Saturday, November 13, 2010

Game Winners

A very Friday night of hockey for both New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects as several saw head to head action especially on the Islander side. The story of the night was seeing prospects scoring or setting up game winning goals.

On the Ranger end, Chris Kreider (2009 1st) was off to a slow start, almost snakebit the way the puck just was not going in for him. Kreider did not register a point in 6th ranked Boston College's first 5 games but that is changing.

Kreider's 3rd goal of the season at 17: 33 of the 2nd period broke a 2-2 as Boston College went on to defeat Vermont on Vermont's home ice for the first time since 2005. Kreider now is 3-1-4 in his last 4 games, great for Boston College and Ranger fans but bad for everyone else

 Kreider was not the only Ranger prospect to play a role in his team's outcome but some were not so good as the Ranger Report can found right here.

For the New York Islanders, Casey Cizikas (2009 4th) is the captain of the Mississauga St. Micheal's Majors but he is also the leading scorer among Islander prospects. What we really like about Cizikas is his work ethic as he never stops working no matter whether the Majors are winning or losing.

Against the Sudbury Wolves, it was Cizikas who got his Majors going scoring an unassisted power play goal (his 11th) at 5:02 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. It was the start of a 4 point night for Cizikas as his Majors doubled up on the Wolves 8-4.

Cizikas in earning the game's first star had the power play goal, a shorthanded assist, a power play assist and then an even strength one on the Major's final goal of the game. Cizikas is now 10-11-21 with a very nice +14 as the Majors improved to a OHL best 16-2-0-1.

The rest of the Islander prospects did not do a bad job themselves as their report is right here.

(Images: Kreider/Boston College, Cizikas/Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

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