Sunday, February 3, 2008

A Giant Effort of his Own

Super Bowl Sunday was a big day for more than just the Giants or Rangers as Bobby Sanguinetti had a Super Sunday of his own. The native of Lumberton New Jersey made sure that everyone noticed that he broke out of his offensive slump.

Sanguinetti had 2 goals and 2 assists to power his Brampton Battalion to a 7-3 win over the Erie Otters. For his efforts Sanguinetti was named the Game's First Star.

Sanguinetti had scored a goal since January 10th a period of 9 games as he had tied the Brampton Battalion team record for most goals in a season by a defenseman that was originally set current Columbus Bluejacket defender Rostislav Klesla at 18 during the 2000-01 season.

Sanguinetti's first goal of the game came at 7:55 of the first period as he scored on a shot from the left face-off circle to give his Battalion a 2-1 lead. The goal which was Sanguinetti's 19th which gave him sole possession of the record for most goals by a Brampton defenseman.

After Erie had tied the score, Sanguinetti fed teammate John Hughes for a power play goal at 12:55 of the first period to give the Battalion a 3-2 lead. The Battalion added another goal to finish the first period up 4-2.

In the 3rd period, Sanguinetti scored his 20th goal of the season on the power play as he converted a pass from teammate Graham McNabb at 12:38 of the period. Now the Battalion website is suggesting that the goal might not be Sanguinetti's as in their game report they believe that the puck may have gone in off a deflection from teammate Cody Hodgson but the official scoresheet and other reports still list the goal as Sanguinetti's.

Sanguinetti then finished his day by once again feeding teammate John Hughes for a power play goal at 17:47 of the period. That made the score 7-3 as the Battalion won their 3rd straight game.

For Sanguinetti this was his 8th game of the season where he had scored 3 or more points in a game. The game boosts Sanguinetti's statistics for the season to 20-35-55 which pulled him to within 2 points of prospect scoring leader Ryan Hillier of Halifax who has 57 points.

Tomas Zaborsky and his Saginaw Spirit though had a really bad Sunday as they were blown out big time by the Sarina Sting 10-2. Zaborsky had an assist in the game but this game was over in the first period as the Sting scored 4 goals.

The Sting were pace by the expected first pick of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft Steve Stamkos who had 1 goal and 5 assists to show why he is going to be the first pick. This one is a game where you toss the video tape into the trash and move on as the Spirit never got going and never were in this game.

(Sanguinetti picture courtesy of the Brampton Battalion, Information for this report was also supplied by the Brampton Battalion website )

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