On Monday, Roman Bychkov got into his fifth consecutive game after sitting out the first couple of games with Lokomotiv Yaroslav of the KHL. Bychkov remains without a point in those 5 contests while averaging just over 13 minutes TOI per game.
On Tuesday, as expected, Matias Mantykivi broke out of his goal scoring slump like he always does after the ten-game mark and this is when he generally starts to produce regularly. The Ilves Tampere veteran went scoreless in 4 Champions League games and 6 Liiga Games.
On Wednesday, Mantykivi scored for the second consecutive game but in a losing cause as Ilves dropped a 7-4 decision. Peter Cehlarik had a goal and a helper, but EV Zug lost 5-3 to HC Davos in Swiss National League play.
On Thursday, the Oshawa Generals began their 2022-2023 season without top center Brett Harrison who is out with a lower body injury. No word on his expected return to the lineup.
On Friday Matthew Poitras scored a goal and assisted on another as the Guelph Storm dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to defending champion Hamilton Bulldogs. Elsewhere in the OHL, Ryan Mast was held off the scoresheet as the Sarnia Sting defeated the Kitchener Rangers 6-3 but it was nice to see Mast get top minutes in all situations while Jackson Edward was held pointless as his London Knights dropped a 5-3 decision to the Owen Sound Attack. Overseas, Dans Locmelis had his 3-game point streak come to an end as Lulea HK dropped a 5-2 decision to Djurgardens IF in J20 Nationell play. In the KHL, Bychkov sat out Lokomotiv’s 5-3 victory over Severstal. In the WHL, Reid Dyck backed up Gage Alexander as the Swift Current Broncos lost 5-0 to the Winnipeg Ice.
On Saturday, Locmelis had a helper early in Lulea’s 4-3 shootout loss to Djurgardens. Locmelis shot first in the shootout and failed to score. He is 0-2 in shootouts on the season. Mantykivi failed to get on the scoresheet for Ilves in their 3-2 shootout loss to HPK. He did have a season high 5 shots on goal and 22:27 time on ice. Poitras repeated his Friday performance with another goal and helper on Saturday but it wasn’t near enough as Guelph got thumped 10-6 by the Saginaw Spirit. Mast was a shot blocking machine as Sarnia defeated the Windsor Spitfires 2-1 in OT. While he blocked 6 shots, it was 19 seconds into OT when he broke down the RW and fed a beautiful pass for the game winner that stands out. In the WHL it was a tough night for Dyck as he was pulled 4 minutes into the second period after giving up 5 goals on 18 shots. While you certainly couldn’t fault him completely, it wasn’t his best outing. Frederic Brunet got into his first game of the season for Rimouski Oceanic who went into the night 0-2. It didn’t help as Blainville-Boisbriand defeated them 5-0. Ty Gallagher and Boston University began their season with an 8-2 thumping of Bentley. Gallagher had an assist for his effort on the night and is one of the players I am most interested in watching this season. Mason Lohrei was on the ice for Ohio State and showed no ill effects from knee surgery that ended his season last year. Everything looked normal for Lohrei except the stat line. But that will come. There did appear to be some hesitation in his game but that’s normal for some coming off major surgery. Minnesota-Duluth won their opening game of the season, a 3-2 overtime decision over Arizona State. Quinn Olson recorded two helpers while Cole Spicer was held off the scoresheet.
On Sunday Locmelis notched three helpers to help Lulea end a two-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over AIK. In the QMJHL Brunet got on the board for the first time this season with an assist in Rimouski’s 5-2 loss to Blainville-Boisbriand. Rimouski lost the two-game back-to-back set by a combined 10-2 score. Spicer recorded his first NCAA point with a nice setup to help Minnesota-Duluth take their second consecutive game over Arizona State. Olson was held off the scoresheet in the second game. Lohrei looked a little more comfortable out there Sunday and assisted on the game winning goal with a powerplay helper.
Coming up this week:
|PLAYER||MON 3||TUE 4||WED 5||THU 6||FRI 7||SAT 8||SUN 9|
|CEHLARIK||*vs OLI||Vs EHC||Vs LAU|
|BYCHKOV||Vs SIB||Vs ADM||Vs AMR|
|MANTYKIVI||*At STA||Vs TAP||At JYP|
|LOCMELIS||At ALM||At ALM||At BRY|
|LOHREI||Vs WIS||Vs WIS|
|SCHMALTZ||Vs HCR||Vs HCR|
|MCFAUL||Vs UNH||Vs MER|
|POITRAS||Vs FNT||At NIA|
|HARRISON||At NIA||At HAM|
|MAST||Vs SAG||Vs SOO|
|EDWARD||Vs SOO||At ER|
|BRUNET||Vs CHI||At QUE|
|DYCK||Vs PA||At REG|
*Champions Hockey League match