Sunday, October 9, 2016

10/8 Recap: Hurley producing; Asplund assists

Connor Hurley scored his first goal of the year just 1:02 into the action Saturday and added a pair of assists as Notre Dame completed the sweep of Arizona State with a 4-2 victory.

On his first shift of the night, Hurley entered the zone down the left side on a two-on-one and showed patience upon taking a pass with a nice five-hole marker to give the Irish the early lead.

Hurley, who had a two assists the night before, posted back-to-back multi-point efforts for the first time since October 2014 when he accomplished the task in a home set against Niagara.

Cal Petersen got the start for the Fighting Irish and played the whole way, stopping 23 of 25 shots to secure back-to-back wins to start the year.

At the Ice Breaker, Chris Brown recorded a pair of assists as Boston College defeated Denver 3-1. The even-strength helpers comprised Brown's third multi-point game since joining the Eagles' program. Sophomore defenseman Casey Fitzgerald was held out of the contest for precautionary reasons.

Ivan Chukarov picked up an assist as Massachusetts fell to Colorado College 7-4. The assist was Chukarov's first point of the season.

Anthony Florentino did not dress as Providence dropped a 2-1 decision to Miami.

Seam Malone was absent from Harvard's 5-2 exhibition win over Team USA.


In Swedish Hockey League action, Rasmus Asplund drew an assist on the overtime winner to help Farjestad BK to a 2-1 triumph over Frolunda HC.

Asplund, who had already eclipsed his previous career-best time-on-ice during regulation to finish with 20:21 of work, was in the offensive zone when he gathered a loose puck near the right circle and got it back to the point to create the scoring play just 47 seconds into the extra session.

The helper gives the 18-year old four points (1+3) through his first six games of the season.

Frolunda winger Victor Olofsson recorded one shot on goal in the defeat. The 20-year-old shooter has one goal in seven contests with the Indians, and recently has been earning more shifts on the second power play unit.

In HockeyAllsvenskan, Jonas Johansson allowed a second-period point shot to get past him but stopped the other 25 sent his way as Almtuna IS cruised to a 4-1 victory over AIK. Johansson has been excellent in the season's early goings, compiling a 3-4 record, 1.59 GAA and .938 save% to go along with one shutout.


Giorgio Estephan collected one assist and added a shootout marker as Lethbridge came up short in a 6-5 loss to Tri-City. The crafty pivot has points in each of his three games since returning to the Hurricanes.

Brandon Hagel added one assist to his stat line as Red Deer dominated Kelowna 5-0. Hagel earned his helper when he took a puck at the left point and slid a pass along the blue line to the waiting defenseman for a long-range tally. Devante Stephens recorded a minus-two rating in the loss.

Vojtech Budik earned one assist for his first point of the season in Prince Albert's 4-3 loss to Swift Current. The Raiders have lost three straight contests.

In the USHL, Brett Murray recorded one assist as Youngstown lost to Madison 3-2. The Penn State commit has five points (1+4) through his first five USHL appearances. Defenseman Philip Nyberg supplied one shot on goal in the Capitols' victory.