Last week equaled 5 out of 6 points, back-to-back shutouts, and breaking a Monarch's reign. The Wolf Pack lost a heartbreaker in a 13 round shootout on Friday 1-0 to the Lowell Lock Monsters. Goaltender Steve Valiquette earned the zero in regulation play. On Saturday, Alexandre Giroux scored the team's first hat-trick of the season on the way to a 6-0 drubbing of the Worcester IceCats. On Sunday, Jeff Hamilton scored at 1:01 of the overtime frame to end the Monarch's home winning streak (they were 10-0-0-0) and 13-game unbeaten streak. Hartford now has a 14-5-1-2 and sits in second place in the Atlantic Division.
Starting the week, the club has gone five games without a regulation loss. The Pack stands number two in the Atlantic Division with 31 points (14-5-1-2). Starting the week, the Pack have the best penalty-killing average in the league (92.24%) and the fewest against (38). Steve Valiquette currently has the best goals against average in the league at 1.30. Injuries:
Blair Betts (right shoulder dislocation) - to be determined
Thomas Pöck (left ankle sprain) - 4-5 weeks
Martin Grenier (broken right thumb) - out 4-5 weeks
Layne Ulmer (left shoulder separation) - 1-2 weeks
Trevor Gillies (left wrist laceration) - day-to-day CHARLOTTE CHECKERS:
Charlotte now owns an 11-5-2 record and sits in second place in the American Division with 24 points. They had their five-game winning streak was snapped on 11/26 vs. Columbia, and are currently winlles in their last four games (0-3-1)...Mike Harder leads the team and ranks third in the ECHL with 23 points (eight goals, 13 assists)...Dan Preston leads all Charlotte defensemen and ranks tied for fifth among ECHL blueliners with 12 points (one goal, 11 assists)...Lee Falardeau is the top rookie scorer on the team with six goals and three assists for nine points in 14 gamesWESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE:
Nigel Dawes (Kootenay) - Has scored goals in each of his last two Kootenay games...Has registered 19 goals and nine assists for 28 points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 29 games...Ranks tied for third in the WHL in goals (17), tied for third in power play goals (8) and tied for fifth with game-winning goals (4)...Leads the Ice with 19 goals and 28 points...Participated in the ADT CANADA-RUSSIA CHALLENGE on December 1 in Red Deer, helping Team WHL to a 6-0 victory over Russia. His team is tied for first place in the BC Division and they are currently unbeaten in their last nine games (8-0-1 over the span)...Named to Team Canada for the 2005 World Junior Championships.Roman Psurny
(Medicine Hat) - Snapped a five-game scoreless drought with an assist vs. Saskatoon on Dec. 3...Now ranks third among WHL rookies with 20 points (eight goals and 12 assists)...Also ranks fifth on the team with 20 points...Ranks tied for second in the WHL among rookies with a +11 rating.
Marcus Jonasen (Tri-City) - Scored two goals, including the game-winning tally, on Nov. 30 to 5-4 OT victory vs. Portland and was named 2nd star of the game... Has registered nine goals and six assists for 15 points, along with 31 penalty minutes in 26 games.Zdenek Bahensky
(Saskatoon) - Registered seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points along with 37 penalty minutes in 30 games ... Tied for sixth in points scored by rookies in the WHL with 18 points...Snapped an eight-game scoreless drought with an assist on Dec. 5 vs. Calgary.
Dane Byers (Prince Albert) - Skated in 26 contests so far this season, tallying seven points (three goals, four assists) and has accumulated 68 penalty minutes...Registered his multi-point/goal game on Dec. 5 vs. Moose Jaw as he tallied two goals and was named first star in the game...He ranks third on his team with 64 penalty minutes.
Rick Kozak (Kamloops) - On Nov. 30, traded to the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for Ben Street and a 2006 4th round selection....Has registered two goals and one assist for three points, along with 4 PIM in two games for Prince Albert...Has points in his last four of his last five games overall (5-1-6)...Had three goals and 33 penalty minutes in 12 games with Kamloops prior to the trade.Ivan Baranka
(Everett) - Silvertips blueliner has three goals and seven assists for 10 points, along with 32 penalty minutes in 29 games...Silvertips had their six game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) snapped on Dec. 4 vs. Swift Current...Baranka has gone scoreless in his last three outings...Named to Team Slovakia for the 2005 World Junior ChampionshipsBrandon Dubinsky
(Portland) - Registered 1-1-2 on Dec. 01 against Kelowna, marking his fifth multi-point game and was named second star in the game...Has registered seven goals and seven assists for 14 points, along with 65 penalty minutes in 25 games...Ranks fourth on the team with 65 penalty minutes.ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE:Ryan Callahan
(Guelph)- Ranks 1st on his team with 26 points and 16 goals and ranks 10th in the OHL with 16 goals... Has posted seven multi-point games and three multi-goal games this season; has two multi-point games in his last four outings (one goal, one assist in each)...He is the captain of the Storm and will participate on the US World Junior team at the 2005 World Jr. Championships.
Jakob Petruzalek (Ottawa)- Has points in four of his last five games (2-4-6)...Leads all OHL rookies and 18th in the OHL with 34 points (14 goals and 20 assists)...Ranks 1st on his team with points (34), goals (14) and assists (20)...Was named OHL's Rookie of the Month for October.QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE:
Bruce Graham (Moncton)- Ranks fifth in the QMJHL with 19 goals and ranks 1st on his team with 19 goals and is 2nd on the team with 32 points...Has posted eight multi-point games...Has posted four multi-goal games.
Jonathan Paiment (Lewiston)- Ranks third among QMJHL defensemen with 30 points and seventh in the league with 26 assists. He is also fourth on his team with 30 points, second on the team with 26 assists...Has points in two of his last four games (0-2-2).NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION:
Al Montoya (Michigan) - Bounced back with two victories over Notre Dame this past weekend, including his 12th shutout of his UM career on Dec. 4 (8-0), and now trails UM all-time shutout leader Marty Turco by three shutouts... Montoya has posted an 11-4-1 record, along with a 2.41 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He ranks fifth in the CCHA with a 2.41 GAA, first with 11 wins, fifth with 346 saves. Michigan is ranked #4 in the country.
Darin Olver (Northern Michigan) - Has four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 12 games, is tied for the third on the team in goals (four), third in assists (nine) and tied for second in points (13)...Snapped a four-game scoreless drought with point in both games over the weekend vs. Nebraska-Omaha (1-2-3)...Scored three goals, along with an assist, for Northern Michigan in a 6-3 victory over Michigan Tech on 11/6. Northern Michigan is currently ranked 15th in the country.
Greg Moore (Maine) - Ranks second on the team in goals (seven), ranks sixth on the team in points (10), and first in power play goals (5)...Is scoreless in his last five games...Maine is unbeaten in six games (4-0-2)...Maine is ranked #10/#11 in the country.
Billy Ryan (Maine) - Tied for second on his team with seven assists and tied for seventh on his team with nine points...Is scoreless in his last three games... Maine is unbeaten in six games (4-0-2)...Maine is ranked #10/#11 in the country.
Chris Holt (Nebraska-Omaha) - Appeared in 14 games, posting a 7-6-1 record along with a 2.92 goals against average and a .898 save percentage...He ranks fourth in the league with 362 saves... Was named CCHA Goaltender of the week for the period of Nov. 15 through 21, after posting 39 saves and shutting out Ohio State, 4-0, on Nov. 18, then tying the Buckeyes 4-4 on 11/20.
Nate Guenin (Ohio State) - Has registered one goal and four assists for five points, along with 58 penalty minutes in 16 games...He leads the Buckeyes with along with 58 penalty minutes. The Buckeyes are currently ranked #8 in the country.
Joey Crabb (Colorado College) - Scored a goal in each of Colorado's games this past weekend (a split with #1 ranked Minnesota)...He has posted points in four of his last five games (3-3-6)...Has registered five goals and six assists for 11 points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 14 games, and ranks third on his team in points (11) and goals (five)...Colorado College is ranked #2/#3 in the country.
Dylan Reese (Harvard) - Has points in three straight contests dating back to 11/27 (1-2-3)...In 11 regular season games, has three goals and three assists for six points...Scored his first goal of the season in Harvards' game vs. Colgate on 11/6...Harvard has won seven of their last eight outings.
Ken Roche (BU) - Registered two goals and five assists for seven points, along with 27 penalty minutes in 14 games...Has points in two of his last three outings (0-2-2)...BU is currently ranked #14 in the country.EUROPEN LEAGUES:Henrik Lundqvist
(Sweden) - Posted his third shutout of the season on 12/6 vs. Farjestads, making 24 stops...Leads the Swedish Elite League with 18 wins and also owns the league's top GAA (1.83) and save percentage (.933) and 1506 minutes played...11 of his victories have come while allowing one goal or less...Has 30-or-more saves in seven games...Frolunda has an 18-6-1 record and sole position of first place in the Swedish Elite League.
Jarkko Immonen (JYP) - Has registered one goal in his last five games and JYP has lost five straight contests...Immonen ranks second in the Finnish League with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 30 games this season.
Lauri Korpikoski (TPS) - Was named to Team Finland for the 2005 World Junior Championships...Has registered two assists and eight penalty minutes in 22 games...Returned to the lineup on 11/18 vs. Assat, due to a mild right knee injury, but has not registered any points.
Kim Hirschovits (HIFK) - Has registered four goals and seven assists for 11 points, along with 41 penalty minutes in 28 games...Team is on an eight-game winning streak dating back to Nov. 17.
Petr Prucha (Pardubice) - Tallied his first goal of the season on Dec. 5 vs. Liberec...Has skated in 29 games, notching 8 points (1 goals, 7 assists) and 12 penalty minutes.