1/2 Recap: Foligno factors; Kassian's slumber continues

Marcus Foligno scored his sixth goal of the season on Saturday as Sudbury lost to last-place Niagara, 5-2. The 6'3 banger took a pass in from the blueline and snapped home a shorthanded tally late in the second period to give him two goals and three assists over his current four-game point streak.

Nick Crawford (-2) picked up an assist for Barrie in their 6-3 win over Peterborough. The offensive struggles continued for Petes captain Zack Kassian, who went without a point for the seventh time in his last eight games.

Jordon Southorn, whose name continues to be linked to Patrick Roy's Quebec Remparts, was +1 with an assist as PEI lost to Cape Breton, 4-1. Maxime Legault finished +2 for the Screaming Eagles.

Jacob Lagacé finished -3 as Chicoutimi was outgunned by Drummondville, 4-2.

In NCAA play, Justin Jokinen banged home a rebound for his third goal of the season as Minnesota State blanked RIT, 3-0.The sophomore made a few nice offensive plays in the game as coach Troy Jutting mixed-and-matched lines.

At the Shillelagh Tournament in Illinois, Brad Eidsness made 19 saves as #6 North Dakota beat Niagara, 3-1. The win ups the sophomore's season record to 9-5-2. Sioux blueliner Corey Fienhage finished the night even with a shot on goal and a roughing minor. North Dakota will square off with #20 Notre Dame in Sunday's tourney final.

In Burlington, Drew MacKenzie was +1 as Vermont defeated Alabama-Huntsville, 4-3. The unranked hosts will play #12 Minnesota-Duluth for the Catamount Cup on Sunday.

Nick Eno served as back-up in Bowling Green's 3-1 loss to Minnesota at the Dodge Holiday Classic in Minneapolis. The loss puts the Falcons record at 2-15-2 heading into Sunday's third-place game against Clarkson. Eno is expected to get the start.

In the USHL, Mark Adams recorded a shot on goal as Chicago held off Lincoln, 2-1.
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Sunday, January 03, 2010 ×

now i realize its early but to me kassian either lacks high end skill or is mentaly fragile because he clearly hasn't found his potential. Perhaps he should model his game after some different? it seems like he can be a different player if he just focused on the less manly attributes. have they ever tried him at center? id rather have a lindros then lucic.

Crawford and Lagacé have been a pleasent surprize.

Kris Baker
Sunday, January 10, 2010 ×

Kassian still time. I wonder if wearing the C makes him think he has to do too much. In terms of modeling, pick a solid third line guy and watch him pursue the puck and gain ground beneath the opponent's faceoff circles.