2/18 Recap: McNabb continues mastery as streaks build

Brayden McNabb scored a goal and an assist Friday to lead Kootenay to a 4-1 victory over Medicine Hat. The even-strength marker, McNabb's 16th of the season and 24th point in his last 15 games, gave the Ice a 1-0 lead at 11:02 of the first period. The 6'4 minute-eater, who also registered a +3 rating on the night to elevate his season mark to +24, remains the #3 scorer among WHL defensemen with 16-40-56 in 46 games. The 24-point run is the most productive 15-game stretch of McNabb's WHL career.

Elsewhere in the Dub, Corey Fienhage (+1) scored  his fourth goal of the year to help Kamloops to a 4-3 overtime win over Edmonton. The big defenseman's beaming wrister from just inside the blueline gave the Blazers a 2-0 lead in the first period. Mark Pysyk finished +1 with a boarding minor for the Oil Kings. Pysyk continues to lead his club with a +25 rating.

Kevin Sundher (-4) earned an assist as Chilliwack got hammered by Tri-City, 6-2. The apple coming from tipped shot net, his 57th point of the year, puts the 6'0 pivot on a five-game point streak. Matt MacKenzie (-1) did not connect on any of the six TC goals but did land a shot or two when he took on Blair Wentworth in the final minutes to earn his fourth major of the season:



In the OHL, Steven Shipley (-2) scored his 16th goal of the year as Niagara lost at Erie, 5-2. The 6'3 center has goals in two straight games after potting just two in his previous 15 contests. After being nearly a point-per-game player a season ago, Shipley's third OHL season is closer to resembling that of his rookie year when he scored 16 goals and 39 points in 63 games. Through 52 games this season, the center has collected 16 goals and 37 points for the talented IceDogs. There's just enough time for Shipley to roll up his sleeves and up his compete level as the playoffs approach.

Zack Kassian picked up an assist to extend his point streak to five games as Windsor overcame a four-goal deficit to defeat Plymouth, 7-5. The 6'3 wing has three goals and six assists over the stretch after having just a pair of helpers in his previous eight games.

Gregg Sutch notched a primary assist as Mississauga won in the shootout over Kitchener, 5-4. Sutch returned to the lineup after being scratched in two of the previous three games - all Majors losses.

In the USHL, Christian Isackson  scored his 12rth goal of the year as Sioux Falls got past Cedar Rapids, 2-1. The 6'0 Isackson buried a high wrister at 10:21 of the third to tie the game before the Herd would complete the comeback with :05 remaining in regulation. The Gopher commit now has three goals and four assists over his season-best five-game point streak.

In the college ranks, Mark Adams picked up a assist as Providence lost at #15 Boston University, 2-1. The secondary helper at the 18:34 mark of the third period was the second career collegiate point for the 6'3 freshman blueliner.

Drew MacKenzie (-3) assisted on the game's first goal just :33 in but it was all the Catamounts would get as Vermont got torched by #8 New Hampshire, 6-1. The junior defenseman now has points in four straight games and a line of 3-9-12 in 27 games.

Justin Jokinen skated even as Minnesota State downed #5 Minnesota-Duluth, 3-1. The junior forward has one assist in his last six games.

Brad Eidsness was again the #2 goaltender as #2 North Dakota battled to a 3-3 tie at St. Cloud State.

Nick Eno served as backup to Andrew Hammond as Bowling Green played to a 2-2 tie with Northern Michigan.
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Sunday, February 20, 2011 ×

Kris, do you think the combination of tougher prospects and talented list of d-men makes up a little for the lack of bonafide goal scorers amongst our prospects, or should we really hope for an early pick or new addition through trade? Sure Adam might get there with time and we have our boy Ennis, but I am almost annoyed we have so many prospect d-men they are not going to even know what to do with, many with notable attributes. What forwards should we really look forward to as far as goal scoring potentia? It sounds like Kassian will be more of an assist-machine.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011 ×

*potential

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Dave
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Sunday, February 20, 2011 ×

Also speaking about Kassian, was his little zero-fest more a product of his bout with the flu or some other injury or something else?

Thanks as always.

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Kris Baker
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Friday, February 25, 2011 ×

2:20 - sorry for slow reply. I've been mssing these for some reason...

The defenseive depth has taken away from the lack of scoring depth. It only makes up for it if you use the D as a position of strength when dealing.

For example, I would not at all be surprsied if Brayden McNabb is traded at the deadline.

Scoring moving forward - this is where the Sabres need help. Zack and Marcus will get their goals down low. Luke will get his share near the paint, too.

Sundher will be another playmaking center...Tropp will work very hard to generate...

But they need help.

In fact, they will have some explaining to do if they fail to draft ALL forwards and goaltenders this draft. Take a year off with the D.

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Kris Baker
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Friday, February 25, 2011 ×

Dave - Kass was over the flu. No injuries either. He simply needs to move his feet and let his teammates know he's into the game. He plays his best when he comes back harder in his own and is engaged. If you're not jamming offensively, then jam it up physcially.

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