Friday, November 30, 2007

Call this Freaky Friday

It is only fitting that the end of the Teddy Bear week ended almost as strangely as it began. From game a game canceled due to a outbreak of Mumps to one of the biggest upsets in the college hockey season. Nobody earned a star with their play which is a first but this was one strange Friday.

We start with Carl Hagelin and his Michigan Wolverine who entered tonight's contest against Ohio State as the 2nd ranked team in college hockey. With a 13-1 record going up a Ohio State team which was just 3-10-1.

On paper it was supposed to be a mismatch so of course the unthinkable happens as Ohio State upsets Michigan on Michigan's own ice 3-2. Hagelin was scoreless and sadly was on the ice for the game winning goal against.

One can say this game almost set the trend for the evening as Bobby Sanguinetti and his Brampton Battalion out shoot the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 41-21 only to lose to the Majors 1-0.

Then we have Ryan Hillier and his Halifax Mooseheads who were the hottest team in the QMJHL now have a 2 game losing streak as the Mooseheads lost to the Quebec Remparts 5-4. Hillier who will be featured in the next issue of the Blueshirt Bulletin scored his prospect leading 19th goal of the season in the losing effort. Hillier also does a quick interview with the QMJHL website here.

David Skokan saw his 8 game scoring streak come to an end as his Rimouski Oceanic fell to the Val-d'Or Foreurs 5-3. Skokan struggled in this game going 6-12 on his faceoffs and a -1 for the game.

Max Campbell and his Western Michigan Broncos traveled to Ferris State and got shut out 4-0 for their efforts.

Taking the strange evening theme to finally a good result as Danny Hobbs had an assist for his Ohio Junior Bluejackets as they actually won a one goal game edging Waterloo in the shoot out 3-2.

The Junior Bluejackets have struggled this season at 4-8-4. Take those overtime losses away and 2 more one goal losses and this is a team that just as well could be at the top of the USHL standings. People tend to forget that this is a second year team going though the growing pains.

In what might pass as the closest to a normal game, Jordan Foote's Michigan Tech came back from down 2-0 and rallied for a 3-2 overtime win. Foote did not score but did his usual shutdown on defense.

Antoine Lafleur was the back up for 2nd straight game as his Prince Edward Island Rocket won 4-1 over the Shawinigan Cataractes.

Eric Hunter and his University of Alberta Golden Bears had their weekend games against the University of Calgary Dinos due to an outbreak of the Mumps. 6 players of the Dinos have been confirmed to have come down with the mumps and are in quarantine.

Finally what could have been a major tragedy as 2 members and an assistant trainer for the Kingston Frontenacs were injured in a vehicle/pedestrian accident Friday morning in Windsor Ontario.

Thankfully the injuries were all non-life threatening but the Frontenacs in our eyes did the right thing as reported by our friend Aaron Bell of the CHL:

Frontenacs' ownership and management along with the league recognize what a traumatic experience this has been for everyone involved and to that end are postponing the balance of the team's western swing in order that the players may be returned home to familiar surroundings and be provided with professional counselling and support as required.

"We appreciate the support of the league as well as the teams in their understanding of this difficult and traumatic experience," said Frontenacs' owner and Governor Doug Springer. "At this time our focus is on the well-being of Jonathan, Anthony and Kurt and the well-being of our team as a whole."

We at Prospect Park agree this is the right move and are glad to see that the right decision was made to allow the players, coaches and staff of the Frontenacs to recover from this event.

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