Happy belated 19th birthday to Ty Gallagher (Sunday).
Matias Mantykivi did join Mark Allred, Kevin O’Keefe and myself for an informative discussion on Sunday. You can find your favorite podcast platform here or watch on YouTube.
Providence Bruins Player Stats
Providence Bruins Goalie Stats
Maine Mariners Stats
Coming up this week:
*Schedule incomplete due to playoff matchups not confirmed at this time.
|CEHLARIK||At Ak B|
|ARNESSON||At TMR||Vs LEK||At ORE|
|MANTYKIVI||Vs LUK||At SAI||Vs JYP|
|JELLVIK||At AIK||At HV71||At LIN|
|GASSEAU||At T C||At T C|
|LANGENBRUNNER||At T C||At T C|
|KUNTAR||Vs N H|
|BEECHER||Vs N D|
|SCHMALTZ||Vs COL||Vs COL|
|OLSON||At S C||At S C|
|MCFAUL||At UN||At UN|
|HARRISON||At KGN||Vs PBO|
|MAST||Vs LDN||Vs GUE||Vs LDN|
|LYSELL||At SPO||At T C||At POR|
|SVEDEBACK||Vs MAD||Vs S C|
AROUND THE GLOBE
Oskar Jellvik is on a 4-game point streak in which he recorded 4 goals and 5 assists. That included a 2-goal 2-assist performance on Saturday and helping his squad to a 7-2 victory over Lulea HF and remain in a tie with Linkoping HC for top spot in the J20 Nationell Top-10. He moved to within 1 point of teammate Liam Ohgren in league scoring. Jellvik has 17 points in his last 10 games.
Fabian Lysell, well you can’t argue with the numbers: 5 goals and 5 assists in his last 10 games. A suspension kept him out of Saturday’s game after a “slew foot” the previous night and going pointless on Sunday afternoon, Lysell is still the fuel that drives the Vancouver Giants engine. The Giants aren’t guaranteed a playoff spot, but do have a 7 point lead with 2 games in hand, so it’s trending towards his season ending at the end of April, just in time for the Providence Bruins playoffs.
Matias Mantykivi has 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games and points in 9 of his last 12 games. While he had an assist on Friday night, Ilves lost in a shootout 2-1 dropping their record to 19-1-2 when Mantykivi registers at least one point. He’s fourth on his squad in scoring just 2 points behind second while playing in 6 fewer games. Mantykivi is a big reason why Ilves is in a battle for top spot in the Finnish Liiga.
Ty Gallagher perhaps is the player on this list that has impressed me the most. He has 2 points in his last 5 games and on the season is a .5 point-per-game defenceman. Maybe not earth shattering, but as an 18-year-old freshman, those are numbers to be very encouraged about. I feel he will take huge steps next season and if all goes well, he shouldn’t spend 4 years at Boston University.
Brett Harrison has a two-game point streak going on a goal and two assist and in his last 5 games has 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games. His goal on Saturday night was his 22nd of the season, a new career high. For a team that loaded up, things are not going well for his Oshawa generals having lost 6 in a row and being outscored 31-13. They have 1 regulation win in their last 10 games.
Philip Svedeback has had a difficult season because of injuries and losing the starter’s job. But he’s healthy and playing well. If you take away the game on February 8 against USA in which he had to leave early in the second period with an injury, he has won 3 in a row and stopped 69 of 76 shots for a .907 save percentage, well above his average for the season.
Andre Gasseau has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games. What is most impressive is that he is on pace for a 20-goal, 40-point season while not getting all the prime offensive situations. His role can shift from game-to-game and shift-to-shift and moving up and down the lineup. Gasseau has power forward written all over him and his time at Boston College will serve him well.
John Beecher scored twice on Saturday and added an assist in Michigan’s 8-0 shellacking of Michigan State University and sweep them 2-0 in the NCAA playoff. Beecher hadn’t scored since January 8 but it hasn’t been for lack of effort or opportunity. Beecher has two goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games.
Mason Langenbrunner has 3 assists in his last 4 games. At this stage, it’s all about development for Langenbrunner and he’s trending in the right direction. Points are great, but secondary on a Fargo Force team that is average at best with a .500 record. The learning curve will take another step next season as he attends Harvard University.
Ryan Mast has a goal and 2 assists in his last 5 games, giving him 7 goals and 13 assists in 39 games on the season. I’d be lying if I said I expected .5 points per game from him this season. 7 of his helpers are on the powerplay so I wonder about 5 on 5 production. However, his defensive game is coming along for a team that’s a minus-39.
Quinn Olson was coming off a streak that saw him register 6 points in 7 games but has gone pointless in his last 3 when he was battling for the scoring lead with Minnesota-Duluth. Still one of my favorite players to watch in this group of prospects.