Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It Ain't Pretty If It Is Ugly

There are times when you have win games in ugly ways just as there are times when you lose ugly as New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects demonstrated on Wednesday evening.

Pull out some paper bags people as win or lose this night was just flat out ugly.

Ryan Bourque (NYR 2009 3rd) and his Quebec Remparts are counting their blessings that they were able to hold off a very pesky Val-d'Or, Foreurs 6-2 for their 3rd straight win. Bourque continued his hot streak with his 17th goal of the season and 36th point of the season.

It was an ugly effort as the Remparts dominated the game outshooting the Foreurs 40-16 but the Foreurs did not quit closing the game to 4-2 with under 5 minutes remaining in regulation.

Bourque's goal came at 3:05 of the 3rd period on a Quebec power play that at the time gave the Remparts a 4-0 lead. It was Bourque's 6th power play goal of the season and extended his current scoring streak to 4 games (4-1-5).

We said current streak because Bourque has points in 9 of his last 10 games (8-10-18) and if anything Bourque's consistency has been unmatched as he has points in 20 of 25 games. Bourque has not gone more than 1 game without scoring all season, has 2 penalties (1 for fighting, 1 minor) and a +8.

Corey Trivino (NYI 2008 2nd) and his 7th ranked Boston University Terriers were trying to shake off the effects of a bad weekend as they took on Northeastern in Hockey East action. It should have been the perfect medicine for BU but someone forgot to tell Northeastern that.

Northeastern at 3-8-4 jumped out to a 2-0 in the game's first 8 minutes, then BU woke up scoring 4 unanswered goals including Trivino's 3rd goal at 4:41 of the second period which gave BU their 1st lead of the night at 3-2. Still Northeastern would not go away tying the game at 4 and looking like they at least get a tie.

BU was able to pull out a late goal to win 5-4 and and stop a 3 game winless streak. Next up for BU is a Saturday afternoon matchup that will be seen on the NHL Network starting at 3:30 PM.

Then there was the Oshawa Generals with Ranger prospect Christian Thomas (2010 2nd) and Islander prospects Calvin De Haan (2009 1st) and Tony DeHart (2010 5th) as they dropped their 2nd straight getting spanked 6-1 by a Belleville Bull team that trailed the Generals by 16 points in the standings.

The Bulls jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to Andy Bathgate's 3 point night (yes grandson and namesake of the Ranger legend) and the General's just never got untracked. A secondary assist for Tony DeHart (2-14-16) was the only point registered by the prospect trio.

David Toews (NYI 2008 3rd) and his Brandon Wheat Kings can not even buy a break as while they earned a point in losing to the Everett Silvertips 4-3 in the shootout; the Wheat Kings saw their winless streak climb to 10 straight games.

Last year the Wheat Kings played in the Memorial Cup and this season there is a very good chance that they won't even make the WHL playoffs. Toews has not played bad and even recorded an assist (his 9th) as the Wheat Kings came back to force overtime.

Dylan McIlrath (NYR 2010 1st) and his Moose Jaw Warriors actually played a respectable road game against the Medicine Hat Tigers, forcing overtime after trailing 3-2 late in the 3rd. But come overtime and Moose Jaw got outplayed with McIlrath taking a hooking call at 4:26 of overtime.

Moose Jaw was shut out in the overtime and then in the shootout falling 4-3 to the Tigers.

And we saved the really ugly for last as Nino Niederreiter (NYI 2010 1st) and his Portland Winterhawks just totally forgot to show up when they played the Spokane Chiefs. This game was really over in the first 10 minutes as Spokane jumped all over the Winterhawk for 3 goals as part of a 5 goal first period.

Niederreiter had an assist on Portland's first goal which cut the score to 5-1 in the 2nd period but it only got worse as Spokane really just whipped on Portland 9-3. Portland has 8 losses on the season and Spokane has given Portland 3 of those losses including back to back ones this week.

Good thing for Portland that they do not have to return back to Spokane until February.

(Bourque/Katherine Ep)

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