Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Serving Up Some Excellent Soup

Prospect Park Prospect Of the Week

A 2 goal, 2 assist weekend is not a bad way to get one's season going and that is exactly what Max Campbell (2007 5th) of the Western Michigan Broncos this past week. Campbell a junior at WMU was a big part of why his Broncos were able to earn a 2 game weekend sweep of Mercyhurst and thus earning our Prospect of the Week honors.

Campbell a center was part of a line that was 6-9-15 for the 2 games which is why Western Michigan was able to start their 2009 season 2-0. Paired with J. J. Crews (4-1-5) and Greg Squires (0-5-5), this line walked away with the majority of stars for the weekend set.

Campbell got his season off with a 2 assist evening last Friday night as well as going 10-8 on his faceoffs as WMU won 5-1. On Saturday Campbell was even better as his 2 goals keyed a WMU comeback from being down 2-0 to give them a 3-2 lead.

Campbell also went 13-6 on his faceoffs as he earned "First Star of the Game" for his efforts in a WMU 4-3 win. Campbell spent his own money this past off season to be able to attend the Ranger's summer Prospect Development camp for the second season in a row and it appears to have paid some dividends right from the start.

Campbell is a pure goal scorer who has a knack for scoring on the power play and from in the slot. He is not the biggest dog on the ice at 6' 190 but opponents have discovered that it is hard to out work him once he gets set up in the slot area. We think Campbell is going to improve on his 16 goal numbers from last season and show some serious consistency this season.

We think we will be serving up a lot of Soup this season as he just might lead the Ranger college prospects in goals this season. Considering the company Campbell is keeping that would be a pretty good accomplishment.


It was going to be the only time that Luke Walker (Traverse City) and his Portland Winterhawks were going to face Tomas Kundratek (2008 3rd) and his Medicine Hat Tigers this season but the flu bug sent Kundratek to the sidelines for this matchup and Walker's Winterhawks took full advantage.

Walker scored his 8th goal of the season and added an assist on Portland's empty net goal to help key a 5-3 come from behind win over the Tigers. It was an impressive performance by the Winterhawks as they beat the Tigers at their own game which is speed.

Walker got the Winterhawks going as his goal at 3:13 of the first period answered a Medicine Hat goal that had been scored just 36 seconds earlier. The Tigers actually led after the first period 3-1 but from the second period on it was all Portland as they took the game to the Tigers scoring 4 unanswered goals to earn the win.

Walker also was a +2 for the evening as he improved to 8-8-16 on the season.


Have a Good Laugh Folks

Wish we could take credit for finding this but the kudos belong to Gregg Drinnan of Taking Note but one time coach's headache Dale Purinton has now become a head coach himself.

The announcement is right here folks and one has to wonder how long it is going to take Purinton to get himself suspended for his behavior.

(Max Campbell courtesy of WMU and GS Photo)

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