2/26 Recap: Shipley dishes as Dogs pound Petes

Steven Shipley (+3) hit for three assists Saturday as Niagara pounded Peterborough, 8-2. The even strength apples make it points in five straight games for the 6'3 Shipley, whose move back to center seems to be paying dividends for the Dogs. After a hot and cold first half, Shipley been a point-per-game player (3+9) in his last dozen games while flanked by Myles Doan and Darren Archibald. Archibald, who cashed the first of Shipley's helpers, suffered an upper body injury in the first period and did not return.

Gregg Sutch did not point as Mississauga struggled in a 4-1 loss to Belleville. The 6'2 wing hasn't scored since New Year's Day, and has just two assists in his last 12 games. Meanwhile the CHL's #4 ranked Majors are slowing at the wrong time with a 5-5 mark in their last 10 games.

Brayden McNabb (-2) posted a pair of assists as Kootenay lost to Kamloops, 8-5. The assists raise McNabb's season point total to 52 (19+43), good for third among WHL defensemen, while his 13 even-strength goals from the blueline rank second in all Canadian juniors. Fellow 6'4 property Corey Fienhage (-1) did not get in on any of the Blazers goals.

Kevin Sundher dished a one-time feed to extend his career-best point streak to nine games as Chilliwack stumbled against Vancouver, 5-1. The six-footer has gathered three goals and 12 assists over the stretch for the ninth-place Bruins, who will continue to fight for their playoff lives Sunday vs. Prince George.

Matt MacKenzie played -2 as Tri-City was downed by Spokane, 3-1. Having gone nine games without a point, the 6'2 MacKenzie is amidst the longest offensive slumber since his WHL rookie season back in 2007-08.

Mark Pysyk did not play due to an upper body injury as Edmonton skated past Lethbridge, 5-2. The OK's captain is listed as day-to-day and could return as early as Monday.

Riley Boychuk missed his second straight game due to injury as Portland defeated Seattle, 4-3.

In the QMJHL, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc connected for a pair of assists as Rimouski lost to Quebec, 5-2. The power play helpers put the 18-year old on a three-game point streak (2+3) while elevating him to seventh among Q defensemen with 10-33-43 in 54 games.

Cedrick Henley recorded three hits and a shot on goal in his second game back from wrist surgery as Val-d'Or got whacked by Bathurst, 8-3. Undrafted Zach O'Brien had a hat trick for the Titan.

In the USHL, Christian Isackson assisted on the game-winning goal as Sioux Falls rallied to a 3-2 win at Des Moines. The Jr. A rookie has connected for points in seven of his last eight, with a Friday assist being taken away after the game when the final scoresheet was submitted.

In NCAA play, Connor Knapp made 26 saves to earn his seventh win of the year as #11 Miami defeated Lake Superior, 4-1. With a CCHA first-round bye and Knapp looking poised to pounce on the job like he did last season, RedHawks coach Enrico Blasi will have two weeks to decide on Knapp versus the regular Friday starter, Cody Reichard. Senior free agent Andy Miele had a goal and an assist to be come the first Miami player to eclipse the 60-point mark since 1996-97.

Drew MacKenzie finished +1 with three shots on goal as Vermont lost to #15 Boston University, 3-1. The Catamounts will wrap-up the regular season schedule next weekend when they host Lowell.

Also from Hockey East, Mark Adams was -1 with a hooking minor as Providence lost to Lowell, 7-2. The Friars move on to face #4 Merrimack on Friday.

In the WCHA, Brad Eidsness served as back-up as #1 North Dakota defeated Bemidji State, 5-2. The rested junior has started just one out of the last 26 Sioux contests.

Nick Eno did not play as Bowling Green closed out their regular season with a 2-0 loss at Michigan State. The senior is expected to remain as the #2 when the Falcons open the CCHA playoffs next weekend at Northern Michigan.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011 ×

I know you like those second round picks KB. The moves have only just begun but how you taking the Boyes trade?

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Kris Baker
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Monday, February 28, 2011 ×

I'm fine with Boyes coming in, but I'm hoping that they spent a 2nd rounder with the thought of at least trying him at center.

Once he shows Lindy that he can backcheck:

Vanek-Boyes-Pominville
Ennis-Connolly-Stafford
Hecht-Gaustad-Grier
Gerbe-McCormick-Kaleta
Niedermayer

I think that's the best application of four line hockey that this roster can give you.

They forced-fed Connolly the center position a year ago. It makes too much sense for them to at least try before the end of the regular season...

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Kris Baker
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Monday, February 28, 2011 ×

and regarding the 2nd rounder...

This team needs to draft some scoring forwards. coughing up a #2 obviously makes it tougher to amass that quality depth. That's why I'm hoping they can get the most out of Boyes and see if he can play center. If not, you added some real solid even strength offense down the wing.

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