12/18 Recap: Shipley scores in old barn; Eidsness returns

Steven Shipley scored his 10th goal of the year Saturday as Niagara earned a key road win over Owen Sound, 5-2. The game was Shipley's first against his former teammates after a September exchange since him south to St. Catharines. Ryan Strome ('11) scored his 19th of the season for the IceDogs, who will now break until their game against Oshawa on the 29th.

In the WHL, Brayden McNabb extended his point streak to seven games with an assist while earning his second fighting major of the year as Kootenay coughed up a loss to Red Deer, 6-4. The Ice held a 4-1 lead after the opening twenty minutes before allowing the Rebs to shut them out with five unanswered goals the rest of the way. The Kootenay captain was ornery throughout, earning 19 minutes in penalties including five for dropping his gloves with 6'2 Josh Cowen in the second period.



Also from the Dub, Riley Boychuk was -1 with a slashing minor as Portland stumbled against Seattle, 4-2. For the second straight night, the 6'5 forward took a penalty that resulted in a power play goal against.

Mark Pysyk finished +1 as Edmonton was defeated by Saskatoon, 4-2. Brent Benson ('11) had a pair of goals to pace the winning Blades.

Corey Fienhage finished -1 with a roughing minor as Kamloops was upended by Prince George, 3-2.

In the QMJHL, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc had an assist in Rimouski's 2-1 overtime win over Baie-Comeau. After scoring 20 goals last season, the 6'2 right-hander has just four through his first 31 games and none in his last eleven.

In the college ranks, Brad Eidsness earned the exhibition nod, making 21 saves in his first start since November 19th as North Dakota defeated the Team USA U18's, 2-1. Eidsness made several key saves as the game wore on, earning the praise of his teammates and coaches in post-game interviews below. Eidsness starts things off for the first 2+ minutes. UND coach Dave Hakstol later speaks.



Drew MacKenzie (injured, day-to-day) did not play as Vermont lost at St. Lawrence, 6-4.

In the USHL, Christian Isackson contributed four shots on goal as Sioux Falls lost in a shootout to Fargo, 4-3. The 6'0 pivot was stopped at the third Herd shooter to end the game.
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Anonymous
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Monday, December 20, 2010 ×

I'm glad to see Eidsness get a big win.

Its looking to me that both Eidsness and Knapp will be battling in Portland next year.

However, neither is clear cut #1 right now.

I'm a little worried...

Should I be?

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010 ×

I was at the UND vs USA game on Saturday. Eidsness showed some very quick feet and a great glove hand. His only weakness was playing the puck, as he gave it away a couple of times that lead to scoring chances.

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Kris Baker
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 ×

12:25: No need to be worried just yet. I think Knapp (Jr.) and Eno (Sr.) will get consideration this year. Eidsness is a skilled netminder, but he's still a junior (not reading into his accelerated course work leading to getting is degree in three years) and has only played in just six games thus far. As of now, a lot has to change in the second half of the season if he is to turn pro.

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Kris Baker
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 ×

11:14: Eidsness is very athletic, but you're spot-on regarding puckhandling. I still see some issues w/ rebounds and positioning. Over-committing on lateral plays, improper reactions to pucks coming off the backboards, etc...Overall I still like his approach (only NoDak goalie to make 40 starts in his freshman and sophomore seasons), but he needs to get on a roll and get his job back.

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