11/28 Recap: Kassian cranking as deadline comes creeping

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, November 28, 2010 | 11/28/2010

Zack Kassian scored his 12th goal of the year and added three assists Sunday as Windsor smoked Peterborough, 7-2. The Spitfires (15-10-0-1) trailed 2-0 after the first period before exploding for seven unanswered goals including six in the final twenty minutes to cruise to the victory. Alan Quine ('11) scored a goal and Matt Puempel ('11) added a pair of assists for the losing Petes.

Kassian has been on a tear since reports surfaced that Windsor may make him available for trade. With three goals and 10 assists in his last fives games, Kassian now has 39 points through 21 games since being returned from the Sabres. By comparison, the burly forward posted just 12-19-21 in the 38 games he played in last year.

Elsewhere, Marcus Foligno (+1) recorded an assist as Sudbury disposed of London, 4-1. The power forward has slowed a bit, going eight games without a goal after lighting the lamp twelve times in his first 16 games back from Buffalo. The Wolves (8-17-1-0) will travel to Barrie on Thursday for a meeting with the last-place Colts.

Gregg Sutch (+1) did not register a point as Mississauga defeated Owen Sound, 6-3. The physical wing was called for a kneeing penalty in the second period, and because I'm filled with useless prospect information, I can tell you that's the fourth kneeing penalty taken this season by a Sabres draft pick. The Majors (22-2-0-1) will next take on Brampton on Thursday.

Steven Shipley did not factor into the scoring as Niagara defeated Belleville, 4-1. Shipley, who was the IceDogs only minus player in the win, has gone five consecutive games without scoring a point. The 6'3 forward will look for a turnaround Thursday when Niagara (15-7-2-1) takes the 401 into Windsor to face Kassian and the Spits.

In the QMJHL, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (+2) gathered a power play assist as Rimouski shot past Quebec, 5-1. The win ends a two-game skid for the Oceanic (15-15), who will get a day off before hosting Victoriaville on Tuesday.

In the WHL, Riley Boychuk was -1 as Portland lost in the shootout to Medicine Hat, 3-2. The 6'5 wing added an elbowing minor to his portfolio, and continues to lead all Sabres prospects with 55 PIM. The Winterhawks (21-5-0-3) will host Kootenay on Wednesday.

In the lone Sunday college game, Drew MacKenzie finished -3 as Vermont got blown out by #7 Boston College, 6-0. The struggling Catamounts (1-6-4) are off until next Sunday when they travel to UNH.

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