Mon Mar 10 11:53am EDT
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Tim Bozon is hanging in, that's all one can say. (Taking Note)
Why isn't there an overage player of the year award? Medicine Hat's Curtis Valk would be a fine candidate for the Eastern Conference honour. (Medicine Hat News)
Every Mitch Holmberg goal sparks a trip down memory lane; the overage is the Spokane Chiefs' first 60-goal scorer since Valeri Bure. Will the other Chiefs start calling him D.J., and will anyone under 25 get that reference? (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
Portland polished off Vancouver in a first-round playoff preview. (The Oregonian)
Kelowna beat Tri-City by a touchdown on the weekend and, oh hey, they might meet in Round 1. (Kelowna Daily Courier)
For the third reason in a row, Tampa Bay Lightning first-rounder Slater Koekkoek has been shut down due to have shoulder surgery. (Windsor Star)
Oh, great: a 47-year-old man is facing assault charges after two referees during a girls' hockey game in Barrie were accosted. (The Barrie Examiner)
Mon Mar 10 12:27am EDT
No. 1 star: Shea Theodore, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Theodore (1G-1A, +1) helping Seattle shade Vancouver 4-3 in a shootout, snapping a three-game losing skid as it tries to hold on to home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. The Anaheim Ducks first-round pick scarcely left the ice, as he scored his club-record 21st of the season and also assisted on an Alexander Delnov goal in the second as Seattle built a two-goal lead.
The Giants scored two in the third to force overtime. In the shootout, the Giants were one save from winning when Theodore coolly beat goalie Payton Lee to extend the game. Seattle won two rounds later, as it stayed four points up on fifth-place Spokane with four games left. Theodore is also first in the defenceman scoring race with 74 points,
No. 2 star: Brent Moran, Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
The IceDogs goalie stopped 46-of-48 shots to help Niagara upset the Barrie Colts 5-2 and rejoin the playoff pack, vaulting into seventh in the Eastern Conference. The 17-year-old from Orléans, Ont., made 16 saves in the first period to stake the IceDogs to an early lead; he gave a goal to Brendan Lemieux in the opening minute of the second, but remained steadfast while the Colts collapsed and allowed four goals in fewer than seven minutes.
It was the fourth time this season that Moran has made at least 45 saves in a game. Niagara has won all four.
Sun Mar 09 10:56am EDT
It's heart-in-mouth time throughout junior hockey circles, as Saginaw Spirit centre Terry Trafford's whereabouts are unknown.
The 20-year-old Toronto native has not been seen for almost a week. According to a news release from the Spirit, he was last seen on Monday, March 3 at 9:30 a.m. The Saginaw News has since spoken with 21-year-old Skye Cieslak, who says she has dated Trafford since 2010.
"The Saginaw Spirit Franchise and the entire Great Lakes Bay Region are very concerned," said the release, issued on Sunday.
"We currently have no further comment until the professionals searching for him complete their work. The entire Spirit organization is very concerned for the young man and we hope and pray that he is safe and found soon."
At least one other OHL team and one former Spirit teammate, Gregg Sutch, are urging people to phone the Saginaw, Mich., police if there is any information on what is happening with Trafford.
If you've seen @SpiritHockey player Terry Trafford or his green '95 Sierra 1500 pickup, LIC. CJA 2235 pls contact Saginaw PD: 989-759-1229
— Peterborough Petes (@PetesOHLhockey) March 9, 2014
Keep my boy Terry Trafford in your prayers as he's been missing for days now. pic.twitter.com/PzPBC7kRO1
— Gregg Sutch (@Sutchy44) March 9, 2014
Sun Mar 09 08:32am EDT
No. 1 star: Sébastien Sylvestre, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Sylvestre scored the game-tying and game-winning goals as Rimouski came back in roaring fashion to defeat the QMJHL-leading Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5-4 in overtime on Saturday.
He scored to even the score at four with his 29th goal of the year at 18:50 of the third period, and then iced it with his 30th with one minute left in overtime. He added an assist in the first for a three-point night. The points give him 30 in 23 games since he was acquired in a mid-season trade with Chicoutimi.
Rimouski built a 2-0 lead halfway through the game, but Baie-Comeau stormed back to four unanswered in the next fifteen minutes, leading the way for the Oceanic to be heroes. Tyler Boland scored a goal on the powerplay to get Rimouski within one with just under five to play.
Peter Trainor scored the first two Rimouski goals and added two helpers in the win. Samuel Morin had the sole assist on the winner, as they improved to 43-15-3-4, just two points behind the league-leading Drakkar. Philippe Desrosiers made 37 saves for the win in net.
Dominic Poulin had two goal for the Drakkar in the loss. Philippe Cadorette made 30 stops. Baie-Comeau dropped to 45-16-2-3.
No. 2 star: #FreeJaedon Descheneau, Kootenay Ice (WHL)
The hashtag has earned title status Saturday as Descheneau had points in each Ice goal in their 3-1 win over the Regina Pats. He had primary assists on Jagger Dirk’s and Luke Philp’s goals before burying an empty netter himself to put the game out of reach.
Three points gives Descheneau 94 on the year, closing in on a century mark as the season winds down. The goal gave him 42.
Sam Reinhart had two assists, both goals Descheneau assisted on, as Kootenay rolls on without the services of Tim Bozon, the usual winger on their line. Bozon is now under a medically-assisted coma in Saskatoon as he continues to battle with meningitis.
The win was Kootenay’s 39th of the year, enough for fifth in the WHL’s Eastern Conference. They improve to 39-25-2-2. Regina dropped to 38-25-3-3.
No. 3 co-stars: Louick Marcotte, Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL) & Curtis Valk, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Both players had hat tricks and added assists in games where their teams scored five goals. They also both completed their hat tricks in empty nets. Marcotte scored the winning goal, while Valk merely assisted on it, but it was a shorthanded assist, so co-stars it is.
Marcotte’s hatty and assist came in Val-d’Or’s 5-2 win over the Gatineau Olympiques. He scored his first two goals nearly four minutes apart to put the Foreurs up for good. The win gave Val-d’Or a three point cushion over the Quebec Remparts for fifth in the QMJHL. Samuel Henley had three assists in the win.
Valk opened the scoring with his 42nd goal of the year in the first period, and then scored early in the second on the man advantage. He assisted Anthony Ast’s shorthanded marker for the winner, and added an empty-netter to seal the deal for the hatty. The Tigers defeated the Red Deer Rebels 5-3.
Notables: WHL-leading scorer Mitch Holmberg padded his stats with a hat trick and added an assist in Spokane’s 8-0 drubbing of Prince George. Mike Aviani had a goal and three assists, while Keanu Yamamoto chipped in with three helpers. … Brendan Gaunce had a goal and added three helpers as Erie beat Kitchener 7-3. Connor McDavid added a goal and two assists, and Dane Fox scored twice. … Oliver Bjorkstrand and Brendan Leipsic each notched goals and added an assist while Adin Hill made 28 saves in a rare start for Portland as they defeated Vancouver 4-1. … Samuel Hodhod, Ryan Tesink and Nikita Javpalovs each had a goal and an assist as Blainville-Boisbriand defeated Rouyn-Noranda 4-1. … Andrew D’Agostini steered aside all 30 shots he faced and Greg Betzold potted two goals in a three-point effort as Peterborough whitewashed Ottawa 7-0. … Jack Rodewald and Sam Fioretti each lit the lamp twice and crashed the Oil Kings party as Moose Jaw defeated Edmonton 4-1. It was the Oil Kings’ 500th game in the WHL. … Philippe Gadoury had two goals and Zach Fucale had a 12-save shutout as Halifax owned Saint John 4-0. … Coda Gordon had a goal and two assists and Julius Honka chipped in with three helpers as Swift Current beat Lethbridge 5-3. Jay Merkley and Graham Black each scored twice. … Kelowna went a perfect 4-for-4 on the man advantage, using that to their advantage as they throttled Tri-City 7-0. Eight players had two points, including Marek Tvrdon and Damon Severson. … Nicolas Roy scored the winner in the shoutout as Chicoutimi edged Shawinigan 2-1. Marvin Cüpper had 42 saves in the loss. … Josh Winquist scored twice and Austin Lotz made 31 saves as Everett defeated Seattle 5-2. … Jake Paterson stopped 28-of-29 as London nailed Owen Sound 5-1. … Leon Draisaitl scored the winner as Prince Albert snuck by Brandon 2-1. Rihards Bukarts had both goals for the Wheat Kings. … Chris Dreidger made 43 saves as Calgary narrowly beat Saskatoon 2-1. … Tyler Soy scored the eventual winner as Victoria held on for a 3-2 win over Kamloops.
Sat Mar 08 12:32pm EST
When Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell made a minor deal with the Kamloops Blazers at the trade deadline to acquire Taran Kozun, he expected him to improve his team’s shaky goaltending situation. But little did he know that the 19-year-old would emerge into one of the hottest netminders in the Western Hockey League.
Straight out of the gate, Kozun stood tall in a Seattle sweater by posting back-to-back shutouts in his first two games against the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans. It seemed the Nipawin, SK., native’s play would come back down to earth based on the .897 save percentage he posted throughout 29 contests in Kamloops. That, however, hasn’t been the case so far as Kozun has been consistently lights out by maintaining a 2.08 average and .936 save percentage throughout 20 games.
"We expected him to come in and play well, but I don't think we were quite expecting back-to-back shutouts,” Farwell told Tim Pigulski of ESPN Seattle. "He plays well and gives the team confidence. The guys really play well together knowing he's behind them. We spend much less time in our own end with him in net. He's great at handling the puck and gets things going the other way quickly."
Humble and modest, Kozun credits his teammates for his strong play between the pipes while noting he’s in a different situation in Seattle than he was with the Blazers.
“I think I’ve played well because the whole team has,” says Kozun. “Our defensive core has helped me out by getting the puck out of our zone and letting me see the shots. It has been a good team effort. And on (39-20-2-4) Seattle it’s a different type of team than Kamloops. The (13-49-2-3) Blazers are rebuilding and there I had to be on my game every night or it would be a tough night.”
The most impressive aspect of Kozun’s play in Seattle has been his consistency. He’s only had three games with a save percentage below .900. Meanwhile, he has pulled off four shutouts with three of them coming against the Chiefs. The same Chiefs that have leading goal-scorer Mitch Holmberg in their lineup. In addition, he helped end the Portland Winterhawks’ 21-game win streak with a 41-save showing.
“Things have went my way against Spokane,” says Kozun. “The Portland win was pretty cool – it’s nice to end a win streak like that. I think it comes down to that my confidence is high and it’s showing in the numbers. And I think I was able to just start over here with a fresh start. That helped to get a fresh start and just take it one game at a time.”
Kozun showed signs of having the potential to develop into a quality starter last year in his rookie season with the Blazers by posting a .914 save percentage in 20 games behind Cole Cheveldave. But past last season, few and far between, including Kozun, would have predicted the 6-foot, 170-pounder would emerge as a star in the blue paint. He, after all, was never selected in the bantam draft, couldn’t crack a ‘AAA’ midget team in his first year of eligibility and was the Nipawin Hawks’ backup as a 17-year-old in the SJHL.
“I wouldn’t have guessed that it would play out like it has,” says Kozun. “I just played ‘AA’ in my hometown when I was in first year midget because I didn’t make the (Prince Albert) Mintos (of the SMAAAHL) in my first try. So back then I didn’t know how everything would play out. Then I backed up some good goalies when I was in Nipawin and then last year in Kamloops. So it has been a long road to get where I am and I think I just needed the opportunity that I’ve got in Seattle. I never really got the opportunity like I have now before."
Kozun ultimately remains a long shot to be selected in the upcoming NHL entry draft because he’s 19-years-old and hasn’t been red hot since the start of the year. However, if he continues his strong play throughout the playoffs, he’ll have built a quality case to earn a camp invite from an NHL club.
“It would be great to get an invite if I don’t get drafted,” he says. “As a kid you dream of playing in the NHL and when you’re in the WHL you know scouts are watching. But I try not to think about it and just take it one game at a time. I just need to keep on working hard and hopefully things will work out.”
Kelly Friesen is a Buzzing the Net columnist for Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KellyFriesen
Sat Mar 08 02:02am EST
No. 1 star: Anthony Mantha, Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
Mantha put the Foreurs on his back and led them to a victory over division rival the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada with three goals in a 4-3 win.
Mantha scored twice in the last two minutes of the first stanza for Val-d’Or to give them a 3-2 lead after one period, and then snapped a 3-3 tie in the third with the winning goal at 12:57.
Three goals gives Mantha 56 on the season, a six-goal cushion over Anthony Duclair and Jean-François Plante.
The win puts Val-d’Or just one point behind Blainville-Boisbriand, 87-to-86. Both teams have four games to play until the end of the season next Saturday.
Randy Gazzola and captain Samuel Henley each had a pair of assists in the win, which improved the Foreurs to a 42-20-1-1 record. Antoine Bibeau earned the win in goal. They have won eight of their last ten games.
The Armada got 30 saves out of netminder Etienne Marcoux and dropped to 39-16-4-5.
No. 2 star: Charlie Graham, Belleville Bulls (OHL)
Graham put on a goaltending clinic for the Bulls as they squeaked by the Sudbury Wolves 2-1 in a shootout.
Graham made 49 saves on 50 shots and steered aside all three shooters the Wolves threw at him to get the win and first star honours. Belleville, who was short two bodies, nearly escaped the game with a 1-0 win, but Sudbury’s Trevor Carrick notched the game’s tying goal with two seconds left on the clock to send it to overtime.
Aaron Barisha had Belleville’s goal in the third period, while Stephen Harper scored the only goal in penalty kicks. Graham stopped Connor Crisp to secure the win for the road team.
The win puts Belleville only two points out of the basement of the OHL’s Eastern Conference with a little more than a week left to play. They improved to 21-38-3-3 on the year.
Sudbury outshot Belleville 50-35 in the game. They dropped to 32-21-3-8.
No. 3 star: Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
Draisaitl had two goals and added two assists for a four-point night in Prince Albert’s 5-2 win over the Calgary Hitmen.
He had two helpers, both primary, in the Raiders’ two goals in the first frame, and then notched the winner on the man advantage to snap a 2-2 tie in the second period.
He added an empty netter to ice the score late in the third, to improve Prince Albert’s record to 32-30-3-2.
Captain Josh Morrissey had a goal and an assist for the Raiders, while Sawyer Lange had a pair of helpers. Nick McBride got the win in net.
Jake Virtanen scored both goals for the Hitmen, who fell to 44-17-3-4.
Honourable mention: Connor McDavid, Erie Otters (OHL)
McDavid had his second straight four-point night, this time scoring twice, as Erie soundly beat the Windsor Spitfires 6-1.
McDavid got the Otters on the board to tie the score in the first, then assisted on Dane Fox’s winner. He added an assist in the second and another goal in the third for four.
Dylan Strome had a pair of goals for the Otters, who improved to 48-14-2-0 on the year. Connor Brown chipped in with three assists. Windsor fell to 36-25-3-0.
Honourable mention: Ben Walker, Victoria Royals (WHL)
Walker had four assists, all of them primary, on the Royals’ first four goals in their 5-1 win over the Kamloops Blazers.
Walker helped four different Royals scorers on the scoresheet, three of them coming in the first period.
Both Brandon Magee and Travis Brown benefitted with points off of Walker feeds, and each had a goal and an assist. Victoria improved to 46-17-1-3 on the year, while Kamloops stumbled to 13-50-2-3.
Notables: Matt Rupert had two goals and three assists while three other Knights, including twin brother Ryan, had a pair of goals as London doubled up Kitchener big, 10-5. The Rupert brothers combined for nine points, while Gemel Smith had two goals and two helpers. … Jean-François Plante scored twice, including his 50th goal of the season, and added a pair of assists, while Carl-Antoine Delisle, Cameron Yarwood and Carl Marois each chipped in with a pair of goals as Victoriaville blasted Chicoutimi 9-4. … Brandon Leipsic scored twice and added two assists in Portland’s 7-3 pounding of Seattle. Mathew Dumba chipped in with two goals and an assist, while Oliver Bjorkstrand scored and added a pair of apples. … Nick Sorensen and Fabrice Herzog each had five point nights in Quebec’s 7-2 dismantling of Shawinigan. Mikhail Grigorenko had a goal and three assists. … Dallas Valentine tripled his goal output this year in one outing with two goals, including the winner, in Moose Jaw’s 6-1 drubbing of Saskatoon. Bryson Gore had a goal and two helpers. … Michael Joly potted two goals and added a helper in Rimouski’s 7-1 statement over QMJHL-leading Baie-Comeau. Sébastien Sylvestre and Anthony DeLuca each had a goal and two assists. It was Rimouski’s 13th straight victory. … #FreeJaedon Descheneau notched two goals and added a helper to lead the Kootenay Ice to a 5-2 win over Medicine Hat. Sam Reinhart had two assists, while Zach Franko had a goal and an apple. … Christophe Lalonde had two goals and an assist and Vladimir Tkachev had three helpers in Moncton’s 5-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst. … Reid Gow ran the show from the back end with three helpers in Spokane’s 4-2 come-from-behind win over Prince George. Mike Aviani scored twice, while WHL-leading scorer Mitch Holmberg had a pair of assists. … Kyle Farrell and Charles-Eric Légaré each scored twice and Jérémy Beaudry had a goal and two assists as Cape Breton defeated Charlottetown 5-2. Daniel Sprong had both Islander goals. … Brandon Halverson had a 35-save shutout and Sergey Tolchinsky had two goals and an assist as Sault Ste. Marie demolished Sarnia 7-0. … Curtis Lazar and Mads Eller each scored twice as Edmonton doubled up Brandon 6-3. … Corey Pawley and Roland McKeown each scored twice, with Pawley adding an assist, as Kingston rolled over Oshawa 6-2. Evan McEneny had a goal and two assists. … Patrik Bartosak stopped 33-of-34 shots while Wyatt Johnson and Aspen Sterzer each had a pair of points in Red Deer’s 4-1 win over Swift Current. … Vincent Dunn got two goals and an assist in Gatineau’s 4-3 win over Rouyn-Noranda. Emile Poirier added a goal and an assist. … Dyson Stevenson scored a goal and collected two assists as Regina beat Lethbridge 5-2. Josh Derko tallied both Hurricanes goals. … Zach Natasiuk scored twice and assisted on another as Owen Sound defeated Guelph 6-2. Daniel Milne had three helpers. … New Buffalo Sabre prospect William Carrier scored both goals for Drummondville as they edged Sherbrooke 2-1. … Austin Lotz stopped 32 shots and Matt Pufahl had two assists in Everett’s 4-2 doubling of Tri-City. … Jake Smith stopped 16 shots for a walk in the park goose egg as North Bay shut out Mississauga 4-0.
Sat Mar 08 01:56am EST
If you look up anhedonic — lack of pleasure or of the capacity to experience it — there's a picture of someone who didn't enjoy this Sergey Tolchinsky goal.
On Friday, the Carolina Hurricanes prospect who shines for the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds showed some magic sleight of hand with a between-the-legs goal during a game against Sarnia. The 19-year-old Russian dervish had a clear breakaway to plan what move to try against Sting goalie Taylor Dupuis and did the ol' turn-sideways, put-stick-behind-leg and go-top-cheddar move to astonish the crowd at RBC Centre. It is like there was a need to do something special to celebrate the 'Hounds clinching the West Division title, since the club backed into it on Thursday when it was shut out by London while second-place Windsor also lost.
Fri Mar 07 04:52pm EST
Boston University commit Jack Eichel has been making waves all year as a possible rival for Connor McDavid south of the border.
Eichel has 33 points in 16 games, including 17 goals, so far with the US National Development Team in the USHL, and had a point-a-game with Team USA in the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships.
Turns out he might want to challenge McDavid on even footing, according to rumours.
Anyway, real story I suppose is, based on whispers out there, young American Eichel may like idea of challenging McDavid head to head.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 7, 2014
Bob MacKenzie tweeted Friday that there were "whispers" Eichel would be open to jumping to the CHL if he could play in the Ontario Hockey League. However, Eichel is from Massachusetts, which is QMJHL territory, and his rights are owned by the Saint John Sea Dogs. It would take a massive stroke of luck and a massive pile of backroom deals, promises and wink-wink-nudge-nudges to make that happen.
There is no way of trading players between the different CHL leagues. There's also no way for a CHL team to transfer the rights of a prospect directly to a team in another league under the CHL umbrella, unless he first passed through waivers. In this case, every QMJHL team would have to let Eichel pass through waivers. He would then be free to sign wherever he wanted. This post on SB Nation highlights a similar situation featuring Qunnipiac forward Matthew Peca. His rights were owned by an OHL team, but he said he would join the CHL if he could play solely for Patrick Roy’s Quebec Remparts. The team let him pass through waivers but another OHL team claimed him, so he wasn’t able to join the Remparts.
Sea Dogs new GM Darrell Young said Friday that Eichel's CHL rights will not be going anywhere.
Spoke to Darrell Young, GM of the Saint John Seadogs: "There is no way we're ever going to let [Eichel] go to the Ontario Hockey League." — Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonCHN) March 7, 2014
Young expanded his comments while talking with College Hockey News’ Mike McMahon on Friday.
"There is no way we're ever going to let him go to the Ontario Hockey League and I don't see any way he could get waived through our league," Saint John GM Darrell Young said on Friday. "I can't foresee that happening, him clearing waivers, he's just too good of a player."
Of course, a player who is a top prospect would want to challenge himself against the best, and the 2015 NHL Entry Draft measuring stick is McDavid. In a perfect world, it would happen. However, in a league that features 60 teams who are operating for themselves and not for the good of one prospect, it’s not going to happen. Eichel will most likely report to BU and nothing will come of it. He can go head-to-head with McDavid again at the 2015 WJC, and then in the professional ranks.
However, this rumour certainly spiced up a Friday in March.
Fri Mar 07 08:45am EST
Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...
While Tim Bozon battles Neisseria meningitis in a Saskatoon hospital, the Kootenay Ice play Friday for the first time since losing their standout forward. (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, CBC, CTV Saskatoon, Medicine Hat News)
Winning Jets second-rounder Eric Comrie needs 75 saves to set a Tri-City single-season club record. Don't get smart ask if he'll get all tonight, since the Americans face Everett. Annie Fowler tracked down record holder Aaron Baker, who kicked out 1,751 shots for a 17-win Ams team 16 winters ago. Quoth Baker: "There are a few other stats I have from that season that I don’t want. That was a rough season." (Tri-City Herald)
Goalie Daniel Wapple is not on the Regina Pats road trip due to a foot injury, making Dawson MacAuley the man in net for two big games in the Eastern Division race. The Pats will have a reunion game Friday with their old buddy Teagan Sacher in Lethbridge. (Regina Leader-Post, The Pipeline Show)
Kelowna's magic number for clinching first overall is down to two. (Kelowna Capital News)
Tampa Bay Lightning first-rounder Slater Koekkoek nearly got through the season unscathed, but the Windsor Spitfires captain is now "day to day" after injuring an arm in a fight during a loss to Saginaw. (Windsor Star)
What would an all-star team of first-time draft-eligible players look like? (NHL.com)
Max Domi was benched for the entire first period, but London shut out Sault Ste. Marie to earn two critical points. (London Free Press)
Aaron Ekblad set the Barrie Colts record for goals in a season by a defenceman during a comeback win over Owen Sound, but the fifth-place Colts are running out of track with only four games left. (The Barrie Examiner)
Thu Mar 06 11:14am EST
It was an eventful night for Erie Otters phenom Connor McDavid against Plymouth Monday night as far as YouTube highlights go. The Otters broke out offensively for the first time in nearly a month—they hadn't scored more than six goals since February 8 against London, but beat the Whalers by an 11-2 score on home ice. McDavid was a big factor on the scoreboard, scoring a goal and recording three assists.
His goal, coming midway through the second period, may not be one he'll soon forget. Unfortunately, 1996-born Plymouth defenceman Alex Peters won't soon forget it either. He wears No. 2 and the goat horns in this clip as he gets toyed by an unstoppable McDavid: