I normally try to start this out with some good news, no matter how tough it is. This week it's the emergence of Justin DiBenedetto. He currently has 7 goals in his last 7 games, after beginning January with just 3 points total. With 11 goals he's tied for second on the team with Robin Figren and is only 1 goal behind team leading Michael Haley. DiBenedetto is 1 goal from doubling his total from last season and 1 point from matching last seasons point total of 14 in 67 games.
Bridgeport dropped both games though, a good showing in a 3-2 loss to Connecticut [Highlights] and a 4-1 loss to Springfield. Mikko Kosikinen started against Connecticut having a good bounce back game after giving up 14 goals in his previous 3 starts. He had 26 saves on 29 shots on the night. DiBenedetto [Dylan Reese, Rob Hisey] and Wes O'Neil [Brady Leisenring, Anton Klementyev] scored for BP.
Against Springfield Joel Martin had a rough outing, giving up 4 goals (2 PPG) in 22 shots. DiBenedetto [Hisey] had the lone BP Goal, but was good enough to be named 3rd star of the night. With Mikko in the NHL until Lawson returns, Riley Gill is the new backup in Bridgeport. In 11 games for Kalamazoo (ECHL), Gill had an .887 SV% so lets drink to Martin's health.
Natural Born Kirills
Kirill Petrov had 2 assists in 2 games this week making his season total 8 Goals, 11 Assists for 19 points in 44 games.
Kirill Kabanov was a healthy scratch in one Lewiston game this week and scored goals in both games he played. On the season he has 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 23 games.
WHL, OHL, NCAA and Europe
Tony DeHart was back in action for Oshawa as they played two games this week [Dehart destroys Stephen Silas]. Quiet nights for him, and partner Calvin De Haan who added an assist to his season total. For the year has 2 goals, 27 assists for 29 points in 37 games, Dehart has 2 goals, 19 assists for 21 points in 40 games. [Highlights from Oshawa win Vs Belleville]
Casey Cizikas and Mississauga continue on their winning ways, with three wins in three games this week. Cizikas had a goal and two assists bringing him to 26 goals, 28 assists for 54 points in 41 games. [Cizikas Q&A 1] [Q&A 2] [Q&A 3]
Portland racked up 13 goals in two games this week, with Nino Niederreiter potting two [including scoring on a penalty shot] [Different/Better Angle] and a first star of the night. He has 24 goals, 16 assists for 40 points in 37 games [Nino Highligts set to Black Betty]
Good week for Brandon, as they won two of three games. David Toews had a goal and an assist. In 44 games Toews has 12 goals, 16 assists for 28 points.
North Dakota was off this week, so nothing new on Brock Nelson or Jason Gregoire.
Matt Donovan had an assist in each game as Denver split back to back games with Central Colorado. Donovan has 6 goals, 14 assists for 20 points in 28 games.
Notre Dame was off this week, but Anders Lee continues to rack up the hardware as he was named Rookie of the Week for his play last weekend. This is the second time he's been named Rookie of the week, along with his two Rookie of the Month awards.
Minnesota tied and lost their games to Minnesota-Duluth this weekend. Aaron Ness was held off the scoresheet. On the year Ness has 1 goal, 9 assists for 10 points in 25 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 28 games.
Corey Trivino had a single assist in BU's game this week. He has 5 goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 24 games.
Blake Kessel had 3 assists in UNH's sweep of Maine. This year he has 5 goals and 16 assists for 21 points in 26 games.
Brian Day played the first game this weekend for Colgate but not the second game against Clarkson. He did not get on the scoresheet. Day has 8 goals, 10 assists for 18 points in 25 games
Anders Nilsson started both games this weekend for Lulea. He had 20 saves on 22 shots in a 2-0 loss [Highlights] and followed that up with 10 saves on 12 shots in a 2-1 loss [Highlights]
Cody Rosen did not play this week.