With action heating up in the college and junior ranks, a pair of former teammates with the U.S. National Team Development Program scored their first-ever collegiate goals over the weekend.
Freshman centerman J.T. Compher (2013, second round) struck for his first two goals as fifth-ranked Michigan earned a non-conference split with Nebraska-Omaha. The Illinois product pounced on a power play rebound in Friday’s 3-2 loss. On Saturday, Compher raced in on a short-handed breakaway and buried a forehand as the Wolverines earned a 4-3 victory over the Mavericks. Compher has gathered eight points (2+6) in 10 contests while manning the right point on the Wolverines’ top power play unit.
WATCH: COMPHER'S FIRST
West Seneca, NY native Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) notched his first collegiate goal and added an assist Saturday as Harvard downed Princeton 5-3. Malone, who produced a helper and five shots on goal the night before in a 3-2 loss to Quinnipiac, has five points (1+4) through his first eight games with the Crimson. The speedy pivot is making an immediate impact early as top-line player in Cambridge.
WATCH: MALONE LIGHTS THE LAMP
Sudbury Wolves right winger Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) was named the game’s number one star Sunday after netting two goals and an assist as Sudbury edged Niagara 4-3 in overtime. Baptiste, who rounded out his busy effort with checking from behind and checking to the head minor penalties, enters late November tied for 15th among league skaters with 30 points (17+13) in 23 games played.
WATCH: BAPTISTE SCORES TWICE
Saginaw captain Eric Locke (2013, seventh round) connected for his eighth goal of the year Friday as the Spirit was defeated at Sarnia 5-3. Locke, who left the game early after going hard into the boards, missed Saturday’s win over Mississauga with an apparent upper body injury. Locke had his arm in a sling and could be out for an extended period, potentially forcing the Spirit to enter the trade market to secure some scoring punch.
WATCH: LOCKE VS. SARNIA
Justin Kea (2012, third round) did not score in Saginaw’s two games. The grinding power forward has collected 21 points (9+12) in 22 appearances this season, good for third in team scoring.
On Thursday, Brady Austin (2012, seventh round) tied a career high with three assists as London handled Ottawa 5-3. The 20-year old defender is currently tied for ninth in the league with a team-best plus-16 rating, along with 12 points (3+9) in 22 games.
Justin Bailey (2013, second round) was held off the scoresheet as Kitchener won twice in three tries. At the 20-game mark, Bailey has amassed six goals, 13 points, and a minus-seven rating for the Rangers, who despite the week’s results find themselves dead last in the Western Conference.
Logan Nelson (2012, fifth round) buried a shot from the side of the net in overtime Friday as Victoria got past Seattle 2-1. The tally gives Nelson 10 goals on the year, including five game winners, and a team-leading 22 points through 24 contests.
WATCH: NELSON WORKS OVERTIME
On Saturday, Wisconsin defenseman Jake McCabe (2012, second round) lit the lamp on the power play as the 12th-ranked Badgers held on for a 3-2 triumph over No. 8 Miami. McCabe, who was a minus-one the night before in a 2-0 loss to the RedHawks, leads Wisconsin rearguards with eight points (3+5) heading into their B1G series with Minnesota beginning Nov.29.
Wisconsin forward Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) contributed three shots on net while manning his usual spot on the grind line. The third-year man has one goal and a plus-two rating after non-conference contests.
Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) recorded a combined five shots on goal as Providence swept their road set at Vermont with 3-2 and 2-0 victories. The true freshman is getting big minutes for the third-ranked Friars, posting two goals and seven points while leading all blueliners with a plus-10 rating through 10 outings.
Florentino’s Providence teammate, Mark Adams (2009, fifth round), did not dress in either of the victories. The senior defenseman has one goal in three appearances this season.
Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) was scratched on Friday and recorded one shot on goal in fourth-line minutes the following night as top-ranked Minnesota cruised to a pair of victories over Minnesota State. Isackson has recorded just one assist this season in limited duty.
Waterloo goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) posted back-to-back 28-save performances as the Black Hawks earned a pair of wins over Sioux Falls and Omaha. The Iowa native has been victorious in seven consecutive starts, pushing his record to 8-1 with a 2.31 GAA and .926 save%.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) scored into an empty net Saturday as Cedar Rapids downed Dubuque 4-1. Peterson, who is committed to St. Cloud State for the 2014-15, is currently tied with Buffalo Jr. Sabres product Andrew Poturalski for the team lead with eight goals through 14 games.
Connor Hurley (2013, second round) recorded an assist Friday to extend his point streak to four games as Muskegon was dealt a 5-3 loss at Youngstown. The Notre Dame commit was blanked on Saturday as the Lumberjacks took a 4-3 win in a rematch with the Phantoms.
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Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) missed the week’s three games while recovering from a knee injury. The 19-year old sniper continues to lead all MODO skaters with eight goals and 13 points despite missing four of the club’s 22 games to date.
Goaltender Linus Ullmark (2012, sixth round) made 21 saves Saturday but received zero goal support as MODO was blanked by Skelleftea 3-0. MODO has employed a two-game goalie rotation (in for two, out for two) all season long, so it’s reasonable to think that Ullmark, who has been rock solid with a 1.80 GAA and league-best .942 save%, gets the nod Wednesday when his club visits the Vaxjo Lakers.
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