12/7 Recap: Isackson stuffs first; Kea scores

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, December 8, 2013 | 12/08/2013

In Saturday action, Christian Isackson scored his first goal of the year and added an assist as No. 1 Minnesota downed Michigan State 3-2. The junior forward straddled the goal line and tucked in a forehand to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead in the first period. The Gophers are now off for nearly month before taking on Colgate in the semifinal of the Mariucci Classic on Jan. 3.

Jake McCabe earned an assist as No. 17 Wisconsin edged Penn State 4-3. Brad Navin was even with no shots on goal in the win. The Badgers begin a non-conference set with former WCHA foe Colorado College on Friday.

Sean Malone recorded one shot on goal as Harvard played to a 2-2 tie with No. 8 Yale. The Crimson gets back to work Dec. 29 with an exhibition game versus the Russian Red Stars.

In the OHL, Justin Kea scored his 12th goal of the year and added an assist as Saginaw lost in overtime to Sault Ste. Marie 5-4. The goal ends Kea's five-game goal funk. Draft eligible winger Michael Bunting notched a pair of assists for the Greyhounds. The Spirit gets a few days off before Wednesday's tilt at Plymouth.

Nick Baptiste logged an assist as Sudbury routed Mississauga 8-1. 2014 draft eligible defender Connor Cummins scored his second goal of the year to earn the game's number one star. The Wolves battle Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday.

Justin Bailey (-1) went without a point for the fourth-straight game as Kitchener came up short in a 2-1 loss to Windsor. Undrafted in his first year of eligibility, Windsor goaltender Alex Fotinos got the win to improve to 14-2 on the year. The Rangers get back at it Tuesday when they host London.

Nikita Zadorov was plus-two in his final game before departing for Russia's World Junior Camp as London defeated Owen Sound 6-2. Brady Austin played even for the Knights, while 2015 draft prospect Mitchell Marner scored a goal to give him 31 points in 30 games. London next visits Kitchener on Tuesday.

Logan Nelson assisted on a goal just 3:51 in as Victoria was bested by Vancouver 7-4. The Royals will battle Vancouver for a third consecutive game on Tuesday.

In the USHL, Judd Peterson notched an assist as Cedar Rapids was tripped up by Tri-City 6-3. Michigan Tech commit Joel LEsperence scored a career best four goals to pace the Storm. The Riders continue their homestand next Friday when they host Chicago.

Connor Hurley picked up two helpers as Muskegon got past Chicago 4-3. The Notre Dame commit has 14 points (3+11) this season, but has gone without a goal in his last 12 league contests. The Lumberjacks visit Indiana on Friday.

Cal Petersen made 28 saves as Waterloo dropped a 6-5 shootout decision to Dubuque. Draft eligible forward Shane Eiserman scored a pair of goals for the winners. The Black Hawks resume the schedule Friday at Omaha.

In the AHL, Nick Crawford scored his second goal of the year to give Rochester a 1-0 lead after the opening period, but Grand Rapids owned the final 40 minutes to earn 3-1 victory. Chad Ruhwedel picked up an assist on the Crawford tally, while Jerome Gauthier-Leduc posted a team-best five shots on goal. Nathan Lieuwen took the loss with a 30-save effort. The Amerks host Lake Erie on Wednesday.

In the ECHL, Andrey Makarov made 33 saves as Fort Wayne cruised past Reading 7-2. Shawn Szydlowski did not get in on the scoring for the Komets, who finish the weekend at Elmira on Sunday.

Jonathan Parker recorded a pair of assists as Colorado was doubled by Florida 4-2. The Eagles complete the three-game weekend Sunday versus Orlando.

Connor Knapp was given the night off as Greenville was blanked by Kalamazoo 2-0. Greenville hosts Gwinnett on Sunday,

In Sweden, Linus Ullmark came on in relief in the third period to stop of six of seven shots, and Gustav Possler did not dress as MODO was doubled by Farjestads 6-3. MODO visits AIK on Tuesday.


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