The good times keep rolling for Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and the Sudbury Wolves.
Luukkonen (2017, second round) has continued his dominance between the pipes in the weeks since his return from a gold medal win with Finland at the IIHF World Junior Championship, where he was selected to the tournament's All-Star team.
Following three straight wins over the past week, Luukkonen leads the OHL in shutouts (5), goals-against average (2.44) and save percentage (.921). His 25 wins rank second.
Luukkonen earned his fifth shutout with a 19-save performance at North Bay last Thursday, which he followed with a 20-for-24 night in a 7-4 win over Peterborough the following night.
He saved his best for a 2-1 win at Mississauga on Monday, when he stopped 40 of 41 shots to earn first star honors. He stopped James Hardie on a chance in front with the Wolves trailing 1-0 in the second period:
Later, with the Wolves leading 2-1 in the third, he made this game-saving stop on Richard Whittaker:
The Wolves rank second in the OHL's Central Division, 10 points back from Niagara. They play home games against Windsor and Sarnia on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Davidsson's big week
Marcus Davidsson (2017, second round) tallied three points (2+1) in four games for Djurgarden this past week, bringing his season total to 19 (6+13) in 38 games. His 13 assists mark a new career-high, surpassing the 12 he tallied in 39 games last season.
Davidsson earned the secondary helper on Djurgarden's first goal in a 3-2 loss to Malmo last Thursday, winning a loose puck and cycling to his older brother Jonathan before setting a well-timed screen on a shot from the point:
He buried a carom off the end boards in a 6-1 win over Frolunda on Saturday:
Then he tipped a goal on the power play during a 5-4 win over Timra this Thursday:
Davidsson, 20, has averaged 15:46 of ice time during his third SHL season, up from 12:49 in 2017-18.
Weissbach gets back on the board
Linus Weissbach (2017, seventh round) tallied three points (1+2) in Wisconsin's two-game series against Minnesota last weekend, including his first goal since Oct. 27 in the Badgers' 4-3 win on Saturday.
The sophomore forward now has 14 points (3+11) in 14 contests this season. He missed 10 games in November and December due to an injury.
The Beanpot begins Monday
The Sabres will be well-represented at the annual tournament between four of Boston's Division I men's hockey programs, which begins Monday at TD Garden.
Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round), Casey Fitzgerald (2016, third round) and Boston College will play Harvard at 5 p.m. Brown scored in a 4-4 tie with UMass Lowell on Saturday, giving him five goals in his last six contests.
Maxwell Willman (2014, fifth round) and Boston University play Northeastern at 8 p.m., with the winners of the two semifinal games set to meet for the championship the following Monday, Feb. 11. Northeastern is the reigning tournament champion.
|Skater ||Position ||Team (League) ||GP ||G ||A ||PTS |
|Christopher Brown ||F ||Boston College (NCAA) ||23 ||7 ||4 ||11 |
|Jacob Bryson ||D ||Providence (NCAA) ||26 ||4 ||16 ||20 |
|Ivan Chukarov ||D ||Massachusetts (NCAA) ||22 ||1 ||2 ||3 |
|Marcus Davidsson ||F ||Djuragardens (SHL) ||38 ||6 ||13 ||19 |
|Casey Fitzgerald ||D ||Boston College (NCAA) ||23 ||0 ||8 ||8 |
|Vasily Glotov ||F ||Cincinnati (ECHL) ||38 ||7 ||18 ||25 |
|Miska Kukkonen ||D ||Tappara U20 (Mestis) ||29 ||2 ||6 ||8 |
|Oskari Laaksonen ||D ||Ilves (Liiga) ||35 ||3 ||15 ||18 |
|Linus Lindstrand Cronholm ||D ||IK Pantern (Allsvenskan) ||30 ||2 ||7 ||9 |
|Brett Murray ||F ||Youngstown (USHL) ||37 ||21 ||27 ||48 |
|Philip Nyberg ||D ||UConn (NCAA) ||25 ||0 ||2 ||2 |
|Matej Pekar ||F ||Barrie (OHL) ||33 ||14 ||22 ||36 |
|Mattias Samuelsson ||D ||Western Michigan (NCAA) ||22 ||4 ||5 ||9 |
|Linus Weissbach ||F ||Wisconsin (NCAA) ||14 ||3 ||11 ||14 |
|Maxwell Willman ||F ||Boston University (NCAA) ||23 ||1 ||4 ||5 |
|William Worge Kreu ||D ||Linkoping J20 (SuperElit) ||14 ||0 ||1 ||1 |
|Goaltender ||Team (League) ||GP ||W ||L ||OTL ||SOL ||GAA ||SV% ||SO |
|Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen ||Sudbury (OHL) ||34 ||25 ||7 ||1 ||1 ||2.44 ||.921 ||5 |