The Soundtigers had a good week, taking two of three this week under new Coach Pat Bingham. Robin Figren [Katic, Motherwell] Rhett Rakhshani [Sim] Jeremy Colliton [Blight, Svendsen] and the OT GWG Tony Romano [Motherwell] on Friday against Providence. Kevin Poulin got the start, although he gave up 3 goals, he had 43 saves and none of the goals would have been considered soft. BP lost the following night to Manchester 1-0, but Nathan Lawson had a good game in net, finishing with 26 saves on 27 shots. BP Shutout Portland 3-0, with Figren [O'Neil] Jon Sim x2 [Hamonic, Motherwell] and [Figren, Landry] while Poulin was a perfect 29 of 29.
Injuries to the defense in Bridgeport is the story too. With Dylan Reese called up and Wotton hurting, Dustin Kohn and Mark Katic ended up playing 28 minutes a piece against Providence. Now with Kohn and Katic are both nursing injuries, leaving
Mark Wotton [would need an NHL contract and clear waivers] (who played Sunday while hurt) Travis Hamonic and Anton Klementyev as the only defensemen the Islanders can call up. It looks like Mikko Kosikinen, Poulin and Nathan Lawson are all in for a fun stretch of games.
Natural Born Kirills
Kirill Petrov continues to cool off, playing two more games this week but posting no points and a -1. He seems to be stuck at 4 goals 6 assists in 18 games now and a -1.
Kirill Kabanov came to life (From BCISLEMAN) putting up a goal and two assists against the League Leading Quebec Ramparts. He was also named the first star of the game for Lewiston, and now has 1 goal and 3 assists in 6 games for them and a +4.
WHL, OHL, NCAA and Europe
Nino Niederreiter was a beast this week as Portland won 3 of 4 games as they posted 16 goals in the three wins. A goal and assist vs Moose Jaw on Monday, a goal and assist vs David Toews' Wheat Kings on Tuesday along with the First Star and two goals against Kamloops and another 1st star. Nino has 12 points (6 G, 6 A) in 12 games back with a +5. A poll of who will win the Winterhawks division on the WHL site has them at 70%. [Video: Nino Goal Vs Wheat Kings]
It was a tough week for David Toews, including the game against Portland, he finished the week with just one assist and a -5. He has 11 points (4 G, 7 A) in 15 games so far this year.
The Oshawa Generals played 3 games this week, winning all 3 and managing a total of 20 goals this week. Calvin De Haan added 3 assists and Tony Dehart got 2 assists. For the year De Haan has 19 points (2 G, 17 A) in 18 games. DeHart has 12 points (1 G, 11 A) in 22 games.
Casey Cizikas and Mississauga played 3 games this week winning all 3. Cizikas had 3 assists and was named second star in a game. He has 21 games played and 25 points [12 G, 13 A] on the season. [Cizikas Goal at the Subway Series between OHL and KHL at 4:25]
Anders Lee of Notre Dame played two games this week, notching another goal. He continues to lead Notre Dame in goals scored. 13 GP, 9 G, 2 A, 11 Points [Lee Goal Vs Michigan]
The University of Denver and Matt Donovan played two games this week. He added a goal and an assist to his season totals, 14 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 Points. [Donovan post game interview]
UND played back to back games against 4th ranked Nebraska Omaha this weekend, splitting the series with a 6-5 win and a 1-0 loss. Jason Gregoire was held off the score sheet, but true freshman Brock Nelson added an assist. Gregoire has 14 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 Points so far and Nelson has 14 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 Points. Also remember to get your Fightin' Sioux gear before it disappears forever.
Jason Clark and Wisconsin played back to back games against Minnesota-Duluth. Although Wisconsin dropped both games in OT, Clark put up his first point of the season with an assist on the first night.
Minnesota played Michigan Tech this weekend. With Minnesota eking out a 6-4 win on the first night against what should have been a pushover, rumors are swirling about Minnesota Coach Don Lucia. Maybe if he goes Snow can finally convince Ness to sign with the Islanders. Aaron Ness did have a good weekend, putting up an assist in each game. He now has 7 assists in 12 games.
Corey Trivino notched 2 assists in 2 games for Boston U this week. So far this season he has 2 G, 5 A, 7 Points in 10 games. [Highlights from BU Vs UNH]
Colgate played two games this week. Brian Day notched a goal, putting him at 5 G, 3 A, 8 Points in 10 games.
Shane Sims and OSU did not play this week. He's still at 11 GP, 1 G, 7 A, 8 Points.
Blake Kessel added an assist this week. He's now at 11 GP, 1 G, 7 A, 8 Points. [Highlights from UNH Vs BU]
Anders Nilsson and Lulea did not have a good week. They lost both games, giving up 4 goals in each. Nilsson gave up 4 goals on 24 shots to lose the game in OT. Thankfully the other goalie Rautio did not look much better giving up 4 goals in the next game on 23 shots. [Video: Lulea in Black]
Cody Rosen is still 3rd on the depth chart for Clarkson University and has yet to see the ice after 12 games.