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For the first time since 1998, Finland won the World Juniors. Chicago Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen played a huge role in by scoring two goals and a tournament-leading 15 points in seven games. He also had a plus-11 rating. Finnish forward Saku Maenalanen wasn’t far behind him with seven goals and 11 points in seven matches. The Nashville Predators took Maenalanen with the 125th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Team Sweden got the silver medal and goaltender Oscar Dansk led them that far by posting a 1.79 GAA and .929 save percentage in six games. Dansk, who was taken by Columbus with the 31st overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has a 2.17 GAA and .919 save percentage in 21 OHL contests this season. Canada didn’t win a medal for the second straight season, but Anthony Mantha was still exceptional with five goals and 11 points in seven games. The Detroit Red Wings prospect has 35 goals and 73 points in 32 contests with the QMJHL Val d'Or Foreurs.
Ontario Hockey League
Franky Palazzese earned three straight victories last week, allowing just one goal over that stretch. He won the OHL Player of the Week award and now has a 3.05 GAA and .915 save percentage in 34 games this season. Sam Bennett had a goal and two assists on Sunday to push his point streak to a remarkable 22 games. He now has 24 goals, 61 points, and 79 penalty minutes in 38 games this season. Erie Otters forward Dane Fox found the back of the net five times last week, bringing him up to 46 goals in 40 games. That’s more than he recorded in his previous two seasons combined. Matt Rupert scored six goals and nine points in just three contests last week. The 19-year-old forward has 30 points and 42 penalty minutes in 24 matches with the London Knights.
Western Hockey League
Mike Aviani has recorded at least a point in seven of his last eight contests. He is well on his way to surpassing his previous career high of 68 points with 29 goals and 28 assists in 40 games in 2013-14. Myles Bell scored five goals and 10 points in four contests en route to being named the CHL Player of the Week. The New Jersey Devils prospect has 23 goals and 43 points in 37 games with the Kelowna Rockets. Nikita Scherbak leads all rookies with 22 goals and 54 points in 43 games. The 18-year-old Russian-born forward saw his three-game point streak end on Tuesday. Speaking of streaks coming to an end, Conner Bleackley was held off the scoresheet on Tuesday for the first time since November 13th. He has 19 goals and 49 points in 41 matches with the Red Deer Rebels.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Storm Phaneuf earned the QMJHL’s first star of the week after stopping 83 of 87 shots in two starts. He has a 3.29 GAA and .901 save percentage in 19 games with the Shawinigan Cataractes this season. Ryan Culkin scored two goals and recorded two assists in two contests last week. Culkin, who was taken in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by Calgary, has five goals and 36 points in 38 games. Victoriaville Tigres netminder Brandon Whitney earned a 45-save shutout on Saturday. The Chicago Blackhawks prospect has a 3.23 GAA and .907 save percentage in 35 matches. Marcus Power had a goal and three assists on Sunday to extend his point streak to five games. He ranks second in the QMJHL with 61 points in 39 contests.
American Hockey League
Emerson Etem has found the back of the net in four straight contests and is on a seven-game point streak. He has 10 goals and 23 points in 14 games with the Norfolk Admirals this season. He started the season with the Anaheim Ducks and had 10 points in 26 matches. Etem’s Norfolk teammate, Rickard Rakell has only been held off the scoresheet in one of his last 13 games. He has 10 goals and 26 points in 29 contests. Curtis McKenzie has contributed six assists in his last four games, bringing him up to 11 goals and 31 points in 35 games with the Texas Stars. The 22-year-old was taken in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by Dallas.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Matthew Peca found the back of the net during Quinnipiac’s 2-2 tie against Harvard on Tuesday. After getting 30 points in 39 games last season, Peca has five goals and nine assists in 23 contests in 2013-14. Peca’s teammate and Edmonton Oilers prospect Kellen Jones provided the other goal for Quinnipiac. Jones now has 12 goals and 27 points in 23 contests this season. Playing in his senior season, Greg Carey has been dominant with St. Lawrence University. The undrafted 23-year-old forward has 14 goals and 37 points in 20 contests. Braden Pimm scored twice on Tuesday in Northeastern’s 2-1 victory over Providence. The 24-year-old forward has matched his NCAA career-high with 22 points in 21 games.