Mikhail Grigorenko recorded four assists Quebec defeated Acadie-Bathurst 8-3. Grigorenko, whose four helpers was a personal best in 74 regular season games since arriving in the QMJHL, currently places fifth in league scoring with 11 goals and 30 points. Adam Erne ('13) paved the way for the Remparts with a hat trick. Quebec goes back at it Saturday with a visit to Rimouski.
Alex Lepkowski went without a point in Barrie's 6-4 loss to Sudbury. The Colts continue their road trip Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie.
Brady Austin was a team-best plus-two as Belleville lost in overtime 4-3 to London. Illinois native Alex Broadhurst buried a rebound for the OT winner for the Knights. The Bulls return to action Saturday in Saginaw.
In the WHL, Andrey Makarov made 34 saves as Saskatoon won in overtime at Kootenay 3-2. Makarov improved to 7-9-0-0. He has yet to lose an OT decision. The Blades visit Lethbridge on Saturday.
Colin Jacobs finished -1 as Prince George lost in the shootout to Kamloops 2-1. It could be time to mix in some different moves as the big center missed in his shootout attempt for the second straight weekend.
Logan Nelson logged a -2 rating as Victoria was handled by Portland 6-2. The Royals remain in Rose City for Saturday's rematch.
In college play, Jake McCabe and Brad Navin each captured their first goal of the year as Wisconsin lost their home opener in overtime 5-4 to Colorado College. Navin connected from in front of the net to make it to give Wisconsin an early 2-0 lead. In the third period, McCabe buried a one-timer as the Badgers took a 3-2 lead. Wisconsin and CC square off again on Saturday with the Badgers looking to gain a series split.
Christian Isackson punched three shots on goal as Minnesota earned a 3-2 victory over Minnesota State. The sophomore wing, who nearly added to his goal total early on when he whiffed during a two-on-one break, skated with Erik Haula and Nate Condon to form one of the Gophers' scoring lines. The Gophers and Mavs finish the series Saturday in Mankato.
Mark Adams finished +1 as Providence edged Vermont 3-2. The two teams will tangle again on Saturday as the Friars go for their second straight Hockey East sweep.
Judd Peterson did not score as Cedar Rapids was beaten by Tri-City 2-1. The RoughRiders remain at home for Saturday's tilt with Omaha.
Linus Ullmark made 27 saves as MODO J20 defeated Brynas 5-2. Ullmark recovered from Wednesday's shellacking to improve to 7-4-0 this season with a 2.58 GAA and .897 save%.
Joel Armia directed five shots at the net as Assat lost to Lukko 4-3. Armia has collected eight goals and 12 points through 19 games, well ahead of his pace of 2+5 at the same point a year ago.
In the AHL, Zemgus Girgensons scored his first professional goal and Marcus Foligno notched the shootout clincher as Rochester continued their excellent early season play in a 3-2 triumph over Hamilton. The Amerks move to 6-2-1 on the year heading into Saturday's rematch in Hamilton.