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Sunday, January 31, 2010

1/30 Recap: Adam's pair continues tear

Luke Adam extended his career-high streak to five straight games with a goal on Saturday by scoring a pair to lead Cape Breton to a 4-2 comeback win over Victoriaville. Trailing 2-1 midway through the third period, Adam tied the game for the Eagles before later finding the empty net to seal the victory with :37 to play.

The 6'2 center now has 32 goals on the year, half of which coming in his last 12 QMJHL contests. Maxime Legault offered his best all-around effort as a Screaming Eagle with an assist and several punishing hits to earn the game's #2 star. Jacob Lagacé added three shots on goal for the winning side.

Also from the Q, Jordon Southorn finished +3 as PEI bested Bathurst, 4-2. The surging Rocket have now won five straight.

In the WHL, Brayden McNabb scored his 15th goal of the year as Kootenay held off Spokane, 4-3. The goal was McNabb's 10th power play mark of the 2009-10 campaign. Regina's Jordan Eberle (EDM) leads the WHL with 15.

In the OHL, Nick Crawford (+2) collected two more assists as Barrie defeated Kitchener, 5-2. Both of Crawford's helpers came at even strength to give him a distribution of 22-21 in terms of ES vs PP assists.

In NCAA play, Drew MacKenzie scored his second goal of the year as #17 Vermont played to a 4-4 tie with #19 Maine. The sophomore defenseman went straight down the seam and buried a rebound at the right post to tie the game 1-1 in the second period. MacKenzie now has points in three straight games for the second time this season.

Connor Knapp made 15 saves to up his season mark to 5-2-3 as #1 Miami edged Western Michigan, 2-1. The sophomore was beaten glove-side by a wrister in the second period to allow just his fifth goal in his last five games. The RedHawks are unbeaten in their last 18 conference tilts, while limiting 14 of their last 17 CCHA opponents to one goal or less.

At the Ralph, Brad Eidsness made 24 saves as #4 North Dakota dropped a 4-2 decision to #3 Denver. Ex-AJHL nemesis Joe Colborne (BOS) celebrated his 20th birthday by beating Eidsness for his second straight game-winning goal to give DU the first sweep of the Sioux on home ice since 2006. Corey Fienhage finished the night even on the North Dakota blueline.

At Joe Louis Arena, Corey Tropp finished -1 as #12 Michigan State lost to Michigan, 5-4. The junior will enter next weekend's set at Alaska-Fairbanks as the nation's third leading scorer with 19 goals and 38 points.

Justin Jokinen finished even as Minnesota State snapped a five-game skid with a 3-2 win over Michigan Tech. The Mavs fired a season-high 45 shots on net, with Jokinen registering one of them.

In the USHL, Roo Adams was -1 with a shot on goal as Chicago lost their second straight to Indiana, 4-3.

Monday, January 25, 2010

1/24 Recap: MacKenzie pots first; Adam, Lagacé streaking

Drew MacKenzie scored his first goal of the seaon on Sunday as #17 Vermont shutdown #15 Massachusetts, 3-0. With the Catamounts on the power play, the sophomore settled a pass on the blueline and wristed a shot through traffic to net the game-winning goal at 8:29 of the first period.

In the QMJHL, Luke Adam scored his 30th goal of the year as Cape Breton closed a three-games-in-three-days journey with a 5-2 loss to Chicoutimi. The 6'2 center has collected five goals in his past four games. Jacob Lagacé assisted on Adam's power play goal, and is now amidst a six-game point streak with a goal and seven helpers, while Maxime Legault added an assist of his own with :06 remaining on the clock.

Elsewhere in the Q, Jordon Southorn registered a shot on goal as PEI defeated Halifax, 2-1 in a shootout.

In the OHL, Marcus Foligno was -2 with an assist as Sudbury was defeated by Mississauga-St. Mike's, 5-2. The grinder now has points in three straight games.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

1/23 Recap: Knapp freezes Nooks; Foligno fuels pack

Marcus Foligno (+3) scored a pair of first period goals on Saturday as Sudbury edged Brampton, 3-2. Foligno, who for the second straight game was placed on the Wolves' top line with Kain Allicock and top 2010 prospect John McFarland, buried a rebound at 1:42 before sweeping one in from the slot five minutes later. The 6'3 power forward has four points in his last two games, and has accumulated a +10 over his last eleven. 2010 eligible Phil Lane (Rochester, NY, Buffalo Jr. Sabres) was -1 for the Troops.

Nick Crawford was +1 with a roughing minor in Barrie's 6-3 loss to Sault Ste. Marie.

In the QMJHL, Luke Adam scored his 28th and 29th goals of the season as Cape Breton got dumped by Baie-Comeau, 8-4. Maxime Legault added his 12th of the year late for the Eagles, while Jacob Lagacé notched two assists including the primary on Adam's first goal.

In the WHL, Brayden McNabb was -2 as Kootenay's franchise record winning streak ended at 14 games in a 5-2 loss to Prince Albert. The dominant run through the 2010 schedule has the Ice trailing Central Division leaders Calgary by one point entering the last third of the regular season.

In NCAA action, Connor Knapp earned his third shutout of the season as #2 Miami dictated tempo in a 5-0 win over Alaska-Fairbanks. Knapp stopped all nine shots through the first two periods before being tested for another 12 in the final twenty minutes to up his season mark to 4-2-3. The sophomore heads home for next weekend's set with Western Michigan toting a 2.17 goals-against-average and .910 save percentage.

Brad Eidsness made 15 saves as #5 North Dakota defeated #9 Cornell, 3-1. The sophomore netminder was closing in on his second shutout of the season before a Blake Gallagher turnaround shot from the right side made it through traffic with 9.6 seconds on the clock. The Big Red were skating with the extra attacker for the final two-plus minutes. Sophomore Corey Fienhage was even on the Sioux blueline.

Corey Tropp (-2) assisted on the first Spartan goal as #11 Michigan State failed to earn a CCHA weekend sweep in a 4-2 loss to Ohio State. After his penalty led to an OSU goal in the opening minutes on Friday, Tropp again watched a goal from the sin bin as his hooking minor saw the Buckeyes tie the game at 1-1 at 3:14 of the second period.

Alex Biega was +2 as Harvard played to a 3-3 tie with RPI. The senior rearguard ended the weekend +5 with two shots on goal and a game-winning assist.

In the CCHA, Nick Eno made 14 saves as Bowling Green defeated Western Michigan, 3-2. Eno has been in net for all of the Falcons (4-18-4) victories this season.

Drew MacKenzie was even with two shots on goal as #18 Vermont was upended by Massachusetts, 3-1.

In the USHL, Roo Adams was even with a checking from behind minor in Chiocago's 3-2 shootoout loss to Sioux City.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

1/22 Recap: Adam hits 27; Biega keys Crimson

In Friday QMJHL action, Luke Adam scored a goal and an assist and Jacob Lagacé added a helper as Cape Breton closed out Baie-Comeau, 6-2. Adam connected for his 27th goal of the season on a feed from Lagacé for the fourth of four third period goals for the Eagles. Maxime Legault, who returned to the Cape Breton lineup after missing five games with an ankle injury, finished +2 on a line with Nick MacNeil and Brad Cuzner.

Jordon Southorn was +1 with a power play assist as PEI downed Bathurst, 4-3. On Wednesday, the 6'2 defenseman punched three shots on goal in the Rocket's 5-4 win over Shawinigan.

In the OHL, Marcus Foligno collected a pair of assists as Sudbury lost to Barrie, 6-4. Foligno, who snapped a three-game point drought, raises his season line to 8-17-25. Colts defenseman Nick Crawford (+2) recorded an assist for his 47th point of the year - good for 2nd overall among OHL rearguards.

In WHL play, Brayden McNabb (+1) picked up an assist as Kootenay edged Saskatoon, 5-4. On Wednesday, McNabb was +2 with a power play goal and an assist in the Ice's 8-6 win at Swift Current. His 44 points have him slotted as the sixth highest scoring defenseman in the WHL this season.

Alex Biega assisted on the game winning goal as Harvard cruised past #13 Union, 4-1. The senior captain, who finished with a season-high +3, saw his point shot deflected in by Eric Kroshus to put the Crimson ahead 2-1 at 12:07 of the middle period. Harvard has now won four straight ECAC contests, including three straight wins against ranked opponents.

At Munn, Corey Tropp finished +1 as #10 Michigan State handled Ohio State, 5-2. The Grosse Point, MI native is currently fourth in NCAA scoring with 35 points in 27 games. With the win, MSU improves to 16-7-4 overall, and 11-4-4-1 in conference play.

Nick Eno made 32 saves as Bowling Green tied Western Michigan, 4-4. The Falcons held a two-goal lead late in the third period until the Broncos pulled their goalie and scored a pair in the final 4:10, including the game-tying tally with just :03 left in regulation.

Brad Eidsness took a rest for North Dakota as the #5 Fighting Sioux lost a tough 1-0 battle at #9 Cornell. Corey Fienhage was even in defeat as the Sioux could not get any of their 28 shots past Big Red netminder, Ben Scrivens. The two clubs will get reacquainted Saturday evening at Lynah.

Connor Knapp watched from his usual Friday spot at the door as #2 Miami skated to a 1-1 tie at Alaska-Fairbanks. Cody Recihard made 20 saves in his third straight start for the RedHawks. As of now, it is unclear if Knapp will get his Saturday post back in the tail end of the RedHawks subzero Alaskan weekend.

In the USHL, Mark Adams was +2 as Chicago earned a 5-4 overtime victory over Des Moines.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

1/8 Recap: Foligno hitting stride, Kass lowers boom

In Friday night OHL play, Marcus Foligno scored his seventh goal of the season and picked up a fighting major that led to huge momentum shift as Sudbury doubled Brampton, 4-2. The 6'3 checking forward is amidst a career-high five game point streak, including goals in three straight.

Foligno buried a one-timer from the slot top shelf at13:05 of the second period. After the Batallion came back with a goal just :37 later, Foligno came out on his next shift and drilled Rochester, NY native Phil Lane with a hit along the boards, causing Brampton forward Sam Carrick to challenge the relentless Foligno to a scrap.

Also from the OHL, Zack Kassian played his most complete game in weeks, but the Petes could not complete the third period comeback in a 4-3 OT loss to Oshawa. Kassian (-1) picked up an assist in the loss, and while failing to score a goal for the eleventh consecutive game, made a physical mark with one bruising hit in particular.

The 6'3 banger was in the middle of a scary moment with 3:07 left in regulation when his finishing check caused Generals forward Nick Esposto to leave the ice on a stretcher. Deemed a clean hit, the vulnerable Esposto hit his head on the glass upon impact after passing the puck up ice. No penalty was issued, and Esposto is expected to fully recover.

Kassian nearly iced the game n the OT when he executed a dangling offensive carry that has been quite rare in his season portfolio. Despite the solid effort, the Petes captain lost the puck at the point a few minutes later to allow a 2-1 break on Boone Jenner's short-handed overtime winner.

On Thursday, Kassian earned an assist as Peterborough lost to Mississauga, 6-3.

Also from Friday, Nick Crawford was -1 as Barrie got throttled by Kingston, 6-2. The Colts blueline is set to welcome Team Canada defenseman Alex Pietrangelo after a Friday night trade with Niagara.

In the QMJHL, Jacob Lagacé made his Cape Breton debut on Friday, registering four shots on goal as the Screaming Eagles were defeated by Saint John, 3-1. Cape Breton played without Maxime Legault, who left Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Montreal with an ankle injury. The 20-year old forward is slated to miss at least two weeks.

Jordon Southorn finished +1 as PEI bested Gatineau, 5-4.

In NCAA action, reigning NCAA Player of the Month Corey Tropp was credited with a pair of assists as  Michigan State skated past Lake Superior, 4-2. The leading point-getter in the entire NCAA, Tropp missed a chance to pile up additional marks by earning a 10-minute unsportsmanlike misconduct in the final minute of the second period.

Brad Eidsness was called on to make just 18 saves, while Corey Fienhage finished +1 as North Dakota defeated Minnesota State, 4-1. Justin Jokinen was -1 with two shots on goal for the losing side.

Alex Biega was even as Harvard lost a non-conference match-up at Minnesota, 5-2.

In Pittsburgh, sophomore netminder Connor Knapp watched from his usual Friday spot on the bench as his top-ranked Miami RedHawks were upset by Robert Morris, 3-1. Knapp should get the nod when the two clubs complete the home-and-home series on Sunday in Oxford.

Nick Eno made 28 saves including 17 in the opening twenty minutes as Bowling Green lost to Ohio State, 7-2. The junior keeper allowed five of the seven goals before giving way to Andrew Hammond with 11:35 to play in the third.

In the USHL, Mark Adams was +1 as Chicago lost to Des Moines, 5-3.

On Thursday, Brayden McNabb picked up an assit as Kootenay edged Calgary, 2-1. The 6'4 blueliner, who saw his seven-game point streak snapped in Wednesday's 8-1 win over Saskatoon, is currently fourth in WHL scoring for defenseman with 40 points (12+28) in 34 games.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lagacé to join Adam and Legault

As speculated, the Cape Breton Post is reporting that the Chicoutimi Sagueneens have traded Jacob Lagacé to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles as part of three-way deal.

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are rumoured to be part of a three-team deal that would land them sniper Jacob Lagacé from the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
The Cape Breton Post has learned that Lagacé will join the Eagles on their weekend road trip. They face the Saint John Sea Dogs Friday and the Halifax Mooseheads, Saturday. Also, posts on Lagacé’s Facebook page have been wishing the Beloeil, Que. native good luck in Cape Breton.
Wednesday, the Eagles flipped 17-year-old blue-liners Zachary Evans-Renaud and Ian Saab and a second round pick in the 2012 draft to the Maineiacs in return for defenceman Eric Gelinas, forward Stephen Woodworth and a fifth-round pick in 2010.
The Eagles will reportedly send Gelinas to the Saguneeens along with a pair of draft picks for Lagacé.

Lagacé, who leads the QMJHL with 30 goals, will join the Eagles forward ranks which also includes Sabres prospects Luke Adam and Maxime Legault. Legault was previously brought in from Shawinigan in a deal over the Christmas holiday. More to come as details shake out.

Monday, January 4, 2010

1/3 Recap: Wicked pace continues for Lagacé

Jacob Lagacé scored his 30th goal of the year on Sunday as Chicoutimi defeated Quebec, 4-1. The leading goal-getter in the QMJHL, Lagacé's power play marker gives him 30 in just 35 games after netting 32 goals in 69 games all of last season.

Elsewhere, Jordon Southorn was +2 with four shots on goal as PEI defeated Halifax, 4-1. It appears that Southorn will stay put in PEI with Rocket GM Serge Savard indicating that he is done making moves for the current trade period.

Maxime Legault registered a shot on goal in Cape Breton’s 2-1 loss to Moncton.

In NCAA play, Brad Eidsness made 29 stops as #6 North Dakota played to a tie with #20 Notre Dame. Corey Fienhage was even with two shots on goal for the Sioux. The Irish were awarded the Shillelagh Tournament victory after winning a shootout.

Drew MacKenzie finished +1 as Vermont took the Catamount Cup with a 5-2 win over Duluth.

Nick Eno made 23 saves as Bowling Green edged Clarkson, 4-3. The junior ups his record to 3-9-1 with the win.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

1/2 Recap: Foligno factors; Kassian's slumber continues

Marcus Foligno scored his sixth goal of the season on Saturday as Sudbury lost to last-place Niagara, 5-2. The 6'3 banger took a pass in from the blueline and snapped home a shorthanded tally late in the second period to give him two goals and three assists over his current four-game point streak.

Nick Crawford (-2) picked up an assist for Barrie in their 6-3 win over Peterborough. The offensive struggles continued for Petes captain Zack Kassian, who went without a point for the seventh time in his last eight games.

Jordon Southorn, whose name continues to be linked to Patrick Roy's Quebec Remparts, was +1 with an assist as PEI lost to Cape Breton, 4-1. Maxime Legault finished +2 for the Screaming Eagles.

Jacob Lagacé finished -3 as Chicoutimi was outgunned by Drummondville, 4-2.

In NCAA play, Justin Jokinen banged home a rebound for his third goal of the season as Minnesota State blanked RIT, 3-0.The sophomore made a few nice offensive plays in the game as coach Troy Jutting mixed-and-matched lines.

At the Shillelagh Tournament in Illinois, Brad Eidsness made 19 saves as #6 North Dakota beat Niagara, 3-1. The win ups the sophomore's season record to 9-5-2. Sioux blueliner Corey Fienhage finished the night even with a shot on goal and a roughing minor. North Dakota will square off with #20 Notre Dame in Sunday's tourney final.

In Burlington, Drew MacKenzie was +1 as Vermont defeated Alabama-Huntsville, 4-3. The unranked hosts will play #12 Minnesota-Duluth for the Catamount Cup on Sunday.

Nick Eno served as back-up in Bowling Green's 3-1 loss to Minnesota at the Dodge Holiday Classic in Minneapolis. The loss puts the Falcons record at 2-15-2 heading into Sunday's third-place game against Clarkson. Eno is expected to get the start.

In the USHL, Mark Adams recorded a shot on goal as Chicago held off Lincoln, 2-1.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

1/30 Recap: Streak stopped for Tropp; Lagacé priced high

Corey Tropp notched an assist on Wednesday as Michigan State won the Great Lakes Invitational with a 6-1 win over RPI. Tropp made a cross-ice feed to Jeff Petry in the second period to register his 29th point of the year, but going without a goal ended his career-high streak of five straight games with a marker. Regardless, the junior still leads all NCAA players with 17 goals this season.

In the QMJHL, Jacob Lagacé (+3) had a goal and two assists as Chicoutimi edged Baie-Comeau, 4-3. The game's #1 star, Lagacé now has 29 goals and 52 points this season to leads the Sagueneens (14-15-4-4).

With Lagacé's name still surfacing in various trade rumors, word out of Chicoutimi is that Sags Coach and GM Richard Martel believes that the net-crashing scorer may return to the QMJHL next season as a 20-year old. Because of this, the asking price for his star forward will be more than what he received in the deal that sent Nicolas Deschamps to Moncton. Frankly, Lagacé going back to the QMJHL is very debatable. As of now, SabresProspects has him penciled in for Portland next season.

Elsewhere, Maxime Legault posted an assist and a game-high nine shots on goal as Cape Breton defeated Halifax, 4-2. The 6'2 Legault has three assists in three games since being traded to the Eagles.

Jordon Southorn was -2 as struggling PEI lost to Bathurst, 5-2. The Rocket saw four players traded away in the previous two days, and their effort resembled a team scrambling to make ends meet.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

12/29 Recap: Lagacé keeps stacking; McNabb streak snapped

Jacob Lagacé scored his 28th goal of the year on Tuesday as Chicoutimi lost a hard-fought 5-4 decision to Baie-Comeau. The 5'11 Lagacé remains atop the QMJHL goal scoring list with 28 - two ahead of speedy Saint John center Mike Hoffman (26).

In the WHL, Brayden McNabb garnered an assist but saw his five-game goal scoring streak snapped as Kootenay edged Red Deer in a shootout, 5-4. McNabb is currently tied for the WHL defencemen in scoring with 37 points (12+27) in 31 games.

Elsewhere, Maxime Legault posted a pair of assists as Cape Breton throttled QMJHL cellar dweller Halifax, 6-0. The points, his first as an Eagle after being traded two days before Christmas, raise his season total to 22 (10+12).

Jordon Southorn was -4 as PEI lost to QMJHL powerhouse Saint John, 5-2. The Rocket were reeling a bit after trading their 1st and 4th leading scorers, Joel Champagne and Chris Doyle, to Victoriaville earlier in the day. The Tigers stocking up their offense could mean that Chicoutimi will have to find another suitor if they indeed have designs on moving sniping forward Lagacé.

In the OHL, Nick Crawford scored a goal and an assist as Barrie defeated Kitchener, 7-4. Crawford scored his 9th of the season when he beat Brandon Maxwell (COL) with a shot low to the blocker side at 18:40 of the opening period. With 22 straight victories, the Colts are closing in on the record of 25 set by Kitchener back in 1984.

Marcus Foligno picked up an assist as Sudbury stopped Soo, 4-2. Foligno found Cain Allicock from behind the net at 1:56 of the first period to put the Wolves ahead, 1-0.

In the NCAA, Alex Biega assisted on a late empty-netter as Harvard defeated #8 Quinnipiac, 3-1. The senior captain now has a goal and four assists through the Crimson's first 12 games.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tropp hits 17 as Spartans roll

Corey Tropp (+3) scored his 17th goal of the season on Tuesday as #13 Michigan State opened the 2009 Great Lakes Invitational with a 10-1 trouncing of Michigan Tech. The Spartans, who saw their 10 goals come from nine different players, will take on the winner of Michigan/RPI in Wednesday's final at Joe Louis Arena.

Playing a quick game of catch-up:

Brayden McNabb scored a goal for the fifth straight game on Sunday as Kootenay defeated Calgary, 3-1. The goal gives the 6'4 blueliner an even 36 points in 30 games this season. McNabb finished the 2008-09 season with 36 points in 67 games.

Maxime Legault made his Cape Breton debut on Sunday, registering two shots on goal and going 5/11 at the dot in the Eagles 3-0 blanking of PEI. Jordon Southorn posted three shots on goal for the Rocket.

Jacob Lagacé was -2 as Chicoutimi got smoked by Quebec, 10-1.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Legault to the nest

While the NHL rests with a holiday trade moratorium in place, the transactions have been coming at a good pace in the QMJHL since the league's trade period opened on December 19th. As a result, one Sabres prospect will be joining another after Wednesday's deal between the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Shawinigan Cataractes.

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles acquired 20-year-old forward Maxime Legault from the Shawinigan Cataractes on Wednesday in exchange for defenceman Michael Ward and winger Maximilien Le Sieur.

The Eagles also obtained Shawinigan’s fourth-round pick in 2010 and a second-round pick in 2011 in the deal. The Cataractes get Cape Breton’s second-round pick in 2010 and a first-round pick in 2011.

Legault, a seventh-round selection by the Buffalo Sabres in last year’s NHL Entry Draft, has collected 10 goals and 10 assists in 22 games with Shawinigan this season. He had 28 goals and 44 points last season.

The 20-year-old Ward had 15 points — all assists — in 19 games with Cape Breton. Le Sieur, 17, had four goals and 10 points in 36 games.

With one point separating three teams in the Atlantic Division battle for second place, the Eagles were in the market for grit and leadership. Legault, who played five games with the Portland Pirates this fall before being returned to the Q, could address those needs by skating on the Eagles top line with leading scorer, Luke Adam (33 GP 25-27-52). Adam, 19, is currently with playing with Team Canada at the U20 World Junior Championships in Saskatoon.

Another Sabres property, Jacob Lagacé, could be on the move before the trade window closes on January 7th. Lagacé, who leads the league with 27 goals, was rumored to be heading to Victoriaville before Chicoutimi agreed to send Anaheim prospect Nicolas Deschamps to Moncton. The price will not be cheap, but teams in the hunt would love to add his scoring and experience.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

12/18 Recap: Lagacé finds four more

Jacob Lagacé scored four goals and an assist on Friday to power Chicoutimi past Baie-Comeau, 6-2. The hat trick, the fourth of the year for the 5'11 forward, ups Lagacé's impressive season numbers to 27 goals and 48 points through 30 games. Lagacé's big night was his second in as many seasons against the Drakkar after posting four goals and an assist to spearhead a 10-5 win last January.

In NCAA play, Justin Jokinen scored his second goal of the season as Minnesota State played to 1-1 tie with Nebraska-Omaha. Skating on the fourth line, the sophomore hit on a tough angle shot from the left circle to open the game's scoring at 8:40 of the first period.

Elsewhere, Jordon Southorn had two assists as PEI dropped an 8-5 decision to Quebec. The points snap a seven game pointless streak for Southorn, his longest dry spell since March of 2007.

Maxime Legault posted six shots on goal as Shawinigan was shut out by Victoriaville, 5-0.

In the OHL, Nick Crawford was +2 with an assist as Barrie dropped the hammer on Kingston, 10-2.

Zack Kassian finished -4 as Peterborough was bounced by Ottawa, 8-0. The slumping Kassian is -5 with no points in his last four games.

Marcus Foligno was even as Sudbury downed Erie, 5-4.

In the USHL, Mark Adams was even with a delay of game minor as Chicago got past Omaha, 3-2.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

12/11 Recap: Tropp sparks Spartan rally

Corey Tropp continued his pre-Christmas cruise on Friday, scoring the game-tying goal then starting the play on the overtime winner as Michigan State rallied past Bowling Green, 3-2.

Trailing 2-0 entering the third period, the visiting Spartans forced the extra session when Tropp buried a rebound through the legs of Nick Eno at 14:20. The late equalizer was Tropp's second in as many games, with the OT helper giving him eight multi-point games this season. Eno made 21 saves in the Falcons net to move to 2-9-1 on the year.

In a WCHA battle, Brad Eidsness was pulled for the first time in his career after allowing three goals in 23:48 of work as North Dakota played to a 3-3 tie with Wisconsin. Corey Fienhage was -1 after getting back late on the third Badger goal.

Per the game highlights below, Eidsness would certainly like the last goal back. Fienhage (4) is seen sliding to prevent the shot after losing control of the puck in the neutral zone, but otherwise played well on the Sioux blueline.

Elsewhere, Justin Jokinen was even with two shots on goal as Minnesota State defeated Bemidji State, 5-1. The sophomore's offensive tools were briefly shown while skating on the fourth line, and it's easy to think that consistent two-way hustle can keep him in the Maverick lineup. To date, coach Troy Jutting has used the spare forwards to keep the group honest. Jokinen has been a scratch five times as a result.

Connor Knapp took his regular Friday post on the Miami bench as the #1 RedHawks posted their third consecutive shutout with a 6-0 thrashing of Ohio State. Knapp will look to extend the blanking of the opposition when he mans the Miami crease on Saturday.

In QMJHL action, Jordon Southorn finished -2 as PEI lost to Saint John, 4-1. The Sea Dogs continue their QMJHL domination by collecting their 21st straight victory - the third longest streak in league history.

Jacob Lagacé and Maxime Legault were both held without points as Chicoutimi won a 3-2 shootout over Shawinigan. Lagacé has now gone three games without a point for the first time since February of 2008.

In the WHL, Brayden McNabb was -1 with a high sticking minor in Kootenay's 3-1 loss to Calgary.

Mark Adams remained out with a separated shoulder as Chicago lost to Sioux City, 3-2.

An OHL match-up between Nick Crawford's Barrie Colts and Marcus Foligno's Sudbury Wolves was postponed due to poor travel conditions.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

12/6 Recap: Lagacé cools off

Jacob Lagacé saw his 11-game point streak snapped on Sunday as Chicoutimi was blanked by Victoriaville, 3-0. The streak, which began on November 1st in Lagacé's first game back from a head injury, saw the forward accumulate 24 points (12+12) to vault into the top-five of the QMJHL scoring race.

Also from the QMJHL, Luke Adam scored his 21st goal of the year in Cape Breton's 5-4 loss to division rival Moncton. Adam, who finished the game a season-low -3, earned his first major penalty of the season after taking on 6'0, 175-pound Ted Stephens late in the opening period.

Maxime Legault notched a pair of second period assists as Shawinigan scored four unanswered goals to beat Drummondville, 6-4.

In the OHL, Marcus Foligno was +2 as Sudbury downed Brampton, 3-1. Former Buffalo Jr. Sabre and 2010 eligible Phil Lane (Rochester, NY) scored his 7th goal of the season for the Battalion.

In Hockey East, Drew MacKenzie earned an assist as Vermont dropped a home-ice decision to New Hammpshire, 5-2. The sophomore blueliner was on the ice for three of the five goals against.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

12/4 recap: Friday night fever for Lagacé

Jacob Lagacé notched his second consecutive Friday night hat trick, including goals just :18 apart, as Chicoutimi lost a 7-6 overtime decision to Rouyn-Noranda. The Sagueneens scored six times in a wild, nine-goal third period but surrendered the game winner just :23 into the extra session. The game's #2 star, Lagacé (+2, 10 SOG) also added an assist to raise his season totals to 22 goals and 42 points while extending his point streak to 11 games. The hat trick was his third of the season.

In the OHL, Zack Kassian posted a goal and an assist, but Peterborough suffered several defensive lapses in an 8-4 loss at Kitchener. The 6'3 crash-and-banger finished a season-low -3 but still earned the game's #3 star.

Nick Crawford scored a late goal on the power play as Barrie kept rolling with a 6-3 win over Erie. The Colts move to 17-0-0-1 in their last 18 games, and current sit at #3 in the CHL Mastercard Rankings.

Marcus Foligno was even as Sudbury won their second straight game 5-4 over Brampton.

In the WHL, Brayden McNabb was -1 as Kootenay fell to Prince George, 4-1.

Jordon Southorn was even as PEI defeated Halifax, 8-5. Joel Champagne (TOR) scored four goals to pace the Rocket.

Maxime Legault was -1 as Shawinigan was shut out by Baie-Comeau, 2-0.

In NCAA action, Corey Tropp scored the only goal of the game in Michigan State's 1-0 shutout of Northern Michigan. The goal, Tropp's 11th of the season, broke the scoreless tie with 6:07 left in regulation.

Brad Eidsness stopped 29 pucks to earn his eighth win of the season as #3 North Dakota defeated #12 Duluth, 4-2. Corey Fienhage continued his simplistic yet effective play in relief of senior captain Chay Genoway, finishing even with a shot on goal in the Sioux victory.

Elsewhere, Nick Eno made 25 saves in Bowling Green's 2-1 loss to Lake Superior.

Drew MacKenzie was +1 as #19 Vermont played to a 3-3 tie with Boston University.

Connor Knapp watched as creasemate Cody Reichard stopped all 24 shots throw at him in Miami's 1-0 blanking of #14 Notre Dame. With Knapp allowing five second period goals last weekend against North Dakota, it is unclear if coach Enrico Blasi rides the hot goalie or elects to stick to his set schedule of Knapp getting the Saturday nods.

Justin Jokinen was scratched for the third straight game as Minnesota State downed Minnesota, 3-1. The sophomore has just one goal in ten games and needs to be more consistent in order to stick as a regular in the Maverick forward lineup.

12/2-3 Recap: Adam lights 20th

Luke Adam picked up his 20th goal of the year on Thursday and added two assists as Cape Breton dropped Lewiston, 5-2. The output gives Adam 47 points through his first 30 games, including seven (4+3) in his last two.

Jacob Lagacé hit for an assist in Chicoutimi's 5-4 loss to Rouyn-Noranda.

In the OHL, Zack Kassian earned a power play assist in Peterborouigh's 5-4 shootout loss to Sudbury. Marcus Foligno was even for the Wolves.

Nick Crawford was +1 with an assist on the shorthanded game winner as Barrie cruised past Niagara, 5-3.

On Wednesday, Maxime Legault scored the game winning goal as Shawinigan edged Drummondville, 6-5. Legault's last three tallies have either tied or won the game for the Cataractes.

Jordon Southorn was -1 with an assist as PEI lost to league stud Saint john, 4-1. The Sea Dogs win was their 18th straight - the 5th longest streak ever in QMJHL history.

In WHL play, Brayden McNabb was +2 with an assist as Kootenay smoked Vancouver, 6-2.

Monday, November 30, 2009

11/29 Recap: Adam pops off as Eagles hang ten

Luke Adam scored a hat trick and added an assist on Sunday as Cape Breton smoked Drummondville, 10-2. Adam (+4) also posted five shots on goal and won 11 of his 13 faceoffs to earn the game’s #1 star and help the Eagles shake off Friday's brutal shutout loss to Bathurst. The four-point effort ups the pivot's season totals to 19 goals and 25 assists through 29 games – good for third overall among QMJHL scorers.

Also from the Q, Maxime Legault scored the game-tying goal as Shawinigan won a 3-2 shootout decision over Gatineau. The power play tally was Legault’s seventh goal of the season.

In OHL play, Marcus Foligno saw his two-game goal streak snapped in Sudbury's 3-1 loss to Kitchener.

In the lone Sunday college contest, Alex Biega was even with a shot on goal as Harvard was dumped by Dartmouth, 6-2.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

11/28 Recap: McNabb leads way; Marcus earns marks

Brayden McNabb scored the game-tying and game winning goals on Saturday to lead Kootenay past Kelowna, 4-2. The power play goals were the fifth and sixth of the season for the rugged WHL defender. The game's #1 star, McNabb's evening was rounded out by 23 PIM, the bulk of which coming from a third period scrap and misconduct after Kelowna's Curt Gogul came in high on blueline partner James Martin.

In the OHL, Marcus Foligno scored a goal for the second straight game as Sudbury lost in a Saturday night shootout to Barrie, 4-3. Foligno lit the lamp on the power play at 9:05 of the third period to force the extra session. Nick Crawford was +1 for the winners.

Somehow not included in Friday's recap was Foligno's slumpbusting effort on that saw him net his second goal of the year (and first in 22 games) in the Wolves 4-2 loss to Owen Sound. The 18-year old wasted little time getting reacquainted with the twine, scoring at the 1:56 mark of the opening period.

In the QMJHL, Maxime Legault scored on the power play in the game's final minute to give Shawinigan a 4-3 win over Moncton. The 20-year old also earned an assist to up his season totals six goals and six assists through his first 12 games.

Jordon Southorn was even through a period and a half before earning a fighting major and game misconduct as PEI defeated Lewiston, 6-4. The win was the fifth straight for the Rocket.

In the NCAA, North Dakota's Brad Eidsness made 21 saves while Connor Knapp stopped 19 shots for Miami as the #3 Sioux and #1 RedHawks played to an exciting 5-5 tie at the Subway Holiday Classic. Knapp and the Redhawks survived a four-goal onslaught in the second period to score a pair in the third and earn the tie. Corey Fienhage was -1 for the Sioux.

All ten goals against involving the Sabres goaltending prospects:

In the CCHA, Nick Eno made 33 saves as Bowling Green battled to a 4-4 tie with Notre Dame. Three of the Irish goals came on the power play.

Corey Tropp was held without a point as Michigan State lost to Minnesota, 2-1.

Justin Jokinen was again a scratch as Minnesota State defeated Michigan Tech, 3-2.

In the USHL, Mark Adams did not play in Chicago's 3-2 loss to Green Bay.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

11/21 Recap: Kassian leads; Lagacé stays warm

Zack Kassian scored a shorthanded goal and assisted on the game winner on Saturday as Peterborough edged Niagara, 3-2. With his team trailing 2-1 after 40-minutes, the Petes captain scored at 5:02 of the third period to tie the game, shift momentum, and help earn the game's #1 star honors. With the two-point night, Kassian notched back-to-back multi-point efforts for the first time this season.

Jacob Lagacé extended his point streak to seven games by scoring a goal in Chicoutimi's 3-2 loss to PEI. The goal was Lagacé's 15th of the season, and 11th at even strength. Rocket defenseman Jordon Southorn was +2 with an assist and a fighting major in the win. The 6'2 Southorn took five after initiating with Sags forward Rock Régimbald, whose knee-on-knee hit in the third period left Rocket scorer Benjamin Casavant hobbling to the locker room.

Luke Adam posted a pair of assists as Cape Breton came up short in a 4-3 shootout loss to Bathurst. Adam has been a dominant offensive force for the Screaming Eagles with 36 points in 25 games, but he continues to struggle in shootouts with an 0/8 mark over his four junior seasons. The Eagles as a whole are not fans of the breakway session as evidenced by their 0/17 season number.

Also from the QMJHL, Maxime Legault assisted on the game winning goal as Shawinigan bested Montreal, 3-1.

In the OHL, Nick Crawford was -2 with an assist as Barrie defeated Saginaw, 4-2. 2009 eligible Ivan Telegin (6'3, 185 lbs.) scored his 18th goal of the year for the Spirit.

Marcus Foligno finished -1 as Sudbury was outclassed by Mississauga-St. Mike's, 5-1. The gritty wing earned a late game misconduct after trying to fight Majors' dman Cameron Gaunce as part of a chippy third period. The Majors (19-4-2) outshot the Wolves (9-14-0-2) by a 54-20 margin.

In the NCAA, Brad Eidsness made 29 saves but #2 North Dakota coughed up an early two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss at #3 Denver. Eidsness, who was very strong in the weekend losses. allowed three power play goals in the second period, including two off the stick of former AJHL rival, Joe Colborne. Corey Fienhage was steady defensively in his third straight game for the Sioux while becoming more comfortable moving the puck.

Connor Knapp made 29 saves as #1 Miami tied Western Michigan, 1-1. The goal against came after a turnover down low caused a Bronco forward to shovel the puck past the sophomore netminder. With Knapp's last two Saturdays resulting in 1-1 ties, SabresProspects is thinking the same could hold true next week when the Redhawks meet up with Brad Eidsness and current #2 North Dakota at the Subway Holiday Classic in Grand Forks.

In other CCHA action, Nick Eno made 26 saves as Bowling Green's winning streak was halted at one with a 4-1 loss to #16 Michigan. A tip-in and a clean wrister from the slot gave the Wolverines a two-goal lead in the first 12 minutes. Moments later a turnover from in deep upped UM's advantage to 3-1, and they never loooked back. The loss drops Eno's record to 2-4 on the year.

In the ECAC, Alex Biega (-1) uncorked eight shots on goal as Harvard played to a 2-2 tie with Clarkson. The Crimson held a 2-0 lead late into the third before surrendering two goals :32 apart in the 56th minute.

Justin Jokinen was -1 as Minnesota State lost at Alaska-Anchorage, 4-1. Jokinen should continue to see steady playing time with junior forward Andrew Sackrison suffering a broken leg in Friday's 8-3 win.

In the USHL, Mark Adams did not play in Chicago's 4-0 shutout loss to Indiana.

Brayden McNabb did not take the ice for Kootenay's game with Swift Current, which makes his projected return set for next Friday (and his inclusion in the Subway Superseries still questionable).