The St. John's IceCaps won a game, infact they won two! After dropping seven straight games, the Winnipeg Jets' farm club split their games this past weekend and added a second win on Tuesday night. In a refreshing change of pace they didn't get lit up at all either. The IceCaps entered this week having allowed 36 goals against in their last seven games. They had held their opposition to fewer than four goals just once in that span. They did it three times this week, picking up a 3-2 win (Thursday) as well as a 2-0 shutout (Tuesday). They dropped the second of the three games 2-1 in overtime (Friday), but were still didn't allow a load of goals. Connor Hellebuyck started all three games. The shutout win was his first as a pro. Congrats kid!
John Albert 1G
Austen Brassard 2A
Patrice Cormier 2G, 1A
Ryan Olsen 1G
Eric O`Dell 1G
Ben Chiarot 1A
J.C. Lipon 1A
The Winnipeg Jets two QMJHL prospects combined for 10 points in 5 games played this week. Nikolaj Ehlers carried a big chunk of the mail by posting seven points in his three games, but Jan Kostalek was hardly a passenger. The Winnipeg Jets' other "Kossy" recorded a goal and two assists in his first of two outings. He was blanked in the other.
Jimmy Lodge played twice this week. He picked up an assist in each game. Jimmy just keeps trucking along at a point per game clip. He is currently on a six game point streak.
The Portland Winterhawks played a pair of game this weekend. Nicolas Petan and Chase De Leo both continued to produce. Petan recorded two goals and two assists in his two games. De Leo scored one goal and added two assists.
Playing for a bad team really seems to be limiting Josh Morrissey. He is still logging big minutes, but he isn't scoring near as much. Morrissey played three games this week and tallied a lone assist. Nelson Nogier also tallied 1A in a trio of games.
Elsewhere, Axel Blomqvist ended a four game pointless streak, by scoring a trio of goals. Meanwhile, Eric Comrie picked up a pair of wins and looked good in the process. He stopped 92.86% of the shots he faced.
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Pavel Kraskovsy followed his dominant showing versus the WHL with some goonery. He earned himself a 2 minute minor and a 10 minute misconduct for a check from behind in his first game versus the OHL. He didn't score in any of this week's three games, but he remains a key cog on team Russian.
The goalies keep rolling. Kasdorf split his two games, but only allowed three goals in the pair. He had a .938 save percentage on the week and has a .922 on the season. Not to be outdone, Jamie Phillips remains undefeated this season. He has picked up wins in each of his first 10 games. He was busy this weekend, facing 35 and 36 shots in his two outings. He stopped 68 of those 71, good for a .958 save percentage and has powered his team to number one in the nation.
Elsewhere, Jack Glover played in one of Minnesota's two games this weekend. He picked up an assist. He has two assists in his last three games, but remains a part time player on a very very deep blue line. Andrew Copp also found the score sheet, picking up three goals and an assist in two games played.
1) Nikolaj Ehlers had himself another solid week. He laced up three times and recorded seven points, including a four point showing in his first of the trio. Ehlers carried his team to victory that night, picking up a point (3G, 1A) on each of his team's four goals. He also scored the lone goal in the shootout. Halifax won 5-4. In the following two games, Ehlers recorded three assists on his team's five goals. The Halifax Mooseheads, as a team, have scored 44 goals in the 16 games since Ehlers returned returned to the lineup. Ehlers himself has 24 pts in that span. Some quick math tells us that Ehlers has been in on 54.5% of the team's goals. That is crazy! He is currently riding an eight game point streak.
2) Connor Hellebuyck started all three games for the St. John's IceCaps this week and he played well thrice times. Hellebuyck stopped 88 of the 92 shots he faced for a .957 save percentage and more importantly, he picked up two wins. The IceCaps have a grand total of five wins through 18 games, so going 2-0-1 in a week is a big step up. Helle boosted his personal record to 5-4-2 as a starter and his save percentage to .915. The IceCaps have yet to win a game with any other goalie in net, going a combined 0-4-3.
3) Andrew Copp got off to a little bit of a slow start this season. This coupled with the emergence of, Detroit Redwings 2014 first round pick, Dylan Larkin had some wondering if Copp would lose some ice time. He put a halt to that talk this weekend. People who watch the team closely said he was playing well all along and a quick look at the numbers would have told you he was dealing with crummy percentages, but that is out of the way for now. His four point (3G, 1A) this weekend lifted Copp to 5th in team scoring with 7 points in 10 games and right back onto track.
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