Sunday, February 17, 2013

2/16 Recap: Production upped as stretch run nears

Andrey Makarov made 28 saves to win his 11th straight start as Saskatoon rallied for a 4-3 victory at Medicine Hat. The Blades allowed two goals in the first five minutes of play and trailed 2-0 at the end of two periods before swarming the Tigers net with 17 shots in the third to finally light the lamp. The win, which thrusts the Blades into sole possession of the top spot in the WHL's East Division, improves Makarov's record to 28-16-03 with a 2.52 GAA and .921 save%. The Blades host Brandon on Monday.

In Finland, Joel Armia connected for three assists as Assat earned their seventh straight victory 5-1 over HIFK. Armia, who posted his fourth three-point night of the year, is now on a two-game streak for the first time since opening weekend back in September. With 25 points (15+10) through 39 games, the 2011 first-rounder needs nine points in his final nine games to equal the .70 points-per-game he put up a season ago. The Aces currently occupy the eighth spot in the SM-liiga standings heading into Tuesday's tilt at Ilves.

In the OHL, Justin Kea scored a pair of goals to hit the 20-goal mark as Saginaw handled Windsor 7-3. The power forward competed hard to the final buzzer, including a blue-collar penalty kill in the final minutes that saw him sacrifice his body and absorb punishment to clear the puck out of his zone. Kea's 20 goals and 43 points make him the fourth Sabres prospect to record 20/40 this season. The two clubs will go back at it Monday in Windsor.

Dan Catenacci used his excellent speed to earn a goal, an assist, and the game's number one star as Owen Sound edged Niagara 3-2. Catenacci, who has logged multiple points 22 times this season, ups his team-leading points haul to 67 (31+36) with a dozen games remaining on the regular season schedule. The Attack will look for wins in three straight when they visit Peterborough on Monday.

Colin Jacobs capped a productive weekend Saturday by scoring the game winning goal and adding an assist as Prince George held on for a 5-4 triumph at Lethbridge. Undrafted forward Jaimen Yakubowski scored all four goals for the Hurricanes in defeat and now has a total of 31 on the season. The Cougars wrap up their road trip Monday afternoon in Edmonton.

Elsewhere, Logan Nelson was held without a point for the second game since returning from a lower body injury as Victoria lost at Calgary 3-1. The Royals finish their cruise through Alberta on Sunday with a game at defending champion Edmonton.

Brady Austin finished plus-two as Belleville got past Sudbury 7-5. Draft eligible defender Jordan Subban led the way for the Bulls with a hat trick and an assist. Next up up for Belleville is a key Monday matchup versus Barrie, who they currently trail by a point for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Alex Lepkowski logged his second fighting major of the season as Barrie pitched a 3-0 shutout of Mississauga. Winners of two straight, the Colts visit Brampton on Sunday.

In the SEL, Linus Ullmark served as backup as MODO was defeated by HV71 4-3. MODO is off until Thursday when they travel to Linkoping.

In the USHL, Judd Peterson was scratched as Cedar Rapids lost to Green Bay 4-3. The RoughRiders are off until Friday when they host Chicago.