Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday Beatings

Sunday was a quiet day for New York Ranger prospects as just 3 saw action and all 3 lost. Still it made for interesting hockey as how each team lost varied,

Ryan Bourque (2009 3rd) actually had a pretty decent Sunday despite his Quebec Remparts dropping a 6-4 decision to the Saint Johns Sea Dogs. Bourque had a goal and assist in the loss to earn the game's 2rd star.

The Sea Dogs won their 17th straight game which is the 6th longest in QMJHL history and the game they played against the Remparts showed why they have such a winning streak.

Bourque earned a secondary assist on the Rempart's 2nd goal; a power play goal which tied the score at 2-2 at 13:25 of the second period. It was Bourque's 14th assist on the season as the winger continues to be used as a center.

In this game. Bourque's faceoff numbers improved to 7-10 as he was used as the 2nd line center. In the 3rd period, Bourque scored his 12th goal of the season at 9:32 to pull the Remparts to within 5-4 but that was as close as they would get.

In the OHL, Ethan Werke's (2009 2nd) Kingston Frontenacs discovered the hard way why the Windsor Spitfires are huge favorites to repeat not only as the OHL Champions but also as Memorial Cup Champions as well. The Spitfires blew out the Frontenacs 9-2 using a 6 goal second period as part of a 60 shot barrage at Frontenac goalies.

Werek had a secondary assist on Kingston's first goal for his 15th assist as well as 30th point of the season. Werek was surprisingly a +1 but took 2 minors on the day.

Also in the OHL, Daniel Maggio and his Sudbury Wolves fell to the Kitchener Rangers 3-1. This one was a frustrating loss for the Wolves as all 3 of the Ranger goals came via the the power play.

The Wolves on the other hand are going to wonder how they could go 0 for 10 on the power play. In this game they have to blame themselves as their own special teams let them down, as we said the Rangers scored all of their goals via the power play but they also had 11 chances on the power play.

Maggio did not score and did take an unsportsmanlike penalty but did not give up a power play.

(Bourque courtesy of Katherine Ep)

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