11/28 Recap: Karabacek clicking; Reinhart keeps on ticking

With the Czech Republic on the verge of announcing their roster for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, Vaclav Karabacek continued his recent uptick in production Friday with a power play marker as Gatineau dropped a 3-1 decision to Quebec. After scoring just four times in his first 17 games, Karabacek has produced goals in three straight and five in his last seven. The Olympiques host Shawinigan on Saturday.


Sam Reinhart scored a power play goal as Kootenay was defeated at Portland 5-2. Reinhart has points in all nine of his WHL appearances to help the ICE to a 7-2 record in that span. Kootenay continues their American road trip Saturday in Seattle.

Brycen Martin (+1) notched an assist as Swift Current was beaten by Calgary 6-4. The helper gives Martin points in three of his last four outings. The Broncos continue their gallop through Alberta on Saturday with a stop in Red Deer.


Nick Baptiste notched an assist for his first point in an Otters uniform and later added a shootout goal as Erie got past London 3-2. The helper gives Baptiste 12 points (6+6) in his first 14 games. Next up for the Otters is a Saturday night tilt versus Belleville.

Justin Bailey's point drought hit four games as Kitchener was blanked by Kingston 5-0. Lawson Crouse, a power forward prospect for the 2015 draft, notched his first career hat trick to lead the Frontenacs. The Rangers get back to work on Sunday when they visit Ottawa.

Eric Cornel went without a point for the third straight game as Peterborough lost to Ottawa 2-1 in a shootout. The three-game slumber is Cornel's longest of the season to date. The Petes and 67's will play a rematch Saturday in Peterborough.

Earlier in the day, it was announced that Cornel was one of five players that would be suspended one game for egging a car. The incident reportedly happened a month ago, so this solves the mystery of which prospect had a suspension coming.


Jake McCabe forced extra time with his second professional goal in the third period and Phil Varone scored the overtime winner as part of a three-point night to guide the Rochester Americans to a 3-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins. Veteran forwards Zac Dalpe and Brayden Irwin also scored for the Amerks, while Mikhail Grigorenko made a great defensive play to earn an assist on the Varone winner to give him points in four of his last five games.

Andrey Makarov earned the start in net for Rochester, stopping 30 of 33 shots to help the Amerks capture their third victory in their last dozen games.

The injury bug continued to bite the Amerks with William Carrier leaving the game early with an unspecified injury. Johan Larsson missed a chunk of time after breaking his nose in a collision with big winger Anthony Mantha, but later returned to finish the game. The team was already without Joel Armia, who missed his first game of the season after aggravating an upper body injury in Wednesday's loss to the Griffins.

The Amerks will look to make it two wins in a row on Saturday when they travel to Binghamton.


Christopher Brown continued his recent excellence with his seventh goal of the year as Green Bay earned a 5-2 victory at Sioux Falls. Brown has collected goals in two straight games and at least one point in nine of his last 10 to up his team-leading total to 17 (7+10). The Gamblers will remain in Sioux Falls for a Saturday rematch with the Stampede.


Hudson Fasching went without a point for the third straight game as No. 4 Minnesota bounced No. 11/12 Boston College 6-2 in a Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge contest. Christian Isackson recorded one assist for his first point of the season for the Gophers, who continue their New England trip on Saturday against Northeastern.

Connor Hurley contributed two shots on goal as Notre Dame coughed up a two-goal lead in suffering a 3-2 overtime loss to Union at the 2014 Shillelagh Tournament. Notre Dame freshman goaltender Cal Petersen served as backup for the fourth straight game. The Fighting Irish move on to face Ohio State in Saturday's third-place game.

J.T. Compher produced three shots on goal as Michigan opened the weekend with a 3-2 win over RPI. The zero-point effort was Compher's sixth through Michigan's first 12 contests. The Wolverines and Engineers close out the non-conference set on Saturday.

Judd Peterson (+1) logged one shot on goal as St. Cloud State doubled Bemidji State 6-3. The Huskies and Beavers will go at it again on Saturday.

Brad Navin produced two shots on goal as Wisconsin and Ferris State played to a 1-1 tie. The Badgers will continue the hunt for their victory of the season when the team close the series on Saturday.


Justin Kea (2 SOG), Kevin Sundher (2 SOG), Colin Jacobs (-1) and Brady Austin (SOG) all were kept off the score sheet as Elmira defeated Evansville 3-2 in overtime. The Jackals and IceMen will square off again on Saturday.

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