Lake Erie Monsters
Michael Sgarbossa (Sudbury Wolves) began February 17 points behind in the OHL scoring race.
Sgarbossa rallied to win the scoring title on the last game of the season against Kingston, getting four points (3g/1a) to outduel Tyler Toffoli (Ottawa 67’s) 102-100.
Sgarbossa finished the regular season with 47 goals and 55 assists for 102 points. He also led the OHL in power play goals with 18.
The left-handed center turned up his game notching six goals and 12 assists in the final nine games of the season and is the first Sudbury Wolves player in 33 years to win the OHL scoring title.
Sgarbossa will look to continue his scoring ways as the Wolves open their playoff run against the Brampton Battalion on March 23rd.
Kent Patterson (University of Minnesota) earned the WCHA goaltending crown for the 2011-12 season posting a league best 2.06 goals-against average in conference play.
Patterson also earned 20 wins, tops in the WCHA. He enters the postseason with a career record of 40-27-9 record, 2.38 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.
Among NCAA Division-1 netminders, Patterson ranks first in wins (26), second in minutes played (2377:25) and tied for first in shutouts (7).
Patterson now leads the Gophers into the NCAA tournament where they will square off in a first round matchup March 24 against Boston University (3:00 MT).
Last three: 1-1-1
Overall: 32-26-3-4 … 71 points … 9th in the Western ConferenceA brief look into the Monsters’ last three games:March 11 – 3-2 win at San Antonio
led the Monsters with a shorthanded goal (13th of the season) and added an assist. Brad Malone
scored the game-winning goal (ninth of the season) and Cedrick Desjardins
stopped 23-of-25 shots for his 12th win of the year.March 16 – 5-4 OT loss vs. Milwaukee
The Monsters were outshot 42-25 against the Admirals but managed to squeeze out a point to keep them within striking distance for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Four different players scored goals for the Monsters in their overtime loss; Patrick Rissmiller
(11th of the season), Greg Mauldin
(14th of the season), Eric Hunter (fourth of the season), and Patrick MacArthur (third of the season).March 17 – 1-0 loss vs. Chicago
The Monsters were shutout for the ninth time on the season in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Wolves despite 41 saves from Cedrick Desjardins
Despite the Monsters going a five-for-five on the penalty kill, the Wolves’ Steve Reinprecht tallied his 10th goal of the year coming short-handed in the second period.Up next
3/21 at Toronto
3/22 vs. Chicago
3/24 vs. TorontoNCAA
Sophomore Nathan Condon
(University of Minnesota) tallied his 17th assist of the season in Minnesota’s game against Alaska-Anchorage on March 10. Condon remains a +6 on the season and has appeared in all 40 games for the Gophers. Minnesota squares off against Boston University as the number two seed in the NCAA tournament.Luke Moffatt
(University of Michigan) notched his ninth assist of the season in a 3-2 loss against Western Michigan in the CCHA Final. Despite the loss, Michigan will enter the NCAA tournament against Cornell on March 23 at 7:00 MT. Michigan was selected as the number one seed in the Midwest Region (number two overall). Moffatt enters the tournament with 15 points (6g/9a) in 39 games. Paul Carey
(Boston College) has shined for the Eagles helping them advance to the Hockey-East Championship Game behind his goal and assist en route to a 4-2 win over Providence College. The Eagles went on to win their third straight Hockey East title with a win over Maine, 4-1. Carey tallied four points (1g/3a) in the two tournament wins. Boston College enters the NCAA tournament as the No. 1 seed overall and will square off against Air Force, March 24 at 2:00 MT.
Goaltender Kieran Millan
(Boston University) started 34 games for the Terriers in the 2011-12 campaign. Millan posted a 20-13-1 record with a 2.53 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. The Terriers will rely heavily on Millan as they open the NCAA tournament against Minnesota on March 24, 3:00 MT.WHL
(Portland Winterhawks) notched two points (1g/1a) in a victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on March 18th. The defenseman for the Winterhawks finished the regular season with 45 points (13g/32a) in 72 games. Rutkowski will look for continued success as the Winterhawks enter the postseason matched up against the Kelowna Rockets.Calvin Pickard
(Seattle Thunderbirds) faced a must-win game to force a tie for the eighth and final spot in the WHL playoffs. However, the Thunderbirds came up empty handed in an 8-2 loss against the Portland Winterhawks. Pickard stopped 38-of-46 shots and finished the season with a record of 25-37-1-1. Pickard finishes his WHL career as the all time leader in saves (7,727) and minutes played (14,025). He also led the WHL this year in minutes, shots, saves, and tied for first in shutouts.Duncan Siemens
(Saskatoon Blades) tallied an assist and a +2 rating to lead the Blades over the Swift Current Broncos, 5-3, on March 16. The assist was his 22nd of the season and 28th point overall. Siemens is catching stride in time to lead the Blades against the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first round of the WHL playoffs.OHL
(Plymouth Whalers) reached the 50-point plateau for the first time in his three-year OHL career. Meurs finished the regular season with 20 goals, 33 assists, +19 rating, 67 penalty minutes and three power play goals. The Whalers will face the Guelph Storm in the first round of the playoffs.Stephen Silas
(Belleville Bulls) finished the regular season with 32 points (6g/26a) in 67 games. Silas also recorded 57 penalty minutes. The Bulls will take on Ottawa 67’s in the first round of the playoffs.QMJHL
(Val-d’Or Foreurs) played in 62 games this season and tallied 21 points (6g/15a). Beaupre established career highs in points (21) and penalty minutes (102) during his 2011-12 campaign. Vel-d’Or travels to Rimouski for Games 1 and 2 of a seven-game series.Dillon Donnelly
(Shawinigan Cataractes) closed his regular season play with 14 points (1g/13a) in 59 games. Donnelly posted 125 penalty minutes and a +18 rating (a career high). Shawinigan will battle Rouyn-Noranda in the first round of the playoffs.
– Playing with CSKA Moskva in the KHL, finished the regular season with 24 points (12g/12a) in 32 games. Parshin had two points (1g/1a) and six penalty minutes before the team was eliminated in five games of the playoffs.Sami Aittokallio
– Starred for Finland in the 2011 World Juniors Championship, starting five games and allowing just 12 goals. Aittokallio posted a 2.32 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage, including one shutout. He finished 3-1 in 310 minutes of ice time. Aittokallio currently plays for Ilves in SM-Liiga and has recorded a 2.82 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 11 games.