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NA3HL, Pittsburgh Vengeance, teaming up to support Kevin Kenny

11/21/2013, 6:00pm EST
By Tom Robinson - Special to USAHockey.com

The North American 3 Hockey League is working together in support of Kevin Kenny, a Pittsburgh Vengeance player who suffered a severe spinal cord injury eight minutes into Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Junior Lumberjacks.

Kenny underwent two surgeries at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian. The Vengeance, with support from the NA3HL, are in the process of establishing the Kevin Kenny Fund for Kevin and his family.

Kenny’s No. 7 is being worn on a sticker on the helmets of players from the Vengeance and other teams around the league. Support has flowed in through Twitter at #prayersforKenny, #prayforKevin and #7KennyStrong.

For more information, see http://www.na3hl.com/news/story.cfm?id=9829.

STREAKING ALONG: After an 0-2 start, the Marquette Royales have won 23 straight Minnesota Junior Hockey League games to take control of the Great Lakes Division.

In keeping their streak alive, the Royales swept a three-game weekend series against the Tri-City Icehawks, who had won five of six coming into the series. Marquette won 7-3 on Friday and 6-3 on Saturday before rallying for a 7-6 shootout victory Sunday.

Marquette’s Dallas McLaughlin had eight goals and four assists in the weekend sweep while Lane King had two goals and 10 assists.

SCORING LEADER: Jimmy Tich is leading the American West Hockey League in scoring despite his Yellowstone Quake struggling to a 4-10-3 record. Tich has 19 goals and 17 assists in 16 games. He has goals in the last four games, giving him six goals and three assists in four games.

FRESH START: The Indiana Ice trailed the visiting Sioux City Musketeers 3-0 Friday when their United States Hockey League game was suspended in the third period because a broken piece of rink glass could not be repaired.

When the game resumed, the Ice scored four times, including three goals in a span of 2:24, to pull out a 4-3 victory.

Scott Conway scored two goals. Denis Smirnov tied the game with 48 seconds left with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker, and Tyler Andrew scored the game-winner with 20 seconds left.

The Cedar Rapids Rough Riders and Dubuque Fighting Saints completed a game that had been suspended a month earlier because of an injury. Dubuque scored twice to erase a 2-0 deficit, but Cedar Rapids pulled out a 3-2 shootout win when Carlos Fornaris scored and Danny Tirone stopped all three Dubuque attempts.

STREAKING: Jake Randolph, Greg Hough and Tyler Vesel have all scored in the last seven Omaha Lancers games, combining for 38 points during that stretch.

Randolph, the USHL scoring leader, has scored in 11 straight games, compiling six goals and 16 assists in that time. Randolph, Hough and Vesel are 1-2-3 in the league in scoring and are tied for the league lead at plus-20.

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS: Cole Bruns, Omaha’s record-setting goalie, was among several players who recently made college commitments. Bruns committed to play at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The 19-year-old from Prairie Grove, Ill. opened the season with five straight shutouts in a record 309:41 unscored upon streak. Bruns added his sixth shutout in 13 starts this season Friday with 29 saves in a 3-0 win over the Chicago Steel. Bruns leads the USHL in shutouts, wins (9), goals-against average (1.77), and save percentage (.934).

Youngstown Phantoms defenseman Tommy Parran will play at Brown University. Parran, an 18-year-old from Shaker Heights, Ohio, has one assist in 16 USHL games.

Janesville Jets forward Michael Louria has committed to UMass-Lowell. The 19-year-old from Wexford, Pa. ranks 10th in the North American Hockey League with 22 points in 20 games.

Gabe Grunwald, a goalie with the Eastern Hockey League’s New York Bobcats, is headed to the University of Wisconsin. The 20-year-old from Chappaqua, N.Y. is 3-1-1 with a 1.60 GAA and .946 save percentage since Sept. 28.

Goalie Brendan Leahy of the PAL Junior Islanders in the United States Premier Hockey League is headed to Providence College. Unlike the others, who have committed for future seasons, Leahy will join Providence in December.

ONE-TIMERS: Connor McDonald, Nathan Kwiecinski and Brady Jones all scored their first USHL goal in the same game to lead the Chicago Steel to a 5-1 win over the Lincoln Stars on Nov. 14. … Jim Hulton, a former assistant with the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers, has replaced Josh Hauge as head coach of the USHL’s Tri-City Storm. … Matt Seidel of the Port Huron Fighting Falcons had four goals and two assists for the highest-scoring game by an NAHL player this year during a 10-4 win over the Janesville Jets on Saturday. … The last-place Brookings Blizzard took advantage of 14 power plays and scored four special teams goals to defeat the first-place Austin Bruins in a meeting of NAHL Central Division teams Friday. … Evan Morelli is the Eastern League’s last unbeaten goalie at 8-0, helping the Northern Cyclones take over first place. … Andrew Scofield has 23 points and is plus-19 in 14 games for the Peoria Mustangs, who have won nine straight NA3HL games.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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