3/23 Recap: Shipley pots pair; Knapp's season complete

Steven Shipley scored a pair of third period goals Friday to earn the game's #3 star as Niagara dismantled Oshawa 6-1 in game #2 of the OHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal. The two-goal outing was Shipley's first in 20 career playoff games while the multi-point effort was his second. The victory gives the IceDogs a 2-0 series lead heading into Sunday's game #3.

In QMJHL action, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc scored on the power play as Rimouski opened the playoffs with an 8-5 win over Val-d'Or. Foreurs captain Cedrick Henley recorded an assist and a game-high five hits in defeat. The Nics will look to take a 2-0 series lead on Saturday.



In the NCAA East Region semifinal, Connor Knapp made 26 saves in his final game as a collegian as Miami was defeated by Lowell 4-3 in overtime.

Knapp started slowly, getting beat just 1:34 into the game when a shot rang off the crossbar behind him and then went off a crashing player before going over the goal line. Later in the period, a turnover at the Lowell blueline led to Knapp getting beat five-hole on the ensuing breakaway for a shorthanded goal against.

Trailing 3-0 entering the third, the RedHawks scored two goals in 14 seconds early on before completing the comeback midway through the frame to force the OT. However, Lowell ended it quickly by tipping a rebound over Knapp's arm at 2:13 of the extra session to end the RedHawks year.

The 6'6 netminder finishes the season 15-8 with a 1.69 goals against average, a .933 save percentage, and five shutouts. He amassed 46 wins in his four years in Oxford, while setting a Miami record with 13 shutouts.

Elsewhere, Nathan Lieuwen made 25 saves as Kootenay was blanked by Edmonton 3-0 in game #1 of the WHL Western Conference quarterfinal. Mark Pysyk finished +1 for the Oil Kings. The two clubs will continue the series on Sunday.

Kevin Sundher finished even as Brandon was shut out by Calgary, 4-0. Sundher, who was playing his second game after missing 13 of the previous 14 with a concussion, took a five minute rest after trading punches with 17-year old Chase Clayton early in the middle period. After combining for 80 minutes in penalties, the two clubs will unlock their 1-1 series on Sunday.



In the OHL, Gregg Sutch did not return for the third period after getting into a scrap with Trevor Carrick as Barrie was pounded 4-0 by Mississauga in game #2 of their first round series. Sutch, who earlier this season tuned up Leafs prospect Stuart Percy, tried to get his former Majors teammate to go another round before Carrick stepped in to take on the crash-and-banger. Alex Lepkowski finished even on the Colts blueline. The series heads back to Barrie for Monday's game #3.



Dan Catenacci finished -1 as Owen Sound lost to Kitchener 6-2 in game #1 of their OHL Western Conference series. The Attack will look to even the series in Saturday's game #2.

In the AHL, Colin Stuart scored two goals and Maxime Legault added a single as Rochester dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to Binghamton. David Leggio made 33 saves to fall to 23-18-2

Recently inked Phil Varone notched an assist for the Amerks, giving him 39 points in his last 42 games.

The Rundown:
Varone: A
Crawford: A
Adam: A
Biega: A
Szydlowski: even
Lagace: even
McNabb:-2
Brennan: +2
Persson:

Veteran blueliner Dennis Persson skated as a forward while Corey Tropp, Travis Turnbull, and Marcus Foligno continued their tour of duty with the surging Sabres. The Amerks were also playing without Matt MacKenzie, who on Thursday was assigned to Gwinnett of the ECHL.

Next up for the Amerks is a Saturday night tilt with Syracuse.

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In Friday ECHL play, MacKenzie notched an assist as Gwinnett edged Greenville 3-2 in a shootout. Jonathan Parker did not factor in regulation and missed in his shootout attempt. Riley Boychuk was even with a roughing minor in the win.
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Saturday, March 24, 2012 ×

Kris, Do you think BOTH Knapp and Lieuwen get signed this year???

I think Knapp deserves a contract.

I'm not sure about Lieuwen.

Leggio has been very impressive this year.
He's showing great maturity.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012 ×

I can see Sutch playing the role of Kaleta in 2 years...

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, March 24, 2012 ×

Lieuwen has looked pretty tired down the stretch. Definitely not the same Kootenay team in front of him this season compared to last, but I'll tell you what, he made some big saves last night after giving up a juicy rebound on the first goal.

Both he and Knapp are big and coachable. Lieuwen's athleticism alone makes him intriguing if you believe you can correct his footwork.

I wasn't particularly impressed with Knapp last night but agree that he should be put into the mix. I've told emailers that I'm just not sure that he or Lieuwen are the answer moving forward.

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, March 24, 2012 ×

Leggio is great to have in the system as a strong #3 guy in the system. It gives the Sabres some freedom to see if one of Knapp and Lieuwen can become dependable pros.

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, March 24, 2012 ×

Sutch is an interesting guy. Very likeable player. Was drafted to git and muck so have never been concerned with his offensive numbers. I am concerned with his ability to stay healthy, so yes, that too makes him out to be Kaleta-like.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012 ×

Shipley seems like he'd be great on the PK unit.

He'd be a great #2/3 centerman.

I do think he should be offered a contract.

He's slowly maturing...

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, March 24, 2012 ×

Shipley has developed into a good support piece on a talented IceDogs roster. He needs to use his size more consistently. If he puts together an excellent run that includes a Memorial Cup visit for the Dogs, he could make things interesting. He was excellent when the four Dogs were away at World Jrs (and Kuhnhackl was suspended), but there were also many games over the past two seasons where he didn't display much passion. Ship has great size and can be a good player when he wants to be, so these playoffs are going to be very important as the Sabres look at him versus some other college and undrafted FAs that are available - like say Brian Flynn from Maine.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012 ×

i;m from St. kitts and see lots of ice dogs games. i would not give Shipley a contract. no passion and no grit.

doug

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