12/6 Recap: Lemieux gets two; Malone pots winner

Brendan Lemieux recorded a pair of goals Saturday as Barrie buried Peterborough 7-2. The aggressive left-winger, who also accumulated five minor penalties and a misconduct at the final buzzer, has posted 17 goals and 25 points in his first 23 games. 

Lemieux's 17 goals rank 10th in the OHL. The Colts have 42 games remaining, so it's reasonable to think that he can challenge the 50 mark if he can somehow maintain his impressive .74 goals-per-game pace the rest of the way. He's currently on course for 48, which would be a significant improvement over his total of 27 a season ago.

Eric Cornel served his one-game suspension for the Petes, who are off until Thursday's tilt versus Niagara. Barrie finishes the weekend Sunday at Ottawa.

Elsewhere in the OHL, Nick Baptiste (+1) went pointless in regulation and failed to convert his shootout attempt as Erie dropped a 3-2 decision to Belleville. Baptiste has three points (2+1) in five games since joining the Otters, and a total of 14 (8+6) on the year. Erie visits Oshawa on Sunday.

Justin Bailey was blanked as Kitchener lost to Owen Sound 5-2. Bailey has one goal and a minus-10 rating in his last seven games for the slumping Rangers, who next host Erie on Tuesday.


Sam Reinhart scored a goal and an assist on his first two shifts as Kootenay held on for a 3-2 triumph at Spokane. Reinhart has gotten on the score sheet in all 13 games he has played with the ICE to amass eight goals and 26 points. Kootenay is 11-2 over that span. They'll complete their second three-game weekend in a row on Sunday when they visit Tri-City.

Brycen Martin broke the seal with his first goal of the year as Swift Current was bested by Brandon 6-4. Martin's marker gives him 13 points in 31 games. Draft eligible defenseman Ivan Provorov scored a pair of goals and an assist for the Wheat Kings to earn the game's number one star. The Broncos host Regina on Wednesday.


Vaclav Karabacek picked up an assist and three shots on goal as Gatineau came up short in a 3-2 loss to Baie-Comeau. The helper gives Karabacek points in nine of his last dozen games and a total of 23 (10+13) on the year. The Olympiques are back in action Wednesday at Drummondville. 


Sean Malone scored the game winning goal at 19:59 of the middle frame as No. 8 Harvard skated into the holiday break with a 5-2 victory over No. 15 Quinnipiac. Malone, who gathered an incoming point shot and buried a backhand for his second power play goal in as many games, has captured four points (2+2) in his first two season appearances after missing Harvard's first 10 tilts due to injury. The Crimson return to action on Sunday, December 28 with an exhibition against the Russian Red Stars.

Cal Petersen stopped all 14 shots sent his way for his second NCAA shutout as Notre Dame earned the weekend sweep with a 4-0 victory at UMass. Connor Hurley logged two shots on goal and a plus-one rating in the win. The Fighting Irish get back to work December 28 when they face Miami at the Florida College Hockey Classic.

Hudson Fasching (-2) extended his point drought to six games as No. 3 Minnesota closed the 2014 portion of their schedule with a 3-3 tie at Michigan State. Fasching, who will now prepare for the opening of Team USA's World Junior training camp December 16 in Boston, has collected seven points (5+2) in his first 14 games. Christian Isackson contributed one shot on goal for the Gophers, who are off until Friday, January 2 when they open the 24th Annual Mariucci Classic versus Merrimack.

Anthony Florentino contributed three shots on goal as Providence was edged by Northeastern 2-1. Bottom pair blueliner Mark Adams finished the game with an even rating for the Friars, who next host Colgate for a non-conference tilt on Tuesday.

Brad Navin was unable to produce as Wisconsin was defeated by Penn State 4-2. The Badgers close out the 2014 calendar on Friday when they host an exhibition with Team USA Under-18.

Freshman winger Max Willman did not play as Brown earned their third win of the year with a 4-2 doubling of RPI. The Bears are off until January 2 when they square off with Boston College at the Dartmouth Ledyard Bank Tournament. 


Christopher Brown scored 2:03 into the opening frame as Green Bay continued to struggle on home ice with a 5-2 loss to Madison. Brown has points in 11 of his last 13 games including goals in four of his last five. He leads the Gamblers with nine goals and 19 points in 21 games. Next up for Green Bay is a Wednesday visit to Cedar Rapids.


Andrey Makarov stopped 33 of 34 shots but Rochester's offensive woes continued with a 2-0 loss at Syracuse. The Amerks fired 33 shots of their own at Andrei Vasilevskiy, but were forced to play from behind after allowing the first goal for the 17th time in 23 games. They have now lost three straight games and seven of their last 10.

Joel Armia missed his fourth straight game with an upper body injury for the Amerks, who have earned 19 of a possible 46 points this season. The Amerks will look to reverse their recent trend on Sunday when they travel to Toronto for an afternoon contest.


Justin Kea logged a minus-one rating as Elmira was pasted by Toledo 6-2. Colin Jacobs did not play for the Jackals, who get right back to work on Sunday versus Wichita.
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