Sooner or later, Chris Lawrence is going to win this award given how well he is playing (2 GP, 2-3-5, 2 PIM, +1 this week). But it was time for the first back-to-back winner of the award this week.
Denis Kazionov scored his first goal of the CHL-Russia Challenge tonight to go along with 2 penalty minutes, but it wasn't enough as the Russians fell to Team OHL 4-3. Kazionov has enjoyed a strong tour of North America thus far picking up points in 3 of the 4 games he has played thus far against select teams from the QMJHL and OHL. Through four games, Kazionov has 1 goal and 4 points. Denis plays his hockey in the Russian Superleague, the top men's league in Russia, despite the fact he won't turn 19 until December 8th. The young winger plays primarily a fourth line role for the club team Tver.
Vasily Koshechkin was again out of the lineup as Mike Fountain and Togliatti fell to Khabarovsk 4-3.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 2-1 loss to Magnitogorsk.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless as Kazan smoked Novokuznetsk 7-0.
Chris Lawrence was named first star of the game for his 1 goal and 2 assist effort in a 7-3 Mississauga spanking of Windsor. Lawrence was +2 in the contest. Through 20 games this season Lawrence has 15 goals and 31 points.