Justin Bailey (2013, second round) got his Ontario Hockey League season off on the right foot Friday, scoring a gorgeous shorthanded goal and adding the only score in the shootout to thrust the Kitchener Rangers to a 4-3 victory over Owen Sound.
Bailey was dominant virtually every shift before tilting the game’s momentum with his first goal of the year late in the middle frame. With the Rangers on the penalty kill, Bailey gathered a loose puck just inside the Kitchener blue line and used an explosive separation gear to take it all the way down the ice for the pretty finish. The shorthanded tally was the first of Bailey’s 122-game OHL career, including the playoffs.
WATCH: BAILEY'S SHORTHANDED TALLY
Elsewhere in Friday OHL action, Brendan Lemieux (2014, second round) failed to record a point but was a notable force as Barrie skated past North Bay 5-4 in overtime. A 27-goal scorer last season, Lemieux applied regular puck pressure, was chatty after the whistle and drew a key penalty as the Colts rode a hat trick from Sabres training camp invitee Joseph Blandisi to their first victory of the year.
Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) notched a pair of assists Thursday as Gatineau got past Cape Breton 5-4 in overtime. The Czech standout then logged a minus-two rating and missed on his shootout attempt in the Olympiques’ 3-2 loss to Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday, but got back on the scoresheet with a helper the following day in a 7-2 victory at Val-d’Or.
Brycen Martin (2014, third round) recorded one assist Friday as Swift Current was bested by Edmonton 5-1. The third-year defenseman finished with a minus-one rating Saturday in the Broncos’ 5-2 home ice loss to Brandon. Martin has two points (0+2) in three regular season games since returning from his first NHL training camp.
Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) made his season debut Saturday, notching two shots on goal in Green Bay’s 8-2 opening night loss to Chicago. Also of note in this game was the USHL debut of defenseman Dennis Gilbert (Williamsville, NY), who recorded three shots on goal for Chicago. The Gamblers will look to correct some mistakes when the two clubs meet again Saturday in Green Bay.
Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) netted the game winning goal Saturday to help MODO to a 5-3 triumph over Leksands IF. The power-play marker, Olofsson’s third of the season and second game winner, gives the 19-year old sniper four points through MODO’s first six games of the season. The production has come while averaging just six minutes of ice time per outing.
WATCH: OLOFSSON'S GWG
Skating on MODO’s top forward line, Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) picked up an assist in each of the week’s two games. The instinctive winger has collected four points (1+3) in his last four games after opening the year with two quiet efforts.
MODO goaltender Linus Ullmark posted a pair of 25-save outings last week en route to earning one victory and one defeat. The reigning Honken Trophy winner is 1-3 through his first four starts with a 4.04 GAA and .856 save%.
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