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1/25 Recap: Baptiste heating up; Dupuy clutch

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, January 25, 2015 | 1/25/2015

In Sunday OHL action, Nick Baptiste cashed a power play goal and two helpers as Erie defeated Owen Sound 7-3. The three-point night, Baptiste's seventh multi-point effort in 20 games with the Otters, gives the speedy winger 16 goals and 34 points this season. He has amassed 10 goals and 23 points since being dealt to Erie.



Jean Dupuy scored the game-tying goal midway through the third period as Sault Ste. Marie earned a 6-5 shootout victory at Guelph. Dupuy's marker, his 11th of the year, elevates his career-high point total to 32 in 38 games. Justin Bailey was unable to connect in the victory. The big winger, who was coming off a four-point night on Friday, remains with 29 goals and 25 assists through 43 games.



Eric Cornel assisted on the power play game-winner with 5:34 left in regulation as Peterborough snapped a four-game skid with a 3-2 victory over Belleville. Cornel has points in three straight games to give him 33 (10+23) through 42 outings.



Brendan Lemieux (-3) was tossed from the game late in the third period as Barrie lost to Niagara 7-4 in a chippy affair. The animosity could carry over when the two clubs get reacquainted Saturday in Barrie. After ripping off 15 goals in an 11-game stretch, Lemieux has scored just twice in his last eight contests.

QMJHL

Vaclav Karbacek (+1) connected for his 13th goal of the year as Baie-Comeau doubled Rouyn-Noranda 6-3. The Czech winger has two goals and two helpers in eight games with the Drakkar, elevating him to a season total of 29 points in 39 games.

WHL

Sam Reinhart registered a pair of assists to extend his point streak to eight games as Kootenay downed Prince George 7-3. Reinhart has collected two goals and 12 points in nine games since returning from the World Junior Championship. He has 10 goals and 39 points in 24 games since returning from Buffalo.

Brycen Martin pocketed one assist as Saskatoon extended their winning streak to five with a 3-0 shutout of Prince Albert. Martin had 16 points in 39 games with Swift Current prior to being traded. He has five points (1+4) in six games with the Blades.

USHL

Christopher Brown logged three shots on goal as Green Bay was thrashed by Sioux City 6-2, Brown remains the Gamblers' leader with 12 goals, but he has yet to score in eight games of 2015. The Gamblers have lost all eight of those contests.

SWEDEN

Jonas Johansson allowed two goals in the first five minutes, but finished with 34 saves for the third straight game and stopped all three shootout attempts as Brynas IF J20 edged Frolunda HC J20 5-4. Johansson has gone 3-1 with a 3.12 GAA and .912 save% in four starts since returning from a month-long injury.

Victor Olofsson produced three shots on goal as MODO J20 was blanked by Farjestads BK J20 3-0. The 19-year-old scored a goal and an assist in two weekend games with the junior squad.
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1/24 Recap: Florentino, Peterson produce

In Saturday action, Anthony Florentino (+2, 3 SOG) scored off a power play one-timer from the left point as Providence earned the weekend sweep with a 4-1 victory over Lowell. The output gives the sophomore defender two goals, nine points and a team-best plus-15 rating through 24 contests. Friars defenseman Mark Adams finished with an even rating in his second game back on a pair with St. Louis draft pick Jake Walman.

Judd Peterson struck for his third goal of the season as St. Cloud State coughed up a two-goal, third-period lead to take a 3-2 loss to Western Michigan. With 1:44 remaining in the opening frame, Peterson took a pass from the boards and got a quick shot off from the left face-off circle to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.

Cal Petersen earned his fourth straight start in the Notre Dame crease, stopping 22 of 26 shots as the Fighting Irish were defeated by Northeastern 4-2. Petersen, who has earned the nod in eight of Notre Dame's last nine games, has amassed a 6-10-2 record with a 2.68 GAA and .904 save%. Fellow Irish freshman Connor Hurley was shut out for the fifth straight game, leaving him with 11 points (3+8) through 25 collegiate tilts.

Hudson Fasching (-1) led all Gophers forwards with four shots on goal as Minnesota ended the weekend with a 2-1 loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the third place game at the North Star College Cup. After scoring five goals in his first eight games, Fasching has produced just one in his next 13. Christian Isackson added one shot on goal for the Gophers.

J.T. Compher posted four shots on goal as Michigan pasted Wisconsin 6-0. Compher, who began the season with a 10-game goal drought, has collected 13 points (4+9) at the 20-game mark. Badgers winger Brad Navin (-2) punched two shots on goal in defeat.

Max Willman logged a minus-two rating as Brown was defeated by St. Lawrence 5-2. The 19-year-old freshman has two points (1+1) in 18 contests for the struggling Bears.

Sean Malone missed his fifth straight game with an injury as Harvard pounded Colgate 6-1. Malone has played in just three of the Crimson's 18 games this season.

OHL

Brendan Lemieux popped in an empty net goal in the game's final minute as Barrie defeated Saginaw 3-1. Lemieux' 31st goal puts him back into a tie for third overall in the league. His 18 power play markers tops all scorers, while his 104 PIM make him the league's second most penalized player.

WHL

Sam Reinhart notched one assist as Kootenay defeated Swift Current 5-2. Reinhart has points in seven straight games to boost his season total to 37 (10+27) through 23 appearances with the ICE.

Brycen Martin earned the first fighting major of his 186-game WHL career as Saskatoon extended their winning streak to four games with a 6-1 victory over Moose Jaw. In the game's 34th minute, Martin stepped up and dropped the gloves with tough customer Jaimen Yakubowski. A week ago, Yakubowski left his feet for a big hit on Reinhart in a game versus Kootenay.

QMJHL

Vaclav Karabacek returned from his two-game absence due to a lower body injury, contributing two shots on goal as Baie-Comeau cruised past Rouyn-Noranda 6-1. Karbacek has 28 points (12+16) on the year, including one goal and two assists in seven games with the Drakkar.

USHL

Christopher Brown (3 SOG) picked up one assist as Green Bay dropped a 4-1 decision to Sioux City. Brown has assists in three of his last four games, but has gone eight straight without a goal. The Boston College commit is tied for second on the Gamblers with 27 points in 35 games, including a team best 12 markers.

SHL

Gustav Possler produced two shots in 15:54 of work as MODO dropped a 1-0 overtime decision at HV 71. Linus Ullmark, who turned in a superb performance in his return to action on Thursday, did not make the trip for MODO after suffering an injury in Friday's practice. His timetable for a return has yet to be determined.

SWE J20

Victor Olofsson scored a goal and an assist in his first game with MODO's J20 squad in a 5-1 victory over Orebro HK. 2016 draft eligible Carl Grundstrom swapped spots with Olofsson, who hits the J20 ranks despite being tied for second on MODO's SHL roster team with 10 goals.

Jonas Johansson made 34 saves as Brynas IF J20 was blanked 4-0 by Malmo Redhawks IF. In three starts after missing a month due to injury, Johansson is 2-1 with a 2.92 GAA and .918 save%.

AHL

Jerry D'Amigo scored his sixth goal of the year off a Tim Schaller feed as Rochester was toppled by Adirondack 4-1. Andrey Makarov made 31 saves in the losing effort for the Amerks, who had goals by Jerome Leduc and Mark Pysyk disallowed due to goaltender interference. Mikhail Grigorenko (4 SOG) saw his four-game point streak snapped.

ECHL

Justin Kea scored his fourth professional goal as Elmira doubled Brampton 4-2. The checking centerman has nine points and 36 shots on goal in 27 coast league contests. Colin Jacobs was a scratch for the Jackals.
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1/23 Recap: Bailey, Armia key victories

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, January 24, 2015 | 1/24/2015

Justin Bailey produced two goals and two assists Friday to earn the game's first star as Sault Ste. Marie claimed a 7-5 victory at Mississauga. Bailey has seven goals and 13 points in seven games as a member of the Greyhounds, and a total of 54 points (29+25) on the year. Jean Dupuy added an empty-net goal, his career-high 10th of the year, and an assist for the Hounds.



In the AHL, Joel Armia scored a highlight reel goal and earned the primary assist on Phil Varone's game-winner as Rochester edged Adirondack 3-2. Zac Dalpe also scored for the Amerks, while Matt Hackett made 21 saves to earn his first AHL victory since Feb. 7, 2014. Mikhail Grigorenko added an assist on the Varone winner to give him points in four straight games and a total 11 (3+8) in his last six.



Elsewhere, Nicholas Baptiste (+1) picked up an assist on a Connor McDavid marker as Erie earned a 3-2 come-from-behind win at Guelph. Baptiste has 20 points (9+11) in 19 games since being dealt to the Otters, keeping him at a point-per-game pace through 31 total contests.



J.T. Compher (+1, 2 SOG) notched an assist on the power play as No. 16 Michigan bested Wisconsin 7-4. Compher's helper gives him 13 points (4+9) through 19 games. Brad Navin was unable to register for the Badgers.



Cal Petersen turned in a masterful 37-save performance as Notre Dame gave up a late goal to take a 3-2 loss at Northeastern. The goal, which came off a two-on-one rush with 1:30 remaining in regulation, did nothing to sour Petersen's excellent 60-minute effort. Connor Hurley finished with a minus-one rating for the Irish, who go for the split with the Huskies on Saturday.

Hudson Fasching contributed two shots on goal as No. 17 Minnesota was outgunned by No. 1 Minnesota State 4-2. Fasching has a goal and two assists in six games since returning from the World Junior Championship. Fourth line centerman Christian Isackson logged a plus-one rating for the Gophers.

Anthony Florentino (+2) produced one shot on goal as Providence defeated Lowell 7-3. Florentino has finished with an even rating or better in eight straight contests. Mark Adams (+1) returned to action after missing seven games due to injury.

Judd Peterson was unable to connect as St. Cloud State rolled past Western Michigan 7-0. Peterson has gone without a point in his last six games.

Max Willman finished with a minus-one rating as Brown was hammered by Clarkson 6-0. Willman has gone without a goal since potting Brown's first of the year in their season opener on Halloween night, a span of 16 games.

Sean Malone remained out of the Harvard lineup due to injury as the Crimson were defeated 3-2 at Cornell.

In the ECHL, Justin Kea and Colin Jacobs (-1) were each unable to connect as Elmira earned a 3-1 win at Brampton.Jacobs has a goal and an assist in his last seven games.Kea played his first game back with the Jackals after spending a month with the Amerks.


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1/22 Recap: Cornel connects

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, January 23, 2015 | 1/23/2015

Eric Cornel scored his 10th goal of the year Thursday as Peterborough was defeated by Oshawa 5-2. The redirection marker was Cornel's first in six games and just his second in his last 17 outings. Cornel has 32 points in 41 games for the last-place Petes, who have lost their last four games.

Justin Bailey notched two assists as Sault Ste. Marie hung on a for a 4-3 victory over Barrie. The helpers elevates Bailey's career-high point total to 50 (27+23) through 41 games. Jean Dupuy did not register a point for the Hounds, while Barrie forward Brendan Lemieux finished with a minus-one rating but still made a dent in the game when he pressured Greyhounds goaltender Brandon Halverson into passing a puck into his own net.



Sam Reinhart recorded one assist as Kootenay closed out Edmonton 5-3. The centerman earned a roughing minor in back-to-back games for the first time in his junior career, making it just the second time in his 225-game WHL career that he has earned a penalty in two straight contests. On Tuesday, Reinhart collected two assists in a 4-3 victory over Vancouver, putting the ICE captain at 10 goals and 36 points through 22 games entering the weekend.

In Sweden, Gustav Possler recorded two assists including one on the game-winner as MODO downed Djurgarden IF 3-2 in overtime. Linus Ullmark saw his first action since January 3, stopping 30 of 32 shots to claim the victory. Victor Olofsson did not produce while logging 6:31 of ice time, his lowest workload since November.

Jonas Johansson made 34 saves as Brynas IF J20 earned a 7-4 win over Timra IK J20. Johansson is now 2-0 with a 2.88 GAA and .918 save% since returning to action after missing a month due to injury.

Also, look for a recap of Thursday's CHL Top Prospects Game at Sabres.com.
1/23/2015 | 0 comments | Read More

1/18 Recap: Amerks build character with comeback win

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, January 19, 2015 | 1/19/2015

Zac Dalpe scored in the shotoout to thrust the Rochester Americans to a w ild 8-7 come-from-behind victory at Oklahoma City. Trailing 7-5 late in the third period,. the Amerks got goals from Dalpe and Joel Armia 12 seconds apart to force extra time.In all, the Amerks received regulation markers from seven different skaters, with Matt Tassone, Tim Schaller, Dan Catenacci, Johan Larsson and William Carrier scoring before the late burst. Andrey Makarov made 41 saves for the victory.

Mikhail Grigorenko posted seven points on the three-game Western swing to vault him into a tie with Phil Varone for the team lead in points with 29 (10+19). Dan Catenacci's one-goal, one-assist effort gives him nine points in his last 10 games for the most productive 10-game block of his pro career.

In the college ranks, Cal Petersen stopped 28 of 30 shots as Notre Dame downed Connecticut 6-1. Petersen improves to 6-8-2 with a 2.56 GAA and .906 save%. Connor Hurley did not register for the Fighting Irish, who continue the Hockey East schedule next weekend at Northeastern.

In the OHL, Eric Cornel logged his second fighting major of the year Saturday as Peterborough dropped a 5-1 decision in Ottawa. Cornel has one goal in 16 games since December 1, and a season total of 31 points (9+22) through 40 contests.

Brendan Lemieux got into his third scrap of the season late in the third period as Barrie was defeated 1-0 by league-leading Oshawa. After stacking 15 goals in an 11-game stretch, Lemieux has scored just once in his last five.
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1/17 Recap: Reinhart sets mark; Lemieux pots 30th

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, January 18, 2015 | 1/18/2015

Sam Reinhart scored his 10th goal of the year Saturday to become Kootenay's all-time regular season points leader as the ICE were defeated 3-2 at Saskatoon. In 223 career games with the WHL franchise, Reinhart has collected 111 goals and 176 assists, overtaking Jarrett Stoll's previous record of 286 points. He has 33 points through 20 games this season. Brycen Martin finished with a minus-one rating for the Blades.



OHL

Brendan Lemieux one-timed the game-winning goal as Barrie blanked Mississauga 3-0. Lemieux's 30th of the year and 17th while on the power play snapped his season-high three-game goal drought. Lemieux hits the 30-goal mark in his 36th game, making him the quickest to 30 since Mikhail Grigorenko did it in 33 games in 2012-13.  The Colts are at Oshawa on Sunday.



Nick Baptiste left midway through the second period after taking a dangerous high stick near the eye area as Erie got past North Bay 6-5 in overtime. Post-game reports suggest he did not suffer any damage, but his status is unknown at this time. Connor McDavid ('15) scored twice including the game-winner and added an assist to earn the game's first star. Dylan Strome ('15) picked up three helpers, while fellow draft eligible Travis Dermott added a goal and an assist. Next up for the Otters is a Friday visit to Guelph.

Eric Cornel finished with a minus-two rating and was stopped in his shootout attempt as Peterborough was defeated by Ottawa 3-2. Cornel has one goal in 15 games since December 1, and a season total of 30 points (9+21) through 39 contests. The teams complete the home-and-home series Sunday in Ottawa.

QMJHL

Vaclav Karabacek missed his second straight game with a lower body injury as Baie-Comeau earned a 4-3 victory over Shawinigan. Karabacek has 28 points (12+16) this season, including three in six games since being traded to the Drakkar.

NCAA

Christian Isackson scored his first goal of the year and sixth as a collegian as Minnesota handed Wisconsin a 5-2 loss. Isackson, who rounded out the effort with a season-high five shots on goal, has three points in 20 games this season. Hudson Fasching (+2) supplied five shots on goal for Minnesota, while Badger forward Brad Navin produced two shots for the losing side.

Judd Peterson (-1) did not factor as St. Cloud State was swept by Denver 4-1. The freshman forward has four points (2+2) in his first 22 NCAA games.

Brown freshman Max Willman (-3) continued to fill in as a defenseman as the Bears were bested by Yale 5-1. Willman will look to snap a 12-game point drought on Friday when Brown visits Clarkson.

Sean Malone sat out for a third game in a row as Harvard suffered their third loss of the year 5-1 to St. Lawrence. The Crimson will look to get back in the win column Friday at Cornell.

USHL

Christopher Brown earned one assist as Green Bay extended their slide to six straight losses with a 4-1 defeat at Cedar Rapids. Brown continues to lead the Gamblers with 12 goals despite failing to connect in his last seven games.

SHL

Gustav Possler (-2, 2 SOG) notched an assist as MODO was defeated by Laksands IF 4-3. Victor Olofsson (-1) recorded one shot on goal in 7:38 of action, while goaltender Linus Ullmark remained out of the lineup as he nurses a groin injury.

AHL

Mikhail Grigorenko scored a pair of goals as Rochester closed out a Texas road trip with a 5-3 loss to San Antonio. Grigorenko, who earned the game's third star, has five points in his last two games. Zac Dalpe added a single for the Amerks, while Jake McCabe  picked up an assist to give him points in three of his last four contests. Joel Armia returned to action for the first time since Dec. 27, logging a minus-two rating and no shots.



ECHL

Colin Jacobs registered one assist but failed to score in his shootout attempt as Elmira fell to Reading 4-3. Jacobs has nine points (4+5) in 24 coast league tilts.

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1/16 Recap: Fasching ends drought

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, January 17, 2015 | 1/17/2015

Hudson Fasching snapped a nine-game goal drought Friday with his sixth of the year as Minnesota surrendered a pair of late goals to end in a 2-2 tie with Wisconsin. The sophomore winger gave the Gophers a 2-0 lead at 6:51 of the third period when he went to the net and had shot deflect off his glove for his sixth goal of the season. Minnesota senior Christian Isackson supplied one shot on goal in a fourth line role. Wisconsin senior co-captain Brad Navin logged two shots on goal, including one midway through the final frame as the Badgers surged to the tie. The B1G counterparts will look to settle the score on Saturday in game two of the weekend border war.

J.T. Compher (-2) did not point as Michigan dominated Ohio State 10-6. Freshman forward Dylan Larkin (DET) posted a five-point night with two goals and three helpers to lead the Wolverines. Compher has four goals and 12 points in 18 games. Michigan continues conference play next weekend at Wisconsin.

Cal Petersen stopped 17 of 20 shots as Notre Dame and Connecticut played to a 3-3 tie. The effort moves Petersen to 5-8-2  on the year with a 2.68 GAA and.901 save%. Connor Hurley posted a season-high four shots on goal for the Fighting Irish, who complete the home-and-home series with Huskies Sunday in Storrs.

Judd Peterson (-1) was unable to produce as St. Cloud State was defeated 3-1 at Denver. Peterson has four points in his first 21 collegiate games. 

Max Willman produced two shots on goal as Brown was blanked by Yale 1-0. Thr freshman winger has gone without a point in his last 11 games. The teams will play it back on Saturday.

Sean Malone remained out of the lineup as Harvard doubled Clarkson 6-3. The Crimson tangle with St. Lawrence on Saturday.


WHL

Sam Reinhart collected three assists as Kootenay downed Prince Albert 5-2. Reinhart has earned a point in 17 of 19 games since returning to junior for a line of 9-23-32. The ICE visit Saskatoon on Saturday.

Brycen Martin notched two assists as Saskatoon held on to defeat Medicine Hat 5-4. The newly acquired defender has a goal and three helpers in his first three games with the Blades.

OHL

Nick Baptiste went without a point as Erie downed Kingston 7-4. Baptiste entered the weekend with points in nine of his last 10 games. Lawson Crouse ('15) potted a short-handed goal for the Frontenacs. The Otters host North Bay on Saturday.

Justin Bailey and Jean Dupuy were kept off the score sheet as Sault Ste. Marie edged Guelph 3-2. Bailey has gone without a point in two of his five games with the Hounds. Dupuy has cashed one goal in his last 11 games. The Greyhounds are off until Thursday when they visit Brendan Lemieux and the Barrie Colts.


QMJHL

Vaclav Karabacek sat out with a lower body injury as Baie-Comeau got past Acadie-Bathurst 4-1. Karabacek was injured in the first period of the Drakkar's Tuesday victory over Victoriaville. Baie-Comeau hosts Shawinigan on Saturday.


USHL

Christopher Brown (+1) contributed three shots on goal as Green Bay dropped a 6-4 decision to Cedar Rapids. Brown will look to end a six-game goal drought on Saturday when the Gamblers and RoughRiders go at it again.

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1/15 Recap: Thursday blanks

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, January 16, 2015 | 1/16/2015

Brendan Lemieux extended his goalless streak to three games Thursday as Barrie edged North Bay 2-1 in a shootout. The three-game drought, Lemieux's longest of the season, leaves him with 29 goals and 42 points through 35 games.

 Eric Cornel was blanked as Peterborough was defeated by Owen Sound 3-1. Cornel has scored just one goal since the start of December, a span of 14 games.

In Sweden, Victor Olofsson posted three shots on goal as MODO lost to Farjestads BK 2-1. Gustav Possler returned from illness, supplying two shots on goal. Goaltender Linus Ullmark (groin) did not play for MODO, who have now lost eight straight contests.
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1/14 Recap: Bailey trick helps Hounds

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 1/15/2015

Justin Bailey notched a hat trick in his Sault Ste. Marie home debut Wednesday as the Greyhounds smoked Saginaw 12-5. The hat trick, Bailey's third of the season and fourth of his OHL career, gives the Williamsville native 48 points in 39 games this season. His 27 goals place seventh among OHL scorers. Jean Dupuy picked up two assists and a plus-four rating for the Hounds, who have won all four games since acquiring Bailey last week.



Sam Reinhart scored a late goal from the slot as Kootenay was defeated 4-3 at Moose Jaw. Trailing 4-2, Reinhart took a pass from Tim Bozon (MTL) from behind the net and quickly got a shot off in traffic for the goal. The World Junior hero has connected for nine goals and 29 points in 18 WHL contests.

In Sweden, Jonas Johansson made his return with 33 saves on 35 shots as Brynas IF J20 defeated AIK J20 3-2 in a shootout. Johansson last played Dec. 9, when he left a SHL contest midway through the second period with an injury that ultimately forced him out of the 2015 World Junior Championship.

In AHL action. the Rochester Americans overcame a three-goal deficit to post an exciting 6-5 come-from-behind victory at Texas. Johan Larsson scored the game-winning goal with 1:33 remaining in regulation to clinch the win. Tim Schaller (2+1) and Mikhail Grigorenko (1+2) led the way with three-point nights. Brayden Irwin and Jerome Leduc provided single markers, while Andrey Makarov stopped 20 shots to get the win. Jake McCabe and Daniel Catenacci each had two assists.

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On Tuesday, Anthony Florentino recorded one assist as Providence was defeated at New Hampshire 2-1. The sophomore defender has four of his eight points in his last six games.

Vaclav Karabacek left in the first period with an apparent lower body injury as Baie-Comeau skated to a 5-3 victory over Victoriaville. The Czech winger has three points (1+2) in six appearances since being dealt to the Drakkar.

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On Sunday, Nick Baptiste scored his 15th goal of the year plus an assist to earn the game's number two star as Erie bested London 5-3. Baptiste has 30 points (15+15) in 28 games between Erie and Sudbury.
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1/10 Recap: Olofsson snipes; Martin first star

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, January 11, 2015 | 1/11/2015

Victor Olofsson scored the game's first goal Saturday as MODO was defeated by Lulea HF 2-1. Olofsson's 10th of the year, which ties him for second in team scoring, came when he intercepted a cross-ice clearing pass and stepped into the slot to get off a high wrist shot. Gustav Possler (sick) and Linus Ullmark (groin) did not dress for MODO, who have now lost seven straight contests.



WHL

Brycen Martin made an impact in his second game with his new club, notching one goal and one assist to earn first star honors as Saskatoon earned a 6-4 road victory at Kootenay. Martin scored on the first shift of the second period when he snapped a shot from the slot off the post and in to make it a 1-1 game. The goal, his third of the year, gives Martin 18 points in 41 games. Sam Reinhart picked up one assist for the ICE for his first point since returning from his stint with Team Canada.

QMJHL

Vaclav Karabacek pumped a shot in the top corner for his first goal with his new team as Baie-Comeau fell to Sherbrooke 3-2. Karabacek, who also produced a season-high six shots on goal, has three points in his first five games with the Drakkar.

OHL

Brendan Lemieux (+3) picked up a pair of assists as Barrie doubled Sudbury 6-3. Lemieux, whose line with Joseph Blandisi and Kevin Labanc (SJS) combined for 10 points on the night, has now gone two games without a goal for the fourth time this season.

In an East Division tilt, Eric Cornel assisted on the game's only goal as last-place Peterborough blanked first-place Oshawa 1-0. Cornel has a goal and three assists in his last 10 games for the Petes, who have gone 6-4-0-0 in that span.



Justin Bailey recorded a power play assist as Sault Ste. Marie pitched a 3-0 shutout of Plymouth. The helper ups Bailey's season total to 45 points, good for 18th among OHL scorers. Jean Dupuy finished with a plus-one rating for the Hounds.

NCAA

J.T. Compher scored his fourth goal of the year as Michigan earned the B1G sweep with a 7-5 victory over No. 9 Minnesota. Compher's goal came with 12 seconds remaining in the opening period when he buried a backhand rebound to give Michigan a 4-1 lead. Hudson Fasching notched one assist when he received a puck behind the net and sent a wraparound pass to the front for a Connor Reilly one-time finish. Christian Isackson did not register in a limited role for the Gophers.



Max Willman contributed one shot on goal as Brown defeated No. 13 Providence 5-3 to claim the 2014 Mayor's Cup. Anthony Florentino (+1) fired two shots on goal for the Friars, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped. With each team winning one game in the Mayor's Cup series, Brown was awarded the trophy based on their plus-two goal differential.

Connor Hurley (2 SOG) was unable to connect as Notre Dame dropped a 4-3 decision to Western Michigan. The 19-year-old freshman has three goals and 11 assists through his first 21 NCAA games. Cal Petersen came on in relief of Chad Katunar to start the third period, stopping his first eight shots before allowing a glove-side goal with 1:06 left on the clock.

Brad Navin finished with a minus-two rating as Wisconsin was blown out by No. 2 Boston University 6-1. Jack Eichel ('15) led the way for the Terriers with two goals and two assists.

Judd Peterson contributed one shot on goal as St. Cloud State held on for a 3-2 victory over No. 6 Miami to earn the NCHC sweep. Petersen has two goals and two assists in his first 20 NCAA games. 

Sean Malone did not play as Harvard was defeated by Yale 4-1 at Madison Square Garden. The speedy sophomore has played in just three of the Crimson's 14 games this season, notching five points (2+3) and 10 shots on goal.


USHL

Christopher Brown picked up one assist as Green Bay lost at Youngstown 4-2. The Gamblers' leading goal man with 12 in 32 games, Brown is fighting a season-long five-game drought.

AHL

Matt Hackett stopped 26 shots in his first appearance of the season as Rochester suffered a 2-0 shutout loss to Oklahoma City. The Amerks matched the Barons with 28 shots on goal, including six from Chad Ruhwedel, but they were unable to beat Colorado College product Richard Bachman. Joel Armia missed his sixth straight game with a lower body injury. The Amerks begin a three-game road trip Wednesday at Texas.

ECHL

Colin Jacobs shuttled down from the AHL, producing one shot on goal as the Jackals coughed up a two-goal lead in a 4-2 loss at Wheeling. 
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1/9 Recap: Baptiste scores; Amerks strike quick

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, January 10, 2015 | 1/10/2015

With it snowing (again) in Buffalo, let's plow through the Friday action...

OHL

Nick Baptiste banged in a rebound for his 14th goal of the year Friday as Erie powered past London 6-2. The power play marker, which was assisted by 2015 draft prospects Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome, gives Baptiste 28 points in 27 games this season between Erie and Sudbury. Strome had three assists to up his team-leading point total to 75.

Justin Bailey and Jean Dupuy were each held without a point as Sault Ste. Marie downed Saginaw 3-1. The Western Conference leading Greyhounds, who have won 29 of their first 40 games, are in Plymouth on Saturday.


QMJHL

Vaclav Karabacek recorded one assist as Baie-Comeau was blasted by Victoriaville 9-4. The game was knotted 4-4 after 40 minutes before the Tigres scored five unanswered goals in the final frame to claim the win. Karabacek has two assists in his first four games with the Drakkar.


WHL

Sam Reinhart was blanked in his first game back from the World Junior Championship as Kootenay lost to Red Deer 3-1. Reinhart has amassed eight goals and 27 points in 16 games for the ICE, who remain in fifth place in the Central Division.

Brycen Martin logged a minus-one rating in his Saskatoon debut as the rebuilding Blades were bested at Lethbridge 4-1. Martin and the Blades visit Reinahrt and ICE on Saturday. 


NCAA

J.T. Compher posted three shots on goal as Michigan defeated Minnesota 4-3 in overtime. The sophomore has seen a slight dip in his numbers with 11 points (3+8) in 16 games. He had six goals and 15 points in his first 16 games a season ago. Minnesota's Hudson Fasching produced two shots for while Christian Isackson contributed one shot on goal and a slashing minor for the sputtering Gophers, who have dropped six of their last 10 games. The teams complete the B1G set on Saturday.

Anthony Florentino earned an assist on the overtime winner as Providence edged Brown 3-2 at the Mayor's Cup. Florentino has gathered seven points (1+6) through 20 games, including three in his last four. Max Willman was unable to get anything going for Brown.

Cal Petersen made his fourth straight start in the Notre Dame net, stopping 22 of 26 shots as the Irish were defeated by Western Michigan 4-2. Connor Hurley notched a primary assist for Notre Dame, giving him 11 points (3+8) in his first 20 NCAA contests. 

Brad Navin recorded one assist as Wisconsin  played to a 3-3 tie with Boston University. The senior co-captain has collected four points (1+3) for the Badgers. BU freshman Jack Eichel was kept off the score sheet. The rematch goes Saturday in Madison.

Judd Peterson posted one shot on goal as St. Cloud State defeated Miami 3-1. The two clubs play it back on Saturday.


USHL

Christopher Brown went without a point for the second straight game as Green Bay lost at Youngstown 3-2. The sixth-place Gamblers remain in Youngstown for another tilt on Saturday.


AHL

Mark Pysyk, William Carrier and Dan Catenacci gave Rochester a three-goal lead before the game was seven minutes old as the Amerks skated to a 5-1 win over Lake Erie. Zac Dalpe and Jerry D'Amigo (EN) also scored for Rochester. Andrey Makarov made 29 saves to even his record to 11-11-1 on the year.

Catenacci, whose first multiple point game of the season earned him the game's number two star, has collected five points (2+3) in his last six games games. He previously had recorded three points in his first 26 contests.

Carrier notched a team-high five shots en route to scoring his first goal since Nov. 14. Brady Austin also posted an assist, his second professional point, while getting into his first pro scrap after Trevor Cheek ran Matt Pelech from behind.
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1/8 Recap: Baptiste scores as Otters squander lead

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, January 9, 2015 | 1/09/2015

Nick Baptiste scored his 13th goal of the year Thursday as Erie squandered a three-goal, second-period lead in a 4-3 loss at Sarnia. Baptiste, who began on a line with Connor McDavid ('15) and Alex Debrincat ('16), has 13 points (5+8) in his last eight games. Just over a minute after the Baptiste tally, McDavid scored a highlight reel goal when he split the defense for his 17th of the year. It was McDavid's first game back with the Otters after helping Canada to World Junior gold.

Elsewhere, Eric Cornel finished with a minus-one rating as Peterborough came up short in a 3-2 loss to Ottawa. Cornel has hit a slow patch for the struggling Petes, producing just one goal and five assists in his last dozen games.

Brendan Lemieux was quiet offensively as Barrie was defeated by Niagara 5-2. Lemieux was handed three penalties on the night plus a 10-minute misconduct for being at the center of a scrum at the end of the second period.

In Sweden, Victor Olofsson returned from World Junior duty, posting two shots on goal as MODO was edged by Vaxjo 3-2. Gustav Possler missed the game due to illness, while Linus Ulmark continued to rest an injured groin.

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1/7 Recap: Bailey early boon; Martin finds a home

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, January 8, 2015 | 1/08/2015

Justin Bailey made his Sault Ste. Marie debut a successful one Wednesday, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist as the Greyhounds held on for a 6-5 victory over Sudbury. Jean Dupuy notched a goal and an assist of his own, connecting with Bailey for both of his points including a beautiful third-period finish by the new arrival that proved to be the game-winner.



Bailey's second consecutive three-point effort elevates him to 24 goals and 44 points on the year. He has three points or more in seven of 36 contests.

Dupuy's marker gives him nine on the year to tie a career-high.

Earlier in the day, the Greyhounds added more firepower by acquiring Nick Ritchie (ANA) and former Sabres training camp invitee Connor Boland from Peterborough.

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In the QMJHL, Vaclav Karabacek finished with a plus-one rating as Baie-Comeau earned a 4-1 home ice victory over Quebec. Karabacek has 11 goals and 25 points in 31 games,

Down on the farm, Dan Catenacci scored his fourth goal of the year as Rochester was defeated by San Antonio 3-1. Catenacci has six points this season, with half of them coming in his last five games. Andrey Makarov made 18 saves to take the loss, while Joel Armia remained out of action with a lower body injury. The Amerks host Lake Erie on Friday. 

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It was quite a 24-hour period for Sabres defensive prospect Brycen Martin.

After playing in 181 career games with the Swift Current Broncos, the 96-born defenseman learned Tuesday evening that he had been traded to the Kamloops Blazers in exchange for 19-year-old rearguard Josh Connolly, brother of Tampa forward Brett, and a 2nd round WHL Bantam Draft pick in 2016.

On Wednesday, the deal was voided by the WHL.

Connolly immediately found a new home with a move to Prince George. It didn't take long for the Broncos to find another dance partner either, with Martin ultimately being moved to Saskatoon with a conditional 2017 fifth round pick for Jared Thomson and Red Deer's 2016 first round pick in 2015.

In the end, instead of swapping big minute players to the opposite conference, the Broncos and Blazers were forced to deal them to division rivals.

An all-situations puck mover at the Western League level, Martin collected two goals, 16 points and plus-one rating in 39 games this season for the Broncos. He's set to make his Saskatoon debut on Friday when the Blades visit Lethbridge.

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In Sweden, Linus Ullmark is expected to sit the next couple of games for MODO while resting a groin injury. MODO played on Tuesday, dropping a 3-2 decision to Brynas IF. Gustav Possler logged a plus-one rating and three shots on goal in 16:50 of work. The last-place club could get Victor Olofsson back on Thursday when they battle the Vaxjo Lakers.
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Bailey sent to Soo

Written By Kris Baker on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 | 1/06/2015

The Kitchener Rangers announced Tuesday that they have traded third-year forward Justin Bailey to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in exchange for 2015 draft prospect David Miller and four draft picks.

The Rangers’ leading scorer, Bailey had racked up 22 goals and 41 points in 35 games prior to the deal. As a result, Bailey goes from the last place team in the Midwest Division to the Greyhounds, who have occupied the top spot in the West Division all season long.

Bailey is walking into a good situation in Sault Ste. Marie. The high-octane Hounds have scored 177 goals this season, just one behind the league-leading Erie Otters

In addition to fellow Sabres prospect Jean Dupuy, Bailey will join a talented fleet of forwards that includes 2014 first-round pick Jared McCann (VAN), high-flying World Junior star Sergey Tolchinsky (CAR), gritty worker Michael Bunting (ARI) and Florida native Gabe Guertler, who joined the Hounds this season after spending 2013-14 with the University of Minnesota. The Hound also boast two high-end forwards available for the 2015 NHL draft, Blake Speers and Zach Senyshyn.

Team Canada star Darnell Nurse (EDM) anchors the blue line along with 2014 fourth-rounder Kyle Jenkins (CAR), while Team USA netminder Brandon Halverson (NYR) has been a formidable backstop

It’s always tough to leave your teammates and your billets, but this is a good hockey move that should pay dividends for Bailey on the eve of his pro career. He’ll be insulated in the strong lineup with plenty of playmakers available to feed him the puck, and of course the expectation is that Hounds will take a good run in the OHL playoffs with a possible matchup with the Otters to settle the Western Conference.



The deal marks the second time in a week that a Sabres CHL prospect was traded. Last week in the QMJHL, Vaclav Karabacek was moved from Gatineau to Baie-Comeau as part of a high-profile deal that sent Valentin Zykov (LAK) back the other way.
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