SABRES PROSPECT REPORT
Kea enters November on a four-game point streak; Ullmark shines in Sweden
|Justin Kea (OHL)|
Saginaw’s Justin Kea (2012, third round) closed October with a productive spike, posting points in each of the week’s three games while effectively using his 6-foot-4, 206-pound frame at both ends of the ice.
Kea starred Friday with the first two-goal game of his OHL career to key the Spirit to a 3-2 win over East Division frontrunner Oshawa. After burying a rebound in the first period, Kea scored the shorthanded game winner with less than five minutes to play by outhustling a defender for a breakaway and knocking the puck past Dan Altschuller (CAR) while down on one knee.
The hard-working center, whose Friday performance was sandwiched between single-assist outings in two Spirit losses, enters November toting a career-best four-game point streak. Kea will look to keep the two-way engine going next weekend when Belleville and Sarnia visit the Dow Event Center.
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In Saturday SM-Liiga action, Joel Armia (2011, first round) scored on the power play while receiving a season-high 22:32 of work as Assat Pori was beaten by KalPa Kuopio 4-3. The right-handed sniper one-timed a power play bullet past Mikko Koskinen (NYI) late in the third period, but the Aces were unable to complete the surge. Armia’s eight goals are second-most on the Assat roster heading into Wednesday’s tilt with the Espoo Blues.
Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) stopped a combined 42 of 46 shots as MODO J20 skated to weekend victories over AIK and VIK Vasteras HK. The 6-foot-3 goaltender has won six of nine SuperElit league starts to compile a league-best 2.24 GAA and sturdy .909 save%.
Mikhail Grigorenko (2012, first round) saw his 12-game point streak come to an end Thursday as Quebec was hammered by Baie-Comeau 8-2. The crafty Russian returned Friday to snatch a goal and an assist as the Remparts got back on track with a 7-1 pummeling of Shawinigan.
With import winger Nikita Kucherov (TB) now healthy, Remparts bench boss Patrick Roy has begun a rotation of three European players into a lineup that is allowed just two per game. As a result Grigorenko, the team’s leading scorer with 11 goals and 26 points, watched from the stands Sunday while Kucherov and 2013 draft eligible Nick Sorensen dressed for a 2-1 win over Gatineau.
Colin Jacobs (2011, fourth round) added three points to his team-leading stat line (8+10) as Prince George won two of three outings. On Saturday, the Texas native stood out with two assists, including a heady play that saw him collect his own board pass to create a two-on-one finish in the Cougars’ triumph over Brandon.
Victoria forward Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) collected two helpers in three outings to sustain his early season point-per-game pace (3+12). The Royals visit Portland next weekend for a pair of Western Conference tilts.
The Saskatoon Blades had the week off but Russian goaltender Andrey Makarov still made news by being selected for the Subway Super Series, a six-game event where Russia’s top under-20 talent takes part in two-games each against squads from the QMJHL, OHL and WHL. The annual series, used to evaluate candidates for the IIHF World Junior Championship, will take place in six cities across Canada from November 5-15. Makarov will play for Team WHL during the games in Vancouver (Nov. 14) and Victoria (Nov. 15).
Dan Catenacci (2011, third round) recorded a pair of one goal, one assist efforts last week as Owen Sound earned five of a possible six points to improve their league-best record to 10-2-0-2. The speedy pivot, who co-leads the Attack with 18 points (8+10), has been named to Team OHL for the Subway Super Series contest on Monday, November 12 at the RBC Centre in Sarnia, Ont.
|Alex Lepkowski (OHL)|
Barrie assistant captain Alex Lepkowski continued his strong defensive work as the Colts got past Brampton and Niagara to remain atop the Central Division standings. A stay-at-home presence, the West Seneca, NY-product is also seeing time at the left point on the Colts’ power play.
Brady Austin was held pointless as Belleville followed up Thursday’s 6-1 blowout loss to Mississauga with a 1-0 shutout of Kingston on Saturday. The stingy Bulls have allowed the fewest goals in the league (30) but have also scored the fewest (33) through 13 games.
Judd Peterson scored his second goal of the season Saturday as Cedar Rapids came up short in a 3-2 loss to undefeated Dubuque 3-2. With his RoughRiders down by two in the final minute of regulation, Peterson capitalized on a turnover and beat the Fighting Saints goaltender between the legs.
|Jake McCabe (NCAA)|
Sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe connected for two assists Friday as Wisconsin blanked Minnesota-Duluth 2-0. Both McCabe and left wing Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) were unable to get a point as the teams played to a 2-2 tie the following night.
Christian Isackson went without a point as Minnesota overcame a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 tie with the U.S. Under-18 Team. On Sunday, the second-year forward resumed his scoring line role but again came up empty as the Gophers squeaked past Canisius 1-0.
Providence rearguard Mark Adams netted an even rating as the Friars earned a weekend sweep of Hockey East rival Maine. The Friars will look to continue their hot play next weekend when they visit Vermont.
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