The toughest games for the prospects has to be those on "getaway" weekend as while some are thinking of making a national team; others are thinking about getting to go home and see their families. For many of these kids (and yes at times even we forget they are still teenagers) it is the first time since August that they are getting to spend time at home.
Luke Pither (Traverse City) and his Barrie Colts on the other hand might not want to take a holiday break as the Colts won their 20th straight game on Friday just whipping Ethan Werek (2009 2nd) and his Kingston Frontenacs 10-2.
This one was as ugly as the score was as Werek's Frontenacs were no match for the hottest team in all of the 3 CHL leagues. Pither scored his 21st goal of the season and added his 24th assist while Werek was held scoreless and a -3 for the evening.
The Colts on Saturday get to play another Ranger prospect in Daniel Maggio and his Sudbury Wolves as they look for their 21st straight win. Barring a huge letdown, we expect the Colts to win that one.
Daniel Maggio (2009 6th) and his Wolves were in Erie facing Mitch Gaulton's (2008 6th) Erie Otters and the surprise from that game was Gaulton got into his first fight since September 22nd 2007.
No word as to how Gaulton did but that he even fought was good to see as sometimes we think he is just too nice on the ice and needs a mean streak. Gaulton also registered his 13th assist of the season as he has tied his career high in points for a season with 16.
Daniel Maggio had a quiet night as his Wolves went back and forth with the Otters taking turns blowing leads before Gaulton and his Otters won 5-4.
In the QMJHL, Chris Doyle (2008 5th) had an assist but it was not enough as his Prince Edward Island Rocket lost to the Quebec Remparts 8-5. The Remparts were playing without Ryan Bourque (2009 3rd) who is trying to make the roster for the US Under-20 team.
In the WHL, Sam Klassen (2009 UFA) and his Saskatoon Blades lost to the Prince Albert Raiders 4-2. Klassen did not score but had a +1 for his efforts.
Roman Horak (2009 5th) was not in the Chilliwack Bruin lineup as he is attempting to make the Czech Republic's Under-20 squad but his Bruins defeated the Vancouver Giants 3-2. The Bruins held Craig Cunningham (Traverse City) to just one assist on the night as he extended his scoring streak to 4 games (2-6-8).
Luke Walker (Traverse City) is also trying to make Team USA so he missed his Portland Winterhawk's 6-3 loss to the Swift Current Broncos. We do not know who has made the roster as of yet but a good sign will come when Team USA faces the University of North Dakota in an exhibition game on Saturday.
Speaking of Team USA, according to the folks at North Dakota, that game is supposed to be televised on Direct TV channel 617 (Fox College Sports) starting at 7 PM CENTRAL TIME.
The game will also be replayed on Sunday at noon EDT/ 9 AM PDT on the NHL Network.
Finally this one has been making the rounds as former Red Wing Igor Larionov's daughters put out a Christmas song to try to raise money for Hockey Fights Cancer. Checkout how many NHLers make cameos in it (which you can purchase for 99 cents at Itunes)
(Pither courtesy of OHL Images)
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