Mikhail Grigorenko (2012, first round) made his QMJHL season debut Friday, posting a goal and three assists to fuel Quebec to a 9-4 win over Chicoutimi. Grigorenko’s lone goal of the night came late in the second period when he cashed in a power play wrist shot to give the Remparts a 7-1 lead. All three of Grigorenko’s helpers came on goals by 2013 draft eligible Anthony Duclair.
Grigorenko added two more assists Sunday in the Remparts’ 5-0 blanking of Baie-Comeau. Just as encouraging as the six-point weekend was Grigorenko’s 57 percent success rate at the faceoff circle. Quebec is off until Saturday when they visit Sherbrooke.
In WHL action, Colin Jacobs (2011, fourth round) pushed off with two goals and three assists Saturday to lead Prince George to a 6-0 pasting of Everett. The five-point effort marked a career best for Jacobs, who a season ago missed the first 26 games while recovering from injury. The total was also the highest single-game output for a Sabres prospect since Kevin Sundher’s one-goal, four-assist performance last October.
In Sunday’s rematch, Jacobs followed-up with an assist and a shootout marker as the Cougars edged the Silvertips 7-6. With six points through two games, Jacobs enters the week as the league’s second-leading scorer.
Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) garnered two assists over the weekend as Victoria began regular season play with a home-and-home sweep of Vancouver. Nelson, who went without a point in Friday’s opener, capitalized on a turnover in his own zone and streaked down the left side to set-up Saturday’s game-winning goal.
Andrey Makarov sparkled with 40 saves to earn the game’s number one star as Saskatoon battled to a 2- 1 shootout win over Prince Albert. The clubs completed the home-and-home series Saturday with Makarov stopping 25 of 30 shots in a 5-2 loss.
In the OHL, Daniel Catenacci (2011, third round) displayed his speed and vision en route to capturing four points as Owen Sound skated to a pair of victories. Catenacci scored off his own rebound, assisted on a power play goal, and earned a major penalty in a span of 5:26 in Thursday’s 6-1 win over Windsor. Catenacci collected another goal and an assist Saturday as the Attack defeated Saginaw 5-2.
Justin Kea (2012, third round) notched an assist as Saginaw kicked off the schedule with consecutive road losses. A key faceoff performer, Kea cleanly won a draw to create a Spirit goal in Friday’s 4-3 overtime loss at Guelph.
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Defenseman Alex Lepkowski (2011, fifth round) picked up a point and made his rugged presence known as Barrie started the year with one win and two defeats. On Sunday, Lepkowski was credited with a power play assist in a 3-2 loss at Mississauga.
Belleville defenseman Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) got on the scoresheet Friday with an assist on an empty-net goal as the Bulls defeated Sarnia 3-1.
At the USHL Fall Classic, forward Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) notched a goal and an assist as Cedar Rapids closed the preseason with three consecutive wins. Peterson and the RoughRiders begin the regular season Saturday at Green Bay.
In Europe, goaltending prospect Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) was loaned by MODO J20 to Mora IK of HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden’s second tier professional league. After serving as backup in a Wednesday loss, Ullmark came on in relief Saturday as Mora rallied to a 5-4 shootout victory over Djurgardens.
Joel Armia (2011, first round) continued his strong start to the season by scoring his third goal of the year Saturday as Assat downed HPK 4-1. In the opening minute of the second period, Armia finished off a two-on-one break with a wrist shot from the slot to tie the game 1-1. The Finnish sniper has five points (3+2) through four games heading into Tuesday’s tilt with HIFK.
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