Carter Verhaeghe seems to be turning his season around, slowly. After going pointless in 3 games, he now has a 3 game point scoring streak on the go, totalling 6 points in all, 3 goals and 3 assists. After a 2-13-0 start to the season, the IceDogs have gone 6-4-0 n their last 10, with Verhaeghe pitching in with 4 goals and 5 assists over that span. Still very much an uphill battle, Niagara is creeping up on Peterborough for the final playoff spot in the East, having closed the gap to 6 points.
Like Carter Verhaeghe, Frédérik Gauthier has been more consistent offensively over the last 3 weeks with that good stretch including the 4 games since out last update. Over that time frame Gauthier tallied 3 goals and 2 assists. This included Rimouski’s second goal early in the 3rd against Chicoutimi on the 28th that got the Oceanic back in the game after falling behind 3-1 after one. It helped spark a 4 goal third in the 5-3 come from behind win. Then just last night, big #23 scored 2:19 into OT as Rimouski defeated Quebec 3-2. Gauthier was once again dominant in the faceoff circle going 19/31, increasing his season percentage to 53, averaging 25 draws per game. Gauthier has points in his last 4 games and 7 of his last 8, 5 goals and 4 assists.
Cody Donaghey hasn’t recorded a point since the last update, it’s been 5 games now. However, it’s not all bad news as the Remparts continue to win with an 18-9-1 record and 3rd place in the Eastern Division, the strongest in the league. Donaghey has been a big part of their success playing strong defensive hockey (+8) while while pitching in some offense.
Another team on the rise is the Kootenay Ice and Leafs defense prospect Rinat Valiev has been a huge contributor to their recent success. The Ice have gone 8-2-0 in their last 10 games after inching out of the gate 4-13-0 and are now just 3 points out of a playoff spot in the WHL’s Eastern Conference. Kootenay had a busy schedule over the last two weeks having played 7 games and Valiev bettered that number producing 8 points, 2 goal and 6 assists, in that span. One goal and 4 of those assists came in one game, Nov. 21st as the Ice clipped Lethbridge 5-1. His other 2 assists came against Moose Jaw on the 23rd as the home team scored 6 in the 3rd to come from behind and shock the Warriors. Once again, just last night versus the Everett Silvertips, Kootenay scored 3 in the 3rd and the winner at 3:08 of extra time after falling behind 3-0 in the 1st period. Valiev scored his team’s 2nd goal, his 4th of the season on the PP to help in the comeback. While an over-age selection, the Leafs may have made a solid choice selecting Valiev in the 3rd round.
Their six game winning streak to start November and big wins over two of the nations top ranked teams vaulted the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs to 8th place from 17th in just two weeks. They started the 9th week of the college schedule off with a 3-2 win over Nebraska-Omaha on the 21st with neither Leafs prospect figuring in on the scoring. The following night, the visitors once again dominated in the shot column, but ran into a hot goalie losing 4-1, their first loss in 7 games. Tony Cameranesi setup the Bulldogs lone goal. M-D did not have any games scheduled this past weekend, but resumes play on Dec. 5th with the first of two at home to Colorado College.
J.J. Piccinich recorded the first point of his college career, setting up BU’s first goal of the game on Nov. 25th in a losing cause (3-2) versus Harvard. The #1 ranked Terrier’s followed that up with a 5-2 win over 9th ranked Colgate on the 29th, but lost to unranked Dartmouth last night 2-0. It will be interesting to see if BU slips in the national rankings after losing 2 of their last 3.
Nolan Vesey and his Maine Black Bears lost all 4 games over the last two weeks to run their winless streak to 7, two of those losses have come in OT. Vesey did contribute his 4th assist of the season on Saturday in a 4-1 loss to Vermont. Things don’t get any easier for the bruins as their next game sees them on the road against 4th ranked Massachusetts-Lowell.
Kind of a disappointing update on Dakota Joshua this time around as his success from earlier in the month did not carry through over the last two weeks. Joshua recorded only one point over his last 4 games, with Sioux Falls losing 3 of them. Joshua remains his team’s leading scorer, by 8 points and is currently 12th in overall league scoring.
The SHL schedule was a busy one since the 17th, with each team playing 6 games, making up for the break in the schedule earlier in November. MODO continues to slip in the standings as they registered a 2-4 record in their 6 games. Quite a stir was created in the Nov. 22nd game against Skelleftea when William Nylander took a team mates skate to the back of his head and left the game. For what I am sure, having seen the incident, was precautionary reasons, Nylander did not play on the 25th, but returned to the lineup two nights later against HV 71, a game in which he scored the first goal, but missed in the shoot out as MODO lost 3-2. On Saturday, MODO visited Lulea and came away with a 4-1 decision. Nylander picked up 2 assists in the win. Being able to watch most of the first two periods, I was impressed how Nylander dictated the play of the game almost every time he was on the ice. He was dangerous and controlled the puck almost at will, his deft stick handling compared to the other players on the ice is almost to the point of embarrassing.
Frolunda went on a bit of tear over the last 6 games, winning 5 and now have a firm grasp of 2nd place with 52 points, 5 ahead of third place HV 71. Andreas Johnson hasn’t been quite as productive lately, but is still putting up a few points and playing a solid two-way game. On Nov. 20Th, he setup Frolunda’s 3rd goal in a 4-3 SO win and bulged the twine with his 11th of the season in his team’s 6-1 win over Brynas on the 27th. In addition to his scoring, Johnson is a +9 on the season.
Here is a little more on Johnson from Phook’s buddy and all around nice guy Paul Hendrick: http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=726723
Swedish Hockey League Stats
Champions Hockey League Stats (Tournament)
Champions Hockey League Stats (Playoffs)
Pierre Engvall continues to bounce between his junior team and Oskarshamn of the minor pro league Allsvenskan. Lately he has spent more time with Oskarshamn, suiting up for 4 games, but was also an extra player for a couple. However, he was returned to his junior team Frolunda for a game Saturday against Linkoping. He registered the primary assist on Frolunda’s only goal in a 2-1 loss. He was back on the 1st line again last night as once again, his team came up short by the same 2-1 score, this time to Sodertalje.
J20 SuperElit Stats
Fabrice Herzog picked up 2 goals since the last update, in the 6 games that Zug played.
Next update – Dec. 15th, thanks for reading.