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Mattinen scored? Saginaw beat London? What?

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We’re in the final month of the prospect season and everyone is looking to get settled into their positions on their teams.

Well, almost everyone. Nikita Korostelev is doing well with the Peterborough Petes, Dominic Toninato is playing well in his final year with UMD, and J.J. Piccinich is taking advantage of a larger role with the London Knights.

But not all is as it seems.

Last week things got a bit out of whack. No, Maine didn’t win a game, this isn’t fantasyland, but the Keaton Middleton and the Saginaw Spirit did beat the London Knights. Yes, the bottom of the OHL’s Western Conference took out one of the Memorial Cup contenders, in good fashion too beating them 4-1. The Spirit are now four points out of the final playoff spot in the OHL West, although if the OHL seeded 1-16 like I keep saying they should, the Spirit would easily make the playoffs.

Speaking of the Knights, the bottom of the pile defender Nicolas Mattinen scored his first goal of the season!

Also in what’s going weird is Jeremy Bracco. When he was with the Kitchener Rangers, he was a one man show over there, but since joining the Windsor Spitfires, he’s playing under a point per game (11 in 13), scoring only three goals, and not making as big an impact on the score sheet as he did earlier in the season.

Partially this is because Windsor isn’t leaning as heavily on him as they had to, but a month after acquiring him at a hefty cost, I’m sure the Spitfires, would like a little more. The adjustment period needs to end soon.


Ontario Hockey League

JJ Piccinich (F) / Nicolas Mattinen (D)
1G, 1A, +1 / 1G, 1A, +4
London Knights - 34-9-3-4

February 1st: vs Kitchener Rangers
W 6-1 - 0G, 1A, +1 / 1G, 0A, +3
February 3rd: vs Owen Sound Attack
W 4-0 - 1G, 0A / 0G, 1A, +1
February 4th: @ Saginaw Spirit
L 4-1 - No Points / No Points


Stephen Desrocher (D) - 1G, 1A
Kingston Frontenacs - 13-19-5-3

February 2nd: @ Barrie Colts
W 4-3 - 1G, 1A
February 3rd: vs Oshawa Generals
L 5-0 - No Points
February 5th: vs Erie Otters
L 6-1 - No Points


Jeremy Bracco (F) - 1G, 1A, -2
Windsor Spitfires - 32-12-5-2

February 2nd: vs Saginaw Spirit
W 4-0 - No Points
February 3rd: @ Kitchener Rangers
W 6-2 - 1G, 1A
February 4th: @ Owen Sound Attack
L 4-1 - 0G, 0A, -2


Nikita Korostelev (F) - 2G, 1A, +1
Peterborough Petes - 29-16-2-3

February 2nd: vs Erie Otters
L 5-4 - 0G, 0A, -1
February 3rd: @ Niagara IceDogs
W 3-2 - 1G, 0A, +1
February 4th: vs Oshawa Generals
L 3-2 OT - 1G, 1A, +1


Keaton Middleton (D) - 0G, 0A, +2
Saginaw Spirit - 20-23-6-2

February 1st: vs Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
L 5-2 - 0G, 0A, +2
February 2nd: @ Windsor Spirfires
L 4-0 - No Points
February 4th: vs London Knights
W 4-1 - No Points


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Martins Dzierkals (F) - 1G, 1A
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies - 32-13-1-5

February 2nd: @ Chicoutimi Sagueens
L 6-2 - 0G, 0A, -2
February 3rd: @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar
W 5-2 - No Points
February 4th: @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar
W 4-1 - 1G, 1A, +2


Western Hockey League

Adam Brooks (F)
Regina Pats

January 30th: @ Saskatoon Blades
W 2-1 - 1G, 1A
February 1st: vs Moose Jaw Warriors
W 4-3 - 0G, 0A, -1
February 3rd: @ Saskatoon Blades
W 5-3 - 0G, 2A, +1
February 4th: vs Edmonton Oil Kings
W 7-1 - 1G, 0A


Jack Walker (F) / Vladimir Bobylyov (F)
1G, 1A, +2 / 0G, 1A
Victoria Royals - 30-20-4-0

February 4th: vs Calgary Hitmen
W 4-1 - 1G, 1A, +2 / 0G, 1A


NCAA

Joseph Woll (G) - 22sv, 26sh, 0.846sv%
Boston College Eagles
Overall: 18-10-2 / Conference: 13-3-1

February 3rd: @ New Hampshire
W 6-4 - 22sv, 26sh, 0.846sv%


JD Greenway (D) - 0G, 0A, -1
Wisconsin Badgers - 15-8-1-0

February 3rd: @ Michigan State
W 6-3 - 0G, 0A, -1
February 4th: @ Michigan State
W 4-3 - No Points


Dominic Toninato (F) - 2G, 2A, +3

U-Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
Overall: 18-5-5 / Conference: 12-4-2

February 3rd: vs Nebraska-Omaha
T 2-2 - 2G, 0A, +1
February 4th: vs Nebraska-Omaha
W 5-0 - 0G, 2A, +2


Dakota Joshua (F) - 2G, 0A, -4
Ohio State Buckeyes
Overall: 13-7-6 / Conference: 4-5-1

February 3rd: @ Michigan
L 5-4 - 1G, 0A, -3
February 4th: @ Michigan
W 6-5 - 1G, 0A, -1


Nolan Vesey (F) - 0G, 1A, -2
Maine Black Bears
Overall: 10-15-3 / Conference: 4-11-1

February 3rd: @ Providence
L 3-2 - 0G, 0A, -2
February 4th: @ Providence
L 5-3 - 0G, 1A


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Player League Points Games PPG NHLe
Player League Points Games PPG NHLe
Adam Brooks WHL 84 40 2.10 46.49
Jeremy Bracco OHL 62 40 1.55 40.67
Nikita Korostelev OHL 55 45 1.22 32.07
Dakota Joshua Big 10 21 20 1.05 30.14
JJ Piccinich OHL 55 48 1.15 30.07
Martins Dzierkals QMJHL 33 30 1.10 23.45
Jack Walker WHL 55 52 1.06 23.42
Vladimir Bobylev WHL 21 21 1.00 22.14
Nolan Vesey Hockey East 18 29 0.62 18.83
Stephen Desrocher OHL 34 48 0.71 18.59
Dominic Toninato NCHC 15 28 0.54 18.01
Keaton Middleton OHL 13 47 0.28 7.26
JD Greenway Big 10 4 23 0.17 4.99
Nicolas Mattinen OHL 6 48 0.13 3.28