4/1 Recap: Duo looks to game six; April fools Nics

Zack Kassian earned an assist Friday, his sixth point of the series, as Windsor battled hard but lost in overtime to Erie, 6-5. Kassian was again a physical force, using his strength to generate puck pressure and record several shots, yet the effort was also marked by an undisciplined slashing penalty that allowed the Otters to take a three goal lead at the end of two periods. The Spits would answer by out-shooting the Otters 22-7 in the third en route to scoring three goals, including two 41-seconds apart with less than four minutes to play to force the overtime. Anthony Luciani's fourth of the night sealed it for the visitors at 4:03 of the OT to set-up a game #6 in Erie Sunday afternoon. Windsor holds a 3-2 series edge.

In the WHL, Brayden McNabb (+1) logged major minutes as Kootenay defeated Moose Jaw, 3-1, to take a 3-2 series lead. The 6'4 blueliner has a goal and three assists in the five games, while his +5 is currently tied for 3rd in the young WHL postseason. The ICE, who outshot the Warriors by a 48-29 margin, will look to close out the series Sunday in Moose Jaw.

In the QMJHL, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc was -1 as Rimouski saw their season come to an end with a 4-3 overtime loss to Gatineau. The offensive-minded rearguard was on the ice for a Nics power play tally and later as the Olympiques scored the game-tying goal against. The QMJHL's #2 scorer among defenseman in the regular season, Gauthier-Leduc posted a goal and two assists in the five-game playoff year.

In USHL play, Christian Isackson was -2 with two shots on goal as Sioux Falls lost to Indiana, 6-4. The Herd's leading scorer with 41 points (16+25), Isackson has now gone three games without a point for the first time since 12/19-1/1.
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Dave
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Saturday, April 02, 2011 ×

Morning Bakes,

Thoughts on the ATO's in Portland? Ostrow (Denver), Dimmen (Maine) and Moose Fienhage.

Also Bucci tweeted that Miele's down to a half dozen teams but didn't mention Buffalo.

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Anonymous
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Saturday, April 02, 2011 ×

Kris: do you know which juniors can play for portland when their teams are eliminated? thks doug

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Dave
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Saturday, April 02, 2011 ×

Bummed that Miele chose Phoenix, but this indicates he'll be in Phoenix for Monday practice: http://coyotes.nhl.com/club/podcastplayer.htm?pid=335&iid=30912 New mandate or not, I don't see the Sabres brain-trust making that sort of guarantee in a tight playoff race.

I suspect that may have been a condition of the signing, to burn one RFA year and move him closer to his second contract sooner.

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Saturday, April 02, 2011 ×

Too bad. How much better will Miele be than Byron though?

I agree that they have their sights set on an impact centre heading into next year rather than a project type cebtre like Miele

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Dave
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Saturday, April 02, 2011 ×

Impact or not, they need more than just one center at this point. They need multiple players at varying points in the development curve. This one is a missed opportunity.

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