Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Adam Erne is expected to miss the foreseeable future with the Quebec Remparts after sustaining a minor spleen laceration Sunday in Shawinigan. There is currently no timetable for his return, though speculation is it could be at least 3-4 weeks depending on the severity of the laceration.
According to Le Soleil and the Remparts, Erne blocked a shot with his stomach on his first shift against the Cataractes and came off the ice. He came out for his second shift but felt too bad to continue. Erne was taken to a Shawinigan emergency room and remained hospitalized overnight and into Monday in stable condition, but under observation. He was released Monday afternoon and returned to Quebec City.
Erne has 21 goals and 62 points in 48 games this season with the Remparts, who have clinched a playoff spot. The Remparts have 11 games remaining, starting tonight against No. 1 Blainville-Boisbriand.
We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Prospect of the Week for February 17, 2014 is … Brian Hart, W, Harvard Crimson (NCAA – USA).
For the third consecutive week a collegiate player is our Prospect of the Week. This week the honor goes to Harvard’s Brian Hart, a second round pick (53rd overall) of the Lightning in 2012.
Hart, a 6-3 212-pound forward out of Phillips-Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, had two goals and an assist this week to raise his season point total to 12 (four goals) in 25 games. The Maine native had a goal in Monday’s 6-2 Beanpot Consolation Game win over Boston University and followed that up with an assist in a 1-0 upset win over Clarkson on Friday. He finished his weekend with a goal in a 2-2 tie against St. Lawrence on Saturday.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 6 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 0
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-1-2, +4, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, 9/16 FO, *Third Star*
Season totals: 37 GP, 22-56-78, +34, 41 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Drouin scored an unassisted goal and added an assist to help Halifax to a big road win over the Titan. Drouin was plus-4 for the second time in a game this season. He is fifth in the league in plus/minus, 11 behind leader (and teammate) Nikolaj Ehlers, who has played 16 more games. Drouin is also second in the league in assists, 10 behind leader Marcus Power of Rouyn-Noranda, who has played 18 more games.
Quebec Remparts 6 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 1
C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0/1 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 44 GP, 20-40-60, -3, 61 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
Anthony Duclair (Rangers) scored his 50th goal as Quebec easily disposed of Shawinigan, 6-1. Erne blocked a shot with this stomach and didn’t finish the game.
Ontario Hockey League
Oshawa Generals 3 @ North Bay Battalion 2
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 42 GP, 4-18-22, +3, 46 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Oshawa scored with less than a minute remaining in regulation to steal a 3-2 win in North Bay. The Gens only managed 19 shots for the game. Blujus was on the ice for the game-winning goal.
Harvard Crimson 2 @ St. Lawrence Saints 2
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 5-7-12, -2, 16 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Hart set a new career high with five goals this season. The sophomore is starting to heat up with two goals and an assist in his last three games. Hart’s goal in the last minute of the second period gave the Crimson a 2-1 lead.
Miami RedHawks 2 @ No. 17 North Dakota 9
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-1-2, +1, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 5-5-10, -1, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
UND got out to a 4-0 lead and piled on Miami’s miserable season. O’Donnell got some late power play time and scored his fifth goal of the year. The RedHawks fell to 4-10-1 in conference play.
No. 4 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ Brown Bears 4
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 10-16-26, +5, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM
The Bobcats lost just their fourth conference game of the season, 4-2 at Brown, who improved to 7-10-1 in conference play.
No. 10 Michigan Wolverines 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 28 saves on 29 shots, *First Star*
Season totals: 29 GP, 20-4-5, 1.97 GAA, .931 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox was named first star, winning his 20th game of the season – one off the national lead. The Gophers completed a 2-game weekend sweep of the Wolverines.
*USCHO poll used
Ontario Hockey League
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Barrie Colts 2
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 50 GP, 9-21-30, +22, 105 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Dotchin (pictured) returned from an upper-body injury to notch an assist and get third star in a win over the Petes. Dotchin hit 30 points for the first time in his OHL career.
Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 5
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 14-34-47, +43, 36 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Koekkoek scored an unassisted shorthanded goal, but the Soo scored the game’s final three goals to come away with a 5-2 win.