Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Game Winning Saturday

First Star: Chris Doyle

Well any question about how strong a recovery that Chris Doyle (2008 5th) had just may have been answered on Saturday evening. All Doyle did was put up a 5 point evening as his Prince Edward Island Rocket just whipped on the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 11-2.

Doyle who had missed the last 2 weeks due to an injured disc in his back improved to 22-34-56 on the season after a 1 goal, 4 assist performance. It was a pretty impressive performance as Doyle over a span of 4:15 in the first period broke open the game.

First at 12:09, Doyle scored 22nd goal (12th PPG) to break a 1-1 tie, then teamed with goalie Bobbie Nadeau at 14:49 to give the Rocket a 3-1 lead and finally teaming with Jarrad Struthers at 16:24 for a 4-1 Rocket lead and this game was over.

Doyle then added assists in each of the remaining two periods to earn the game's second star for his efforts by the Rocket fans as the Rockets won their 3rd straight game.

Second Star: Max Campbell

For the second night in a row, Max Campbell (2007 5th) played a key role in the outcome of his Western Michigan Bronco's game. Last night it was assists on both regulation goals as well as the only shootout goal in overtime and on Saturday, it was a game winning goal in a huge upset win.

Campbell's Bronco's upset 11th ranked Ohio State 4-1 to take 3 out of 4 points during their weekend series. It was another solid performance for the sophomore center as Campbell scored his team leading 11th goal of the season.

Campbell's goal was a power play goal set up by teammates Patrick Galivan and Greg Squires who found Campbell wide open in the slot was an almost slam dunk of a goal. The goal at 11:53 of the 2nd period was his team leading 11th of the season as well as the game winner of the season for Campbell.

The game's second star, Campbell is now working on a 4 game scoring streak (3-2-5) as his Broncos have now gone 4-1-2 since returning from winter break. Campbell is showing us more and more as this season progresses so we do not think it is out of the question for Campbell to finish this season with 20 goals.

Third Star: Carl Hagelin

Back to back nights, back to back game winning goals as Carl Hagelin (2007 6th) and his Michigan Wolverines beat in-state rival Michigan State for the 5th time this season this time 5-3.

The thing that makes Hagelin so much fun to watch is that no Ranger prospect seems to have the goal scoring flair like Hagelin does. Last night it was an unassisted (technically) short handed one.

Tonight's game winner was just 12 seconds into the 3rd period which according to the folks at Michigan was the fastest scored this season to start a period. It was also Hagelin's 3rd game winner on the season (tying him with Campbell and Evgeny Grachev) as it was another solid performance for the sophomore.

Hagelin's line was the key as the entire line was 2-4-6 +7 for the game as Hagelin took a game high 8 shots on goal. On the season now Hagelin is 8-11-19 and 16 goals is not out of the question for him if he is going to be looking for his offense like this.


The Rest of the Prospects

Mitch Gaulton (2008 6th) was scoreless as his Erie Otters got spanked by the Belleville Bulls 8-2 in OHL action. Gaulton looked a little more comfortable on the ice but we think we need to give him another 4 games before doing our first scouting report on him.

Tomas Kundratek (2008 3rd) had a quiet night going scoreless but staying out of the penalty box for the first time in 5 games as his Medicine Hat Tigers defeated Prince George 5-2.

Tysen Dowzak (2008 UFA) also was quiet as his Kelowna Rockets broke a 2 game losing streak with a 5-2 win of their own over the Kamloops Blazers.

Danny Hobbs (2008 7th) returned to the UMass lineup as they skated to a 1-1 tie with Vermont in college action.

Greg Beller (2005 6th) sat out as his Manitoba Bison lost in the shoot out to the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds 2-1. Details as sketchy as to what is wrong with Beller but with the Bison off until Feb 6th then we are not too worried.

(Pictures: Doyle/PEI Rocket(QMJHL), Campbell/Western Michigan, Hagelin/Michigan)

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