12/19 Recap: Lemieux goes off; Compher converts

Brendan Lemieux returned to the lineup Friday to snatch a career-high four goals as Barrie blasted Sudbury 8-3. Lemieux, who earlier in the week served a two-game league suspension, struck three times on the power play and once while short-handed. The big night elevates Lemieux into third place on the OHL leader board with 23 goals in 26 games.

Justin Bailey converted an absolute gift of a turnover by Jared McCann (VAN) as Kitchener downed Sault Ste. Marie 5-1. Bailey continues to lead the Rangers with 18 goals and 36 points through 31 games. Jean Dupuy finished the night with an even rating while leading a busy penalty killing unit for the Greyhounds, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

Nick Baptiste potted his ninth goal of the year as Erie downed Niagara 6-5 in a shootout. The power play tally gives Baptiste three goals and six points in eight games since being dealt to Erie. Draft eligibles Nick Betz and Travis Dermott were among the Otters' scorers. Graham Knott ('15) and Vince Dunn ('15) supplied markers for the IceDogs.

Eric Cornel logged an even rating as Peterborough defeated Kingston 3-1. With 28 points in 31 games (.90 pts/game), Cornel is slightly off his .91 points-per-game pace of a season ago.


Christopher Brown was blanked on his four shots on goal as Green Bay earned their third straight victory with a 3-2 shootout decision over Dubuque. Brown, who entered the night with 16 points in his last 16 games, continues to lead the Gamblers' attack with 10 goals and 21 points in his first 25 games.

World Junior

J.T. Compher finished off a give-and-go at the doorstep as Team USA downed Boston University 5-2 in a pre-tournament exhibition. Fellow Sabres prospect Hudson Fasching was given the night off. 2015 draft studs Noah Hanifin and Jack Eichel scored shorthanded goals 24 seconds apart in the first period to give Team USA the early lead. Chase De Leo (WPG) and Anthony Deangelo (TBL) rounded out the scoring for the U20s.  

After the game, Team USA released defenseman Jack Dougherty (NSH) and forward Michael McCarron (MTL) and Adam Erne (TBL). Erne was a member of the 2014 squad.

In Toronto, Sam Reinhart and linemates Anthony Duclair (NYR) and Max Domi (ARZ) created several quality opportunities but ran into a hot goaltender as Canada was defeated by Russia 2-1 in overtime. With Russia on the power play, Sergey Tolchinsky (CAR) tossed a rebound at the crease that bounced off Reinhart and got behind Zach Fucale (MTL) to even the score at 11:50 of the middle frame. The star of the game was Russian goaltender Ilya Sorokin (NYI), who turned aside 52 shots to earn the victory.

Canada made their final cuts Friday evening by excusing forwards Michael Dal Colle (NYI), Jason Dickinson (DAL) and Rourke Chartier (SJS), along with defenseman Haydn Fleury (CAR).Kingston Frontenacs power winger Lawson Crouse ('15) joins Connor McDavid as the two 2015 draft prospects on the Canadian roster.


Johan Larsson and Tim Schaller notched regulation goals and Nathan Lieuwen made 26 saves plus a showstopper in the shootout to earn the game's first star as Rochester earned a 3-2 victory over Adirondack. Schaller, whose game-tying goal came on a second period penalty shot, led the way with seven of the Amerks' season-high 50 shots on goal. Zac Dalpe ended the festivities in the seventh shootout frame after Lieuwen stretched out and used his reach for an excellent glove stop on Taylor Vause to blank all seven Flames shooters. The victory was Lieuwen's first since October 22.


Justin Kea and Colin Jacobs each finished with a minus-one rating as Elmira defeated Cincinnati 3-2. The Jackals remain in Cincinnati for a Saturday rematch,

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