Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Little Guys Won

It is interesting that if we were egomaniacs then we would take credit for the way the only 2 games turned out for the prospects on Wednesday night. Just Scott Stajcer and Ryan Bourque were in action but the duo had opposite results.

Stajcer (NYR 2009 5th) got his first win in over 2 weeks as his Owen Sound Attack blasted 52 shots at the Barrie Colts in a 3-1 win. The Attack really have been living up to their name as they have been hitting the 50 shot mark in their games quite often as of late.

Stajcer on the other hand had it easy compared to his counterpart having to only face 18 shots including just 2 in the 3rd period. This is not a knock on Stajcer but his teammates are doing everything they can to make his life easier so now it is up to him to do his share.

Stajcer improved his OHL season totals to 9-1 (1st), 2.52 (4th), and 0.915 save percentage (T-3rd) as the Attack improved to 11-3-0-1 which is first in the OHL's Mid-West division and 3rd best overall in the OHL.

The other day when we were ranking teams with prospects we said this about the Lewiston MAINEaics:

the darkhorse who nobody knows what will happen with Kabanov. The MAINEaics are a decent team as is but if they can turn Kabanov into the player everyone thinks he can be then this team just might change up the entire QMJHL.

We knew the MAINEaics were a good team without New York Islander prospect Kirill Kabanov (2010 3rd) and without Kabanov they hosted Ryan Bourque's (NYR 2009 3rd) top ranked Quebec Remparts Wednesday night. The MAINEaics broke a 3rd period 3-3 tie to defeat the Remparts 4-3 in front of just 1747 fans.

It was just the 2nd regulation loss of the season for the Remparts who remain at the top of the CHL Mastercard Top 10.

Ryan Bourque had one of his better overall games as he scored his 6th goal of the season on 5 shots with a +1 and credited for 1 good hit. Bourque since returning to the Rempart lineup has been on a hot streak going 4-5-9 in his last 6 games.

As for the latest word on the Kirill Kabanov is that he was at the game last night but given how little he has played it will be a shock if the MAINEaics just rush him into the lineup. The way they are playing it might be better if they just take their time and ease him in.

(Images: Stajcer/Aaron Bell, Bourque/Quebec Remparts)

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