3/15 Recap: Baptiste keeps stacking

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, March 16, 2014 | 3/16/2014

Nick Baptiste scored a pair of goals Saturday as Sudbury lost in Belleville 7-4. Baptiste now has 46 goals and 89 points in 65 games this season, including 26 goals in 29 games since Jan. 1. The loss coupled with a Barrie win over Peterborough locks Sudbury into the No. 5 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Wolves cap a three-game weekend Sunday with their regular season finale at Oshawa.

Nikita Zadorov and Brady Austin logged plus-three ratings as London rolled past Saginaw 6-2. Eric Locke (-4) and Justin Kea each picked up an assist for the Spirit in defeat. The Knights, who have clinched fourth place in the Western Conference to set up a first round playoff series with Windsor, wrap up the regular season schedule Sunday in Sault Ste. Marie. The Spirit finish up Monday versus the Greyhounds. 

In the WHL, Logan Nelson tied a career high with his 23rd goal as Victoria closed out the schedule with a 3-2 loss at Everett. The Royals end the season as the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, setting up a first-round playoff series against Spokane.



William Carrier notched an assist as Drummondville finished the regular season schedule with a 7-2 drubbing of Victoriaville in a preview of a QMJHL opening round playoff series. The left winger, who finished the year with points in 10 of his final 12 tilts, captured 22 goals and 43 assists in 66 games this season. The victory locks the Voltigeurs into the sixth seed, giving then home ice advantage for their series with the Tigres.

Mikhail Grigorenko saw his eight-game point streak end as Quebec completed regular season play with a 2-0 blanking of Rimouski. Grigorenko posted 15 goals and 39 points in 23 junior games for the Remparts, who finish in the seventh position in the QMJHL standings. They'll have home ice advantage for their first round playoffs series against No. 10 Rouyn-Noranda.

In NCAA action, J.T. Compher (+1, 3 SOG) recorded two assists as No. 13 Michigan finished off the conference schedule with a 6-2 victory over No. 1 Minnesota. Hudson Fasching produced a game-high five shots on goal for the Gophers, while Christian Isackson received fourth line minutes. Michigan will square off with Penn State in a B1G quarterfinal tilt on Thursday. Minnesota will get back to work Friday in a semifinal matchup against the winner of Thursday's Michigan State/Ohio State contest.



Jake McCabe (laceration/stitches) did not play, and Brad Navin manned fourth line minutes as Wisconsin rode a four-goal first period to a 4-3 win over Michigan State in the regular season finale for both clubs. The Badgers finished second in the B1G standings, earning a spot in a Friday semifinal versus the winner of Michigan/Penn State.

Anthony Florentino picked up an assist as Providence doubled Maine 4-2 to win the Hockey East quarterfinal series in two games. The Friars have now won their last six games heading into Friday's Hockey East semifinal at TD Garden. The opponent will be decided after the other three quarterfinal series are decided.

In the AHL, Johan Larsson scored his 15th goal of the year and Nathan Lieuwen stopped 31 of 33 shots as Rochester lost at Binghamton 2-1. Luke Adam led all skaters with a season-high nine shots on goal, while Joel Armia returned to the lineup after missing one game with a lower body injury. Lieuwen, who has started 12 of the Amerks' last 15 games, ranks among the top AHL netminders with a 2.34 GAA (8th) and .922 save% (7th).



In USHL action, Connor Hurley (1 SOG) was blanked as Green Bay was shut out by Indiana 2-0. The Gamblers are in a three-way tie for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with Chicago and Muskegon with seven games left to play.

Cal Petersen served as backup as Waterloo dumped Dubuque 7-3. 

In ECHL action, Connor Knapp made 24 saves to win back-to-back starts for just the second time all year as Alaska defeated Colorado 4-2.

Colin Jacobs registered two shots on goal in Elmira's 4-1 loss at Reading.

Shawn Szydlowski was unable to produce, and Andrey Makarov again served as backup Fort Wayne was defeated by Florida 3-1.

1 comments:

yosoychris said...

Can't the Sabres get Makarov onto a different ECHL team to get him some time?

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