Draft stuff: Ritchie five spot, Point trick highlight busy Friday

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, February 8, 2014 | 2/08/2014

Peterborough forward Nick Ritchie posted the biggest night for a draft eligible player all season Friday, using his size and power to capture five goals as the Petes dropped a 7-6 shootout decision to Kingston. Ritchie's linemate, fellow draft eligible Eric Cornel, had a big night of his own with a career-high five points (1+4) in the road loss. Ritchie added an assist on Cornel's 20th goal of the year to give him 56 points (29+27) in 45 games. Cornel has gathered 51 points through 52 contests.



Sam Bennett picked up a goal and three assists to lead the Frontenacs, while Spencer Watson (1+2) collected his 31st goal of the year on the power play by tipping a Roland McKeown shot. Bennett now has multiple points in nine of 11 games since flipping the calendar to 2014 to up his season take to 29 goals and 50 assists through 46 outings.



While Ritchie was adding to his stack in the Ontario league, another monster night was being put up out west with Moose Jaw's Brayden Point (No. 53 NA CSS) bagging a hat trick and three helpers as the Warriors blew past Prince Albert 7-1. Smallish but intelligent, Point's career-best six-point effort ups his season totals to 25 goals and 58 points in 53 games.



Prince Albert forward Leon Draisaitl (No. 2 NA CSS) was again shut out in the loss, and now has goals in just two of 12 games since the Raiders dealt Dallas draft pick Mike Winther to Calgary.



Kootneay's Sam Reinhart notched a goal and two assists to extend his point streak to a dozen games as the ICE blew past Lethbridge 8-1. The productive evening gives Reinhart 10 goals and 23 points in nine games since returning from the World Junior Championship.

Michael Dal Colle earned a pair of helpers in Oshawa's 3-2 win over Kitchener. Dal Colle has piled up the points all year (32-44-76), but has just one goal in his last six games.

Calgary's Jake Virtanen stepped into his 33rd goal as Calgary blanked Vancouver 5-0. The Hitmen winger had gone without a marker in his previous three games.



In Prince George, steady rearguard Haydn Fleury registered a goal and a helper as Red Deer lost to the Cougars 5-3. The two-point night gives the 6-foot-3 lefthander 38 points (7+31) in 54 games, doubling his 19 points posted in 66 games a season ago.



Niagara defender Aaron Haydon hit off a one-timer Friday in the game's opening minute as the IceDogs doubled Saginaw 4-2. The Michigan native, ranked the 28th North American skater on Central Scouting's midterm list,  has 14 points (5+9) in 49 games.



Robby Fabbri kept up his ridiculous goal pace with two more marks on Thursday and Friday to help Guelph to a pair of victories. The slick yet undersized Fabbri has 34 goals in 43 games this season, including 28 in his last 28.



On Thursday, Sault Ste. Marie forward Jared McCann connected for his 23rd goal of the year on the power play in the Greyhounds' 4-3 loss to Windsor. A point-per-game producer through the first three months of the season, McCann has cooled a bit with 10 points in his last 16 appearances.

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