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Canucks Future Watch: 2.8.16

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks

Brendan Gaunce etched his name into the American Hockey League record books, while the Utica Comets have now won four in a row.


Brock Boeser and North Dakota were out of action this past week. They return to the ice this coming weekend with a two-game set at Denver.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Right Wing North Dakota NCAA 26 18 13 31 14 +26

Thatcher Demko grabbed two more wins this past week to improve his record to 18-4-3 on the season. Demko stopped 21-of-23 in a win over Harvard last Monday, before turning aside 35-of-38 shots in a win over New Hampshire on Friday.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T GAA SV%
Goaltender Boston College NCAA 25 18 4 3 1.71 .937

It has been a tough stretch forAlex Friesen, who has now gone 10 games without a goal and five without a point. Friesen finished the week with two shots on net in a pair of games.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Centre Utica Comets AHL 40 8 10 18 55 +3

Brendan Gaunce tied an American Hockey League record for the fastest goal to start an overtime, tallying just five seconds into the extra frame in Saturday’s win over St. John’s. Gaunce also sent the game to overtime, finding the back of the net with just 1:28 to go in the third period.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Left Wing Utica Comets AHL 34 12 12 24 12 +4

The monkey is off the back ofAlex Grenier, sort of. Grenier snapped a 10-game pointless drought, picking up an assist on Saturday night. However, his goalless skid has now hit 15 games, the longest of his AHL career.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Right Wing Utica Comets AHL 42 6 14 20 36 -6

Ronalds Kenins recorded two shots on goal in one game last week. He is still looking for his first AHL goal of the season..

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Left Wing Utica Comets AHL 11 0 2 2 8 -2

Hunter Shinkaruk tallied his 18th goal of the season on Friday night against St. John’s, a goal that would prove to be the game-winner. Shinkaruk also picked up an assist on Saturday night, setting up Brendan Gaunce’s game-tying goal in the final minutes.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Left Wing Utica Comets AHL 39 18 16 34 14 +4

Jordan Subban was held to just one assist in two games this past week; a power-play assist on the Comets’ opening goal Saturday night. Subban also was tied for the team lead in shots on goal that evening, with five.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Defence Utica Comets AHL 38 7 17 24 23 -6

Mike Zalewski extended his point streak to four games with assists in back-to-back games this past weekend. He now has nine points (5-4-9) in his past eight games played with the Comets.

POSITION TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Centre Utica Comets AHL 40 12 12 24 20 +10

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