2/8 Recap: McNabb juggles apples

In Tuesday WHL play, Brayden McNabb (+3) extended a helping hand with a career-best tying four assists as Kootenay bested Regina, 7-4. The four-apple stacking ties McNabb's previous mark set earlier this season versus Calgary. The 6'4 blueliner, who remains the WHL's third-leading defensive scorer, has 17 points (5+12) in his last ten games and a total of 52 on the year. The Ice (35-17-1-2) return to action Friday for a rematch with the Pats.

In Edmonton, Mark Pysyk finished +2 as Edmonton came from behind to defeat Prince George, 6-5. The Oil Kings trailed 5-2 at the second intermission before uncorking four unanswered goals in the final twenty minutes. Dylan Wruck ('11) completed the comeback with his 32nd goal of the season with 1:33 to play. Pysyk has a +24 rating through 47 games this season after compiling a -19 last season in 48 contests (+43 turnaround). Edmonton (25-26-1-3) travels to Medicine Hat on Friday.

In other news, Sudbury captain Marcus Foligno is expected to miss a couple weeks of action after being diagnosed with a sprained MCL. The grinding forward, who has 21 goals and 51 points this season, should be healthy for the Wolves OHL playoff run. Foligno has been particularly effective in the 2011 schedule, notching points in ten of 12 games since returning from the World Junior Championship.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011 ×

Mark Pysyk keeps coming up with a positive +/-. How? When he is out on the ice, is there a noticeable difference in the play of his teammates? Is he particularly vocal with his partner and directing traffic? Does he hypnotize the other team with his smooth skating?

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Saturday, February 12, 2011 ×

Kris, Just wondering what happened to Lagace???

Has he fallen off the planet?

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Kris Baker
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Friday, February 25, 2011 ×

7:14 - total hypnosis! Realy though, he's a smart player who is always in good position. Crisp first pass. Can carry it out of trouble. Huge minutes. For him to elevate his +/- on a pretty mediocre team speaks volumes of his consistency. He leads by communicating and simply being a smary player. It's not his offensive ability, although it's gotten much, much better. Huge seaASON FOR HIS CONFIDENCE.

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Kris Baker
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Friday, February 25, 2011 ×

2/12 2:36 - Lagace hasn't been good enough for Dineen. Just like Persson hasn't been good enough as d-man, so he's used two coast lerague guys as a pair and moved Dennis up to wing again...

Lagace has decent hands, but he's finding that the AHL is quite different than the Q. Everyone at this level is as good or better. Sending him down is s a message that he needs to work harder if he wants his shot someday.

Now of course he has since returned to Portland, but he better show some willingness to roll his sleeves up and play hard.

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