If a first game impact gives any hint to the possibilities that lie ahead then boy does 2007 6th round pick Carl Hagelin have a very bright future ahead of him? The 5'11 forward from Sweden had a impressive debut for his Michigan Wolverines as they pulled off a major upset as they defeated 2nd ranked Boston College in overtime 4-3 in the opener of the Ice Breaker Invitational .
Hagelin got his Wolverines going by scoring his first career NCAA goal at 10:27 of the first period (it was also the first goal of the season for the Wolverines). The best description of this goal has to be the one from the Michigan game recap so enjoy this one:
Hagelin stripped a B.C. player of the puck just inside the Eagle blue line and it went to Caporusso along the right side. Hagelin quickly pivoted and cut down the empty lane between the circles to receive a return pass. To finish the play, Hagelin pulled the puck to his backhand and lifted it between the goalie's trapper and left pad for his first career tally.
It was one of several impressive plays for this very talented freshman. Hagelin wound up the night with a +2 and his line was also responsible for the game winner. The Wolverines will face host Minnesota in the finals of the Ice Breaker Saturday night. The game will be televised on Fox Sports North at 7:30 CDT.
Staying with the college ranks, Billy Ryan and his Maine Black Bears were shut out by the host University of Denver 2-0 in their season opener. It was a tough loss for the Black Bears but they did not play badly they just did not generate enough offense. The 2 teams will face each other again on Saturday.
Jordan Foote and his Michigan Tech Huskies had a disappointing season debut losing to in-state rival North Michigan 3-2 at home. It was a frustrating loss for the Huskies who are looking at earning their first NCAA playoff berth since 1981. Yes that is right just as Ranger fans know about suffering so do the Huskie fans.
Switching to the Canadian Junior Leagues as we start with the OHL, Bobby Sanguinetti assisted on all 3 Brampton Battalion goals but his team gave up 7 as they lost to the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 7-3. For Sanguinetti it was yet another multi-point game (his 4th of the season) and Sanguinetti is now 7-9-16 which is good for the 5th best in the OHL.
Tomas Zaborsky was held scoreless as his Saginaw Spirit lost to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5-1. It was a tough night for Zaborsky as he was a -1 with 4 PIMs.
In the QMJHL, Prince Edward Island Rocket Antoine Lafleur (2-7) gave up 7 goals on 36 shots, got pulled again and even got a 2 minute minor as he took a 7-4 loss to the Gatineau Olympiques. It was still another disappoint performance for the 2007 2nd round pick.
David Skokan had an assist, went a decent 12-7 on his face offs but his Rimouski Oceanic lost 4-3 to the Saint John Sea Dogs.
CONGRATS RYAN HILLIER
Ryan Hillier was named the "Citadel Halifax Player of the Month” by his Halifax Moosehead team. Hillier had 5 goals in the month of September which led the Mooseheads along with earning 4 "Stars of the Game".
Prospect Park wishes to congratulate Ryan for this honor
We will be back late Saturday night to recap the Saturday action.
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