Last week we looked at an IceCaps team that had been struggling. They were shut out in back to back games and coming up empty despite some quality netminding. That trend continued through the first game of this week (also 1-0). The IceCaps went more than three games without a goal. Hellebuyck remained strong. Connor stopped 82 of the 85 shots he faced and picked up a win in the second of his two games. The IceCaps found some goals in the week's third game, but Budaj continued his winless streak as the IceCaps lost 5-4.
Austen Brassard 1G
Ryan Olsen 1A
O`Neill 1G, 1A
Kosmachuk 1G, 1A
O`Dell 2G, 1A
After a banner showing the previous week, Winnipeg Jets top prospect slowed down a little. He didn't slow down a lot though. Ehlers played twice and picked up four points. In the process he extended his scoring streak to eighteen games. His fellow Q player Jan Kostalek also played twice, picking up one assist.
Jimmy Lodge is rolling along well too. Jimmy is currently riding a six game point streak and he has recorded ten points in eight games played with Mississauga.
In the WHL, Chase De Leo and Nic Petan each played a trio of games. Petan scored 2A. De Leo picked up 4A. Nelson Nogier recorded 1A. Axel Blomqvist picked up a hattrick in one of his three games and Morrissey was held pointless. Eric Comrie split his two games, but he didn't post impressive numbers in either showing.
It was a quiet week for the Winnipeg Jets NCAA prospects with a handful of player not playing this weekend. Peter Stoykewych recorded an assist as did Matt Ustaski. Brennan Serville recorded three assists -which is interesting as he had just 6 points total over the last two seasons.
Serville wasn't the only three point performer. Andrew Copp and Tucker poolman also recorded multi-point games. Poolman recorded 2G, 1A and Andrew Copp recorded 2G. Jamie Phillips did not play. Jason Kasdorf also did not play, but his rest was due to injury. RPI needs him healthy for their stretch run.
1) Tucker Poolman was back on defense this week after playing some spot duty on the right wing in previous games. Tucker got back to his natural position and he produced picking up two goals and an assist. Poolman is an interesting wild card for the University of North Dakota. Locals have been raving about his puck possession abilities and offensive instincts. The fact that he can utilize these in multiple positions has to please his coaches.
2) Andrew Copp recorded himself two goals in his lone game of the week bringing his season total to seven. Copp has tallied 13 points in 14 games. He is 5th in Michican scoring. Copp's scoring pace is just slightly ahead of last year's, but the team is deeper and he isn't being asked to do as much as he was a year ago.
3) Connor Hellebuyck is playing like an elite AHL tender. He has amassed a 10-6-2 on a struggling team. His .934 save percentage is the 5th highest mark in the A. He isn't being fed an easy work load either. In his two games this week Hellefaced 41 and 43 shots. If Connor can sustain this pace, people will be forced to take notice and he may creep towards the top of league wide goalie ranking.
Who's showing stands out the most to you?