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Islanders Prospect Report: December 2, 2019

Ruslan Iskhakov records two points, Reece Newkirk returns from injury and more

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In the NCAA, Ruslan Iskhakov had a two-point (1G, 1A) showing on Nov. 29 against Miami University to help the University of Connecticut Huskies claim a 6-4 win in the first game of a two-game series sweep. Iskhakov got the scoring going for the Huskies and netted his first power-play goal of the season in the first period. The Isles' 2018 second rounder (43rd overall) has eight points (3G, 5A) through 12 games this season.   

Iskhakov and the Huskies are tied for eighth with New Hampshire in the Hockey East standings with a conference record of 2-4-2. UCONN has an overall record of 5-6-3 this season.  

Tweet from @UConnMHOC: UConn POWER PLAY GOAL!!!!! Huskies take advantage on the 5x3 chance as Ruslan Iskhakov buries a one-timer chance off a feed from Vladislav Firstov. #IceBus with a 1-0 lead


In the QMJHL, Felix Bibeau scored his 16th goal of the season on Nov. 28 in the Quebec Remparts' 4-3 loss to the Victoriaville Tigres. The Isles' 2019 sixth-round pick (178th overall) leads his squad in scoring and in points (31) through 29 games this season. Bibeau has a team-high eight power-play goals.  

Bibeau and the Remparts are ranked 14th overall in the Q with a record of 12-16-1 and 25 points.  

Tweet from @SpiritHockey: #Isles draft pick @coskey_cole opens the scoring with his 13th 🚨 of the season!#SAGvsOS #SoarWithUs


In the OHL, Cole Coskey and Blade Jenkins found the back of the net for the Saginaw Spirit last week. Coskey scored his 13th goal of the season as the Spirit dropped a 5-4 decision to the Owen Sound Attack on Nov. 30. Coskey is now tied for second in goals among Saginaw's leaderboard. The Isles 2019 seventh rounder (209th overall) has 31 points (13G, 18A) through 26 games this season, which ranks second on the team.    

Jenkins was named the second star of the game on Nov. 30 as he posted a three-point outing (1G, 2A), which included his seventh goal of the season and first power-play strike this year. Jenkins, the Isles' 2018 fifth-round pick (134th overall) has 21 points (7G, 14A) through 26 games.  

Tweet from @SpiritHockey: #Isles prospect @JenkinsBlade cuts the lead to one with his 7th 🚨 late in regulation!#SAGvsOS #SoarWithUs


Reece Newkirk returned to action with the Portland Winterhawks just nine days after a scary skate cut to his arm. Newkirk suffered an incision from a skate to his arm on Nov. 20 that fortunately missed an artery. Newkirk missed two games before returning to the lineup on Nov. 29.  

Newkirk got back on the scoreboard quickly, as he scored his seventh goal of the season and sole goal for the Winterhawks in 4-1 loss on Nov. 30 to the Kamloops Blazers. Newkirk has a team-leading 27 points (7G, 20A) through 23 games this season. Newkirk also has a team-high of 20 assists.  

Newkirk and the Winterhawks are ranked sixth overall in the WHL with 35 points and a record of 16-6-3.  


Notre Dame's Jacob Pivonka scored his fourth goal of the season for the Fighting Irish on Friday night. Pivonka lit the lamp against Bowling Green, but unfortunately Notre Dame was swept in the series with 5-2 decisions on both Friday and Saturday night.  

Through 14 games this season, Pivonka has eight points (4G, 4A). Pivonka and the Fighting Irish are ranked ninth in the NCAA with an overall record of 8-4-2 and a second in the BIG Ten conference record of 4-2-2.  

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