Our friends to the north in Canada celebrated their version of Thanksgiving on Monday so New York Ranger prospects showed their ways of giving with some pretty good efforts.
Scott Stajcer (2009 5th) choose Thanksgiving for his best performance of the young season as the young netminder stopped 43 out of 44 shots to lead his Owen Sound Attack to a 2-1 win over the Barrie Colts. It was Stajcer's 2nd straight win over a first place team after being winless in 6 previous starts.
Stajcer was on top of his game from the get go but put on the kind of performance we knew he was capable of in the 3rd period when he stopped 27 out of an amazing 28 shots on goal. Stajcer also earned his second straight first star as he improved to 3-5-1, 3.82 GAA and an 0.882 save percentage.
For the 2nd day in a row a team scored 9 unanswered goals as Tomas Kundratek (2008 3rd)'s Medicine Hat Tigers turned a 4-2 deficit into a 12-5 blowout win over the Kamloops Blazers. Kundratek had an assist to go along with a +2 and 17 minutes of penalties that we will take any night.
Kundratek came to the aid of one of his teammates who took a questionable hit from Blazer's Jake Trask and dropped the gloves with Blazer Ryan Hanes (call it a draw) to earn the instigator, fighting major and the misconduct.
Kundratek is now 0-4-4 in 6 games showing a much more consistent game than we saw last season. More importantly is that Kundratek is playing in Medicine Hat with a positive attitude and a willingness to be a leader in his 2nd year playing in North America.
Ethan Werek (2009 2nd) scored his 7th goal of the season but his Kingston Frontenacs got beaten by the Oshawa Generals 7-2. Werek is now 7-4-11 on the season.
Roman Horak (2009 5th) had a very quiet game going scoreless as his Chilliwack Bruins lost in the shootout 2-1 to the Craig Cunningham (Traverse City)'s Vancouver Giants. Cunningham recorded his prospect leading 1oth assist of the season in the game and scored the game ending goal in the shootout.
Daniel Maggio (2009 6th) and his Sudbury Wolves got smoked by the Windsor Spitfires 7-0 with Maggio a -2. This was not even close as the Spitfires scored 4 goals in a 23 shot barrage in the first period and cruised from there.
Luke Pither (Traverse City) was a scratch in his Barrie Colt's loss to Scott Stajcer's Owen Sound Attack. No reason given for the scratch.
(Pictures: Stajcer: Owen Sound, Kundratek: Medicine Hat)
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