Hello do you know me? OK all kidding aside it has been a while since Antoine Lafleur (2007 2nd) has been able to enjoy a game let alone earn one of the Prospect Park Stars of the Night.
Friday night Lafleur was in net for his Prince Edward Island Rocket as they were hosting the Val-d'Or Foreurs in QMJHL action. The Rocket thanks to the game's "First Star" Lafleur were able to pull out a 2-1 win.
Lafleur faced 31 shots in the game with 10 credited as serious scoring chances but only allowed a first period goal as his Rocket team won for only the 8th time this season (8-12-1). For Lafleur the win brings his record to 4-11 but the win had to do a lot for the young prospect's confidence.
It has been a rough go for Lafleur so far this season but we will repeatedly stand up for him as he has the talent and will become a legit NHL prospect for the Rangers.
Sometimes you wonder why people make the decisions they do, for Eric Hunter (2006 6th) it was why he choose not to sign with Charlotte/Hartford and instead is attending the University of Alberta.
One can only guess is that Hunter is hoping to have a good enough season to earn a better Ranger offer or to attract attention on the free agent market. Whatever his reasoning, Hunter is doing something right as he is the leading scorer in the Canada West Conference.
Hunter and his Golden Bears took on the Saskatchewan Huskies and thanks in part to Hunter's conference leading 9th and 10th goals of the season were able to win in over time 6-5. Hunter is now 10-9-19 with a +9.
Before we tell you WHY Bobby Sanguinetti earned our 3rd star this evening let us pass along a message from Bobby to all of you who voted for the Dean Prentice Prospect of the Month so here's Bobby:
The main thing that I would like to be passed on is that I am very honored to be the first winner of the Dean Prentice Prospect of the Month. As you can see we have plenty of prospects who have been off to a hot start so for the fans to make a vote is very tough which is why I feel very honored.
Bobby I am sure I am speaking for many a Ranger fan when they say how much they are looking forward to the day when you are wearing the Ranger uniform.
But here is the WHY Sanguinetti earned the 3rd star tonight; it seems that only Prospect Park thinks that Sanguinetti is not as bad defensively as others want you to believe. Sanguinetti has been working his butt off improving on his defensive play and tonight it paid dividends (as it has all season long).
Sanguinetti scored his 11th goal of the season an unassisted SHORTHANDED GOAL along with 2 assists in a losing effort as his Brampton Battalion lost in over time to the Sudbury Wolves 4-3. Sanguinetti's assists were on the power play but really what is Sanguinetti going to have to do to stop all these "Sanguinetti is weak on defense" comments?
We will say this to Sanguinetti: Keep doing exactly what you have been because hard work does have it's rewards.
The Rest of the Prospects
Tomas Zaborsky scored his 9th goal and added his 12th assist but his Saginaw Spirit lost to the Sarina Sting 6-4.
Billy Ryan had an assist but was tagged for a -3 as his Maine Black Bears dropped a 6-2 decision to the Providence Friars. It is rare when you ever see Maine badly whipped on home ice like they were tonight.
Jordan Foote was scoreless but was called for a double minor (charging and unsportsmanlike conduct) as his Michigan Tech Huskies lost at home to St. Cloud St. It is not often you see Foote called for anything.
Carl Hagelin had his 3rd assist of the season as his Michigan Wolverines had no problem shutting out Alaska 4-0.
Max Campbell did not score but was the starting center as his Western Michigan Broncos doubled up on Northern Michigan 4-2.
Danny Hobbs did not score as his Ohio Junior Bluejackets lost to the Waterloo Blackhawks 3-1.
Greg Beller remains a healthy scratch for Yale who lost to 2-1
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