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Written By Kris Baker on Monday, February 28, 2011 | 2/28/2011



NOTABLE
- Kevin Sundher's ten-game point streak is the second longest this season next to Zack Kassian's 11-gamer wrapped around the World Junior Championship
- Brayden McNabb ranks 3rd in WHL points for defensemen; currently on four-game point streak
- Jerome Gauthier-Leduc tied for 8th in QMJHL points for defensemen; currently on three-game point streak
- Steven Shipley had five-game point streak snapped on 2/27
- Christian Isackson had six-game point streak snapped 2/25

INFIRMARY
Marcus Foligno has missed 10 games (knee)
Mark Pysyk has missed one game (upper body)
Riley Boychuk has missed two games (concussion)
Dennis Persson has missed two games (lower body)
Alex Biega has missed 10 games (knee)
Drew Schiestel out for the year (knee)

WELCOME BACK
Cedrick Henley returned to VDO lineup on 2/25 after missing 42 games (corrective wrist surgery)

I'll be adding more info later after my morning meetings...
2/28/2011 | 4 comments | Read More

2/26 Recap: Shipley dishes as Dogs pound Petes

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, February 27, 2011 | 2/27/2011

Steven Shipley (+3) hit for three assists Saturday as Niagara pounded Peterborough, 8-2. The even strength apples make it points in five straight games for the 6'3 Shipley, whose move back to center seems to be paying dividends for the Dogs. After a hot and cold first half, Shipley been a point-per-game player (3+9) in his last dozen games while flanked by Myles Doan and Darren Archibald. Archibald, who cashed the first of Shipley's helpers, suffered an upper body injury in the first period and did not return.

Gregg Sutch did not point as Mississauga struggled in a 4-1 loss to Belleville. The 6'2 wing hasn't scored since New Year's Day, and has just two assists in his last 12 games. Meanwhile the CHL's #4 ranked Majors are slowing at the wrong time with a 5-5 mark in their last 10 games.

Brayden McNabb (-2) posted a pair of assists as Kootenay lost to Kamloops, 8-5. The assists raise McNabb's season point total to 52 (19+43), good for third among WHL defensemen, while his 13 even-strength goals from the blueline rank second in all Canadian juniors. Fellow 6'4 property Corey Fienhage (-1) did not get in on any of the Blazers goals.

Kevin Sundher dished a one-time feed to extend his career-best point streak to nine games as Chilliwack stumbled against Vancouver, 5-1. The six-footer has gathered three goals and 12 assists over the stretch for the ninth-place Bruins, who will continue to fight for their playoff lives Sunday vs. Prince George.

Matt MacKenzie played -2 as Tri-City was downed by Spokane, 3-1. Having gone nine games without a point, the 6'2 MacKenzie is amidst the longest offensive slumber since his WHL rookie season back in 2007-08.

Mark Pysyk did not play due to an upper body injury as Edmonton skated past Lethbridge, 5-2. The OK's captain is listed as day-to-day and could return as early as Monday.

Riley Boychuk missed his second straight game due to injury as Portland defeated Seattle, 4-3.

In the QMJHL, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc connected for a pair of assists as Rimouski lost to Quebec, 5-2. The power play helpers put the 18-year old on a three-game point streak (2+3) while elevating him to seventh among Q defensemen with 10-33-43 in 54 games.

Cedrick Henley recorded three hits and a shot on goal in his second game back from wrist surgery as Val-d'Or got whacked by Bathurst, 8-3. Undrafted Zach O'Brien had a hat trick for the Titan.

In the USHL, Christian Isackson assisted on the game-winning goal as Sioux Falls rallied to a 3-2 win at Des Moines. The Jr. A rookie has connected for points in seven of his last eight, with a Friday assist being taken away after the game when the final scoresheet was submitted.

In NCAA play, Connor Knapp made 26 saves to earn his seventh win of the year as #11 Miami defeated Lake Superior, 4-1. With a CCHA first-round bye and Knapp looking poised to pounce on the job like he did last season, RedHawks coach Enrico Blasi will have two weeks to decide on Knapp versus the regular Friday starter, Cody Reichard. Senior free agent Andy Miele had a goal and an assist to be come the first Miami player to eclipse the 60-point mark since 1996-97.

Drew MacKenzie finished +1 with three shots on goal as Vermont lost to #15 Boston University, 3-1. The Catamounts will wrap-up the regular season schedule next weekend when they host Lowell.

Also from Hockey East, Mark Adams was -1 with a hooking minor as Providence lost to Lowell, 7-2. The Friars move on to face #4 Merrimack on Friday.

In the WCHA, Brad Eidsness served as back-up as #1 North Dakota defeated Bemidji State, 5-2. The rested junior has started just one out of the last 26 Sioux contests.

Nick Eno did not play as Bowling Green closed out their regular season with a 2-0 loss at Michigan State. The senior is expected to remain as the #2 when the Falcons open the CCHA playoffs next weekend at Northern Michigan.
2/27/2011 | 3 comments | Read More

2/25 Recap: Streaks continue; Henley returns as injuries mount

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, February 26, 2011 | 2/26/2011

Kevin Sundher extended his point streak to eight games Friday with a goal and an assist as Chilliwack defeated Vancouver, 6-4. Sundher's power play marker, his 20th of the year, tied the game at two apiece late in the first period. The 6'0 pivot has collected three goals and 11 assists over the career-long streak.

Brayden McNabb scored an insurance goal and an assist as Kootenay defeated Prince Albert, 4-1. The empty-netter, McNabb's 19th goal of the year, gives the 6'4 defenseman 60 points through 50 games to go along with a solid +25 rating.

Mark Pysyk scored his fifth goal of the year before suffering an upper body injury as Edmonton lost at Lethbridge, 6-3. Pysyk, who tallied on the power play for his second goal in as many games and sixth point in his last three, left the game after the first period and did not return. The extent of the injury will be better known when the Oil Kings get back to Edmonton.

Corey Fienhage played even as Kamloops got past Medicine Hat, 6-5 in the shootout. The Blazers trailed 5-1 in the third period before exploding for four unanswered goals to gain the momentum en route to the shootout win.

Matt MacKenzie skated even as Tri-City defeated Seattle, 5-2. The 6'2 defender has gone eight games without a point - his longest slumber since an eight-game stretch in December of 2008.

Riley Boychuk (day to day) sat out with a concussion as Portland lost to Everett, 2-0. The Silvertips scored a pair of short-handed goals to secure the win.

In the QMJHL, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc scored a goal for the second straight game as Rimouski downed Montreal, 3-2. The Juniors took a 2-0 lead on the first shift of the second period before the Oceanic struck for three goals in the nest five minutes. Gauthier-Leduc's power play tally, his 10th of season, tied the game at 5:13 with the game winner coming just :40 later. The Nics win despite being outshot 43-28 including a whopping 20-1 margin in the third period.

Cedrick Henley returned to the Val-d'Or lineup after a 42-game absence in the Foreurs lost to Moncton, 6-4. The 6'5 forward did not factor in any of the Foreurs goals in his first game back but did earn a five-minute major and game misconduct midway through the third period after a hit from behind. Henley had four goals and five assists in 12 games before having corrective wrist surgery.

In the OHL, Zack Kassian failed to get on the scoresheet in Windsor's 4-2 win at Sault Ste. Marie. The 6'3 ox came to play earlier in the season, getting points in 23 of 26 games leading up to his appearance with Team Canada. In 23 games since returning from the tourney though, Kassian has skated without a point nine times.

Gregg Sutch got back in the lineup but did not point as Mississauga defeated Brampton, 5-3. The 6'2 grinder has seven goals and 23 points this season.

In the USHL, Christian Isackson picked up an assist to extend his point streak to seven games as Sioux Falls defeated Tri-City, 4-3. The power play apple gives Isackson 4+5 over the streak while upping his season totals to 13-18-31 in 41 games.

In the NCAA, Drew MacKenzie scored his fourth goal of the season as Vermont overcame a three-goal deficit to tie Boston University, 3-3. Like many of MacKenzie's goals, this one came as he again made his way into the slot to unleash a backhander to cut the Terriers lead to 3-2. The ex-Waterloo Blackhawk now has six points in his last six games. The rally begins midway throigh the below clip:



Mark Adams recorded an assist as Providence played to a 3-3 tie with Lowell. The 6'3 freshman, who has yet to score a goal for the Friars, now has points in two of his last three games.

Connor Knapp did not play as Miami trounced Lake Superior, 8-1.

Nick Eno served as back-up as Bowling Green came up short in a 2-1 loss to Michigan State.
2/26/2011 | 5 comments | Read More

2/24 Recap: Shipley looking to get on track

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, February 25, 2011 | 2/25/2011

Steven Shipley earned a power play assist to extend his point streak to four games Thursday as Niagara doubled Erie, 6-3. After being a point-per-game player through his first 15 starts (5+10), the 6'3 forward has gone on to produce a total of 39 points in 54 games (.72 pts/gm). Last season through 54 games, Shipley produced at slightly over a point-per-game clip by amassing 21 goals and 55 points. Entering the year I spoke of an upped compete level as the key to Shipley's growth moving forward. Taking hits to make plays...playing with more passion. We need to see it more, but for now the move back to center has helped his game come around.

Elsewhere, Zack Kassian posted an assist as Windsor downed Ottawa, 4-1. The big wing, who moved to the left side on a line with Taylor Carnavale and Jake Carrick, has 24 goals and 70 points in 47 games this season.
2/25/2011 | 0 comments | Read More

2/23 Recap: Pysyk adds grease as Oil Kings roll

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, February 24, 2011 | 2/24/2011

Mark Pysyk (+2) cashed a goal and three assists Wednesday as Edmonton bested Calgary, 8-5. The 4-on-4 tally was Pysyk's fourth of the season, while the four-point night equals his career-best set on December 3rd just days after being announced to the Team Canada Selection Camp roster. The 6'1 defender has 17 points has in his last 19 games and a line of 4-30-34 +29 on the year.

Elsewhere in the WHL, Brayden McNabb scored his 18th goal of the year as Kootenay was stopped by Red Deer, 5-4. The 6'4 captain has goals in four of his last five games and 13 points total in his last ten. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ('11) had an assist and a season-low -3 for the Rebs.

Corey Fienhage registered an assist and a +3 rating as Kamloops earned a 5-4 shootout win over Lethbridge. After sinking to a cumulative -15 through late January, the big defender is +7 in his last 10 games.

Riley Boychuk assisted on the game's first goal as Portland sneaked past Prince George, 6-5. The give-and-go helper gives the 6'5 power forward a career-best 31 points (15+16). Boychuk was later injured up high and is currently listed as day-to-day.
2/24/2011 | 0 comments | Read More

2/22 Recap: McNabb equals mark

Brayden McNabb scored a power play goal Tuesday as Kootenay defeated Kelowna, 4-2. The mark gives the 6'4 defenseman 17 goals and 57 points through 48 games for totals identical to what he finished with in 64 games of 2009-10. The difference in production this season comes at even strength, where he's lit the lamp 11 times versus just six even-strength tallies in 2009-10.

Matt MacKenzie did not point as Tri-City lost to Everett, 3-2. After getting eight points in his first dozen games with the Ams, the the 6'2 blueliner has gone seven games without getting on the sheet.

Riley Boychuk picked up a high sticking minor as Portland doubled Prince George, 6-3. The physical forward has been whistled for a penalty in eight straight games.
2/24/2011 | 0 comments | Read More

2/21 Recap: MacKenzie nabs star

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | 2/23/2011

Matt MacKenzie played even to earn the game's #3 star Monday as Tri-City lost to rival Spokane, 5-1. The Ams offense could only muster 10 shots on goal in the final forty minutes while MacKenzie showed good poise and effort in his own end to earn the nod from the local voters.

In the OHL, Zack Kassian saw his six-game point streak come to an end as Windsor was stopped by London, 3-2. Kassian, who skated the majority of his shifts with Stephen Johnston and Kenny Ryan, had collected 3+7 over the stretch to boost his season totals to 24-45-69.

Gregg Sutch did not play as Mississauga continued to sputter with a 5-2 loss to Kitchener. Sutch, who has made less of an impact since suffering a head injury at the same time that talented Russian Maxin Kitsyn joined the club, was one of just Majors skaters to not register a point in Sunday's thumping of Niagara.
2/23/2011 | 6 comments | Read More

2/20 Recap: Gauthier-Leduc does part; Sundher extends

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (+1) scored a goal and an assist Sunday as Rimouski stumbled against Lewiston, 4-3. After netting 20 goals last year including 10 on the power play, the offensive-minded rearguard has nine goals and 31 assists in 52 games this season for the Oceanic. The multi-point effort was the second in the last five games for the third year man.

In the WHL, Kevin Sundher notched another assist to extend his point streak to seven games as Chilliwack lost in a shootout to Seattle, 4-3. Sundher, who has a career-best 40 helpers to accompany his 19 goals, missed as the second Bruins shooter in the deciding frame.

In the OHL, Gregg Sutch logged a +1 as Mississauga sent a message to the OHL's Eastern Conference with a 10-1 stomping of Niagara. The 6'2 forward, who has been in and out of the lineup of late, was one of two Majors skaters to not get on the scoresheet. The 2nd ranked Majors had lost three of their previous before before dealing the CHL's #7 IceDogs their third consecutive loss. Steven Shipley assisted on the lone Niagara goal and
2/23/2011 | 0 comments | Read More

2/19 Recap: Trio enjoys six-pack; Eno bids adieu

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, February 20, 2011 | 2/20/2011

Kevin Sundher continued to surge with his 19th goal of the season Saturday, but Chilliwack skidded to their third straight loss, 6-3 at Portland. The third-round pivot buried a feed off a steal from behind the net at 9:49 of the second period to extend his point streak to six straight games (2+9). Fellow 2010 pick Riley Boychuk (2 PIM) did not factor into any of the goals for the Winterhawks (39-16-0-3), who clinched a playoff berth with the win. Portland moves on to face Prince George on Tuesday, while Sundher and the Bruins (24-29-2-2) will continue their road run Sunday at Seattle. (it's worth noting that Boychuk's fight on has been added to 1/23 recap. Always good to go back and see Sundher's one-punch KO as well...)

In the USHL, Christian Isackson notched his 13th goal of the season as Sioux Falls rallied for three goals in the final 12-minutes of play to stun Sioux City, 4-3. The crafty forward, who has nine goals in his last 15 games, has collected points in six straight for an even 30 (13+17) on the year. The Stampede (23-14-5) next play Friday at Tri-City.

In the OHL, Zack Kassian picked up a late assist as Windsor lost to Plymouth, 4-3. Kassian, whose helper came with :09 left in regulation, now has points in six consecutive tilts (3+7), while his 69 points rank second on the Spits behind Ryan Ellis' 79. Windsor (31-20-2-3) travels to London on Monday.

Elsewhere, Mark Pysyk (+2) earned an assist as Edmonton was bested in the shootout by Lethbridge, 6-5. The even-strength apple, his 27th of the season, gives Pysyk 30 points on the season. The Oil Kings (26-27-2-5) will look to rebound Wednesday against Calgary.

Matt MacKenzie played even as Tri-City was dominated by Spokane, 6-2. After netting eight points in his first 12 games with the Americans, the 6'2 defender hasn't appeared on the sheet in his last five. Tri-City (36-16-2-2) have a tough match-up on Monday when they host Spokane.

Corey Fienhage finished -1 as Kamloops dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to Red Deer. Ryan Hugent-Hopkins ('11) notched a pair of assists for the Rebels. The Blazers (26-31-3-1) will get back at it Wednesday at Lethbridge.

Brayden McNabb finished -1 as Kootenay was defeated by Saskatoon, 5-3. The Ice (38-18-1-2) will host Kelowna on Tuesday.

In the Q, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc skated -1 as Rimouski lost in a shootout to Victoriaville, 4-3. The Nics (27-28-1-2) will have to regroup quickly for a Sunday tilt with Lewiston.

On senior night in Bowling Green, Nick Eno allowed three goals on 19 shots in the final home game of his collegiate career as the Falcons lost to Northern Michigan, 3-2. The senior netminder falls to 4-10-1 in 16 appearances this season, while the loss drops him to 21-38-5 for his BGSU career. The 6'3 Eno enjoyed ups and downs in his four seasons in Ohio, ousting Flames prospect Jimmy Spratt as the #1 guy as a freshman before an ankle injury sidelined him as sophomore. Upon return to health, he found himself in Spratt's shoes with a worthy challenger emerging in Andrew Hammond for his final two seasons. The Falcons (8-22-4) close their season Friday at Michigan State.

In other NCAA action, Drew MacKenzie (+1) saw his four-game point streak snapped as Vermont played to a 2-2 tie with #8 New Hampshire. The Catamounts (7-17-6) return to action Friday at Boston University.

Justin Jokinen registered two shots on goal as Minnesota State was dumped by #5 Minnesota-Duluth, 6-2. The Mavericks (14-14-6) have a week odd before closing their regular season schedule with a home set against Alaska-Anchorage.

Mark Adams punched one shot on goal as Providence was shut out by #15 Boston University, 1-0. The Friars (7-16-7) host Lowell on Friday.

Brad Eidsness did not play as #2 North Dakota squeaked out a 3-2 win over St. Cloud State. The Sioux (22-8-3) will play out their WCHA schedule against Bemidji and Michigan Tech over the next two weekends. After one start in the Sioux's last 25 games, one would think that the junior would get a look in at least one of those four games.
2/20/2011 | 0 comments | Read More

2/18 Recap: McNabb continues mastery as streaks build

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, February 19, 2011 | 2/19/2011

Brayden McNabb scored a goal and an assist Friday to lead Kootenay to a 4-1 victory over Medicine Hat. The even-strength marker, McNabb's 16th of the season and 24th point in his last 15 games, gave the Ice a 1-0 lead at 11:02 of the first period. The 6'4 minute-eater, who also registered a +3 rating on the night to elevate his season mark to +24, remains the #3 scorer among WHL defensemen with 16-40-56 in 46 games. The 24-point run is the most productive 15-game stretch of McNabb's WHL career.

Elsewhere in the Dub, Corey Fienhage (+1) scored  his fourth goal of the year to help Kamloops to a 4-3 overtime win over Edmonton. The big defenseman's beaming wrister from just inside the blueline gave the Blazers a 2-0 lead in the first period. Mark Pysyk finished +1 with a boarding minor for the Oil Kings. Pysyk continues to lead his club with a +25 rating.

Kevin Sundher (-4) earned an assist as Chilliwack got hammered by Tri-City, 6-2. The apple coming from tipped shot net, his 57th point of the year, puts the 6'0 pivot on a five-game point streak. Matt MacKenzie (-1) did not connect on any of the six TC goals but did land a shot or two when he took on Blair Wentworth in the final minutes to earn his fourth major of the season:



In the OHL, Steven Shipley (-2) scored his 16th goal of the year as Niagara lost at Erie, 5-2. The 6'3 center has goals in two straight games after potting just two in his previous 15 contests. After being nearly a point-per-game player a season ago, Shipley's third OHL season is closer to resembling that of his rookie year when he scored 16 goals and 39 points in 63 games. Through 52 games this season, the center has collected 16 goals and 37 points for the talented IceDogs. There's just enough time for Shipley to roll up his sleeves and up his compete level as the playoffs approach.

Zack Kassian picked up an assist to extend his point streak to five games as Windsor overcame a four-goal deficit to defeat Plymouth, 7-5. The 6'3 wing has three goals and six assists over the stretch after having just a pair of helpers in his previous eight games.

Gregg Sutch notched a primary assist as Mississauga won in the shootout over Kitchener, 5-4. Sutch returned to the lineup after being scratched in two of the previous three games - all Majors losses.

In the USHL, Christian Isackson  scored his 12rth goal of the year as Sioux Falls got past Cedar Rapids, 2-1. The 6'0 Isackson buried a high wrister at 10:21 of the third to tie the game before the Herd would complete the comeback with :05 remaining in regulation. The Gopher commit now has three goals and four assists over his season-best five-game point streak.

In the college ranks, Mark Adams picked up a assist as Providence lost at #15 Boston University, 2-1. The secondary helper at the 18:34 mark of the third period was the second career collegiate point for the 6'3 freshman blueliner.

Drew MacKenzie (-3) assisted on the game's first goal just :33 in but it was all the Catamounts would get as Vermont got torched by #8 New Hampshire, 6-1. The junior defenseman now has points in four straight games and a line of 3-9-12 in 27 games.

Justin Jokinen skated even as Minnesota State downed #5 Minnesota-Duluth, 3-1. The junior forward has one assist in his last six games.

Brad Eidsness was again the #2 goaltender as #2 North Dakota battled to a 3-3 tie at St. Cloud State.

Nick Eno served as backup to Andrew Hammond as Bowling Green played to a 2-2 tie with Northern Michigan.
2/19/2011 | 5 comments | Read More

2/17 Recap: Shipley shows passion as Dogs lose

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, February 18, 2011 | 2/18/2011

There was just one game on the prospect slate Thursday, with Steven Shipley scoring a goal and getting in his first fight since training camp as Niagara lost to his former mates from Owen Sound, 4-3. Shipley, who continues to center Myles Doan and Darren Archhibald, scored his 15th goal of the year before engaging Jesse Blacker later in the second. The tilt was the first for the 6'3 forward since he dropping the gloves (and briefly dealing with a hand injury) in training camp while still a member of the Attack.


2/18/2011 | 0 comments | Read More

2/16 Recap: Kassian begins late season cruise

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 2/17/2011

Zack Kassian scored a goal and an assist Wednesday as Windsor suffered a 5-3 loss to Kitchener. The big forward has three goals, including two on the power play and two game winners, and five assists over his current four-game point streak to add to his line of 24-43-67 on the year. He skated without a point in four games leading up to the streak.

Gregg Sutch did not play as Mississauga got hammered by Oshawa, 8-2. Dogged by injuries and unspectacular play of late, the the grinder has been scratched two of the past three games. Along the way, the CHL's #2 ranked Majors have hit a three-game losing skid for the first time this season.

In the Q, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc posted five shots on goal as Rimouski defeated PEI, 3-2 in the shootout.
On Tuesday, Corey Fienhage played even as Kamloops earned a 3-2 shootout win over Tri-City. Matt MacKenzie was -1 with two minor penalties including a delay of game call with 3:40 left in regulation. 
2/17/2011 | 0 comments | Read More

2/13 Recap: Kassian cashes in

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, February 14, 2011 | 2/14/2011

Zack Kassian scored his second straight game-winning goal Sunday and added two assists as Windsor hammered Sarnia, 8-0. The points, two of which came on the power play, give Kassian a career-high 65 on the year. His previous career best was 63 set in 2008-09 with Peterborough. 

Gregg Sutch finished -2 as Mississauga stumbled for the second straight game with a 4-2 loss to Ottawa. The grinding forward has just one assist and a -4 rating in his last eight games.

Steven Shipley did not factor as Niagara defeated Brampton, 3-1. The 6'3 center has a goal and four assists in his last 10 games. Ryan Strome ('11) had three assists for the IceDogs.

In the WHL, Kevin Sundher extended his point streak to four games with an assist as Chilliwack got whacked by Tri-City, 6-1. Sunder has 14 points (3+11) in his last 10 games. Matt MacKenzie was even with a pair of minor penalties for the Americans.

Mark Pysyk (+2) picked up an assist on the game's first goal as Edmonton edged Swift Current, 3-2. The steady defender improves his line to 3-26-29 and a sturdy +24 rating in 50 games.

In the USHL, Christian Isackson had an assist and his first USHL fighting major as Sioux Falls downed Tri-City, 6-2. The 6-footer ate one at the start before earning a clear victory over 5'9 Jason Binkley.
2/14/2011 | 0 comments | Read More

2/12 Recap: Sundher in gear; Boychuk stays on edge

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, February 13, 2011 | 2/13/2011

Kevin Sundher scored the game winning goal, his 18th of the year, as Chilliwack handled Kelowna, 4-1. The Surrey, BC native has eight points in his last three games and a total of 55 on the year. In 13 January contests, Sundher had just nine points. The Bruins (24-26-2-2) will test their three-game winning streak on Sunday when they take on Tri-City.

Riley Boychuk scored his 15th goal of the year as Portland upended Seattle, 8-2. Boychuk, who has 13 points in his last 14 games, has also been whistled for a penalty in eight of his last nine. In Saturday's win he racked up an aggressive cross-checking/roughing double-minor in the game's fourth minute before settling in. The 'Hawks (38-16-0-3) are off until next Saturday when they take on Chilliwack.

Brayden McNabb scored his 15th goal of the season and added an assist as Kootenay held off Swift Current, 6-4.  The multi-point effort keeps him in third place among WHL defenders with 54 points. The Ice (37-17-1-2) host Medicine Hat on Friday.

Matt MacKenzie managed a +1 a Tri-City was smoked by Spokane, 7-2. The surging Americans (34-15-2-1) have won seven of their last ten.

Corey Fienhage was -1 as Kamloops lost to Vancouver, 3-2. Draft eligible Andrej Stastny, 20, had a power play goal and an assist for the Giants. Fienhage and the Blazers (24-31-2-1) host Tri-City on Tuesday

Mark Pysyk was -2 with a pair of minor penalties as Edmonton lost to Brandon, 6-4. The Oil-Kings (25-27-1-4) are back at it on Sunday at Swift Current.

In the QMJHL, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc notched an assist as Rimouski edged Baie-Comeau, 4-3. The Oceanic (26-28-1-1) return to action Wednesday against PEI.

In USHL action, Christian Isackson picked up a key assist as Sioux Falls edged Sioux City in a shootout, 5-4. Isackson was cresited with the helper when his faceoff win created a point pass to the slot for the game-tying goal with :20 to play in regulation. The Stampede (20-14-5) return to action Sunday against Tri-City.

In the NCAA, Connor Knapp returned to the Miami nets after serving as backup for four games, making just 16 saves as #12 Miami defeated #15 Western Michigan, 3-1. The win was Knapp's sixth of the year for the RedHawks, who will get a week off before closing their CCHA schedule in two weeks at Lake Superior.

Justin Jokinen registered four shots on goal as Minnesota State lost to #19 Colorado College, 2-1. The junior used his size and quick feet to get some nice scoring chances late but was unable to beat CC frosh Josh Thorimbert. The Mavs will get a tough WCHA test next weekend when they host #3 Duluth.

Nick Eno earned the Saturday night look for his first start since January 28th, making 30 saves as Bowling Green was swept by #10 Notre Dame, 5-1. The senior dips to 4-9-1 with a 3.21 goals against average and .885 save percentage.

Mark Adams logged a +1 as Providence played to a 3-3 tie with Massachusetts. The Friars are at #14 Boston University on Friday.

Brad Eidsness was the reserve goaltender as #5 North Dakota swept Alaska-Anchorage, 3-1.

Drew MacKenzie was dinged up in the Cats Friday night win and did not play as Vermont lost to #18 Maine, 4-2.
2/13/2011 | 0 comments | Read More

2/11 Recap: Sundher keeps dishin'; Kassian kicks funk

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, February 12, 2011 | 2/12/2011

Kevin Sundher piled three assists for the second straight game Friday as Chilliwack won a 5-4 shootout decision over Kelowna. The 6'0 center, who also helped get the Bruins tiebreaker off on the right foot with a goal as the first shooter, now has 53 points through 51 games. His 36 assists match the total he posted in all of 2009-10 (72 games).

In the OHL, Zack Kassian potted the game winning goal Friday as Windsor defeated London, 5-2. The backhand wraparound goal, his 22nd of the season, ended a nine-game scoring drought for the 6'3 wing while leaving him one point shy of tying his career-best point total of 63 set in 2008-09 with Peterborough. The nine-game slumber was his longest stretch without a goal since an 11-game run last season turned out to be his last 11 games in a Peterbrough uniform.

Steven Shipley picked up an assist as Niagara dumped Barrie, 7-0. The Dogs unloaded five goals in the final period to improve their mark to an impressive 35-11-2-4.

Gregg Sutch was even as Mississauga lost to Plymouth, 4-3. The Majors, currently the #2 team in the CHL rankings, suffer just their ninth regulation loss of the season (40-9-0-2).

In the QMJHL, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc registered a pair of power play assists as Rimouski blanked Baie-Comeau, 3-0. The 18-year old remains tied for 11th in scoring among league rearguards with 37 points.

Elsewhere in the WHL, Mark Pysyk notched his third goal of the year and added an assist as Edmonton lost in a shootout to Moose Jaw, 5-4. It was the fifth multi-point effort of the season for the steady defender.

Brayden McNabb finished +2 as Kootenay downed Regina, 5-1. Despite the quiet night, the 6'4 McNabb remains third in WHL scoring for defenseman with 52 points.

Matt MacKenzie picked up a power-play assist as Tri-City shut down Portland, 5-0. Winterhawks forward Riley Boychuk added to his busy week at 9:03 of the second period when he paired high sticking and instigator minors with his fifth fighting major of the year.





 
 In USHL play, Christian Isackson scored his 10th goal of year as Sioux Falls lost to Tri-City, 3-2. The power play marker gives Isackson seven goals in his last 11 games.

In NCAA action, Justin Jokinen scored his ninth goal of the year as Minnesota State won a 5-1 decision at #19 Colorado College. The 6'3 junior buried a one-timer on a feed from behind the net to give the Mavs an early 1-0 lead.

In Hockey East, Drew MacKenzie (+1) had an assist as Vermont routed #18 Maine, 7-2. The junior blueliner has points in three straight games.

Mark Adams was even as Providence lost to #1 Boston College, 3-0.

Brad Eidsness did not play as #5 North Dakota defeated Alaska-Anchorage, 6-1. Eidsness has started just one of the past 22 Sioux games.

Nick Eno backed-up Andrew Hammond for the fourth straight game as Bowling Green came up short at #10 Notre Dame, 2-1. Hammond made 36 saves in defeat and will likely retain his #1 position in the Falcons net.

Connor Knapp served as backup to Cody Reichard for the fourth straight game as #12 Miami and #15 Western Michigan played to a 3-3 tie.
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2/9-10 Recap: Boychuk thrives in 'Hawk romp

In Wednesday WHL play, Riley Boychuk popped off for a goal and two assists as Portland doubled Spokane, 10-5. The three-point night gives the 6'5 forward 12 points in his last 13 games and a total of 29 (14+15) on the year. The Winterhawks dominated on the scoreboard despite being outshot by a 48-29 margin. Late in the third with the game well in hand, Boychuk earned a roughing minor after coming to the aid of goalie Mac Carruth:



Also from the Dub, Corey Fienhage logged a +3 as Kamloops thrashed Seattle, 6-1. Colin Smith ('11) had a goal and an assist for the Blazers.

In the OHL, Steven Shipley finished -1 as Niagara defeated Kingston, 3-1. Ryan Strome ('11) had an assist for the victorious Dogs.

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On Thursday, Gregg Sutch assisted on the game winning goal as Mississauga beat Barrie, 5-3. The helper ended a five-game point slumber for the checking forward.


Zack Kassian (-2) picked up an assist as Windsor lost a tough one to Owen Sound, 6-4. The helpers ends a four-game point drought for the slumping forward.
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2/8 Recap: McNabb juggles apples

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 | 2/09/2011

In Tuesday WHL play, Brayden McNabb (+3) extended a helping hand with a career-best tying four assists as Kootenay bested Regina, 7-4. The four-apple stacking ties McNabb's previous mark set earlier this season versus Calgary. The 6'4 blueliner, who remains the WHL's third-leading defensive scorer, has 17 points (5+12) in his last ten games and a total of 52 on the year. The Ice (35-17-1-2) return to action Friday for a rematch with the Pats.

In Edmonton, Mark Pysyk finished +2 as Edmonton came from behind to defeat Prince George, 6-5. The Oil Kings trailed 5-2 at the second intermission before uncorking four unanswered goals in the final twenty minutes. Dylan Wruck ('11) completed the comeback with his 32nd goal of the season with 1:33 to play. Pysyk has a +24 rating through 47 games this season after compiling a -19 last season in 48 contests (+43 turnaround). Edmonton (25-26-1-3) travels to Medicine Hat on Friday.

In other news, Sudbury captain Marcus Foligno is expected to miss a couple weeks of action after being diagnosed with a sprained MCL. The grinding forward, who has 21 goals and 51 points this season, should be healthy for the Wolves OHL playoff run. Foligno has been particularly effective in the 2011 schedule, notching points in ten of 12 games since returning from the World Junior Championship.
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2/5-6 Recap: Sundher dishes three; Foligno remains out

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, February 7, 2011 | 2/07/2011

Kevin Sundher dished a career-best three assists Saturday as Chilliwack edged Kamloops, 4-3. The three-point night, Sundher's highest output since a two-goal, two-assist outing back on November 26th against Portland, helped fuel the Bruins effort to snap a six-game losing streak. Corey Fienhage finished even for the Blazers.

Brayden McNabb played even as Kootenay defeated Vancouver, 5-2. Recent 20-year old pick-up Andrej Stastny had a goal and an assist for the Giants. The 6'4, 212-pound center has six goals and seven assists in 15 games since joining the Giants after the World Junior Championship. At the tourney in Buffalo, the Slovakian pivot scored a goal and an assist in six games.

Riley Boychuk earned an assist, a fighting major, and the game's #2 star as Portland throttled Tri-City, 8-2. The big winger was strong on the forecheck, helping pin the Ams deep while at one point setting a screen on the third 'Hawks goal. Tri-City defenseman Matt MacKenzie was scratched at gametime due to illness.

Mark Pysyk played even as Edmonton lost to Everett, 3-1. The steady defender has four assists and a +4 rating his last five games.

In the USHL, Christian Isackson (-1) had a goal and an assist as Sioux falls lost to Lincoln, 6-3. The 6'0 Isackson, who currently ranks second on the Stampede with 24 points, received a centering pass from behind the net to cash his 10th goal of the year on the backhand at 8:25 of the third period. The future Gopher has two goals and two assists his last four games.

In the OHL, Steven Shipley crashed the net for his14th goal of the year as Niagara shut out Brampton, 2-0. The 6'3 Shipley, who has moved to the third-line center position between Myles Doan and Darren Archibald, was later whistled for a spearing double-minor at the tail end of period two.

Zack Kassian finished -1 as Windsor got dominated by Erie, 8-2. The 6'3 forward saw time at all three forward positions in the first period before he, Alex Khokhlachev, Nick Ebert, and Jack Campbell were benched midway through the second due to what the coaching staff deemed lazy, uncompetitive efforts.

Marcus Foligno was a game time decision but did not play as Sudbury defeated Peterborough, 4-3. The Wolves captain was injured in the first period of Friday's game and did not return.

In the QMJHL, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc skated -1 with a shot on goal in Rimouski's 3-2 loss to Val-d'Or. The mobile rearguard is currently tied for 11th in scoring among QMJHL defensemen.

In NCAA action, Drew MacKenzie had a goal and an assist as Vermont steamrolled Providence, 7-1. The junior defenseman scored his second power-play goal in as many nights when his backhand pass towards the crease banked off a skate and into the Friars net. Mark Adams was even on the Providence blueline.

In WCHA play, Justin Jokinen posted four shots on goal as Minnesota State lost to Bemidji State, 4-1. The quiet weekend was his first set of games without a point since December 10th and 12th against North Dakota.

Connor Knapp served as backup for the third straight game as #13 Miami shutout #8 Michigan, 3-0. Senior UFA Andy Miele, 22, had three assists for the RedHawks to raise his national-leading point total to 54 (16+38) in 30 games played.

As expected, Nick Eno backed-up Andrew Hammond as Bowling Green lost to #16 Western Michigan, 3-1.

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On Sunday, Zack Kassian finished +1 as Windsor regrouped from the previous night's shellacking to earn a 7-1 win over Brampton. Kassian began the game on the third line with Kerby Rychel and Kenny Ryan before moving up to play Tom Kuhnhackl and Alex Khokhlachev. Kassian worked harder on the forecheck and provided a couple scoring chances by using his feet, but was unable to register a point for the seventh time in his last eight games.

Marcus Foligno missed his second game in a row with a knee injury as Sudbury lost to Oshawa, 5-4.
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2/4 Recap: Foligno injured; MacKenzie strikes for Cats

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, February 5, 2011 | 2/05/2011

Marcus Foligno goes mid-air for goal #21. Photo by John Lappa
Marcus Foligno scored his 21st goal of the season before being injured Friday as Sudbury whooped Saginaw, 8-2. Foligno's power play gem, a breakaway tally scored in mid-air after being hacked at from behind, created a 2-0 lead at 12:22 of the first period as the Wolves would go on to rattle off the first five goals of the game. Later in the period, Foligno fell to the ice with what appeared to be a left knee injury and did not return. It sounds like Foligno was walking around after the game, but I still wouldn't be surprised if he was held out of Saturday's contest at Peterborough depending on how sore he was in the morning.

In Hockey East, Drew MacKenzie scored his second goal of the season as Vermont played to a 1-1 tie with Providence. A crashing MacKenzie broke a scoreless tie on the power play at 4:07 of the second period when he jumped to towards the front of the Friars net to bury a backhand rebound. Providence freshman Mark Adams contributed three shots on goal. The clubs will play it back on Saturday. MacKenzie's goal comes early in the clip below:





Elsewhere, Gregg Sutch finished +1 as Mississauga dominated Sarnia, 6-3. The grinding forward has been hampered of late, and has not recorded a point in his last five games. Nail Yakupov ('12) had a goal and two assists and Alex Galchenyuk ('12) had two assists to pace the losing Sting.

In the QMJHL, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc registered four shots on goal as Rimouski was shut out by Val-d'Or, 2-1. The Oceanic and Foreurs will rematch on Sunday.

Out west, Corey Fienhage was -1 while seeing quite a bit of ice as Kamloops defeated Chilliwack, 2-1. Kevin Sundher, who continued to center the Bruins' #2 line, did not get on the sheet to keep his season line at 17-30-47. The recently-fueled rivalry will continue with a Saturday night rematch.

Matt MacKenzie finished +2 as Tri-City toppled Spokane, 5-2. The Americans will catch a bus to Portland for a key Saturday match-up.

Riley Boychuk (-1, 2 PIM) did not score as Portland closed out Edmonton, 5-2. Mark Pysyk finished -1 for the Oil Kings, who will complete their four-game U.S. road trip Saturday night at Everett.

In WCHA play, Justin Jokinen punched five shots on goal as Minnesota State edged Bemidji State, 2-1. It was a pretty solid all-around effort from the junior right wing, blocking shots in his own end while using his speed to gather loose pucks to create offensive opportunities.

Nick Eno did not play as Bowling Green ground out a 1-1 tie with #16 Western Michigan. BGSU coach Chris Bergeron announced this week that he'd be abandoning the "Eno on Friday/Andrew Hammond on Saturday" goalie rotation, instead opting to ride the hotter hand for the rest of the schedule. As a result, Eno sat for the series opener and may have to wait some additional time before getting back between the Falcons pipes after Hammond's 31-save #1 star performance.

Connor Knapp did not play as #13 Miami downed #8 Michigan, 4-2. Given a strong week of practice, it's fair to think that Knapp gets the nod on Saturday as Cody Reichard made good stops as needed but wasn't "stellar" in the RedHawks victory.

In the USHL, Christian Isackson had three shots on goal as Sioux Falls lost to Lincoln, 2-1. Buffalo native and Niagara commit Sal Alfieri scored his sixth goal of the season for the Stars. The two clubs will go at it again on Saturday.
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2/3 Recap: Kassian drops mitts; Shipley gets helper

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, February 4, 2011 | 2/04/2011

Zack Kassian failed to get on the scoresheet Thursday as Windsor lost in the shootout to Mississauga, 4-3. Gregg Sutch returned to the Majors lineup, finishing -1 in the win.

Kassian, whose post-WJC hangover has included a battle with a flu bug, has earned a point in just one of his past six games. The 6'3 banger did register his fifth fighting major of the season on the opening shift of the game when he took on the Majors' Rob Flick.




Elsewhere, Steven Shipley picked up a late power play assist as Niagara cruised to a 6-2 win over Sault Ste. Marie. The 6'3 forward now has points in two of his last three games. Ryan Strome ('11) had a goal and two assists to lead the Dogs.
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2/2 Recap: MacKenzie's late pair leads Ams to victory

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, February 3, 2011 | 2/03/2011

Matt MacKenzie showed why he was a prime trade deadline target Wednesday, scoring a pair of clutch goals late to lead Tri-City to a 4-3 come from behind win over Edmonton. MacKenzie forced overtime when he smoked a point shot on the power play with just under five minutes to play in regulation. Moments later the 6'2 defender would end the game with another big power play shot just :53 seconds into the extra session. MacKenzie now has four goals in 10 games with the Ams after having two goals in his first 40 with Calgary. Mark Pysyk picked up an assist for the losing Oil Kings to advance his season line to 2-24-26 +20.

Elsewhere, Kevin Sundher scored a goal and an assist as Chilliwack's losing skid hit six games with a 6-4 defeat at Kelowna. Sundher's even strength marker, his 17th of the season, came when he buried a point-shot rebound midway through the first period to give the Bruins an early 2-1 lead. The 6'0 center has posted multi-point games in two of his last three after a 17-game run or single or zero point efforts.

Corey Fienhage scored his third goal of the year as Kamloops came up short against Everett, 3-2. After following the play deep, Fienhage took a feed and buried a backhand from the left slot past an out-of-position Kent Simpson. Fienhage's solid all-around play was rewarded with the game's #3 star.

Brayden McNabb finished -1 as Kootenay lost to Calgary, 3-1. The Ice had won the previous seven meetings this season between the two clubs.

In the QMJHL, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc notched a pair of assists as Rimouski lost to Chicoutimi, 5-3. The offensive-minded 18-year old has eight goals and 27 assists in 45 games this season, with five of those helpers coming in his last five games. Last season, he posted 20 goals and 26 assists in 68 games.

In USHL play, Christian Isackson (-2) connected for a shot on goal as Sioux Falls lost at Omaha, 3-1. Seth Ambroz ('11) notched his 16th goal of the year for the Lancers.
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2/1 Recap: McNabb keeps pace as Ice freeze Hitmen

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 | 2/02/2011

Brayden McNabb (+2) continued his hot streak Tuesday, posting a goal and two assists as Kootenay spanked Calgary, 8-0. McNabb’s power play tally, his 14th of the season, came when he snapped a wrister from the point through traffic. The 6’4 defenseman has 48 points this season, including a 16 (5+11) in his last nine games, while posting 13 multi-point efforts. The Ice (33-16-1-2) return to action Wednesday for a rematch with the Hitmen.

Mark Pysyk (+1) earned an assist as Edmonton doubled Seattle, 4-2. The assist gives the team captain and even 25 points on the year, eclipsing his previous career high of 24 set last season. The Oil Kings (24-24-0-3) will travel to Tri-City on Wednesday.

In the OHL, Marcus Foligno (-1) was unable to point as surging Sudbury rode the shootout to a 3-2 win over Sault Ste. Marie. The Wolves captain, who saw a four-game point streak snapped in the loss, dropped the gloves with Carson Dubchak in the third period for his fifth scrap of the year. The shootout victory was just the second outing without a point in eleven games since returning from the WJC. The Wolves (19-26-2-1, 7-2-0-1 in last 10) host Saginaw on Friday.
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