The Subway Super Series is underway and Team Russia got the ball rolling with a big 6-2 victory over the QMJHL All-Stars. Russian goaltender Andrei Vasilevski
turned aside 31 shots while Mikhail Grigorenko
and Nail Yakupov
each got a goal and an assist for the victors.
The QMJHL will attempt to rebound on Wednesday, but in the meantime, here are some of the players who have been shining recently in the Canadian Hockey Leagues:
Josh Currie (Prince Edward Island Rocket) – Currie has an incredible seven points in his last two games, giving him 18 goals and a league-leading 36 points in 18 QMJHL games. He’s only been held off the scoresheet three times this season. The five-foot-11 center is well on his way to shattering his previous career high of 46 points in 68 games. Along with Ben Duffy, Currie has helped PEI post a 11-6-1-1 record with one of the best offenses in the league.
Etienne Marcoux (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) – Marcoux has allowed just four goals in his last three starts and now has a 2.09 GAA and .924 save percentage in 10 games. He has a 6-3-0-1 record so far this season and his team currently has a 13-5-0-2 record overall. Marcoux is trying to build off of his 2011-12 campaign, when he had a 2.71 GAA and .912 save percentage in 43 games. He was also in net during the first game of the Subway Super Series. The fact that he was selected to represent the QMJHL is a reflection of how good he’s been so far, but as we previously mentioned, that game did not go well for his team.
(DAL – Niagara IceDogs) – Ritchie was selected as the OHL player of the week after scoring 10 goals and 13 points in just three games. In order to achieve those stunning numbers, Ritchie had to score four goals on Saturday and then another five on Sunday. He’s just the second IceDogs player to ever score five times in a single game and he’s the first player in franchise history to record back-to-back hat tricks. Ritchie hasn’t traditionally been a prolific goal scorer, but after his breakout week, he has 14 goals and 29 points in 19 OHL games.
(NYI – Niagara IceDogs) – Ritchie wasn’t the only IceDogs’ player to have a big week. Strome had three goals and 12 points over the same three games. Strome and Ritchie were involved on many of the same goals and Strome was credited with assists on four of Ritchie’s five goals on Sunday. After that outburst, Strome leads the OHL with 33 points in 19 contests. Meanwhile, their IceDogs are tied for first place in the Central Division with a 12-6-1-0 record. Strome was taken by the New York Islanders with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Justin Feser (Tri-City Americans) – Feser scored five goals and registered three assists in three games en route to being named the WHL Player of the Week. That ends a bit of a slow patch for Feser in which he recorded a goal and three points over seven contests. Feser is looking to build off his 2011-12 campaign, when he scored 37 goals and 83 points in 72 contests. His Tri-City Americans lead the US Division with a 12-6-1-1 record. However they are just one point ahead of the Portland Winterhawks, despite having played in four fewer games.
Eric Williams (Spokane Chiefs) – Williams excelled last week with a 2-1-0-0 record, 1.42 GAA, and .949 save percentage in three games. Overall, he has a 2.77 GAA and .901 save percentage in 15 WHL games, but he’s already recorded 10 wins. The Spokane Chiefs have a 12-6-0-0 record and Williams has been getting the lion’s share of their starts so far. He also had a 2.22 GAA and .926 save percentage in 12 playoff games last season, but his 2011-12 regular season numbers aren’t nearly as pretty. He has a 3.60 GAA and .890 save percentage in 101 career WHL contests.