3/13 Recap: Drew draws two; Byron within reach

In a Hockey East quarterfinal battle, Drew MacKenzie had a pair of secondary assists as #7 Vermont was upset in overtime by Lowell, 4-3. With his first multi-point game as a collegian, the freshman rearguard now has four points in the three games since his return from mono after posting a total of four through the first 24 games of the season. The Catamounts held a 3-1 third period lead when Brayden Irwin was whistled for a major and game misconduct for a hit from behind at 9:31. Lowell scraped their way back, capped with a Nick Schaus (Orchard Park, NY) goal with :30 to play to force overtime, before netting their third unanswered goal to win the game with just :02 remaining in the extra session. Andrew Orpik scored his fifth goal of the season as #18 Boston College defeated #9 New Hampshire, 5-3. Orpik one-timed a Joe Whitney pass in the first period to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Brad Eidsness opened the WCHA playoffs by making 20 saves in #6 North Dakota's 5-1 win over Michigan Tech. Eidsness surrendered just a power play goal to run his record to 23-9-4 on the season. In Madison, Justin Jokinen (-1) assisted on the only Mavericks goal as Minnesota State was throttled in their opener with #17 Wisconsin, 7-1. Skating in practice but tentative, Matt Generous sat out with a sprained MCL as #15 St. Lawrence defeated Quinnipiac, 5-3. In the QMJHL, Paul Byron (+1) had a pair of power play assists as Gatineau defeated Shawinigan, 3-2. Sitting in fourth place on the Q scoring list with 98 points, Byron will look for 100 with the final regular season game of the coming on Sunday against Rouyn-Noranda. Jacob Lagacé scored his 32nd goal of the season as Chicoutimi could not match the offensive dynamo in Drummondville, 7-2. On the Island, Jordon Southorn (-1) had an assist in PEI's 5-4 OT loss to Cape Breton. J.S. Allard had an assist as Quebec lost to Rimouski, 5-3. T.J. Brennan was even in Montreal's 2-1 overtime loss to Rouyn-Noranda. In the WHL, Tyler Myers assisted on a power play goal just :38 seconds into the first period as Kelowna downed Kamloops, 6-4. In the OHL, Drew Schiestel was even as Niagara fell to Mississauga, 2-1. Nick Crawford was -2 in Saginaw's 3-0 loss to London. In Thursday action, Crawford (+2) assisted on the first goal of the game in Saginaw's 6-3 win over Owen Sound. Also from Thursday, Schiestel was -1 in Niagara's 2-0 loss to Barrie.
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BGM
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Saturday, March 14, 2009 ×

Season's almost done up in the CHL, Bakes. Should we expect any signings? I know several big name guys are going to be headed to the playoffs, but do you have any insight on any of the others?

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, March 14, 2009 ×

Maybe some defensemen get shuttled in. Montreal and Niagara could get bounced early on, paving the way for Brennan and Schiestel to make a late-season transfer to the A. They may kick the tires with some college guys. Other than that, I think decisions will be put off until after the season.

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Anonymous
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Saturday, March 14, 2009 ×

kris: any chance myers is signed this year and sent to the A this spring or in the fall ?

THKS DOUG

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, March 14, 2009 ×

He can play in the AHL this spring once his junior year is complete, and likely will depending on how far the Rockets advance.

However, unless the Sabres try to break the private agreement between the CHL and the NHL, it doesn't look possible that he can play in the AHL in the fall. I believe Myers will have to turn 20 by 12/31/2009 to play in Portland next year, but that won't happen until Feb of 2010. It looks like it's NHL or WHL in 2009-10 for Myers.

The only way around the age agreement would be if he had four "completed" junior season under his belt. A completed season consists of 25 games, and he only skated in nine as a 15-year old in 2005-06.

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Mike
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Sunday, March 15, 2009 ×

Kris,

Question considering you know quite a bit about junior leagues. Brad Eidsness was drafted out of the AJHL, which to my understanding is a lower level then the CHL in Canadian juniors. When we are drafting players from the CHL, why would we "take a chance" on a lower level prospect from the AJHL? Is it similar to how the USHL is in relation to college hockey in the US? Why would someone who started out in Canadian juniors want to go play in American college hockey? Mind you I understand that Canadians would play on an American college team, but not one that starts out in a Canadian league. Sorry if this seems like a weird question, it's just one that has baffled me for awhile.

Mike

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BGM
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Monday, March 16, 2009 ×

Mike -

I'll give this a shot to a degree and simply say that for somebody playing in a lower league, such as Eids was, going to college and actually acquiring a degree is a smarter route than going boom or bust in the CHL. It could simply be that Eids wants a fall-back plan, and good for him if that's what made the decision.

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Kris Baker
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Monday, March 16, 2009 ×

Sorry guys. Forgot about this one.

BGM - your point is true about Eidsness. Red Deer owned his WHL rights, but he and his parents both agreed that college was the proper route for him to take.

Saying that, it all comes down to retaining that NCAA eligibility if that's what you want to do.

If you play in the CHL, you lose your NCAA eligibility because OHL, WHL, and QMJHL players get a small stipend.

Playing Canadian Junior "A" allows a player to remain eligible for NCAA, so in essence it's the Canadian version of the USHL. The AJHL and BCHL are the two most used Canadian feeders into the NCAA.

Still, you may wonder how a team can take a guy who played against a perceived lower level of competition, The Sabres saw Eidsness on a limited basis, but the fact that he had a ride locked up to a upper-echelon D1 school really put him on the radar. When a higher caliber college team (BU, BC, Denver, Mich, etc.) signs a young talent, half of the scouting is already done. What better way to go about it? Goalies take longer to develop!

On the topic, I think there's a very good cgance that you'll see the Sabres go to the BCHL this season and grab a particular center on his way to the NCAA. More on that in a week or two....

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