11/23 Recap: Lieuwen backstops; Pysyk out again

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, November 24, 2011 | 11/24/2011

Nathan Lieuwen turned aside 25 shots Wednesday as Kootenay rode a six-goal second period to a 7-3 win at Kamloops. The win was Lieuwen's 12th of the year to go along with his league-best 1.88 goals against average (only WHL netminder under 2.00) and .934 save percentage. Winners of four straight, the ICE continue their B.C. Division run Friday at Kelowna.

Mark Pysyk missed his third straight game with an upper body injury as Edmonton dominated Lethbridge, 10-3. Pysyk is listed as day-to-day, giving him a chance of suiting-up Friday when the Oil Kings host Medicine Hat. The injury should not keep him from attending Team Canada's Selection Camp in a couple of weeks. The camp roster should be announced at the beginning of December.


Anonymous said...

Kris, does Joe Finley of ROC have NHL talent?

Kris Baker said...

When I watched Finley play YEARS ago at North Dakota, I thought he may have been the most overrated first round draft pick I had ever seen. I liked his size, but I didn't like his backwards skating as a "stay at home" guy. He has definitely improved since then. Right now he's a very good AHLer who could perhaps get a few spot calls here and there. It's hard to think of him as an everyday NHLer just yet.

Kris Baker said...

So basically....he has fringe NHL talent at this point. A year of injury free hockey in the A should improve his NHL outlook.

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