Congratulations to Philip Svedeback on being named the Hockey East Goaltender of the Week last week.
One game, three prospects, same team; That was the situation Tuesday as Trevor Kuntar, Oskar Jellvik and Andre Gasseau and Boston College skated to a 3-3 draw with Northeastern. Jellvik set up Kuntar for his first goal of the campaign in the second period to even the score. Jellvik now has helpers in both games he’s played to start his NCAA career. In Liiga play, Matias Mantykivi is pointless in 5 games after Ilves lost 4-2 to Lukko.
On Wednesday, a pointless Jackson Edward and his 1-4-1 London Knights lost another one. And a Pointless Ryan Mast couldn’t prevent the Sarnia Sting from losing their third straight game and dropping to 4-4-0.
Just one game of note on Thursday: Mason Lohrei and the Ohio State Buckeyes thrashed Bentley by a 9-2 score. Lohrei had one assist in the game to bring his total to four in the seven games he’s played to date.
Plenty of action on Friday beginning with Dans Locmelis. Lulea HF defeated Leksands IF 4-3 in J20 Nationell action with Locmelis notching an assist for the winners.
In the CHL, Brett Harrison and Matthew Poitras were supposed to go head-to-head but as mentioned here last week, Poitras was facing a suspension for a slew foot. Sure enough, he got two-games for it. Harrison, playing mostly left wing, scored as Oshawa took this one 4-3. It was Harrison’s 100th career OHL point. Frederic Brunet scored his first goal of the season as Rimouski Oceanic defeated Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5-2. The defenceman is tied for the team lead with 7 points through 9 games. Mast assisted on the game tying goal with the extra attacker on the ice and less than a minute to go, but the Flint Firebirds would take in in overtime 4-3 and dropping the Sting to 0-3-1 in their last 4 games. The London Knights won for just the second time this season by a 4-3 score over the Saginaw Spirit. Jackson Edward did not figure on the scoresheet in this one.
In NCAA action, Svedeback lost for the first time this season stopping 24 of 28 shots in a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Denver. It was the penalty kill that did Providence in allowing 3 goals on 5 chances. Teammate Riley Duran had a relatively quiet game (for Duran) until it looked like he was going to drop the gloves with seconds remaining against Connor Caponi. Both Cole Spicer and Quinn Olson remained quiet for Minnesota-Duluth after dropping a 5-2 decision to Wisconsin. The pair of prospects have gone pointless in 3 and 4 games respectively on a squad that has just 10 goals through 5 games. The score was a bit closer in the back half of back-to-backs as Ohio State defeated Bentley 3-1. Lohrei had yet another helper in this one, his fifth through eight games. Jake Schmaltz had a goal and an assist in a losing cause as Minnesota defeated North Dakota 3-2. I’m a fan of the sophomore and if he can hover around the point-per-game mark it would exceed my expectations.
On Saturday, Locmelis had a goal and an assist in Lulea’s 7-3 victory over Leksands. Watching the game, you come away thinking how dominant Locmelis was on the dot, so you had to check the stats to be sure. And sure enough, he took half his teams draws and went 15-8 or 65.2%.
In the NCAA, Svedeback lost to Denver once again, this time by a 3-2 score in overtime. Svedeback stopped 22 of 25 shots he faced. Duran had two helpers for his part with a couple of quality chances to score. On the negative side, he finished a minus-2 and 6-8 in faceoffs. Mason Langenbrunner and the Harvard Crimson have yet to play a regular season game this year, but they did play an exhibition game against the University of Guelph Saturday thumping them 9-0. There were zeros across the board for Langenbrunner. Ty Gallagher didn’t register a point for Boston University’s 5-2 victory over Connecticut, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how he can drive offense from the back end. The sophomore had 9 shots on goal while still being a force defensively. Keep an eye on this kid.
Over in the CHL Saturday, Reid Dyck continues to look for his first win of the season for the Swift Current Broncos. Saturday, he stopped 29 of 32 shots, many of the difficult variety but Swift Current fell 3-2 to Lethbridge. The London Knights finally put together back-to-back wins and while Edward did have a helper in this game it was his solid defensive game and physicality that helped them defeat the Saginaw Spirit 7-4.
On Sunday, Locmelis had a helper to keep his point streak alive as Lulea HF defeated Mora IK 6-5 in a shootout Sunday morning in J20 Nationell action. Not surprising to these eyes is the Locmelis did not take a shootout attempt for Lulea as he has been snake bitten.
In the NCAA, the trio of Kuntar, Gasseau and Jellvik all touched the scoreboard as Boston College blanked New Hampshire 5-0. Kuntar had a goal while Jellvik had an assist and Gasseau had two helpers, his first two NCAA career points.
In the OHL, Harrison and his Oshawa Generals were blanked 2-0 by the Kingston Frontenacs. Harrison was back playing in the middle and in all situations as he is working back from a lower body injury. He created a lot of chances for himself and his teammates, but nothing found the back of the net.
Here’s a look at the Providence Bruins leaders:
Fabian Lysell missed the last two games with an injury, Georgii Merkulov is proving that leaving school early was the right decision and Luke Toporowski is screaming “NHL contract”.
Coming up this week:
|PLAYER||MON 24||TUE 25||WED 26||THU 27||FRI 28||SAT 29||SUN 30|
|CEHLARIK||Vs G S||Vs HCA|
|MANTYKIVI||Vs KAR||Vs IFK||Vs V A|
|LOCMELIS||At DJU||At AIK||At AIK|
|LOHREI||Vs MIN||Vs MIN|
|LANGENBRUNNER||Vs DAR||Vs PRN|
|SPICER/OLSON||Vs COR||Vs COR|
|DURAN/SVEDEBACK||At N H||Vs N H|
|GALLAGHER||At M-L||Vs M-L|
|MCFAUL||At L S||At L S|
|POITRAS||At KIT||Vs MIS||At O S||Vs N B|
|HARRISON||Vs HAM||At FLT||At SAG|
|MAST||Vs SBY||At HAM|
|EDWARD||At NIA||Vs N B||Vs SBY|
|BRUNET||At SHA||At DRU||Vs CHA|
|DYCK||Vs LET||Vs VIC||At P A|
AROUND THE GLOBE
Frederic Brunet has a goal and 5 assists in his last 4 games and now leads his team in assists and points. Brunet’s 9 points are tied for third in the QMJHL among defencemen.
Dans Locmelis has a 5-game point streak going on 3 goals and 3 assists, easily his best stretch of the season. He’s up to 7 goals and 9 assists on the season, good for sixth in the J20.
Oskar Jellvik, my favorite prospect a year ago has a three-game point streak going. We wondered how his offence would translate coming from the J20 in Sweden and now we know he can at least compete at this level.
Trevor Kuntar has a 3 game point streak going on 2 goals and an assist.
Brett Harrison has two goals in 4 games on the season, working his way back from a lower body injury.
Matthew Poitras is serving a two-game suspension for a slew foot.
I’m looking at a pair of Minnesota-Duluth players: Quinn Olson is pointless in 5 games after a multi assist game on opening night and Cole Spicer who is pointless in 4 games.