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MEMORIAL CUP UPDATE

Makarov leads Saskatoon to stunning 5-2 win over Halifax

Monday, 05.20.2013 / 3:17 PM / News
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)
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MEMORIAL CUP UPDATE
Sabres prospect Andrey Makarov made 29 saves as the Saskatoon Blades shocked the Halifax Mooseheads 5-2 on Sunday at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. The win was the first in more than two months for the Blades, who are the host team for this year\u2019s event. It was also just the 11th loss of the season for the top-ranked Mooseheads, after going 16-1 in the QMJHL Playoffs.

Sabres prospect Andrey Makarov made 29 saves as the Saskatoon Blades shocked the Halifax Mooseheads 5-2 on Sunday at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. The win was the first in more than two months for the Blades, who are the host team for this year’s event. It was also just the 11th loss of the season for the top-ranked Mooseheads, after going 16-1 in the QMJHL Playoffs.

The win improved the Blades to 1-1-0 in the round-robin portion of the tournament. Saskatoon dropped their opening game by a 3-2 count to the London Knights on Friday. They next see action on Wednesday against Seth Jones and the Portland Winterhawks.

The 20-year-old Makarov has started both games for Saskatoon, posting a 2.53 GAA and .922 save%.

Saskatoon was guaranteed a spot in the tournament as the host club, but they were swept in the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs by Medicine Hat on March 27. Prior to Sunday’s victory, Saskatoon’s last win was a 5-0 shutout of Prince Albert on March 15.

Halifax center Nathan MacKinnon, who is expected to be among the top three selections in next month’s NHL Entry Draft, leads the tournament in scoring with five points (4+1) after two games. MacKinnon scored once against Saskatoon on Sunday, after collecting a hat trick and one assist in Halifax’s 7-4 drubbing of Portland on Saturday.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Monday: Portland vs. London, 8 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Halifax vs. London, 8 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Saskatoon vs. Portland, 8 p.m. ET
Thursday: Tie-Breaker Game (if necessary), 8 p.m. ET
Friday: Semifinal, 8 p.m. ET
Sunday: Championship Game, 7 p.m. ET

(All games will be shown tape-delayed the next day at 1 p.m. in the US on NHL Network)

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82