Wednesday, January 30, 2008

And the Winner is

If one goes strictly by the numbers then 2 goals and 1 assist is not an earth shattering week. What does matter is how important were those 2 goals and 1 assist which is why Max Campbell of Western Michigan University is our Prospect of the Week.

Last Friday, Campbell scored the game tying goal (his 4th) as his WMU Broncos came from behind to break a 6 game losing streak with a 4-3 win over Ferris State at home. Campbell deflected a shot from teammate Nathan Ansell just one minute into the 3rd period to tie the score at 3.

For Campbell that goal was the perfect medicine for a player who had been struggling. Campbell had gone without a goal since November 17 which might have been the longest he had gone without a goal in his career.

The previous weekend might have been the low point of Campbell's freshman season. Campbell had gone a -5 against Bowling Green so his Coach Jim Culhane did what we call a great message sender by having Campbell start the game. It worked as Campbell played an strong game at both ends of the ice.

The very next evening on the road at Ferris State, it was Campbell who once again provided the big goal to help his Broncos come away with a 3-3 tie. As Campbell did the previous evening, he deflected a shot from teammate Nathan Ansell to tie the game at 3.

It was Campbell's 5th goal of the season but it helped to give his Bronco team a badly needed 2 game unbeaten streak as they entered the stretch part of their conference schedule. In addition Campbell added an assist, went 11-7 on his faceoffs and earned the game's second star.

Now it is up to Campbell to build upon this past weekend as his WMU Broncos now have to travel to Alaska to face the University of Alaska before returning home to face 3 of the best teams in the CCHA.


Thursday will bring the beginning of the Dean Prentice Prospect of the Month voting as we will break down the 3 choices for our award for you to vote on. The choices are going to be David Skokan of the Rimouski Oceanic, Tomas Zaborsky of the Saginaw Spirit, and Ryan Hillier of the Halifax Mooseheads.

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