11/7 Recap: Eidsness bests #1; Adam pots pair

If you've been reading this space of late, we've talked about a looming shake-up in Gatineau where the Piques were riding a ten-game losing streak heading into Friday's game with Montreal. The shake-up came this week with Mario Richer resigning as coach, and being replaced by former NHLer Jerome Dupont. Gatineau owned the opening period of the new boss' debut, scoring three times on 17 shots, but Montreal stormed back with six unanswered goals for the win. Luke Adam lit the lamp twice, while the Juniors won their second straight game on T.J. Brennan's winner midway through the third period. Brennan and Adam also posted assists on the night, while the Piques' Paul Byron had a power play goal in the 6-3 loss. In other Q action from Friday, Jacob Lagacé scored a goal and an assist in Chicoutimi's 3-2 win over Victoriaville. Tied at one apiece heading into the third, Lagacé first set up Nicolas Deschamps (ANA) at 2:47, then scored his ninth of the year for the game winner about ten minutes later. Jordon Southorn scored a goal for PEI in their 4-3 loss to Cape Breton. The power play marker was Southorn's second of the season, and his play has been both improved and inspired since his return from suspension. J.S. Allard scored his fifth goal of the season as Quebec defeated Baie-Comeau, 8-6. The Remparts went 4/9 on the power play to earn the win. In the OHL, Nick Crawford was +2 in Saginaw's 7-2 win over Ottawa. His +8 for the season ranks him 20th overall in the O. From the WHL, Tyler Ennis scored his eighth goal of the year in Medicine Hat's 4-2 loss to Regina. Ennis tied the game at 2-2 early in the third when he raced in on a short-handed breakaway and made a nifty deke before roofing the puck over Linden Rowat (LA). The Pats would counter with two goals of their own to seal the victory. In NCAA play, Brad Eidsness made 29 saves as visiting North Dakota defeated #1 Colorado College, 3-1. Eidsness, who moved to 3-2 on the year, made many great saves to earn the W and should be back between the pipes when the two clubs play it back on Saturday. Freshman defenseman Corey Fienhage did not travel with the club for the weekend set. Alex Biega (+1) assisted on both Crimson goals as #18 Harvard lost to RPI, 3-2. The junior now has three points in three games. Matt Generous (+1) notched his first point* of the season, assisting on the overtime winner as St. Lawrence defeated Yale, 3-2. The senior started the game-winning play as he broke into the Yale zone and sent a shot just wide of the net. The puck was corralled and fed back to Brandon Bollig, who poked the puck over the line. Andrew Orpik was -1 as #2 Boston College suffered a 4-1 upset loss to #12 Notre Dame. The rematch of last year's NCAA final kicked off a Holy War weekend as the two school's football teams will also meet on Saturday. Corey Tropp (-1) returned to the #11 ranked Spartans lineup after a bout with mono in their 3-0 loss to Ohio State. In Alaska, Justin Jokinen (2 PIM) was even in #13 Minnesota State's 5-3 win over Anchorage. Freshman Drew MacKenzie was even in #16 Vermont's 2-2 tie with Providence. In the AHL, Tim Kennedy scored the shootout winner but saw his nine-game point streak snapped as Portland edged Springfield, 2-1. Mark Mancari scored on the power play, with Nathan Gerbe being credited with the assist. Adam Dennis made 26 saves to earn the win, while Mike Funk made his first appearance of the season after a concussion delayed the start of his schedule. The Rundown: Mancari: 1G, 6 SOG Gerbe: 1A, 7 SOG Kennedy: -1 Butler: 2 PIM Weber: even Schutz: 1 SOG Funk: 2 PIM Gragnani: 3 SOG Zagrapan: 2 PIM Funk: 2 PIM Kostka: -1 Whitmore: 2 SOG Card: even Dennis: 26 saves *Generous still hasn't been credited with an assist on Zach Miscovic's game winner against UNH a few weeks back.
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BGM
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Saturday, November 08, 2008 ×

Hey Bakes, any idea why Fienhage didn't make the trek?

Also, what do you think the odds are that Generous gets offered a contract at the end of the season?

Thanks.

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, November 08, 2008 ×

He was a healthy leave-behind (as far as we know). While not grossly brutal, Fienhage has at times looks every bit inexperienced as his jump from HS to the NCAA would suggest. Would he have been better served playing a year in the USHL? Perhaps, but the Sioux needed him this season, so let's roll with it. His edge is appreciated, but turnovers aren't. He hasn't been a TO machine, but puck and penalty decisions have put them in some tough spots.

It's wise for Hakstol to send an early wake-up while one of their bigger guys, Joe Finley, gets ready to return. Finley has been injured the past few weeks, but did travel with the team.

Fienhage is going to be a very good defenseman. This is just part of the adjustment period.

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, November 08, 2008 ×

Generous could get a look if he stays healthy this season. Shoulder. SLU produces pro quality talent, and he'd be in that AHL depth discussion. He's a better player than John Adams was at BC....better than Morrow at BU...I like his chances at a better than 50/50 situation. Adams was actually in the AHL at various points over the past few seasons.

Weber and Butler could move up next season to join Lydman, Rivet, Tallinder, Sekera, and Paetsch - on paper. (Spacho could re-sign, but Teppo likely goes).

That would leave Card (RFA), Funk (RFA), and Kostka from this season's farm group. Enter Schiestel. Enter Myers. Enter Persson from the SEL. Move Gragnani to LW full time for crying out loud. Generous can be put in this discussion if his shoulder stays strong.

Crawford can stay in the O. Biega stays at Harvard. Fienhage stays at NoDak.

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BGM
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Saturday, November 08, 2008 ×

Love the d-corps projections for next season. Card, Funk, Kostka, Schiestel, Myers, Persson looks very solid for the Pirates next season, assuming the Sabres are in a position to call up Butler permenantly. I wouldn't be surprised if Butler gets the Weber treatment next season, where he starts in the A and moves up during the course of the season. Seems like Regier's MO.

Thanks for the info about both guys.

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Saturday, November 08, 2008 ×

What about Luke Adam? Does he enter the AHL next year?

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, November 08, 2008 ×

Unfortunately, it'll be either the QMJHL or NHL next year for Adam. This is his third Q season, and he won't turn 20 until June of 2010, making him ineligible for the A.

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, November 08, 2008 ×

By the way, add Brennan to the list of likely AHL defensemen next season. I thought I included him earlier, but it looks as if I did not.

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Goon
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Saturday, November 08, 2008 ×

Kris I am not sure Finenhage might not be a injured player, just from listening to the C.C. guy last night on the B2TV broadcast it almost sounded like he was hurt...

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, November 08, 2008 ×

Interesting. Thanks, Goon. Fienhage missed the Summer Conditioning Camp with an injury. Curious to know if this is re-aggravation, or a new ding.

You'd think Fienhage would be hurt if they were playing Miller at D. No Finley again tonight(?), with Genoway getting hammered last night...Fienhage must be injured/sick.

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Goon
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Saturday, November 08, 2008 ×

Yeah I am wondering about that as well... We will find out soon I think? Hak runs a tight ship and with release of information rules it is hard to find out if an athlete is hurt or not.

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Goon
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Saturday, November 08, 2008 ×

Apparently it is not a injury but performance based. Corey Fienhage has been flown in to play tonight game in Colorado springs.

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Anonymous
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Monday, November 10, 2008 ×

Yo Bakes, you gave your incite on defensemen that may be heading to Portland next year, but what do you think about our forwards?

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Monday, November 10, 2008 ×

I would think with the defensemen signing frenzy we're likely to see next year, we may decide to part ways with Card unless he takes off. If Butler and Weber do make the step up, it'll be Kostka, Funk, Myers, Schiestel, Brennan, Persson.

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Kris Baker
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008 ×

Forwards that will need be signed include Orpik, Allard, and Byron.

A few notes: Orpik should be signed, at least for AHL depth. He plays a solid two-way game that is a great foundation for the A moving forward.

I think Allard can go to Portland for the same reasons. Nice two-way player. Smart. I think he needs to work on some things if he wants to be in the NHL, but he's earning the contract. The A is so much more of a developmental league these days.

After watching Desharnais with Hamilton this season, I believe that Byron can play in the A as well. I'm not too concerned with the size thing. He's up to 170+, and needs to get out of the Q, or at the very least out of Gatineau.

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