A pair of New York Islanders prospects took home player of the week honors last week, as Mathew Barzal tore up the Western Hockey League, while Ryan Pulock took home American Hockey League honors. Read about Barzal, Pulock, the Beanpot and more in the Islanders Prospect Report.
Barzal Shines in Six Point Performance, Named WHL Player of the Week
Mathew Barzal had a standout week for the Seattle Thunderbirds, recording 15 points (1G, 14A) in four games, including a career-high six-point game on Saturday night. Barzal was recognized by the Western Hockey League for his effort, being named the WHL Player of the Week.
Barzal's assist-heavy week started on Tuesday, with a pair of helpers in a 3-1 win over the Victoria Royals. The Coquitlam, BC, native then had four assists in a 5-4 win over Victoria the next night and three more assists on Friday in a 6-2 win over Tri-City.
But the nine assists was simply an appetizer to Saturday's main course.
Barzal was the First Star in Saturday's 8-5 win over the Portland Winterhawks as he netted a goal and recorded five assists for a career-high six-point game. Barzal assisted on the game's opening goal and then scored the second goal for Seattle to tie the game at two. Barzal added four more helpers before the night was over, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal. Barzal's previous career high for points in a game was five, which he accomplished twice during the 2015-16 season.
Barzal has 54 points, including 46 assists, in 29 games played this season for Seattle. He ranks second in points on his team despite playing 20 fewer games than Seattle's points leader (56 points).
Seattle sits in first place in the U.S. Division of the WHL and has gone undefeated in 12 straight games. Barzal has recorded at least a point in 11 of the 12 games in the unbeaten streak for the Thunderbirds.
Pulock Named AHL Player of the Week
Ryan Pulock has been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers' defenseman registered three goals and three assists for a total of six points as well as a plus-6 rating in four games last week. Pulock also has three game-winning goals in February, four GWG's in the last 14 days after only previously posting four in his career.
The stretch of games included Pulock's first two-goal game of the season in a 4-3 win against Springfield, in which Pulock netted the game winner in overtime. The Dauphin, Manitoba native also scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory against the Providence Bruins on Friday. Pulock wrapped up the week with a career high three assists in a 5-4 win against the Hershey Bears on Sunday. The Sound Tigers went undefeated during the four game stretch.
The Islanders' 2013 first round pick has 10 goals and 12 assists in 27 games played for the Sound Tigers this season.
Bischoff Nets Game Winner for Minnesota
The No. 5 Minnesota Gophers won two close games against No. 12 Ohio State this weekend. Jake Bischoff had a hand in both game winning goals for the Gophers while teammate Taylor Cammarata recorded an assist in two games played.
Bischoff, the Islanders' 2012 seventh-round pick, recorded an assist on the game winning goal in Friday night's 5-4 win. The senior defenseman scored the game winning goal on Saturday night to lift Minnesota over Ohio State 6-5. Bischoff's power play goal was his first game winner of the season. Bischoff was also credited with an assist in the game, as Minnesota took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten Conference.
Bischoff has three goals and 21 assists in 28 games played this season for Minnesota.
Bellows and Somerby Prepare for Beanpot Final
Kieffer Bellows, Doyle Somerby and the No. 3 Boston University Terriers will face off tonight against the No. 4/5 Harvard in the Beanpot final Monday night. BU defeated rival Boston College by a score of 3-1 last Monday to clinch their place in the championship game.
Missouri Sweeps Road Series, Extends Win Streak to Five Games
Missouri Mavericks: 23-19-2-5; 6th in Mountain Division; 10th in Western Conference
The Mavericks swept the Tulsa Oilers on the road this weekend to extend their win streak to five games. It marks Missouri's longest win streak of the season, as the team has only lost one game in their last nine outings.
Following a three-game sweep of the Wichita Thunder and the conclusion of a nine-game homestand, the Mavericks recorded a 3-0 win over Tulsa on Friday night. Dane Fox had two goals in the game, including the game winner. Eamon McAdam registered his first pro shutout as he turned away all 53 shots he faced in the game.
Fox and McAdam would help lead the Mavericks to their second win of the weekend in a 4-3 overtime win on Saturday night. Radoslav Illo scored two goals in regulation before Fox scored the game winner in overtime for Missouri. McAdam stopped 44 shots from the Oilers to get the win. McAdam has backstopped the team in all five games of the win streak.
Looking ahead, the Mavericks will play a pair of home games this weekend against Quad City and Toledo.
Mitchell Vande Sompel