After snapping a nine-game losing streak on Friday, the Wolfpack continued the winning trend with a 3-2 overtime win over the Worcestar Sharks last night.
Oscar Lindberg, who was the first star in Friday's game, retained that title with a two-point effort, including the winning goal in OT. Lindberg also forced a turnover at the offensive blueline which led to a goal 18 seconds in. He's showing signs of being much more comfortable in the North American setup and is starting to handle the puck with confidence.
Danny Kristo scored his 12th of the season 18 seconds into the game from that Lindberg turnover. He received a nice feed from Fast that put him on what was essentially a breakaway. Arron Asham also scored his first of the season from a wicked one-timer off the faceoff. Defensively, Dan Syvret and Tommy Hughes had solid games. Here are the highlights.
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Team USA have been busy at the World Junior Championships, of which Brady Skjei is a part of. Yesterday, the U.S. beat Slovakia 6-3. To be frank, though, Skjei did not have a very good game. He turned the puck over a few too many times and seemed a bit nervous in his own zone. The US played again today, this time against Germany. I was not able to watch, but Skjei was credited with an assist on the opening goal and finished +2 and with one shot. The U.S. eased to an 8-0 victory.
Pavel Buchnevich and Team Russia played yesterday as well with yet another decisive win; this time 7-1 over Switzerland. Buchnevich earned an assist on a Grigorenko goal and was credited with two shots. As I said previously, the real test for Buchnevich and the Russians will come now, with them facing Finland and Sweden in the next two games.
Anthony Duclair continued his hot streak with a four-point night against Rimouski. He scored a goal off a transition by beating a defenseman to the outside, then firing an off-wing wrist shot from the faceoff circle into the far side of the net. He earned three assists, including a nice setup for teammate Kurt Etchegary in the slot for the OT winner. Duclair now has 55 points in 36 games, good for 5th overall in the QMJHL.
Mackenzie Skapski stood on his head for the Kootenay Ice, making 36 saves on 37 shots and earning the First Star. After a somewhat shaky November, Skapski has dominated all of December and is carrying the Ice to wins virtually by himself. This is especially important since Sam Reinhart, far and away the team's best player and projected first overall pick of the 2014 draft, is playing with Canada at the World Junior Championship right now.
Some final stats:
Boo Nieves: Three shots and a -2 in Michigan's 3-0 loss. I did watch the first period and, while he didn't particularly stand out, his skating and passing ability were certainly noticeable.
Ryan Graves: Four shots and +1 in a 4-0 win for Charlottetown.
Troy Donnay: -1 and a checking from behind penalty in a 6-2 Erie loss.
Josh Nicholls: A penalty shot goal, four shots, and the Third Star in a 4-2 Greenville win.
Michael St. Croix: Two shots for Greenville.
Scott Stajcer: 34 saves on 36 shots for Greenville.
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