11/22 Recap: Byron finding groove, Ennis nets winner
Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, November 23, 2008 | 11/23/2008
A week after ending a 13-game losing streak, Paul Byron and the Gatineau Olympiques continue to grind away. On Saturday, Byron (-1, 5 SOG) scored a goal and two assists as the Piques won their third straight, 6-2 over Lewiston. Byron now has five goals and 13 points in his last five games, and a line of 10-16-26 for the season. Medicine Hat's Tyler Ennis (+2) scored the game winning goal as the Tigers defeated Regina, 4-1. The flashy left-wing later assisted on an empty netter, upping his point total to 31 through 26 games. The Tigers, 8-0-0-1 in their last nine, will not return to action until Saturday after playing 13 games in 23 days. Tyler Myers (+1) had an assist for Kelowna in their 6-2 drubbing of Prince George. The helper gives the DeWinton, Alberta native points in a career-high five straight games. In the OHL, Nick Crawford had a pair of power play assists as Saginaw downed Barrie, 5-2. The 6'1 defender hadn't had a point in six games since jumping out to 11 through his first 14 games. Niagara's Drew Schiestel (shoulder) remained out of the lineup as the Dogs defeated Sudbury, 5-4. In Chicoutimi, Jacob Lagace registered two shots on net in the Sags 4-1 win over Rimouski. The Beloeil, PQ product has just one point in his last four games after his eight-game point streak ended. Matt Generous scored the second St. Lawrence goal as the Saints dropped a 5-2 decision to Quinnipiac. The defenseman ducked in from the left point for his second of the season to put the Saints ahead 2-1 before the Bobcats would storm back with four unanswered. Brad Eidsness made 27 saves but again failed to get adequate goal support in North Dakota's 3-1 loss at Duluth. Last week's WCHA co-Rookie of the Week, Eidsness record now stands at 4-4-1 on the year with a 2.85 goals against average and a .901 save percentage. Corey Fienhage was a Sioux scratch. Drew MacKenzie (-1) had another solid game for Vermont in their 4-3 win over Boston University. The Catamounts move to 7-3-2 on the year after the weekend sweep of the #2 Terriers. Sophomore Corey Tropp finished -1 as Michigan State lost their second straight at Nebraska-Omaha, 3-1. The Spartans fall to 4-8-2 on the season, and have found their first six-game losing streak in nearly 30 years (1979-80). Alex Biega was even with two shots on goal in Harvard's 2-2 tie with Colgate. Freshman Justin Jokinen was re-inserted into the Mavericks lineup, finishing -1 in Minnesota State's 4-2 win over Michigan Tech. In Sweden, Dennis Persson did not get in on the fun, skating for just 1:05 in Timra's 6-2 win over Linkoping. His play appears "uncertain", perhaps due to a lingering knee issue, and so it seems he has work to do before getting back into the top-6 conversation on the Eagles blueline.