Our THREE STARS of the Night
Guess Tomas Zaborsky (2006 5th) of the Saginaw Spirit wanted to let Ranger fans know that Bobby Sanguinetti and Ryan Hillier were not the only offensive weapons playing in the CHL. Our first star of the night sent a loud and very clear message that he wants a Ranger contract too.
Zaborsky scored 2 goals while earning the game's second star in a losing effort as his Spirit lost to the Sarina Sting 7-5 in a wild shoot out of a game at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre. Entertaining just might be the key word here as the fans were treated to an explosive offensive display by both teams until the home Sting put the game away with 2 quick goals 16 seconds apart in the 3rd period.
Zaborsky is now 6-9-15 in 13 games and we want to point out that Zaborsky was drafted by the Rangers because of his offensive skills. The 2006 draft just might bring the Rangers more offensive firepower than any other draft has done thanks to Zaborsky, Hillier and Sanguinetti.
Speaking of Sanguinetti (2006 1st), the Lumberton, NJ, had a goal during regulation but missed on his shoot out attempt as his Brampton Battalion lost in that shootout to the Guelph Storm 3-2 in Guelph.
It was a frustrating loss for the Troop who let a 2-0 lead slip away and wasted a solid performance by Sanguinetti. Breaking Sanguinetti down by the numbers only shows just how hot a start Sanguinetti is off to.
Let us start with the goal which was his 9th in just 14 games (along with 12 assists for 21 points), it was his 5th power play goal of the season and his 2nd first goal of the game. Sanguinetti has scored points in 11 of the 14 games his has played in.
Something else to mention and that is consistency as Sanguinetti had 11 points for September and now has 10 for October. Did we forget to mention that Sanguinetti is also a +8 for the season?
There is a Party going on right there, a celebration that might just last the year, as Jordan Foote (2004 6th) and his 15th ranked Michigan Tech Huskies pulled off what so far has to be the biggest upset of the young college season. Foote's 15th ranked Michigan Tech Huskies shocked top ranked and previously undefeated North Dakota 3-1 in front of a very loud and supportive home crowd.
Foote set up the "turn out the lights" empty net goal as he fed Huskie captain and linemate Jimmy Kerr's empty net goal at 19:21 which set off the rowdy celebration by the Huskie fans. One thing we have to say about Jordan is that he may not score as many goals or points as the bigger names among Ranger prospect but nobody makes his points count more than Jordan does. A tying goal then setup a game winner and then tonight.
As we keep telling all of you, Prospect Park is about supporting the hard working lunch pail carrying blue collar players like Jordan Foote. We can only hope so do the Rangers.
Other prospect action
Antoine Lafleur (2007 2nd) got the start in goal for the Prince Edward Island Rocket at home against the St. John's Fog Devils but came up on the losing side once again this time 3-0. In checking with what Charles Reid said about Lafleur's efforts in net Reid had this to say:
"Despite the goals, Lafleur looked steady in his first start since Oct. 19 against Rimouski when he gave up two goals in four shots."
It is a start and we hope that Lafleur gets to show Ranger fans that he is worthy of being drafted by the team. Prospect Park will not give up on Lafleur as we see a prospect with size, talent and some serious potential to develop into a legit NHL goalie.
Eric Hunter had a goal but it was not enough as his University of Alberta Golden Bears lost to the University of Manitoba 5-3. For Hunter it was his 5th goal of the season and it helped move him into a tie for the Canada West scoring lead with 11 points.
Billy Ryan (2004 3rd) and his Maine Black Bears edged Northeastern 3-2 as Ryan did not score.
Last week's Prospect of the Week, Max Campbell (2007 5th) did not score as his Western Michigan Broncos lost to the Niagara Purple Eagles 4-2. For the Purple Eagles it was their 15th straight win on home ice.
Carl Hagelin (2007 6th) also did not score as his 3rd ranked Michigan Wolverines took care of Boston University 4-2.
Greg Beller (2005 6th) made his season debut for the Yale Bulldogs as the Bulldogs got spanked by Princeton 6-2. It was a rough debut for Beller who was a starter for Yale in the game.
Finally Danny Hobbs (2007 7th) and his Ohio Junior Bluejackets lost a 3-2 shoot out decision as they let a 2-0 lead slip away against the Waterloo Black Hawks. Hobbs had a very quiet evening including missing on his shoot out chance.
If you thought tonight was busy wait until you see Saturday's action but no worries as Prospect Park will have it all covered for you as always.
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