-0, it can be very easy for players to think that it's a hole they can't get out of," Knoblauch told the Cranbrook Daily Townsman.

"But I thought we responded very nicely, played hard and overall, it's not the ending that we wanted or envisioned, but I thought we showed a lot of character in that final game."

In 72 regular season games, Leach potted 12 goals and 43 points. He set career-highs in all offensive categories and led all Kootenay defencemen in scoring. He was a plus-23 on the year and accumulated 88 penalty minutes.

The Flames selected Leach in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.