4/19 Recap: Season ends for MacKenzie

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | 4/20/2011

Matt MacKenzie logged a -3 Tuesday as Tri-City saw their season come to a close with a 5-4 overtime collapse at Spokane. The Ams held a three-goal lead before falling apart in the third, allowing the Chiefs to score four unanswered goals in the first nine minutes of the period. TC would get one back on the power-play to force OT, but Spokane outworked the Americans to advance to meet Portland in the Western Conference Final. The 19-year old MacKenzie finishes the post-season with one goal, four assists, and a -1 rating in 10 games.

In the OHL, Zack Kassian finished -2 as Windsor lost game #1 of the OHL Western Conference Final to Owen Sound, 8-1. The Spits looked a little gassed coming off a one day break between rounds, allowing five goals in the middle frame to fall behind 7-1 heading into the third. After potting a hat trick in Sunday's clincher over the Spirit, Kassian was active offensively in the opening twenty before the Attack took control for the remainder. The Spits are going to need Kassian to show up ready to go for Thursday's game #2 in Windsor.

Steven Shipley skated -1 as Niagara opened the OHL Eastern Conference Final with a 3-0 shutout loss to Mississauga. Sabres 2010 fifth-rounder Gregg Sutch was a healthy scratch for the Majors, while 2011 eligible Ryan Strome earned a rare fighting major for the IceDogs. The teams will reconvene Thursday in St. Catharines for game #2.


Anonymous said...

Kris, although I don't think MacKenzie will be offered a contract this year, I am surprised that I have not heard anything about Foligno being offered one. I would have thought that they would have gotten him signed up so he would have had some AHL experience this year.

Kris Baker said...

Me too but I'm beginning to suspect that Foligno needed some recovery time (pre-playoff knee injury flare up?) before they could get him there. Would he have passed physical for the ATO?...It's possible (and likely) that they're talking deal to get him set-up for next season, but wondering if that's why he's not there right now.

Honestly I think MacKenzie is ready to play in Portland next season. Numbers game right now, but I'd advocate locking him in. Will be 20 by 12/31 so it's plausible.

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