Sunday, December 12, 2010

Heating Up The Big Chill

ANN ARBOR, MI - DECEMBER 11: Carl Hagelin  of the Michigan Wolverines controls the puck in front of Luke Glendening  of the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on December 11, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Saturday was a fun day to cover prospect hockey as coast to coast something was happening. The biggest of the hockey happening took place in Michigan as a world record crowd of 113,411 were on hand to see Carl Hagelin (NYR 2007 6th) and 12th ranked Michigan Wolverines host the Michigan State Spartans in an outdoor event called "The Big Chill".

For Hagelin, it was the perfect audience to have his best game of the season as the Michigan senior from Sweden scored 2 goals and earned an assist on a 3rd goal as Michigan won going away 5-0.  Hagelin earned the game's 2nd star was all over the place make plays at both ends of the ice.

Hagelin might have had a little extra motivation on Saturday as many as 25 friends and family came over frome Sweden to witness Hagelin's performance. Hagelin remarked "I have 20 or 25 family or friends from back home. It's just amazing to first off get them the win and score a couple of goals was fun."

That got the day going for the Ranger prospects as we had great 3rd period efforts from Ryan Bourque and as well as a new leader in fighting majors in Jason Wilson. All that and the rest of the Ranger report can be found right here.

SASKATOON, SK - JANUARY 2:  Matt Donovan #4 celebrates his first period goal with Jordan Schroeder #19 of Team USA during the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship Tournament game against Team Finland on January 2, 2010 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images) The Islander side of the story is kind of boring when you compare it to the Ranger side but that is no fault of their prospects. It was one of those nights where nobody really stood out.

Instead just as many prospects were snowed out as prospect points (4).

Still we give the image to Matt Donovan for scoring the only goal by an Islander prospects.

The Islander prospect report can be found right here.

(Donovan and Hagelin/Getty Images)

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