12/20 Recap: Lemieux keeps rolling

Brendan Lemieux scored a pair of goals Saturday including a tip for the game-winner as Barrie headed to the holiday break with a 3-1 victory over Ottawa. Lemieux, who added an assist on a Joseph Blandisi empty-netter, has been on a tear with 11 goals in six December contests. The six-goal weekend vaults Lemieux into third place on the OHL leader board with 25 through his first 27 outings.

Lemieux's recent hot streak elevates him to an impressive .93 goals-per-game this season, putting him on pace to finish with 58 if he could somehow maintain that rate in the final 36 games on the schedule. Hitting that number is highly unlikely of course, but the current rate officially puts Lemieux on the 50-goal watch list.

Elsewhere, Nick Baptiste recorded a secondary assist as Erie lost to Guelph 4-3 in overtime. Baptiste picked up the point when he slid a puck to Dylan Strome ('15), who made a soft saucer to Nick Betz ('15) for the finish. Baptiste, who has his first three-game point streak of the season, has produced nine goals and nine assists this season.


Joel Armia and Tim Schaller scored on two of Rochester's first three shots but the Amerks allowed four unanswered goals the rest of the way in a 4-2 loss to Milwaukee. Andrey Makarov stopped 12 of 15 shots in defeat for the Amerks.

The game's second star, Armia led the Amerks attack with a game-high five shots on goal. He now has seven goals in his first 21 games, equaling the total of seven he posted in all of 2013-14 as an AHL rookie. Fitness concerns linger, but his performance in his first two games since returning from an upper-body injury make him a compelling candidate for a recall if the Sabres were to need yet another forward from the farm.

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