SABRES PROSPECT REPORT
The Cat is on the prowl in Owen Sound; Makarov backstops the Blades in Saskatoon.
|Daniel Catenacci (Photo: Getty Images)
Dan Catenacci (2011, third round) displayed a hot hand last week, producing four points and a number one star of the game effort, to guide the Owen Sound Attack to a pair of victories.
After posting a goal and an assist Wednesday versus Plymouth, Catenacci shined Saturday with two regulation tallies and the shootout winner in the Attack’s 5-4 win over Peterborough. The output gives Catenacci six goals and 11 points through the season’s first nine games.
Coinciding with Catenacci’s spike in production, and along the way an Attack four-game winning streak, has been a heightened level of discipline as the speedy forward has gone four games without visiting the penalty box. Catenacci, who recorded a point of each of the wins, had previously opened the season with a minor penalty in each of his first five games.
Belleville defenseman Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) collected a career-best three assists Saturday in the Bulls' 4-1 victory over Oshawa. Winners of four of their last five games, the Bulls head north this week for visits to Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury.
Justin Kea (2012, third round) posted two assists Thursday as Saginaw came up short in an 8-5 loss at Barrie. The even-strength helpers give Kea a goal and five points through the Spirit’s first 10 games.
Barrie defenseman Alex Lepkowski (2011, fifth round) went without a point in the week’s three games. The league’s hottest team, the Colts will go for their eighth consecutive win Thursday evening when they host Ottawa.
Mikhail Grigorenko (2012, first round) scored two goals, including the game winner, Friday as Quebec improved their record to 8-1-0 with a 4-1 triumph over Gatineau. Grigorenko, who also added an assist, has paved the way for the Remparts’ early season success with eight goals and 20 points to keep pace among the top scorers in of all of junior hockey.
|Andrey Makarov (Photo: Getty Images)|
Andrey Makarov stopped 27 of 29 shots Saturday as Saskatoon ended a five-game skid with a 5-2 win at Lethbridge. Makarov followed up Sunday with a 29-save performance in a 6-3 win over Medicine Hat. The Blades’ reigning MVP, Makarov improved his season record to 4-6 with all four wins coming on the road.
On Saturday, Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) assisted on the game-winning goal with under three minutes to play as Victoria skated to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Kelowna. Coupled with an assist in Wednesday’s loss to Kamloops, the three-point week maintains Nelson’s status as the Royals’ second-leading scorer with 11 points (3+8) entering mid-October.
Colin Jacobs (2011, fourth round) saw his eight-game point streak snapped Saturday as Prince George dropped a 7-2 decision at Medicine Hat. Jacobs continues to lead the Cougars with seven goals and 14 points, twice as many as any other skater on the club’s roster.
Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) gathered the first three points of his NCAA career over the weekend as number two Minnesota opened the regular season with a two-game sweep of Michigan State. The sophomore forward scored off a wrist shot in the first period of the Gophers' 5-1 win on Friday. Isackson completed the set with two assists Saturday as Minnesota dominated the Spartans en route to a 7-1 victory.
The 15th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, featuring sophomores forward Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) and defenseman Jake McCabe (2012, second round), began the regular season with two non-conference losses to unranked Northern Michigan. McCabe produced four of the Badgers’ 20 shots on goal in Friday’s 2-1 opening night loss. On Saturday, Wisconsin could muster just eight shots over the final two periods in taking a 4-2 defeat. The duo will be looking for their first points of the season next weekend when the Badgers begin conference play at Minnesota-Duluth.
Providence defenseman Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) skated on the second pair Friday as the Friars throttled Sacred Heart 8-2. Adams posted a plus-one rating Saturday in a 4-2 loss to Boston University.
In Friday SM-Liiga action, Joel Armia (2011, first round) scored his sixth goal of the year as Assat doubled Tappara 4-2. Armia got the Aces on the board in the first period by streaking down the right side and finishing off a Michael Ryan feed. Through 13 games, the Finnish winger has nine points while averaging 16:22 of ice time per game.
Goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) had a successful return to MODO J20 following a three-week loan to Mora IK of HockeyAllsvenskan, capturing a pair of victories over Leksands. Ullmark showed well in his professional stint with Mora, winning four of six starts while posting a firm 2.10 GAA.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) recorded two assists Saturday as Cedar Rapids lost a wild 8-7 shootout decision to Green Bay. The St. Cloud State University commit has a goal and four points in four appearances for the RoughRiders, who next take the ice Friday against Indiana.
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