SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Saskatoon's Andrey Makarov won all three of his starts last week
Saskatoon goaltender Andrey Makarov continued his late-season excellence last week, stopping 107 of the 109 shots he faced to earn wins in all three starts, including a history-making shutout on Friday.
After a 38-save performance in Wednesday’s win over Brandon, the Russian backstop kept his momentum going with 42 stops and a second consecutive number one star of the game honor in Friday’s 6-0 blanking of Calgary. The shutout, Makarov’s sixth of the season and eighth of his WHL career, earned him the Blades all-time franchise record previously held by current Washington Capitals netminder Braden Holtby.
Makarov completed the week Saturday with 27 saves to guide Saskatoon to a 4-1 triumph over Swift Current. Makarov, who has collected wins in his last four starts, improves to 21-16-0-3 with a 2.57 GAA (8th in WHL) and .919 save% (5th).
Dan Catenacci (2011, third round) cut to the net and scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes remaining in regulation Friday as Owen Sound edged Kitchener 2-1. The power-play marker ups Catenacci’s season totals to 28 goals and 62 points (9th in OHL) through 51 games.
Justin Kea (2012, third round) went without a point for the fourth straight game as Saginaw lost a Saturday evening shootout to Sault Ste. Marie 5-4. Despite the quiet week, the defensive-minded Kea enters February fourth in team scoring with 17 goals and 38 points.
Barrie defenseman Alex Lepkowski (2011, fifth round) was a cumulative minus-two as the Colts split a pair of contests. The 6-foot-4 defender has recorded six assists this season, while going without a point in his last 19 games.
On Sunday, Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) scored his fourth goal of the year as Belleville was crushed by Oshawa 8-2. The mobile defender has 16 points and a plus-six rating through 46 games for the Bulls, who trail Lepkowski’s Colts by four points for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Colin Jacobs (2011, fourth round) scored on a penalty shot Friday as Prince George posted a 6-2 victory over Victoria. The tally, Jacobs’ first shorthanded conversion of his four-year WHL career, was his team-leading 18th goal for the next-to-last place Cougars.
Jake McCabe (2012, second round) did not return Saturday after being helped to the dressing room in the third period with an apparent ankle injury as No. 19 Wisconsin saw their WCHA unbeaten streak end at 11 games with a 4-1 loss at No. 7 North Dakota. McCabe currently leads all Wisconsin defensemen with 10 points (2+8). Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) played checking line minutes for the Badgers, who return to action Friday versus Bemidji State.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) potted his ninth goal of the year into an empty net as Cedar Rapids defeated Youngstown 5-2. The Saturday night victory snaps the RoughRiders’ seven-game skid, leaving them three points behind the Phantoms for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Cedar Rapids hosts league front-runner Dubuque on Friday.
Joel Armia (2011, first round) recorded five shots on goal Saturday as Assat extended their winning streak to four games with a 5-1 win over HPK. Armia has 13 goals and 20 points through 36 appearances while averaging 16:21 of work per contest. The Aces enter a 10-day Euro Hockey Tour break tied for the final SM-liiga playoff spot with just a dozen regular season dates remaining.
In the Swedish Elite League, Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) made 45 saves Thursday as MODO claimed a 2-1 overtime victory over Lulea. Ullmark, who was a perfect 7-0 in January while shuttling between MODO's J20 squad and the top club, is unbeaten in three SEL starts this season, amassing an impressive 1.12 GAA and .966 save% along the way.
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