SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Joel Armia and Andrey Makarov highlight this week's report
Joel Armia (2011, first round) scored twice Saturday, including the overtime game winner, as Assat Pori snapped a four-game skid with a 3-2 victory over KalPa. The lamp-lighting performance was the Finn’s third two-goal game of the season, and first since early October.
After netting a goal and a helper in regulation time, the 6-foot-3 winger intercepted a pass and walked in for the forehand finish just 16 seconds into the extra session. Armia ups his season totals to 13 goals and 20 points through 33 contests for Assat, who remain eight points out of the final SM-liiga playoff spot with 15 games left to play.
On Sunday, Andrey Makarov made 27 saves as Saskatoon blanked Moose Jaw 5-0. The shutout, Makarov’s fifth of the year and third in his last 10 starts, improves his season mark to 18-16-3 with a 2.73 GAA and .912 save%.
Colin Jacobs (2011, fourth round) scored a pair of goals Saturday as Prince George pitched a 4-0 shutout of Everett. The multi-goal effort was Jacobs’ first since notching a hat trick on opening night. The fourth-year forward leads the Cougars with 35 points (17+18), while his nine power play goals are tied for 16th in the league.
Dan Catenacci (2011, third round) saw his six-game point streak come to a halt Friday as Owen Sound lost to Guelph 2-1. On Saturday, Catenacci was again kept off the score sheet as the Attack were defeated by the Storm for the second straight night, 5-0. The edgy center, who has not gone more than two games without a point all season long, heads into the week of play leading Owen Sound in points (59) and penalty minutes (89).
Justin Kea (2012, third round) recorded one assist last week as Saginaw kept pace as one of junior hockey’s hottest teams by adding three more victories to their January haul. Kea cooled off in the goals column but continued to excel on the penalty kill, helping the surging Spirit to their ninth win in their last 10 games.
Defenseman Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) scored his third goal of the year Thursday but Belleville squandered a two-goal third-period lead in a 3-2 shootout loss to Peterborough. The wrist shot from the left point gave Austin his first tally since late November.
Barrie blueliner Alex Lepkowski (2011, fifth round) amassed a cumulative plus-four rating in the week’s three games as the Colts maintained their spot atop of the Eastern Conference standings. A stay-at-home anchor, Lepkowski has captured six assists this season while providing a rugged, physical element.
Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) assisted on the game-winning goal Saturday as No. 20 Wisconsin earned the weekend sweep of Alaska Anchorage with a 2-1 victory. The helper was Navin’s third point of the season (1+2) and first since Dec. 8. Sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe earned an assist and a plus-two rating in the weekend wins for the Badgers, who move on to face North Dakota next weekend.
Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) centered a line with Seth Ambroz (CBJ) and Jake Parenteau for the second consecutive weekend as No. 1 Minnesota split their weekend set with No. 14 Minnesota State. The Gophers get a week off before resuming the WCHA schedule on Feb. 8 at St. Cloud State.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) rang up his eighth goal of the year Friday as Cedar Rapids lost to Des Moines 3-2 in a shootout. The goal gives Peterson 21 points, good for third-most on the RoughRiders roster. Winless in their last six, Cedar Rapids trails Youngstown by three points for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with Youngstown having three games in hand.
In Sweden, Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) made 23 saves Sunday to backstop MODO J20 to a 4-1 win over Brynäs IF. The impressive outing moves Ullmark to 5-0 in SuperElit Top 10 play, while posting a rock solid 1.39 GAA and .945 save%.
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