10/21 Recap: Bailey extends streak with pretty helper

Written By Kris Baker on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 10/21/2014

Justin Bailey picked up an assist Tuesday to extend his career-best point streak to nine games as Kitchener defeated Guelph 4-1. With Kitchener holding a 2-1 third-period lead, Bailey combined with Ryan MacInnis (ARZ) for a pretty give-and-go on the power play to give the Rangers a little breathing room. Fellow WNY product Frank Hora recorded the secondary assist on the play.

The backhand helper gives Bailey points in all nine appearances since returning from his second NHL training camp, leaving him with team highs of eight goals and 14 points heading into a three-game weekend beginning Friday's versus Owen Sound.

In the QMJHL, Vaclav Karabacek notched an assist to snap a three-game point drought as Gatineau was defeated by Rimouski 6-4. The Czech winger has nine points (3+6) through his first dozen games. Gatineau's Yakov Trenin ('15) posted a goal and two assists to hit the 20-point barrier in his 16th game. The Olympiques host Halifax on Friday.
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Baptiste, Lemieux tabbed for Super Series

Sudbury Wolves sniper Nick Baptiste and feisty winger Brendan Lemieux of the Barrie Colts have been selected to represent Team OHL  in the 2014 SUBWAY Super Series. Team OHL will compete against the Russian National Junior Team for a pair of contests as part of the six-game series.

Returning to Team OHL after an appearance in the 2013 series, Baptiste will play in the Nov. 13 game in Peterborough. Lemieux will skate in Kingston on Nov. 17.

Baptiste has yet to play a regular season game after sustaining an upper body injury during preseason. A 45-goal scorer a season ago, Baptiste produced three points (1+2) in August at Canada’s National Junior Team summer Development Camp. The 2013 third-rounder is expected to return to Sudbury’s lineup in early November, and could be a major trade target for contending teams prior to January’s OHL trade deadline.

Chosen 31st overall in the 2014 NHL draft, Lemieux earns a nod after a nice start to his season while skating on Barrie’s top forward line. The 18-year old has collected six goals, 11 points and 23 PIM through his first nine games. He was not invited to Canada’s summer camp.
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10/18 Recap: Petersen backstops Irish on night of goals

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 10/18/2014

Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen earned his first-ever NCAA victory Saturday, stopping 27 of 28 shots as the Fighting Irish downed Lake Superior State 5-1 to sweep the weekend series. The USHL product was sharp and agile with good rebound control all game long. Fellow freshman Connor Hurley chipped a puck and then filled a lane for a screen to earn an assist on the third Notre Dame goal. The helper was Hurley's first collegiate point. Notre Dame welcomes Niagara to town next weekend for a non-conference set.

In the OHL, Brendan Lemieux snagged the game-winning goal plus an assist to help Barrie to a 7-4 triumph over Windsor. The feisty winger has six goals and 11 points through his first nine games. Lemieux will go for a third-straight multiple-point effort on Wednesday when Barrie travels to Owen Sound.

Justin Bailey produced a power play marker as Kitchener led for 58 minutes but ended with a 2-1 shootout loss at Saginaw. The third-year winger now has eight goals and 13 points in eight games since being returned from his second NHL training camp. Bailey was stopped as the first Rangers shooter to move to two-for-three on shootout attempts this season. The Rangers square off with Guelph on Tuesday.

Eric Cornel finished off a three-way passing play for an even-strength tally as Peterborough dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to Plymouth. Cornel went without a goal in his first three games this season, but has since connected for four in his last five. The Petes next host Saginaw on Thursday.


In case you missed it, Mikhail Grigorenko scored one goal and earned the game's number one star as Rochester defeated Toronto 4-1 on Saturday afternoon. (video included)

In the day's early game. Gustav Possler snapped his month-long goal drought with his second of the year in MODO's loss to Brynas. (video included)


NCAA: Brad Navin netted his first goal of the year as Wisconsin closed out their weekend with a 4-1 loss Northern Michigan. The Badgers get two weeks off before playing a series with former WCHA rival North Dakota beginning on Fri., November 7.

J.T. Compher (3 SOG) notched an assist as Michigan earned the weekend split with a 2-1 win over New Hampshire . The Wolverines trek to New England next weekend for games with Lowell and Boston University.

USHL: Chris Brown scored his third goal of the year as Green Bay edged Tri-City 4-3 in a shootout. Brown, who was stopped as the Gamblers' first shootout option, has five points in his first six games. Green Bay returns to action Friday at Muskegon.

WHL: Brycen Martin logged a minus-one rating as Swift Current was defeated by Moose Jaw 4-3. The Broncos host Portland on Wednesday.

ECHL: Justin Kea finished with a minus-two rating as Elmira was dumped by Kalamazoo 6-2. The Jackals will play a three-game series next weekend versus Reading.

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Four score as Amerks down Marlies

Dan Catenacci, Akim Aliu, Phil Varone (2nd star) and Mikhail Grogorenko (1st star) all picked up goals Saturday as Rochester defeated Toronto 4-1. Nathan Lieuwen stopped 24 of 25 shots while the Amerks received points from 10 different players to collect their second victory in three tries to open the 2014-15 season.

With the Amerks applying pressure, Catenacci snuck into the middle lane with his stick on the ice and buried a Matt Ellis feed at 5:15 of the opening period for the 1-0 lead. The goal was Catenacci's first of the season. Mark Pysyk drew a secondary assist on the play.

The Amerks would keep the hits coming quickly in the second period, beginning with an Aliu tally just 24 seconds in to make it a 2-0 lead. Luke Adam and Nick Petrecki were credited with the helpers.

Rochester struck again at 4:07 when Varone entered the zone and threw a puck at the net for his second of the season. Chad Ruhwedel earned the assist for his team-leading fifth point of the season.

Grigorenko extended Rochester's lead to 4-0 midway through the middle frame with a spinning backhand finish at the doorstep. William Carrier picked up the lone assist to give him points in each of his first three professional games.

Toronto closed out the scoring early in the third period when Connor Brown roofed a shot for his first professional goal.

The Amerks are off until Wednesday when they host Rockford.

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Possler ends funk

MODO winger Gustav Possler connected on the power play Saturday to end a seven-game goal drought as MODO lost to Brynas IF 2-1. The tally, which gave MODO the early 1-0 lead, was Possler's second of the year and first since Sept. 18. 

Possler (5 SOG) saw a season-high 21:05 of work in the loss while flanking 2014 first-round pick William Nylander (TOR) on MODO's top line.

Victor Oloffson (-2) skated on MODO's second offensive unit, posting one shot on goal in 13:59 of action. Olofsson was used at the left point on a late power play, but the club was unable to leverage his shooting skill.

Linus Ullmark served as backup goaltender for the third straight game.

Next up for MODO is a Wednesday meeting with Färjestads BK.
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10/17 Recap: Lemieux lights lamp; Bailey extends streak

Brendan Lemieux notched a goal and an assist Friday as Barrie was defeated by Kitchener 4-3. The productive night gives the 18-year old winger five marks and three multiple-point efforts through eight appearances this season. Justin Bailey picked up an assist for the winning side to extend his point streak to seven games. Bailey has collected a team-best 12 points (7+5) through his first seven games. Both teams return to action Saturday with Barrie hosting Windsor and Kitchener visiting Saginaw.

In the QMJHL, Vaclav Karabacek finished with a minus-one rating as Gatineau dropped a 5-2 decision to Blainville-Boisbriand. Karabacek will look to end a two-game point drought on Sunday when the Olympiques complete the home-and-home series in Boisbriand.

In WHL action, Brycen Martin logged a minus-one rating as Swift Current was smoked 8-3 at Brandon. A 37-point scorer a season ago, Martin has four assists in his first 12 games, putting him on pace for 24 in 2014-15. The Broncos host Moose Jaw on Saturday.

In the collegiate ranks, J.T. Compher (-1) logged two shots on goal as No. 10 Michigan opened the home schedule with a 5-1 loss to New Hampshire. Freshman centerman and Buffalo Jr. Sabres product Andrew Poturalski had a goal and an assist for the Wildcats. The teams close out the Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge set Saturday at Yost.

Connor Hurley recorded one shot on goal as Notre Dame got past Lake Superior State 5-3. Cal Petersen served as backup to Chad Katunar, but could get the nod Saturday when the the Irish goes for the non-conference sweep of the Lakers.

Brad Navin (-1, SOG) was unable to produce from his top line wing spot as Wisconsin was blanked by Northern Michigan 2-0. The two clubs play it back on Saturday.

In the USHL, Christopher Brown (-1, SOG) came up empty as Green Bay was shut out by Tri-City 4-0. The teams play a rematch Saturday in Tri-City.

In ECHL action, Justin Kea registered one assist as Elmira downed Kalamazoo 6-2. The Jackals are off until Friday when they host Reading.
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10/16 Recap: Cornel blanked; U18s hang tough

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, October 17, 2014 | 10/17/2014

Eric Cornel was held off the score sheet Thursday as Peterborough was bested by Sarnia 5-3. Cornel earned some prime chances, including two on back-to-back shifts late in the first period that saw him clang a post and get stopped down low. He also manned the left point on the Petes' top power play unit. Draft eligible Nikita Korostelev scored for the Sting, giving the winger eight points (4+4) in his last three games, while 2016 horse Jakob Chychrun added a goal to give him seven points (3+4) in his first eight OHL tilts. Cornel, who has six points (3+3) through seven games, gets back to work Saturday versus Plymouth.

In an NCAA recruiting exhibition, Anthony Florentino recorded one shot on goal and a minus-two rating as No. 5 Providence played to a 3-3 tie with the USA Under-18 Team. Troy Terry (Denver), Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College) and Jeremy Bracco (Boston College) scored for the U18s.  Senior defenseman Mark Adams finished with an even rating for the Friars, who hit the road next weekend for a set with No. 3 North Dakota.
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10/15 Recap: Empty Wednesday

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 10/16/2014

In Wednesday action, Victor Olofsson (+1, 9:48) and Gustav Possler (15:48) were both blanked as MODO edged Linkoping HC 2-1. Olofsson saw a two-game point streak snapped in the victory, while Possler missed getting on the score sheet for the fifth straight contest. Linus Ullmark served as MODO's backup for the second straight contest. Next up for MODO is a Saturday battle with Brynas.

Brycen Martin logged a plus-one rating as Swift Current was defeated by Saskatoon 4-3 in a shootout. Martin, who has yet to score a goal through his first 11 games of the season, came over the boards as the Broncos' eighth shooter in the deciding frame but was stopped. The Broncos next visit Brandon on Friday.
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10/13 Recap: Bailey keeps pace

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, October 13, 2014 | 10/13/2014

Justin Bailey continued his early season tear Monday, sending a sharp angle rocket top shelf for his seventh goal of the season as Kitchener held on for a 6-5 victory over Guelph. The seven goals are currently second-most in the OHL, while his team-high 11 points through six contests are tied for seventh overall. The marker extends Bailey's career-best point streak to six games.

In the other Monday game, Brendan Lemieux finished with a minus-three rating and three minor penalties (tripping, roughing, roughing) as Barrie lost at North Bay 4-1. Lemieux and the Colts will visit Bailey and the Rangers on Friday.
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10/12 Recap: Fasching cashing; Cornel scores

Hudson Fasching deflected a shot for a goal for the second straight game Sunday as No. 1 Minnesota won their second consecutive Ice Breaker Tournament with a 3-0 win over RPI. The sophomore winger how has three points in his first two games while skating down the right side of the Gophers’ top forward line. Christian Isackson produced one shot on goal for the Gophers, who take a week off before hosting Bemidji State for a non-conference set.

In the third place game, Cal Petersen stopped 26 of 29 shots in his collegiate debut as No. 13 Notre Dame was blanked by Minnesota-Duluth 3-0. Connor Hurley also made his first appearance for the Irish as the club's third-line center. Notre Dame hosts Lake Superior State this weekend for a pair of nationally televised contests on NBC Sports Network.

In the OHL, Eric Cornel scored his third goal of the season as Peterborough was doubled 6-3 at Saginaw. The crafty winger has contributed three goals in his last three games to push his point total to six through the season’s first six games. The Petes host Sarnia on Thursday.

In QMJHL action, Vaclav Karabacek finished with three shots on goal as Gatineau won at Chicoutimi 5-2. Karabacek has three goals and five assists through nine games with the Olympiques. Gatineau hosts Blainville-Boisbriand on Friday.
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10/11 Recap: Bailey tricks; Carrier gets first

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, October 11, 2014 | 10/11/2014

Justin Bailey recorded the second hat trick of his OHL career Saturday and added a shootout marker as Kitchener lost at Erie 5-4. The game's number two star, Bailey now has six goals, a team-best 10 points and the first five-game point streak of his OHL career since returning from Buffalo. He has also converted both of his shootout attempts. For the Otters, Connor McDavid ('15) record two assists and the first fight of his OHL career while fellow '15 eligible Dylan Strome connected for a pair of goals and the game's first star honor. Next up for Kitchener is a Monday meeting with Guelph.

Elsewhere in the OHL, Brendan Lemieux notched a goal and an assist as Barrie defeated Sudbury 6-4. The helper came via good work to get the puck out of his zone and the goal came from his usual spot at the front of the net. Lemieux now has seven points (4+3) through the first six games of the year. The Colts visit North Bay on Monday.

Eric Cornel saw his three-game point streak snapped as Peterborough was doubled by Plymouth 8-4. Cornel did not point but out forth a solid two-way effort while recording slashing and roughing minors. Peterborough continues their swing through Michigan Sunday at Saginaw.


In the AHL, William Carrier scored his first professional goal as Rochester coughed up a late third-period lead in a 6-4 loss to Hamilton.

The rookie winger, who recorded two assists in his first professional game on Friday, used speed around the edge to convert his own rebound just 3:25 into the game. Tim Schaller and Chad Ruhwedel assisted on the goal to give the trio points in each of Rochester's first two games.

Johan Larsson added to the lead when he scored his first of the year at 10:04 of the second period. The Amerks did a nice job sustaining pressure with solid back end support leading to the goal getting scored in traffic. With an assist on the play, Luke Adam notched his 100th point as an Amerk.

The Bulldogs evened the score with two quick ones following the Larsson tally before Akim Aliu connected for his first as an Amerk at 15:36. Adam and Larsson earned assists on the play.

The lead lasted all of 1:28 before Hamilton's Charles Hudon tied the game 3-3 with his first of the year.

For the second straight night, the Amerks would come out quickly to start the third period as Aliu buried a Phil Varone feed at 4:22 to give Rochester a 4-3 lead.

The lead would hold until the Amerks collapsed by surrendering three goals, including one into an empty net, in the final 2:57 to settle on the 6-4 loss.

Nathan Lieuwen earned his second-straight start, stopping 25 of 30 shots to move to 1-1 on the year.

The Amerks will look to learn from the result as they prepare for Saturday's tilt at division rival Toronto.


In case you missed it earlier, you may want to check out Victor Olofsson's goal from MODO's Saturday loss.


In the QMJHL, Vaclav Karabacek (-2) recorded one assist as Gatineau lost at Baie-Comeau 5-2. Karabacek has maintained a point-per-game pace with Gatineau, notching three goals and five assists in eight games since being returned from Buffalo. The Olympiques visit Chicoutimi on Sunday.

In USHL play, Christopher Brown picked up an assist as Green Bay got past Madison 5-4 in overtime. The Boston College commit has four points (2+2) in his first four games with the Gamblers, who next travel to Tri-City for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday.

In the collegiate ranks, Anthony Florentino (-1, SOG) notched an assist while skating on the Friars' top defensive pair as No. 4 Providence edged Ohio State 2-1 in overtime. Providence defenseman Mark Adams finished with an even rating. The Friars will next host Team USA U-18 for a recruiting exhibition on Thursday.

Judd Peterson posted three shots on goal as No. 6 St. Cloud State defeated No. 5 Colgate 3-1. The Huskies will take a week off before visiting Union for key non-conference set beginning Oct. 24.

Brad Navin contributed three shots on goal from the top line left wing spot as No. 12 Wisconsin lost to Alaska-Anchorage 4-2 at the Kendall Hockey Classic. The Badgers, who were swept by the two Alaskan schools in the weekend jaunt, will return home to host Northern Michigan next weekend in Green Bay.

In the WHL, Brycen Martin logged a plus-one as Swift Current defeated Tri-City 2-0. Martin has gathered four assists through his first 10 games. The Broncos are off until Wednesday when they face Saskatoon.
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Olofsson scores in MODO loss

Victor Olofsson scored his fourth goal of the season Saturday as MODO was defeated by Luleå HF 4-1. Following an assist on Thursday, Olofsson's marker gives him the second two-game point streak of his brief SHL career. He'll likely miss some time playing for Team Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, but as of now he's on pace for a 20-goal campaign.

With the team sliding, the 19-year old Olofsson has embraced the opportunity to play a more regular role. He logged over 13:00 of work for the third-straight game (13:56) after averaging roughly 6:00 per night through MODO's first seven.

Top line winger Gustav Possler (19:14, 3 SOG) went without a point for the fourth straight contest. His longest point drought a season ago lasted just two games.

Linus Ullmark served as the Saturday backup following a lackluster start to the year. The reigning Honken Trophy winner has posted a 1-4 record, 4.53 GAA, and .847 save% through his first six starts.

Winless in four October outings, MODO looks to snap out of their funk Wednesday versus Linköping HC .
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10/10 Recap: Amerks torch Flames; Fasching produces

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, October 10, 2014 | 10/10/2014

The Buffalo Sabres organization is ready for its young skill players to emerge. Some talented prospects did just that Friday night as the Rochester Americans opened the 2014-15 season with a 6-1 thrashing of  Adirondack.

Chad Ruhwedel earned the game's first star with a goal and two assists, but it was young guns Mikhail Grigorenko (GWG) and Joel Armia (1+1) who showed the hands and confidence of future scoring line commodities en route to getting their years off on the right foot.

Phil Varone contributed a goal and an assist for the Amerks. Tim Schaller and Matt Ellis provided single markers. William Carrier recorded two assists in his first professional game while Johan Larsson added a pair of helpers of his own. Nathan Lieuwen backstopped the victory with 27 saves.

Schaller got things started at 3:55 of the middle frame when he took a Ruhwedel pass and outworked a defender on his tail before getting off a shot for the goal.

After the Flames evened the score, Grigorenko scored his first-ever AHL goal at 16:19 of the second period when he took puck off the boards, kicked it to his forehand and buried a laser for what proved to be the game winning goal.

Ruhwedel would add another Amerks marker before the second intermission to extend the lead to 3-1.

Rochester kept their foot on the gas with a three-goal third period beginning with veteran forward Ellis' finish just 3:10 in.

Joel Armia added to his earlier assist on the Grigorenko tally by showing excellent hands and patience to convert a penalty shot at 10:53. The one-goal, one-assist effort gives Armia eight points (4+4) in his last six AHL contests going back to last year's playoff series versus Chicago.

Varone capped the victory with a power play tally at 18:02.

And, because it's a hockey game, the season opener featured a barrage of fights in the final minutes. Noted Adirondack pugilist Trevor Gillies did what he usually does to earn a paycheck. Minutes later, Nick Petrecki responded in defense of the Amerks...

The Amerks get right back to work Saturday versus Hamilton.


In NCAA action, Hudson Fasching scored the game winning goal and added an assist as No. 1 Minnesota downed Minnesota-Duluth 4-3 in the first game of the 2014 Ice Breaker Tournament. Christian Isackson logged an even rating for the Gophers, who square off with RPI in Sunday's title tilt.

In the Ice Breaker night cap, Connor Hurley was scratched and Cal Petersen served as the backup as No. 13 Notre Dame was defeated by RPI 3-2. Hurley previously missed Sunday's exhibition tilt with a minor injury. The Irish square off with Minnesota-Duluth in Sunday's third place game.

Anthony Florentino (+3) picked up an assist and a plus-three rating as No. 4 Providence opened the schedule with a 5-4 overtime loss at Ohio State. Mark Adams, who played in just seven games all of last season, finished with an even rating while skating on the Friars' second defensive pair. The Friars and Buckeyes close out the weekend non-conference set on Saturday.

Judd Peterson registered three shots on goal as No. 6 St. Cloud State opened the regular season schedule with a 3-1 loss to No. 5 Colgate. The two clubs play it back on Saturday.

Brad Navin punched four shots on goal as No. 12 Wisconsin was blanked by Alaska 1-0 at the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage. The Badgers face Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday.

In the OHL, Justin Bailey extended his point streak to four games by notching an assist as Kitchener was blown out by Erie 8-3. Connor McDavid ('15) stacked up two goals and two assists for the winning side, while fellow draft eligible forward Dylan Strome chipped in with three helpers. The clubs complete the home-and-home series Saturday in Erie.

Brendan Lemieux was kept off the score sheet in Barrie’s 4-3 triumph over London. Lemieux, who entered the night coming off a career-high four points in his previous outing, was stopped on a first period penalty shot. The Colts next welcome Sudbury to town on Saturday.

In WHL action, Brycen Martin earned assist as Swift Current downed Kootenay 5-0. The Broncos host Tri-City on Saturday.

In the USHL, Christopher Brown (+1) produced one shot on goal as Green Bay was bested at Bloomington 6-2. The Gamblers continue their weekend cruise versus expansion opponents Saturday when they take on Madison.
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10/9 Recap: Cornel gets pair as Petes fall in OT

Eric Cornel scored his first two goals of the season Thursday as Peterborough fell to Windsor 5-4 in overtime. The goals give Cornel points in three straight and a total of five (2+3) through his first four games of the season for the Petes, who dropped an OT decision for the second-straight contest. Peterborough will look to reverse the trend Saturday in Plymouth.

In the SHL, Victor Olofsson picked up an assist in 13:54 of work as MODO was defeated by Djurgårdens IF 4-3. Olofsson was elevated to a second line role for this one, while Gustav Possler went without a point for the third straight contest while earning 16:58 of ice time. Linus Ullmark got the start for MODO, allowing three goals on seven shots before being replaced by Adam Reideborn just 2:27 into the middle frame. Ullmark's early season struggles place him at the bottom of the SHL goalie charts with a 4.53 GAA and .847 save%. MODO gets back to work Saturday versus Lulea.

In NCAA exhibition action, J.T. Compher and other top players were given a night off as No. 9 Michigan skated to a 5-2 victory over CIS opponent Wilfrid Laurier. The Wolverines host New Hampshire for a non-conference set next weekend.
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