2/11 Recap: Sundher keeps dishin'; Kassian kicks funk

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, February 12, 2011 | 2/12/2011

Kevin Sundher piled three assists for the second straight game Friday as Chilliwack won a 5-4 shootout decision over Kelowna. The 6'0 center, who also helped get the Bruins tiebreaker off on the right foot with a goal as the first shooter, now has 53 points through 51 games. His 36 assists match the total he posted in all of 2009-10 (72 games).

In the OHL, Zack Kassian potted the game winning goal Friday as Windsor defeated London, 5-2. The backhand wraparound goal, his 22nd of the season, ended a nine-game scoring drought for the 6'3 wing while leaving him one point shy of tying his career-best point total of 63 set in 2008-09 with Peterborough. The nine-game slumber was his longest stretch without a goal since an 11-game run last season turned out to be his last 11 games in a Peterbrough uniform.

Steven Shipley picked up an assist as Niagara dumped Barrie, 7-0. The Dogs unloaded five goals in the final period to improve their mark to an impressive 35-11-2-4.

Gregg Sutch was even as Mississauga lost to Plymouth, 4-3. The Majors, currently the #2 team in the CHL rankings, suffer just their ninth regulation loss of the season (40-9-0-2).

In the QMJHL, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc registered a pair of power play assists as Rimouski blanked Baie-Comeau, 3-0. The 18-year old remains tied for 11th in scoring among league rearguards with 37 points.

Elsewhere in the WHL, Mark Pysyk notched his third goal of the year and added an assist as Edmonton lost in a shootout to Moose Jaw, 5-4. It was the fifth multi-point effort of the season for the steady defender.

Brayden McNabb finished +2 as Kootenay downed Regina, 5-1. Despite the quiet night, the 6'4 McNabb remains third in WHL scoring for defenseman with 52 points.

Matt MacKenzie picked up a power-play assist as Tri-City shut down Portland, 5-0. Winterhawks forward Riley Boychuk added to his busy week at 9:03 of the second period when he paired high sticking and instigator minors with his fifth fighting major of the year.





 
 In USHL play, Christian Isackson scored his 10th goal of year as Sioux Falls lost to Tri-City, 3-2. The power play marker gives Isackson seven goals in his last 11 games.

In NCAA action, Justin Jokinen scored his ninth goal of the year as Minnesota State won a 5-1 decision at #19 Colorado College. The 6'3 junior buried a one-timer on a feed from behind the net to give the Mavs an early 1-0 lead.

In Hockey East, Drew MacKenzie (+1) had an assist as Vermont routed #18 Maine, 7-2. The junior blueliner has points in three straight games.

Mark Adams was even as Providence lost to #1 Boston College, 3-0.

Brad Eidsness did not play as #5 North Dakota defeated Alaska-Anchorage, 6-1. Eidsness has started just one of the past 22 Sioux games.

Nick Eno backed-up Andrew Hammond for the fourth straight game as Bowling Green came up short at #10 Notre Dame, 2-1. Hammond made 36 saves in defeat and will likely retain his #1 position in the Falcons net.

Connor Knapp served as backup to Cody Reichard for the fourth straight game as #12 Miami and #15 Western Michigan played to a 3-3 tie.

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