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NEWKIRK EXTENDS POINT-STREAK TO FIVE GAMES
Reece Newkirk hasn't missed a beat since suffering taking a skate to his arm on Nov. 29 and being out of the lineup for the Portland Winterhawks for two games. Since his return to the lineup, Newkirk has compiled a five-game point streak with six points (4G, 2A) during that span.
In the last three games, the Isles' 2019 fifth-round pick (147th overall) recorded three points (2G, 1A). Newkirk scored a power-play goal to help Portland edge Prince George 5-4 on Dec. 4 and recorded his 100th career point in the NHL. Thorugh 153-career games at the junior level, Newkirk has 41 goals and 61 assists.
Newkirk scored his first shorthanded goal of the season on Dec. 7 as Portland blanked Prince George 3-0.
Through 27 games this season, the center has 32 points (10G, 22A) and has helped Portland place third overall in the WHL with 43 points and a record of 20-6-3.
KRYGIER AND PIVONKA NAMED TO USA PRELIMINARY TEAM:
Jake Pivonka and Christian Krygier were named to Team USA's preliminary roster for the upcoming 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship on Monday.
Pivonka, the Isles' 2018 fourth-round pick (103rd overall), and Krygier, the Isles' 2018 seventh-round pick (196th) are among 28 players vying for a spot on the 23-man roster. This year's World Juniors runs from Dec. 26, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020, in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic. Read more here. See the full preliminary roster below.
BIBEAU PICKS UP POINTS IN LAST THREE GAMES
In the QMJHL, Felix Bibeau is continuing his high-octane production. The Isles' 2019 sixth-round pick (178th overall) is riding a three-game point streak and has seven points (2G, 5A) through his last six games. Bibeau compiled a three-point outing in the Remparts' high-scoring 8-5 victory over Acadie-Bathurst on Dec. 8.
Through 31 games this season, Bibeau leads the Remparts with his 35 points and team-best 17 goals. Bibeau and the Remparts are ranked 15th overall in the Q with 27 points and a record of 13-17-1.
COSKEY CONTINUES TO LIGHT THE LAMP
In the OHL, Cole Coskey continues his dominance with the Saginaw Spirit as he is second in scoring (14) and points (35) through 29 games.
The Isles' 2019 seventh rounder (209th overall) had a four-point showing (1G, 3A) in Saginaw's 11-8 barn-burner over the Sarnia Sting on Dec. 6. Coskey earned the second star of the game honors as a result. Overall in the OHL, Coskey and the Spirit sit in ninth place with 34 points and a record of 15-10-4.
ISKHAKOV SCORES IN SERIES SWEEP
In the NCAA, Ruslan Iskhakov scored his fourth goal of the season in the first game of University of Connecticut's series against Vermont on Dec. 6. Iskhakov opened up scoring for the Huskies who would claim a 3-2 decision over Vermont and proceed to secure the sweep the following night with a 7-4 win.
Through 14 games in his sophomore campaign, the Isles' 2018 second rounder (43rd overall) has nine points (4G, 5A). Iskhakov and the Huskies are tied with Boston College for sixth place in the Hockey East standings with 10 points and a conference record of 4-4-2. Overall, the Huskies have a record of 7-6-3.
SALO SCORES TWICE AND POSTS THREE-GAME POINT STREAK
Over in Finland's Liiga, Robin Salo is riding a three-game point streak with three points (2G, 1A) during that span. Salo scored his fourth goal of the season on Dec. 3 to help SaiPa defeat KaPa 5-2. Salo scored the following game as SaiPa dropped a 3-2 decision to Lukko.
Through 29 games this season, the Isles' 2017 second rounder (46th overall) has 16 points (5G, 11A), which ties his career high. Salo's five goals also set a new career-high. Salo and SaiPa are ranked ninth overall in Liiga with 38 points and a record of 11-14-4.
SOROKIN NOMINATED TO KHL ALL-STAR GAME
In the KHL, Ilya Sorokin was nominated by KHL journalists in part two of the selection process for the FONBET All-Star game. Sorokin was one of three players to be selected from the Tarasov Division.
This season, with CSKA Sorokin has posted a record of 13-7-2, a 1.57 goals against average, a save percentage of .934 and registered four shutouts through 22 games.