On Saturday, JC Lipon
scored two goals to become the first player in the Canadian Hockey League this season to reach the 50-point mark. He’s already set a new career high with 21 goals and it shouldn’t be too much longer before he surpasses his 2011-12 mark of 65 points in 69 games. Clearly he’s having one of the best seasons of any CHL player, but there were some players who had even more impressive performances this week, including the entries below.
(STL - Owen Sound Attack) – Binnington has taken a significant steps forward since he was taken with the 88th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Binnington was recently selected as the OHL Player of the Week after posting a 1.34 GAA and .956 save percentage in three games. Overall, he’s earned a commanding 13-3-1-2 record, thanks to his 2.18 GAA and .932 save percentage in 19 contests this season. His efforts have helped the Owen Sound Attack secure a slim lead over the London Knights in the fiercely contested Midwest Division.
(BOS – London Knights) – One of the main reasons the Knights are staying close to the Owen Sound Attack is Griffith’s dominating play so far this season. He put up impressive numbers over the first month and a half of the season, but he’s taken things to another level lately with seven goals and 22 points in his last 10 games. That puts him up to 40 points overall, which is good for second place in the OHL. Griffith was taken by the Boston Bruins in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft after he scored 45 goals and 85 points in 68 contests last season.
(MIN - Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – Bussieres was on fire last week with four goals and 10 points in just three games. After a comparatively sluggish start to the season, Bussieres now has an impressive 13 goals and 19 assists in 23 QMJHL contests. At this rate he’ll easily surpass his previous career highs of 21 goals and 44 points set last campaign. Drakkar has a 16-4-1-2 record this season, which puts them one point ahead of the Quebec Remparts in the battle for the East Division title. However, the Remparts have participated in one less game so far.
Peter Trainor (Rimouski Oceanic) – Trainor netted five goals and registered three assists in four QMJHL contests last week. He opposed Bussieres on Sunday in a game where both of them played critical roles. Baie-Comeau was down 5-3 in the third period when Bussieres contributed a goal and an assist to help force overtime and extend Baie-Comeau’s streak of being undefeated in regulation time to 15 games. Trainor responded by scoring a power-play goal in overtime and completing his hat trick to give Rimouski the win. Trainor has 15 goals and 35 points in 25 games this season. Rimouski ranks third in the East Division with a 13-8-1-3 record.
Colin Smith (COL - Kamloops Blazers) – Smith was selected as the WHL Player of the Week after recording a goal and seven points in just two games. Smith and Lipon have been playing on the same line and the two rank second and first in the WHL’s scoring race, respectively. Smith has 16 goals and 33 assists in 25 games, which is good enough to give him a comfortable cushion over Curtis Valk and Nicolas Petan, who are tied for third place with 37 points. Smith and Lipon’s efforts have helped lead the Blazers to a BC Division-leading 19-5-0-1 record.
Mackenzie Skapski (Kootenay Ice) – Skapski hasn’t exactly put up stunning numbers this season. He has a 3.04 GAA and .887 save percentage in 17 WHL games and he didn’t do any better last season. Still, he’s been great lately, posting shutouts in two of his last three starts. After a rough start to the season, he has a 2.07 GAA and .930 save percentage in six November contests. He’s helped Kootenay win lately, but that hasn’t been enough to help them claw their way out of the considerable hole they’re in. Kootenay is in dead last in the Central Division with a 7-12-1 record.
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