Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mid Week Nightmare

Everyone knows that bad games will come so what you hope for is that they do not happen very often. Something hit the west coast on Wednesday night for the 2 prospects who saw action and it was not at all nice.

Roman Horak (2009 5th) had one really rough night as his Chilliwack Bruins  got spanked by the Saskatoon Blades at home 7-3. Horak was scoreless and a season high -4 for the game.

This one earns the "stinker" tag because the Bruins had several chances to get back into the game but could not make good on them. The Bruins went 1 for 7 on the power play which made matters worse for them as the Bruins.

So in less than a week, the Bruins go from whipping the Western Conference leading Portland Winterhawks 7-2 to tonight's loss to the Eastern Conference leading Blades. What can one take from this you ask?

Nothing cause it just shows how strange hockey can be at times.

Horak though got his invite for Czech Republic Under-20 selection camp in December which is no surprise as Horak was a member of last year's team. Maybe this year, the Czechs will use Horak better than they did.

In Portland, Islander prospect Nino Niederreiter (2010 1st) and his Portland Winterhawks are finding out the hard way, the danger of (a) looking too far ahead and (b) saying the wrong thing to the media. To set the stage for their story, the Winterhawks were featured on Thursday in an article in the Portland Tribune talking about the chance to win 60 games this season.

Of course the Winterhawks have not won a game since the article was published as the Winterhawks are now winless in their last 4 games (2 losses and 2 shootout losses) after the Hawks lost to the Kootenay Ice 5-3 at home.

The game started good for the Winterhawks as Niederreiter set up Brad Ross for a power play goal at 2:16 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. The lead lasted for 1:43 as the Ice tied it at th 3:56 mark; then took the lead for good 1:28 after that at 5:24.

The Winterhawks should be glad they were only trailing 3-2 after 1 but after the Ice added another goal in the 2nd period to make it a 4-2 lead. In the 3rd, the Winterhawks scored an early goal to make it a 4-3 game but the Winterhawks could not score the tying goal as the Ice finished them off with an empty netter for the final score.

Niederreiter also was invited to Switzerland's Under-20 camp but pretty sure he does not have to worry about not making the team.

Scott Stajcer (2009 5th) missed his 4th straight game due to his undisclosed nagging injury that was reportedly not that serious but he was being held out as a "precaution." Sorry if our sarcasm came out but we have our own reasons for it.

A Day in the Life

Jeff Blay of the Niagara IceDogs followed Ranger prospect Jason Wilson (2010 5th) around to get an idea as to what a day in the life of a prospect is like. It is an interesting read that can give you an insight as to the daily activities for a prospect and what they go though as they chase their dream of a chance at the NHL

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