Nick Eno continued his excellent play in the Bowling Green crease Friday, stopping 26 of 27 shots en route to a 2-1 road win win at Northern Michigan. The 6'3 junior has now won his last two starts to up his season mark to 3-3 with a 3.01 goals against average and .891 save percentage. Even with consecutive strong showings by Eno and Andrew Hammond's not-so-hot appearance last weekend, the Falcons goaltending rotation may continue on Saturday as Chris Bergeron prefers the continuity of the status quo.
Elsewhere in NCAA play, Drew MacKenzie posted a pair of assists as Vermont remained winless with a 3-2 loss to #7 Boston College. The multi-point outing was the fourth of MacKenzie's career and first since last February against BU. The two clubs will go at ti again on Saturday at Gutterson.
Justin Jokinen scored his third goal of the season as Minnesota State hung tough in a 3-2 loss at #15 Denver. The junior forward's 15-foot wrister evened the game at a goal apiece before the end of the opening twenty. The goal was Jokinen's first since October 9th, snapping an eight-game drought. The Mavs and Pios will play it back on Saturday.
Freshman Mark Adams was even as Providence's 3-1 handling of Alabama-Huntsville. The 6'3 defenseman is -2 with three minor penalties through his first ten NCAA contests, and will look for his first point when the teams rematch on Saturday.
"Mr. Saturday Night" Connor Knapp served as backup as Cody Reichard pitched a shutout in #4 Miami's 4-0 win over #14 Alaska. Knapp will ready to go on Saturday.
Brad Eidsness watched for the third straight game as Aaron Dell posted a 16-save shutout in #10 North Dakota's 1-0 win over #13 Wisconsin. There is still a chance that Sioux bench boss Dave Hakstol goes with Eidness on Saturday. Stay tuned.
In the WHL, Riley Boychuk scored his sixth goal of the year as Portland saw their ten-game winning streak come to an end in a 4-3 loss to Saskatoon. The hulking forward also received a ten-minute misconduct for his participation in a first-period line brawl sparked by a big Nino Niederreiter hit. Boychuk now has three goals in his last two contests and is playing his best hockey right now for a well-oiled Winterhawks club.
Kevin Sundher went without a point for the second straight game as Chilliwack lost to Red Deer, 4-3. Consensus top-3 pick for next June, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, finished -1 for the Rebels.
Mark Pysyk (+1) had a power play assist as Edmonton lost to Spokane, 4-3. Michael St. Croix ('11) also had an assist for the Oil Kings.
In the OHL, Gregg Sutch (+3) had a goal and an assist as Mississauga cruised past Sudbury, 8-4. Marcus Foligno matched Sutch with a goal and an assist of his own for the losing Wolves to up his season total to 22 points (12+10) through 16 games. Sudbury forward John McMarland went down with an ankle injury in the third period and looks to miss a fair amount of time as the OHL trade activity starts to heat up.
Zack Kassian had an assist as Windsor lost to defensive-minded Plymouth, 2-1. The Spits' co-leader with 26 points, Kassian found himself blanketed by the Whalers top pairing of Austin Levi and Beau Schmitz for most of the game.
Jerome Gauthier-Leduc remained out of the lineup with an unspecified injury as Rimouski edged Chicoutimi, 5-4. Gauthier-Leduc, who missed both games of this week's QMJHL's CAN/RUS Super Series leg, is getting closer to returning after skating in non-contact drills at the 'Nics Thursday practice.
The Sabres other QMJHL prospect, Cedrick Henley, has been out of the Val-d'Or lineup since October 23rd after having surgery to repair a genetic wrist issue. I've yet to hear of a timetable on his return, but expect him to remain out for some time. The surgery was the same one that he had on his opposite wrist as midget.
In the USHL, Christian Isackson had a secondary assist on the game-winner as Sioux Falls defeated Omaha, 2-1. The Stampede return to action Saturday night versus Lincoln.
In Thursday action, Boychuk had his best game of the year for Portland, scoring in the first period and then tying the game on a deflection with three minutes remaining to force overtime as Portland extended their winning streak to ten games with a 5-4 win over Regina.
Brayden McNabb had an assist and was +3 as Kootenay doubled Calgary, 4-2. McNabb now points in three straight games. Matt MacKenzie (-1) posted an assist for the Hitmen, who are winless in their last 11 games.
Sundher saw his six-game point streak snapped as Chilliwack was handed a 5-1 loss by Vancouver. The 6'0 center had 11 points over the productive span to get move him up the Bruins scoring list after a slow start through his first couple of weeks.
Steven Shipley had a goal and an assist as Niagara pulled out a 5-4 win over Saginaw. The multi-point effort elevates Ship to a point-per-game player with 18 points (7+11) in as many games for the second-place IceDogs.
On Wednesday, Shipley (-1) and Mississauga banger Sutch (even) failed to register points in the Majors 3-1 win over the IceDogs.
Also from Wednesday OHL action, Kassian had a big night with two goals and an assist as Windsor took a 5-4 OT decision over London. With London a possible suitor for his services, Kassian was engaged throughout with cuts through the D and good possession plays down low to help the Spits to a big victory over their rival.
My apologies for mid-week lag...