Saturday, October 13, 2007

Hockey Night Prospect Park Style

Leading off our Saturday night report is Ryan Hillier of the Halifax Mooseheads who's 10th goal of the season wound up becoming the Game Winner as Halifax held on to defeat the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 6-5 in QMJHL action.

The Mooseheads came all too close to blowing a 4-0 lead in this game but Hillier's goal at 10:31 of the 3rd period gave the Mooseheads a 6-4 lead and they held on for the win.

Hillier's 10 goals is tops in the QMJHL along with his 5 assists gives him 15 points good for 10th overall in the scoring race.

In other QMJHL action, Prince Edward Island's Antoine Lafleur got to sit out today's game against the Shawinigan Cataractes not because of his play but more because it was an afternoon matchup right on the heels of a night game.

Lafleur is expected to be back between the pipes when the Rocket play their 3rd game in 3 days on Sunday.

Danny Hobb's assist at 19:06 of the 3rd period set up the tying goal but his Ohio Junior Bluejackets fell 6-5 to the Indiana Ice in USHL action. It was a stirring comeback that just fell short as the JR Bluejackets suffered their first loss of the season.

In OHL action, Tomas Zaborsky had an assist on a shorthanded goal as his Saginaw Spirit defeated the Barrie Colts 5-4 in overtime. It was a game that the Spirit tried to give away blowing a 2 goal lead in regulation.

NCAA Action

Last night's star Carl Hagelin was scoreless as his 9th ranked Michigan Wolverines were unable to pull off back to back upsets as they lost 4-3 to 6th ranked Minnesota in the finals of the Ice Breaker Invitational.

For the first time since 1986 (when he was just 1 year old), Billy Ryan's Maine Black Bears are starting their season 0-2 after a 3-1 loss to Denver. Ryan was held scoreless mainly because the Denver goalie stole a couple of sure scoring chances from Ryan with some outstanding goaltending.

If it had been a counting game then there is no doubt that Max Campbell would have been our star of the evening as he made his NCAA college debut a special one with 2 goals and an assist as his Western Michigan University Broncos defeated the University of Windsor 5-2.

For Campbell it was a great way to get his college career off and running as he showed that he will fit right in with veteran coach Jim Culhane's up tempo attack hockey.

We will more than likely be hearing a lot more about Max in the coming days.

Finally Eric Hunter had a pretty good weekend as he scored 2 goals with an assist on Friday night (including the game winner) and then added yet another goal this evening (also the game winner) as his Albert Golden Bear swept a home and home series from the Calgary Dinos 4-3 and 4-1.

Hunter is the leading scorer in Canada West Men's hockey league with 6 points after 4 games going 4-2-6

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