SABRES PROSPECT REPORT
Grigorenko was in a giving mood this weekend; McCabe & Navin light the lamp in Wisconsin
|Brad Navin (Wisconsin Badgers)|
Wisconsin sophomores Jake McCabe (2012, second round) and Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) each scored their first goal of the year Friday as the Badgers dropped a 5-4 home-ice decision to Colorado College.
Navin gave the Badgers a 2-0 lead when he banged in a shot from the edge of the crease at 12:33 of the opening frame. After the Tigers evened the score at the second intermission, McCabe lit the lamp from his blue line post in the opening minute of the third to put Wisconsin ahead 3-2. The power play one-timer was McCabe’s third point of the year
The Badgers, who were shut out 3-0 on Saturday, will get a bye week before resuming the WCHA schedule November 16 at Minnesota.
Owen Sound forward Dan Catenacci (2011, third round) continued his productive ways with a combined six points (3+3) as the Attack swept a Friday-Saturday set at Erie. The shifty center saw his four-game goal scoring streak snapped Sunday in the Attack’s 3-2 overtime loss at Kitchener. A quarter of the way through the schedule, Catenacci places ninth in OHL scoring with 24 points (11+13), while his line with Cameron Brace and Gemel Smith (DAL) has combined for 34 of the Attack’s 62 goals (55%).
Justin Kea (2012, third round) saw his career-best five-game point streak come to a halt Sunday as Saginaw fell to Sarnia. Following a strong finish to his 2011-12 campaign, Kea has embraced an increased role with 12 points (3+9) while being one of four Spirit forwards with a plus rating.
Barrie defenseman Alex Lepkowski (2011, fifth round) assisted on the game-winning goal Saturday as the Colts defeated Sault Ste. Marie 5-4. The secondary helper was Lepkowski’s first point in 10 games.
|Brady Austin (Belleville)|
Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) netted a cumulative plus-three rating as Belleville dropped two of three games on the road. On Sunday, the 6-foor-4 defenseman served a team captain for the first time in his OHL career in the Bulls’ 2-1 shootout win over Windsor.
Mikhail Grigorenko (2012, first round) connected for four assists Friday as Quebec cruised to an 8-3 triumph over Acadie-Bathurst. The four-helper night marks a personal best for Grigorenko since arriving in North America a season ago. Grigorenko finished the week by scoring his 12th goal of the year in the Remparts’ Saturday loss at Rimouski.
Next up for Grigorenko are two games of the 2012 SUBWAY Super Series, where the crafty centerman is expected to anchor Team Russia’s top offensive unit alongside Edmonton Oilers prospect Nail Yakupov. The event’s QMJHL portion kicks off Monday in Blainville-Boisbriand and concludes Wednesday in Val-d’Or.
Saskatoon goaltender Andrey Makarov won two straight starts last week before a 40-save performance was spoiled in Saturday’s shootout defeat at Lethbridge. With six of his seven victories this year coming in visiting rinks, Makarov will get a chance to improve his home record next weekend against Regina and Seattle.
Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) was credited with one assist as Victoria dropped a pair of contests at Portland by identical 6-2 scores. The Minnesota native will look to snap a 10-game goal drought Wednesday when the Royals visit Lethbridge.
Colin Jacobs (2011, fourth round) was blanked over the weekend as Prince George lost games at Kamloops and Kelowna. Jacobs enters the week of play with 18 points (8+10), one shy of the 19 he posted in all of 2011-12.
Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) collected an assist as Minnesota split a WCHA set with Minnesota State. Moved to the Gophers’ second forward line, Isackson slid a backhand pass to Erik Haula (MIN) for a two-on-one finish in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Mavericks.
Providence junior Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) sat out Saturday’s contest with an undisclosed injury as the Friars’ bid for consecutive Hockey East sweeps was thwarted in a 2-0 blanking at Vermont. Adams was stationed on the second defensive pair in Friday’s 3-2 victory.
In Friday action, Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) failed to register as Cedar Rapids was defeated by Tri-City 2-1. Peterson has two goals and seven points while appearing in eight of the RoughRiders’ 11 games.
Joel Armia (2011, first round) went without a point in the week’s two games as Assat Pori was dealt a pair of defeats. With a break in the SM-Liiga schedule, the left-winger will play for Finland’s National Junior Team at the U20 4-Nations tourney in Sundsvall, SWE on November 9-11. The three-day event pits Finland against World Junior Championship hopefuls from Russia, Czech Republic, and host Sweden.
In Friday SuperElit action, goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) made 27 saves as MODO J20 bested Brynas IF 5-2. The Swedish stopper enters the November checkpoint with seven wins in 11 starts and a 2.58 GAA. MODO returns to action Friday, November 16 versus Djurgardens IF.
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