Sunday, November 9, 2014

11/8 Recap: Olofsson connects; Amerks skid hits four

Victor Olofsson scored a pair of goals Saturday as Sweden concluded the U20 4 Nations Cup with a 4-1 victory over Russia. The Swedes finish with a perfect 3-0 record to capture the top spot in the tourney. For Olofsson, the two goals tied for the tournament lead to keep the fleet-footed trigger man firmly on Sweden's World Junior radar. The 19-year-old winger, who went without a point in earlier wins versus the Czech Republic and Finland, averaged 13:46 of work per game at the event. Olofsson has collected 12 points (6+6) in 18 games this season for MODO of the SHL.


Sam Reinhart recorded one assist as Kootenay got past Swift Current 3-2 in a five-round shootout. Reinahrt calmly picked up an assist on the second ICE goal, and he nearly ended the game in overtime but was stopped by a fantastic stick side by Broncos goaltender Landon Bow. Reinhart failed to improve on his 3/14 success rate in WHL shootouts when he fumbled the puck away. Swift Current defenseman Brycen Martin recorded a pair of minor penalties in the loss. (Early versions of this post stated that Martin had scored his first of the year. The game replay shows that he did not, and the WHL game sheet has been changed.)

Next up for Kootenay is a Friday matchup with Calgary. Martin and the Broncos are off until Saturday when they welcome Prince Albert to town.


Christopher Brown scored a power play goal on one of his five shots as Green Bay skated to a 3-1 win at Waterloo. The Boston College commit has a team-best five goals in his first dozen games for the Gamblers, who are off until Friday when they face expansion Madison.


Justin Kea scored his second professional goal and logged his first career fighting major as Elmira came up short in a 2-1 shootout loss at Kalamazoo. The power play marker gives Kea four points (2+2)  at the 10-game mark of his rookie professional season. Colin Jacobs sat out after making his first two appearances of the season earlier in the week. The Jackals are off until Friday when they play the first of back-to-back home games against Evansville.


Nick Baptiste notched a pair of assists in the final three minutes of regulation as Sudbury clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit to earn a 7-6 overtime victory over Belleville. The helpers give Baptiste eight points (4+4) through his first seven contests. The Wolves visit Mississauga on Friday.

Justin Bailey (-1, 2 PIM) was held without a point for the just the second time in his first 15 games as Kitchener was defeated by Plymouth 4-3 in overtime. The Rangers complete the three-game weekend Sunday in Saginaw.

Brendan Lemieux (-2, 4 PIM) failed to connect as Barrie was blasted by Sault Ste. Marie 8-3. The Colts play just two games in the next 14 days starting with a tilt versus North Bay on Saturday.


Anthony Florentino was kept off the score sheet in back-to-back games for the first time this season as No. 10 Providence was blanked 1-0 at Merrimack. Senior defenseman Mark Adams finished with a minus-one rating for the Friars, who continue the Hockey East schedule on Friday versus Vermont.

Judd Peterson logged one shot on goal as No. 6 St. Cloud State was swept for the first time this season with a 3-1 loss to Minnesota-Duluth. The Huskies will look to get back on track Friday at Western Michigan. 

Brad Navin (-2) produced one shot on goal as Wisconsin extended their losing streak to six games with a 5-1 loss to No. 2 North Dakota. The Badgers (0-6) will get a week off before taking a trip west for tilts against Colorado College and Denver beginning Friday, Nov. 21.

Max Willman recorded three shots on goal as Brown was edged by Clarkson 2-1. The freshman has gone without a point in his last two contests after scoring the team's first goal on opening night.

Sean Malone remained out of the lineup as Harvard played to a 2-2 tie at No. 8 Union. Malone has missed all three of Harvard's games this season. The Crimson are back in action on Friday versus Brown.


Luke Adam captured one goal and one assist and Andrey Makarov stopped 30 of 33 shots as Rochester's losing streak hit four games with a 3-2 loss to Utica. The Amerks were able to score more than one goal after posting a single marker in each of their previous three outings, but it wasn't enough to beat the AHL's top .

After a scoreless first period, Wacey Hamilton gave Utica the 1-0 lead when he banked a second chance off Makarov's back from beneath the goal line just 52 ticks into the middle frame.

The Comets added another at 12:16 when Latvian forward Ronalds Kenins followed-up on his own rebound to bat a puck over a sprawling Makarov.

Luke Adam finally got the Amerks on the board at 2:36 of the third period with his second goal and ninth point of the season when he pushed a puck towards the crease and it deflected off a Utica defender behind Jakob Markstrom. Chad Ruhwedel and Jake McCabe were credited with the helpers.

Bobby Sanguinetti restored Utica's two-goal lead when he popped one in the short-side corner while on the power play to make a 3-1 game with under seven minutes to go.

Things were made interesting with 3:04 left on the clock when Adam circled high and sent a backhand on goal that was tipped by Zac Dalpe for his third goal of the year, but the Amerks were unable to score down the stretch with the extra attacker to end on the wrong side of a 3-2 decision.

Phil Varone picked up the secondary assist on the Dalpe tally to join Joel Armia for share of the team scoring lead with 10 points through the Amerks' first dozen contests.

The victory was the Comets' 10th in their first 13 games. They hold a 10-point lead on the second-place Amerks (6-6-0-0) in the North Division standings.

Rochester will look to end the skid Monday at home versus Adirondack.