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SWE: Possler strikes; Johansson returns

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 10/25/2014

In Saturday SHL action, Gustav Possler scored his third goal of the season on the power play to force overtime but MODO was defeated by Frolunda 4-3.

Midway through the third period, Janos Hari put a puck right on Possler's stick for the deflection goal. The marker gives Possler three points in his last two games for a total of eight (3+5) on the year.



MODO winger Victor Olofsson remained in his guarded offensive role for the Saturday contest, finishing with one shot attempt in 8:32 of work. Goaltender Linus Ullmark served as backup after earning victories in his previous two starts.

In the J20 ranks, Jonas Johansson made 39 saves in his first action of the year as Brynas downed AIK 4-2. Johansson, who allowed one of the goal to top 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander, has been battling an infection for the past month and a half, but seems set to regain his spot on the top club roster following an superb showing in his victorious tune-up.
10/25/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

10/24 Recap: Baptiste back; Fasching cashes

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, October 24, 2014 | 10/24/2014

Nick Baptiste made an impact in his return to the Sudbury lineup Friday with two late goals as the Wolves fell to Peterborough 6-4. The speedy winger missed the Wolves' first 11 games while recovering from a shoulder injury sustained during preseason action. Eric Cornel amassed two assists and his third career fighting major for the Petes to give him nine points (4+5) at the 10-game mark. Both teams are back in action Saturday with the Wolves hosting Erie and the Petes visiting Sault Ste. Marie.

Elsewhere in the OHL, Brendan Lemieux was tossed from the game late in the second period after being assessed a match penalty in Barrie's 5-4 victory over Kingston. The play started with Lemieux finishing a hit on 2015 draft prospect Lawson Crouse along the boards. The two quickly dropped the gloves and engaged in a very spirited bout. You can't see it at first on the game feed, but apparently Lemieux bit Crouse while the two tussled on the ice. A second look at the fight later in the broadcast catches Crouse showing the linesman his hand as he got up from the ice. We'll keep an eye out for additional OHL discipline leading up to the Colts' Saturday game versus North Bay.



Justin Bailey saw his career-best nine-game point streak snapped as Kitchener was defeated by Owen Sound 4-3 in a shootout. At the 10-game mark, Bailey has collected eight goals and 14 points. Next up for the Rangers is a Saturday trip to Plymouth.

In the QMJHL, Vaclav Karabacek picked up a goal and an assist as Gatineau lost a battle of field goals 9-6 to Halifax. The two-point outing, his fourth of the year, gives the Czech four goals and seven assists through 13 contests. The Olympiques visit Shawinigan on Saturday.

In the WHL, Brycen Martin snapped a five-game point drought with two assists as Swift Current defeated Regina 3-1. The defenseman has gathered six points (0+6) through 15 games. The clubs will wrap up the home-and-home series Saturday in Regina.

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In NCAA action, Hudson Fasching (+1, 4 SOG) scored for the third straight game as No. 1 Minnesota got past Bemidji State 5-1. Fasching, who continued to plant at the edge of the crease on the power play, got the payoff when he deflected a Mike Reilly point shot into the back of the Bemidji net at 9:18 of the third period. Senior forward Christian Isackson finished with an even rating for Minnesota. The Gophers and Beavers complete the non-conference set on Saturday.



Freshman pivot Connor Hurley (+1) earned two primary assists for the first multiple-point game of his NCAA career as Notre Dame downed Niagara 6-3. The playmaking centerman now has points in two straight games, and a total of three (0+3) through his first four collegiate contests. Goaltender Cal Petersen served as backup for the Irish, who'll go for their second consecutive series sweep on Saturday.

J.T. Compher (+1, 2 SOG) registered an assist as visiting No. 14 Michigan doubled up No. 8 UMass-Lowell 8-4. The helper gives the top-line right winger three points (0+3) through the first four games of the year. The Wolverines move on to face No. 11 Boston University and star freshman Jack Eichel on Saturday.

Anthony Florentino (-1, 2 SOG) saw his two-game point-streak snapped as No. 5 Providence lost at No. 3 North Dakota 6-1. Mark Adams (-1) produced two shots for the Friars, who remain in Grand Forks for a Saturday rematch.

Judd Peterson finished with a minus-one rating and one shot on goal No. 9 St. Cloud State dropped a 5-1 decision at No. 2 Union. The teams close out the weekend series on Saturday.

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In case you missed it, Mikhail Grigorenko and Joel Armia each had a goal an assist as Rochester defeated Adirondack 4-1. Andrey Makarov made 34 saves to get the win in his first start of the year.

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In Sweden, Linus Ullmark made 37 saves as MODO held on for a 3-2 victory over Lulea HF. Ullmark, who earned his second straight victory, held firm through 55 minutes before allowing two late goals with Lulea icing an extra attacker. The 21-year old improves to 3-4 with a 3.75 GAA and .879 save% through eight starts. Gustav Possler notched two secondary assists for MODO, while second-line forward Victor Olofsson (10:10) recorded two shots on goal. MODO gets right back to work Saturday versus Frolunda.

Christopher Brown contributed one shot on goal as Green Bay was blanked 2-0 at Muskegon. The Gamblers remain in Michigan for another meeting with the Lumberjacks on Saturday.

In the ECHL, Justin Kea scored his first professional goal as Elmira lost to Reading 6-5 in a shootout. Kea now has two points (1+1) in three coast league contests. The Jackals and Royals continue their three-game series on Saturday.
10/24/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

European trio guides Amerks to victory

Mikhail Grigorenko (1st star) scored the game-winning goal and added an assist as Rochester earned their third straight victory Friday with a 4-1 decision over Adirondack. Andrey Makarov (2nd star) made 34 saves to earn the win in his first start of the year, while Joel Armia (3rd star) produced a goal and an assist for his second multi-point game of the young season.

After a Markus Granlund power play tally put the Flames up 1-0 early, the Amerks got one back with a man advantage of their own at 12:38 when Phil Varone swatted at a rebound for his third goal of the year. A hard-working Luke Adam and Chad Ruhwedel drew assists on the play.



Grigorenko added his third goal of the year less than a minute later when he drilled an Armia pass to give the Amerks the 2-1 lead at 13:11. Mark Pysyk earned the second helper.



The teams would play a scoreless middle frame before Grigorenko returned the favor, assisting on Armia's second goal of the season in the 51st minute to make it a 3-1 Amerks advantage.



Johan Larsson put the icing on the cake with an empty-net goal with 1:46 left on the clock. Jake McCabe was credited with an assist for his first point of the season. Tim Schaller was given the other to give him points in two straight games.

Makarov was excellent all game, shaking off the early goal against to shut the door the rest of the way. He was especially sharp in the final period with the Flames applying plenty of late-game pressure.


The two squads will square off again Saturday in Glens Falls.
10/24/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

McDavid dazzles in NHL barn

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 10/23/2014

Connor McDavid posted a goal and three assists Wednesday as the Erie Otters skated to an 8-4 victory over the Niagara IceDogs at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. For those unable to attend, the highlights can be viewed below.


The 2015 draft has much intrigue with McDavid and American forward Jack Eichel jousting for position as the top eligible prospect. Eichel, of course, was named the MVP of the All-American Prospects Game at the very same arena nearly a month ago to the day.

While McDavid left a lasting impression with Buffalo fans on Wednesday, it seems proper to wait until this winter's World Junior Championship to truly gauge who is atop the draft board. USA and Canada play Wednesday, Dec. 31. It should be a fun one.
10/23/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

10/22 Recap: Schaller pots pair; Lemieux lights lamp

Tim Schaller notched a pair of goals Wednesday to earn the game's number one star and Zac Dalpe bagged the game-winner to guide Rochester to a 3-2 victory over Rockford. Joel Armia made a nice steal for an assist and registered a team-high six shots on goal, while Nathan Lieuwen made 21 saves to earn the victory. Mark Pysyk and Phil Varone added single helpers. Next up for the Amerks is a Friday tilt with Adirondack.



In the OHL, Brendan Lemieux scored his seventh goal of the year as Barrie was smoked by Owen Sound 6-1. Lemieux's marker gives him seven goals and 12 points in 10 games. He now has points in three straight contests. The Colts visit Kingston on Friday.

In WHL action, Brycen Martin played in all situations as Swift Current scored with 14 seconds left to get past Portland 5-4. The Broncos host Regina on Friday.

In Sweden, Victor Olofsson scored the game winning goal in the shootout as MODO edged Farjestads BK 3-2. Linus Ullmark made 28 saves for his second win of the season. Gustav Possler went without a point while earning 20:52 of work. MODO faces Lulea HF on Friday.

10/23/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

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.
10/21/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

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.
10/21/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

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.

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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)

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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.

10/18/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

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.

10/18/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

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.
10/18/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

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.
10/17/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

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.
10/16/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

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.
10/13/2014 | 0 comments | Read More