Despite dropping their fourth straight game this week, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers had a good week. All three games were one goal games (including one empty netter). Justin DiBenedetto was named 2nd star with a 2 goal performance against Albany in a 6-4 loss. DiBenedetto's goals were assisted by Ty Wishart, Mark Katic and Rhett Rakhshani, David Ullstrom. Thomas Marcinko [Micheal Haley] and Jesse Joensuu [Brett Motherwell, Dustin Kohn] rounded out the scoring. Mikko Koskinen had 28 saves on 33 shots.
If your worried Kevin Poulin might not be getting a workout in BP, your fears are unfounded as he had 45 saves on 48 shots to win 2nd star in the 3-2 loss to Worcester. DiBenedetto [Tony Romano, Kohn] and Dylan Reese [Rob Hisey, Joensuu] scored the goals. Bridgeport finished the week with a 3-2 loss to Manchester. They did outshoot Manchester 33-22, and Joel Martin had 19 saves. Katic [Rakhshani, Ullstrom] and Hisey [Joensuu, Mark Wotton] scored the goals on the night. [DiBenedetto Fight]
After an 8-win December fueled by Josh Bailey, the Sound Tigers have 1 win in 13 January games. They are last in the Atlantic Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference. Although their playoff hopes are fading, they are only 8 points out of the playoffs. The play of Joel Martin is also interesting, as his .911 SV% (123 saves on 135 shots) is better then both Nathan Lawson .903% and Mikko Koskinen .882%. The 28 year old Martin obviously isn't in long term plans, but he also has never played this many games at the AHL level. With Lawson most likely on his way out, Poulin possibly starting next season in the NHL, Martin might be auditioning for a spot next season.
Natural Born Kirills
Kirill Petrov had an assist in 2 games this week making his season total 8 Goals, 9 Assists for 17 points in 42 games.
Kirill Kabanov was a healthy scratch in Lewiston's only game this week. On the season he has 5 goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 21 games.
WHL, OHL, NCAA and Europe
Tony Dehart returned this week for Oshawa, but both he and Calvin De Haan were pointless in both their games this week finishing -1. De Haan For the year has 2 goals, 26 assists for 28 points in 35 games, Dehart has 2 goals, 19 assists for 21 points in 38 games. [Highlights from Oshawa's win vs Saginew]
After being held pointless in the Majors' 4-1 win over Brampton, Casey Cizikas opened a can as he had 2 goals and an assist for a 2nd star against Peterborough. Cizikas has 25 goals, 26 assists for 51 points in 38 games. [Slightly Disturbing Cizikas tribute video] [Highlights from 3 Point Night]
Nino Niederreiter had 2 goals in 3 games this week for Portland. He has 22 goals, 16 assists for 38 points in 35 games. Despite missing 10 games and training camp for Portland, he is tied for 3rd in goals and is 6th in points on the team. [Nino Takes the Ice]
David Toews played 4 games this week notching an assist as Brandon split their games. In 41 games Toews has 11 goals, 15 assists for 26 points.
The North Dakota prospects lit the lamp this weekend against Colorado College. On the first night Jason Gregoire had 2 goals and Brock Nelson started off scoring in the 6-0 rout on the second night. Nelson Gregoire both had assists on the second night for what is (I believe) Brock's first two point game. With 5 goals and 5 assists for 10 points in 27 games, Nelson is in the top ten in both goals and points on North Dakota. Gregoire has 12 goals, 9 assists for 21 points in 22 games this year. [Gregoire 2 goals]
Anders Lee, you are so dreamy, can we just sign you now? This weekend Notre Dame played Miami back to back and scored a total of 7 goals in two ties. Of those 7 goals, Anders Lee had a part in 5 of them. On the first night he had assists on ND's final two goals in the 3rd to tie the game. On the second night he scored both of NDs goals in their 2-2 tie. Lee has 18 goals, 15 assists for 33 points in 30 games.
The University of Denver and Matt Donovan were off this week. Donovan has 6 goals, 12 assists for 18 points in 26 games.
Aaron Ness got his first goal of the year for Minnesota in a 5-1 win over Alaska-Anchorage. Minnesota dropped the following game to Alaska 1-0. On the year Ness has 1 goal, 9 assists for 10 points in 23 games.
Shane Sims did not get on the board in either game this week for Ohio State University. On the season he has 2 goals and 15 assists for 17 points in 26 games.
Corey Trivino had a single goal in BU's two games this week. He has 5 goals and 9 assists for 14 points in 23 games.
Despite two 5 goal games this weekend for UNH, Blake Kessel did not make the scoresheet. This year he has 5 goals and 13 assists for 18 points in 24 games.
Colgate continues to struggle as they haven't won a game since December 4th. Brian Day did add three assists across two games this weekend. Day has 8 goals, 10 assists for 18 points in 24 games.
Anders Nilsson started 2 of 3 games this week for Lulea, winning one and losing one. In the Win [Highlights] he had 18 saves on 20 shots. In the loss [Highlights] he had 20 saves on 22 shots. On the season Nilsson has 22 games played, a .913 SV%, 2.03 GAA and 4 shutouts.
did not play this week.