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1/29 Recap: Leduc bags winner

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, January 30, 2012 | 1/30/2012

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc scored the overtime game winner Sunday as Rimouski bested Halifax, 4-3. The power play tally came just 26-seconds into the extra frame to give Leduc goals in two straight games. The Nics are at Victoriaville on Wednesday.

Steven Shipley scored his 12th goal of the year as Niagara blanked Brampton, 3-0. Shipley, whose mark snapped an eight-game drought, now has 30 points in 44 games. The IceDogs travel to London on Friday.

Cedrick Henley finished -1 in Val-d'Or's 4-2 loss to Chicoutimi. The 6'5 forward has now gone four games without a point. Les Foreurs battle Shawinigan on Friday.

Colin Jacobs did not factor as Seattle came up short against Kelowna, 4-3. The 6'1 center has recorded points in eight of 21 games this season, and has yet to click for a multiple point effort. He had 11 multi-point games last year. The T-Birds host Spokane on Tuesday.

Mark Adams finished even as Providence lost to Merrimack, 4-2. The Friars travel to UNH on Friday.

Daniel Catenacci served his one-game suspension as Owen Sound suffered a 3-1 loss to Brampton.
1/30/2012 | 4 comments | Read More

1/28 Recap: Lepkowski lights lamp; Cat facing discipline

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, January 29, 2012 | 1/29/2012

Alex Lepkowski scored the first game winning goal of his OHL career Saturday to lead Barrie to a 2-1 win over Ottawa. The 6'4 defender, who didn't score his first goal until his 100th game, now has six in his last 26. Gregg Sutch did not score but earned the game's #3 star for his all-around work.

Dan Catenacci recorded an assist before being ejected in the second period for a slew foot match penalty as Owen Sound lost to Guelph, 3-2. The infraction carries a one-game suspension, forcing Catenacci out of Sunday's game against Ottawa. The match penalty is the second of Catenacci's career after getting called for a slew foot on Erie's Brett Thompson a year ago.

Brad Eidsness made 20 saves in his fifth start of the year (and first of the year on a Saturday) to help North Dakota to a 4-2 win over Wisconsin. The victory was Eidsness' fourth of the year and 54th of his WCHA career. Brad Navin contributed one shot on goal in bottom line minutes for the Badgers.

Joel Armia saw his eight-game point streak come to an end as Assat dropped a 6-3 decision to the Pelicans. The 6'3 wing picked up four shots on goal and a roughing minor over 13:53 of work.

Kevin Sundher did not factor into the scoring as Brandon got past Red Deer, 3-2. The six-foot center has gone without a point 15 times this season, with six of those coming during his first 11 games in a Brandon uniform.

Nathan Lieuwen stopped 41 of 46 shots but Kootenay fell in overtime to Spokane, 5-4. The ICE netminder was especially busy in middle period when he faced 18 shots. After starting January with four wins in six outings, Lieuwen is winless in his last four starts.

Mark Pysyk finished -2 as Edmonton was defeated by Vancouver, 3-2.

Colin Jacobs finished -1 with a diving minor as Seattle got pounded by Portland, 8-3.

Drew MacKenzie notched an assist as Vermont was doubled by Northeastern, 4-2. The two-way defender has six goals and 17 points in 23 games.

Justin Jokinen registered one shot on goal as Minnesota State handled Bemidji State, 5-2.

Christian Isackson (3 SOG) was inserted into the lineup as a fourth-line center as Minnesota edged St. Cloud State, 3-2.

Connor Knapp was given the night off as Miami pitched a 6-0 shutout of Northern Michigan.

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In the AHL, Zack Kassian (11th) and Derek Whitmore (17th) scored first period goals, and David Leggio provided the rest with 37 saves as Rochester held on to defeat Toronto, 2-1. The Amerks head into the All-Star break withb a 19-17-5-3 mark.

The Rundown:
Kassian: G, 2 SOG
Foligno: A, 3 SOG
Persson: A, 1 SOG
Parker: 2 SOG
Crawford: 2 SOG
Biega: 1 SOG
Schiestel: 1 SOG
Lagace: even
Fienhage: even
Szydlowski: even
1/29/2012 | 2 comments | Read More

1/27 Recap: Cat pounces for pair, Armia streak at eight

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, January 28, 2012 | 1/28/2012

Dan Catenacci scored a pair of goals Friday, his 22nd and 23rd of the year, as Owen Sound dropped a 5-4 decision to Kitchener. The speedy center, who now has five two-goal games this season, is currently tied for 17th in OHL scoring with 53 points (23+30) in 47 games.



Jerome Gauthier-Leduc scored his 22nd goal of the year as Rimouski defeated Gatineau, 5-2. The goal, Leduc's second game winner of the year, snaps his six-game scoring drought. Crafty 2011 eligible Tomas Hyka notched a goal and an assist for the Olympiques.



Colin Jacobs picked up an assist and then scored the only goal in the shootout as Seattle edged Kelowna, 2-1. The shootout goal was Jacobs' third in three tries in the tiebreaker, nearly matching his regulation/OT output of four in 19 games since returning from injury. One of those goals was a penalty shot.



Gregg Sutch recorded two assists for his third multi-point game of the year as Barrie downed Brampton, 6-2. Alex Lepkowski, who was on the ice for a short-handed goal for and two goals against (one on a 5x3 PP), finished even for the Colts.

Mark Pysyk picked up an assist as Edmonton spanked Brandon, 6-2. Kevin Sundher finished the night at -2, giving him two goals and four assists in his first 10 games in Brandon uniform. Pysyk, meanwhile, has two goals and seven assists in 10 games since returning from the World Junior Championships.

Cedrick Henley finished -1 as Val-d'Or lost at home to Chicoutimi, 7-6. The 6'5 forward has 10 goals and 26 points in 35 games this season after having the bulk of his 2010-11 washed out due to wrist surgery.

Steven Shipley upped his goalless stretch to eight games as Niagara was blanked by Guelph, 3-0. The 6'3 Shipley, who has collected 29 points through 43 games, is amidst his longest stretch without a goal since his nine-game drought back in 2008-09 as an OHL rookie.

Nathan Lieuwen allowed five goals on 17 shots before getting pulled late in the second period as Kootenay lost in a shootout to Prince Albert, 7-6. The 20-year old netminder has allowed 12 goals in his last three outings - all ICE losses.

In NCAA, Drew MacKenzie saw his nine-game point streak come to an end as Vermont was thumped by Northeastern, 8-3. The 6'2 defender is currently the sixth leading scoring among Hockey East defensemen with 16 points (6+10) in 22 games.

Connor Knapp stopped 11 of 13 shots but Miami scored just once on 41 shots in a 2-1 loss to Northern Michigan. Knapp, who entered the game with six straight wins including a 0.60 goals against average and .977 save percentage in the month of January, moves to 8-5 on the year.

Brad Navin continued to bring a physical element to to the third line as Wisconsin lost to North Dakota, 5-3. Brad Eidsness served as backup for UND.

Justin Jokinen did not factor as Minnesota State lost to Bemidji State, 2-1. The 6'3 senior has three goals and nine points in 27 games.

Christian Isackson was scratched for the 20th time this season in Minnesota's 2-1 win over St. Cloud State. The freshman, who has bounced between center and wing, is +1 with 14 shots on goal in eight appearances.

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In the AHL, the Amerks continued their recent offensive woes with a 4-0 defeat at Syracuse. The Amerks coughed up two goals in the game's first three minutes en route to being shut out for the first time all year.

The Rundown:
Kassian: -2, 6 SOG
Crawford: 5 SOG
Foligno: 2 SOG
Szydlowski: -2, 1 SOG
Schiestel: -1
Lagace: -1
Biega: -1, 4 SOG
Fienhage: 2 PIM
Persson: -2
Parker: -2

Drew MacIntyre stopped 29 shots to fall to 6-11-0-2 on the year. Losers of two straight, the Amerks will travel to Toronto on Saturday before heading to the AHL All-Star break.

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On Thursday, Joel Armia continued to ride his renewed confidence with a pair of assists in Assat's 6-1 win over the Blues. The 6'3 wing is red hot with points in eight straight games, including all six since returning from the World Junior Championship. He has gathered nine goals and eight assists in his last 15 overall.



In other Thursday games, Shipley failed to get in on the fun as Niagara smoked Belleville, 6-0.

Henley registered two hits in his return from a two-game absence as Val-d'Or lost to Drummondville, 3-1.

Sutch (-2) and Lepkowski (-3) were stifled as Barrie dropped a 4-1 home ice decision to Plymouth.
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1/25 Recap: Sundher scores in loss; Amerks fall to Griffs

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 1/26/2012

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
1/26/2012 | 7 comments | Read More

1/24 Recap: Sundher gets first as Wheatie

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 1/25/2012

Kevin Sundher snapped a career-long 10-game goal drought Tuesday as Brandon blanked Kootenay, 1-0. Sundher's late first period goal, his 23rd of the year and first in eight games since being traded to Brandon, was all the Wheat Kings would need with 17-year old goaltender Curtis Honey stopping all 34 shots sent his way. Nathan Lieuwen stopped 27 of 28 shots in defeat to earn the game's #2 star. The loss drops him to 20-11-3-2 on the year with a 2.19 goals against average and .924 save percentage.

1/25/2012 | 0 comments | Read More

1/21-22 Recap: Armia on tear; Knapp stellar

Written By Kris Baker on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | 1/24/2012

Joel Armia continued his recent surge Saturday, scoring a pair of goals to extend his point streak to seven games as Assat smoked KalPa, 8-3. Armia's offensive spike, marked by a variety of goal celebrations, has resulted in 13 points (7+6) in his last 10 games to up his season line to 36GP 12-12-24.

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In NCAA play, Connor Knapp made 22 saves for his 10th career shutout as Miami earned the weekend sweep with a 4-0 win over Western Michigan. The 6'5 senior, who earned back-to-back starts for the second time in three weekends, is now tops among Sabres goaltending prospects with a 1.77 goals against average and .932 save percentage. Knapp also added an assist the old fashioned way en route to securing his grip on the RedHawks' #1 goaltending spot.



In the OHL, Dan Catenacci notched a goal and two assists as Owen Sound lost in overtime to London, 6-5. The goal, his 21st of the year, snaps a seven-game goal drought. It was his fifth three-point effort since joining the Attack.



Colin Jacobs scored a power play goal in Seattle's 5-4 overtime loss to Everett. The goal was Jacobs' fourth point in eight January games, and seventh in 18 games since returning from a lengthy shoulder injury.



Gregg Sutch earned an assist as Barrie doubled Guelph, 4-2. The game marked Sutch's return to the Colts lineup after missing eight games with an upper body injury. Alex Lepkowski finished -1 on the Barrie blueline.

Steven Shipley assisted on the first Niagara goal as the IceDogs lost to Sudbury, 4-3. The point was Shipley's first in five games.

Justin Jokinen (+2) contributed three shots on goal as Minnesota State defeated Nebraska-Omaha 5-4 in overtime. Jokinen was on the ice as the Mavericks' third line clicked for the OT winner.

Brad Navin finished even as Wisconsin edged Alaska-Anchorage, 3-2. The freshman third-liner has two goals and two assists through his first 23 NCAA games.

Brad Eidsness served as backup in North Dakota's 3-2 win over St. Cloud State.

Christian Isackson was a healthy scratch as Minnesota defeated Colorado College, 2-1.

Mark Adams was a scratch as Providence was embarrassed by Boston University, 8-0.

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On Sunday, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc logged a -2 as Rimouski was shut out by Baie-Comeau. The offensive-minded defender has just two goals and two assists in 10 game since returning from the Christmas break.

Cedrick Henley did not play for the second straight game as Val-d'Or was stomped by Rouyn-Noranda, 9-3.

Jacobs was kept off the scoresheet as Seattle was nipped by Vancouver, 3-2.

Shipley finished +2 with an assist in Niagara's 9-0 blowout of Peterborough.

Lepkowski (-1) and Sutch (2PIM) did not factor in Barrie's 3-0 loss to Oshawa.
1/24/2012 | 2 comments | Read More
Thanks for standing by during our outage. We'll have stats update a weekend round-up later this evening (including new Armia videos).
1/24/2012 | 2 comments | Read More

1/20 Recap: A first for Pysyk as Oil Kings stay hot

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, January 21, 2012 | 1/21/2012

Mark Pysyk recorded the first two-goal game of his WHL career Friday to lead Edmonton to a 6-1 win over Swift Current. The OKs captain, who also added an assist for his second three-point night of the year, now has four goals and 14 points in 12 games since returning from injury on 11/19. The Oil Kings, ranked #1 in the WHL's Western Conference with 67 points, are 7-2-0-1 in their last 10 games.

In NCAA play, Drew MacKenzie extended his point streak to nine games with a third period assist as Vermont lost to Massachusetts, 4-3. The senior defenseman, who also added six shots on goal, now has six goals and 16 points in 21 games. His nine-game streak is the most for a Sabres defensive prospect since Brayden McNabb's 11-gamer a season ago.

Connor Knapp made 26 saves for his fifth consecutive victory as Miami downed Western Michigan, 3-1. Knapp has stopped 101 of 104 shots faced in the month of January, dropping his season goals against average to 1.94 through 11 games heading into Saturday's rematch. With Knapp hot, perhaps coach Enrico Blasi will take corrective action from last weekend when Knapp's Friday win was washed out by a Cody Reichard loss on Saturday.

Kevin Sundher posted an assist as Brandon lost to Saskatoon, 3-2. The six-foot center carried the puck from the right corner and set-up a Mark Stone one-timer from the left circle to even the score 1-1 just 15-seconds after the Blades first struck. Sundher has four assists in six games as a Wheat King, and zero goals in nine January outings - tying the longest goalless stretch of his 261-game WHL career.

Elsewhere, Brad Eidsness made 27 saves in his first start since December 2nd as North Dakota lost to St. Cloud State, 3-1. The senior held firm with 15 stops in the first period before allowing two goals in the middle frame. An empty netter closed things out, giving UND their 12th straight Friday night loss when visiting St. Cloud.

Nathan Lieuwen made 30 saves as Kootenay lost in overtime to Moose Jaw, 6-5. The six goals against is the most allowed by Lieuwen this season. He allowed six on three occasions in 2010-11. The ICE are tied with Medicine Hat for #3 in the Eastern Conference with 58 points.

Colin Jacobs notched an assist as Seattle lost to Kamloops. 5-3. Jacobs helped get the T-Birds on the board when he found Chance Lund in the slot to cut the Blazers lead to 3-1 late in the opening period.

Brad Navin led all Badger forwards with four shots on goal as Wisconsin pitched a 4-0 shut out of Alaska-Anchorage. The freshman has continued to build momentum on the team's third line despite going without a point in five January games.

Steven Shipley finished -1 in Niagara's 3-2 win over Erie. The 6'3 forward has gone without a point in four straight games.

Dan Catenacci did not score as Owen Sound was shut out by London, 3-0. The 5'10 speedster has zero goals in seven January games.

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc punched three shots on goal as Rimouski defeated Chicoutimi, 3-1. The mobile righty has one goal and one assist in six January contests.

Christian Isackson skated even as Minnesota lost to Colorado College, 2-1. The freshman, who has floated between center and wing during his first eight NCAA contests, should see more time moving forward with Nick Larson out over a month with a broken wrist.

Justin Jokinen contributed three shots on goal as Minnesota State dropped a 2-1 decision to Nebraska-Omaha. In 25 games, the 6'3 senior has three goals and nine points. He posted nine goals and 17 points in 38 games as a junior.

Mark Adams was -2 as Providence got throttled by Boston University, 6-1. The sophomore defender has an assist and a -7 rating through 13 games.

Cedrick Henley sat out of Val d'Or's 3-2 overtime win over Rouyn-Noranda.
1/21/2012 | 0 comments | Read More

1/18-19 Recap: Lieuwen gets 20th win

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, January 20, 2012 | 1/20/2012

Nathan Lieuwen made 21 saves Wednesday to earn his 20th win of the year as Kootenay earned a 3-2 overtime win over Regina. The 6'5 netminder, who is one game off his 33-win pace from a season ago (he won his 21st game of 2010-11 a year ago to the day), could get a shot to continue his roll on Friday when the ICE travels to Moose Jaw.

Kevin Sundher finished -1 as Brandon downed Saskatoon, 6-4. Sundher has three assists in five games with Wheat Kings, and zero goals in eight January games. The Wheat Kings and Blades will play it back Friday in Saskatoon.

Mark Pysyk was +1 as Edmonton blanked Prince George, 5-0. The Oil Kings are at Swift Current on Friday.

In OHL play, Dan Catenacci did not factor into the scoring as Owen Sound held on for a 5-4 win over Plymouth. The Attack return to action Friday at London.

On Thursday, Alex Lepkowski finished +1 as Barrie defeated Saginaw 4-3 in a shootout. Gregg Sutch missed his eighth game with an upper body injury. The Colts host Guelph on Saturday.
1/20/2012 | 4 comments | Read More

1/17 Recap: Armia assists in Assat win

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | 1/18/2012

Joel Armia recorded an assist Tuesday to extend his point streak to five games as Assat edged Ilves, 2-1. After a scoreless first period, Armia opened up for a one-timer during a second period power play that rebounded to a waiting Tomas Zaborsky. The 6'3 wing now has eight goals and 14 points in his last 15 games.




In WHL action, Colin Jacobs finished -2 as Seattle was shut out by Tri-City, 4-0. The 6'1 center has three goals and two assists through his first 15 games.

On Monday, Jacobs didn't factor into the scoring as Seattle defeated Spokane, 3-2. The victory ended the T-Birds' six game skid.
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1/15 Recap: MacKenzie continues roll

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, January 16, 2012 | 1/16/2012

Drew MacKenzie recorded an assist Sunday to extend his point streak to eight games as Vermont lost to Providence, 5-2. Tied for second in team scoring this season with 15 points (6+9), the senior defender has 10 goals and 25 points in his last 31 NCAA games going back to last February. Friars defenseman Mark Adams skated even in the win. In 12 games, the sophomore has one assist, two shots on goal, and a -5 rating.

To best appreciate MacKenzie's point streak, see how it rates against others produced by NCAA prospects of recent memory:

12 - Nathan Gerbe, Boston College (2/12/07-3/24/07)
9 - Nathan Gerbe, Boston College (2 x 2007-08)
8 - Drew MacKenzie, Vermont (12/7/11-present)
8 - Corey Tropp, Michigan State (12/4/09-1/9/10)
6 - Thomas Vanek, Minnesota (4 x 2002-03, 1 x 2003-04)
6 - Drew Stafford, North Dakota (2/17/06-3/4/06)
6 - Corey Tropp, Michigan State (10/9/09-10/24/09)

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In the WHL, Kevin Sundher picked up an assist as Brandon was throttled by Moose Jaw, 8-2. The Wheat Kings are winless in four games since acquiring Sundher. The six-foot center himself has cooled with zero goals in seven January games, his longest drought since last March. Sundher and the Wheat Kings will look to right the ship Wednesday at Saskatoon.

Mark Pysyk finished even as Edmonton suffered a 4-3 loss at Calgary. The Edmonton native, who has collected three goals and 23 points at the 30-game mark, has played 15 straight without a minus rating (since 10/28). The clear frontrunner in the WHL's Eastern Conference, the Oil Kings will next host Prince George on Wednesday.

In the QMJHL, Cedrick Henley logged a +1 as Val-d'Or defeated Blainville-Boisbriand, 1-0. The Foreurs are off until Friday when they host Rouyn-Noranda.
1/16/2012 | 1 comments | Read More

Foligno, Leggio stifle Dogs

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, January 15, 2012 | 1/15/2012

In Saturday AHL action, Marcus Foligno recorded his first two-goal game as a pro to help the Rochester Americans to a 3-1 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. Williamsville native David Leggio was excellent for a second straight night, finishing with 35 saves to earn the game's #1 star. The Amerks had previously lost six of seven games to their North Division rival.

Foligno, who scored the game winner just 17-seconds into the middle frame and added an empty-netter in the final minute, now has 12 goals through his first 36 games. Given his projection as a checker, that number rates well compared to some other recent AHL graduates through their first 36 games: Nathan Gerbe (21), Luke Adam (17), Tyler Ennis (11).

Leggio impressed with several big stops in the third as the Amerks were forced to kill a Jonathan Parker boarding penalty with three minutes to play.

Corey Tropp did not dress for a second straight night, while Drew Schiestel was made a healthy scratch (EDIT - there seems to be conjecture over the Schiestel scratch; will wait for statements regarding lingering knee soreness).

The Rundown:
Foligno: 2G, +1, 3 SOG
Parker: A, +2
Lagace: A
Crawford: A, +1
Szydlowski: A, +1
Biega: +1
Brennan: 2 SOG
Fienhage: 2 PIM
Persson: even
Boychuk: 1 SOG
Kassian: -1, 3 SOG

The Amerks (17-13-5-3, 42 points, 2nd in North Division) will now prepare for a Thursday/Friday series with Olkahoma City.
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1/14 Recap: Henley fuels Foreurs upset

Cedrick Henley notched a goal and an assist Saturday to earn the game's #1 star as Val-d'Or toppled Q frontrunner Quebec 4-3 in overtime. The Foreurs captain got on the scoresheet twice during a five-goal third period to record his eighth multiple point game of the season. The 6'5 power forward has 10 goals and 26 points this season including 4+4 in eight games since returning from a broken thumb. Val-d'Or plays at Blainville-Boisbriand on Sunday.

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc didn't get a regulation point but scored the only goal of the shootout to clinch Rimouski's 3-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda. Producing at well above a point-per-game pace all season long, the 6'1 defender has just three goals and four assists in 10 games since being cut from Team Canada's selection camp. The Oceanic are off until Friday when they visit Chicoutimi.





In WHL play, Kevin Sundher picked up a pair of assists as Brandon dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to his former club, Victoria. The power play helpers, Sundher's first points as a Wheat King, keep him tied for second among WHL assist leaders. Brandon travels to Moose Jaw on Sunday.

Mark Pysyk gathered a pair of assists as Edmonton won a 3-2 overtime decision over Kootenay. The steady Oil Kings captain has a goal and four assists in four games since returning from the World Junior Championship. Kootenay netminder Nathan Lieuwen, who was shaken up after getting run into late in the third, finished with a season-high 41 saves to earn the game's #2 star. Edmonton travels to Calgary on Sunday. The ICE are off until Wednesday's tilt at Regina.

Colin Jacobs did not play as Seattle was trumped by Portland, 4-0. The Thunderbirds have been outscored 29-8 en route to losing six straight games. Seattle plays at Spokane on Monday.

In the OHL, Steven Shipley was held without a point for the third straight game as Niagara dominated Barrie, 4-1. Winners of five straight and nine of their last 10, the IceDogs are now tied with Ottawa atop the Eastern Conference standings. Alex Lepkowski finished -2 for the Colts, while Gregg Sutch missed his seventh consecutive game with a head injury. Barrie will battle Saginaw on Thursday. Niagara returns to action Friday at Erie.

Dan Catenacci did not factor into the scoring as Owen Sound shellacked Erie, 5-0. The speedy center has now gone five game without a goal. The Attack will host a well-oiled Whalers squad on Wednesday.

In NCAA action, Justin Jokinen picked up an assist as Minnesota State earned the weekend split with a 3-0 win over Wisconsin. Brad Navin recorded two shots on goal in the loss. Both schools resume their WCHA schedules next weekend, with Minnesota State hosting Nebraska-Omaha and the Badgers welcoming Alaska-Anchorage to Madison.

Brad Eidsness stopped seven of eight shots in relief of Aaron Dell as North Dakota was blown out by Minnesota, 6-2. The third period action was Eidsness' first in league play since picking up a 5-2 win at Alaska-Anchorage back on December 2nd. Gopher freshman Christian Isackson was scratched for the third straight game. North Dakota goes to St. Cloud on Friday while the Gophers get ready for a set with Colorado College.

Connor Knapp was given the the night off as Miami suffered a 4-3 loss at Lake Superior State. The big senior had backstopped three RedHawks wins coming out of the break before giving way to fellow senior Cody Reichard, who hadn't played since December 10th. Miami returns to Oxford for next weekend's battle with Western Michigan.
1/15/2012 | 0 comments | Read More

Armia keeps firing; ignites crowd

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, January 14, 2012 | 1/14/2012

Someone is looking rather confident after his World Junior Championship experience, wouldn't you say?

Joel Armia notched his 10th goal of the year Saturday to help steer Assat to a 5-3 win over Lukko. In a case of Sabres future meeting Sabres past, the 6'3 wing beat Mika Noronen on the power play to get the Aces on the board at 2:05 of the opening period. A week-and-a-half removed from his World Junior stick-ride, Armia celebrated the goal by motioning to the Lukko faithful.



Armia has picked up right where he left off before the U20s, scoring goals in two straight games since his return while working his way into more ice time. He now has eight goals and 13 points in his last 14 games, and a line of 10-10-20 in 33 appearances this season.

Like it or hate it, the 18-year old is showing plenty of moxie as he elevates his play.

And yes, Noronen was chased in the second period.
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1/13 Recap: Knapp shines; MacKenzie extends streak

Connor Knapp made 25 saves Friday to earn his fourth consecutive win as Miami defeated #19 Lake Superior State, 2-1. The reigning CCHA Goaltender of the Week has started all three of Miami's games since the Christmas break, stopping 78 of 80 shots to guide the unranked RedHawks to a much needed winning streak. It's expected that Miami bench boss Enrico Blasi will continue to ride the 6'6 senior when the RedHawks look for the road sweep of the Lakers on Saturday.

Drew MacKenzie extended his career-high point streak to seven games with a pair of assists as Vermont upset #11 Lowell 3-2 in overtime. With his first multi-point game of the season (he had four last year), the 6'2 defenseman now has six goals and 14 points in 19 games. The Catamounts host Providence on Sunday.



Dan Catenacci set up the game winning goal as Owen Sound defeated Erie, 3-1. The 5'10 center has five assists in four January games, and a total of 48 points through 42 regular season tilts.The Attack and Otters will do it again on Saturday.



Kevin Sundher finished -3 as Brandon dropped a 5-4 decision to Red Deer. The 6'0 center has yet to record a point in two games (both losses) since being traded from Victoria prior to the WHL deadline. The WHL's #2 assist man, Sundher has also yet to earn first line time for the 8th place Wheat Kings. Sundher will get a chance to play against his former mates on Saturday when Brandon hosts Victoria.

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc picked up a power play assist as Rimouski needed the shootout to down Rouyn-Noranda, 4-3. Leduc, who was stopped in his shootout attempt, has two goals and two assists in his last eight games. He continues to lead all QMJHL defensemen with 21 goals and 54 points.

Colin Jacobs assisted on his team's only goal as Seattle was hammered by Kamloops, 7-1. Playing his 13th game of the year on Friday the 13th, Jacobs has five points since returning from offseason shoulder surgery. The T-Birds resume play on Saturday against Portland.

Cedrick Henley posted one shot on goal as Val-d'Or was throttled by Victoriaville, 6-1. After collecting six points (3+3) in two games, the 6'5 wing has failed to get on the scoresheet in his last two outings.

Steven Shipley finished +1 as Niagara dropped Sudbury, 5-2. The IceDogs do battle with Barrie on Saturday.

Brad Navin recorded a shot on goal in third-line minutes as Wisconsin blanked Minnesota State, 4-0. Justin Jokinen was -1 for the Mavericks. The two clubs will play it back on Saturday.

Brad Eidsness served as backup for the seventh straight game as North Dakota got past rival Minnesota, 2-1. Christian Isackson was a healthy scratch for the Gophers.

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In Friday AHL action, Rochester continued to struggle against North Division foes with a 2-1 overtime loss to Toronto. The Sabres farmhands are now winless in four tries against the Marlies.

The Amerks were outshot 41-26 in the contest, with David Leggio's 39 saves earning him the game's #2 star. Travis Turnbull scored the lone Rochester goal on the period power play. Alex Biega and Mark Voakes picked up assists.

The Rundown:
Biega: A, 2 SOG
Kassian: 4 SOG
Foligno: 2 SOG, 16 PIM
Lagace: -1, 2 SOG
Schiestel: -1
Brennan: 2 SOG
Boychuk: -1
Parker: 1 SOG
Szydlowski: 1 SOG
Persson: -1

The Amerks will try to right their divisional struggles on Saturday when they host a Hamilton Bulldogs club that has beaten them in six of seven games this season.
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1/12 Recap: Pysyk contributes; Colts duo out

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, January 13, 2012 | 1/13/2012

Mark Pysyk drew the lone assist on the game winning goal Thursday as Edmonton as defeated Medicine Hat, 6-2. The steady leader, who was one of two Canadian skaters who went without a point at the World Junior Championship, has a goal and an assist in three games back with the Oil Kings. Edmonton will host Kootenay on Saturday.

In the OHL, Steven Shipley played even as Niagara edged Barrie, 2-1. The 6’3 center has gone without a point in just two of his last 11 games. Colts defenseman Alex Lepkowski did not play due to a lower body injury, while Gregg Sutch missed his sixth straight game with a head injury. The IceDogs travel to sudbury on Friday before playing a rematch with Barrie on Saturday.
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1/11 Recap: Armia marks in return

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 1/12/2012

Joel Armia scored his ninth goal of the year Wednesday as Assat lost to SaiPa, 3-1. The 6'3 wing, who lit the lamp from low near the paint, was making his return to the Aces lineup after a successful World Junior Championship that saw him collect five goals and seven points for fourth place Finland. With seven goals and five assists in his last 13 SM-liiga contests, Armia will look to maintain his progress on Saturday when Assat travels to Lukko.



Elsewhere, Nathan Lieuwen made 29 saves before making another three stops in the shootout as Kootenay defeated Red Deer, 2-1. The 6'5 tender is now 3-1 in the month of January with a .949 save percentage. It's likely that he'll get a chance to earn his 20th win of the season on Saturday when the ICE visit Edmonton.

Kevin Sundher made his Brandon Wheat Kings debut but saw his 12-game point streak snapped in a 2-0 loss to Saskatoon. The six-foot center had previously amassed 20 points (4+16) in his final dozen games in a Victoria Royals uniform. Sundher will look to begin a new streak when the Wheat Kings host Red Deer on Friday.
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CSS Midterm Rankings: North America

NHL Central Scouting has released their North American midterm rankings for the 2012 NHL draft.

Skaters

RANK PLAYER TEAM LEAGUE HEIGHT WEIGHT POSITION
1 YAKUPOV, NAIL SARNIA OHL 5' 10.5" 189 RW
2 GRIGORENKO, MIKHAIL QUEBEC QMJHL 6' 3.25" 200 C
3 MURRAY, RYAN EVERETT WHL 6' 0.5" 201 D
4 FAKSA, RADEK KITCHENER OHL 6' 3.0" 202 C
5 RIELLY, MORGAN MOOSE JAW WHL 5' 11.5" 190 D
6 MAATTA, OLLI LONDON OHL 6' 1.5" 202 D
7 DUMBA, MATHEW RED DEER WHL 5' 11.75" 183 D
8 REINHART, GRIFFIN EDMONTON WHL 6' 3.75" 207 D
9 TROUBA, JACOB USA U-18 USHL 6' 2.0" 193 D
10 POULIOT, DERRICK PORTLAND WHL 5' 11.25" 186 D
11 GAUNCE, BRENDAN BELLEVILLE OHL 6' 2.0" 215 C
12 GIRGENSONS, ZEMGUS DUBUQUE USHL 6' 1.5" 198 C
13 MATTEAU, STEFAN USA U-18 USHL 6' 1.5" 210 C
14 SISSONS, COLTON KELOWNA WHL 6' 1.0" 189 C
15 FINN, MATTHEW GUELPH OHL 6' 0.25" 195 D
16 CECI, CODY OTTAWA OHL 6' 2.5" 207 D
17 KOEKKOEK, SLATER PETERBOROUGH OHL 6' 2.0" 184 D
18 SKJEI, BRADY USA U-18 USHL 6' 2.75" 200 D
19 ZHARKOV, DANIIL BELLEVILLE OHL 6' 3.0" 197 LW
20 SMITH, GEMEL OWEN SOUND OHL 5' 10.0" 160 C
21 MAIDENS, JARROD OWEN SOUND OHL 6' 0.5" 178 C/LW
22 PEARSON, TANNER BARRIE OHL 6' 0.0" 198 LW
23 KOSMACHUK, SCOTT GUELPH OHL 5' 11.5" 185 RW
24 ATHANASIOU, ANDREAS LONDON OHL 6' 0.0" 179 C/LW
25 FRK, MARTIN HALIFAX QMJHL 5' 11.5" 204 RW
26 WINTHER, MIKE PRINCE ALBERT WHL 5' 11.0" 175 C
27 KERDILES, NICOLAS USA U-18 USHL 6' 1.5" 201 LW
28 DI GIUSEPPE, PHILLIP U OF MICHIGAN CCHA 5' 11.5" 176 LW
29 MATHESON, MICHAEL DUBUQUE USHL 6' 1.0" 178 D
30 THROWER, DALTON SASKATOON WHL 5' 11.25" 189 D
LV GALCHENYUK, ALEXANDER SARNIA OHL 6'0.5" 198 C
31 NIEVES, CRISTOVAL KENT SCHOOL HIGH-CT 6' 2.75" 184 C
32 VAIL, BRADY WINDSOR OHL 6' 0.25" 195 C
33 WILSON, THOMAS PLYMOUTH OHL 6' 3.5" 203 RW
34 SIELOFF, PATRICK USA U-18 USHL 6' 0.0" 198 D
35 SCHMALTZ, JORDAN GREEN BAY USHL 6' 2.0" 189 D
36 STEPHENSON, CHANDLER REGINA WHL 5' 10.5" 192 C/LW
37 DEBLOUW, MATTHEW MUSKEGON USHL 6' 0.5" 185 C
38 GORDON, CODA SWIFT CURRENT WHL 6' 0.5" 175 LW
39 BOZON, TIM KAMLOOPS WHL 6' 0.25" 183 LW
40 LAUGHTON, SCOTT OSHAWA OHL 6' 0.0" 177 C
41 KURKER, SAMUEL ST. JOHN'S PREP HIGH-MA 6' 1.5" 198 RW
42 MARCANTUONI, MATIA KITCHENER OHL 5' 11.75" 194 C/RW
43 BAILLARGEON, ROBERT INDIANA USHL 5' 11.75" 175 C
44 STEPAN, ZACHARY SHATTUCK-ST.MARYS HIGH-MN 6' 0.0" 166 C
45 CARRICK, TREVOR MISSISSAUGA ST. MICHAEL'S OHL 6' 1.5" 172 D
46 SEVERSON, DAMON KELOWNA WHL 6' 1.5" 200 D
47 MCCABE, JAKE U. OF WISCONSIN WCHA 6' 0.0" 195 D
48 FOX, DANE ERIE OHL 6' 0.0" 185 C
49 JOHNSON, BEN WINDSOR OHL 5' 11.5" 186 C/LW
50 SEAMAN, TYREL BRANDON WHL 6' 2.0" 196 C
51 COOPER, BRIAN FARGO USHL 5' 10.0" 181 D
52 BLUJUS, DYLAN BRAMPTON OHL 6' 2.75" 193 D
53 BLACK, GRAHAM SWIFT CURRENT WHL 5' 11.0" 173 C
54 PELECH, ADAM ERIE OHL 6' 2.0" 210 D
55 HODGES, STEVEN VICTORIA WHL 5' 11.0" 178 C
56 GAVRUS, ARTUR OWEN SOUND OHL 5' 10.0" 168 LW/RW
57 BUSSIERES, RAPHAEL BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL 6' 1.0" 195 LW
58 RICHARD, TANNER GUELPH OHL 5' 11.75" 182 C
59 BERAN, MATEJ PEI QMJHL 6' 4.5" 211 C
60 HART, BRIAN EXETER HIGH-NH 6' 2.0" 216 RW
61 HOOEY, GARRETT BELLEVILLE OHL 6' 0.5" 183 C/LW
62 BEAUVILLIER, FRANCIS RIMOUSKI QMJHL 6' 1.0" 180 C/LW
63 TIERNEY, CHRIS LONDON OHL 6' 0.25" 181 C
64 RYAN, ANDREW HALIFAX QMJHL 6' 2.0" 203 LW
65 HYKA, TOMAS GATINEAU QMJHL 5' 11.0" 160 RW
66 CLARKE, MICHAEL WINDSOR OHL 5' 11.25" 184 C
67 KULAK, BRETT VANCOUVER WHL 6' 0.25" 174 D
68 WALTERS, NICHOLAS EVERETT WHL 6' 2.25" 187 D
69 BLUEGER, THEODOR SHATTUCK-ST.MARYS HIGH-MN 6' 0.0" 171 C
70 EBERT, NICK WINDSOR OHL 5' 11.25" 205 D
71 DRAEGER, JOHN SHATTUCK-ST.MARYS HIGH-MN 6' 1.75" 186 D
72 DI PAULI, THOMAS USA U-18 USHL 5' 11.0" 188 C
73 WUTHRICH, AUSTIN NOTRE DAME CCHA 6' 1.0" 190 RW
74 JANKOWSKI, MARK STANSTEAD COLLEGE HIGH-QC 6' 2.0" 170 C
75 SHORE, DEVIN WHITBY OJHL 6' 0.25" 184 C
76 ASTON-REESE, ZACH LINCOLN USHL 6' 0.0" 174 C
77 MERMIS, DAKOTA GREEN BAY USHL 5' 11.5" 180 D
78 IAFRATE, MAX KITCHENER OHL 6' 0.75" 198 D
79 BROWN, TRAVIS MOOSE JAW WHL 6' 1.5" 179 D
80 KHAIRA, JUJHAR PRINCE GEORGE BCHL 6' 2.5" 182 LW
81 KERFOOT, ALEX COQUITLAM BCHL 5' 9.5" 153 C
82 KILE, ALEX GREEN BAY USHL 5' 11.0" 189 LW
83 MICHAELSON, AJ WATERLOO USHL 6' 0.5" 183 C
84 PLUTNAR, MICHAL TRI-CITY WHL 6' 2.25" 166 D
85 BROWN, CONNOR ERIE OHL 5' 10.5" 160 RW
86 SUTTER, LUKAS SASKATOON WHL 6' 0.25" 207 C
87 SHALIMOV, VLADISLAV VAL-D'OR QMJHL 6' 2.5" 186 RW
88 DOTCHIN, JAKE OWEN SOUND OHL 6' 2.0" 207 D
89 CULKIN, RYAN QUEBEC QMJHL 6' 1.0" 174 D
90 TROOCK, BRANDEN SEATTLE WHL 6' 2.0" 174 RW
91 SAUTNER, ASHTON EDMONTON WHL 6' 0.0" 184 D
92 CORBETT, CODY EDMONTON WHL 6' 0.0" 210 D
93 MELINDY, JAMES MONCTON QMJHL 6' 2.5" 191 D
94 CALNAN, CHRIS NOBLES HIGH-MA 6' 1.75" 188 RW
95 VOLEK, DOMINIK REGINA WHL 6' 0.25" 173 C/RW
96 HUDON, CHARLES CHICOUTIMI QMJHL 5' 10.0" 170 LW
97 MARCHESE, CHRIS WINDSOR OHL 6' 0.25" 208 LW
98 TRINGALE, DEVIN LAWRENCE HIGH-MA 5' 11.75" 195 LW
99 KONTOS, KRISTOFF MISSISSAUGA ST. MICHAEL'S OHL 6' 1.0" 199 C
100 YOUNG, AUSTYN SIOUX FALLS USHL 6' 1.0" 194 LW
101 STOICK, GAVIN USA U-18 USHL 6' 3.5" 216 D
102 O'BRIEN, LIAM ROUYN-NORANDA QMJHL 6' 0.0" 201 LW
103 DARCY, CAMERON USA U-18 USHL 6' 0.0" 189 C/RW
104 ZULINICK, MORGAN SALMON ARM BCHL 5' 10.0" 183 C
105 KAMAEV, DENIS ROUYN-NORANDA QMJHL 5' 11.0" 172 RW
106 ROY, KEVIN LINCOLN USHL 5' 9.0" 168 C
107 BOURKE, TROY PRINCE GEORGE WHL 5' 10.0" 156 LW
108 NELSON, LOGAN VICTORIA WHL 6' 0.75" 180 C
109 SHORE, QUENTIN USA U-18 USHL 6' 1.5" 189 C
110 HUBIC, JEFF KOOTENAY WHL 6' 2.0" 182 D
111 FEJES, SAMUEL SHATTUCK-ST.MARYS HIGH-MN 6' 1.0" 190 LW
112 O'REGAN, DANIEL ST. SEBASTIAN SCHOOL HIGH-MA 5' 8.75" 162 C
113 MCIVOR, MARCUS BRAMPTON OHL 6' 1.0" 203 D
114 WILLCOX, REECE MERRITT BCHL 6' 3.25" 184 D
115 DONNAY, TROY ERIE OHL 6' 6.75" 180 D
116 HACHE, JUSTIN SHAWINIGAN QMJHL 6' 1.0" 188 D
117 LEIER, TAYLOR PORTLAND WHL 5' 10.25" 174 LW
118 VATRANO, FRANK USA U-18 USHL 5' 10.0" 218 C
119 GRAHAM, JESSE NIAGARA OHL 5' 11.25" 170 D
120 CAMPAGNA, MATHEW SUDBURY OHL 5' 10.0" 178 C
121 WATLING, PATRICK GUELPH OHL 5' 11.25" 180 C
122 BERTAGGIA, ALESSIO BRANDON WHL 5' 7.5" 160 LW
123 DUANE, KEVIN BRUNSWICK PREP HIGH-CT 6' 3.75" 214 RW
124 LALANCETTE, CHRISTOPHE ACADIE-BATHURST QMJHL 6' 0.25" 168 RW
125 HATCHER, CHASE PETERBOROUGH OHL 6' 2.25" 184 LW
126 PAVELKA, TOMAS PEI QMJHL 6' 1.0" 178 D
127 SOMERBY, DOYLE KIMBALL UNION HIGH-NH 6' 5.0" 220 D
128 ZLOBIN, ANTON SHAWINIGAN QMJHL 5' 11.0" 195 RW
129 BEATTIE, MATTHEW EXETER HIGH-NH 6' 3.0" 175 C/LW/RW
130 BURKE, TAYLOR GATINEAU QMJHL 6' 1.0" 197 C
131 COLLIER, BRENDAN MALDEN CATHOLIC HIGH-MA 5' 9.0" 168 LW
132 BISCHOFF, JAKE GRAND RAPIDS HIGH-MN 5' 11.5" 178 D
133 LANE, MATTHEW USA U-18 USHL 5' 9.5" 172 C
134 MAASKANT, LIAM ERIE OHL 6' 3.25" 204 D
135 MCGINN, BROCK GUELPH OHL 5' 11.0" 174 LW
136 OLSSON, NIKOLAS USA U-18 USHL 6' 0.5" 194 RW
137 HINOSTROZA, VINCENT WATERLOO USHL 5' 9.0" 161 C
138 FOURNIER, DILLON ROUYN-NORANDA QMJHL 6' 2.0" 180 D
139 JOHNSON, ADAM HIBBING HS HIGH-MN 5' 10.5" 150 LW
140 MORGAN, BRIAN MONARCHS EJHL 5' 10.75" 152 C
141 BARBER, RILEY USA U-18 USHL 5' 11.5" 194 RW
142 WEDMAN, COLE SPOKANE WHL 6' 2.75" 165 D
143 REID, ADAM NORTHEASTERN H-EAST 6' 3.5" 205 LW
144 MCKEE, MICHAEL LINCOLN USHL 6' 4.5" 232 D
145 GILMOUR, ADAM NOBLES HIGH-MA 6' 2.5" 194 RW
146 MARTIN, COLTEN KELOWNA WHL 5' 10.5" 160 D
147 MACHAC, PATRIK BRAMPTON OHL 5' 9.0" 168 C
148 CURCURUTO, GIANLUCA SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6' 0.25" 195 D
149 HANSON, JOSHUA PORTLAND WHL 6' 2.5" 199 D
150 QUENNEVILLE, PETER SHERWOOD PARK AJHL 5' 11.0" 176 C
151 KOULES, MILES USA U-18 USHL 5' 11.0" 189 RW
152 DODERO, CHARLIE SUDBURY OHL 6' 1.5" 190 D
153 WATSON, CLIFFORD SIOUX CITY USHL 6' 1.5" 201 D
154 WEIDAUER, CHRISTIAN CARLETON PLACE CCHL 6' 2.25" 185 D
155 MERCHANT, WILL EAGAN HIGH-MN 6' 0.5" 172 LW
156 CLAPPERTON, CHRISTOPHER BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND QMJHL 5' 9.0" 162 LW
157 CARRICK, CONNOR USA U-18 USHL 5' 11.0" 185 D
158 GWINNER, SHAYNE MOOSE JAW WHL 6' 0.0" 183 D
159 MAY, ELI EAGAN HIGH-MN 6' 1.0" 190 D
160 WEEGAR, MACKENZIE NEPEAN CCHL 5' 11.0" 183 D
161 ANDERSON, JOSH LONDON OHL 6' 1.0" 183 LW
162 OPPERMAN, GRANT BRECK HIGH HIGH-MN 5' 11.5" 180 RW
163 MANNO, JOSEPH NORTHEASTERN H-EAST 6' 0.0" 185 C
164 VESEY, JIMMY SOUTH SHORE EJHL 6' 0.0" 178 LW
165 RISSLING, JAYNEN CALGARY WHL 6' 4.0" 223 D
166 WADE, JUSTIN FARGO USHL 6' 2.0" 210 D
167 GUDBRANSON, ALEX KINGSTON OHL 6' 2.0" 206 D
168 LEDUC, LOIC CAPE BRETON QMJHL 6' 5.75" 194 D
169 BILCKE, TY WINDSOR OHL 6' 2.75" 217 RW
170 STEVENS, JOHN SALISBURY HIGH-CT 6' 1.25" 175 C
171 MOROZ, MITCHELL EDMONTON WHL 6' 1.75" 209 LW
172 RAUTER, ALEX CHOATE-ROSEMARY HIGH-CT 6' 0.25" 175 LW
173 FILIPPI, TOMAS BAIE-COMEAU QMJHL 6' 1.0" 180 LW
174 SAMPAIR, CHARLIE HILL-MURRAY HIGH-MN 6' 0.0" 180 C
175 SELMAN, JUSTIN SIOUX FALLS USHL 6' 0.0" 190 C
176 BROWN, JOSHUA OSHAWA OHL 6' 4.25" 206 D
177 CORRIVEAU, RAPHAEL CAPE BRETON QMJHL 6' 3.75" 180 RW
178 OLSON, TREVOR DULUTH EAST HIGH-MN 6' 1.0" 180 RW
179 AUGER, JUSTIN GUELPH OHL 6' 6.25" 216 RW
180 PRYZBEK, ZACHARY SALISBURY HIGH-CT 6' 3.0" 196 LW
181 TOEWS, DEVON SURREY BCHL 5' 10.75" 155 D
182 WIGLE, JOEL NIAGARA OHL 6' 2.5" 196 RW
183 DEVLIN, BRANDON WINDSOR OHL 6' 1.0" 198 D
184 DE HAAS, JAMES TORONTO LAKESHORE OJHL 6' 2.5" 197 D
185 GOW, REID SPOKANE WHL 5' 10.25" 177 D
186 ANDRIGHETTO, SVEN ROUYN-NORANDA QMJHL 5' 9.0" 188 RW
187 FARLEY, AUSTIN FARGO USHL 5' 7.5" 171 LW
188 SWARD, DALTON VANCOUVER WHL 6' 0.25" 179 RW
189 MONTGOMERY, JACOB SHATTUCK-ST.MARYS HIGH-MN 6' 1.0" 191 LW
190 LECLERC, ALEXANDRE ROUYN-NORANDA QMJHL 6' 3.5" 210 D
191 HEFFLEY, COLTON KELOWNA WHL 6' 2.75" 202 C
192 HOLLAND, RHETT OKOTOKS AJHL 6' 2.0" 220 D
193 FRASER, JEREMIE ACADIE-BATHURST QMJHL 6' 0.75" 216 D
194 GONYE, ALEXANDER DEERFIELD HIGH-MA 6' 0.25" 162 LW
195 BLANDISI, JOSEPH OWEN SOUND OHL 5' 10.5" 182 C/RW
196 CIAMPINI, LUCA HALIFAX QMJHL 6' 0.25" 190 LW
197 CAGGIULA, DRAKE STOUFFVILLE OJHL 5' 8.75" 170 C
198 TONINATO, DOMINIC DULUTH EAST HIGH-MN 6' 0.5" 165 C
199 NANNE, LOUIS EDINA HIGH HIGH-MN 5' 10.0" 162 LW
200 PAYNE, CODY PLYMOUTH OHL 6' 2.0" 201 RW
201 LOISELLE, BRON NORTHFIELD-MT.HERMON HIGH-MA 6' 0.25" 173 C
202 WOOD, TYLER NOBLES HIGH-MA 6' 2.5" 189 D
203 DEJERSEY, PAUL PRINCE GEORGE BCHL 6' 2.75" 197 RW
204 MURPHY, WADE VICTORIA BCHL 5' 10.5" 173 RW
205 STEPHANIK, JASON NEW JERSEY HITMEN EJHL 6' 1.5" 177 LW
206 SILK, BRENDAN USA U-18 USHL 6' 2.75" 191 RW
207 POULIN, DOMINIC CHICOUTIMI QMJHL 6' 1.5" 192 D
208 RODEWALD, JACK REGINA WHL 6' 0.25" 169 LW
209 PARISI, THOMAS MONARCHS EJHL 5' 10.5" 197 D
210 ABRAMSON, ORI BAY STATE EJHL 6' 3.0" 214 D
LV MCENENY, EVAN KITCHENER OHL 6'2.5" 203 D

Goaltenders

RANK PLAYER TEAM LEAGUE HEIGHT WEIGHT
1 SUBBAN, MALCOLM BELLEVILLE OHL 6' 1.0" 188
2 MURRAY, MATTHEW SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6' 4.0" 162
3 WHITNEY, BRANDON VICTORIAVILLE QMJHL 6' 5.0" 193
4 GILLIES, JON INDIANA USHL 6' 4.75" 210
5 PATERSON, JAKE SAGINAW OHL 6' 1.5" 183
6 TREMBLAY, FRANCOIS VAL-D'OR QMJHL 6' 2.0" 200
7 ALTSHULLER, DANIEL OSHAWA OHL 6' 2.75" 191
8 MAKAROV, ANDREY SASKATOON WHL 6' 0.5" 180
9 OLSON, COLLIN USA U-18 USHL 6' 3.5" 197
10 BARTOSAK, PATRIK RED DEER WHL 6' 0.25" 181
11 PALAZZESE, FRANK KITCHENER OHL 6' 0.5" 160
12 DRIEDGER, CHRIS CALGARY WHL 6' 2.75" 190
13 MARCOUX, ETIENNE BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND QMJHL 6' 0.0" 155
14 SKAPSKI, MACKENZIE KOOTENAY WHL 6' 2.0" 186
15 TOMKINS, MATT SHERWOOD PARK AJHL 6' 1.75" 171
16 BRASSARD, FRANCOIS QUEBEC QMJHL 6' 1.0" 154
17 MACHOVSKY, MATEJ BRAMPTON OHL 6' 1.75" 191
18 LAGACE, MAXIME PEI QMJHL 6' 2.25" 170
19 LYON, ALEX OMAHA USHL 6' 1.0" 205
20 WINDSOR, CLINT SAGINAW OHL 6' 4.0" 215
21 STOLARZ, ANTHONY CORPUS CHRISTI NAHL 6' 5.0" 200
22 HOUSER, MICHAEL LONDON OHL 6' 1.25" 190
23 WILLIAMS, STEPHON SIOUX FALLS USHL 6' 2.0" 191
24 YOUNG, JOSEPH BOSTON ADV. AAA USMAAAE 6' 1.5" 160
25 BRENNAN, JACOB ACADIE-BATHURST QMJHL 6' 0.5" 178
26 HOLOWENKO, COLE PRINCE ALBERT WHL 6' 1.25" 194
27 PAVELKA, JAROSLAV WINDSOR OHL 6' 1.5" 178
28 MORRIS, MATTHEW DUBUQUE USHL 5' 10.0" 210
29 D'AGOSTINI, ANDREW PETERBOROUGH OHL 5' 10.5" 174
30 WILL, ROMAN MONCTON QMJHL 6' 1.0" 191
31 SPRIGINGS, DAWSON THE GUNNERY HIGH-CT 5' 11.0" 190
32 MORRISON, MIKE PETERBOROUGH OHL 6' 0.5" 175
33 TRUDEAU, PHILIPPE CAPE BRETON QMJHL 6' 4.5" 198
34 MCNEELY, MATT CEDAR RAPIDS USHL 6' 2.5" 201
35 WILSON, KEEGAN BRAMPTON OHL 6' 0.25" 209
36 RUTLEDGE, JARED USA U-18 USHL 5' 10.5" 171
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CSS Midterm Rankings: Europe

NHL Central Scouting has released their midterm rankings for the 2012 NHL draft. Here is the European portion:

Skaters

RANK PLAYER TEAM LEAGUE HEIGHT WEIGHT POSITION
1 FORSBERG, FILIP LEKSAND SWEDEN-2 6' 2.0" 181 C
2 COLLBERG, SEBASTIAN FROLUNDA JR. SWE-JR. 5' 11.0" 176 RW
3 HERTL, TOMAS SLAVIA CZREP 6' 2.0" 198 C
4 ABERG, PONTUS DJURGARDEN SWEDEN 5' 11.0" 194 LW
5 POKKA, VILLE KARPAT FINLAND 6' 0.0" 196 D
6 LINDHOLM, HAMPUS ROGLE JR. SWE-JR. 6' 2.5" 196 D
7 TERAVAINEN, TEUVO JOKERIT JR. FINLAND-JR. 5' 11.0" 165 LW
8 BYSTROM, LUDVIK MODO JR. SWE-JR. 6' 0.75" 208 D
9 PROKHORKIN, NIKOLAI CSKA 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 2.5" 191 LW
10 VAINONEN, MIKKO HIFK JR. FINLAND-JR. 6' 3.0" 205 D
11 LINDELL, ESA JOKERIT JR. FINLAND-JR. 6' 3.0" 194 D
12 DJOOS, CHRISTIAN BRYNAS JR. SWE-JR. 5' 11.0" 158 D
13 SLEPYSHEV, ANTON NOVOKUZNETSK RUSSIA 6' 2.0" 187 LW
14 OSNOVIN, VYACHESLAV CHELYABINSK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 0.0" 188 C
15 VASILIEV, VALERI SPARTAK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 1.25" 203 D
16 ANDERSSON, CALLE FARJESTAD JR. SWE-JR. 6' 2.25" 208 D
17 THORELL, ERIK FARJESTAD SWEDEN 5' 10.0" 185 C
18 GUSEV, NIKITA CSKA 2 RUSSIA-JR. 5' 9.0" 163 LW
19 IKONEN, HENRI KALPA JR. FINLAND-JR. 6' 0.0" 198 LW
20 FILIPPOV, ALEXEI CHELYABINSK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 3.5" 174 RW
21 WALKER, NATHAN VITKOVICE JR. CZREP-JR. 5' 9.0" 185 LW
22 NEMEC, ERIK VITKOVICE JR. CZREP-JR. 6' 0.0" 161 C
23 IZACKY, JAKUB TRINEC JR. CZREP-JR. 6' 0.0" 187 LW
24 TIKKINEN, NIKLAS BLUES JR. FINLAND-JR. 5' 11.0" 172 D
25 LEHTONEN, MIKKO TPS JR. FINLAND-JR. 5' 11.0" 183 D
26 AALTONEN, MIRO BLUES FINLAND 5' 10.0" 168 C
27 BOYCE ROTEVALL, JEREMY TIMRA SWEDEN 6' 0.0" 176 LW
28 MATUS, RADIM TRINEC JR. CZREP-JR. 6' 0.25" 160 C
29 KILNAR, ALES VITKOVICE JR. CZREP-JR. 6' 0.0" 185 LW
30 PETTERSSON, JESPER LINKOPING JR. SWE-JR. 5' 8.25" 180 D
31 TORNKVIST, TOBIAS ROGLE JR. SWE-JR. 6' 3.75" 190 RW
32 HUOVINEN, JOONAS SPORT JR. FINLAND-JR. 5' 11.0" 176 C
33 SAMUELSSON, HENRIK EDMONTON WHL 6' 2.0" 195 RW
34 WIKSTRAND, MIKAEL MORA SWEDEN-2 6' 1.0" 183 D
35 BERTSCHY, CHRISTOPH BERN SWISS 5' 10.0" 170 C
36 VERMIN, JOEL BERN SWISS 5' 11.0" 192 RW
37 KUKAN, DEAN LULEA JR. SWE-JR. 6' 2.0" 198 D
38 KULMALA, RASMUS TPS JR. FINLAND-JR. 5' 8.0" 160 C
39 KOBLASA, PETR KARLOVY VARY JR. CZREP-JR. 6' 0.25" 190 RW
40 SIMION, DARIO LUGANO SWISS 6' 1.0" 187 RW
41 KRUTIKOV, EVGENI SPARTAK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 1.0" 174 LW
42 NEJEZCHLEB, RICHARD SLAVIA JR. CZREP-JR. 6' 2.0" 187 RW
43 MUSTONEN, JOEL SKELLEFTEA JR. SWE-JR. 5' 10.0" 172 C
44 AUVINEN, HENRI JYP JR. FINLAND-JR. 6' 1.5" 176 D
45 MISYUL, OLEG YAROSLAVL 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 2.0" 205 D
46 ZERRESSEN, PASCAL KREFELD JR. GERMANY-JR. 6' 5.0" 218 D
47 KRETSCHMANN, CHRISTIAN KREFELD JR. GERMANY-JR. 5' 10.0" 185 C
48 SIEBER, LUKAS DAVOS SWISS 6' 0.0" 165 LW
49 WALSER, SAMUEL KLOTEN SWISS 6' 3.0" 218 C
50 HARI, JANOS MODO JR. SWE-JR. 5' 9.0" 165 LW
51 KARLSSON, ERIK FROLUNDA JR. SWE-JR. 5' 11.75" 162 C
52 LUNDBERG, EMIL SODERTALJE SWEDEN-2 6' 3.0" 203 RW
53 RANTAKARI, OTSO JOKERIT JR. FINLAND-JR. 5' 11.0" 165 D
54 LINDBOHM, PETTERI JOKERIT JR. FINLAND-JR. 6' 3.0" 209 D
55 PODZINSH, AYNARS RIGA RUSSIA 6' 0.0" 183 LW
56 PROCHAZKA, MARTIN SPARTA JR. CZREP-JR. 6' 2.5" 195 LW
57 TIFFELS, DOMINIK MANNHEIM JR. GERMANY-JR. 5' 10.0" 176 D
58 KNOT, RONALD SLAVIA JR. CZREP-JR. 6' 3.0" 192 D
59 YUNUSHEV, DANIIL UFA 2 RUSSIA-JR. 5' 11.0" 198 LW
60 MARKKULA, SAMU JYP JR. FINLAND-JR. 5' 9.0" 172 LW
61 MALENKIKH, EGOR ST. PETERSBURG 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 4.0" 197 D
62 KLEIN, ARTEM KREFELD JR. GERMANY-JR. 6' 1.0" 190 C
63 KALLELA, TONI KALPA FINLAND 5' 10.0" 165 LW
64 GAREEV, STANISLAV UFA 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 3.25" 195 D
65 BAZANOV, ALEXEI VOSKRESENSK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 5' 11.0" 163 C/LW/RW
66 NOSEK, TOMAS PARDUBICE CZREP 6' 3.0" 180 LW
67 MRAZ, RICHARD LEV POPRAD 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 2.0" 194 RW
68 HAWLIK, ADAM VITKOVICE JR. CZREP-JR. 6' 0.5" 192 D
69 ZANGGER, SANDRO ZURICH JR. SWISS-JR. 6' 0.0" 165 RW
70 MARTI, CHRISTIAN KLOTEN JR. SWISS-JR. 6' 3.0" 203 D
71 SLOVACEK, ONDREJ VITKOVICE JR. CZREP-JR. 5' 11.5" 156 RW
72 ZADRAZIL, MATEJ KARLOVY VARY JR. CZREP-JR. 6' 1.5" 204 LW
73 LUZA, PATRIK BRATISLAVA JR. SLOVAKIA-JR. 6' 1.0" 194 D
74 HEDBERG, EDWIN MODO JR. SWE-JR. 5' 11.0" 174 RW
75 SULAK, LIBOR LEV POPRAD 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 1.0" 169 D
76 SHINGAREEV, TIMUR MAGNITOGORSK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 5' 10.0" 169 RW
77 NYSTROM, ERIK MODO JR. SWE-JR. 5' 11.0" 176 LW
78 NILSSON, LUDVIG TIMRA JR. SWE-JR. 6' 1.0" 173 C
79 FERNHOLM, SIMON HUDDINGE JR. SWE-JR. 6' 4.0" 187 D
80 LILLIESTROM KARLSSON, DAVID AIK SWEDEN 5' 11.0" 187 C
81 BITTNER, JAN LITVINOV JR. CZREP-JR. 6' 3.0" 207 D
82 PLASIL, KAREL C. BUDEJOVICE JR. CZREP-JR. 6' 3.0" 183 D
83 STULOV, DMITRI MAGNITOGORSK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 1.0" 180 D
84 LIPSBERGS, ROBERTS RIGA 2 RUSSIA-JR. 5' 10.0" 176 LW
85 OLOFSSON, JOHAN FARJESTAD JR. SWE-JR. 5' 9.0" 152 RW
86 JEVPALOVS, NIKITA 6' 0.0" 181 RW
87 NOREN, PATRIK LEKSAND SWEDEN-2 5' 11.0" 176 D
88 BALMELLI, LUKAS LUGANO JR. SWISS-JR. 6' 2.0" 185 C
89 JANMARK-NYLEN, MATTIAS AIK JR. SWE-JR. 6' 1.0" 189 C
90 HANNIKAINEN, MARKUS JOKERIT JR. FINLAND-JR. 6' 2.0" 185 LW
91 SPELLING, THOMAS HERNING DENMARK 6' 1.0" 176 RW
92 SCHMUTZ, JULIAN BERN JR. SWISS-JR. 5' 8.0" 170 RW
93 SANDBERG, FILIP HV 71 JR. SWE-JR. 5' 7.5" 159 C
94 MATEJCEK, MARTIN SPARTA JR. CZREP-JR. 5' 11.75" 166 LW
95 EBERHARDT, MARKUS RIESSERSEE GERMANY-2 5' 10.0" 190 LW
96 VANIN, DENIS CHELYABINSK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 0.0" 178 D
97 YAMKIN, ILYA NIZHNY NOVGOROD 2 RUSSIA-JR. 5' 10.25" 187 LW
98 GUERRA, SAMUEL DAVOS SWISS 6' 1.0" 190 D
99 GALIN, DAMIR KAZAN 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 3.75" 224 D
100 NIKKO, JONI LUKKO JR. FINLAND-JR. 6' 2.0" 191 LW
101 FAYZULLIN, DANIL KAZAN 2 RUSSIA-JR. 5' 11.0" 143 D
102 KADEYKIN, ALEXANDER MYTISCHI 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 3.0" 187 C
103 FISCHBUCH, DANIEL DUSSELDORF JR. GERMANY-JR. 5' 10.0" 176 RW
104 KHATSEI, ARSENI SPARTAK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 5' 11.75" 179 C
105 LYUBUSHIN, ILYA NOVOKUZNETSK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 1.0" 189 D
106 LEBEDEV, ALEXANDR YAROSLAVL 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 1.5" 191 LW
107 KLOPPER, PATRICK KREFELD JR. GERMANY-JR. 5' 10.0" 154 C
108 TIMIREV, ALEXANDR CSKA 2 RUSSIA-JR. 5' 10.0" 187 RW
109 LISOV, NIKITA CSKA 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 0.5" 175 D
110 GIMATOV, EDUARD YEKATERINBURG 2 RUSSIA-JR. 5' 10.5" 174 C/LW/RW
111 FRIMAN, NICO HIFK JR. FINLAND-JR. 5' 8.5" 156 RW
112 ROUILLER, ANTHONY BIEL JR. SWISS-JR. 5' 8.0" 154 D
113 KVARTALNOV, NIKITA CHEREPOVETS 2 RUSSIA-JR. 5' 10.0" 163 C/LW/RW
114 HAUNER, NORMAN KOLN GERMANY 5' 11.0" 176 RW
115 BOTZENHARDT, THOMAS BAD TOLZ JR. GERMANY-JR. 6' 3.0" 209 D
116 RYDAHL, GUSTAV FROLUNDA JR. SWE-JR. 6' 2.0" 194 C
117 RYABOV, ANATOLI TYUMEN 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 0.0" 180 LW
118 SALMINEN, SAMI JOKERIT JR. FINLAND-JR. 6' 5.0" 200 RW
119 ZAAR, DANIEL ROGLE JR. SWE-JR. 5' 11.0" 167 RW
120 ANDERBERG, FREDRIC DJURGARDEN JR. SWE-JR. 5' 11.25" 187 C/LW/RW
121 NATTINEN, TOPI JYP JR. FINLAND-JR. 5' 10.0" 165 C
122 WESTERHOLM, PONTHUS MALMO SWEDEN-2 6' 0.0" 187 RW
123 HAAPALA, HENRIK TAPPARA JR. FINLAND-JR. 5' 5.0" 133 RW
124 SALAK, JAN BRATISLAVA JR. SLOVAKIA-JR. 6' 2.0" 213 RW
125 NEUENSCHWANDER, JAN DAVOS SWISS 5' 10.0" 185 C
126 KRONTHALER, STEPHAN LANDSHUT CANN. GERMANY-2 6' 1.0" 187 D
127 KURTH, MARCEL MANNHEIM JR. GERMANY-JR. 6' 0.0" 192 C
128 SEKAC, JIRI LEV POPRAD RUSSIA 6' 1.5" 174 LW
129 CHALUPA, LUKAS LEV POPRAD 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 3.0" 183 D
130 BURI, RICHARD NITRA JR. SLOVAKIA-JR. 6' 3.0" 192 D
131 ARZAMASTSEV, ZAKHAR NOVOKUZNETSK RUSSIA 6' 2.0" 205 D
132 SOSHNIKOV, NIKITA MYTISCHI 2 RUSSIA-JR. 5' 11.0" 156 C/LW/RW
133 HOLM, PHILIP DJURGARDEN SWEDEN 6' 1.0" 189 D
134 BISCHOFBERGER, JOHANNES SALZBURG AUSTRIA 5' 8.0" 154 LW
135 KOMAREK, KONSTANTIN LULEA SWEDEN 5' 11.0" 187 LW

Goaltenders

1 VASILEVSKI, ANDREI UFA 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 3.25" 204
2 DANSK, OSCAR BRYNAS JR. SWE-JR. 6' 2.5" 186
3 KORPISALO, JOONAS JOKERIT JR. FINLAND-JR. 6' 1.5" 163
4 LANGHAMER, MAREK PARDUBICE JR. CZREP-JR. 6' 1.75" 181
5 AUREN, JEAN SPORT JR. FINLAND-JR. 6' 1.5" 187
6 ISRAELSSON, MATHIAS FROLUNDA JR. SWE-JR. 5' 9.75" 193
7 ULLBERG, RICHARD SAIPA FINLAND 6' 3.0" 185
8 SABOL, RICHARD B. BYSTRICA JR. SLOVAKIA-JR. 5' 11.0" 185
9 DEMCHENKO, VASILI CHELYABINSK 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6' 1.0" 163
10 CUPPER, MARVIN EISBAREN BERLIN JR. GERMANY-JR. 5' 11.0" 180
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Sundher now a Wheat King

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, January 9, 2012 | 1/09/2012

The WHL's Victoria Royals announced Monday that they have traded Kevin Sundher to the Brandon Wheat Kings for two players (Dakota Conroy, Jordan Fransoo) and a first round draft pick in the 2012 WHL draft. Chosen by the Sabres in the third round of the 2010 draft, Sundher currently ranks 7th in WHL scoring with 64 points (22+42) through 40 games (21 multi-point efforts). He signed his entry-level contract with the Sabres on December 15th.

For Sundher, the writing has been on the wall since he inked his deal with Buffalo. The Royals entered the trade deadline mired in a nine-game losing streak and were likely going to be given an opportunity to gain assets in exchange for a player who will be playing professionally in the fall. He leaves Victoria as the franchise's all-time leading scorer with 90 goals and 241 points in 255 career games.

With that behind him, Sundher now gets to travel a thousand miles east to Manitoba to finish off his junior career. The speedster is likely to be the Wheat Kings #1 center, giving him an opportunity to play alongside Team Canada scorer Mark Stone, and likely increasing his chances of becoming the Sabres first 100-point prospect since Dylan Hunter hit it big with London in 2005-06.

Sundher will make his Wheat Kings debut Wednesday in Brandon against the Saskatoon Blades.

Click below for Sundher's 2011-12 highlight playlist.

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1/8 Recap: Kassian's three point night not enough

Zack Kassian scored a pair of goals Sunday and added an assist - all in the third period - as Rochester lost a 4-3 shootout battle to longtime foe Hershey. Kassian, who added the lone Amerks goal in the shootout, now has four points in two games since returning to the AHL. It was the first three-point night of his professional career.

Trailing 2-0 after two periods, the Amerks came on strong in the final frame to make it a game. Kassian got the ball rolling with his eighth of the year on the power play just 15-seconds in. Minutes later, T.J. Brennan potted his seventh goal of the year to knot the game 2-2. The Bears would get the lead back before Kassian's second of the night with 1:01 left in regulation forced the OT.



The Rundown:
Kassian: 2G, SHOG, A, 5 SOG
Brennan: G, +1, 4 SOG
Foligno: A, +1, 3 SOG
Biega: A, 3 SOG
Tropp: -1
Schiestel: -1
Szydlowski: 1 SOG
Lagace: even

The Amerks are off until Friday when they host divisional rival Toronto.

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Elsewhere, Nathan Lieuwen made 31 saves to guide Kootenay to a 3-1 win over Medicine Hat. The ICE travel to Red Deer on Wednesday.

Alex Lepkowski logged a -1 as Barrie downed Kingston, 5-3. Gregg Sutch missed his fifth straight game with a head injury. Barrie is off until Thursday when they take on Niagara.

Cedrick Henley recorded three shots on goal as Val-d'Or surprised Quebec, 2-1. The Foreurs will next play on Friday at Victoriaville.

Mark Pysyk finished even as Edmonton lost to Red Deer, 4-3. The Oil Kings travel to Medicine Hat on Thursday.
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1/7 Recap: Sundher extends streak, gets tossed

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, January 8, 2012 | 1/08/2012

In Saturday action, Kevin Sundher extended his point streak to 12 games with an assist, but Victoria suffered their ninth straight defeat with a 4-3 shootout loss to Kelowna. Both streaks are newsworthy, but it's how Sundher ended the game that had people talking afterwards.

Amidst a high level of frustration, Sundher missed the shootout after getting tossed for attempting to headbutt a taunting Shane McColgan at the end of OT. The two previously came together for offsetting roughing minors as buzzer sounded to end regulation. With his name swirling as perhaps the hottest WHL trade commodity (unless Team Canada scorer Mark Stone is somehow put on the block) and the Royals not taking the ice again until Friday, the game would certainly be a most interesting way for Sundher, the franchise's all-time leading point-getter, to close out his time in Victoria.



Elsewhere, Steven Shipley scored his 11th goal of the year as Niagara doubled Sarnia, 4-2. The 6'3 Shipley has six goals and 14 points in his last 10 games. The Dogs are off until Thursday when they host Barrie.



Mark Pysyk returned from the World Junior Championship and scored his third goal of the year as Edmonton downed Swift Current, 5-3. The 6'2 defender came down the left side late in the second period and stuffed the puck past the Broncos goaltender for his 19th point of the year. The Oil Kings will be in action Sunday when they host Red Deer.



In NCAA play, Drew MacKenzie scored his sixth goal of the year as Vermont dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Massachusetts at Frozen Fenway. The power play marker extends MacKenzie's career-best point streak to six games. The Catamounts return home next weekend to face Lowell on Friday and Providence on Sunday.



Justin Jokinen avenged a costly penalty the night before by scoring the game winning goal as Minnesota State earned a 3-1 win over Saint Lawrence and a split of their non-league set. The goal, Jokinen's third of the year, was his first game winner since 10/10/08 against Bemidji State.

Connor Knapp made 20 saves for the ninth shutout of his career as Miami swept Michigan State with a 4-0 win. The senior netminder, whose record improved to 5-4, appeared in back-to-back contests for the first time since last January (1/22, 1/28). The RedHawks travel to Lake Superior State next weekend.

Dan Catenacci collected three assists as Owen Sound got past Brampton with a 4-3 overtime win. The speedy center earned helpers on consecutive shifts in the early second as the Attack snatched a 2-1 lead before earning a secondary on the OT winner. The Attack are off until Friday's tilt with Erie.



Nathan Lieuwen stopped 19 of 22 shots as Kootenay was beaten by Moose Jaw, 3-1. The 6'5 keeper has won just three of his last 10 starts (since December 1st) to dip to 17-10-1-2 on the year. The ICE will end the weekend with a Sunday meeting with Medicine Hat.

Colin Jacobs was -1 as Seattle lost to Spokane, 4-2. After missing 26 games while recovering from shoulder surgery, the 6'1 center has gathered fur points (3+1) in his first dozen games of the 2011-12 season. The T-Birds are off until Friday when they visit Kamloops.

Alex Lepkowski finished -1 as Barrie lost to London, 3-2. Colts forward Gregg Sutch missed his fourth straight game with a head injury despite rumors that he had passed his concussion test earlier in the week. The Colts return to action Sunday at Kingston.

In the QMJHL, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc logged a +1 as Rimouski won a 3-2 shootout decision over Baie-Comeau. The QMJHL's leading defensive point-getter, Leduc has gone two games without getting on the scoresheet for the fourth time this season. The Nics are off until Friday when they'll tangle with Rouyn-Noranda.

Brad Navin was even as Wisconsin edged RIT, 2-1. The 6'2 freshman has two goals and two assists through his first 19 collegiate games. The Badgers travel to Mankato next weekend for a WCHA set with Minnesota State.

Christian Isackson did not play as Minnesota lost to Notre Dame, 4-3. The Gophers will play a key WCHA set with North Dakota.

Brad Eidsness served as back-up as North Dakota defeated Clarkson 3-1 at MTS Center in Winnipeg. The senior has started just three of North Dakota's 21 games this season.

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In the AHL, Phil Varone scored a pair of goals including the game-winner as Rochester defeated Binghamton, 3-2. Varone extends his career-best point streak to six games. He has a ways to go before eclipsing the 16-gamer he posted a year ago while with Erie of the OHL.

Zack Kassian notched an assist in his first AHL game since November 19th, while Shawn Szydlowski added a career-high four shots on goal.

The Amerks close the weekend with a battle against longtime rival Hershey on Sunday.

The Rundown:
Varone: 2G
Kassian: 1A, +1
Foligno: +1
Tropp: 2 SOG
Lagace: 2 SOG
Schiestel: even
Brennan: 3 SOG
Biega: -1
Szydlowski: -2, 4 SOG
Persson: 2 SOG
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1/6 Recap: Henley sparks Val-d'Or victory

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, January 7, 2012 | 1/07/2012

Cedrick Henley scored a shorthanded goal and added two assists Friday as Val-d'Or rode a strong third period to a 6-4 win over Drummondville. The game's #2 star, Henley knotted the score then set up the game winner in a span of three minutes midway through the third period en route to racking up his second consecutive three-point effort. The 6'5 captain led all players with four hits. Les Foreurs resume play on Sunday against Quebec.

Steve Shipley scored his 10th goal of the year as Niagara earned a 4-3 shootout decision over Owen Sound. With the game tied 1-1 in the third, Shipley followed-up on a breakaway to bury a rebound. Daniel Catenacci saw his three-game point streak snapped but did record his first fighting major of the year in the early third when he engaged Dogs forward Andrew Agozzino in front of the Attack net. Both clubs will go again on Saturday, with the Dogs hosting Sarnia and Owen Sound welcoming Brampton.



Colin Jacobs scored a penalty shot goal, his third of the year, as Seattle was handled by Tri-City, 7-3. Jacobs' five-hole tally allowed the T-Birds to pull within 5-2 at the end of the second period. The #1 team in this week's CHL rankings, the Ams have now won 12 straight games. Seattle battles Spokane on Saturday.

Kevin Sundher notched two assists as Victoria came up short in a 5-2 loss to Kelowna. The pair of helpers extend the speedy center's point streak to 11 games. Sundher remains the subject of heavy trade rumors at the WHL deadline. The Royals and Rockets will close the weekend series Saturday in Victoria.



Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (4 SOG) saw a three-game point streak come to an end as Rimouski was upended by Baie-Comeau, 3-2. The two clubs will play again on Saturday.

In college play, Connor Knapp was excellent in making 33 saves as Miami edged Michigan State in overtime, 2-1. The 6'6 senior has now won three of his last four starts (going back to the end of November). It's unclear if Knapp, who hasn't played in back-to-back games since last January, will get the nod again in Saturday's rematch.



Brad Navin contributed one shot on goal as Wisconsin doubled RIT, 6-3. Rochester native Mark Zengerle picked up two assists for the Badgers to extend his point streak to an impressive 18 games. Wisconsin will try for the non-conference sweep on Saturday.

Justin Jokinen (-1) recorded three shots on goal as Minnesota State was nipped by St. Lawrence, 4-3. With his team leading 3-2 with six minutes left in the third, the senior forward took a high sticking penalty that resulted in the Saints tying the game on the power play. SLU would add another just 1:16 later to get the win. The teams will play again on Saturday.

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In AHL play, Rochester got regulation goals from Derek Whitmore, Phil Varone, and Maxime Legault, but was outpunched in an eight-round shootout to finish with a 4-3 loss to Wilke-Barre/Scranton. Jonathan Parker and Paul Szczechura lit the lamp in the shootout before Eric Tangradi clinched it for the Baby Pens.

Varone, a 20-year old signed to an AHL contract during training camp, scarfed up a Marcus Foligno rebound to extend his point streak to five straight games.

The Rundown:
Foligno: A, +1
Szydlowski: A, +1
Tropp: A
Finley: +2
Schiestel: +1
Persson: +1
Lagace: 1 SOG
Biega: -1, 2 SOG
Crawford: -1
Parker: -1

***

In the lone Thursday game, Mark Adams was -3 as Providence played to a 4-4 tie with Massachusetts. The Friars will next host UNH on Wednesday.
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1/4 Recap: Leduc pots career best; Lieuwen gets W

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, January 5, 2012 | 1/05/2012

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc scored his 21st goal of the year Wednesday as Rimouski was lumped by Shawinigan, 8-3. The league leading goal total for defensemen gives the 6'2 righty a new career best. Rimouski battles Baie-Comeau on Friday.



Elsewhere, Nathan Lieuwen made 33 saves as Kootenay handled Swift Current, 5-1. The 6'5 stopper, who surrendered the goal off a power play deflection, gets his first win since December 16th to move to 17-9-1-2 on the year. The ICE welcome Moose Jaw to town on Saturday.

Drew MacKenzie extended his point streak to a career-high five games with an assist as Vermont was defeated by Maine, 3-1. On Saturday, the Catamounts will travel to Fenway Park for an outdoor tilt with U-Mass.

Alex Lepkowski finished -1 as Barrie lost to Sudbury, 5-3. Gregg Sutch missed his third straight game for the Colts, who move on to face London on Saturday.

Colin Jacobs finished -1 as Seattle lost to Everett, 5-2. The Thunderbirds return to action Friday at Tri-City.
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1/3 Recap: Armia finds net; prospects play for bronze

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 | 1/04/2012

Joel Armia continued to show his offensive potential Tuesday, netting a regulation goal and another in the shootout as Finland suffered a 3-2 loss to Sweden in the World Junior Championship semifinal. The Finns will now play for the bronze medal on Thursday against Canada, giving them an opportunity to exact revenge after the 8-1 whopping at the hands of the hosts in the tourney opener.

Armia, who was again working well beneath the goal line and getting to the front of the net, notched his fifth goal of the tournament at 15:30 of the middle frame to give Finland a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission.



With the goal holding up well into the third, it looked as if Armia would again be the hero until Sweden's Max Friberg struck with 1:44 to play in regulation to send the game to overtime. The clubs would endure a back-and-forth affair in the 10-minute OT before entering a three-round shootout to decide who'd play for gold.

Armia came down as the Finns first shooter, making a quick fake before snapping a shot off the post to even things at a goal apiece. Armia celebrated the goal by mockingly "riding his stick" past the Swedish bench after Friberg did the same in pool play against the Swiss.



Afterwards, Armia called the move "the dumbest thing I've ever done in my hockey career"...

The 6'3 wing enters the bronze medal game with five goals on 18 shots (27.8%) to go along with two assists and a +2 rating.

In the second semifinal, Mark Pysyk sent four shots on goal as Canada couldn't cap an exciting comeback in a 6-5 loss to Russia. The Russians held a 6-1 lead after two periods before holding on for dear life in the final twenty as the Canadians exploded with four goals over a five minute stretch. Pysyk, who again manned the right side of Canada's bottom pair, executed perhaps the biggest open-ice hit of his career when he put Yaroslav Kosov on his back midway through the third. (Kosov was hunched over holding his shoulder as he left ice.) The steady stay-at-homer is one of just two Canadian skaters who've yet to register a point in the tourney.

***

In CHL play, Kevin Sundher earned an assist to extend his point streak to 10 games as Victoria was hammered by Calgary, 9-4. The subject of several WHL rumors with the January 10th trade deadline looming, Sundher also recorded his first fighting major of the year late in game when he tangled with 6'1 Brady Brassart. The six-footer is currently tied with Emerson Etem for 4th in league scoring with 61 points (22+39).

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1/2 Recap: Armia scores as Finns advance

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, January 2, 2012 | 1/02/2012

Joel Armia scored his fourth goal of the World Junior Championship Monday as Finland secured a spot in the semifinals with an 8-5 win over Slovakia. The Finns will battle rival Sweden on Tuesday with the winner facing one of Russia or Canada for gold.

Armia got the Finns on the board at 4:29 of the opening period when he circled behind the net and quickly threw a pass from the side that deflected off a Slovak defender past netminder Juraj Bindoch. Armia, who added a high sticking penalty and seven shots on goal to his game card, continued to show his stickhandling ability with some nice moves near the net while using his big frame to protect the puck along the wall. The 6'3 wing has amassed six points in the tourney to go along with 12 shots on goal and a +2 rating.



In the WHL, Nathan Lieuwen served as backup for the third time in the last four games as Kootenay suffered a 7-2 loss at Lethbridge. Lieuwen enters 2012 off a rough December that saw him go 2-5 with 3.56 goals against average and .876 save percentage.

On Sunday, Daniel Catenacci posted an assist as Owen Sound lost to Oshawa, 4-3. The 5'10 center enters Friday's game at Niagara as the Attack's second leading scorer with 20 goals and 44 points.

Mark Adams had a shot on goal as Providence lost the 26th annual Mayor's Cup to Brown, 5-2. The Friars resume their Hockey East schedule on Thursday when they host Massachusetts.
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12/31 Recap: Lepkowski pots 5th; World Juniors tighten

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, January 1, 2012 | 1/01/2012

In Saturday action, Alex Lepkowski scored for the second straight game as Barrie downed Erie, 5-3. The 6'4 lefty gave the Colts a 2-1 lead early in the second period when his point shot deflected off an Otters defenseman and into the net. The West Seneca native ups his season line five goals and eight points in 23 games. Colts forward Gregg Sutch missed his second straight game with a head injury.

Steve Shipley recorded an assist as Niagara lost to Guelph, 4-1. The 6'3 center was on the ice for all five goals in the game en route to finishing with a -3 rating. Shipley ends 2011 with points in seven of his last eight (4+8).

In the WHL, Colin Jacobs was unable to produce much as Seattle came up empty in a 2-0 loss to Portland. The 6'2 center has gone four games without a point for the T-Birds, who closed 2011 by being outshot 38-18.

In the college ranks, Brad Navin finished -1 as Wisconsin defeated the USA U18 squad, 4-3. The Badgers will welcome RIT to Madison next weekend for a non-conference set.

Christian Isackson sent four shots on goal as #2 Minnesota dropped a 3-2 decision to Northeastern in the championship of the Mariucci Classic. The six-foot freshman is +1 with no points in seven games played. The Gophers will battle Notre Dame on Saturday.

Brad Eidsness did not play as North Dakota defeated Harvard, 7-3. On Saturday, North Dakota will play a "home" game in Winnipeg against Clarkson.

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At the World Junior Championship, Joel Armia notched an assist as Finland completed pool play with a 4-0 win over the Czech Republic. Armia now has three goals and two assists through the four round-robin games. After the game, Armia told the Finnish press that he felt his line was the team's worst in the win (will credit with proper link). Giving himself fuel heading into the medal round can only be a good thing. Finland plays Slovakia in the quarterfinals on Monday.

Mark Pysyk was a team-best +2 as Canada held on to defeat the relegation-bound USA, 3-2. The stay-at-home Pysyk, who remains as one of two Team Canada skaters yet to record a point in the tourney, ends pool play with a cumulative +6 rating (3rd highest on team, 2nd among D). Canada will face the winner of the Czech Republic/Russia on Tuesday.
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