4/13 Recap: Foligno finished; McNabb mackin'

Marcus Foligno scored a goal and an assist Wednesday in what should be the final game of his junior career as Sudbury was swept via a 4-3 overtime loss to Mississauga. The 6’3 winger, who #1 star of the game reminded folks that he wasn't eager to complete his OHL playing days, ends his playoff year with two goals, one assist, one fight, and a -10 rating in eight games. Barring injury, Foligno is expected to report to the Portland Pirates in the coming days on an ATO to hopefully extend his physical brand for a few more weeks of action. Gregg Sutch was a healthy scratch for the Majors, who dug themselves out of a 3-0 hole by quick-striking thrice in the last ten minutes to force the OT.

Also from the OHL, Steven Shipley (+1) recorded an assist as Niagara steamrolled to firm control of their second round series with a 6-1 win over Oshawa. The 6’3 center has yet to score a playoff goal but has collected four assists through the first eight games. The IceDogs will look to close things out Friday at home.

In the WHL, Brayden McNabb bagged a pair of assists as Kootenay completed the Eastern Conference semi-final sweep of Saskatoon with a 5-2 win. The ICE captain has collected 14 points (3+11) and a +12 rating through his first 10 games this postseason. Kootenay looks well-oiled and hopes to not lay idle for too long while waiting for the winner of the Red Deer/Medicine Hat series.

Riley Boychuk skated even as Portland downed Kelowna, 4-2. The victory gives the Winterhawks a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series with game #5 Friday in Portland.

In the USHL, Christian Isackson cashed a pair of goals on six shots on net as Sioux Falls opened their 2011 playoff campaign with a 5-1 win over Sioux City. Isackson drilled a power play one-timer from the left circle to open scoring before later dancing around Matt Skoff for his second goal of the night to make it a 3-0 in the middle frame. The clubs will continue to sink their teeth into the series Thursday in SF.
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MJPalis
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Thursday, April 14, 2011 ×

Would Foligno going to Portland be under Regier's control or would that be something the Pirates do directly?

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Kris Baker
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Thursday, April 14, 2011 ×

Regier is actually the GM of the Pirates as well. More from a business perspective though. Dineen works and helps sign guys exclusively for Portland, but in the instance of Foligno this is all Sabres.

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Anonymous
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Thursday, April 14, 2011 ×

Why not Pysyk?

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boos
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Friday, April 15, 2011 ×

i hope foligno heads to portland...kevin dineen has been doing an outstanding job with the pirates in general and the youngin's in particular...

every prospect brought up to the big club seems well prepared for the nhl game...and i'll point to marc-andre gragnani's performance last night which was, in the words of lindy ruff, "excellent"...

i really hope that dineen is with the sabres organization for a long time...

any idea how long dineen's signed for, kris?

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Kris Baker
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Friday, April 15, 2011 ×

6:27 - Pysyk still young and needs time to physically mature. Next season is a big year for him. Will be captain of a front-runner in the Dub, will probably captain Team Canada U20 as well (which begins in his hometown). With Development Camp and Canada Evaluation Camp this summer, it's good to give him time to rest and heal.

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Kris Baker
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Friday, April 15, 2011 ×

Boos - Dineen and Weinrich are on one-year deals right now, so they're up again at end of season.

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boos
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Friday, April 15, 2011 ×

thx, kris...

i believe dineen was up for the blue jackets job before scott arniel got it...

would hate to lose him...maybe lindy's assistant next season?

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Dave
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Saturday, April 16, 2011 ×

Kevin has some familial considerations in Portland (kids are in school) so it would likely a good offer to get him somewhere... and that offer would likely have to be as the head coach somewhere.

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 ×

These player rankings are ridiculous.
Marcus Foligno is the 5th best prospect in the Sabres system?
That's laughable, he's a non-factor playing in his final year in junior

The Sabres have 12 prospects ranked higher than Gragnani?

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