CHL Weekend Wrap-up
Individual reports and stats include:
Stanislav Lascek, RW, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
Friday night, in a two minute span in the second period, Lascek scored shorthanded and on the power play to pace Chicoutimi to a 6-1 win over Baie-Comeau. He was plus-one for the game and had four shots on goal. Lascek, who was an assist-machine last year, now has seven goals and five assists on the year and is tied for the league lead in shorthanded goals with two. He is eighth in league scoring and has already scored three power play goals. Chicoutimi is 3-1-0(OTL)-1(SOL), good enough for fourth in the 10-team West Division.
Stats: 5GP, 7-5-12, +4, 4 PIM
Mark Tobin, RW, Rimouski (QMJHL)
Tobin saw his scoreless streak run to four games as Rimouski dropped a 9-3 decision to Acadie-Bathurst Friday night. He finally got off the shnide Sunday by scoring a goal and an assist, but Rimouski lost again, this time to Val dâ€™Or 6-4. His goal was scored on the power play. For the year, Rimouski sits in last in the West Division with a 2-5-0-0 record.
Stats: 7GP, 3-2-5, -6, 24 PIM
Chris Lawrence, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Lawrence continued his recent point production by earning two assists over two games this weekend. First, Lawrence assisted on a second period goal in a 4-2 Soo win over Plymouth Friday night. Sunday, Lawrence again found the scoresheet, gaining an assist in a 6-2 loss to London. For the year, the Greyhounds sit atop the West Division in the OHL with a 3-2-0-0 record.
Stats: 5GP, 1-3-4, +2, 14 PIM
Radek Smolenak, RW, Kingston (OHL)
One of the hottest Lightning prospects right now is 2005 third rounder Radek Smolenak, who hit the scoresheet in both games this weekend. First Smolenak notched a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to Peterborough Friday night. Sunday, Smolenak assisted on the game winner in a 2-1 win over Ottawa. He was plus-one for the game and had two penalty minutes. Kingston is currently in first in the East Division with a 3-0-1-0 record.
Stats: 5GP, 4-3-7, +4, 10 PIM
Marek Bartanus, LW, Owen Sound (OHL)
Bartanus continues to struggle in his first North American season, but is a constant in the Attack lineup. In Owen Soundâ€™s two games this weekend, a 4-3 win over London Friday and a 5-3 loss to Kitchener Saturday, Bartanus went scoreless and earned a minus-one rating in both games. Through four games he has yet to earn a point. Owen Sound is currently fourth in the Midwest Division with a 2-2-0-0 record.
Stats: 4GP, 0-0-0, -2, 6 PIM
Kevin Beech, G, Sudbury (OHL)
After starting the year 0-3 and being pulled in a 9-3 loss to Barrie, Beech rebounded this weekend with two wins, Sudburyâ€™s first two wins of the year. Friday, Beech stopped 17 of 19 shots in a 6-2 win over Oshawa, then had a heavier load on Sunday, stopping 35 of 39 as Sudbury beat Peterborough 7-4. Sparking their win over the Petes was the return of Minnesota Wild first rounder Benoit Pouliot, who scored a hattrick in the Peterborough game. Sudbury is now in fourth in the East Division with a 2-3-0-0 record.
Stats: 5GP, 2W-3L, 4.57 gaa, .855 sv%
Justin Keller, LW, Kelowna (WHL)
Keller scored his first regulation goal this weekend (he had previously scored a shootout goal) in a 5-3 loss to Portland on Saturday. This came after the team fell to Kamloops on Friday night 3-2 (no scoring for Keller) and before topping Everett on Sunday 3-2. Keller scored again against Everett and also had a plus-two rating in a game that the Rockets only managed 11 total shots on goal, yet won. Like last year, Keller is slow, production-wise, to start the year. For the year, the defending Western Hockey League champs are 2-3-0-0 and last in the B.C. Division.
Stats: 5GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM
Vladimir Mihalik, D, Red Deer (WHL)
The towering Mihalik had two firsts this weekend; his first scratch on Saturday night, and his first fighting major on Sunday. On Friday night, Mihalik was minus-one in a 6-2 loss to Regina. He did not play in a 6-5 Red Deer win, their first of the year, over Prince Albert on Saturday, but was back in the lineup as the Rebels fell to Lightning prospect Blair Jones and Moose Jaw 5-2 on Sunday. Mihalik, who stands 6â€™8â€, fought 6â€™0â€ 205 Ian McKenzie of Moose Jaw. Red Deer is 1-4-0-0 and in last in the East Division.
Stats: 4GP, 0-0-0, -2, 13 PIM
Blair Jones, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
After a solid showing at the Traverse City prospects tournament for the Lightning, Jones is off to a fine start for undefeated Moose Jaw this season. He is tied for the WHL lead in assists and is currently tied for second in scoring. Friday Jones had an assist in a 4-3 win over Regina, then was named first star in the Warriorâ€™s 5-2 win over Red Deer on Sunday. Jones had two goals and two assists in the game, as well as a plus-three rating. Moose Jaw sits atop the East Division with a 4-0-0-0 record.
Stats: 4GP, 3-6-9, +6, 8 PIM
NCAA exhibition hockey also started this weekend, with Lightning prospect Matt Smaby of North Dakota in action. Smaby started for the Fighting Sioux in their 6-1 exhibition win over the University of Manitoba. Smaby did not register a point in the game, but was called for high sticking just three minutes into the contest.