Dan Catenacci (2011, third round) put the Owen Sound Attack on his back Saturday, scoring his second career hat trick and adding a pair of assists to lead his club to its fifth-straight victory with a 6-2 win over Saginaw. The five-point night -- Catenacci's second of the season and third of his OHL career -- elevates his team-leading totals to 34 goals and 72 points through 59 games.
Catenacci got his production going in the game's seventh minute when he blazed in from the neutral zone while shorthanded and split a pair of defenders to give the Attack a 1-0 lead. The individual effort marked the third time in a 15-day span that Catenacci pounced while on the penalty kill.
The Attack, who have already clinched a playoff berth, currently occupy the third overall position in the Western Conference with nine dates left on the regular-season schedule.
Andrey Makarov made 31 saves Saturday to earn his 15th straight victory as Saskatoon blew past Moose Jaw, 7-1. Makarov has been impressive throughout the streak, allowing one goal or fewer 10 times while stopping 95 percent of the shots sent his way. Leading the league with 31 wins, Makarov enters the stretch run with a 2.46 goals against average (5th in league) and .923 save percentage (4th). The East Division-leading Blades will look to extend their franchise-record streak Tuesday with a tough test at Red Deer.
Colin Jacobs (2011, fourth round) picked up an assist Saturday as Prince George was dumped by Portland, 6-1. Jacobs finishes the week with a team-leading 22 goals and 44 points, equaling his previous bests posted in 2010-11 as a member of the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) recorded one assist as Victoria dropped both ends of a weekend set with Kelowna. The helper gives Nelson 32 points (8+24) in 39 games for the Royals, who have gone winless in their last six.
Belleville defenseman Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) notched the game-winning goal plus an assist Sunday as the Bulls extended their winning streak to nine with a 6-3 win over Ottawa. The multi-point effort gives Austin 19 points (5+14) and a plus-13 rating through 55 regular season contests.
Justin Kea (2012, third round) scored a goal and an assist Friday as Saginaw doubled Kitchener, 6-3. The hard-working centerman, whose effort was rewarded with the game’s number three star, has collected 21 goals and 45 points through 59 games.
Barrie’s Alex Lepkowski (2011, fifth round) continued to be a steady physical presence Saturday as the Colts snapped a season-long four-game losing skid with a 2-0 win over Guelph. The tough stay-at-home defender has collected eight assists, 68 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating this season.
Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) recorded four shots on goal over the weekend as No. 2 Minnesota came away with a win and a tie versus Minnesota-Duluth. The Gophers, who earned three of four available points against the in-state rival, will close out the home portion of the WCHA regular season schedule next weekend when they host Denver.
In Sunday action, sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe (2012, second round) contributed an assist as Wisconsin blanked Penn State, 5-0. Badgers forward Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) did not play for a third consecutive game. The two clubs will complete the non-conference set Monday in Madison.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) sat out with an arm injury as Cedar Rapids split a pair of weekend contests. Peterson has gathered 10 goals and 24 points in 39 games this season for the fifth-place RoughRiders.
Joel Armia (2011, first round) scored a goal and three assists last week as Assat Pori earned three more victories to jump into fourth place in the SM-liiga standings. The 6-foot-3 winger, who has averaged 16:24 of work per outing, ranks fourth in team scoring with 16 goals and 29 points with six games left to play. The surging Aces take a 10-game winning streak into Tuesday’s tilt with KalPa.
In Sweden, goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) served as the backup as MODO suffered back-to-back shutout losses to Linkopings HC and Farjestads BK. MODO resumes the SEL schedule Tuesday versus Rogle BK.
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