Lots of goal-scoring in the WHL, a fantastic debut for an NCAA prospect, and a two-goal game in Finland highlight this week’s prospect update. Let’s take a look at how everyone did on the score sheet!
Skyler McKenzie continues to score and helped power the Winterhawks to three straight wins this week. McKenzie assisted twice in a 3-0 win over Spokane on Tuesday and potted the OT winner on Saturday over Kelowna with a ridiculous between-the-legs move. Kelowna stuck around on Sunday to have their spirits crushed in an 8-2 Winterhawks win. McKenzie scored twice and assisted on Kieffer Bellows’ sixth of the season.
Jordy Stallard had a tough weekend schedule, facing the Pats at home on Friday before traveling to Stallard’s hometown of Brandon to take on the Wheat Kings. The Raiders did lose all three games, but took two of those games to overtime to come out of the week with a couple of points. Stallard scored two power play goals on Saturday and assisted on Cole Fonstad’s fourth of the season yesterday.
Logan Stanley and the Kitchener Rangers had a full weekend, playing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Stanley contributed a secondary assist on the game-winning goal Saturday as he stepped out of the penalty box. Stanley laid a big hit on Saginaw’s Brady Gilmour, which led to Leafs prospect Keaton Middleton instigating a fight.
Leon Gawanke also contributed an assist this week, but with significantly fewer penalty minutes. The Screaming Eagles beat Charlottetown and split a home-and-home with Halifax.
Santeri Virtanen was held off the score sheet last week, but the team as a whole has not been scoring. Dubuque have only scored four goals this season (that’s one goal per game, you’re welcome) and only scored once this week. The team will have lots of time to think about their scoring woes; playing just three more games in the next two weeks.
Mikhail Berdin had a phenomenal week, starting back-to-back games on the road last weekend for Sioux Falls. The Stampede won a blowout on Friday in Omaha 7-2 with Berdin stopping 26 of 28. The following night in Sioux City was a goalie battle between Berdin and Matt Jurusik. Berdin stopped 33 of 34 through regulation and overtime and stopped the first four shooters in the shootout, but his team could not solve Jurusik and the fifth shot got past him.
Dylan Samberg, outside of his huge hit to the head last week, has had a quiet start to his college career. Minnesota-Duluth played a home-and-home against Bemidji State, losing game one by a score of 5-2. On Saturday, the teams skated to a somewhat rare 0-0 tie. The last scoreless tie in UMD history was back in 2007. Samberg had three shots on net over the weekend and stayed out of the penalty box.
Johnny Kovacevic and Merrimack played their home opener on Saturday, a non-conference game against Wisconsin. Kovacevic fired two shots on net in a 4-1 loss. Wisconsin goalie Kyle Hayton stopped 41 of Merrimack’s 42 shots.
Croix Evingson had an NCAA debut to remember. The 20-year-old freshman assisted on the first goal of the game and later scored his first NCAA goal on a 2-on-0 break after serving a penalty. His goal would stand as the game winner and give UMass-Lowell their first win of the season. Evingson missed the first three games recovering from a high ankle sprain.
Matt Ustaski played against fellow Jets draftee Kovacevic this week, putting one shot on net and winning one of two faceoffs.
CJ Suess captained the Mavericks to two wins over powerhouse Boston University this past weekend. Suess assisted on Minnesota State’s first goal of the game on Friday; a 6-3 win. The Mavericks shut out BU on Saturday by a score of 3-0. Suess scored his first of the season and added another assist.
Jack Glover recorded his first point of the season, assisted on Casey Mittelstadt’s goal to open Sunday’s 6-3 win over Penn State. Glover fired a shot from the point that may have veered wide, but Mittelstadt tipped it back toward the net.
Erik Foley did not play this week. Erik crashed hard into the end boards at the conclusion of a game against Miami on the 7th.
As expected, Erik Foley (upper body) missing for @FriarsHockey today
— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) October 15, 2017
Thanks once again to HFBoards user Woodhouse for the gif of the injury:
Kristian Vesalainen scored twice on Saturday in a 5-2 win over Ässät. With HPK winning 3-2 near the end of the second period, Vesalainen scored on a nice steal and rush up the ice with twelve seconds remaining. He would add another in the third period for additional insurance.
Pavel Kraskovsky tallied his second assist of the season, a secondary assist on the game-winning goal on Friday against Ak Bars. Kraskovsky seems to be getting a bit more physical this season, one away from matching his total of 13 hits from last season in much less than half the games.
Jacob Cederholm played one game for HV71 last Thursday, seeing 7:27 of ice time. Cederholm was not in the lineup on Saturday when the team traveled to Karlstad to take on Färjestad BK.
Arvid Holm started the weekend with a 47-save performance on 50 shots in a 3-2 loss. Holm was placed right back between the pipes on Saturday, but was less successful, stopping just 21 of 25 in a second loss.
The Manitoba Moose welcome Cleveland into Bell MTS Place this weekend for the first home stand of the season. Cleveland won a close one on Friday, taking a 4-3 lead in the third period shutting things down. The Moose had just four shots on goal in the final period. Jack Roslovic scored his second of the season, assisted by Kyle Connor and Sami Niku. All three players currently at or above a point-per-game pace.
Game two got underway on Sunday afternoon, the Moose winning by a score of 4-1. Eric Comrie stopped 28 of 29 in the win, a nice redemption game after letting five goals past him last week. Jansen Harkins scored his first of the season to open the game, Kyle Connor scored his third of the season to take a lead in the second, and Brendan Lemieux scored twice in the third period to seal the victory.
The Moose will be in Iowa this weekend to take on the Wild on the 20th and 21st.
The Jacksonville Icemen began play this past week, losing their opening game 5-4 in overtime. Jamie Phillips stopped 41 of 46 shots.
The Icemen will play South Carolina on Saturday and just one game next week as well. The ECHL schedule will ramp up beginning in November, where the team will play three to four games per week.