Jordy Stallard continues his hot start, Dylan Samberg records his first NCAA points, and Kristian Vesalainen continues his recent scoring surge in today’s prospect update.
Skyler McKenzie continued his eight-game point streak last week, scoring a goal and adding an assist in a series with the Kelowna Rockets. McKenzie scored his 11th goal on Friday, which would turn out to be the game-winner. The assist came in a 7-2 loss the following night. The Jets 7th-rounder is currently tied for second in the WHL in goals scored, behind Tyler Steenbergen’s ridiculous 21-goal total.
Jordy Stallard and the Raiders hosted the Vancouver Giants and Saskatoon Blades at home last week, taking both games to overtime. The team lost to Vancouver and won against Saskatoon. Stallard had a goal and an assist in each game, jumping up to a tie for 10th in points in the WHL.
Logan Stanley had his first quiet week of the year with the Kitchener Rangers suffering back-to-back losses. Stanley put five shots on net and got a little bit rough at the end of Friday’s game, responding to a hit on teammate Joseph Garreffa. Stanley chased after Harrison Cottam, trying to instigate a fight, but got no response. The 5’11 Knights forward wanted none of it, and Stanley was hit with a two minute roughing call and a ten minute misconduct to ensure he caused no more trouble.
Leon Gawanke assisted on five goals last week and directed 14 shots on goal. Gawanke is yet to find the back of the net, but it is not for a lack of trying, with 34 shots on net this year. The Screaming Eagles went into overtime in all three games, winning two. Gawanke is tied for third in assists in the QMJHL and is top 10 in points by defencemen.
Santeri Virtanen scored his first USHL goal last weekend in a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Steel. The two goals in this game tied a season-high for Dubuque, who are currently sitting last place in the league.
Mikhail Berdin had another great week, starting with a 43-save performance on 44 shots in a close 2-1 win over Fargo. Berdin should have been named a star of the game, but the hometown Force named their own players that scored and assisted on the lone goal. Berdin got back in net on Saturday, stopping 34 of 37 in a 4-2 loss. Both his USHL page and stats websites have him stopping 34 of 38 in this game, but the fourth goal was an empty netter where Berdin had been on the bench for over 10 seconds. I sent a strongly-worded email to the USHL on the matter. Just kidding, it was overly polite.
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Dylan Samberg assisted three times in the weekend opener at home against Merrimack. His first NCAA point was a fantastic cross-ice pass to give Nick Swaney his first NCAA goal. Samberg and Swaney were teammates briefly with the Waterloo Black Hawks last season. The Bulldogs tied Merrimack on Friday and won on Saturday, giving them a nice even record of 2-2-2.
Johnny Kovacevic assisted on a couple goals of his own this past weekend. In both cases, Kovacevic dumped the puck off to a teammate in the defensive zone who rushed all the way up the ice. Merrimack and UMD skated to a 5-5 tie on Friday, and UMD took the Saturday game by a score of 7-2.
Croix Evingson was active on Friday against Clarkson, but was not in the lineup Saturday against St. Lawrence. He may still be dealing with issues relating to the high ankle sprain that kept him out at the beginning of the season.
Matt Ustaski collected his first point of the season, a secondary assist on Friday night. Wisconsin lost the game in overtime, but shut out Northern Michigan 4-0 on Saturday in a rematch. Now in his senior season, Ustaski appears to play up and down the lineup wherever he is needed. Friday night, Ustaski played first line wing with Boston first-rounder Trent Frederic. The next day he was moved to a third line centre role.
CJ Suess potted his second goal of the season and added an assist in a 4-1 win over Bowling Green. Saturday’s game saw a split in the series, losing that one by a score of 5-2. I am still unable to locate any video of the game that doesn’t require at least a $10 day pass.
Jack Glover and the Gophers also split their series in Grand Forks against North Dakota. Glover was ejected in the first period of Saturday’s game for a hit from behind. North Dakota scored three goals on the five minute major, winning the game 4-0.
Erik Foley did not dress for Friday’s game, but got into Saturday’s game against Clarkson. The Friars were shut out 4-0.
Kristian Vesalainen had his best week of the season, contributing three assists in a 5-1 win over KalPa on Tuesday and scoring his fourth of the season on Saturday. Vesalainen almost recorded another assist to tie the game late on Saturday, but the goal was called back as the goal post may have been slightly off. HPK were unable to score again and lost by a score of 3-2. The Liiga website tracks 39 shots on goal for Vesalainen, but the real number is 23. They appear to track all shot attempts, including those that are blocked or miss the net.
Pavel Kraskovsky and Lokomotiv played twice last week, losing 2-1 to Neftekhimik and winning 3-2 in overtime against CSKA. Kraskovsky got two shots on net and won 40% of his faceoffs (16/40).
Jacob Cederholm is injured and HV71 fans on Twitter suggest it is a concussion. Cederholm last played on the 12th and has been scratched in the three games since.
Arvid Holm started three games last week. On Wednesday, Holm was pulled after the first period, allowing four goals on 16 shots. Karlskrona would lose 7-0 to Växjö. Holm got back in net on Saturday, stopping 24 of 26 in a loss to Rögle. On Sunday, Holm saw 37 shots, stopping just 31 for his third loss of the week.
The Manitoba Moose split their third weekend series of the season, facing the Wild in Iowa. The Moose lost a close 3-2 game on Friday. Mason Appleton recorded his first AHL point on a pass to Jack Roslovic that bounced off his skate and in. Eric Comrie stopped 27 of 30 in the loss.
The Moose rebounded on Saturday with a 4-2 win. Mason Appleton scored his first AHL goal, Sami Niku continued his point-per-game pace, and JC Lipon scored his first two goals of the season in the win.
The Moose sit third in the Central Division with six points. Veteran additions of Sgarbossa and Robinson have helped the team to a better start this season.
The Jacksonville Icemen played once this past week, a 3-2 loss to the South Carolina Stingrays. Heading into the third period tied, the Stingrays scored a short-handed goal early for the game winner. Jamie Phillips stopped 18 of 21 shots in the loss.