The good in Bridgeport: Justin DiBenedetto continues on his hot streak, David Ullstrom scores 3 goals in 2 games after being held without a goal since December 18th and Mikko Koskinen had a strong game to get BP it's first non-regulation loss in a while. The Bad: They were outshot 64-42 in two games and in neither game did they get double digit shots in a period. Following the shootout loss Mikko gave up 4 goals on 11 shots and was replaced by Joel Martin. In the last 19 games BP has won 1 game, with 2 OT losses and 2 shootout losses.
Against Springfield Eric Castonguay [DiBenedetto, Ullstrom] Ullstrom [Dylan Reese] and DiBenedetto [Rob Hisey, Castonguay] were the goal scorers and no one scored in the shootout. DiBenedetto was named 2nd star of the night. Against Hershey DiBenedetto, Ullstrom [DiBenedetto, Rob Hisey] Robin Figren [Brady Leisenring, Reese] Ullstrom [Figren, Reese] were the goal scorers. In a cruel and amazing twist of irony, Joel Rechlicz got his first career AHL goal. Today BP plays the Atlantic Division leading Manchester Monarchs, so lets hope for the best.
Natural Born Kirills
Kirill Petrov had no points in 2 games this week making his season total 8 Goals, 11 Assists for 19 points in 46 games.
Had an assist in Lewistown's one game this week. On the season he has 8 goals and 13 assists for 21 points in 27 games.
Good week for the Oshawa Generals as they trounced their opponents 14-3. They beat Mississauga 8-2 as Calvin De Haan and Casey Cizikas traded assists while Tony Dehart scored a goal. They followed that up with a 6-1 beating of Sault Ste. Marie including De Haan's two assists. De Haan was named third star of the game. De Haan has 2 goals, 32 assists for 34 points in 43 games, Dehart has 3 goals, 20 assists for 23 points in 46 games. [De haan practice] [Dehart gets jumped]
Casey Cizikas and Mississauga bounced back with a 5-4 overtime win over the Kitchener Rangers. Cizikas did not register a point. He now has 27 goals, 30 assists for 57 points in 46 games.
Nino Niederreiter and Portland have clinched their playoff spot with a 6-3 win over Chilliwack. Nino was the driving force in the win, notching a hat trick and an assist along with being named first star of the night. His season total is now 27 goals, 19 assists for 46 points in 41 games. [from 2/9 Winterhawks score 5 goals in 1:59]
David Toews continues to be one of the major reasons that Brandon is still in the playoff race. The Wheat Kings won all three games this week, with Toews being named first star in one game (2 goal, 1 assist night) along with adding a goal and assist in the other two games. In 49 games Toews has 15 goals, 21 assists for 36 points.
NCAA and Europe
After a quiet first night in a tie with St Cloud State (One assist for Gregoire) the Isles prospects at UND had a good second night in a 3-2 win. Jason Gregoire had 2 assists and was named 2nd star of the Night, and Brock Nelson had a secondary assist on a PP goal. Who did he pass it to? Gregoire, So hopefully a sign of things to come. Nelson has 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points in 31 games. Gregoire has 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points in 26 games. [Nelson Interview]
Denver dropped a game to Michigan Tech 3-2, MT had been on a 25 game losing streak. Matt Donovan scored a goal in that game and in the following nights 5-1 win had an assist. Donovan has 7 goals, 15 assists for 22 points in 32 games.
Quiet Weekend for Anders Lee as Notre Dame played Ferris State. Notre Dame swept Ferris, and Anders Lee added an assist to his season totals. That makes his stats so far 19 goals, 19 assists for 38 points in 34 games. Lee was once again named Rookie of the Week in the CCHA for his performance last weekend. [Link]
Aaron Ness had 2 assists in helping lead Minnesota to a win over Wisconsin. Ness did not get any points the following night in a 3-3 tie. Ness has 1 goal, 11 assists for 12 points in 29 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 32 games.
Corey Trivino had an assist helping BU to sweep Providence in a defensive battle as the scores were 2-1 and 1-0. He has 7 goals and 11 assists for 18 points in 28 games. [Postgame from last week]
Blake Kessel had an assist in a 2-2 tie with Vermont. He did not score the following night in a 6-1 win.This year he has 5 goals and 17 assists for 22 points in 30 games. [Old Blake Kessel interview]
Brian Day had an assist in Colgate's win Vs Dartmouth, and did not play on Saturday against Harvard. Colgate has been streaking lately with 4 wins in their last 5 games. Day has 9 goals, 11 assists for 20 points in 28 games.
Anders Nilsson started both games for Lulea this week. He backstopped them to a 3-0 win with 25 saves and followed that up with a 2-3 OT Loss with 19 saves. Nilsson is 8th in the league with a .913 SV% and is 3rd in GAA with a 1.98.
did not play this week.