4/2-3 Recap: McNabb moves on; season sets for Sundher

Brayden McNabb scored a goal and an assist Sunday in a little over thirty minutes of ice time as Kootenay advanced to the second round of the WHL playoffs with a 6-4 win over Moose Jaw. McNabb, who has six points in the playoff year, opened scoring on his first shift of the game when he capitalized on a defensive lapse and buried a shot top shelf. The ICE will wait for the finish of the Medicine Hat/Brandon series before learning who their next opponent will be. The match-up will mark just the second time that McNabb will skate beyond the first round.

In the OHL, Zack Kassian (-1) notched a pair of assists as Windsor coughed up a three-goal lead in a 6-5 loss at resilient Erie. The Otters win forces a deciding game #7 Tuesday night in Windsor. Skating on a line with Stephen Johnston and Kenny Ryan, Kassian missed a chunk of time in the third period after limping off the ice with an unknown ding. The 6'3 wing has scored just once in six playoff games but had added seven assists while being tougher on the puck.

On Saturday, Kevin Sundher scored a power play goal and two assists as Chilliwack's season came to an end with a 6-4 loss at Spokane. Sundher ends the playoffs with three goals and four assists for the Bruins were in the five-game bouncing. The 6'0 center missed an opportunity to score his fourth goal of the series when he was stopped on penalty shot in the second period.

In the USHL, Christian Isackson scored a goal and an assist as Sioux Falls moved into 2nd place with a 3-2 win over Omaha. Isackson, who cashed his 17th goal in his usual slot position, remains the Herd's leading scorer with 43 points in 56 games.
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Dave
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Monday, April 04, 2011 ×

Any more info on what happened with McIlrath and McNabb at the end of the game?

Thanks!

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Kris Baker
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Monday, April 04, 2011 ×

That was pretty much it. McIlrath tried getting him to go as the final buzzer went. Short lived high sticks/scrum. You could see it coming. The two weren't really on the ice at the same time until the end.

Real good game for McNabb.

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 ×

Good stuff Kris. Keep the updates comin...

I'm cheerin for Windsor tonite, so that our top 3 picks from 09, will make it to the 2nd round of playoffs. Gotta love playoff experience.
Cheers.

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 ×

Kris: Given the depth of puck-moving defenseman in the system, and dearth of dangerous scorers, do you think Pysyk was the right move last year? I noticed all four of the first-round forwards picked behind him had relatively successful seasons. - Dan

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 ×

Kris: can foligno McNabb and kassian play for portland if their teams are eliminated ? Doug

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Kris Baker
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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 ×

Doug - Yes, every CHLer is eligible for the AHL once their jr season is done. McNabb, Kassian and Foligno are the guys that would make the most sense for ATO work this year.

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Kris Baker
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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 ×

Dan - I like Pysyk very much. Heading into last draft, I was not considering any dmen though, even a good one that dropped to the 20's as Pysyk did. The Sabres clearly drafted with a best player available philosophy and took a guy they had rated in their top 12. Hard to pass up, so I understand the pick.

If Riley Sheahan or Beau Bennett were available, I think you would have seen the Sabres go a different route.

The system needs a few center prospects. I'll be banging that drum again this year for sure. Lots of mid-round talent that I like this year....

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 ×

Kris, would you say there is a high need for more speed among our prospect forwards? Watching Sunday's win against Carolina I noticed how hardly any guys could really leg it out. Sure there may have been some fatigue, but I'm thinking we could really concentrate the next draft on speed. what do you think?

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 ×

...with the exception of Gerbe, Ennis, and I'll throw in Byron, we don't have that many guys with a great set of wheels, and are getting big bodies in Adam and Kassian - but a real lack of dangerous speed up front. Van and Pommers have had a few breakaways this year too but I'd like to see more lightening

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, April 05, 2011 ×

Kris,
I know we have a lot of defensive talent in the system and obviously, not all of them will pan out. If they were to reach their potential, where do you see each of them in terms of pairings? For example, I see McNabb as a 1-2 pairing with Myers... Where do you see Pysyk? Biega, Brennan... and potential future pairings???
Thanks

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