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Sunday, September 30, 2012

9/29 Recap: Grigo, Ullmark continue good starts

In Saturday QMJHL action, Mikhail Grigorenko scored a pair of goals including a beauty on a breakaway as Quebec rolled to their third straight win 5-0 over Sherbrooke. Grigorenko, who finished just 4/16 (25%) at the faceoff circle, scored what would eventually hold up as the game winner just 2:35 into the game. He'd go in all alone to add another, his third of the year, late in the second period. Nick Sorensen ('13) added two goals for Quebec, who next do battle with Val-d'Or on Sunday.

Linus Ullmark made 25 saves and then another three in the shootout as Mora edged Leksands 3-2. Ullmark, who allowed a goal from long range midway through the third, now has three wins in four appearances since his loan from MODO while amassing a 1.61 goals against average (2nd in Allsvenskan) and .928 save percentage (4th). Ullmark could again get the nod when Mora plays Orebro on Wednesday.

In the WHL, Colin Jacobs earned an assist to extend his point streak to four games as Prince George was defeated in overtime by Seattle 2-1. The helper gives Jacobs nine points on the year, good for the co-lead among WHL scorers entering the Cougars' pair of tilts with Kelowna next weekend.

Andrey Makarov made 26 saves as Saskatoon clawed their way back to a 2-1 overtime win at Swift Current. The Blades will welcome Red Deer town on Wednesday.

In the OHL, Brady Austin picked up an assist as Belleville lost to Oshawa 5-2. Austin fed Jordan Subban ('13) for a power play mark in the first minute of the third period but the Bulls were unable to further mount a comeback. Belleville is off until Saturday's date with Oshawa.

Dan Catenacci was unable to score but did add four minutes to his OHL-leading penalty total as Owen Sound lost to Sarnia 2-1. After making it clear to the team earlier this week that undisciplined play will not be tolerated, the Attack coaching staff watched as Catenacci was whistled for a checking-from-behind minor three minutes into the game. Owen Sound is off until Friday's rematch with the Sting.

Justin Kea racked up six minutes in penalties as Saginaw dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Sault Ste. Marie. The Spirit and Hounds will rematch Wednesday in Sault Ste. Marie.

Alex Lepkowski finished -1 as Barrie skated to a 4-1 win over Mississauga. The Colts and Steelheads will go back at it on Friday.

Judd Peterson potted an empty-net goal and added an assist as Cedar Rapids kicked off the 2012-12 schedule with a 4-1 win at Green Bay. The RoughRiders will play their home opener Friday against Fargo.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Local product Cullen to camp with Sabres

John Cullen, a veteran OHL goaltender and native of Hamburg, NY, has been invited to participate in the Sabres 2011 Summer Development Camp.

Cullen, 20, recently completed his third season of major-junior play as a member of the Windsor Spitfires. Arriving in a deadline deal from Sarnia to serve as back-up to Dallas prospect Jack Campbell, the 5'11, 175-pounder posted a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .924 save% through his 11 starts for the most dominating run of his junior career. In total, Cullen has collected 30 wins while managing a 3.35 GAA and .901 save% in a three-year Ontario League career that has included 90 starts and four different sweaters.

Lacking the larger frame of the modern butterfly goalie, Cullen relies less on the technical side of things by employing an unorthodox "stop the puck at all costs" approach. He's aggressive when challenging shooters and quite vocal when directing traffic in front of him.

Along with time spent playing for St. Francis High School, Cullen played with Maksymum Jr. B (Rochester) of the Empire League as a 16-year old in 2007-08 while earning a spot in the 2008 Bowman Cup at HSBC Arena. With his name surfacing through U.S selection camps, Cullen was named to the U.S. U18 squad that skated in the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka in Slovakia. The following season, Cullen gave up his NCAA eligibility by winning a job with the Niagara IceDogs where he played 30 games with Sabres 2008 draft pick Drew Schiestel before getting traded to Kingston.