12/14 Recap: Two in the bag for Byron, Adam, Gogulla

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, December 14, 2008 | 12/14/2008

Luke Adam (+2) scored two goals, earning the game's #1 star as the Juniors overcame a three-goal deficit to win their third straight, 6-4 over Chicoutimi. The second rounder won nine of his 12 draws, and contributed two hits and two blocked shots to pace the Juniors. T.J. Brennan (-1) had four shots on goals for the winners, while Jacob Lagacé assisted on a Nicolas Deschamps goal in the opening minute for the Sags. Paul Byron scored an unassisted shorthanded goal and later chipped in on the game-tying mark in the final minute of play, but Gatineau lost at Victoriaville in the shootout, 3-2. Byron was stopped as the Piques' second shooter, but did raise his career-high point scoring streak to 17 games with his regulation effort. Jordon Southorn had an assist and three shots on goal in PEI's 3-2 shootout loss to Saint John. With points in five straight, Sothourn himself is amidst a personal best point streak. In the DEL, Philip Gogulla had a goal and an assist as Cologne cruised to a 5-1 win over Wolfsburg. Gogulla, who has needed to be more of a finisher this season, has already scored nine goals in 25 games after netting 11 in all of 2007-08 (51 games). The Sharks move to sole possession of 11th place with the victory. Drew Schiestel was -1 as Niagara took a beatdown from the Batallion, 9-2.


Anonymous said...

Hey Bakes, do you think there could be a few surprises from our defensemen over in Portland, like Kostka and Funk making more of a push to make the Sabres and maybe stalling Myers from making the team next year? I can't help but notice Kostka's +/-, and I know he contributes on the powerplay. I know Funk hasn't played much but at the end of last season he was really using his size and taking on more of a tough guy role, which I think we could use a little more of even when Weber makes the leap, as long as Funk still has it in him, and because we do have some smaller forwards that we just signed and smaller forwards that are going to be signed (Gerbe, Kennedy, Byron, Ennis). But I also think we need more speed and offense from our defensemen, which Myers and Butler can give, so what do you think? And what do you think about some of our "under the radar defensemen" in Portland?

Anonymous said...

Myers cannot give offence from the back end, there are other D men in the system that will fill that role.

Kris Baker said...

Yes, Myers will be more of that mobile/shutdown guy.

Brennan and Schiestel will inject some puck-moving speed into the system's blueline. They aren't projects by any means, but both will have to earn their keep by displaying proper defensive acumen when signed. Brennan has shown that spike, and Schiestel has it in him. Both have cannons, too.

Like Card last season, multiple concussions for Funk this season make him somewhat of a question mark at this point.

Gragnani is teetering as a specialist, but is skilled enough to add value with his versatility. A true surprise would be him ending the season in the + column while playing mostly D. I like Gragnani, as a wing.

I really like Kostka, though. I think he's positioned himself well out of the gate, and he adds a nice blend of skills (skating/shooting/simple defensive positioning) to make a difference for a team.

College free agents shouldn't take a ton of time to develop, and I think Kostka is right there (or pretty darn close) in that Butler/Weber cluster at this point. Heck, he's older than both of them. Is it a surprise to see him doing well? Only moderately.

A guy like Matt Generous may very well have a similar effect next season. Some folks seem to want to write him off, but the jury hasn't spoken yet. There has to be a level of trust between the Sabres and St. Lawrence coach Mike Hurlbut that can see him getting a deal for AHL purposes. We shall see...

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