1/25 Recap: Sundher scores in loss; Amerks fall to Griffs

On Wednesday, Kevin Sundher scored for the second straight game as Brandon was blown out by Calgary, 7-2. The six-foot center, who has two goals and four assists in nine games as a Wheat King, now has 70 points (24+46) with 22 games remaining in the WHL regular season. He's been averaging 1.43 points-per-game in 2011-12, and he'll need to maintain that pace (actually 1.36 will do it) to eclipse the 100-point barrier.



Mark Pysyk finished -1 in a 5-4 overtime loss to Tri-City. Trading punches the entire way, the two clubs kept the goaltenders busy with a combined 90 shots on goal. The Oil Kings will welcome Sundher and the Wheat Kings to Rexall on Friday.

Nathan Lieuwen was given the night off as Kootenay lost to Lethbridge, 5-4. Lieuwen should be back between the pipes on Friday when the ICE host Prince Albert.

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In AHL play, the Rochester Americans couldn't overcome a three-goal deficit after the opening frame en route to a 4-1 loss to Grand Rapids. The Amerks had defeated the Griffins in the previous three meetings between the clubs this season.

The Rundown:
Schiestel: A, -1
Kassian: -1, 1 SOG
Lagace: -1, 2 SOG
Foligno: 4 SOG
Parker: -1, 1 SOG
Biega: -1, 4 SOG
Crawford: -1
Fienhage: -1, 1 SOG
Szydlowski: -1
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mjpalis
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Thursday, January 26, 2012 ×

Has Schiestel regressed this year? I haven't heard anything about him coming up, after his stellar play the past two years. And then he gets shelled last night.

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MJPalis
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Thursday, January 26, 2012 ×

Has Schiestel regressed this year? I haven't heard anything about him coming up, after his stellar play the past two years. And then he gets shelled last night.

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Kris Baker
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Thursday, January 26, 2012 ×

I don't think it's regression so much as it is fighting back from a major injury. These things take time. It didn't help that he was immediately sent back to the shelf this year with another knee issue. He's still an excellent player and still in the organizational plans. He just needs more time to get reps, get into routine.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 ×

Very good players do not regress, but as already been pointed out he needs to get reps and most likely his confidence back. i can not imagine what went through his head when he went down during his first game back with another knee injury. lucky for him it was nothing severe. He still is one of the best on the Amerks.

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Anonymous
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Thursday, January 26, 2012 ×

How is it a 'shelling'? 1 assist, 3 SOG, -1 in a 4-1 loss. BTW where was Persson?

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MJPalis
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Friday, January 27, 2012 ×

"Shelling" was probably too harsh. I thought Kris had just said he was on the ice for two of the three goals that the Griffins scored at the end of the first.
I really like Schiestel's game. I was just genuinely curious as to what he's done this year. I didn't realize that he had yet another injury. Hopefully, he can leave that behind in the minors.

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Kris Baker
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Monday, January 30, 2012 ×

MjPalis - yes, he hit a rut in the ice in his first game of the year, tweaking the opposite knee (not the one repaired spring/summer). As commenter stated, tough break physically and mentally.

Can't stress this enough about Schiestel: pro tool set all the way. Skating/shooting/nd much improved d-play since his days in the O. It's wise to stay the course while he gets his mojo back. Staying healthy is his and the Sabres ally.

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