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SWE: Olofsson snipes; Ullmark under siege

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, November 22, 2014 | 11/22/2014

In Saturday SHL action, Victor Olofsson scored his eighth goal of the season on a penalty shot as MODO was defeated Skelleftea AIK 4-1. A seventh round pick by the Sabres in the 2014 draft, Olofsson has been quite a surprise for both MODO and Sabres fans this season. His eight goals and 14 points both rank second on the team after 23 games.



Linus Ullmark was back in net for MODO following a 50-save shutout on Thursday versus Linkoping HC. He allowed two goals high glove side and another that he really had no chance at stopping as MODO's defense continues to suffer breakdowns in coverage in front of their backstop. Ullmark finished the night by stopping an impressive 48 of the 51 shots sent his way to move to 6-9 on the year.

Gustav Possler saw his three-game goal streak snapped in the loss, finishing with one shot on goal and a minus-two rating in 15:23 of work.
11/22/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

11/21 Recap: Schaller's big night fuels Amerks

Tim Schaller recorded a career-high five points (2+3) Friday, headlined by his first professional short-handed goal and later the game-winner to lead the Rochester Americans to a 7-4 victory over the Utica Comets. Joel Armia notched a power play goal and an assist to earn the game's number two star.

Jordan Samuels-Thomas scored twice in the final minutes of the third period with an empty-netter at 18:07 and then a big shot with less than one second remaining on the clock. Mark Pysyk and Matt MacKenzie provided singles, while Phil Varone saw his five-game point streak snapped in the victory.



Andrey Makarov allowed four goals on 28 shots to move to 5-4-1 on the year with a 3.04 GAA and .905 save%.

With Dan Catenacci (suspended) and Zac Dalpe (injured) unavailable, second-year defenseman Jerome Leduc filled in as a winger, joining Drew Schiestel, T.J. Brennan and Dennis Persson as prospect blue-liners in recent memory to plug forward minutes. Justin Kea contributed one shot on goal and a plus-one rating in his first game in an Amerks uniform.

The Amerks are back in action Saturday when they travel to Adirondack.


QMJHL

Vaclav Karabacek scored with 3:44 left in regulation to thrust Gatineau to a 2-1 victory at Blainville-Boisbriand. The goal, Karabacek's seventh of the year and first game-winner, gives the second-year winger 16 points through 22 games. The Olympiques host Acadie-Bathurst on Saturday.




WHL

Sam Reinhart added two assists to his stat line as Kootenay downed Lethbridge 5-1. Through six games, Reinhart has gathered four goals and 15 points. He'll be expected to maintain the production Saturday when the ICE look to avenge their loss to Medicine Hat earlier in the week.



Brycen Martin (-1) picked up one assist as Swift Current lost at Prince Albert 6-2. Martin has nine points (0+9) at the 25-game mark for the Broncos, who travel to Saskatoon on Saturday.


OHL

Nick Baptiste produced one assist as Sudbury dropped a 2-1 home-ice decision to North Bay. The helper gives Baptiste 11 points (6+5) in his first dozen games. The Wolves are off until next Friday when they square off with Guelph.

Justin Bailey was held without a point for just the third time in his first 20 games as Kitchener edged Windsor 2-1. Bailey will look to re-start production when the Rangers visit Guelph on Sunday.

NCAA

Hudson Fasching (-2, 2 SOG) was unable to produce as No. 4 Minnesota was defeated by Team USA Under-18 5-4. Senior forward Christian Isackson earned an assist for the Gophers, while Team USA 2016 draft stud Auston Matthews notched three points (2+1) including the overtime winner to seal the exhibition victory. The Gophers get back to work Friday at Boston College.

J.T. Compher was blanked as Michigan opened the B1G schedule with a 3-2 loss to Penn State. Compher now has zero goals and six assists through his first 10 games. The Wolverines will look for the conference split on Saturday.

Connor Hurley was kept off the score sheet as Notre Dame skated to a 2-2 tie with No. 5 UMass Lowell. Notre Dame freshman netminder Cal Petersen did not play for the second straight night. Next up for Notre Dame is the opener of the Shillelagh Tournament on Friday versus Union. 

Judd Peterson logged one shot on goal as St. Cloud State earned a 3-1 victory over North Dakota. The freshman forward has two assists through his first 11 collegiate contests while being shut out in his last five. The two clubs close the NCHC set Saturday in St. Cloud.

Brad Navin contributed two shots on goal as Wisconsin continued their season-long skid with a 5-2 loss at Colorado College. Wisconsin hopes to end their seven-game funk on Saturday versus Denver.

Max Willman was kept off the score sheet as Brown was defeated by Colgate 4-3 in overtime. The Bears will look to end a five-game losing streak Saturday when they conclude their Upstate swing at Cornell.

Sean Malone remained out of the lineup due to injury as Harvard bested Bentley 5-1. Malone has yet to suit up in Harvard's first eight games. The Crimson face off with Boston University on Tuesday.

The game between Providence (Anthony FlorentinoMark Adams) and New Hampshire was postponed due to issues with the ice surface at UNH. The teams will give it a go on Saturday, and make up the Friday contest at a later date.

USHL

Christopher Brown connected for a pair of assists as Green Bay lost at Madison 5-4 in overtime. The two-assist effort was Brown's second multiple-point game of the year and first since his Oct. 10. His 12 points (5+7) through 15 games lead the Gamblers' attack entering Saturday's rematch with the Capitols.


ECHL

Colin Jacobs scored his second goal of the year on a penalty shot as Elmira edged Reading 3-2. Jacobs's tally gives him three points in his first five games. The Jackals take on Wheeling on Saturday.

11/22/2014 | 0 comments | Read More

11/20 Recap: Cornel keeps pace

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, November 21, 2014 | 11/21/2014

Eric Cornel (-3) picked up an assist Thursday as Peterborough lost to Sault Ste. Marie 7-3. The helper maintains Cornel's point-per-game pace with 19 (6+13) in as many games. The 6-foot-2 winger will look for his three-game point streak of the year on Saturday when the Petes take on Brendan Lemieux and the Barrie Colts.

Nick Baptiste (-1) was blanked as Sudbury surrendered three third-period goals in taking a 3-0 loss at North Bay. Baptiste has gone without a point in five of the 11 contests he has played in thus far for the last-place Wolves. Sudbury will look to improve when they complete the home-and-home series with the Battalion on Friday.

In the NCAA, Connor Hurley finished with one shot on goal and a plus-one rating as Notre Dame was defeated by UMass-Lowell 3-1. Cal Petersen served as backup for the Fighting Irish, who look for the conference split Friday on home ice.

And in case you missed it, the Sabres' MODO prospects did their thing in a shutout victory over Linkoping.


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Sabres trio keys MODO shutout victory

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 11/20/2014

A trio of Sabres prospects paved the way Thursday as Gustav Possler and Victor Olofsson each netted goals and Linus Ullmark stopped all 50 shots sent his way for his first shutout of the year to lead MODO to a 2-0 victory over Linkoping HC.

Olofsson opened the scoring at 3:21 of the second period when he stepped into a slap shot from the right point on the power play. Olofsson's marker was his seventh of the year, fourth with the man advantage and sixth game-winner. He has a total of 13 points through 22 games.



Possler made it three straight games with a goal when he fought for position and kept his stick on the ice for a deflection marker in the final minute of the middle frame. The three-game goal streak is Possler's longest since his astounding seven-game run at the start of the 2013-14 campaign, elevating his season point total to 11 (6+5) at the 20-game mark.



Ullmark was superb in the MODO net for a second straight game, leveraging his bulky upper body and aggressive movement en route to capturing the shutout. LHC appeared to have tied the game when former NHLer Jeff Taffe got one past him with 24 seconds remaining, but the goal was disallowed when it was ruled (at the last second) that Ullmark was interfered with on the play. The stellar performance puts Ullmark at 6-8 with a 3.64 GAA and .894 save%.



Next up for MODO is a Saturday visit to Skelleftea AIK.

Elsewhere in the SHL, Jonas Johansson again served as backup as Brynas IF was defeated by Orebro HK 2-1. The 19-year old netminder has gotten into just one top league contest this season. Brynas takes on Farjestads BK on Saturday.
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11/19 Recap: Samson ends well

Sam Reinhart finished strong Wednesday, posting a goal and two assists in the third period as Kootenay lost to a well-balanced Medicine Hat club, 7-3. The three-point night, Reinhart's fourth multiple-point game in five tries since returning from Buffalo, leaves the crafty pivot with four goals and 13 points entering the weekend. The ICE loss was their first since getting their captain back. Kootenay next hosts Lethbridge on Friday.



Elsewhere in the WHL, Brycen Martin logged a plus-one rating as Swift Current blanked Eastern Conference leaders Brandon 5-0. Martin, who has eight assists through 24 games, will continue hunting for his first goal of the season on Friday when the Broncos visit Prince Albert. 
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Ullmark excellent, Possler scores in MODO loss

Written By Kris Baker on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 11/18/2014

In Tuesday action, Linus Ullmark posted an impressive 46-save performance as visiting MODO surrendered a 5-3 defeat to the Vaxjo Lakers. Gustav Possler scored for the second straight game, but MODO dropped their third decision in a row.

Vaxjo had a 3-0 lead midway through the second period, but MODO clawed their way back, topped with Possler's tally at 6:00 of the third period on a pretty play that saw him knock a pass down out of the air and streak in for the deke and finish. The goal gives him an even 10 points (5+5) in 19 appearances.


Vaxjo would regain the lead eight minutes later and add another to close the game out.

Ullmark was under siege all game as Vaxjo fired 51 shots on goal, including a 27-shot barrage in the middle frame. Several key saves were made, including one below that saw him quickly get set to challenge with his glove, but defensive breakdowns continued to plague MODO. Ullmark was excellent in keeping the score manageable, but the result moves him to 5-8 on the year with a 3.93 GAA and .882 save%. Meanwhile, MODO has just six wins in 21 games to rank 11th in the 12-team SHL.



Victor Olofsson played just 5:01 in the loss. It is unknown if an injury contributed to his second lowest workload of the season.

MODO gets back to work Thursday versus Linkoping HC.

Elsewhere, Jonas Johansson  served as backup as Brynas IF dominated Lulea HF 7-2. Johansson, who has been shuttling between Brynas' SHL club and their J20 entry, will look for his second big league start of the season on Thursday versus Orebro HK.

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11/16 Recap: Baptiste connects

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, November 16, 2014 | 11/16/2014

In Sunday junior action, Nick Baptiste scored his sixth goal of the year but was stopped in his shootout attempt as Sudbury defeated Kitchener 3-2. Baptiste's goal gives him an even 10 points in his first 10 games of the season. Justin Bailey picked up an assist and a shootout goal for the Rangers to push his team-leading line to 14-15-29 through 19 appearances.


Sudbury is at North Bay on Thursday. The Rangers, who have now earned at least one point in their last 15 games, are off until Friday when they host Windsor.

In the QMJHL, Vaclav Karabacek produced one shot on goal as Gatineau edged Sherbrooke 1-0. The Czech winger has produced 15 points (6+9) in 21 games, but has yet to put together a consistent offensive stretch. Gatineau hits the road Friday for a meeting at Blainville-Boisbriand.

In WHL action, Brycen Martin finished with an even rating and a tripping minor in Swift Current's 2-1 victory over Seattle. Martin has gathered eight points (0+8) and a plus-two rating through 23 games. His longest stretch without a goal last season lasted 21 games. The Broncos host Brandon on Wednesday.

In Sweden, Jonas Johansson made 25 saves as Brynas J20 edged Skelleftea AIK 2-1. The victory moves Johansson's J20 record to 2-2 with a 3.02 GAA and .902 save%.

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From earlier: Jake McCabe scored his first professional goal in the Amerks' loss at Hamilton.

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McCabe gets first as Amerks fall in overtime

The Rochester Americans gave up four first-period goals for the second straight night, but clawed their way back in a 5-4 overtime loss at Hamilton. Luke Adam scored the Amerks lone goal of the first period. Matt Ellis, Chad Ruhwedel and Jake McCabe connected in the middle period to make it a game. McCabe's marker was his first as a professional.

Adam got the Amerks on the board with his seventh of the year at 9:18 with a nice finish of a Matt Ellis feed at the goal mouth. Tim Schaller earned the second helper on the play.



The Bulldogs would take over from there, beating Andrey Makarov four times including twice on the power play to take a three-goal into the first intermission. Rene Bourque, Jacob de la Rose, Greg Pateryn and Gabriel Dumont scored the Hamilton goals. Sven Andrighetto collected assists on three of the four.


The Amerks would get it together with three unanswered goals in the middle frame to set the stage for an exciting finish.

Ellis picked up his second point of the night when he buried a power play marker at 6:55. Mikhail Grigorenko snapped a four-game funk with an assist on the play. Joel Armia earned the other helper.

The Amerks continued their climb at 11:32 when Ruhwedel stepped into a one-timer for his fourth goal of the year. The Amerks second power play goal of the afternoon was assisted by Adam and Johan Larsson.



Five minutes later, McCabe stepped into the slot for his first professional goal to tie the game. Larsson dug out a puck out of a corner scrum and quickly sent it to McCabe, who made a nice read on the play to slide into scoring position for the clear shot.


The Amerks carried their momentum in third period, out-shooting the Bulldogs by a 16-11 margin, but the teams were unable to light the lamp.

The Bulldogs iced the victory when T.J. Hensick beat Makarov cleanly from the high slot at 2:28 of the overtime period to send the Amerks to their seventh loss in their last eight games.



Makarov settled down after the opening period barrage, finishing with 31 saves on 36 shots to move to 4-4-1 on the year.

Rochester played without fourth-line forward Daniel Catenacci, who earlier in the day was handed a two-game suspension for a boarding incident on Friday's victory over Toronto.

The Amerks are back in action Friday when they host the Utica Comets at Blue Cross Arena.
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11/15 Recap: Cornel collects; Lemieux tips 10th

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 11/15/2014

In Saturday action, Eric Cornel cruised to a one-goal, three-assist performance as Peterborough defeated Niagara 5-1. The four-point night, Cornel's first of the season and fourth of his OHL career, gives the crafty forward 18 points (6+12) in his first 18 games. The Petes are off until Thursday when they host Sault Ste. Marie.



Brendan Lemieux deflected a Rasmus Andersson ('15) point shot for his 10th goal of the year as Barrie edged North Bay 3-2. The power play marker gives the fiery winger 17 points in 16 games. Six of his 10 goals have come with the man advantage. The Colts return to work Saturday when they battle Cornel and the Petes.



A night after recording his second hat trick of the season, Justin Bailey scored a goal and an assist to help Kitchener to a 5-2 victory at Erie. Bailey's hot start has seen him collect team bests of 14 goals and 28 points in his first 18 games. He has seven multi-point efforts while getting at least one point in 16 of the 18 contests. 

Nick Baptiste went without a point for the fourth time in his first nine games as Sudbury lost at Sarnia 5-2. The speedy winger was playing his third game in as many days after Thursday's appearance with Team OHL at the Subway Super Series. Baptiste and the Wolves square off with Bailey's Rangers on Sunday.

WHL

Sam Reinhart posted a goal off a partial breakaway and added two assists as Kootenay skated to a 4-2 triumph at Lethbridge. As expected, Reinhart has been a step ahead of the opposition en route to collecting 10 points (3+7) in his first four games. The ICE, who are a perfect 4-0 since their captain was returned from Buffalo, will look to keep the good times rolling on Wednesday when they battle Medicine Hat.

Brycen Martin registered one assist as Swift Current lost to Prince Albert 4-3 in a shootout. The left-handed defender has eight points (0+8) and a plus-two rating through 22 games. The Broncos host Seattle on Sunday.

NCAA

J.T. Compher (+1) notched one assist and four shots on goal as Michigan doubled American International 6-3. Compher has yet to score a goal while collecting six assists in his first nine games. The Wolverines remain on home ice next weekend to kick off the B1G schedule versus Penn State.

Hudson Fasching (-1) went without a point for the second straight game as No. 1 Minnesota suffered their first weekend sweep of the year with a 2-1 loss to No. 15 Minnesota-Duluth. Christian Isackson contributed one shot on goal in the loss. The Gophers will host Team USA U18 for a recruiting exhibition on Friday.

Anthony Florentino (3 SOG) went without a point for the fourth straight contest but made a handful of key defensive plays as Providence was edged by No. 10 Vermont 2-1. Fifth-year senior Mark Adams finished with an even rating and two minor penalties from the Friars blue line. Providence visits New Hampshire on Friday.

Cal Petersen made 20 saves and Connor Hurley logged one shot on goal a night after being the overtime hero as Notre Dame was defeated 4-1 at Merrimack. Next up for the Fighting Irish is a rare Thursday night tilt versus UMass Lowell.

Judd Peterson produced one shot on goal as No. 14 St. Cloud State played to a 1-1 tie at Western Michigan. The Huskies welcome North Dakota to town next weekend.

Max Willman put three shots on goal as Brown was hammered by Dartmouth 6-0. Willman and the Bears are at Colgate on Friday.

Sean Malone remained out of the lineup as Harvard was defeated by Yale 2-1. The Crimson face Dartmouth on Tuesday.

USHL

Christopher Brown was unable to crack the score sheet as Green Bay earned a 3-2 shootout victory at Des Moines. Brown, who was stopped as the Gamblers' first shooter, has a team-best five goals through 14 games. Green Bay is at Madison on Friday.

AHL

Dan Catenacci and Johan Larsson scored third-period goals but the Amerks couldn't overcome a slow start in taking a 7-4 loss to Chicago. Chad Ruhwedel and Brayden Irwin also scored for Rochester, while Phil Varone extended his point streak to four games with a pair of assists. Joel Armia picked up one assist. Mikhail Grigorenko went without a point for the fourth game in a row.

Nathan Lieuwen earned the start in the Rochster net, allowing three goals on his first six shots before being replaced by Andrey Makarov at 9:09 of the opening period. Lieuwen would return for the third period and keep the door closed to finish the night with nine saves on 12 shots. Makarov stopped eight of 12 shots in middle relief, and will likely get the start on Sunday afternoon when the Amerks travel to Hamilton.



ECHL

Justin Kea bagged a goal and an assist for his first multiple-point game as a professional as Elmira bested Evansville 4-1. Colin Jacobs scored his first goal of the year for the Jackals, who next host Reading on Friday.
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SWE: Possler scores as MODO falls short

Gustav Possler scored his fourth goal of the year Saturday as MODO was defeated by Leksands IF 5-4. Possler, who missed MODO's previous two games with an upper body injury, scooped up a rebound early in the third period to cut the deficit to 4-3. The marker gives him nine points in 18 appearances this season.


MODO would even the score a few minutes later before Linus Hultstrom beat Linus Ullmark from the right faceoff circle with 35 seconds left in regulation to thrust LIF to the victory. Ullmark finished with 33 saves on 38 shots to move to 5-7 on the year with a 3.83 GAA and .880 save%.

MODO winger Victor Olofsson produced two shots and a plus-one rating in 14:17 of work. The 19-year old rookie has six goals and 12 points at the 20-game mark.

MODO is back in action Tuesday versus Vaxjo.

Elsewhere in the SHL, Jonas Johansson served as the backup to Bernhard Starkbaum as Brynas blanked Frolunda 3-0. Next up for Brynas is a Tuesday tilt with Lulea HF.
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11/14 Recap: Bailey tricks; Hurley gets OT winner

A quick cruise through the Friday action....

OHL

Justin Bailey continued his excellent start Friday, notching his second hat trick of the season and adding an assist as Kitchener bested Plymouth 5-3. Through 17 games, Bailey has gathered 13 goals and 26 points. He'll look to stay in his groove Saturday when the Rangers travel to Erie.



Nick Baptiste scored his fifth goal of the year as Sudbury continued to struggle with a 5-2 loss at Mississauga. The marker gives the speedy winger nine points (5+4) in eight season outings. The Wolves visit Sarnia on Saturday.



Eric Cornel finished with a minus-two rating as Peterborough suffered a 7-2 drubbing at North Bay. The Petes host Niagara on Saturday.

QMJHL

Vaclav Karabacek scored his sixth goal of the year as Gatineau dropped a 7-4 decision at Rimouski. Karabacek is shaking off a slow start with two goals in his last three games. Next up for Gatineau is a Sunday afternoon to Sherbrooke.

WHL

Sam Reinhart (+3) collected four assists as Kootenay earned a wild 7-6 overtime victory over Calgary. The top prospect has seven points in three games since being returned to junior. The ICE, who have now won all three games with Reinhart back in the lineup, will look to keep the momentum going Saturday when they visit Lethbridge.



NCAA

Connor Hurley jammed home the game-winning goal in overtime as Notre Dame squeaked past Merrimack 3-2. The down-low tally, which snaps Hurley's four-game point drought, gives the freshman pivot six points (2+4) through his first 10 collegiate contests. Cal Petersen got the night off for the Fighting Irish, who will go for the conference sweep of Merrimack on Saturday.

J.T. Compher (+1) posted a pair of assists as Michigan downed American International 5-2. Compher continues the search for his first goal of the season when the clubs close out the non-conference set Saturday at Yost.



Max Willman (-2) picked up an assist as Brown was hammered by Harvard 6-2. Sean Malone remained out of the Harvard lineup with an undisclosed injury. Brown wraps up the weekend Saturday at Dartmouth while the Crimson take on Yale.

Hudson Fasching was shut down as No. 1 Minnesota was blanked by Minnesota-Duluth 3-0. Christian Isackson logged a shot on goal for the Gophers. Minnesota will look to earn the weekend split on Saturday.

Anthony Florentino (+1) produced three shots on goal as Providence pitched a 3-0 shutout of Vermont. Mark Adams (+1) resume his stay-at-home role on the Friars' bottom defensive pair. The Friars and Cstamounts will go at it again on Saturday in Providence. 

Judd Peterson (-1) was kept off the score sheet as St. Cloud State edged Western Michigan 4-3. The teams play it back on Saturday.

USHL

Christopher Brown recorded one assist as Green Bay lost to Madison 4-1. The helper gives Brown a team-best 10 points (5+5) on the year, The Gamblers are at Des Moines on Saturday.

ECHL

Justin Kea and Colin Jacobs each registered one assist as Elmira doubled Evansville 4-2. The Jackals and Icemen play a rematch Saturday night in Elmira.

AHL

Luke Adam and Matt Ellis each potted a pair of goals as Rochester ended their five-game skid with a 6-1 victory over Toronto, Johan Larsson and William Carrier added singles for the Amerks, while Andrey Makarov stopped 23 of 24 shots to earn the victory. Phil Varone connected for three assists. Brady Austin also notched a helper for his first professional point. Rochester faces Chicago on Saturday for the first time since being eliminated by the Wolves in last year's playoffs.


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Duo blanked as Russians roll

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, November 14, 2014 | 11/14/2014

Nick Baptiste (-2) and Brendan Lemieux were unable to get going Thursday as Team OHL was blanked by Team Russia 4-0 in game 3 of the 2014 Subway Super Series in Peterborough. With the victory, the Russians are 3-0 for the first time in series history.

Baptiste played on a line with Michael Dal Colle (NYI) and Nick Paul (OTT). Lemieux, who originally was scheduled to play Monday night in Kingston, played on a checking line with Hunter Garlent (undrafted) and 2015 prospect Travis Konecny.

Things got chippy with the Russians holding a late lead. The frustration for Team OHL came to a head when 6-foot-6 defenseman Ben Harpur (OTT) caught Konstantin Okulov with a head shot at the Canadian blueline as the Russian forward came across the middle. Harpur received a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

The OHL will look for a better effort on Monday evening before the series heads east to Quebec for the final two games.


SHL

Linus Ullmark made 16 saves on 18 shots as MODO returned from the international break with a 2-1 loss to Djurgadens IF. Victor Olofsson posted one shot on goal while logging a new career high 15:03 of work. Gustav Possler remained out of the lineup with an upper body injury. MODO visits Leksands on Saturday.

Jonas Johansson did not play as Brynas was defeated by Farjestads 3-2. Brynas is back in action Saturday versus Frolunda.
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Reinhart points as WHL falls to Russians

Written By Kris Baker on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 11/11/2014

Sam Reinhart notched a power play assist Tuesday as Team WHL was defeated by Russia 3-2 in game 2 of the 2014 Subway Super Series.

We often talk about the subtle yet effective plays that Reinhart makes, and his backhand dish as he was pinned along the wall in the third period is just another example of his game intelligence. He knew he had space to work with behind him. His teammates did the rest with Morgan Klimchuk (CGY) quickly finding Joe Hicketts (DET) for the slap shot tally as Team WHL halved the Russian lead to 2-1 in the 44th minute.


Aside from picking up the helper, Reinhart was stellar at the faceoff circle to help Team WHL dominate the possession game. Unfortunately for Team WHL, Denis Kostin was sharp in posting a 34-save performance as the Russians took a 2-0 series lead heading into Thursday's game 4 against Nick Baptiste and Team OHL.

Pavel Kraskovsky scored a pair of goals including the game-winner for Team Russia while Andrey Alexeev supplied a single. Colorado prospect Conner Bleackley of the Red Deer Rebels added a late goal as Team WHL looked to stage a comeback.

Reinhart ends the WHL leg of the six-game affair with one assist and a minus-one rating.

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Sean Malone remained out of the lineup due to an undisclosed injury as Harvard upset No. 10 Boston College 6-3. Malone has yet to play in Harvard's first four games. The Crimson resume the ECAC schedule Friday versus Max Willman and the Brown Bears.
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Good effort from Reinhart as Dub drops Subway opener

Sam Reinhart finished with a minus-one rating but overall played a very solid two-way game Monday as Team WHL opened the 2014 Subway Super Series with a 3-2 loss to Russia in an 11-round shootout.

Reinhart opened the game centering a line with high-scoring wingers Morgan Klimchuk (CGY) and Jake Virtanen (VAN). Midway through the game, the coaching staff swapped Greg Chase (EDM) in for Virtanen, but the trio would be reunited later for a power play.

Aside from his established playmaking vision, it's easy to notice Reinhart's improved skating game at the junior level. There's more a fluid jump in his step, and the strength gained over the summer makes his pace of play higher, his passing game more crisp and his defensive play against his peer group more effective. When studying Reinhart without the puck, you notice how much more ground he covers, especially in his own zone, than he did at this time last year. It's a notable part of his development when considering his much-talked about three-zone instincts.

With the game tied 2-2 after regulation and overtime, the teams entered the shootout. Reinhart came over the boards as Team WHL's second shooter and unloaded a rare slapshot that clanged glove-side off the post.



Virtanen, who was named his team's player of the game, and Cole Ully supplied Team WHL's regulation markers. Alexander Bryntsev and Konstantin Okulov replied for the Russians while Vladimir Bryukvin iced the victory with the shootout winner.

Team WHL will look to even their portion of the series on Tuesday when the teams play a rematch in Brandon, MB.
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