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12/19 Recap: Lemieux goes off; Compher converts

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, December 20, 2014 | 12/20/2014

Brendan Lemieux returned to the lineup Friday to snatch a career-high four goals as Barrie blasted Sudbury 8-3. Lemieux, who earlier in the week served a two-game league suspension, struck three times on the power play and once while short-handed. The big night elevates Lemieux into third place on the OHL leader board with 23 goals in 26 games.



Justin Bailey converted an absolute gift of a turnover by Jared McCann (VAN) as Kitchener downed Sault Ste. Marie 5-1. Bailey continues to lead the Rangers with 18 goals and 36 points through 31 games. Jean Dupuy finished the night with an even rating while leading a busy penalty killing unit for the Greyhounds, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.



Nick Baptiste potted his ninth goal of the year as Erie downed Niagara 6-5 in a shootout. The power play tally gives Baptiste three goals and six points in eight games since being dealt to Erie. Draft eligibles Nick Betz and Travis Dermott were among the Otters' scorers. Graham Knott ('15) and Vince Dunn ('15) supplied markers for the IceDogs.

Eric Cornel logged an even rating as Peterborough defeated Kingston 3-1. With 28 points in 31 games (.90 pts/game), Cornel is slightly off his .91 points-per-game pace of a season ago.

USHL

Christopher Brown was blanked on his four shots on goal as Green Bay earned their third straight victory with a 3-2 shootout decision over Dubuque. Brown, who entered the night with 16 points in his last 16 games, continues to lead the Gamblers' attack with 10 goals and 21 points in his first 25 games.

World Junior

J.T. Compher finished off a give-and-go at the doorstep as Team USA downed Boston University 5-2 in a pre-tournament exhibition. Fellow Sabres prospect Hudson Fasching was given the night off. 2015 draft studs Noah Hanifin and Jack Eichel scored shorthanded goals 24 seconds apart in the first period to give Team USA the early lead. Chase De Leo (WPG) and Anthony Deangelo (TBL) rounded out the scoring for the U20s.  

After the game, Team USA released defenseman Jack Dougherty (NSH) and forward Michael McCarron (MTL) and Adam Erne (TBL). Erne was a member of the 2014 squad.

In Toronto, Sam Reinhart and linemates Anthony Duclair (NYR) and Max Domi (ARZ) created several quality opportunities but ran into a hot goaltender as Canada was defeated by Russia 2-1 in overtime. With Russia on the power play, Sergey Tolchinsky (CAR) tossed a rebound at the crease that bounced off Reinhart and got behind Zach Fucale (MTL) to even the score at 11:50 of the middle frame. The star of the game was Russian goaltender Ilya Sorokin (NYI), who turned aside 52 shots to earn the victory.

Canada made their final cuts Friday evening by excusing forwards Michael Dal Colle (NYI), Jason Dickinson (DAL) and Rourke Chartier (SJS), along with defenseman Haydn Fleury (CAR).Kingston Frontenacs power winger Lawson Crouse ('15) joins Connor McDavid as the two 2015 draft prospects on the Canadian roster.

AHL

Johan Larsson and Tim Schaller notched regulation goals and Nathan Lieuwen made 26 saves plus a showstopper in the shootout to earn the game's first star as Rochester earned a 3-2 victory over Adirondack. Schaller, whose game-tying goal came on a second period penalty shot, led the way with seven of the Amerks' season-high 50 shots on goal. Zac Dalpe ended the festivities in the seventh shootout frame after Lieuwen stretched out and used his reach for an excellent glove stop on Taylor Vause to blank all seven Flames shooters.

ECHL

Justin Kea and Colin Jacobs each finished with a minus-one rating as Elmira defeated Cincinnati 3-2. The Jackals remain in Cincinnati for a Saturday rematch,

12/20/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

12/18 Recap: Cornel dazzles as Petes fall short

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, December 19, 2014 | 12/19/2014

Eric Cornel notched two assists Thursday including one for the highlight reels early in the third period as Peterborough fell to Belleville 5-4. The second star effort elevates Cornel to 28 points (8+20) through 30 games for the struggling Petes, who continue to battle while two of their top players, Nick Ritchie (ANA) and Dominik Masin (TBL), are away at World Junior camps. Cornel will look to maintain his production on Friday when Peterborough visits Kingston.


Jean Dupuy (even) returned to action after missing the previous three games with a sprained knee as Sault Ste. Marie edged Guelph 3-2 in overtime. Draft eligible forward Zachary Senyshyn scored his ninth goal of the year for the Greyhounds, who square off with Justin Bailey and Kitchener on Friday. 
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12/17 Recap: Amerks fall to Crunch

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 12/17/2014

Andrey Makarov stopped 15 of 18 shots Wednesday as the Rochester Americans were unable to come up with a late reply in taking a 3-2 loss to Syracuse. Matt Ellis and Chad Ruhwedel supplied goals for the Amerks, who with the loss fall to 10-17-1-0 on the year.

The Amerks found themselves in an early 1-0 hole after a Philippe Paradis marker just 1:19 in, but Ellis evened the score before the first intermission when he tipped a Jake McCabe shot while on a power play. Mark Pysyk earned the second assist on the tally at 18:20 of the opening period to snap his 10-game point drought.



The second period would again see the teams trade goals, and again it was the Crunch striking first with Yanni Gourde's 12th of the year at 5:29. Six minutes later, Ruhwedel scored for the second straight game when he buried a slap shot off a Brayden Irwin face off win to knot the score 2-2. Ruhwedel now has points in three straight after failing to get on the score sheet in his previous nine.



McCabe completed two thirds of the Gordie Howe hat trick late in the middle frame when he dropped the gloves to take on Paradis after the QMJHL product clipped Allen McPherson from behind in the neutral zone. McCabe, who rang up the second fighting major of his rookie campaign, was also given the instigator and 10-minute misconduct on the play.



Rochester would quickly surrender another early goal to start the third period when Andrey Makarov blocked a shot right into the middle of the ice for an easy Mike Blunden putback at 2:14. This time, though, the Amerks were unable to answer despite some late pressure to lose for the eighth time in their last 10 games.

Rochester gets back to action Friday at home when they take on Adirondack.

WHL

Brycen Martin saw his four-game point streak come to an end as Swift Current got past Saskatoon 5-2. Through 34 games, the left-handed defender has two goals, 15 points and an even rating. The Broncos return to work Saturday versus Regina.
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12/16 Recap: Bailey points on light night

Justin Bailey recorded one assist Tuesday as Kitchener was defeated by London 5-4. The helper gives Bailey five points in his last four games, and a total of 35 (17+18) through the Rangers' first 30 contests.

Draft eligible forward Mitchell Marner scored for the fifth straight game for the Knights, giving him 27 goals and 62 points in 33 games this season. The game's number one star, Marner has 23 goals in 19 games since the start of November. He began the year with just one goal in his first 11 outings. The Rangers received goals from first-year players Adam Mascherin (2016), Connor Bunnaman (2016) and Gustav Franzen (2015) in the loss.
12/17/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

Grigorenko gets the call to Buffalo

Written By Kris Baker on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 12/16/2014

With Mikhail Grigorenko's recall to Buffalo on Monday evening, let's take a look at some of the work he's produced this season with Rochester. Below are some of the highlights posted by #25 en route to collecting seven goals, 19 points and a team-high 65 shots on goal in his first 27 games on the farm.


The 20-year-old centerman will skate on a line with Drew Stafford and Nicolas Deslauriers when he makes his season debut Tuesday night in Winnipeg.
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12/14 Recap: Baptiste earns point, gets cut

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, December 14, 2014 | 12/14/2014

Nick Baptiste recorded one assist Sunday as Team Canada blanked the CIS All-Stars 6-0 to sweep the pair of weekend exhibitions as part of their National Junior Team Selection Camp. Following the game, Baptiste received the disappointing news that he was among the first wave of cuts.

In the early stages of the third period, Baptiste made a nice little play along the boards to find Jason Dickinson (DAL), who took a clear path to the net before dishing to Morgan Klimchuk (CGY) for the game's final goal.


Baptiste was involved at both ends, working tough on the boards while flashing signs of chemistry with the Dickinson-Klimchuk duo. He was perhaps most impressive using his speed on the penalty kill. Baptiste's skating and quickness on the forecheck could help fill an important role in a short tournament, but when all was said and done, Baptiste was sent home as Canada pared its list in preparation for the next round of pre-tournament games.

The Baptiste cut is somewhat of a surprise given how close he was to making last year's squad, but not a complete shocker when noticing how players like Brayden Point (TBL) and 2015 draft eligible Lawson Crouse looked very good in their respective roles in Sunday's win. Canada has plenty of talented of forwards and likely needed to see more offense from Baptiste, who has yet to get it going on a consistent basis since returning from a preseason shoulder injury. The 19-year-old will now head back to Erie, presumably with a chip on his shoulder, as the Otters continue their mission to win the league championship.

The other Canadian cuts were wingers Klimchuk and Remi Elie (DAL), and defensemen Travis Sanheim (PHI) and Chris Bigras (COL), a returnee from last year's squad.

For the second straight game, the line of Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart, Max Domi (ARZ) and Anthony Duclair (NYR) were given the day off. That trio, along with 2015 draft sensation Connor McDavid, would have their spots secure, allowing the Hockey Canada decision makers more time to evaluate the others, including Baptiste.

Jake Virtanen (VAN) and Point each scored a pair of goals to pace the Canadian attack.  Haydn Fleury (CAR) supplied a single.

Canada continues their training camp practice sessions Monday in St. Catharines.

OHL

Eric Cornel was blanked as Peterborough was defeated by London 5-2. Cornel has collected 26 points (8+18) this season but hasn't scored in his last five games. Draft eligible forward Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist for the Knights. The Petes return to work Thursday versus Belleville.

Brendan Lemieux served the first of a two-game suspension as Barrie rode a two-goal, one-assist performance from 2015 draft eligible Roy Radke to a 6-1 smoking of Mississauga. Lemieux was handed the supplemental discipline after a heated exchange with the officials saw him get ejected from Saturday's game. The fiery yet productive winger (19 goals, 65 PIM in 25 games) is eligible to return Friday night at Sudbury.

Jean Dupuy missed his third game with a knee injury as Sault Ste. Marie earned a 6-4 victory over Windsor. The Greyhounds are off until Thursday when they visit Guelph.
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12/13 Recap: Amerks end slide; Peterson gets first

Chad Ruhwedel went high stick side for the overtime winner Saturday as Rochester ended their six-game slump with a 4-3 victory over Hamilton. Andrey Makarov made 31 saves to improve to 7-7-1 on the year. Johan Larsson posted three assists for the Amerks while Mikhail Grigorenko added a pair of helpers.

Phil Varone scored for the second straight night when he buried a backhand to give the Amerks a 1-0 lead at 6:29 of the opening period. Just as they did on Friday, Larsson and Grigorenko earned the assists on the Varone marker as Rochester scored the opening for the first time in 10 games.

After the Bulldogs ripped off the next three goals. Luke Adam answered back at 4:07 of the middle frame when he jammed a puck over the line to make it a 3-2 score at the second intermission.

Rochester tied the game at 6:06 of the third period while on the power play when Zac Dalpe tipped a Jake McCabe point shot for his fifth goal of the year. Larsson got the puck back to McCabe for a secondary helper on the play.

In overtime, it was again Grigorenko and Larsson providing work leading to Ruhwedel snapping his 10-game goal drought with the winner.

The Amerks are back at it Wednesday at home versus Syracuse.

OHL

Justin Bailey flipped a puck to the net from beneath the goal line to get his 17th goal of the year as Kitchener dropped a 6-2 decision to Barrie. Brendan Lemieux was unable to get on the board for the Colts, leaving him with 19 goals through 25 games. Barrie is back in action Sunday versus Mississauga. The Rangers next host London on Tuesday.



Eric Cornel (-2) scored a shootout marker as Peterborough snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory at Sarnia. Cornel is tied for second in team scoring with 26 points (8+18) in 28 games heading into the Petes' Sunday tilt in London.




NCAA

Judd Peterson scored his first-ever NCAA goal as St. Cloud State dropped a 5-3 decision to Nebraska-Omaha. The freshman forward gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead at 11:28 of the opening period when he snagged a puck off the glass and quickly fired a shot for an unassisted marker. Peterson has collected three points (1+2) in his first 16 games as a collegian for the Huskies, who are off until January 2 when they host Quinnipiac.

J.T. Compher (-1) recorded five shots on goal as Michigan was upended by Boston College 5-1. Compher, who has produced 11 points (3+8) in 15 games with the Wolverines, will remain in Boston for the start of Team USA's World Junior training camp on Tuesday. His USA teammate Thatcher Demko (VAN) stopped 41 shots to guide Boston College to the victory.

USHL

Christopher Brown notched an empty-net goal and an assist as Green Bay doubled Chicago 4-2. Brown's multiple-point night, his fourth of the year, ups his team-leading totals to 10 goals and 11 assists through 24 contests. The Gamblers play their final game before the break on Friday when they welcome Dubuque to the Resch Center.

SEL

Gustav Possler notched three shots and Victor Olofsson skated for 12:40 in his final game before leaving to join Sweden's national junior team as MODO downed Linkpoing HC 2-1 in overtime. Linus Ullmark served as backup for MODO, who heads to the holiday break tied for last-place in the 12-team league. MODO resumes the schedule Friday, Dec. 26 versus Vaxjo.


Team Canada Selection camp

Canada took down the CIS All-Stars 10-3 in a World Junior Selection Camp scrimmage. Nicholas Baptiste did not score while skating on an all-OHL line with Remi Elie (Belleville/DAL) and Nick Paul (North Bay/OTT). Sam Reinhart along with linemates Max Domi (ARZ) and Anthony Duclair (NYR) were given the night off. The two sides will battle again on Sunday.
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12/12 Recap: Amerks get lead but lose again

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, December 13, 2014 | 12/13/2014

In Friday action, Johan Larsson and Dan Catenacci scored 1:12 apart in the second period but Rochester continued their recent woes with a 3-2 loss at Hamilton. The goals gave the Amerks their first regulation lead since Nov. 21, a span of nine games. Nathan Lieuwen stopped 21 of 24 shots to move to 3-9 on the year. The Amerks have now won just once in their last nine games.

Larsson, who earned the game's number three star, has seven goals to tie for the team lead. Phil Varone and Mikhail Grigorenko picked up assists on the Larsson marker, while Chad Ruhwedel and Jake McCabe earned helpers on the Catenacci tally.



The Amerks are back in action Saturday when they complete the home-and-home series with the Bulldogs at Blue Cross Arena.

OHL

Justin Bailey finished with a minus-two rating as Kitchener was defeated by Sarnia 4-1. After capturing 29 points in his first 19 games, Bailey has gotten on the score sheet just twice in his last nine outings. The Rangers battle Barrie on Saturday.

Jean Dupuy remained out of the lineup due to injury as Sault Ste. Marie got a late goal from Blake Speers ('15) to earn a 3-2 victory over Kingston. The Greyhounds host Windsor on Sunday.

WHL

Brycen Martin recorded one assist to extend his point streak to four games as Swift Current was doubled by Brandon 4-2. The Broncos are off until Wednesday when they host Saskatoon.

NCAA

Judd Peterson contributed two shots on goal as St. Cloud State lost to Nebraska-Omaha 3-2. Petersen collected two points in his first five games, but has since gone without a point in hi last nine. The Huskies and Mavericks close out the 2014 portion of their schedules with a rematch on Saturday.

USHL

Christopher Brown posted one shot on goal as Green Bay edged Des Moines 2-1. The Gamblers' leading scorer with 19 points (9+10), Brown has been blanks in two straight games for the first time since late October. Green Bay visits Chicago on Saturday.
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12/11 Recap: Cornel gets helper; MODO falls in shootout

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, December 12, 2014 | 12/12/2014

Eric Cornel picked up an assist Thursday as Peterborough was defeated by Niagara 7-4. The helper, which came while on a five-on-three power play, gives Cornel points in three of his last four games and a total of 26 (8+18) in 27 contests. The last-place Petes will look to end a four-game losing streak on Saturday when they visit Sarnia.



In the SHL, Linus Ullmark stopped 30 of 32 shots but was beaten high glove by former NHLer Mikael Samuelsson for the only goal in the shootout as MODO fell to Djurgarden IF 3-2. The loss drops Ullmark to 7-12 with a 3.36 GAA and .902 save% through 20 starts.


MODO held a 2-0 lead after forty minutes, but it was squandered midway through the third period as DIF struck for a pair of goals in a span of 1:02 to force extra time.

Gustav Possler (+1) produced two shots on goal while logging 20:02 of work. World Junior hopeful Victor Olofsson (-1) skated for 14:02 in the loss.

MODO plays their final game before the holiday break Saturday versus Linkopings HC.
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12/10 Recap: Martin strikes again

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 12/11/2014

Brycen Martin scored his second goal of the year and first game-winner Wednesday as Swift Current defeated Regina 6-4. Martin made it a 5-2 game 58 seconds into the third period when he sneaked in from his point post on a delayed penalty. After going without a goal for the first 30 games of the season, Martin now has markers in back-to-back contests. The Broncos are at Brandon on Friday.



In the QMJHL, Vaclav Karabacek (-2) was unable to connect as Gatineau was edged by Drummondville 3-2. Karabacek had recorded a point in six of his previous seven games. The Wednesday blanking was just the second time this season that he failed to produced a shot on goal. Karabacek now heads off to join his Czech countrymen at their 2015 World Junior training camp.

Jean Dupuy sat out with an injury as Sault Ste. Marie dominated Plymouth 5-1. The Greyhounds nexy host Kingston on Friday.

In the AHL, Matt Ellis scored his sixth goal of the year and Andrey Makarov stopped 23 of 26 shots as Rochester continued their skid with a 3-1 loss to Utica. After being shut out in their previous two games, Ellis finally lit the lamp at 2:38 of the third period to make it a 1-1 game. Third-year man Jerome Leduc moved back to defense after playing the past two weeks at right wing. The Amerks, who have won once in their last eight games and just three times in their last 17, close their four-game road swing on Friday at Hamilton.



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12/9 Recap: Bailey bangs in 16th, Reinhart streak ends

Written By Kris Baker on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 12/09/2014

In Tuesday action, Justin Bailey ended a recent slump with a goal and two assists to earn the game's number two star as Kitchener downed Erie 7-4. Bailey, who recorded just one goal in his previous seven outings, posted his fifth three-point effort of the season to extend his team-leading total to 33 (16+17) through 27 contests. Erie winger Nick Baptiste notched a pair of secondary helpers in his final game before heading off to Canada's World Junior selection camp, giving him five points (2+3) in seven appearances since joining the Otters. Erie has now lost three straight games.


In the WHL, Sam Reinhart saw his 14-game point streak come to an end as Kootenay was defeated by Medicine Hat 4-1. Reinhart has led the way with eight goals and 27 points in his first 15 games with the ICE, who were defeated in back-to-back contests for the first time in six weeks. Reinhart will now leave his club for the next month to join Team Canada for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

In NCAA action, Anthony Florentino (-2) produced two shots on goal as Providence edged Colgate 4-3. Senior defenseman Mark Adams finished with an even rating for the Friars, who enter the holiday break with a 9-6-1 record.

In Swedish junior action, Jonas Johansson stopped 10 of 13 shots before getting pulled midway through the second period as Brynas IF lost to VIK Vasteras HK 6-5. Brynas took a 2-0 lead early in the second period, but then Johansson allowed three goals in a span of 6:04 before getting relieved. Johansson is 2-3 with a 3.81 GAA and .872 save% in six J20 starts.
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Swedish duo gives Sabres eight WJC invites

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, December 8, 2014 | 12/08/2014

Victor Olofsson has scored nine goals this season for MODO.
MODO winger Victor Olofsson and Brynas IF goaltender Jonas Johansson have been named to Sweden's preliminary roster for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, which takes place December 25 - January 5 in Toronto and Montreal.

The Swedes join Nikita Zadorov (RUS), J.T. Compher, Hudson Fasching (USA), Vaclav Karabacek (CZE), Sam Reinhart and Nick Baptiste (CAN) as other Sabres prospects to earn a World Junior camp invite.

The 19-year-old Olofsson has put together a solid first half in the SHL, placing second on MODO with nine goals while leading all U20 players in the league with 17 points. He scored one goal in four games for Sweden at the United States National Junior Evaluation Camp in August.

Johansson, who was on Sweden's roster at the 2014 World Junior tourney, looked to be atop the goaltending pecking order heading into the season. He was the leading man for Sweden at the NJEC, but a bacterial infection hindered his start to the season. He has played in just seven games all year between Brynas' SHL club and J20 entry.




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12/7 Recap: Lemieux, Dupuy net daily doubles

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, December 7, 2014 | 12/07/2014

In Sunday action, Brendan Lemieux collected two goals for the second game in row to help Barrie to a 5-3 win over Ottawa. The fiery winger has produced 19 markers in 24 games this season, including five in his last three to vault into seventh place on the OHL leader board. Among the 19 goals are 10 on the power play, one shorthanded and two game-winners.



Jean Dupuy recorded the first two-goal game of his OHL career as Sault Ste. Marie dropped a 7-6 shootout decision to Sarnia. The overage winger has supplied the first-place Greyhounds with more than just leadership this season, posting eight goals and career-high 23 points in his first 24 games.



Nick Baptiste was blanked for the second straight night as Erie was defeated by Oshawa 4-1. Baptiste has two goals and an assist in six games since joining the Otters, and a total of 14 points (8+6) in 18 OHL contests this season.

In WHL action, Sam Reinhart picked up an assist to extend his point streak to 14 games as Kootenay lost at Tri City 5-4. Tabbed to take a shorthanded draw early in the third period, Reinhart won it back to defenseman Rinat Valiev (TOR) for a secondary helper on a Tim Bozon (MTL) goal. Reinhart has eight goals and 27 points since his return from Buffalo to help the ICE to a 11-3 mark.

In the AHL, Nathan Lieuwen stopped 15 of 17 shots but Rochester failed to provide goal support for the second straight night to take a 3-0 loss at Toronto. The Amerks have seemingly bottomed out, winning just once in their last seven games while scoring one or none in five of those contests. The Amerks will hope to have Joel Armia back in the lineup Wednesday when they play their third of four consecutive road games in Utica. Armia has missed five games with an upper body injury.
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12/6 Recap: Lemieux gets two; Malone pots winner

Brendan Lemieux recorded a pair of goals Saturday as Barrie buried Peterborough 7-2. The aggressive left-winger, who also accumulated five minor penalties and a misconduct at the final buzzer, has posted 17 goals and 25 points in his first 23 games. 


Lemieux's 17 goals rank 10th in the OHL. The Colts have 42 games remaining, so it's reasonable to think that he can challenge the 50 mark if he can somehow maintain his impressive .74 goals-per-game pace the rest of the way. He's currently on course for 48, which would be a significant improvement over his total of 27 a season ago.

Eric Cornel served his one-game suspension for the Petes, who are off until Thursday's tilt versus Niagara. Barrie finishes the weekend Sunday at Ottawa.

Elsewhere in the OHL, Nick Baptiste (+1) went pointless in regulation and failed to convert his shootout attempt as Erie dropped a 3-2 decision to Belleville. Baptiste has three points (2+1) in five games since joining the Otters, and a total of 14 (8+6) on the year. Erie visits Oshawa on Sunday.

Justin Bailey was blanked as Kitchener lost to Owen Sound 5-2. Bailey has one goal and a minus-10 rating in his last seven games for the slumping Rangers, who next host Erie on Tuesday.

WHL

Sam Reinhart scored a goal and an assist on his first two shifts as Kootenay held on for a 3-2 triumph at Spokane. Reinhart has gotten on the score sheet in all 13 games he has played with the ICE to amass eight goals and 26 points. Kootenay is 11-2 over that span. They'll complete their second three-game weekend in a row on Sunday when they visit Tri-City.

Brycen Martin broke the seal with his first goal of the year as Swift Current was bested by Brandon 6-4. Martin's marker gives him 13 points in 31 games. Draft eligible defenseman Ivan Provorov scored a pair of goals and an assist for the Wheat Kings to earn the game's number one star. The Broncos host Regina on Wednesday.




QMJHL

Vaclav Karabacek picked up an assist and three shots on goal as Gatineau came up short in a 3-2 loss to Baie-Comeau. The helper gives Karabacek points in nine of his last dozen games and a total of 23 (10+13) on the year. The Olympiques are back in action Wednesday at Drummondville. 




NCAA

Sean Malone scored the game winning goal at 19:59 of the middle frame as No. 8 Harvard skated into the holiday break with a 5-2 victory over No. 15 Quinnipiac. Malone, who gathered an incoming point shot and buried a backhand for his second power play goal in as many games, has captured four points (2+2) in his first two season appearances after missing Harvard's first 10 tilts due to injury. The Crimson return to action on Sunday, December 28 with an exhibition against the Russian Red Stars.

Cal Petersen stopped all 14 shots sent his way for his second NCAA shutout as Notre Dame earned the weekend sweep with a 4-0 victory at UMass. Connor Hurley logged two shots on goal and a plus-one rating in the win. The Fighting Irish get back to work December 28 when they face Miami at the Florida College Hockey Classic.

Hudson Fasching (-2) extended his point drought to six games as No. 3 Minnesota closed the 2014 portion of their schedule with a 3-3 tie at Michigan State. Fasching, who will now prepare for the opening of Team USA's World Junior training camp December 16 in Boston, has collected seven points (5+2) in his first 14 games. Christian Isackson contributed one shot on goal for the Gophers, who are off until Friday, January 2 when they open the 24th Annual Mariucci Classic versus Merrimack.

Anthony Florentino contributed three shots on goal as Providence was edged by Northeastern 2-1. Bottom pair blueliner Mark Adams finished the game with an even rating for the Friars, who next host Colgate for a non-conference tilt on Tuesday.

Brad Navin was unable to produce as Wisconsin was defeated by Penn State 4-2. The Badgers close out the 2014 calendar on Friday when they host an exhibition with Team USA Under-18.

Freshman winger Max Willman did not play as Brown earned their third win of the year with a 4-2 doubling of RPI. The Bears are off until January 2 when they square off with Boston College at the Dartmouth Ledyard Bank Tournament. 

USHL

Christopher Brown scored 2:03 into the opening frame as Green Bay continued to struggle on home ice with a 5-2 loss to Madison. Brown has points in 11 of his last 13 games including goals in four of his last five. He leads the Gamblers with nine goals and 19 points in 21 games. Next up for Green Bay is a Wednesday visit to Cedar Rapids.

AHL

Andrey Makarov stopped 33 of 34 shots but Rochester's offensive woes continued with a 2-0 loss at Syracuse. The Amerks fired 33 shots of their own at Andrei Vasilevskiy, but were forced to play from behind after allowing the first goal for the 17th time in 23 games. They have now lost three straight games and seven of their last 10.

Joel Armia missed his fourth straight game with an upper body injury for the Amerks, who have earned 19 of a possible 46 points this season. The Amerks will look to reverse their recent trend on Sunday when they travel to Toronto for an afternoon contest.


ECHL

Justin Kea logged a minus-one rating as Elmira was pasted by Toledo 6-2. Colin Jacobs did not play for the Jackals, who get right back to work on Sunday versus Wichita.
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