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Bellows stays hot in WHL, Mirageas scores first collegiate goal

by Dan Hanson NYIslanders / New York Islanders

Kieffer Bellows tacks on four more points in two games this past week and Ben Mirageas scores his first NCAA goal to lift Providence to victory against Boston College. Arnaud Durandeau and Ilya Sorokin continue to produce for their teams. Read more in the Islanders Prospect Report.

BELLOWS EXTENDS POINT STREAK TO EIGHT GAMES

Kieffer Bellows used a four-point week (3G, 1A) to jump to the top of the Portland Winterhawks scoring lead. The Islanders 2016 first-round pick (20th overall) is tied for the team lead with 21 points (10G, 11A) in 13 games this season. 

Bellows scored in both of Portland's games last week, netting two goals and an assist in a 6-4 loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Tuesday. The 19-year-old winger also contributed a goal in Portland's loss to the Everett Silvertips on Sunday. 

The Edina, MN, native has points in eight straight games and has hit the scoresheet in 11 of 13 regular season games for the Winterhawks. Bellows' 10 goals is tied for 11th in the Western Hockey League, while his 21 points are is currently tied for 15th. This is technically Bellows' rookie season in the juniors after playing last season at Boston College. 

Tweet from @FriarsHockey: Freshman Ben Mirageas notches his first career goal with a power play strike to put the Friars up 2-1 late in the 2nd period! pic.twitter.com/F6ylsYZfcV

MIRAGEAS' FIRST GOAL LIFTS PROVIDENCE TO VICTORY

Ben Mirageas' first NCAA goal was a big one, netting the game-winner in a 2-1 to propel Providence College over Boston College in a 2-1 victory on Friday.

Mirageas' first goal came a week after his first collegiate point - an assist in Providence's 6-5 OT win over St. Lawrence. The goal doubled his points total on the season for the Isles 2017 third-round pick (77th overall), giving him two in seven games.

Mirageas was held pointless in Saturday's 3-0 win over fellow Islanders 2017 draft pick Logan Cockerill (7th round, 201st overall), but the two 2017 picks will face off again on Friday as Providence takes on Boston University at Agganis Arena. 

DURANDEAU'S OFFENSE PROPELS HALIFAX

Halifax forward Arnaud Durandeau recorded two points in two games last week, helping the Mooseheads to a 4-3 win over the Cape Breton Eagles and 6-2 win against the Charlottetown Islanders.

The Beaconsfield, Quebec native assisted on Maxime Fortier's goal to make it 3-0 against Cape Breton on Saturday, and lit the lamp himself for the game-winning goal against Charlottetown on Sunday. 

Durandeau has 14 points (5G, 9A) in 15 games this season, good enough for third-most on the Mooseheads. Overall, the 2017 sixth-round draft pick (165th overall) has tallied points in 11 of 15 games during the 2017-2018 QMJHL season.

SOROKIN REBOUNDS WITH TWO STRAIGHT WINS

Following their 5-2 loss against SKA Saint Petersburg on October 23, goaltender Ilya Sorokin and CSKA Moscow have rebounded for two straight wins against Dinamo Minsk and Avangard Omsk.

Sorokin, the Islanders 2014 third-round pick (78th overall) stopped 20-of-21 shots in a 4-1 win over Dinamo on October 25. The Russian netminder also made 16 saves on 17 shots in CSKA's 2-1 overtime win against Avangard on October 30.

With the victories, Sorokin improves to 11-4-2 with a 1.69 goals against average and 0.919 save percentage.

Sorokin was also named to Team Russia for the Karjala Cup, a Euro Hockey Tour tournament taking place from Nov. 9-12 in Finland. 

PROSPECTS TO PLAY IN KARJALA CUP: 

Four Islanders prospects: Sorokin, Linus Soderstrom, Otto Koivula and Robin Salo will represent their countries at the Karjala Cup, a Euro Hockey Tour tournament taking place from Nov. 8-12. 

Sorokin will play for Team Russia, Soderstrom (2014, 4th rd) will tend goal for Team Sweden, while Koivula (2016, 4th rd) and Salo (2017, 2nd rd) will play for Team Finland. 

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