1/27-28 Recap: Key players heating up

In Wednesday QMJHL action, Paul Byron set-up both Gatineau goals on the power play as the Piques edged Moncton, 2-1. Pushing his season point total to 76, Byron also had a game-best six shots on goal for the Western Division leaders. Luke Adam scored his 22nd goal of the year and had his first fight of the season as Montreal buried Rouyn-Noranda, 6-1. T.J. Brennan (+1) added an assist in the win. The Junior (25-20-1-2) slide into a tie with the Huskies (23-21-4-3) for second place in the West. Both teams are seven points back of Byron's Olympiques. Also from the Q, Jordon Southorn was -1 with three hits in PEI's 3-0 shutout loss to Saint John. In the WHL, Tyler Myers (+2) had two even-strength assists in Kelowna's 4-1 win over Prince George. The solid two-way effort was rewarded with the game's #1 star, with the pair of helpers giving him seven points in nine games since returning from the World Juniors. The game's #2 star, Tyler Ennis scored his 24th goal of the season just 1:49 in, yet Medicine Hat came up short at Vancouver, 4-3. Ennis now has 13 points over his current six-game streak. On Tuesday, Ennis flexed the Tigers' claws in the third period with a pair of goals 2:14 apart in their 5-4 win over Seattle. The goals, one coming shorthanded with the second being the game winner, were Ennis' 22nd and 23rd of the season. The Edmonton native also had an assist for his sixth game of three points or more on the season. In the DEL, Philip Gogulla had the only Sharks goal as Cologne fell to Sinupret, 2-1. Gogulla has points in 10 of his last 12 games including a current five-game point streak that has seen him compile three goals and four assists in three Sharks wins. Also from Tuesday, Jacob Lagacé (+1) had two assists as Chicoutimi overcame a 4-1 deficit, but still lost to Rimouski, 5-4 in a shootout. The 2008 fifth rounder was stopped as the third Sags shooter in the deciding frame. Adam (1 SOG) and Brennan (3 SOG, 3 hits) were even as Montreal was blanked by Val-d'Or, 3-0. Foreurs netminder Raffaele D'Orso made 48 saves to earn the shutout.
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Thursday, January 29, 2009 ×

Question: Other than Byron and Ennis, who would you say the real speedsters are on both defense and offense?

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Kris Baker
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Thursday, January 29, 2009 ×

Schiestel can really motor from the back end, as can Biega. Up front, I don't put a speed tag on anyone else but Gerbe.

Another skater I'm becoming more and more impressed with is Jordon Southorn. He's not in the same class as Schiestel, but his footwork and frame make him a solid defensive prospect moving forward.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009 ×

I almost forgot about Gerbe because he hasn't been playing because of his illness, that's a no brainer. Under the statistics chart you had Southorn as LHD/W, was he at one point in the same boat as Gragnani? He's been hitting a lot too hasn't he?

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Kris Baker
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Thursday, January 29, 2009 ×

I have no idea how the LHD/W happened. Southy definitely doesn't play wing. He's a left side blueline anchor. He's currently in the top-10 for hitting (8th), SOG (4th), and points (8th) among Q defensemen.

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