Friday, November 28, 2008

All Good Things

While the USA was celebrating Thanksgiving traditions on Thursday, 2 Ranger prospects were in action with mixed results.

Evgeny Grachev (2008 3rd) saw his Brampton Battalion's 16 game winning streak come to a end after a heartbreaking 6-5 overtime loss to the Niagara Ice Dogs. The Ice Dogs scored with just 7 seconds left in the overtime period to give the Battalion their first loss since October 11th.

Grachev was held scoreless in this game which also stopped a personnel 4 game scoring streak (5-3-8) and looked more tired than anything else. Grachev did not look as iff he had any jump in his skates which given all the traveling and games he has played over the last week is very understandable.

Michael Del Zotto (2008 1st) had an assist as his Oshawa Generals played bad hosts by scoring 5 unanswered goals to cruise to an easy 5-1 home win over the Peterborough Petes.

It was Del Zotto who got his Generals going by setting up teammate Brett Parnaham's 18th goal of the season at 13:05 of the first period to stake his Generals to a 1-0 lead that they never gave up.

For Del Zotto, the assist was his 18th of the season good enough to move Del Zotto up to 5th 5th place among OHL defenders in scoring this season.

Finally one of the best reasons to listen to WHL games online or on the radio is that the announcers pull no punches. If the team is playing badly they don't mince words they simply call it as they see it.

We bring it up because Reg Bartel who is the voice of the Kelowna Rocket (as well as hosting his own blog here and his work is why we love covering the WHL. Bartel is straight forward and does not pull punches when he works.

There is no shill in Bartel just solid reporting. The reason for all the praise is to put up an interview that Bartel did with Tysen Dowzak which is part of a segment called the "2 Minute Minor"

Bartel did one with Dowzak which is going to help Ranger fans get an idea about the 6'5 defender. It is a brief but yet a very informative interview about the Ranger prospect.

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