Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Slow Sunday

Sunday's Star: Michael Del Zotto

The Rangers 2008 1st round pick followed up his clutch goal Saturday evening with a pair of assists on Sunday to help his Oshawa Generals defeat the Kingston Frontenacs 5-2. As with the goal, his assists were clutch ones which we hope is a sign of things ahead.

Del Zotto got his first assist on the power play at 9:07 of the third period when he teamed with Andy Anderoff for Brett Parnham's tie breaking goal to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Generals. That goal also proved to be the eventual game winning goal.

Then with time winding down in the period, Del Zotto found Anderoff for the game clinching goal at 18:46 to give the Generals a 4-2 lead. For Del Zotto, the assists bring his season numbers up to 7-26-33 in 33 games.


Tomas Kundratek (2008 3rd) and his Czech Republic team finished the World Under-20 Championships in 6th place after dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to Team USA. Kundratek finishes the games with 0-6-6, 10 PIMs, even and 13 shots.

Kundratek now returns to Medicine Hat where the Tigers have missed his presence on the blueline. Here is hoping that Kundratek brings his newly found offense with him back to the WHL.

On a side note, Ranger training camp invitee David Stich was also a member of the Czech team but he ended his games with a total of 52 PIMs after a match penalty as well as a game misconduct.

Danny Hobbs (2007 7th)
and his UMass Minutemen had a very good start to their season but since knocking off (then) top ranked Boston University have gone 4-5-1. On Sunday, the Minutemen lost to 10th ranked Cornell 5-2 and dropped their season record to 9-8-1.

Hobbs was back at left wing on the 4th line but only managed one shot on goal for the game and finished with a -1. It has been a learning process for Hobbs but our experience with him has taught us that he will improve in time.

Chris Doyle (2008 5th) missed his 2nd straight game for reasons still unknown as his PEI Rocket shut out Halifax 4-0. We still are hoping for the best for the current leading scorer among Ranger prospects and hope to get an update on Monday as to his status.

Antoine Lafleur (2007 2nd) was the odd man out as he did not even get to dress for his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies as they defeated the Shawinigan Cataractes 3-2. The Huskies have been carrying 3 goalies for the last couple of games which could mean a possibility of a trade as neither Lafleur or today's goalie Matthew Dopud has played consistently enough to lock down the starting job.


And from the "Let us see how old you are" department, the folks of the IIHF did a feature on Swedish defender Tim Erixson calling it "1981 was a long time ago". It was an eye catching title but then we read that Erixson is the son of former Ranger Jan Erixson who was a member of Sweden's one and only gold medal WJC team.

If young Erixson has the work ethic of his father then he will become a solid NHL player in the future.

(Del Zotto courtesy of Oshawa Generals)

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